Pakistan news May 29, 2010

Shoaib Malik's one-year ban lifted

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Shoaib Malik's appeal against the punishment handed out to him by the PCB earlier this year has been "partially accepted" by an independent arbitration tribunal, which has overturned his one-year ban and halved his Rs 2 million fine.

"The board's legal advisor has reported to me that after monitoring Malik in the last three months they feel he has improved his behavior and attitude," Irfan Qadir, the arbitrator, said. "I have decided to uphold his appeal and lift the ban as the purpose of disciplinary action against players was to make them rethink about their careers."

Malik was relieved after the decision and said the purpose behind his appeal was to "clear this stigma" against his name.

"His appeal has been partially accepted," the PCB's legal advocate Talib Rizvi told Cricinfo. "The ban has been lifted and his fine has been halved. The board has the right to review the decision but as of now he is eligible to play for Pakistan again."

"I am very happy that with the blessings of Allah my stand has been vindicated and all the baseless charges and allegations have been quashed," Malik, 28, said in a statement. "It's a sort of new life for me and I am very happy."

The charge against Malik was never clearly explained by the inquiry committee that decided on the punishment but it was widely thought to be for what a number of management officials and players called his negative influence on the side. This was confirmed in a subsequently leaked video of the inquiry committee meetings, in which Malik's role within the squad was blasted by a number of players including Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Yousuf.

Qadir, a retired judge, will now send a report to the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt, who will put the decisions in front of the board of governors. "We're going according to our constitution which says an appeal can be filed in such cases," Butt told Cricinfo. "I will now receive the report from the arbitrator and then put it up in front of the board of governors for their approval."

Though Butt refused to say so, it is expected he will approve the findings and that the board of governors will ratify it as well, thus removing legal obstacles from the way of Malik's potential return. Malik was named in the list of 35 probables for Pakistan's next two assignments, in Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup and then a long summer tour to England, but it is unlikely he will make the cut for the first task. The 15-man squad for the Asia Cup is to be picked in the first week of June and the governing board's next meeting is likely to be after that.

The decision also paves the way for some of the other players' punishments to be reduced or removed. The board has eased its stance in recent days against the punished players. Butt first told a national assembly meeting that he would review the punishments again before lavishly praising Younis Khan - another player punished by his board. Younis' hearing, which was due to take place immediately after Malik's, was adjourned to June 5.

Malik's relief, Cricinfo understands, is part of an agreement the board has reached already with at least three other players. According to board sources, like Malik, Afridi and the Akmal brothers will also see their monetary fines cut by half. Of the other players punished, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan's next hearing is scheduled for June 19, while no dates have yet been set for Afridi and the Akmal brothers.

When and if players such as Malik and Younis return - and if Mohammad Yousuf comes back from retirement - questions are likely to be asked about how cordial Pakistan's dressing room will be, given the startling levels of mistrust and disunity in the side. The PCB says they have given the team's manager Yawar Saeed and other officials greater authority in clamping down against any future incidents.

"I have instructed the team manager and other officials including the captain that any act of indiscipline, any such problem, and they have my full backing in immediately sending a player back," Butt said. "They need not even refer the case to me, they can send the player back immediately as they will have full authority to do so."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY motayyab on | June 5, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    why he come back for making more money in pakistan you do any thing no one stop you keep it up mailk no one stop you

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Analyzt on | June 1, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    The statement comes as "The board's legal advisor has reported to me that after monitoring Malik in the last three months they feel he has improved his behavior and attitude,"

    Whats is this.... A Joke??? I mean I thought they were supposed to monitoring players who were on probationary period and not those serving a ban.... Come to think about it.... how do monitor a player on ban??? PCB officials..... please please knock some sense into head.... I know that Ijaz Butt has totally lost all his senses and that he will leave soon so at least you people maintain your credibility if you want to continue on serving cricket Pakistan.

    Such actions are a disgrace to cricket, the country and the people of Pakistan

  • POSTED BY intikaab on | May 31, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    This goes to show how MESS UP this country is. I USED to love Pakistan Team, but whats going on in all fronts of this country is unreal.

    This guy (Shoaib Malik) created this mess and he got off FREE. What about the rest of players??

    The board is a disgrace to cricket.

  • POSTED BY ariesfrmpk on | May 31, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    wat kind of behaviour they've monitored ??? how he married to sania ... how he behaved wid her ??? a thoughtless statement by arbitrator or PCB ... and who is this Irfan Qadir ... if i'm not wrong .. it is same person ... pointed out by CJ in BOP case ... that he should not be appointed as NAB prosecutor... b'coz he is accused of getting money .... wat kind of drama is going on... a political influenced decision... btw.. shoaib malik can't get a spot in PAK team on either of his skill batting or bowling... he should not be forgiven .. not at alll

  • POSTED BY cricfan_india2 on | May 30, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Its 21st century, time has changed......teams conditions have changed. Take this into consideration...number of centuries by all players playing for pakistan(in both tests and odi) will be far less than those made by the single blade of world's cricket God Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. In recent past, all top cricketing nations are afraid to face india in india. They are afraid to play in pakistan too (but for NON-CRICKETING issues). Talking of statistics....I can still cant remember when pakistan made it to the TOP position in TESTS or ODIs! Of the 4 teams, playing in asia cup, pakistan will be very high in morale after the recent white wash in australia. This time too it would'nt be surprising if pakistan crashes early as they did as a host team in 2008 edition. And finally Moral of the story is.....players should rely on their playing abilities rather than on Ball tampering and Fixing ! Even if they do so, they should not repent as PCB has many attractive offers(as captaincy) for them.

  • POSTED BY s0ldier on | May 30, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    What an expected farce this is!!! Yusuf will comeback from retirement, Younis Khan will be back as well - it's the same group that created all the mess, and just wait and watch - they will yet again fight during the England tour. What behaviour did they monitor in 3 months when Malik is not in the dressing room at all but was busy marrying Sania and enjoying his honeymoon?

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | May 30, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    I DO HOPE OSMAN SAMIUDDIN REPLY TO ALL THESE NEGGATIVE COMMENTS, AS HE WRITES FOR PAKISTAN AND IT CRICKET. THE SITUATION IN PAKISTAN IS THAT THIS IS THE ATTITUDE OF THE PEOPLE NOT IN CRICKET ONLY. IT IS THEIR WAY OF LIFE. THEY DO NOT HAV THAT RESPECT FOR THEIR LEADERS. THIS IS TAKEN ON THE FIELD OF CRICKET . DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT ?

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    PCB is a big joke. First they say they want to set an example and punish almost half a team and then slowly but steadily is reverting back the decision.

    My personal opinion is that a team never have an ex-captain in the team especially in South Asian team as they are busy playing the best game South Asian's play i.e. politics. One inside the dressing room, they try to break the team with all the means at their disposal.

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | May 30, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Look as an Indian I don't want to go into Pakistan cricket's decision making process. However I have seen parts of the leaked video where Afridi has called Shoaib Malik a negative character and read reports where Intikhab, Yousuf called him a negative influence on the team. When you put these things together, the infighting within the Pakistan team is obvious. But now, the dressing room atmosphere will be positively poisonous after all this. I really wonder.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    First of all I agree with you for appreciating Osman, he not only writes well but I heard him on NDTV yesterday he speaks well too. It was great to hear him finally after following his articles for so long. Coming to the point, obviously 99% of the readers who commented are not happy with the ban being revoked, out of 133 comments 131 are against him, this itself tells us of what we feel for him. I am just amazed why our board, media and the givernment can't see this. Anyway I just hope he never makes it to the team but again when the guy can use influence to get unbanned, sadly team won't be a very big deal. I hope Afridi does not select him in the playing eleven.

