October 18, 2010

How low can the PCB go?

Pakistan's board has reached a nadir, and now has 30 days to do what it should have done 10 years ago, with the threat of harsh sanctions should it fail to comply
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On the day the ICC officially acknowledged that the PCB can no longer be trusted to run cricket in Pakistan, the chief patron of the board, President Asif Ali Zardari, "felicitated" the chairman of the board and players for the Oval ODI being cleared of any suspicions of spot-fixing. Quick as a flash, the PCB released a counter-statement, thanking the president "for his uplifting message" of above-said felicitations. Nero would've been impressed.

In years to come, when we try to fully explain the depths of denial state institutions in this country are stuck in, this classic interaction of officialdom should be repeatedly used. For if the message isn't clear enough, here it is in bold: the running of Pakistan's cricket, and very possibly its future, is no longer entirely in the hands of Pakistan. The ICC will say it differently, talk of greater scrutiny and closer monitoring and last resorts, but diplomat-speak cannot hide it; the ICC's task force on Pakistan is now the reporting authority on Pakistan cricket, and suspension of membership is on the table.

The flippant might argue that as long as Ijaz Butt is in charge, control in someone else's hands is a good thing. But for a nation so hooked to displays of false, blustering pride, so consistently paranoid about its sovereignty, the reaction was strangely muted. Most TV channels echoed the celebratory feel of the president's declaration, running with the Oval ODI being cleared, an indication of just how readily media in this part of the world descends into jingoism. Introspection, in any case, is too long-winded and messy. Two leading English-language newspapers mentioned the ICC warning only in passing, apparently not understanding the full implications of the press release. Long-suffering and deprived fans understandably took to the domestic Twenty20 with beautiful, heartening gusto.

It took a typically blunt Imran Khan to cut to the chase: "The ICC move to warn us and put us on notice is a shameful day for every Pakistani. It is a shame for Pakistan cricket." The cackle of former cricketers and administrators, usually so deafening, has not been heard.

There hasn't been a stronger, more damning indictment of the way cricket is run in Pakistan since full membership was achieved in 1952. Most pointedly the message is aimed at this board, but really the ultimatum is the logical conclusion of the last four years in particular and probably applies retrospectively to all administrations since the first days of match-fixing, the mid-90s. It is actually an equal indictment of the ICC that it has taken it so long to recognise that Pakistan is the sick man of world cricket, a truth most Pakistanis and the world have known all along.

There hasn't been a more damning indictment of the way cricket is run in Pakistan since full membership was achieved in 1952. The message is aimed at this board, but really it probably applies retrospectively to all administrations since the first days of match-fixing

No board has been as accommodating of tainted men as the PCB has. No other board bans a man for five years for saying something out of line publicly and doesn't ban him at all for doping. No other board has taken as many of its own players to court. No other board imposes life bans and fines and turns around on them as often. No other board blames others for its own security failures. No other board so demoralises its own side by changing captain, coach and selectors as often. No board has so shunned, or ignored, the standards the rest of the world adheres to - or at least, in some cases, shows itself adhering to. As part of a global body, those are standards that need to be met at some basic level.

Now, having not done so for 10 years, the board has less than 30 days to implement - not show to be doing, but actually put in place - four anti-corruption measures, measures that were necessary after the Qayyum report became public. Once - and if - that is out of the way, there is the trifling matter of carrying out "any reforms which may be deemed necessary to restore confidence in the administration of the game in Pakistan". And you suspect Mahmoud Ahmedinejad might have more luck winning the confidence of the West.

Giles Clarke, the man Butt peeved, is now the man Butt will report to, the man with whom he has to work to bring about those reforms, a man with wider powers at the head of the task force than ever before. The details of precisely what kind of powers the task force has to bring about change in Pakistan will only begin to be chiselled out now. Issues of governance, of how the board is structured, how it operates, will be "discussed" and "recommendations", in the ICC's wonderfully polite words, will be made. If they had sense they would try and clip the chairman's powers and seek out or develop other power centres, such as the governing board or senior officials. The global body has limited jurisdiction over the affairs of its members under normal circumstances, but these are not them.

And the threat of sanctions in case progress isn't made is very real, the possibility of suspension more credible than ever before. Some will contend that the posturing is a roundabout way for the ICC to remove, or at least stop having to deal with, Butt. In a way it doesn't matter anymore. The ICC will dilly and dally, and hem and haw, but eventually it will reach a point where it will have to take the least desirable step. It has seen such situations twice before, with South Africa and Zimbabwe. The question the PCB must ask then is: who will oppose any move to suspend them? Not many.

Very little time is left in which to achieve a great many things. This is not the time for felicitations. It is a time to get real.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on October 21, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    It doesn't matter WHY the Sri Lankan players were shot at or who shot them. All of that is trivial. The bottom line is, they visited Pakistan and someone shot directly at them possibly with the intention of killing them. Don't blame others for not visiting Pakistan after that. I personally wouldn't want to visit a place where I was directly shot at. I'm shocked that some Pakistanis still urge other teams to visit Pakistan. Given the circumstances there, I as a Pakistani would in fact discourage anyone from visiting because God forbid if something happens we'll be even more embarrassed than we already are.

  • PlayfromDallas on October 21, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    PCB is a sick body it needs cure for sure particularly from the foreign hands in this case foreign hand happened to be the ICC. For ICC finding correct prognoses not an issue the real issue is: knowing the fact that PCB with its corrupt practice will manipulate the prognoses as they have the proficiency to do so Till recently ICC has been relaying on oral medicine with minimum or no improvement finally ICC Associates & its Affiliates reached a common consensus i.e. for a rapid result they must resort to non oral medicine. Study suggests that non oral medicine has improved the health of this type of sickness up to 70% in much shorter time ICC also has the recommendation of Ayurvedic treatment by the BCCI however all indications suggests that ICC will relay on non oral medicine to cure this unique illness of the PCB Recommendation of Acupuncture has been accepted by the ICC only if pins could be replaced with cricket wickets which are under deep study by the ICC & the one new Affiliate.

  • Toescrusher on October 21, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    P - Pure C - Corrupt B - Board

  • surtee on October 21, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    yes,indeed how long ?the answer is simple no long ,but what to do with present patron and chairman in power the poor Pakistanis can just lament.no use commenting or discussing as long Aijaz Butt is there and who can remove him he is really a life long chairman, Hurrah for him.asfor comment from indian no comment.

  • reality_check on October 21, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: I wouldn't be laughing at these turn of events if I were you. Pakistan still OWNS India in all time head-to-head in Tests and ODI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_versus_Pakistan_cricket_rivalry . 1) Tests: Total played 59, won by Pak 12, won by India 9, drawn 38. 2) ODI: Total played 119, won by Pak 69, won by India 46, drawn 4. If Pakistan is banned for life, this record will be etched in stone forever so that we can flash it in front of you from time to time. You may want to turn your LOL's into some hope that India plays Pakistan and then hope that they win to equal or better their poor record against their old nemesis... LOL.

  • karthikfromchennai on October 21, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    We all should thank Pakistan as they are the final frontiers in world cricket. No team could win a series in Pakistan...because no one can tour Pak. Thus leaving Pakistan maintain their excellent home record ...they would never lose a home series...lol...

  • on October 21, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Yup PCB could go much much lower than this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • reality_check on October 21, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    @nlambda: To prove beyond a reasonable doubt in the court of law, one must be able to prove that the accused had means, motive, and opportunity to commit a certain crime. People who shot at the Sri Lankan team had means and opportunity but what was their motive? If they were Pakistanis then what has Sri Lanka or it's cricket team ever done to Pakistan or it's people to deserve being shot at? On the contrary, they visited Pakistan when no one else wanted to. Things don't happen in a vacuum. Motive is the key so you need to cut thru the sensational headlines to get to the real thing.

  • on October 20, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    Pakistani should be indefinitely banned from world cricket. This is what they've brought upon themselves and have no one to blame but themselves, much less the number one test team. To all my Indian brothers, please don't bother defending your country to these blind, delusional idealists. We (Pakistanis with logic still left in them) understand that it is no one's fault but PCB's. Joseph Dunninger once said, "For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation will suffice."

  • on October 20, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Ijazz Butt leaving would be the first step to recovery. How can a chairman decide who is and who isnt, in the cricket squad. His handling of the recent spot fix scandal and Pakistan stripped of co-host status (world cup), was shambolic to say the least. He has 8 test caps, which looks like is enough experience and qualifications needed to run pakistan cricket. What a joke! He was appointed by the president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zadari, who is the patron of PCB. This is where the problem lies. Pakistan cricket is not a INSTITUTION. It is run by the pakistani politicians. It needs to be a independent institution. If this does not change, then Pakistan cricket will carry on declining. We'll just have another clown replacing Ijazz Butt.

  • on October 21, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    It doesn't matter WHY the Sri Lankan players were shot at or who shot them. All of that is trivial. The bottom line is, they visited Pakistan and someone shot directly at them possibly with the intention of killing them. Don't blame others for not visiting Pakistan after that. I personally wouldn't want to visit a place where I was directly shot at. I'm shocked that some Pakistanis still urge other teams to visit Pakistan. Given the circumstances there, I as a Pakistani would in fact discourage anyone from visiting because God forbid if something happens we'll be even more embarrassed than we already are.

