Pakistan's inquiry committee report

Top Pakistan players face fines, bans

Osman Samiuddin

March 8, 2010

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Rana Naved-ul-Hasan shares his excitement with Kamran Akmal after removing Ricky Ponting, Australia v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Adelaide, January 26, 2010
Naved-ul-Hasan and Kamran Akmal are in trouble after the inquiry committee completed its findings about Pakistan's tour to Australia © Getty Images
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The inquiry committee looking into Pakistan's disastrous tour to Australia has recommended a string of harsh punishments against a number of Pakistan's senior-most players, ranging from heavy fines to bans.

The recommendations have still to be approved by the board chairman - and they could yet be turned down - but Cricinfo has learnt that the committee has called for the Akmal brothers and Shahid Afridi to be fined for various misdemeanours and for Shoaib Malik and Naved-ul-Hasan to be banned for up to a year from international cricket.

If implemented the measures are likely to represent some of the harshest punishments taken against Pakistan players and will further throw the composition of Pakistan's squad for the World Twenty20 into considerable disarray. None of the players, it is believed, are certain to make the 15-man squad for the tournament at this moment.

The six-man committee completed its report last week and sent it to Ijaz Butt. The chairman held a meeting with the selection committee on Monday in which he briefed them on the contents of the inquiry committee's report. He warned the selectors - now headed by Mohsin Khan - that he had "shocking news" for them and proceeded to inform them of the details of the report.

Pakistan's winless tour to Australia began promisingly, but swiftly deteriorated after the second Test in Sydney, where the tourists suffered a shocking defeat. Thereafter the touring squad unraveled; first the Akmal brothers seemed to openly challenge the touring management, Kamran insisting he would play in the final Test in Hobart despite the board having released a statement saying he would be dropped.

Younger brother Umar was at the centre of a brief storm, in which it was alleged that he had feigned an injury and refused to play in Hobart if his brother was dropped. The report recommends fining the brothers between Rs 2-3 million and that they be put on a probationary period for their behaviour after the Sydney Test.

The tour ended with Afridi being banned by the ICC for two games after he was caught biting the ball in a bid to tamper it in the last ODI in Perth. The report calls for a similar fine and that he also be put on a probationary period during which he not be considered for the captaincy. Afridi was Pakistan's Twenty20 captain but that status now is in doubt.

The situation for Naved and Malik is altogether more serious; both have been accused of significant breaches of discipline. Though the specifics are unclear, it is thought that the pair had problems with Mohammad Yousuf, who was captain for the Tests and ODIs. Yousuf and Malik have long been at odds with each other and the pair engaged in another slanging match soon after returning to Pakistan. Malik has consistently been at the centre of accusations of intrigue and factionalism within the team since he was removed as leader last year.

Sources told Cricinfo that Butt is incensed with the players and is willing to go through with all the recommendations. At the meeting with the selectors he told them to prepare a squad for the World Twenty20 but to keep question marks over this group of players and to keep their options open. The squad was due to be announced on Monday but will be delayed, at the very least, to next week; the selection committee has filtered down the probables to 21 for now.

Butt has urged the selectors to look for fresher faces, telling them that he intends "to give a lesson to these players and convey to them the message that nobody is indispensable."

The trickiest decision may well be over the captain of the squad. Malik and Afridi seem to be out of the picture now; Younis Khan and Yousuf do not play the format and are not in the probables. Amazingly that could leave Misbah-ul-Haq, should he be picked, as a candidate and though some TV reports said his name had been put forward by the selectors, attendees at the meeting said no names had yet been discussed.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 15:44 GMT)

recuit new blokes they will perform better then these Pumpkins they are Waste of money and Waste of new talent i think what they done is Brave Thing Let new Young Blood have there Chance to Prove That they are better and you can see PCb ruining the New talent In face of Mohd Aamir, where is he i mean he is a Good bowler give him a chance

Posted by ab.shinde on (March 10, 2010, 10:11 GMT)

Thank god!! they are not playing IPL .. next year we could have 16 IPL teams :) ... more exciting IPL with load of events such as ball tampering, fights, lots of player comments etc

For some good reasons we will miss them with no regret !!!!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 9:02 GMT)

In my opinion this is too harsh for the Pakistani players and it will affect their performances in the upcoming T20 World cup.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 8:06 GMT)

I think PCB is the worst n hopeless cricket board in the cricket world, the board is all filled with hopeless beggars which doenst know how to deal with the players n the future of the country.Ijaz butt is good for nothing, if this DONKEY is the president of board then there will b no more cricket in pakistan,its all over now. nothing is left in pakistan now for cricket. GO TO HELL PCB..Its absolute madness to bann such an incredible n great players(Yousuf, Younis,Kamran Akmal,Shahid Afridi etc)...