  • POSTED BY motayyab on | June 5, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    why he come back for making more money in pakistan you do any thing no one stop you keep it up mailk no one stop you

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Analyzt on | June 1, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    The statement comes as "The board's legal advisor has reported to me that after monitoring Malik in the last three months they feel he has improved his behavior and attitude,"

    Whats is this.... A Joke??? I mean I thought they were supposed to monitoring players who were on probationary period and not those serving a ban.... Come to think about it.... how do monitor a player on ban??? PCB officials..... please please knock some sense into head.... I know that Ijaz Butt has totally lost all his senses and that he will leave soon so at least you people maintain your credibility if you want to continue on serving cricket Pakistan.

    Such actions are a disgrace to cricket, the country and the people of Pakistan

  • POSTED BY intikaab on | May 31, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    This goes to show how MESS UP this country is. I USED to love Pakistan Team, but whats going on in all fronts of this country is unreal.

    This guy (Shoaib Malik) created this mess and he got off FREE. What about the rest of players??

    The board is a disgrace to cricket.

  • POSTED BY ariesfrmpk on | May 31, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    wat kind of behaviour they've monitored ??? how he married to sania ... how he behaved wid her ??? a thoughtless statement by arbitrator or PCB ... and who is this Irfan Qadir ... if i'm not wrong .. it is same person ... pointed out by CJ in BOP case ... that he should not be appointed as NAB prosecutor... b'coz he is accused of getting money .... wat kind of drama is going on... a political influenced decision... btw.. shoaib malik can't get a spot in PAK team on either of his skill batting or bowling... he should not be forgiven .. not at alll

  • POSTED BY cricfan_india2 on | May 30, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Its 21st century, time has changed......teams conditions have changed. Take this into consideration...number of centuries by all players playing for pakistan(in both tests and odi) will be far less than those made by the single blade of world's cricket God Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. In recent past, all top cricketing nations are afraid to face india in india. They are afraid to play in pakistan too (but for NON-CRICKETING issues). Talking of statistics....I can still cant remember when pakistan made it to the TOP position in TESTS or ODIs! Of the 4 teams, playing in asia cup, pakistan will be very high in morale after the recent white wash in australia. This time too it would'nt be surprising if pakistan crashes early as they did as a host team in 2008 edition. And finally Moral of the story is.....players should rely on their playing abilities rather than on Ball tampering and Fixing ! Even if they do so, they should not repent as PCB has many attractive offers(as captaincy) for them.

  • POSTED BY s0ldier on | May 30, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    What an expected farce this is!!! Yusuf will comeback from retirement, Younis Khan will be back as well - it's the same group that created all the mess, and just wait and watch - they will yet again fight during the England tour. What behaviour did they monitor in 3 months when Malik is not in the dressing room at all but was busy marrying Sania and enjoying his honeymoon?

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | May 30, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    I DO HOPE OSMAN SAMIUDDIN REPLY TO ALL THESE NEGGATIVE COMMENTS, AS HE WRITES FOR PAKISTAN AND IT CRICKET. THE SITUATION IN PAKISTAN IS THAT THIS IS THE ATTITUDE OF THE PEOPLE NOT IN CRICKET ONLY. IT IS THEIR WAY OF LIFE. THEY DO NOT HAV THAT RESPECT FOR THEIR LEADERS. THIS IS TAKEN ON THE FIELD OF CRICKET . DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT ?

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    PCB is a big joke. First they say they want to set an example and punish almost half a team and then slowly but steadily is reverting back the decision.

    My personal opinion is that a team never have an ex-captain in the team especially in South Asian team as they are busy playing the best game South Asian's play i.e. politics. One inside the dressing room, they try to break the team with all the means at their disposal.

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | May 30, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Look as an Indian I don't want to go into Pakistan cricket's decision making process. However I have seen parts of the leaked video where Afridi has called Shoaib Malik a negative character and read reports where Intikhab, Yousuf called him a negative influence on the team. When you put these things together, the infighting within the Pakistan team is obvious. But now, the dressing room atmosphere will be positively poisonous after all this. I really wonder.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    First of all I agree with you for appreciating Osman, he not only writes well but I heard him on NDTV yesterday he speaks well too. It was great to hear him finally after following his articles for so long. Coming to the point, obviously 99% of the readers who commented are not happy with the ban being revoked, out of 133 comments 131 are against him, this itself tells us of what we feel for him. I am just amazed why our board, media and the givernment can't see this. Anyway I just hope he never makes it to the team but again when the guy can use influence to get unbanned, sadly team won't be a very big deal. I hope Afridi does not select him in the playing eleven.

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    I am a great fan of yours keep it up

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Indians are happy why not they are seeing what our board can't. Last time this termite Malik brought so much filth to the game and our country, yet he is the first one to be excused. According to the younger lot, he was constantly backbiting about the captain, whether Yousuf, Younis or for the 20/20 in Aus Afridi, not only that he also discouraged them from bonding with them. Not just the players but the management was against him too. And when he was the captain no one conspired and all this took place when he was already ousted as the captain. His team mates said he looks sublime but he is actually a very viciously ambitious person who will do anything to prove himself right. Ironically it reflects in his personal life too, we all know about the drama that unfolded recently, till the end and even now he hails he stands vindicated. And now this political pressure on the board. Mr. Ijaz Butt clearly mentioned he was under tremendous pressure from political quarters.

  • POSTED BY ShahzanHaiderBukhari on | May 30, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    @Chicahwatni. Bravo! You did a great job by exposing the fact, why Indians pass comments on Pakistani board's decision. They should look into themselves first. The so called top ranking team was humiliated by Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.The cricket fans will witness how India gradually falls from the top ranking to the lowers. They lost all their three matches in the Super 8 T20 World Cup and was humiliated by Sri Lanka. The body language of the Indian players was self-explanatory in all their recently lost matches. They surrendered quickly. They were aware of their defeat. Kapugedera revived the innings of Javaid Minadad who gave a nice treatment to Chitan Sharma when he did the same thing ( by hitting the last ball for a huge six) in the Austral Asia Cup 1986.

  • POSTED BY chichawatni on | May 30, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Why Indian are so up set? It did not happen in India. You first clean you own mess (IPL ) and let us fix our problems. Actually Indian should be happy about this because their son in law is cleared from wrong doing.

  • POSTED BY hoodbu on | May 30, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Every time I think that Pakistan cricket could not sink any lower, PCB proves me wrong.

    The only thing out of this writeup that impresses me is Osman Samiuddin's ability to cover an objective news report, while suppressing his own opinion. To be able to flip modes like he does is a great testament to his ability as a writer.

  • POSTED BY SZA11 on | May 30, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    @ sambruce13, i agree that M. yousuf is truely a great player and malik has not a vewry good avereage to show in test matches.

    About your other MR. Player ( younis khan) i must tell you that malik's average in ODI is better then younis.

    So dont make him Mr. cricket.

  • POSTED BY Melbournian1 on | May 30, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha. Last week in the leaked video of PCB meeting bunch of joker trying to prove him the most negative cricketer in the team and after one week everything is changed dramatically with his positive behavior. This is the most foolish, weird, unorganized cricket board in this world

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    LOLl.............. p.c.b DID IT AGAIN ....

  • POSTED BY on | May 30, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    Disgraceful shoaib malik he is simply using political influence his cricketing creditials are below ordinary but since he is married to sania mirza the govt and the pcb are under pressure to pardon him. My question a guy who is responsible for bringing so much shame to our cricket and our country(due to his hidden first marriage) he is being given chances over chances. He ousted Yunis, Yusuf and many more with his conspiracies, plz stop this Shoaib Malik from getting on the team, even he makes centuries now we must morally stop this diplomatic aggression!

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    Just to offer a Lancashire angle... first Sangakkara, now this???

  • POSTED BY sambruce13 on | May 29, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    Shoiab Malik is just not a bad team player but basically on cricketing abilities simply Pathetic player. His Test batting average is 34 and shameful bowling average of 63. One day record is also well below average. Neither a good batsmen nor a good bowler, simply nut-bolt type of player. I feel so bad when players of minimal ability dare to do politics in the team when their own place is questionable.His credentials (not political) are so poor that it's quite inexplicable to see him in team when I don't see players of the caliber of Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan not in there. But that's always been the tragedy of Pakistan team that best talent never finds justice.