  • PlayfromDallas on October 21, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    PCB is a sick body it needs cure for sure particularly from the foreign hands in this case foreign hand happened to be the ICC. For ICC finding correct prognoses not an issue the real issue is: knowing the fact that PCB with its corrupt practice will manipulate the prognoses as they have the proficiency to do so Till recently ICC has been relaying on oral medicine with minimum or no improvement finally ICC Associates & its Affiliates reached a common consensus i.e. for a rapid result they must resort to non oral medicine. Study suggests that non oral medicine has improved the health of this type of sickness up to 70% in much shorter time ICC also has the recommendation of Ayurvedic treatment by the BCCI however all indications suggests that ICC will relay on non oral medicine to cure this unique illness of the PCB Recommendation of Acupuncture has been accepted by the ICC only if pins could be replaced with cricket wickets which are under deep study by the ICC & the one new Affiliate.

  • Toescrusher on October 21, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    P - Pure C - Corrupt B - Board

  • surtee on October 21, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    yes,indeed how long ?the answer is simple no long ,but what to do with present patron and chairman in power the poor Pakistanis can just lament.no use commenting or discussing as long Aijaz Butt is there and who can remove him he is really a life long chairman, Hurrah for him.asfor comment from indian no comment.

  • reality_check on October 21, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    @karthikfromchennai: I wouldn't be laughing at these turn of events if I were you. Pakistan still OWNS India in all time head-to-head in Tests and ODI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_versus_Pakistan_cricket_rivalry . 1) Tests: Total played 59, won by Pak 12, won by India 9, drawn 38. 2) ODI: Total played 119, won by Pak 69, won by India 46, drawn 4. If Pakistan is banned for life, this record will be etched in stone forever so that we can flash it in front of you from time to time. You may want to turn your LOL's into some hope that India plays Pakistan and then hope that they win to equal or better their poor record against their old nemesis... LOL.

  • karthikfromchennai on October 21, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    We all should thank Pakistan as they are the final frontiers in world cricket. No team could win a series in Pakistan...because no one can tour Pak. Thus leaving Pakistan maintain their excellent home record ...they would never lose a home series...lol...

  • on October 21, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Yup PCB could go much much lower than this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • reality_check on October 21, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    @nlambda: To prove beyond a reasonable doubt in the court of law, one must be able to prove that the accused had means, motive, and opportunity to commit a certain crime. People who shot at the Sri Lankan team had means and opportunity but what was their motive? If they were Pakistanis then what has Sri Lanka or it's cricket team ever done to Pakistan or it's people to deserve being shot at? On the contrary, they visited Pakistan when no one else wanted to. Things don't happen in a vacuum. Motive is the key so you need to cut thru the sensational headlines to get to the real thing.

  • on October 20, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    Pakistani should be indefinitely banned from world cricket. This is what they've brought upon themselves and have no one to blame but themselves, much less the number one test team. To all my Indian brothers, please don't bother defending your country to these blind, delusional idealists. We (Pakistanis with logic still left in them) understand that it is no one's fault but PCB's. Joseph Dunninger once said, "For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation will suffice."

  • on October 20, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Ijazz Butt leaving would be the first step to recovery. How can a chairman decide who is and who isnt, in the cricket squad. His handling of the recent spot fix scandal and Pakistan stripped of co-host status (world cup), was shambolic to say the least. He has 8 test caps, which looks like is enough experience and qualifications needed to run pakistan cricket. What a joke! He was appointed by the president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zadari, who is the patron of PCB. This is where the problem lies. Pakistan cricket is not a INSTITUTION. It is run by the pakistani politicians. It needs to be a independent institution. If this does not change, then Pakistan cricket will carry on declining. We'll just have another clown replacing Ijazz Butt.

  • nlambda on October 20, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    @ Playfairly : man you are in denial. India was all set to tour Pak in 2009 for 3 tests and 5 one-dayers but your Kasab and Co. attacked Mumbai. Then the well-meaning (but foolish?) Sri Lankans showed up to play in Pak and were shot at. The latter incident is why no country is willing to play in Pakistan. But you will NOT acknowledge or mention that. Instead, it is all about "India controlled ICC" which is preventing cricket in Pakistan! I am sure if India were not there all the South Africans, New Zealanders, Sri Lankans would have been dying to play in Pak today :-)

  • on October 19, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    Hi Osman dont just blame everything on Butt and Pakistan cricket, Butt made that comment on english players, because his players were getting accused for something they haven't done, still there is no evidence, nothing has been proven so why these players are banned? specially amer who is world class bowler?, anyone can make these fake videos after the match, not everything you see is true, Butt should not have apologized, i think instead saying things against english player he should have said something to ICC, because clearly that third ODI just proved that how false ICC is by believing everthing which has been said to them without any evidence. ICC is a big joke itself, they are finding ways to get rid of Pakistan from cricket. ICC is in hands of india, so whatever india ask them they do it, India didnt want Pakistan in IPL, because of political issues and security which require more money when Pakistan plays there, so i hope you guys see another side of story.

  • on October 19, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Why don't Australians visit Pakistan anymore? UMM...Maybe because last time a team visited Pakistan they were SHOT at? Maybe?

  • badal on October 19, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Some one said, Butt for Prime Minister...good idea, and Zardari for our new PCB Chief, hahahahahahahaha. One big reason, why we are in shambles is, we never had a "Real Leader," I think, that alone can be difference butween the un imaginable gap of prosperity butween India and Pakistan. Look how, India has become one of the super power, and how we gone down belly up.I know, truth hurts, but this is a fact not a fiction. If some how, Imran Khan, be given the control of our cricket, we will be fine in no time.

  • badal on October 19, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    Truth really hurts...I have read comments, as how some of our readers are blaming Osman for speaking out the truth. Osman should have been given the credit, to identify our faults. Not just as a cricket lover, but as a nation, we are in denial, and we have been in this mode for the longest time. We always try to hide our faults, and put blame on others for our short comings. India and Pakistan, both got independence in 1947, and look, where they are , and where we are (Standing at the brink of destruction). I say, all the power to Osman Samuiddin, and it's high time, we face the reality, if not, we will not only lose cricket, but much more then that. Aqil Siddiqi (Canada)

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on October 19, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    @Randhawal Ajaypal, don't use Bangladesh as a metaphor for cricket failuires. We are getting better and yes we have a long way to go, but no captains take us lightly anymore and we're not the whipping boys like we used to be. You wana criticise Pak, then do so without getting other countries involved. Shame on you mate!!!! Peace.

  • on October 19, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    OSMAN.. You are no better than MAZHAR MAJEED!!

  • dr_salman on October 19, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    i agree...stop taking all conspiracy theories n get real..before pointing fingers at others we shd look at n correct our own selves... but i get confused over the future of pak cricket...if we b real...we ll realize that as long as mr zardari is the president mr butt wont b sacked..since he is a close relative of the defense minister..the proof u just mentioned in ur article..instead of giving a serious snub to the board to get its act together the president rejoices over the fact that oval ODI was cleared..come to think of it..n moreover..wat credit does pcb deserve for it? so one thing is clear that butt is not going newhere...n that may mean we r heading towards the brink of elimination frm int cricket !!

    osman u ve written dozens of articles about mr butt s maladministrations..x cricketers n standing committees ve made all the hue n cry to remove mr butt..but he is still there !! i m disappointed..it doesnt make ne difference !!

  • razorhedge on October 19, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Pakistani fans need a serious enlightenment on how they are being brainwashed by their media at every level... India is busy minding its own business, barely defending its own people from Pakistani sheltered terrorists... and amidst all this how are Indian policitians going to plan deep conspiracy plots to bring down the Pakistan nation or to a lesser extent it's cricket... We all know BCCI's is goal is to profit by any means if that meant killing the PCB then it would do so. However, in this case losing PCB is only going to hurt BCCI as it will lose it's most competitive arch rival... Not a single Pak-India Test day goes empty stands .. remember the record at kolkota.. Wake up my Pakistani brethren ... Focus on cleaning your own house...

  • on October 19, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    @ reality_check I admire the calmness in your statement which is hard to find on an Indo-Pak issue, but i disagree with your logic 1) 2011 WC case was completely a security issue....and Butt himself aggravated the issue by not submitting the reports of SLteam attacks 2)Lalit Modi was a disgrace to not only Cricket but to India also....that man wasnt in coordination with the govt. since in India BCCI is a pvt. body not under govt control...any fool would have known that Pak players wont be able to play in the prevailing conditions...he called them to increase the TRP raitings and earn more money...and thats why he is being handled now 3)And finally nobody is turning anybody into minnows...you need to understand that corruption is everywhere but for PCB its out in the open...and if they dont act even now to take some prevntive measures its Cricket who would die...Butt is just not the able man

  • on October 19, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    guys we all are sleeping in an N level of dream :) if a nation starts to think their genius and vibrant journalists as "Agents of enemies" then its destruction is near .. wake up pakistan wake up !!! long live pakistan

  • on October 19, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Surely the president's statement and medias role in the whole scenario has been embarrassing ... the media has been not all good for the country neways ...

  • guru008 on October 19, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    It is so amusing some of the die hard pakistani supporters accusing crick info managemnet , indian BCCi etc . I think North Koreans and Pakistani people are in the same category - simply brainwashed into beleving that all their problems are due to outside interference. The day Pakistan people stop being jealous of their neighbours and starts learning from them in all fields of life - they can become a great nation - alas!