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 8:03 GMT)

this board is doing first thing right in their tenure and they have to stick with that punishment no uturn but i have a question on yousuf & younis that what happen in their cases that they have given the life ban to both of them...............this is the time to change to bring best out of new individuals

Posted by hoorul on (March 10, 2010, 7:55 GMT)

we didn,t expect this from our team

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

A very shocking news for all pakistani cricket fans about this decision. I think the world T20 champions will be knock out in 1st round this time...

Posted by getyaas on (March 10, 2010, 7:48 GMT)

pak has finally taken the right step to ban players like yousuf /younis and others who faced fines as well. What i believe is discipline should be followed strictly no matter whether its a Senior players or junior look at the Indian how Dhoni is Managing big names of cricket Sachin /Sehwag /Dravid/Laxman and all others .bec they are all well versed with discipline and they do follow certain rules set by the board . They actually dont look after captaincy post but at the same time YOU have PAK team they are all after captaincy post .ofcourse some of the players likes of AFRIDI does play only for country and to entertain crowd but at the same time they have to follow wt there coach says. I believe Pak is the Top most team in world in any format but they lack Team spirit , they should learn to play together.Should learn to help each other build confidence,learn to stay Cool,Calm Even if they loose as well Loosin agains AUS ws nt any concern .PAK wEre realy Good it WS captain FAULT

Posted by Israr-Ali on (March 10, 2010, 6:25 GMT)

Mr. Butt and Wasim Bari should be banned for Lifefirst

Posted by WildAmigo on (March 10, 2010, 5:41 GMT)

These players are being punish to make a way for the parchi players like Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Rao Iftikhar, M.Sami these players are playing for a decade now and they didn't prove themselves as good player or team player. Player like M. Hafeez,Sohail Khan are sideline for no what reasons now. They are wasting player like Fawad Alam and not have the specified place fixed for him. Most of people know that he is a good middle order player but his place is kept changing.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 5:32 GMT)

I my openion all othem are good players they may be fined but not banned. No doubt discipline is the key of success but at the verge of World Cup their presence is much needed for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 5:03 GMT)

i think at least shoaib malik should not be banned

Posted by mrms on (March 10, 2010, 4:39 GMT)

This was necessary. Lack of discipline has always been an issue with some of these players. Unless such action is taken, they will continue doing this. "lack of strategy, extremely poor captaincy, defensive approach, inability to lead, extremely poor batting" these might be the cause behind the poor performance, but lack of discipline is certainly a completely different thing. The first set affects the present performance, however indiscipline threatens the future. Well done Mr. Butt.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 4:02 GMT)

pakistan team can not do any thing wid out afridi after this inspit of afridi in my apinion shoaib akhter will be a better choice for captancy inspite of mibah razzak is a good player butt he is will not be a good captain because he is not so much agressive salman but has no ability to play t20 criicket in my opinion the squar will be1 shahid afridi 2 hafeez 3 kamran akmal 4 umar akmal 5 imran nazir 6 shoaib akhtar(captain) 7 umar gull 8 amir 9 fawad alam 10 hammad azam 11abdur razzaq 12 asif 13 sami 14 shoaib malik 15 saeed ajmal 16 sarfaraz ahmed this shoaib be a great team shoaib akhtar is agresive player and captain do u remember the last year RBS ONE DAY tournament the two team reached the final karachi dolphins and islamabad leopard karachi team was full of stars but islamabad has only the great shoain akhtar so u can see that he has a great mind of captancy he is now fit tatally this format of cricket really suits him b/c in this format he only need to bowl only 4 overs

Posted by   on (March 10, 2010, 1:16 GMT)

They need to deal with this, I think Yousuf should be dropped from all limited overs, focus on the Test arena where he is needed most. Malik doesn't have Test temperament.

Tests - Salman Butt, Khurram Manzoor, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Sami, Danish Kaneria

ODIs - Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal

T20s - Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Imran Nazir, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal

Basically, in limited overs cricket, replace Sami and Kaneria (Test specialists) with Gul and Ajmal (limited overs specialists). Replace Khurram Manzoor (defensive opener) with Abdul Razzaq, and make Kamran Akmal open the batting. Replace Yousuf with Malik in limited overs, so no fighting. And Nazir is best for T20 instead of Younis Khan.