  • POSTED BY M_H_K on | May 29, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    Good News for Malik. Personally I don't give much weightage to the comments made by the some players about Malik in the leaked video. The same players were instrumental in removing him from captaincy (Amir Sohail, Director Game development in PCB at that time, has disclosed no. of times the proceedings of that meeting, where the decision of removing Malik from captaincy was taken by PCB. And we also know that Yousaf turned against him when he was not picked in T20 WC 2007. When this ban was placed on the players, all the former players of Pakistan (except two or three) opposed the punishments on the players. I think, today , the ban on Younus would also have been lifted if his lawyer had not asked for adjournment. I am sure that the ban on Younas will be lifted in the next hearing. I hope, PCB management will learn from its mistakes too. Afridi, as a captain, should refrain himself from giving useless public statements as yousaf and younas used to give as captains.

  • POSTED BY rolloverfetch on | May 29, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    So dumb! And they won't publicize Younis' hearing as he requested. Clearly the court is AGAINST Younis for no reason. Our pakistani judges and leaders like Ejaz Butt seem to have a hidden agenda to destroy the careers and repuations of GOOD PEOPLE. Just like the elections that are rigged, clearly all these inquiries are also rigged to hurt Younis and promote the bad guy, Malik. @ Addy Dave: I didn't + don't EVER partake in India bashing, but let me tell u why those guys were insulting Indian team. Cuz first a bunch of indians left NASTY comments on this and other articles about us PAKISTANIS. So plz understand the context before passing judgement. Those Indians started the insults, and the Pakistanis shouldn't even retaliate?

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    I heard that Afridi will not let him play in the team.

  • POSTED BY ShahzanHaiderBukhari on | May 29, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Best bowling figures : India = 5 wickets for 16 runs by Sourav Ganguly in 1997 at Toronto. Arsad Ayub, Venkatesh Prasad & Sachin Tendulkar have also picked up 5 wicket hauls for India against Pakistan. Pakistan = 7 wickets for 37 runs by Aaqib Javed at (venue) Sharjah in 1991 remains the best bowling with Imran Khan's 6 for 14 & Rana Naved-ul-Hasan's 6 for 27 at Jamshedpur.. a total of 10 Pakistan bowlers have recorded 5 wickets in an innings against India. Biggest Victory margins Another record dominated by Pakistan team. 159 run victory over India at Delhi in 2005 remains the biggest victory margin between the two teams, but more importantly - Pakistan have also beaten India by 143 runs(Jaipur, 1999), 134run (Toronto, 1998), 123 (Bangalore, 1999), 116, 106 and 104 runs. The biggest win for India over Pakistan is only 87, at Kochi 2005.. the 12th highest win margin between the sub-continent giant cricket teams.

  • POSTED BY ShahzanHaiderBukhari on | May 29, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Wow!!! His comeback might have dampened the Indian bowlers' pants as he has having wonderful all- round record against India. This time I'm pretty much sure Pakistan will humiliate India in the upcoming World Cup also. Pakistan has also psychological pressure on India since ages. All the cricket fans have admitted this broad-day light fact. The cricket statistics show that Pakistan has got an upper hand on India in all formats and fields of cricket. Not not talk of Pakistan only, all test playing teams have numerous records against India. A few of them are given below: 19 centuries for India, 148 by Dhoni at Vizag is the best ever. Tendulkar has 5 centuries against Pakistan & Ganguly 3. 28 centuries for Pakistan, 194 by Anwar is the best ever.4 for Anwar, 4 for Inzamam, & surprisingly, 3 have been from baby faced Salman Butt.. list of highest scores Ind v Pak

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    Shame on PCB. Was the first decision was wrong or this? What's wrong with other players who had been banned & fined? B/C they don't have any sifarish from PPP? It looks all the country from top to bottom is running on sifarish, corruption & loot maar?

  • POSTED BY Wasif_Minhas on | May 29, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Drama all around... initially no one knew the reasons of banning the players as the report of so called disp. committee was not made public and now in the second episode of drama the ban is lifted. This all looks like a part of script written by PCB high-ups to fool the public. Are Ijaz Butt, Wasim Bari, Yawar Saeed and others in board are accountable too?

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    "I have instructed the team manager and other officials including the captain that any act of indiscipline, any such problem, and they have my full backing in immediately sending a player back," Butt said. ... I wish Afridi gets a chance to send Shoaib 'Kanjar' Malik back home as soon as team arrives in England

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    What a Yard sale, lift the ban because his behavior has dramatically changed?? . He didnt even played past 3 months for crying out loud he was on vacation and all sort of controversaries. This send a message out to the rest of the TEAM do what ever u feel like doing throw the game away, involve in match fixing, go to jail even, and U R untouchable unless you are like Younis khan.

  • POSTED BY Sheeraz84 on | May 29, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    This is just pathetic & sad. When u have players & management informing you about Maliks negative behavior & influence on the team, and PCB does nothing about it & infact lifts the ban imposed on him makes me wonder whats going on??? Questions arise about the credibility of PCBs top management.

    We don't need Malik he's a hypocrite who keeps his interests before the interests of the team and the country. People who support him or bring him back are no better. Someone really needs to get this mess sorted out.

    As for improvement in behavior in the past 3 months.After all the Sania Mirza controversy I can just say "what a joke"

  • POSTED BY venugaandu on | May 29, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Shoaib Malik has shown an easy way for the rest of the banned/fined players to get the bans/fines lifted/halved. The way: Get married (or is it Get re-married???) Either way i hope pakistani players learn this important lesson and start playing for their country and make Pakistan proud ( or make P.C.B look like a joke)

  • POSTED BY cricfan_india2 on | May 29, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    This is really a great decision made by the authorities in favour of Pakistan Cricket. No other board can take such a nasty decision.....Afridi after tampering the ball has been rewarded with CAPTAINCY......and now Shoaib is getting the reward for his dishonesty towards cricket. World Cup is ahead next year....and there seems no hope for pakistan to beat India and break the shameful no-win streak vs india in world cups....

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Now that's interesting. This news is about Shoaib Malik and majority of the comments (I presume they are all from pakistanis) are about Indian team and its performance. Guys, forget your personal (and political) agenda and comment on the issue reflected in the article. There are people like me who are not in favour of either country and would like a mature audience commenting here. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY zoomie on | May 29, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Malik is an average player who has not done much for Pakistan cricket.What is the fuss about.He shouldn't get into the teast team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    PCB is so mature!!!! First they ban all senior players on account of under performance & indiscipline......and now they lift the ban on the most indisciplined cricketer of Pakistan....... I am sure they will give experience as an excuse for overturning the ban!!!!

  • POSTED BY ShahzanHaiderBukhari on | May 29, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    This is really a great decision made by the authorities in favour of Pakistan Cricket. Pakistani fans would really love it. Indian players are fed up with excessive cricket and IPL. That's the major reason they have started losing matches even to inexperienced Zimbabwe team, a team which struggles against Bangla Desh, Kenya and Bermuda. Indian team shouldn't be blamed ruthlessly for the current as well as the upcoming series of defeats. The cricket fans will witness how India gradually falls from the top ranking to the lowers. They lost all their three matches in the Super 8 T20 World Cup and was humiliated by Sri Lanka. The body language of the Indian players was self-explanatory in all their recently lost matches. They surrendered quickly. They were aware of their defeat. Kapugedera revived the innings of Javaid Minadad who gave a nice treatment to Chitan Sharma when he did the same thing ( by hitting the last ball for a huge six) in the Austral Asia Cup 1986.