  • reality_check on October 19, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    @sri1ram: I don't buy this notion that everything wrong with Pak cricket is because of BCCI/India/West etc however; there is some merit to these allegations and as long as there are doubts in the minds of some Pak cricket fans, people like Butt will get away with it. e.g. It's a well known fact that BCCI twisted ICC's arms to take away WC2011 hosting rights from Pak EVEN though PCB suggested a neutral venue for Pak matches in Dubai. Why did Modi go thru all the trouble of inviting Pak players to IPL3 only to be humiliated at auction time? Why did Lorgat so openly accused Pak after 3rd ODI without any evidence? Could he have gotten away with this if he had accused India or Eng? BCCI doesn't want to loose PCB as voting partner, they just want it neutered and at bottom of the pile. Butt and PCB are now being dealt with for daring to open their mouths and accusing holier-than-pope ECB. For this crime, Pak cricket will be relegated to a minow. Efforts are already underway.

  • on October 19, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Hopefully things would get better but I wonder how will PCB (Ijaz Butt) live without corruption after acting upon ICC's advices (orders)... Hoping against hope!

  • on October 19, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    :( I dont like your articles. You always critise, never ever appericiate Pakistan cricket!

  • dmqi on October 19, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    If India alone can stop an ex-australian prime minister to become ICC VP with the help from Pakistan, Srilanka and other countries against Australia, South africa , England, NZ, then why a totally rejected man ( by all cricket fans) can not be banned for making a irresponsible comments about the 3rd ODI that England players took money to loose the game. That showed the ICC is not serious about cleaning Pak cricket. ICC should say,' No Butt or someone like him. Send a respected person with experience, acceptable to all", I bet Clive Loyd will be acceptable to all Pakistanis to represent Pakistan. There is Mzid Khan, Imran Khan who can be at par with all ICC officilas. Why ICC did not remove the Buffoon when they got an opportunity? Removing a team from ICC is not a positive action.

  • on October 19, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    AHMED ALI SHAH, YOU'R THE MAN !!!

    It's time the asian writers who stab their country in the back just to please a more powerful group, should be IDENTIFIED !!

  • on October 19, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Osman what are you upto? For God sake see both sides of the picture before writing any thing. You said Pakistan is the sick man. Who was Azharuddin? Which nationality Cronje holds? what about Gibbs who is still playing? What about Samuels? Warne? Waugh? What happened to those 29 who were involved in the fixing scandal in IPL? Investigations are still going on the spot fixing issue. ICC said Oval was clear. Why the hell you are silent on that. Whole of Pakistan demands a public apology from Lorgat. PCB should sue both Sun and ICC on that. PCB should play on the front foot now.Enough is enough. Too much double standards from ICC. Pakistan not allowed to participate in Champions League even though that it has the best record in T20. Why?Australia has not visited Pakistan for 12 years? Why? Fact is since BCCI took over ICC, Pak is under microscope. BCCI wants to destroy cricket in Pak. But you would not be brave enough to point your fingers at BCCI, sadly, thats what the truth is

    ^2nded

  • Capitalist_Cricketer on October 19, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Osman excellent article. Im a cricket fan period and i so like the pakistani flair in cricket and am seeing the pain in my fellow pakistani friends who are ardent fans of Pakistani cricket. Feel more bad for them then say the likes of afridi,youhana and salman butt. The avg pakistani cricket fan today is looking at pakistani cricket more than just a normal sports team they follow, its also their only source of potentally good and uniting news for a country encountering all sorts of challenges. The state of Denial is not helping them but neither is the lack of any hope to latch on to. All i can say is separate the PCB from their national politics and pray that it functions in an unbiased and 'intelligent' way.

  • sagitrama on October 19, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Where the hell is IMRAN KHAN????? let him leave his politics for now and repair pakistani cricket. That man is a genius, and ICC must ensure that he bcomes part of PCB. These issues will be sorted out in no time. Though I am an Indian, Pakistani and west indian cricket has always been close to my heart as they always played with a great sense of pride, passion and fearlessness which is missing today from both these teams :(

  • on October 19, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Had written a long reply to Ahmed Ali Shah amongst others who have commented on here but deleted is as I didn't see the point. Seems there is little desire to see accountability amongst many Pakistani fans which is sad. Sadly all just accusing Osman of 'attacking Pakistan' and of having a 'hidden agenda' which is ridiculous when looked at with any objectivity. The world needs Pakistan cricket as they are potentially a brilliant side. They don't need a board whose only concern is to pull the wool over peoples eyes in a smoke and mirrors exercise. I hope it is all sorted out asap and we can start to see the full flowering of Pakistani talent.

  • Jacks2010 on October 19, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Osman has completely missed the point. When players are properly remunerated where is the chance of graft? A proper tier structure should be established and players must be paid better based on performance to ensure the corruption goes away. The chances of players being selected equally from all regions can enhance fairness to the system and government rewards can only help. Meanwhile Pakistan can arrange test matches with some of the less favored nations such as Bangladesh, West Indies and Zimbabwe, nations that need the money and will play anyways.Even some of the rising nations such as Afghanistan and Canada.Meanwhile Pakistan's board slowly builds credibility and crawls back into the sytem.

  • bharath74 on October 19, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Ijaz Butt should not be blamed for this crisis, he did not force the players to participate in fixing, Kamran Akmal to drop catches, Akmal bros to play sublime cricket, Gang aganist senior players, or forced players to play internal politics rather than cricket.

  • on October 19, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Kick Ijaz Butt and Zaradri OUT!!!

  • koldmeat on October 19, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Mr. Ijaz Butt is destroying Pakistan Cricket. Get him out of the board.

  • ksmani on October 19, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    @ahmed ali shah, you are passionate. But no substance. Why are you yelling @ osman ? The poor guy has been wanting to write great things about pak and pak cricket for a long long time. Pleaaase, give him a faint reason to do that. Who is to blame for that? Osman himself ? or all the other jokers in your cricket setup? Aussies value their life much more than their wickets while batting. Thats why they did not come. BCCI took over ICC ? Why did PCB not take over ICC ? Mr. Mani was there at the top. You should have asked him to bring ICC home to karachi by putting it in a plastic grocery bag. What were you doing that time ? Why do you think BCCI will work hard to destroy pak cricket, when PCB itself is doing a FANTASTIC job? I have a very experienced administrator available to run pak cricket - if u want take him. His name is Suresh Kalmadi !! (boy, we got our own problems too..). So chill out !! Peace (not piece) !!

  • ruester on October 19, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    NAUMAN even if the Oval ODI was clean, wake up! Pakistani cricketers are corrupt, look at the damning evidence for the no balling in the test, it certainly wasn't a coincidence. I hope the cricketers involved never get to play another cricket match in their lives. I would say the same if they were Indian, Australian, English, Sri Lankan etc. I am a cricket lover and don't enjoy paying to watch cheats! Clean up Pakistan world cricket can do without you.

  • Playfairly on October 19, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Complete domination of ICC by India (70% revenue from India) has removed any semblence of neutrality of ICC. It is very difficult for Pakistan to get a fair treatment given the animosity indians have towards Pakistan. Thus the isolation of Pakistan cricket by cancellation of tours and tournaments by India, ICC and Haroon Lorgat to please his indian masters and not allowing Pakistan to Champions League. Pakistani players are being punished without any due process or evidence just on the basis of tabloid media reports. Scotland yard is yet to register any charges but Pakistan and its players are already paying the price. We need to realise the new worldorder and make our decision whether it is worthwhile to continue to be a part of this highly bisaed and shameful cricket council which has acted as an english mistress throughout its history and now and indian one. Cricket is less important than self respect.

  • ksmani on October 19, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Osman, I've got two choices for you, 1. @Ahmed Ali Shah 2. Mr. Suresh Kalmadi Which one u want ?

  • 2bnot2b on October 19, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    Lately, reading your article is just a waste of time. I read a few comments and figured out easily what you could have written. There are plenty of average writers who can write even more prettier article on the subject of current status of cricket in Pakistan. Right now Pakistan cricket is least need of blind and one-sided criticism. But why would you miss an opportunity? Instead of wasting time making suggestions to PCB and the its chairman, take a different angle and look for areas and opportunity to use people power to bring about the needed change. Look for new and different angles, give pakistan cricket lovers fresh air to breathe, be innovative and understanding. Why don't you answer some of the questions being asked in comments to your article, just to start with. But that would be tough, right?

  • Dhanno on October 19, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    All of this and Pakistan will win WC2011, rub-in-the-noses!! No joke, can happen.

    To all those people yelling at top of voices to couple of sane people (osman etc), well SHUT UP. You see what I did, I yelled louder!

  • rajesh_singhSTM on October 19, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    All other countries ban their tainted and clean up mess. Pakistan does reverse. IPL3 has been cleared by ASCU. Also IPL is INDIAN DOMESTIC league for your information and ICC has no right. Still ICC rules are respected and followed even though its not compulsion. Even Modi the IPL top boss has been charged because a little bit corruption in financial administration was suspected and this was done without any pressure from any outside agency. Pakistan on other hand has now gained a reputation in world that the tainted will become heroes and law bypassed . I am no Pakistan hater... but Osman is one of those men who knows that to clean up mess ..one has to first admit mess exists ...and then chalk out plan to remove mess ...and then thirdly act to remove mess. But as long as people living in denial mode exist...nothing gonna happen and this is just beginning of a dark tunnel ahead for Pakistan unless facts are seen as they exist and not painted as conspiracy theories by the world

  • on October 19, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    I think Pakistan should be suspended for at least five years so that can learn from it. Pakistan is a big shame for this great game. I was a fan of Pakistan for ages but now I don't even like cricket. I don't know why.