Posted by ArfanSharif on (March 9, 2010, 22:31 GMT)

In this case I actually agree with mr Butt on this occasion. No player is bigger or better than the team and discipline is essential, this would be a good lesson for them. I also think pakistan has enough talent to win the 20/20 world cup without these idiots.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 21:16 GMT)

Oh for God Sake, listen to Imran Khan! Afridi needs not to be dropped or punished any further. English big names, in past, continued to captain their country for a decade even after they were proven 'ball-temperors.' Just before Afridi's incident, Stuart Broad was found to temper the ball by standing on it. That act, in itself, was no less than biting a ball; but of course, the racism prevails. No ban, no talks and our people are 'gadhay' enough to wash the dirty laundry in front of the whole world. And to top it off, they show how 'impartial' and 'Just' they are. Pathetic to say the least. Take out Malik for his politics and tactics to divide the team... Take out Rana for always giving away crucial runs at the death always always causing Pakistan to lose because of his stupid bowling. Take out Kamran Akmal to teach him a lesson, for once but leave his brother alone and perhaps just fine him. But What the heck is wrong with PCB???? Stupidity of staggering proportions at its best!!

Posted by h4haseeb on (March 9, 2010, 20:58 GMT)

well i think board should take any harsh action other than banning them from playing cricket, these are disciplinary issues and these were arisen due to lack of awareness among players. These all are good players, we want to see them play for our country. Otherwise these actions will be of no use to the fans of Pakistan, and our cricket will affect badly which already is suffering from no international cricket within the country.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 20:27 GMT)

No1 Deserve punishment. i think alam the coach of Pakistan Deserve the punishment because he doesn't how to handle the players.If he player are late for the practice or training he should give them some punishment but he is so sweet and he doesn't care if they are late or not. I think proof works here. this 2010. player like shoaib malik and rana want proof not only rumors. if they are true malik and rana should be punish.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 20:23 GMT)

Did some research and found out that Maliks average overall in all 3 formats combined is 33...his average under Yousuf and Younis is 30 in all 3 formats combined, so whoevers saying he performs poorly under younis and yousuf is WRONG, get your facts right and then comment!

Yousuf averages an overall 46 in all 3 formats combined, but as captain only managed 30! BOOM, he actually did worse than Malik.

Younis had a 2 run deficit per match as captain overall.

So yeah, dont really see why a guy who gets the team going, and helps all the pieces fall into place be banned for a year. its outrageous unless yousuf and younis are banned too.

Ijaz Butt is doing things completely wrong here, hes way too old, he needs to be replaced, and he needs to understand the concept of WARNING before PUNISHING.

Im sorry Mr. Butt,you've got it all wrong, once again. It's time you left the PCB, and I cant wait for the day Zardari comes off, and eventually you! I will personally CELEBRATE that day!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 20:14 GMT)

Shoaib Malik- well, you see, back when malik was captain, there were two men by the names of Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf who believed that THEY should be the captains, and hence, factionalism in the team by these two, resulting in Malik's captaincy being handed over to Younis Khan who was to be fair a good captain, but why do we point out what Malik does (and to be honest, Yousuf was way too defensive and poor during his captaincy stint in Australia, and the day Malik took over, the team just looked like a different attacking force! everything was FINE! the team supports Mali kas a captain because hes aggressive!), so yeah Malik isnt the only culprit when it comes to grouping.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 20:08 GMT)

Umar Akmal- you cannot possibly fine a player who got a bit too emotional, and who is so new to cricket, instead he should be let off with a slap on the hand, it seems unfair, very unfair, he feigned an injury but he still played dint he? PCB is making a huge mistake here, the "reasons" might seem valid, but they all resulted from poor management in the first place, the dropping of kamran merely because he let down some catches which resulted in a target of 170, achievable by all means.

Plus ALL of THESE INCIDENTS WERE FIRST TIME INCIDENTS! WHERE IS THE BLOODY WARNING TO ALL THESE PLAYERS? YOU WARN...THEN YOU PUNISH IF THEY DO IT AGAIN...I DOTN SEE NO WARNING WHICH MAKES THIS SUCH A RIDICULOUS PUNISHMENT. AND YOU'D BE STUPID IF YOU DONT AGREE WITH ME ON THIS!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 19:56 GMT)

They are all Match winners idk waht pcb wants to do. if they have any proved any umar akmal, kamran akmal, shoaib mailk and rana pcb should proved it and show to the media and public. they are serious players.