  • POSTED BY badnews on | May 29, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    After reading all the above comments, i feel PCB is either blinded from the facts or simply chosing players which suit their needs possible match fixing .i personelly think that some high source should look into the possiblity of Ijaz Butt and Yawar Saeed and certain players involved .We need to be nationalist play for our country,look at India they have players from different religious back ground they all gel so well, because they are all playing under one banner one cos they fight for their country,and the Pakistan side first most how can i back stab fill my pockets drink alcohol, party all the time.And when they step into the field they lose putting up no fight against the apponent they dissappoint us it is disgracel,its high time that they get their act together play hard gel as a team, i will still say to rid of Butt,Yawar saeed and the selectors they have no knowledge of the game we need a younger approach to the game .

  • POSTED BY ice643 on | May 29, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    I thought we had got rid of malik, and that he would concentrate on playing tennis with sania in india.he is an indian how can he be loyal to pakistan.he must have paid zardari some money into his swiss bank a/c.what a joke pakistan cricket is.

  • POSTED BY ShahzanHaiderBukhari on | May 29, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    That's great news for Pakistanis fans. Even in his absence Pakistan did very well. Shahid Khan Afridi, the future Imran Khan for Pakistan has got that spirit and enthusiasm to lead Pakistan in all formats of cricket.Even devoid of senior players, Pakistan can easily beat the ever under-pressure India when she is playing VS Pakistan. Afridi has to lead the team into Asia Cup, where Sri Lanka, India and Bangla Desh will be the other participants. Most likely the final will be between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Both the teams are equipped with some sound players. Pakistan has got a bit upper hand on Sri Lanka as for as bowling attack is concerned. The rest of the teams, B.Desh Desh and India are falling short to the winning mark. B.Desh Desh can put India down as India's performance has been very poor and below average in the T20 World Cup and in the current series. They lost their maiden match to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe totally demoralized India in all fields of the game. So, B.D. can stun India

  • POSTED BY Jarr30 on | May 29, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Funniest part was Shoaib malik imporved his behavior in last 3 months so they lifted his ban...Sure he improved in the last 3 months, he went to India had a huge controversy with his FAT ex-wife, gets divorce from her and gets married to another ex-divorcee, goes to honeymoon and plans to live all his life in Dubai and his behavior has improved...hahaha...WELL DONE PCB.

  • POSTED BY Mohammad_Imran on | May 29, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    @ Hammad Zaidi: My GOD man, you clearly haven't been following Pakistan cricket over the last year - You want to make Younis Khan captain again - are you insane - the guy is mentally unstable! Although, I think he should be in the Pakistan's Test team....

    Also, Afridi is the best choice for captaincy right now for all formats!!! He has the personality that the team needs right now - he will not tolerate any politics in the team! We need a captain who faces challenges head on, instead of folding under pressure (like Younis Khan)...

    Shoib Malik's ban should not have been lifted, he is a backbiter and a hypocrite! How will these players learn when the board doesn't have the guts to back their decisions and so quickly give into their demands!!!

  • POSTED BY SangakaraFan on | May 29, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    PCB lifted ban on Shoiab Malik, reason being that his behavior has dramatically changed in last 3 months. What a joke..why go through the drama of banning 6 players and then reversing them in few days. That itself tells you the poor standard of PCB. The world is laughing at them.No board takes PCB seariously.

  • POSTED BY sundarms on | May 29, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    This is a big joke. Cricket selectors are a bunch of jokers.

  • POSTED BY pk_cric_rox on | May 29, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    to b honest i dont think pakistan team needs shoaib malik anyway. i hardly see him saving a match for pakistan. but i dont understand why would anyone say anything against afridi or his captaincy?may b because we want him to score 50 of 25 balls or 100 or 50 balls everytime? anil kumble, an all time indian legend has 330 or so wickets in ODIs and afridi already has taken 270 and we clearly know the difference between batting standards of kumble n afridi . so how come kumble is a legend n afridi isnt even considered to b a good cricketer? u guys need to open up ur minds n think of him as a cricketer n not only as a batsman. he bowls quick 10 overs giving away few runs n takes 2 or 3 wickets n u dont even notice him. and if not afridi, who u think should lead pakistan? when it comes to afridi we shouldnt always hope for a miracle to happen. give the poor guy a chance to prove his leadership.AND GET OVER THAT BALL BITING INCIDENT YOU KNOW MANY LEGENDS INVOLVED IN BALL TAMPERING ETC

  • POSTED BY Sidhanta-Patnaik on | May 29, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    good humourous soap opera

  • POSTED BY fsq09 on | May 29, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Once again, disheartened with the land's justice... i mean its totally awful watching all this.. the man behind all the problems, the cause of disharmony, is the first one to escape punishment.. ridiculous, its been proved by videos and all the witnesses.. but the big guy escapes coz in our land sources are the best thing.. corrupt politicians dont fear the hell fire.. curse on all these stewards.. just another disgracing moment.. the man is back coz he holds a beautiful, glamorous wife..

  • POSTED BY swatians on | May 29, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Well well....... Thanx to Pakistan Government and their Cricket Board and specially the Judge they hired ( One who retired in a currupted government and appointed in currupted Govt again), the one who will decide whether the PCB was right or wrong by taking such harsh decisions against players. I am Surprised that a person accepted that they had a unit of seven players and they take an oath that they will not paly if anyone of the have been droped...... Thats a Stupid decision from a stupid person. May be the Fine that have been Halfed by the Judge ( One Million) will be 50 % of Shoaib Malik and 50 % of that Judge Mr. Qadri. It was expected that the Bit will start before hearing and they won. I am too much dishearted today to hear that. but anyway its pakistan and anything can happen there.

    our hearts are still with Pakistan as we are from there.

    Wish you good Luck.

    A fan from abroad.

  • POSTED BY FaTSal on | May 29, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    I am a Pakistan Cricket Comedy fan. It's a great show, they have been producing some great episodes lately. This guy whose is named after a body part is in charge has an incredible sense of humor. A perfect liar! Can they get nominated for the Oscars? Best Director/producer -Butt, Best actor -Malik, Best actress- Afridi, Best Vocalist - Younis - Best supporting actor - Yousuf

    On a serious note, this administration should be tried; I can't understand how you can ban 7 players and not a person in management. What on god's green earth are they responsible for and getting paid for if they can't bring any discipline in the team. Start from Butt and then get rid of them all. in fact, start from Zardari. I hope they read our postings here. This is the true Panel right here - The Fans

  • POSTED BY W_A_KHAN on | May 29, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    PCB is a bunch of jokers, all the time playing with the sentiments of the fans. They are making a joke of themselves, as well as the country. Shoaib Malik does not deserve place in the team. He's not a bowler, neither a batsman. Furthermore, he's always been a problem for the team.

  • POSTED BY Mali2000 on | May 29, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    I agree that Shoaib has improved his behavior in the bedroom since he is married now and previously we was too distracted running after the girls to find a bride for him.

    If you are almost 30 years old and your bedroom is not in order that definitely would cause a behavioral issue.

    PCB is a BIG joke, unfreaking believable. Their stupid act cost the country a fine batsman, Mohd Yousuf. Ajaz Butt should be jailed for causing this turmoil.

    Let's wait to see the next episode of this soap opera name PCB. .

  • POSTED BY bullmantaurus on | May 29, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    FUNNY..."The board's legal advisor has reported to me that after monitoring Malik in the last three months they feel he has improved his behavior and attitude," Irfan Qadir, the arbitrator, said. "I have decided to uphold his appeal and lift the ban as the purpose of disciplinary action against players was to make them rethink about their careers." I am wondering if the bords legal advisor spent 3 months with him like 24/7 to figure out he has changed or did Mr.Advisor recived phone calls from someone..Malik is like a drug Addict he will never be happy until he becomes the captain of the pak cricket team or totally f**k's up the team....Just let him be happy playing first class cricket. The Problem with Pakistan and not just the cricket is EDUCATION and the upbringing of the younger generation and its sad that no one is looking into this..IMRAN KHAN is the only person who can save Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket..