  • MindTrip on October 18, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    Poor Ijaz Butt. It must be hard for him to deal with his dementia on top of all the problems plaguing Pakistani cricket. My two cents? Ijaz Butt should be taken out back and put out of his misery while Pakistan should be removed from world cricket effective immediately. A time of introspection is in order to figure out how we got to this point and what needs to be done to preserve integrity in the sport for future generations. Pakistan just doesn't deserve the game of cricket right now. Oh the shame of it all.

  • on October 18, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    @Ahmed Ali Shah - I think you are on an island by yourself brother. Instead of blaming the Indian Cricket Board you should think about how much Ijaz Butt has done to decimate the already precarious state of cricket in Pakistan. Does it not bother you that a player like Younis Khan is not on the team because he won't kiss up to Butt? Does it not concern you that a snake like Shoaib Malik gets to come back to the team despite how detrimental his personality is to team chemistry? Are you oblivious to the fact that Asif and Aamer's careers might be on the line for what seems like blatant cheating? Our cricket board has become a laughing stock of the world, not just India! And contrary to what you might believe most Indians could care less about what is happening in Pakistan - the last time I checked they were #1 team in Tests and #2 in ODI's, a far cry from where we are. So let's stop blaming the rest of the world and think about what can be done to save cricket in Pakistan!!!

  • on October 18, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    After all this what are the odds (no pun intended) pakistan go on and win the world cup?

    The icc has got its proverbial knickers in a twist simply because there is an incompetent man at the helm. And the fact is that this is one of those rarities in life that it is universally recognised by all probably even butt's wife! Hence the ICC's attempt at playing the strict father to the pcb's juvenile delinquent.

    The small matter of claims not yet proven is in the midst of all of this has all been forgotten? Once again the PCB's incompetence is that it cannot even prepare a legal case against the Sun for the slander.

  • on October 18, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    It is such a shame. Pakistan has always been a great team and given world cricket so maby great players. I am n Indian and I just love some of the legends Pakistan has given us. Waqar, Wasim, Miandad, Imran khan, Seed Anway list is endless but I must admit your administration SUCKS BIG TIME!!! hope all ends well for pakistan and every player who ios onvolved in curruption geta a life ban. PLEASE FACE THE TRUTH AND ACCEPT ALL THE MESS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY TRY CLENING IT UP.

  • La_Bangla on October 18, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    @sri1ram..Excellent analysis. Some sensible comment finally. And very good article indeed Osman. I pity those who keep criticizing Osman and keep pointing at India-BCCI for Pakistan's suffering. If you don't believe in Osman, listen to what Imran khan had to say the oher day. Wake up all those die hard PCB fans and look within yourself as your country is falling apart at every front.

  • on October 18, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    I think we can establish that we all hate BUtt SAab, how long is it gonna take for him himself to admit it? Can I speak on behalf of every cricket fan: WE DON'T WANT BUTT RULING OUR DAMNED ENOUGH COUNTRY LIKE A TYRANT, IF WE HAVEN'T BEEN SHAMED ENOUGH THIS JOKER comes and half heartedly apologises, Paksitan cricket here needs sorting, because at the moment the infrastructure in Pakistan is worse than Taiwan Under 10 X1 (If there is one). Osman nailed it, and what needs to be said needs to be said. We don't want to b e all pushy about it, get those spot fixing creeps out of our side, get Imran in here to sort us out and lets hope that he can carry us to glory like he did all those years back, I am not joking here. Something has to be done.Quick.

  • v_giri on October 18, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    We all understand the rot that is too deep. I wonder if people like Mohd Amir were coerced to do what they did. With everything going wrong from top to bottom, a new player can easily get sucked into the rotten system, If Yousuf and Younis are yet untainted but have immense difficulty even getting considered, the message is clear for every player - join the party or stay in the sidelines for ever. Can a honest person really survive - much less thrive - in such a system purely based on talent? I seriously. I have the highest sympathy for players trying to be honest ? What do they do? Even Wasim Raja was such a great player but had no friends in the dressing room. To cleanse the system we need new administration and prepared to lose several matches for a while since honest guys need time to settle down. Best of luck Pakistan for a new chapter. The world needs Pakistan cricket as much as Pakistan.

  • M_H_K on October 18, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Well I had stopped reading Osman's articles for last few months. Today I tried to read and found the same old story, that is, bashing Pakistan cricketers, administration and Pakistan, people in general and media is a new addition to his list. Perhaps he is being paid only for this purpose. We all know how the decisions in ICC are taken. ICC has never been transparent in its decisions. These decision are taken more on political/regional/racial grounds than on cricketing grounds. That's why M. Speed was so interested in inducting J. Howard in ICC. Just look at recent events, any player or official is free to make negative comments about the three players. But if Tony Hill says something, all of sudden ICC wake up and send him a letter. I think, Ijaz Butt should have taken a strong stand in the meeting. He should have preferred country interests over bowing down to the personal threats given by a group of the ICC. We don't need the world, the world need us. Who will clean the ICC?

  • on October 18, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    Keep it up Osman, you are the only sane voice in pakistan cricket. And those who doesn't agree what Osman has to say....keep blaming others for your problems and never put your house in order. Shame on Ijaz Butt, we never have a proper system but Mr. Butt took it to new lows.

  • Toescrusher on October 18, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    PCB is dictatorial regimes they have master the cynical skill how to make 160 million Pakistani miserable in agony people have no choice but to plead ICC; please clean this filth called PCB. PCB's filthy laundry is long a few lines can't accommodate even little, in short: 1989 Qasim Umer exposed there is drug usage in the team! Umer was suspended & his bank account was sealed but the guilty one flourished with the bang! 1st time ever in 1994 Rashid Latif & Basit Ali pointed out match-fixing both suffered & the guilty one flourished under PCB's mentorship. Test center were developed only in the largest province through plan others were discriminated Hyderabad was a regular test center become victim of PCB. Any thing good about Karachi PCB put deaf ears. On what ground PCB built its Headquarter in Lahore? Interestingly all the guilty one hides behind the bushes here it happened to be Lahore. People like to know from ICC do you want to see one province play Intl cricket or all Pakistan?

  • on October 18, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    We will be fool-hardy if we think that this problem will go away with Butt. The reason the administration never took meaningful action against Pakistani players is because THEY think that the Pakistani Team represents Islam - Remember when the captain had apologize to muslims around the world for losing to India, and then muslims around the world OBJECTED because the Pathan brothers and Zahir were instrumental in beating them?

    Well, at the time when Shoaib was banned for drugs, it was a different administration - further supporting my point. These guys feel that if they indict the players, it will reflect bad on Islam.

    They need to wake up. PAKISTAN DOES NOT represent Islam. Islam is bigger and better. Where are the days of Imran khan???? Please come back. These guys are a shame to Pakistan cricket...

  • on October 18, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Ahmed..Australia has not toured Pakistan in 15 years, and WHY?...BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT THE SAME THING THAT HAPPENED TO SRI LANKA HAPPEN TO THEM!!!!!!

    Thanks to the poor running of YOUR board, our players nearly got killed, I am surprised this is not being talked about when we consider Pakistan board's mismanagement.

    I hope for the sake of players' lives, none of them would ever tour Pakistan, EVER, Not Australia, Not Sri Lanka, Not Bangladesh, Ireland, Canada, Bermuda or China! SAFETY FIRST!

  • K.A.K on October 18, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Pakistani fans have been humiliated by Zardari and his team in all walks of life and cricket is no exception. There should be no excuse to keep corrupt players or officials in the team.

    Despite PCB's plight, ICC's overall response to corruption in cricket has been pathetic and their stance against the PCB only shows how Haroon Logart and team are trying to get rid of the hot potato by focussing on PCB alone. ICC has delayed tackling the corruption problem for a long long time. What policy decisions have been made on sport betting and its impact on cricket in subcontinent and the world and how are Mazhar Majeeds and the likes are being tackled by ICC? Is it beyond Haroon's paycheck to tackle the big dirty money issues?

  • sitaram58 on October 18, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    The PCB board meetings, felicitations and selection meetings should be televised. I guess this means all of Pakistan must now have to submit to the will of Giles Clark!!!! Better get used to the idea of sucking up the "Bada Sahib". the empire strikes back!!!!!!!

  • sskris1 on October 18, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    Sri1Ram: Very well said: It's just that some people in PAK cannot fathom the fact that India is #1 iin test cricket, IPL belongs to INDIA (ICC is not involved with it and PAK players were not selected) and above all India is emerging as a global economic power. No point in wasting our time to such comments. For some the glass will never be full.

  • on October 18, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    I am not surprised at reactions of some Pakistani fans. Every problem that arises in pakistan is cause of India..from the flood in its state to its sad state of cricket..huh!!!! Please try to luk into your house , cause its there where the problem lies!!!!

  • on October 18, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Mr osman.. whats wrong with your thinking? im so dissapointed with you.