  • POSTED BY MaarifSohail on | May 29, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Betting Galore

    PCB knows how to please the bookie boys. I am still unable to solve the equation, how much ICC benefits from a game or a series when Pakistan surrenders to the opposite team that jumps up a slot or two. Remember 2006, when England needed a 4/0 victory in Tests to reach the coveted position of # 2 in the ICC Test rankings. This would have helped the bookies set up a desirable rate for the next ashes series, between # 1 and # 2. So Inzy (and PCB) forfeited, to ensure the rankings reach to the desired teams. Now, different players represent different bookies, so Pakistan will only win when all these bookies get a great return. The bookies may have paid the PCB to take a U Turn and bring all these stalwarts back. Its time one should stop worrying about fixed matches and fixed up shady characters. Unless ICC finds some other team to play Pakistani way of fixed game of chance, we wont be asked to relinquish our test status, so we can expect the "SAME SUSTAINED STUPIDITY".

  • POSTED BY Docjadi on | May 29, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    What a disgrace.Butt sould be sacked along with his cronies.Pakistan cricket is a laughing stock around the world.I am now waiting for the sore loser M.Yousaf to also end his retirement for the"benefit" of the country.Rawalpindi express will break down in the first match and Asif may find high quality crack overseas.A pathetic bunch being managed by an even more pathetic administration.

  • POSTED BY abu-huzaifah on | May 29, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Tell me this is all an April's fool joke in the month of May.... PCB is bigger than April's fool joke FMD!

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    I SWEAR... Afridi shud bcum Imran Khan and bcum da leader and kick out Malik nd every1 who doesnt play 4 da country.......... I HONESTLY reckon only 2-3 players play 4 da country such as Afridi

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Hallelujah! Shoaib Malik the guy who is a compulsive liar/cheat, has been pardoned! Dejavu is it? Malik has been pardoned not once, not twice, but several times. Remember the domestic match he threw? The illegal bowling action? This infighting, conspiracy and lobbying against Younis & Yusuf? Is he that good, really? Or his political backing is stronger than the board itself? Being an Indian this is good news for me, as we know with people like him back in Pakistani team we are better than fine. Not me! I love our matches with Pakistan, this news is dreadful for me and my group of ardent cricket lovers.

  • POSTED BY mhz91 on | May 29, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    i think PCB should be PRIVATIZED ......otherwise these good for nothing people will ruin the pakistani cricket......at least they will put an effort to improve the pakistani cricket for the sake of their own money ......

  • POSTED BY mrms on | May 29, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Anothre farce by the great PCB.

  • POSTED BY Ravidave on | May 29, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Board never fail to amaze me. I could never understand the reasons for their ruling. For example, what did he do in 3 months to lift his ban and half his fine? Its like a bunch of idiots get together and say, "lets screw everyone that went on the Australia series" and there was a unanimous verdict of okay, let's do it!

    Pakistan has some very gifted players and can really challenge the best of the best, but their board needs a major overhauling and please for heaven sake take the religious and political aspect out of their decisions.

  • POSTED BY Amansoor on | May 29, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    What improvement in 3 months? Did he play any match? .... or was it the political pressures from Ms Ashiq Awaan? or Mr K Asif?? It is sad to read all these political stories in Pak cricket. Ijaz Butt must go ... no matter he is 'brother in Law' of a powerful politician or not.

  • POSTED BY Kaaaaaaash on | May 29, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    This is something that we cant understand ever in Pakistani cricket. I thought they all are one of the best HR men of Pakistani cricket Board. I am sorry to say about that but since then Tauqeer Zia has left the PCB, Every thing is going to be in Below the average. Atleast He manage the players power. Every one now should be realised that Pakistan is first. Some one said that this is all darama and really it was darama. Huge amount of success in Indian cricket Board. Why not Pakistani officels try to adopt the same sort of technique.

  • POSTED BY GreatWhitePathan on | May 29, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Well, we all thought that the Pakistan Board had finally taken the bull by the horns and asserted its authority on the bunch of prima donnas who call themselves Pakistani cricketers. But, as ever, it was only another dream, more like nightmare.

    All the banned players will return to the team and the troubles will begin again. I would love to be a fly on the wall in their first re-union and subsequent matches to see if anyone in the dressing room is actually talking to each other. It will be such a bizarre atmosphere especially after the public feuding. How on earth will the 'team' play as team. Its good to see that the team manager and captain will have more authority on tours and maybe, just maybe Afridi can gel the team and suppress the infighting... but Pakistani cricketers and Pakistan cricket is shameless so lets gets ready for the next episode of Pakenders (cue the theme tune.......)

  • POSTED BY Nervewrecker on | May 29, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    The Great Pakistani See-saw! When is Malik getting banned again?

  • POSTED BY IC_M on | May 29, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    With the way PCB acts, I seriously think that there is some big betting going on about the decisions they make LOL. if they haven't started betting on PCB's decisions yet, they should, but again the odds will be very less considering their history :).. professionalism = 0%, politics = 100%, comical = 1000%

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    1. bring back younis khan and make him captain 2. shahid afridi is also one of the culprit, and he doesnt deserve what soever to be a captain based on his attitude, mentality, and style of cricket 'he is not a leader'. 3. the overturn of these bans have made clear that yawar saeeds report was flawed and he was also one of the masterminds to disrupt the team unity therefore an inquiry should be started on him and till he is cleared he should stand down as the manager. 4. do not bring mohammad yousuf back because he himself decided to retire without any pressure and decided against appealing on his ban therefore he should stand retired and banned. 5. im not saying the players were not at fault, all im saying is the law right now says they are not at fault as you can see the bans are being overturned therefore they stand vindicated. 6. i personally believe younis khan is an honest man and a team player with great leadership skills and he was wronged by being banned.

  • POSTED BY shakkw on | May 29, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Sorry, how come he improved his behavior in the last 3 months? Guy was on honeymoon and never on the field. PCB has scumbled to Political pressure i guess... but i can't stop laughing on this Pak Cricket Circus...

  • POSTED BY AMowlana on | May 29, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Well Well What Can I say. Its a shame on Pakistan Cricket administrators . Now what will happen when all the clashing and players are back in the side. UNITY IN THE OFFING FOR PAKISTAN TEAM. GOD HELP THEM

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | May 29, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    And the funniest part of all of this is,PCB asking "why the rest of the world neglecting Pakistan" :-)..As a SL I must say I feel terribly sorry for Pakistan team. Specially Afridi..I was so hoping he'd change that team like Imran Khan did..Even a 2nd string SL team will beat that so called senior Pakistan Team. Get some new blood in..U guys brought M. Aamer.Look what he turned in to. Umar Akmal. Probably the most prolific batsman now.Even though his ego is telling him he's the boss.Get rid of all the rubbish oldies.Get some young blood with solid backgrounds. Give them time. They will deliver.This is not an over night game. Even though u are the best u will not win every match.Get used to it.Other teams are competing too. They have better prides than this Pakistan lot. After bombing a our team Pakistan is lucky they even gettin attention. Forget IPL,CL T20. Do national duties first. India may be big headed. But CL T20 the global event belongs to them. They call the shots.Get use 2 it.

  • POSTED BY Himayun on | May 29, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    I am glad that the cat is finally out of the bag. After rewarding Afridi with the captaincy soon after he chewed the ball, now it is time to reward Malik! Even though Malik was the main cause of all the problems in the dressing room, and he is a proven liar (he was not married, then he became married etc.) and it is funny he is the first player to be let off easily.

    Afridi and Malik are what today's Pakistan is. They fit like a gem in the ring and are the darlings of the crowd and board alike. Both have mediocre records and may not even be qualified to be a test player. After looking at Malik's bowling average it is a joke to call him an all-rounder!

    While the best Pakistani players are out of the team the worst offenders are back to the powerful positions. This says a lot about the future of the Pakistan in general and cricket in particular. In any civilized society these lying cheating illiterates would have been banned for life and not rewarded. Himayun Mirza USA

  • POSTED BY whizking on | May 29, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Shoaib Malik has improved his behaviour and attitude in the last 3 months? By getting Married?

  • POSTED BY Rihat on | May 29, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    I am totally distraught with the verdict. Clearly support for Shoaib Malik it is coming from higher authorities. So sad. Soon we will have Akhtar as well in the team and bang goes your dressing room discipline. Otherwise I think Afridi could have just about been able to handle the team without these revered ex-players

  • POSTED BY zashrafi on | May 29, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Woke up this morning. Checked cricinfo. Saw Malik's news. Now my whole saturday is messed up. Only God can save pk cricket. Zahid Orlando

  • POSTED BY Nuur on | May 29, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Everybody from Qadir to Yusuf to Afridi identified Malik as a troublemaker, still he is back in that team?, he should be banned for life!...Ijaz Butt is just like his master: the shameless and corrupt president of Pakistan, Zardari.

    Im dissappointed...I hope Pakistan lose all the matches till they have a new administrator and a more loyal set of players.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Ijaz Butt is trying his best to make people say Jokes on Butts including the ones exclusively reserved for us Pathans and Sardars ... lol

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Bravo! One common culprit among everybody's complaints, he gets his sentence cut!

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    "The board's legal advisor has reported to me that after monitoring Malik in the last three months they feel he has improved his behavior and attitude"...yup shoaib behaves pretty well during his marriage reception and tussle with with ayesha....lol

  • POSTED BY farhancima on | May 29, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    We have influences and parameters in our team other than pure cricketing grounds .. Get ready we might witness Bilawal and Shahbaz as our opening batsmen.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    very sexy decision! :P hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe I love Pakistan :P

  • POSTED BY assadmir on | May 29, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    I request Mr.Osman Samiuddin to Forward all these comments to Ijaz Butt and if possible to Shoaib Malik aswell. Even if anyone else got their official email address kindly forward them what people think of Mr.Malik and PCB's (Govt) Management.Send it to Sania Mirza for God's sake!Ban MALIK!

  • POSTED BY longhit60 on | May 29, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    pcb not want pakistan win again t20 world cup.that why they ban these player after t20 world cup ban is lifted.this is a joke with our nation and with cricket.shame for ijaz butt and company.

  • POSTED BY farhancima on | May 29, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    How can they lift the ban most notorious player already charged with having negative influence on the team (endorsed by majority of people involved) ??? We have influences and parameters in our team other than pure cricketing grounds .. Get ready we might witness Bilawal and Shahbaz as our opening batsmen.

  • POSTED BY Wazirabadi on | May 29, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Not sure how i should respond to Shuaib Malik verdict. The whole affair has been mind bugling. Fair enough one may have differences with their team mates, but to underperform and undermine the captain is criminal. I thought when PCB handed out punishment to players, team management should also have been kicked out. To cover up their own mistakes they made players the scapegoat. Now Inti is the head coach at the academy, a player has to be mentally retarded to go to Inti for advice. Back to Malik, what to do with him ? Well PCB must support the Captain irrespective of the results and Afridi has to be firm. Other day I read, Afridi wants Younis as his deputy, which is good. Younis may have communication problems, after all he is a Pathan but he does have a cricketing brain. Finally i just want to add, our expectation are far too high from our cricketer while zero from our politician . This is misplaced belief, we are all from the same batch.

  • POSTED BY assadmir on | May 29, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    this is Shameful but expected!This shows the "rule of jungle" prevailing in other Institutions of the Country.Anything said on account of this decision or the PCB (or the govt) will Shamefully be acceptable to every Pakistani! Younis Khan should stop wasting time appearing in front of PCB tribunal and instead go knock Supreme Court doors..I hope Afridi keeps malik OUT OF EVERY GAME that he Captains! Team Revolt against Malik URGENTLY REQUIRED!

  • POSTED BY msshaikh on | May 29, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Brilliant, what a farce! And Younis can appeal for as long as he wants....hearing gets adjourned! The man (Malik) who was clear named as a trouble-maker walks away cleanly, and a person like Younis who is supposed to be a team player can scream his heart out. Justice - Pakistani style!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    And the Farce continues ............

  • POSTED BY ZainSattar on | May 29, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    the person how should be punished is yawar syed.....the real mastermind of all the scandals going about in the pakistan team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    **"The board's legal advisor has reported to me that after monitoring Malik in the last three months they feel he has improved his behavior and attitude,"*** . Hahaha....They love good jokes in Pakistan..lol lol

  • POSTED BY Arthaurian on | May 29, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    If Pakistan are to be successful in anyway from here onwards, this is the only practical, viable and productive way to do so. They basically banned their best players.

  • POSTED BY ahash04 on | May 29, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    I cant understand what is this PCB all about, what are these ppl like ejaz getting high perks, if they cant make decisions and stand firm on them if once made. what that guy has been doing to the team is crystal clear and still the PCB cant handle the political pressure and keep such "termite" out of Pakistan cricket. PCB please dont give us any further shames...........

  • POSTED BY Ulio on | May 29, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Ijaz Butt and his jokers have done it again. Pakistan cricket has become such a joke due to the current administration.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    I knew it from the very first day that this drama will end within 1-2 months lol

  • POSTED BY Sukhboy on | May 29, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    i think pakistan cricket is full of jokers... there is no system at all... i think my village team shows more professionalism than the pakistanis cricketers, they are fighting like a kids.... pak cricket can never grow... cheers

  • POSTED BY Mohammad.Imran.Hyder on | May 29, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    PCB is a complete circus and Ejazz Butt is a real joker. i wonder why they are so cheap in their decisions.... shame on Shoaib and Ejaz Butt.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    ijaz butt =butt of all jokes

  • POSTED BY FunkyRaj on | May 29, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Although Pakistan isn't the team I support (I'm an Indian/English fan) I like the flair with which Pakistani players play their cricket. However, I despair of the way misbehaving players are welcomed back after a small rap on the knucles. Does anyone seriously think that Shaoib Malik has changed his spots? By all accounts, he was the single person most responsible for disunity in this team. He should be banned for life!

  • POSTED BY mac4d on | May 29, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    It does not mean if ban is lifted on a particular player does allow him to play for Pakistan. if he knows how to break the rules using influence then PCB should teach him a lesson by not including his name in the Pakistan XI , instead they need to pick on youngsters if they really want to be in the right form for the world cup 2011. there is no point in picking people like shoaib malik who tries to dilute the team confidence and influences negative thoughts into their minds . selecting him back in could end up their strength .

  • POSTED BY Pak-cricket on | May 29, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh The key man Man behind all these problem is given the permission to play his role again.... This is 100% confirmed that the problem in Pak team started once he was removed from captaincy cos he doesnt like any one else to captain Pak team.... Lets see what he does again....

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Do PCB even know what a BAN means? This show is worse than saas-bahu serials.

  • POSTED BY ismailgul on | May 29, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    its really a bad news for pak cricket ! he makes raws in the team.

  • POSTED BY Rehan497 on | May 29, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    In my opinion, its a good decision, pakistan need him, and i think what he did was the past and Afridi knows Malik, Yousuf and Younis will be back in the side hence him saying he won't tolerate any sort of infighting, the whole point of this ban was one reason and that was for these guys to learn a lesson about what they've done, now hopefully they'll come back and perform for the country instead of their own interests and if they don't they should be kicked out forever.

  • POSTED BY AAJS on | May 29, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    How 'besharam' can these people get.. have they never heard of self respct, honour, morals... I want to say so much but I know from previous experience that Cricinfo won't publish my comments.! These guys would sell their mother if they could so that they get their way...but then again if the right palms are greased you can get away with murder in this pathetic country.. so cricket is way down the pecking order

  • POSTED BY Sheikhidon on | May 29, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    PCB has more suspence and more better stories than the indian dramas loooooooooool

  • POSTED BY admrz on | May 29, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    pakistan cricket 10 years from now -

    - Amir ousts Akmal in bid to retain captaincy - Akmal banned for 1 year for conspiring to remove Butt from captaincy

    These youngsters growing up in the kind of environment they have right now, i really dont think things will be different in the times to come. Episodes like these will be repeated again and again in the future.