  • habi2010 on October 18, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    ICC has cleared Pakistan for the Oval ODI and investigations are 'still' going on for the 'spot fixing', now, how come Osman Samiuddin forgot to mention this, particularly the role of 'haroon Luggar' in spot fixing controversy in this particular article. Has 'haroon Luggar' resigned as he lost the case for 3rd ODI? I am not defending this mentally sick old man, who does not deserve any place in PCB (i mean butt), but my point is that author should have a neutral opinion and he should report both sides of the story and not just keep on beating the single side of drum as mostly are doing on cricinfo........with Love to Pakistan Cricket.

  • khalidSami on October 18, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Osman your article stinks and merely blames BCCP for everything that went wrong, I am no fan of Butt and the Board they have done a poor job and hurt the country. They lack finesse, guile and diplomacy. The players are not corrupt they are ignorant, novice and immature. This combination has been very damaging for Pakistan Cricket. The Board is reactive and takes unilateral action without deliberation, then flip flops. Butt and cronies should be thrown out. We do not want ICC to exploit this situation with weak Butt. ICC own record in managing is not that great, to date, they have done nothing to manage their own elite umpires. Every match has atleast 2-3 erroneous decision and often they are so blatant that you may consider, it may be umpire fixing. ICC has not put its foot down regarding UDRS as they cannot annoy the Indians. ICC also flip flops when it comes to ECB and CA it knows how to bully the weak Boards. To hell with them.

  • rick333 on October 18, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Although i feel bad to say this, i am going to say this anyway. Arent any of you seeing the parallel here? just like it took NATO to interfere in order to clean up some mess, ICC is stepping into PCB domain to put the house in order. It is a matter of shame. As Mr.Samiuddin puts it clearly, being in the STATE OF DENIAL is what ruining PAKISTAN. Hope some educated, literate leadership will lead this country and the system to the patch of peace and prosperity. The reforms should be TOP-DOWN starting from a visionary government

  • venbas on October 18, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Whether the Butts(Ijaz/Salman et al.) or Mr 10% Asif Zardari care about it or not, Pakistan cricket will only be associated henceforth with cheating. The best of spell from an Asif or a Amir is more likely to be viewed thru a sepia coated lens of match fixing. Cross border fans like myself(I admired their fast bowling a lot) will find it very hard to beleive even genuine performances from the Pakistan team in future. Unfortunately the rot starts right from the top where Mr.10% is governing the country like his siefdom. Many countries including India may be suffering from their own problems but no one has such a corrupt person at the highest levels of governance that percolates into corruption at everyo levels. Thus there is no backlash at corruption in Pakistan as compared to India where CWG Kalmadi is under dock for corruption and a Lalit modi is now fighting for the last skin of his bones in court. It is impossible to even Imagine that such a thing can happen in Mr10% ruled Pakistan

  • on October 18, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    @Ahmed Ali Shah

    Dont' start with the whole ignorant statements about why countries refuse to tour Pakistan. After the way the Sri Lankans were treated for being gracious enough to tour your godforsaken country, no Pakistani has the right to complain about why teams do not want to tour Pakistan anymore.

  • deepakjm on October 18, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    To all my Indian friends and cricket lovers. I think we waste our own sweet time when we try to explain pakistani fans about what they should do to clean the mess.

  • gpbhat on October 18, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    @sri1ram: Like your first comment.... These guys are in total denial !!

  • on October 18, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Pakistan Supreme Court instead of protecting their own jobs should take Suo-Motto action and change PCB. Ahmed Ali Shahis very correct in his observations, however, he concludes by saying that Pakistan is justified in its rude, incompetent and corrupt behavior. Irrespective of ICC's bias against Pakistan dictated by BCCI, PCB has problems of corruption, nepotism, ineptness and they must be corrected. Pakistan Supreme Court must step in to take remedial action.

  • on October 18, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    I think Pakistan should have read the signs very clearly after India stopped playing cricket matches in Sharjah (the Mecca of Match-Fixing) back in 2000-2001!! I don't know whether it even occured to them at any point in time, regarding this truly clever, brilliant and sensible move we made back then!!

  • on October 18, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    It seems president is not at all concerned about pcb, that is why there may be truth about news that butt will get another extension, just because of butt's close relation with defense minister. In other circumstances butt would have resigned long long time back. But Mr Butt is different, even with pakistani standards. One can understand his ego, lust for power and authority without any care for pakistan cricket. But he doesn't have any shame at all. The way icc has rebuked and threatened him, rightly so, one would think Mr Butt would hide his face somewhere.his tenure at head will go down as DARK AGE in pakistan.He has caused more damage than icc, LET, ecb have, put together. i think all well wishers of pakistani cricket should start a 'SAVE PAKISTAN' campaign demanding ouster of butt and his entire pcb members.Dr Arshad kashmir

  • cricketisagame on October 18, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Well said porshatom. Pakistani cricketers think they are the ambassidors of Islam. Every word in presentation ceremony starts with Allah and ends with we want to win this trophy for the muslims of this world. They even forgot there are more muslims in India than Pakistan. Not a single Bangladeshi( who I respect) players talk about religion as a player. I wonder when these Pakistanis grow up?? There are only a handful of Pakistanis who accept the truth and wants their team/nation to be like every other team/nation but majority of them keep saying that my nose still up even though they are kissing the ground. Wrong is wrong, you cant justify something wrong but thats what happens in Pakistan right now.

  • kkk47 on October 18, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Mr. Ahmed Ali Shah, I just cannot understand why you would write comments like that. Azzharuddin was banned never to play an international again. So is everyone you mentioned. Pakistan cricket team is really talented, but the board (IJAZ BUTT) is not a very diplomatic guy. He needs to step down. On the other hand, BCCI, even though I dont like the way they go about doing their business with iron hand, they are trying their best to wipe out corruption in IPL and their domestic structure. If it was another cricketing nation...Mr. Butt would be gone by now. If he stays long at the head of PCB, the damage he will cause to Pakistan cricket, cannot be imagined. Pakistan to should look at boards like ECB, CA, BCCI, South African Cricket board to learn how they run their cricket.

  • Ulio on October 18, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Only if I were a close friend of Mr.Butt, I would have suggested him enough is enough. At least show some respect to your country. Every walking person in Pakistan hates you, show some dignity, some honour and step down before it is too late. I would have told him, I know Butt there is a lot of money to be made, match-fixing and such, however you earned enough, and now Pakistan Cricket is suffering deep wounds from it all. Only if he was my friend.

    @others, all this has nothing to do with INDIA/BCCI, I would say same thing to you my dear friends, enough is enough, stop living under such cloud. Accept the reality. Pakistan Cricket currently is a laughing stock, ask an aussie mate of yours in class.

  • on October 18, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    where are those great players of Pakistan Imran Khan,Javedmiandad,Wasim Akram,Md.Hanief, Mushtaque Ahmed n many many of them who brought Pak a good name n surfaced Pakistan to the top in rankinkings.Now the time has come when no one talks of Pak cricket in high esteem n praises the spirit where has that killing spirit has gone? now its only money that hovers over their mind n people in high post support to bring further bad name to Pak.Seems there is no one who will fight for the olden days to bring back the glory.I used to look forward to every match that Pak was scheduled to play, and now its no more.Will that time ever come?

  • dhpf on October 18, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Hear, hear, Ahmed Ali Shah - true die hard pakistan cricken fan.

  • on October 18, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    It will be good when Pakistan is banned from all international events. Pakistan needs to be more radical like North Korea. We have been constantly outperformed in all matters by N Koreans; people who experience even more load shedding, malnutrition and press censorship than we do. Furthermore N Korea better understands the meaning of events. They stage events only to honor their great president Kim Jong Il. Our cricket matches and all such entertainment should be staged only to support our great leader Zardari. Furthermore, when we become like the N Koreans we won't be allowed outside Pakistan enabling us to be proud and unashamed while isolated from the rest of the world. We should not waste our time playing India. We can stage matches between our best eleven and Pakistan's best Hindu players such as Kaneria. After, the match the Hindu players would be admonished for cheating and match fixing and we can even have them as our fictional villains. Why do we need anybody!?

  • on October 18, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    Pakistan cricket and most other departments are in decline today due to various reasons but it is interesting to see how many non-pakistanis comment on Pakistan cricket. I have never seen this many comments on any other team news. That is a true reflection of what happens on a bigger state, ICC (not really sure what it means anymore). Osman Samiuddin write what earns him a check just like any other writer in the world for any news paper or tv. They are and should only write what they are told to by the stake holders. If others stop poking their heads in Pakistan cricket, it may get better or may not. But who has clean hands? Let's grow up and start minding our own businesses.

  • krv954 on October 18, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Sorry guys. I don't see how this 30 day ultimatum can do anything. I also don't what kind of authority this task force can exercise in Pakistan. The cause of these problems are deep rooted, it is not just the players who are the culprits here. Even if PCB were to take some drastic methods now, we all know that the decision will be overturned( Shoaib Akthar and Mohd Asif doping scandal and many others). The only power the ICC has is to conduct a vote to expel Pakistan. Or else this circus called PCB will continue and there is nothing the ICC can do about it.

  • on October 18, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Dear osman,i love your article,s but some how you don,t support pakistan team as much you should.as every body know is that,now crickit is game of money ,i beleave in every single playing team in world from all countries ,there is few crook,and there is very honest player,s too,before we pakitani use to say BCCI is trying to put down pakistani crickit,now even most lot,s of indian they think same way,unfortunatley indian politician are playing game with great game on big giant money country,and ICC they know it but they can,t do any thing,s against india because of money game,all time india win politicly against austelia,and england just because of money.

  • on October 18, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    @Siddharth Shah. If IPL is India's internal tournament then Why did ICC intervened and asked all boards to ban those playing ICL. And "tainted cricketers" ?? Comeon prove it. It has been more than 2 months and nothing has been proved. Is that Pakistan fault? Go ask ICC. Oval ODI declared clean. Now what is the outstanding issue ?

    @porshatom .. Your comments are clear reflection of Indian mindset.

    Guys it was Zardari govt. vs Rest of all and now it's Zardari govt + Pak fans vs Rest of all.

  • ProdigyA on October 18, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    @sri1ram. spot on my friend. Some people just dont want to change.

  • Vice-Captain on October 18, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    If this is not a shame, don't know what is. It's time to stop being defensive and take the small humble steps to fixing the system. It's not going to be fixed overnight. Don't know what use suspension will have ... ICC will have lost its ability to monitor. It's better to sideline without a formal suspension.

  • asadkum on October 18, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA.................................................................

    I am a Bangladeshi and a cricket lover. Investigation for spot fixing is still going on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't know why they are taking so much time to investigate...................... If found guilty - ICC is in full liberty to punish the Pak trio..................And in this way an example would be set up against corruption ................................... Moreover, on the ground of incapability, ICC can also suspend Mr. Butt from the position of directorship......BUT it is NOT wise / fair to even think to punish the country............since there are millions & millions of cricket loving people in Pak... Millions & millions of people / fans should NOT be deprived !!!!!!!!!

  • BoomBoom_Khan on October 18, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Mr. Shah is right but I still would like to humbly disagree with his approach. If things are wrong in other boards, that doesn't give me the right or prerogative to be wrong as well. I don't care if the world is walking on the roof against gravity I will still follow the righteous rules where I can look in the mirror with dignity and respect. BCCI or IPL or ICC it's all the same to me and it really means nothing to me. What I care about is my country, my team, my players and above all their (which is mine) dignity and respect. I do not want to be associated with corruption, meaningless politics, backbiting, doping, match/spot fixing, fighting on and off the pitch, not being able to speak the truth and getting awarded life bans for those who do. The most I can hardly tolerate is bad performance from my team on the field. It is indeed a very shameful state of affairs for our cricket and instead of us blaming others and other systems we need to fix our own. Bless ya'll.

  • rehan.javed00 on October 18, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    @ Article After reading this all i felt like i wasted 5 minutes of my important life. While trying to hide there inefficiency to curb corruption , I.C.C should have shown some courage by apologizing people of Pakistan for defaming Pakistan and hurting there sentiments . At first I.C.C should learn to not use "Tabloids" as prime source of information. Probably they need to go through ACSU(All Corruption supporting United) and make it an ACSU. Pointing finger at Pakistan won't solve any thing, perhaps it is premature to call Pakistani trio corrupt. Still unclear how did he know PAKISTAN WILL BOWL FIRST! For the record, no body bets on no balls and no record have been found in such relation at lords test. @ Indians Sorry but do u think ur hands are clear? CWG has just ended mates shall we talk about it. i don't want to offend Indians but they take so much pride for corruption they did in CWG.

  • reality_check on October 18, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Two things. 1) Why is ICC not suspending Butt right away. Do they need any more proof and 2) Why isn't anyone, including Osman, making any fuss about ICC's decision to publicly repremand Pakistan after 3rd ODI. Now we know that report in Sun was rubbish. Is PCB run by the dimmest bulb on the block... YES. Is ICC run by the dimmest bulb on the block... YES. Now that Butt has been put on the watch list, who will put Lorgat on the same watch list? If the end result is to eradicate corruption, why end with Pakistan.... why not plough thru all the way to the top of ICC. Why not include "other" boards as well. Because of the above mentioned reasons, I don't think anything will come out of any of the bravado shown by ICC. Butt will be sacked for having an IQ of a tree and not towing the official line. PCB will be put in a "Zimbabwe" style dog house for few years but won't be suspended. ICC needs someone around to blame. Most importantly... business as usual will continue in ICC.

  • on October 18, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    This article is a joke really.While there is no denying the fact that the problem runs deep down inside the Pakistani society in general and PCB in particular, one must not overlook the way ICC is trying to sideline Pakistan cricket. A single word hasn't been said about the clean chit ICC gave to the Oval ODI. No body questioned the way ICC responded hastily when the news was revealed by the British tabloid (which basically runs on rumors and blackmailing). Not only that I was astonished to see ICC going public and on what? Based on one story published in a 3rd class newspaper. Even the Lords charges have not been proven yet. The old adage of 'Innocent until proven guilty' seems to be redefined by modern day jokers and so called pundits like Ian Botham as 'Guilty until proven innocent'. If PCB is run by a bunch of retards, rest assured ICC is no different to it. So does the writer who critices one while favoring other.

  • on October 18, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    "The running of Pakistan's cricket, and very possibly its future, is no longer entirely in the hands of Pakistan"

    Given how well they have run cricket recently, this can only be a good thing - a period of court ordered receivership. Its really sad that such a fabulous team of potential world beaters has sunk as low as it has. If you look at the talent player wise, Pakistan is not much below India. Batting a bit inferior, Bowling superior. However, the haphazard administration and poor controls on match fixing etc have run the entire cricketing establishment into the ground. Time to get your act together - not only for your own sake, but for the rest of the world.

    Growing up in India, I was both fascinated and tormented by the Pakistani teams of the 1980s with world beaters such as Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas. All of us remember the fabulous tour in 2003 (?) when the Indians were greatly welcomed and played a great series. World cricket needs a strong credible Pakistan.

  • on October 18, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Keep it up Osman you are the only sane voice on Pakistan Cricket. Mr. Ahmad Ali shah you are delusional. keep blaming others for your own problems and never put your own house in order. There are not two sides of the story, there is only one side. There are no double standards, read the article again and read that paragraph starting "No board has been as accommodating of tainted men as the PCB....". There are so many arguments i can put down here but if you don't get it by reading Osman, you will never get it.

  • on October 18, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Keep it up Osman you are the only sane voice on Pakistan Cricket. Mr. Ahmad Ali shah you are delusional. keep blaming others for your own problems and never put your own house in order. There are not two sides of the story, there is only one side. There are no double standards, read the article again and read that paragraph starting "No board has been as accommodating of tainted men as the PCB....". There are so many arguments i can put down here but if you don't get it by reading Osman, you will never get it.

  • LeftBrain on October 18, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Well I agree with Osman that this is a very unfortunate turn of events for Pakistan and its cricket, but Pakistan cricket is at the point where its "aickness" cant be treated by pain killers or a drip of glucose, it needs major surgery. With the current structure where president (and his political bafoons) appoint chairman who has all the powers in world and is not accountable at all and answerable to no body, where that same chairman and his appoiner are the real "sickness" the only way to perform that surgery is to get "surgens" from outside. No matter how bad ICC is, they are the only hope to save Pakistan cricket now.

  • BrianCharlesVivek on October 18, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    @Ahmed, You are spot on man. There is a case with Interpol suspecting Lalit Modi and Shashank Manohar behind the Lahore bomb attack on the Sri Lankans. In exchange for that attacks, SL played India several times and made millions. Actually during that spot fixing drama where Amer bowled no balls, he was actually trained by Ishant Sharma on how to bowl no balls. See Ishant also did th same during recent Aus test series. Same way Kamran was trained by Dhoni before the sydney test on how to drop catches. There is a speculation that Ijaz butt may become either the White house chief of staff for his wide vision, strategic governance and ability to act under pressue, or the nobel prize for physics(butt s uncertainty principle).

  • on October 18, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    I ll go with Ahmed Ali Shah, people laugh at such things saying they are consipiracy theories, but when would we wake up? Will we wake up when we lose Pakistan? Then all the conspiracy theories will be correct. But it will be too late. There is definitely something happening which Pakistanis are not doing to themselves!!

    How about this : the UNPROVEN charges against s. butt and two of pakistan's most gifted bowlers were actually laid precisely to get Pakistan in this situation: to kick them out of all forms of international cricket. Thus, IPL and CL first.

  • on October 18, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    oooo my Pakistani mates, its an indian site, oosman samiuddin is highly payed by this site not Pakistan, oooosman plz loook back at your last few articles and plz write two or three articles on oval odi and lords test,, if oval odi was clean then why icc is not appologising Pakistan and Shahid afridi, and after almost two to three months why Scotland yard is failed to prove anything, plz ooosman its my request to you, write something in favour of Pakistan tooo.

  • veeezel on October 18, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Mr zardar & ijaz butt they are enemy of pakistan,how dare they come on tv and present themself that they are the savioure of pakistan when you see how they have killed pakistan cricket in two years.Every single person in the country is begging this president to get rid of ijaz butt for sone time,qaima commetey is asking for his resignation parliment is asking the same tv anchor dr danish has begged to ijaz butt to resign so many times but all in vain. Now icc statment towards pakistan is so shameful i can not under stand how ijaz butt can sleep at nights, man have no shame ,no pride no moral and no principle at all

  • nomikshah on October 18, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    agree with Ahmad Ali Shah. It seems Mr. Abbasi and Mr. Samiuddin are more concerned with keeping Crincinfo management and ICC happy rather than giving the complete picture. Maybe they would get thrown off the panel if they wrote otherwise.