  • POSTED BY Partyman on | May 29, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    "The board's legal advisor has reported to me that after monitoring Malik in the last three months they feel he has improved his behavior and attitude," Iqbal Qadir, the arbitrator, said. What a load of non sense!? This is similar to claiming that one will turn 16 on his 18th Birthday...................... Absolute dribble.

  • POSTED BY KEVIN_DRAVID on | May 29, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    When i heard about the bans on pak players i know its a joke. After few hours i searched in cricinfo for the news about lifting bans. I'm not wrong. I thought it'll be in hours, but its in days . Wake up PCB with this team you are not going to go any forward. One can remember the disasterous by this senior team in AUSTRALIA. Accept one or two seniors like Afridi no body is playing for country. I don't think pakistani people also wants these players in the team . There is lot of talent in pakistani young players. Bring them on say Good bye to these seniors, who are just playing for themselves.

  • POSTED BY InMyLife on | May 29, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    There's nothing to stop the PCB from picking this guy.Rana Naved has confessed to underperforming DELIBERATELY- so therefore he should never be considered again.The comedians who took the oath to undermine the team captain, should never be considered either. Rescind their fines/punishments but never let them represent Pakistan again.If I pay £50 to go and watch Pakistan for a single day of a Test Match at Headingley,with my son-I expect the team I support to play to win.Pakistan cricket needs to restart. Banish all these drama gutless bottlers who fight venomously against each other, but soil their trousers under the slightest of pressure from the opposition.Butt and his cohorts need to go.Government(s) of whichever party need to try and run the country, forget about cricket-you can't even feed or protect your people.Imran come and run the cricket.I would accept a Pak team losing a Test Series 5-0 if I knew that they gave their best.That's all we ask.Play to win, make Pakistan proud.

  • POSTED BY arslan7777 on | May 29, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    well what a joke pakistan cricket is!! for once they had taken some strong decisions and, though a little shocking at first, it became widely accepted later that they were the right thing to do. And our team had started to move on as well. Of all the reversal acts that PCB could have done: THIS IS BY FAR THE WORST!! Malik's role in creating disunity has been unanimously brought up BY EVERYONE! WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO BRING BACK THAT SORT OF PLAYER IN THE TEAM??? And ijaz butt saying that the captain and manager have full authority to send players back gives them that extra power which every other power-hungry player in the side will want....thus paving the way for another coalition and rebellion against the captain! ITS ONLY GOD THAT KEEPS OUR CRICKET AFLOAT!!

  • POSTED BY irfan86 on | May 29, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Another blunder from our very own PCB. They imposed the ban then their own committee overturned it. Shoaib Malik has been such a controversial figure. He was the root cause of Pakistani team's debacle in the past. He has totally ruined Pak team. It very unjust that PCB is giving him this gift rather knowing the facts. His presence would further damage our team.

  • POSTED BY Adolfhitler89 on | May 29, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    The trouble maker is back, PCB (Pakistan Circus Board) can never stick to their decisions. All the cricket board's in the world stick to their decisions but PCB is nothing more than a bunch of incompetent stupids

  • POSTED BY 1958 on | May 29, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    It is very clear that , PCB is controlled by God father and and he moves all the pawn from far. 100% match fixing is there in the Pak matches. To avoid the match fixing blame after each series they will make few scape goats .However, good thing about these goats is they are not slaughtered. One small request to PCB is , please come out with new tricks as your tricks have become very old. Can some one publish how many times players are banned and are asked to play before the ban is over. How many times players have retired and started playing on request from PCB.

    Better to ban Pak from playing international cricket( IPL was too good in this matter)as the saying goes one drop of poison is enough to spoil everything.

  • POSTED BY shaxx on | May 29, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    what a shame... PCB have made a mockery out of this whole issue .. shoaib malik deserves to be kicked out of the team and so does ijaz butt .

  • POSTED BY Dawood368 on | May 29, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    What everyone predicted,PCB took very short time to change their decition.but its a great plus point to return Malik.it would be more superb if they recall Yousuf.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    WOV WOV WOV WHAT A JOKE - JAI HO PAKISTAN CRICKET

  • POSTED BY nsidd75 on | May 29, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    Let's get yousuf, malik, akhter, younis back. And don;t forget Salim Malik, he might still be fit. Pakistan cricket fans don't lose sleep over this. This circus is going to keep us entertained for a long time just as long the circus in the parliament continues.

  • POSTED BY SajidMirza on | May 29, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    If they want to clear him and lift his ban / cut his fine and why place ban on him ???? I never understand the policies of PCB,, its not punishment,, (in my opinion board said we are giving you vacations for the your marriage, when will you free inform us and then we will lift the ban....) now why not rana naveed ?? why he is still facing 1 year ban?? release him also, he don't need vacations my dear PCB coz he is already married ... God helps Pak Cricket ....

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Caution: U-turn ahead... ;)

  • POSTED BY mohsan123 on | May 29, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    that's not a good news for pak cric he was a good player in past but only in limited overs he is the responsable for current cricket team positionhe he was the man he make player lobby i dont know why PCB make such decision which are difficult to carry on that kind of decision which inverts after some time these r insult of a cricket board.show pcb how cricket aus work once they stop Andrew symonds playing cricket no appeal no committee to review punishment loke that instuiite work

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | May 29, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    So the man is first to be cleared, I expected so. Firdos Ashiq, the minister for population welfare and whole of the ruling party stood behind him. According to every single team official and players, he is the person who was behind whole problem. He destroyed Yousef and Younis both. He underperformed. He gathered players to take Quranic oath against the only presentable gentleman in this team. Yes I did expect this decision and here I remmember words of a suprium court judge, " who ever we punish is given even higher post than before". A fitting decision when to take the prevailing system in to account.

  • POSTED BY slogger-sachin on | May 29, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    the joke called pakistan cricket...ban...revoke...repeat same story...same old cycle...

  • POSTED BY ali.rizwan on | May 29, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    this is a joke...just like the whole pakistan cricket..its obvious that after marrying sania he has made good contacts in ruling party PPP and this has saved him..even rashid latif is using his contacts in MQM to get younis khan playing again..it will not be a surprise to see them both selected for the upcoming tours..we pakistanis have again proved that we will always compromise on discipline and rules and regulations are shit for us..even the judge heading this tribunal is under investigation for his role in Bank of Punjab scandal..no doubt we are the laughing stock of world

  • POSTED BY Acton49 on | May 29, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    In the video, Malik is ultimately described by a committee member as a "termite", with broader criticism of his role ranging from backbiting against players to politicking within the team. Malik found no support from another captain and senior player, Shahid Afridi, who accused him of backbiting. "I told him clearly on his face that if he continues this practice of his double standards he will not survive in the team for too long and I will not have him in the team if I am made captain," So now PCB has decided Malik has not done anything wrong. Then why the witch hunt, oh now Shahid Afridi will be ousted as the capitan..Afridi should watch his back .. The dagger will be out. Malik to be the new capitan ... the PCB circus is back in town with added spice and drama! This charade is to clip the wings of Afridi for whom PCB is thinking well Afridi is a threat to their dominance on the grame as was Younis Khan. Perhaps to impress Sania and Malik for inviting PCB to thier wedding?

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 29, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    what do u expect? As i told all these punishments are hogwash. In pakistan all people committed crime will go scott free. Same thing with cricket.

    Paksitan is like jungle with anything goes. Nothing , no one is permanent.

    Role reversal is every day life in pakistan.