  • on October 18, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Mr. Ahmed, which world are you living in?? here are the facts Azharuddin-Banned, Cronje-Banned,Samuels-Penalized. IPL is india's domestic cricket and private affair and hence ICC cannot intervene and for your FYI right now Lalit Modi is having night mares with Officials running behind him.

    Did your officials even try to book your own cricketers? They are in turn defending those tainted cricketers. Let's talk about security, forget about cricket people are afraid of even visiting your nation for tourism. First look into your mess in PAK and then advise others to improve.

  • porshatom on October 18, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    Back in the 80's and 90's I used to hold Pakistan in high regard but no more. Pakistan Cricket is merely a reflection of the country as a whole. Honest, reliable, hard working men like Younis Khan can not get a fair go, Nepotism & Corruption run rife. Blame is dispersed on everybody but Pakistan by the people in control, repsonsiblity is never accepted. With the conversion Of Younis Youhanna(and all the middle age beards), Pakistan became an Islamic Team, always referencing Allah & showing the world Islam in Action. Yes we see Pakistan in action, we see Islam in action. We are not stupid like monkeys & pigs, irrespective of what you may think. The arrogance must stop, responsibility accepted & forgiveness asked for OR Pakistan is doomed in Cricket, and as a Country.

  • nauman421 on October 18, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Oval ODI was clean. It has been around 2 months that Scotland yard and ICC are 'investigating' and nothing has proved yet. How can then ICC comment and order like that. Whats going on here. Especially Osman i really wanna know whats your agenda. I did not see any of your comment on ICC clearing Oval ODI. Also on cricinfo that was a secondary news. You have time and again said that by accusing England of match-fixing PCB has made Giles Clarke angry as it would hurt Pakistan as Clarke is head of the committee working to help Pakistan. Isnt it now a conflict of interest situation for Clarke as well, shouldnt he step down from that committee on moral grounds if he cant do it infdifferently? ICC is a group of ppl. who want to rule cricket, not run it!!

  • dmqi on October 18, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    This is becoming interesting. 3 men, Zardari, his defence minster and the crazy Butt versus the cricket fans. Let us see who wins. ICC is definitely taking side of the people. But is ICC fair? Why did ICC had doubted on Lords ODI and jumped like a gorilla's younger version and now saying no problem, the match is fine. Have they lost credibility like I Butt? Yes, they have. I think too many clowns are showing there muscles all around. This must stop to give some decency to the game.

    After watching the games for 40 years, I am loosing interest in it as it is becoming too commercial and too corrupt. Big money is becoming big power,not good for any game.

  • bluebillion on October 18, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    I dont understand how Butt can stop the players from taking money to fix matches. If the players are greedy and corrupt, what can Butt do? The only hope is to punish the players found guilty with life bans and hope that it acts as a deterrent to other players. When has Butt said he wont do this? He has said that the players will be punished if found guilty - the investigation isnt in Butt's hands - its the ICC and Scotland Yard. Why blame Butt if your players are slimeballs?

  • no.nonsense on October 18, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Ijaz Butt for Prime Minister - what say?

  • krsriram on October 18, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    As much as the PCB and its current chairman, some blame (at least) should attach to the players that have played under Pak colours over the last 10 years. While nobody is going to claim that the BCCI is smelling of roses, the distinguishing factor is the dignity shown by the big 5 of Indian cricket - Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly (with all his attitude) and Kumble - which kept Indian cricket credible.

  • on October 18, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Well said Ahmed Ali Shah. Osman you should seriously ready Ahmed Ali Shah comments.

  • virufan1 on October 18, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Mr. Osman keeps suggesting that the administrators are low -- either too or too incompetent to get it. There is a reasonable third hypothesis that explains it all: everybody, from the president down to to Mr. Butt down to the players, has his hands tainted in the bookie saga. If so, who will punish whom and how?

  • Gilliana on October 18, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Ahmed Ali Shah, you remind me of the Pakistani general that runs the ISI and your country. He admitted to the Americans that he can never get India out of his head.

  • omairhameed on October 18, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Mr. Osman Samiuddin We can have a discussion about this all day long. But I have a suggestion to make, hoping that you are a Pakistani. We chatter about lawyers protesting, public asking for reinstatement of regime, fight against the autocracy and many a times achieving. My question is doing we really love Pakistan? If so, why cannot we protest against the enduring and you for case in point leading the cricket fans? Why don't you carry out what others have done and attained. Talking is easy, walking the path is difficult. We can put up as many articles as possible. Who are you guiding to? Have you asked someone to do what isn't possible for you to do expecting you reside outside Pakistan. If ever you could do anything for Pakistan cricket, it would be making an extra effort that each one of us is short of or isn't in a position to instigate.

  • MAK123 on October 18, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Why can't the ICC simply say ok, Ijaz Butt is not acceptable as PCB representative to deal with the global body? A cynic would believe that Ijaz Butt is not being removed by the Patron because both Butt and Zardari are involved in making money through corruption in Cricket. After all, the widely 'respected' Patron was being called Mr. 10% when his spouse, the late Benazir was in power.

  • amit1807kuwait on October 18, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Statements from a respondent like "Fact is since BCCI took over ICC, Pak is under microscope. BCCI wants to destroy cricket in Pak. But you would not be brave enough to point your fingers at BCCI, sadly, thats what the truth is" reveal that Pakistan continues to live in self-denial. Hopefully some sane minds in Pakistan will prevail over such misguided people.

  • bkraks21 on October 18, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    There is another idiot who posted things about BCCI and ICC. Why are you pakistanis so fond to pointing finger at your rich neighbour at every oppututunity? Is it jealousy? Clean your own house first my frnds.

  • on October 18, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    I fear all this in the end will Hurt Pakistan Cricket if it is banned due to some Power hungry Buffoons running the PCB.

  • on October 18, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    @ Shehnaz, you are saying that India should import Pakistani bowlers if Pak is banned. But I think, even if given a chance, India would never do that, because we would rather have less talented bowlers instead of having talented bowlers who would fix matches....

  • sri1ram on October 18, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    Any disbarment of Pakistan should somehow be due to an invisible Indian hand? This is stupidity. The BCCI loses a reliable voting partner in the bloc of subcontinent, Windies, SA, Zim etc. from which it derives backing and power at the ICC high table. No one gets any benefit if the talented Pak team is debarred from participating in future matches. Some of you Pakis out here, stop being so India-centric and anti-India and get out of your shells.

  • bkraks21 on October 18, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Thanks a lot Osman. You have proved that there are pakistanis who can still see night as night and not call it a day. I am a big fan of your fast bowling but administration and some of the players are awful. Ball chewers are made captains and glorified. Even supporters accept that as just a small mistake. Morality has nothing to do with backgrounds like what people are suggesting. Ameer comes from poor background so he shd be pardoned. I hope ICC takes firm actions against any player that is found guilty of match/spot fixing.

  • ChenduPhali on October 18, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    After all this Butt-Drama, Only 1 thing comes to mind - May the PCB & Pakistan Cricket, Rest in Peace. Amin. :P

  • sri1ram on October 18, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Hehhh, Ahmed Ali Shah's contention that it is the BCCI behind the myriad "conspiracies" afflicting Pak cricket is downright laughable, if not so stupid. BCCI is not even an Indian government entity to play petty politics - it is driven by one goal - making more money. BCCI and all other subcontinental boards (including PCB) vote together as a bloc most times. In fact, we all know that Pakistan-India series are the most lucrative in viewership and sponsorships when even compared to Indo-Aussie trysts! There have been many instances of the BCCI compelling the Indian Govt to play down disputes with Pak, so as to reap money from scarce match-ups.

    Even after Osman painstakingly gives examples of the malaise loud and clear - Ahmed has to give instances of individual corruption to defend a system that engenders and encourages corruption. Azhar - barred for life, even Badminton associations shun him. Hasn't India centric drivel screwed your nation as it is ? Why not try to introspect?

  • HanifShah on October 18, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Well I am not sure about Osman's pessimism but he sure is being pragmatic. It is high time that some one does something drastic in Pakistan cricket otherwise we will continue to have challenges and God forbid it might cost them the membership. Such is the love of game in Pakistan cricket that a mere of thought of this gives a scary feeling.

  • Farce-Follower on October 18, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Change has to come from within. As long as Pakistani media and population think that the rest of the world is at fault and nothing is ever wrong with Pakistani cricket, nothing will ever change. The blame will only keep shifting...India, West, Pawar, Lorgat, Anti-Pak media etc, etc...

  • hoodbu on October 18, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    This is an immensely important article. Thank you Osman for highlighting the plight of Pakistani cricket. Ijaz Butt must go.

  • SubJ on October 18, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Scathing! But absolutely true! I'm waiting for one on BCCI. Who will do the honors?

  • KikiK on October 18, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Ijaz Butt and Zardari are on another planet. This situation is getting weirder and weirder.

  • on October 18, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    If the PCB gets banned, India should capitalize on this situation and grant citizenship to all the Pakistani fast bowlers (if they can show some descent/relations from India). I am sure these guys will jump at the opportunity of playing for India and being a part of lucrative IPL contracts. :)

  • on October 18, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    another shamefull day fr pakistan cricket, lots of talent , bt bad admininstrators... was a fan of pakistani cricket way back in 90's nd start of 2000's , bt nw, i dnt care, even bangladesh is better than pakistan, huge talent, all goin other way due to bad admins...

    shame on u guys, u call urself as presidents, selectors.. shame on all guys,

    a board of cricket is for players and players should run it,

  • on October 18, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Ah, if only the rest of the Pakistan government could also be taken to task just as easily.

  • hamqad on October 18, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    In my short banking career in Pakistan, I have seen some ailing organizations. However, I have never seen an organization that is so oblivious to its wrongdoings and miss-management.

    Even by the generally low meritocracy standards followed in Pakistan, Mr. Butt should have been sacked by now. In fact, I believe a person with even a little dignity and shame would have realized his/her inability to manage the institution and would have stepped down. Needless to say then, the motive behind Mr. Butt's desire to hold on the to the post is something other than cricket. It is the lust for power and wealth which most of the politicians crave.

    I hope Pakistan can save this sinking ship although I do not see that happening with the current administration in place. Pakistan's Cricinfo page looks more like the front page of the political section of a newspaper rather than the webpage of a sports team. It is indeed a sad time for the country.

  • VenuAasuri on October 18, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Strong and hard-hitting, but rightly so. Wish someone wrote a similar article on the workings of the BCCI & ICC. One of these two is powerful and head-strong while the other seems direction-less. Cricket cannot afford to lose one of its permanent members to stupidity and total mismanagement - much less, a team as talented as Pakistan. Wonder when the board and its political bosses will realize that there is no shame in cleaning up the mess instead of shoving the filth under the rug and patting each other for doing a good job of it.

  • manasvi_lingam on October 18, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    Aren't you being to pessimistic Osman? After all, the subcontinent did get through the first match fixing crisis somehow and teams like India and Sri Lanka performed very well post-2000.

  • Bukhari on October 18, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Mr. Zardari only takes action when put under pressure either through long marches or Chief of Army Staff. So the cricket fans either have to do a long march or put a petetion to Army Chief to get rid of Ijaz Butt who is coninuously ruining our cricket off the ground and on the ground. Mr. Butt! if you have an iota of respect for Pak cricket then for God sake pl leave PCB, you have not only spoiled Pak cricket but also hurt millions of Pak cricket fans. Now be ready for the wrath of the nation. Ready for your house pelted with stones or publically execution. And the 3rd option is run away from PCB before all this happen, choice is urs.

  • dr_sachinfan_chennai on October 18, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Osman, The people like U, Dr.Kamran Abbasi are just wasting ur precious talents by writing on the JOKE of CRICKET _ IJAZ BUTT though negatively. Its better you guys start writing on the GLORIOUS PAST of ur Cricket rather than the Ditchy present and Murky future awaiting... A series on likes of Imran, Hanif, Zaheer and Qadir and Akram(my fav) and likes would be worth spending time for rather than about oft criticized BUTT... Hope ICC bans BUTT and makes it clear to ZARDARI that either run the board sensibly and Place a ban on Pakistan so that they will realize the situation and make sensible moves.. Feel Ban is not bad idea.. I mean Ban for 3 months is enough to spur proper moves. Because ICC can't force change of BUTT and if Ban is placed, there ll be some sense prevailing atleast...

  • landl47 on October 18, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    That matters have come to this is a tragedy for the many talented cricketers and loyal supporters of Pakistan cricket. The fact is, as Ijaz Butt has shown over and over again, that incompetent hacks appointed for political reasons do nothing but bring the game into disrepute. I hope some order and reason can be introduced into the Pakistan administration as soon as possible. I don't want to see Pakistan being demoted to a second-rate cricketing country- a fate to which Butt has dragged it to the very brink.

  • thwacked on October 18, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    believe me i am so much relieved on hearing all this and I am sure many of us back at home must be as well. I hope that ICC holds PCB by the neck till ijaz butt or more importantly zardari has anything to do with the PCB. I wish ICC has similar rules as of FIFA, in which no government can interfere with the sports else face sanctions. I as a pakistan cricket fan would like to see ICC tighten its grip on PCB and kick their a$$ till it becomes butt. And for me being a Pakistani and all others out there, I am sure we all know that no corruption can be done just by a bunch of players. Its like defying the gravitational force specially in Pak. We need to sack the whole management. Importantly the game officials on the tour. Had they checked yawars room in UK, they must had find a few more bundle of marked sterlings. Glad theres a hope of light atlast for pakistan cricket. I am really really thankful to the ICC and other member boards for this.

  • on October 18, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Mr. Zardari is the root cause of the decline...first he appoint an incompetent person for the job and secondly even after his negative heroics he persist with him and that is his general modus operandi towards all other public offices... every one in Pakistan wants Butt to be sacked and punished but Mr. Zardari is persisting with Butt just because he is a relative of our defense minister...what a shame

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 18, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Oh dear. That's all I have to say really.

  • on October 18, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    i believe that the pcb chairman must step down immediate to save pakistan cricket if he has got some SHAME this is not the way to run any organisation

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  • on October 18, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    i believe that the pcb chairman must step down immediate to save pakistan cricket if he has got some SHAME this is not the way to run any organisation

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 18, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    Oh dear. That's all I have to say really.

  • on October 18, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Mr. Zardari is the root cause of the decline...first he appoint an incompetent person for the job and secondly even after his negative heroics he persist with him and that is his general modus operandi towards all other public offices... every one in Pakistan wants Butt to be sacked and punished but Mr. Zardari is persisting with Butt just because he is a relative of our defense minister...what a shame

  • thwacked on October 18, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    believe me i am so much relieved on hearing all this and I am sure many of us back at home must be as well. I hope that ICC holds PCB by the neck till ijaz butt or more importantly zardari has anything to do with the PCB. I wish ICC has similar rules as of FIFA, in which no government can interfere with the sports else face sanctions. I as a pakistan cricket fan would like to see ICC tighten its grip on PCB and kick their a$$ till it becomes butt. And for me being a Pakistani and all others out there, I am sure we all know that no corruption can be done just by a bunch of players. Its like defying the gravitational force specially in Pak. We need to sack the whole management. Importantly the game officials on the tour. Had they checked yawars room in UK, they must had find a few more bundle of marked sterlings. Glad theres a hope of light atlast for pakistan cricket. I am really really thankful to the ICC and other member boards for this.

  • landl47 on October 18, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    That matters have come to this is a tragedy for the many talented cricketers and loyal supporters of Pakistan cricket. The fact is, as Ijaz Butt has shown over and over again, that incompetent hacks appointed for political reasons do nothing but bring the game into disrepute. I hope some order and reason can be introduced into the Pakistan administration as soon as possible. I don't want to see Pakistan being demoted to a second-rate cricketing country- a fate to which Butt has dragged it to the very brink.

  • dr_sachinfan_chennai on October 18, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Osman, The people like U, Dr.Kamran Abbasi are just wasting ur precious talents by writing on the JOKE of CRICKET _ IJAZ BUTT though negatively. Its better you guys start writing on the GLORIOUS PAST of ur Cricket rather than the Ditchy present and Murky future awaiting... A series on likes of Imran, Hanif, Zaheer and Qadir and Akram(my fav) and likes would be worth spending time for rather than about oft criticized BUTT... Hope ICC bans BUTT and makes it clear to ZARDARI that either run the board sensibly and Place a ban on Pakistan so that they will realize the situation and make sensible moves.. Feel Ban is not bad idea.. I mean Ban for 3 months is enough to spur proper moves. Because ICC can't force change of BUTT and if Ban is placed, there ll be some sense prevailing atleast...

  • Bukhari on October 18, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Mr. Zardari only takes action when put under pressure either through long marches or Chief of Army Staff. So the cricket fans either have to do a long march or put a petetion to Army Chief to get rid of Ijaz Butt who is coninuously ruining our cricket off the ground and on the ground. Mr. Butt! if you have an iota of respect for Pak cricket then for God sake pl leave PCB, you have not only spoiled Pak cricket but also hurt millions of Pak cricket fans. Now be ready for the wrath of the nation. Ready for your house pelted with stones or publically execution. And the 3rd option is run away from PCB before all this happen, choice is urs.

  • manasvi_lingam on October 18, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    Aren't you being to pessimistic Osman? After all, the subcontinent did get through the first match fixing crisis somehow and teams like India and Sri Lanka performed very well post-2000.

  • VenuAasuri on October 18, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Strong and hard-hitting, but rightly so. Wish someone wrote a similar article on the workings of the BCCI & ICC. One of these two is powerful and head-strong while the other seems direction-less. Cricket cannot afford to lose one of its permanent members to stupidity and total mismanagement - much less, a team as talented as Pakistan. Wonder when the board and its political bosses will realize that there is no shame in cleaning up the mess instead of shoving the filth under the rug and patting each other for doing a good job of it.

  • hamqad on October 18, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    In my short banking career in Pakistan, I have seen some ailing organizations. However, I have never seen an organization that is so oblivious to its wrongdoings and miss-management.

    Even by the generally low meritocracy standards followed in Pakistan, Mr. Butt should have been sacked by now. In fact, I believe a person with even a little dignity and shame would have realized his/her inability to manage the institution and would have stepped down. Needless to say then, the motive behind Mr. Butt's desire to hold on the to the post is something other than cricket. It is the lust for power and wealth which most of the politicians crave.

    I hope Pakistan can save this sinking ship although I do not see that happening with the current administration in place. Pakistan's Cricinfo page looks more like the front page of the political section of a newspaper rather than the webpage of a sports team. It is indeed a sad time for the country.