  • POSTED BY heavens on | May 29, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    PCB is pathetic in his approach. This is like making fun of himself. This is aggnoisingly funny situation Ijaz Butt and Co has created. If bans were to overturn, they these players were intially banned ? There is absolutely on sense in PCB's decisions. First, they ban the players and then beg the players to play. These decision will result in players power again within team. Totally un-qualified people are running the board and they are running the board like sabzi mandi. Pakistan cricket is suffering isolation becuase of terriosm and negative tactics of BCCI and even PCB is not helping themselves to earn any respect. Total NON-SENSE and DISGRACE

  • POSTED BY RUF1 on | May 29, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    I think Shoib Malik ends his cricket and start politics he become good politician and serve his nation in better manners because he knows very well ups and downs of that. taking oath from other players and making negative influence in team, leg pulling of senior players like Shoib Akhter, Younis, Yousuf and Afridi and by knowing under perform…. I think PCB closed the chapter of Shoib and Ijaz Butt.

  • POSTED BY mumbaiguy79 on | May 29, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    gosh!...Pakistan Cricket has become a joke nowadays..PCB imposes bans and overturns them as easily as Inzamam used to play the square cut or the pull shot...travesty!

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Its good to see players are coming back but they should support afrid.i would like to see shoaib akhter and younis and yousaf back in the team sooner then later.

  • POSTED BY Xayn on | May 29, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    how ridiculous can pcb get.. the guy who have been involved in all sort of problems, which pakistan team is still suffering from, through out the year is the 1st one to get his way back to the team.. afridi yousaf intakhab alam everyone have said that malik is the center of player power yet pcb wants him back.. the tribunal itself accepted that pcb wants to revoke ban on malik, independence of the tribunal is big question.. n if malik got his way back then what is wrong with younis yousaf n rana??? i think we cant doubt on performances of khan n yousaf with malik atleast.. if malik would have been in australia i bet with his attitude he couldn't be able to wear the baggy green uniform, n we can see what they did to symonds, even though alot will agree that symonds can still be part of aussie team.. a ridiculous decision n unfortunately pcb it self don't want to end up player power in pak team which have been there since imran khan left..

  • POSTED BY Asif_Iqbal on | May 29, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Ohhhhhhhhh my GOD ! its mean all other player and management are wrong to consider him the main character for most of the present problems in the Pak team.

  • POSTED BY nataraajds on | May 29, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    this looks funny, here rule makers are rule breakers. such things can only happen in pakistan cricket

  • POSTED BY nasir_2k45 on | May 29, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    very bad, PCB should not include him for asia cup, give chance some one younger like hammad, at least malik will remember this, while giving some one younger it will bench strength for coming world cup. becasue last two wc no one want to remember. rest Allah is there for Pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY brownfeatures on | May 29, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    And the circus continues.....

  • POSTED BY vivaelmore on | May 29, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Here we go again......what can one say. Is there anyone who can fire Ijaz Butt and his team at PCB, please? Shoaib Malik and Rana Naveed should be the last one to have their punishments reversed after the inquiry video but it's is Ijaz Butt's PCB....expect anything.

  • POSTED BY emmwill on | May 29, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Such bungling! Scandalous!

  • POSTED BY CricInformer288 on | May 29, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    It has been a complete waste of time, this hearing and tribunal thing

  • POSTED BY hunnysharma on | May 29, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    PCB means Pakistan Cartoon Bord.....they dont have any stand on anything..... they r always joking around.......it is really very funny.....y do they ban players first if they always have to remove it........looking forward to Akhtar's return too n also Younis n Yusof

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    What a shame .. after all the allegations .. PCB is a seriously funny place .. is there any kind of order ?

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    so the ban imposed in the first place was not fair? if all the players receive this kind of result from the appeal tribunal then it is an indication of wrongful conviction in the first place. hence the T20 performance and moral depreciation is because of these bans. Well, I am heading towards a slippery slope. But the question arises then: Yonis' and Yousaf's failure as captains and uprising in team was a false news? Intikhab Alam was lying about Malik's disdainful behaviour and the confirmation that seven pakistani players went to Inzi's house to swear for solidarity was not really the case? I am confused here - someone please make it clear ...

  • POSTED BY rzi-BDML on | May 29, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    all the evidences are against him as per the video reports of PCB commettee. i dont know why he has been given relief. any ways lets hope he does not politicise the team this time and mind his own business.

  • POSTED BY johnmal on | May 29, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Isn't this typical of Pakistan ? Blame throwing, drugs, match fixing, punishments & then overruled punishments :) One pathetic system !!

  • POSTED BY emmwill on | May 29, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Here we go again. The PCB bans a plyaer. The player appeals and his ban is lifted and fine, if any, reduced. Pakistan cricket is like a circus. It is pathetically predictable.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    this shows pcb is ruled by pack of jokers.....

  • POSTED BY xylo on | May 29, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    what a farce! after having seen what other players had to say about this guy, this might be the saddest thing ever to have happened to Pakistan's cricket.

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | May 29, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    What an amazing turn of events. This unpredictability seems to be so typical of Pakistan cricket and it's administration. Ironic that the ban has been lifted for Malik when according to most players and reports, he was the perpetrator of all the off field rifts and disharmony within the camp due to a poor attitude. Both ex-captain Yousuf and ex-coach Intikhab had specifically singled him out and now he has been essentially exonerated. This is really a perplexing situation and I hope further details are made clear soon enough. Though if his ban was lifted, it seems only fair that the bans on Younis and Mohammed Yousuf are lifted as well. But considering how erratically unpredictable the decisions in Pakistan cricket are, nothing seems for certain. We can only be hopeful that this ends up for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY Long_Live_PakCricket on | May 29, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Hmm... as expected. any way hope it will help Pak Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    :)

    Why am I not surprised by this?

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  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    :)

    Why am I not surprised by this?

  • POSTED BY Long_Live_PakCricket on | May 29, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Hmm... as expected. any way hope it will help Pak Cricket.

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | May 29, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    What an amazing turn of events. This unpredictability seems to be so typical of Pakistan cricket and it's administration. Ironic that the ban has been lifted for Malik when according to most players and reports, he was the perpetrator of all the off field rifts and disharmony within the camp due to a poor attitude. Both ex-captain Yousuf and ex-coach Intikhab had specifically singled him out and now he has been essentially exonerated. This is really a perplexing situation and I hope further details are made clear soon enough. Though if his ban was lifted, it seems only fair that the bans on Younis and Mohammed Yousuf are lifted as well. But considering how erratically unpredictable the decisions in Pakistan cricket are, nothing seems for certain. We can only be hopeful that this ends up for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | May 29, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    what a farce! after having seen what other players had to say about this guy, this might be the saddest thing ever to have happened to Pakistan's cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    this shows pcb is ruled by pack of jokers.....

  • POSTED BY emmwill on | May 29, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Here we go again. The PCB bans a plyaer. The player appeals and his ban is lifted and fine, if any, reduced. Pakistan cricket is like a circus. It is pathetically predictable.

  • POSTED BY johnmal on | May 29, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Isn't this typical of Pakistan ? Blame throwing, drugs, match fixing, punishments & then overruled punishments :) One pathetic system !!

  • POSTED BY rzi-BDML on | May 29, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    all the evidences are against him as per the video reports of PCB commettee. i dont know why he has been given relief. any ways lets hope he does not politicise the team this time and mind his own business.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    so the ban imposed in the first place was not fair? if all the players receive this kind of result from the appeal tribunal then it is an indication of wrongful conviction in the first place. hence the T20 performance and moral depreciation is because of these bans. Well, I am heading towards a slippery slope. But the question arises then: Yonis' and Yousaf's failure as captains and uprising in team was a false news? Intikhab Alam was lying about Malik's disdainful behaviour and the confirmation that seven pakistani players went to Inzi's house to swear for solidarity was not really the case? I am confused here - someone please make it clear ...

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    What a shame .. after all the allegations .. PCB is a seriously funny place .. is there any kind of order ?