Posted by ali.majaz on (March 9, 2010, 19:55 GMT)

THE BEST TEAM ACCORDING TO ME IS

1-M HAFEEZ 2-KAMRAN AKMAL (SHUD BE FINED BUT CLEARED) 3-SHAHID AFRIDI (FINED BUT CLEARED) 4-MISBAH UL HAQ (CAPTAIN) 5-SHOAIB MALIK (FINED BUT CLEARED 4 DA SAKE OF EXPIRIENCE) 6-FAWAD ALAM 7-ABDUL RAZZAQ 8-M AAMER 9-UMAR GUL 10- M ASIF 11- SAEED AJMAL

12- IMRAN NAZIR (REPLACEMENT FOR HAFEEZ) 13- HAMMAD AZAM (REPLACEMENT FOR MALIK) 14- MOHAMMAD IRFAN(REPLACEMENT FOR UMAR GUL) 15-SARFARAZ AHMED(REPLACEMENT FOR KAMRAN AKMAL

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 19:50 GMT)

Razzaq has zero credentials as captain! A good player does not make a good captain! Yousuf failed miserably as a captain. Every one knew it, and they never made him captain. Because they knew when yusuf will be captain, he will fail due to his defensive soft approach. Same will happen to razzaq, he has never lead any side. Practically there are only 3 choices. 1. Shoaib Malik:: for his calmness, strategy and execllent credentials in local tournaments with sialkot stallion... 2. Shahid Afridi::: for his aggressive and desperate urge for winning (at any cost even with ball tampering) , the way he leads and motivates is 2nd only to imran and finally Misbah,,, but his poor form has rendered him useless. My vote is for Afridi and shoab malik as VC

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 19:42 GMT)

They are all Match winners idk waht pcb wants to do. if they have any proved any umar akmal, kamran akmal, shoaib mailk and rana pcb should proved it and show to the media and public. they are serious players.

Posted by ali.majaz on (March 9, 2010, 19:39 GMT)

AFRIDI - He was so desprate for the captaincy that he tried chewing a ball .. so that he can proove that under his captaincy PAKISTAN team won against AUSTRALIA .. nd he can win all the votes for the captaincy... why he didnt do anything for all the 4 ODI's he played under YOUSUF's LEADERSHIP ...HE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST POLITICIANS in PAKISTANI TEAM right now he is a utility player in T20 cricket so he shud not be axed from the tournament...But he is not worth of leading da side... Its MISBAH UL HAQ .. WHO HAS A CLEAN RECORD ...

Posted by SUNNY221 on (March 9, 2010, 19:38 GMT)

Come on guys ... Don't go overboard. We all know by now , Mr. Izaj Butt and PCB. Nothing is going happen. The PAK team will end up with same players after this high DRAMA barring one or two scapegoats... We have seen this too often to think / expect anything else. Let's get ready for some exciting & thrilling moments including some controversies / melodramas in T20 World Cup with Pakistani team.

Posted by ali.majaz on (March 9, 2010, 19:36 GMT)

MISBAH UL HAQ won the domestic ODI competetion...He was awarded as the best player of the Tournament... RAZZAQ is a greedy player.... MISBAH wud have easily joined any league.. RAZZAQ stepped out of his REGION TEAM LAHORE LIONS bcoz they were not giving him the captaincy...RAZZAQ went to ICL ...HE announced his retirement !!! He was greedy for money.. he prefers MONEY over PRIDE ...& most importantly he does hold the LEADERSHIP qualities... SO THE PRIME CHOICE FOR CAPTAINCY IS MISBAH UL HAQ ..

Posted by ali.majaz on (March 9, 2010, 19:32 GMT)

PCB has ALREADY TAKEN THE DECISION ... MISBAH UL HAQ WILL BE THE CAPTAIN GUYS ... SO STOP BRAGGING ABOUT AFIRIDI AND RAZZAQ ... AFRIDI IS NOT RELIABLE AS A PLAYER ...AT TIMES HE CLICKS .. BUT MOST OF THE TIME .. HE FAILS !!!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 19:29 GMT)

I think afridi has got this punishment from Icc. umar akmal should not be banned because he has got good talent and Kamral akmal is very good t20 player. the other two are shoaib malik and rana. IF pcb have any proof against they should show it to the people of Pakistan and the press media. PAKistan exit in the first round without these players. they need player who energetic in the field. Mailk and Rana are one of the best fielder Pakistan have right now. t20 require a lot of effort from fielding. I think the people of pakistan want proof against Mailk and rana other they would support both of the player. they are Superstar of Pakista.

Posted by Knickster on (March 9, 2010, 19:28 GMT)

Although I would like to see Malik and Naved-ul-Hassian play in the t-20 World Cup as both looked good in the RBS, but I think punishment on disciplinary issues should be given to both of them. I like Afridi and Akmal brothers but they too deserve slap on the hand for their actions. As for the t20 Wld Cup is concerned I think if they can play as a team they can produce good cricket no matter who is included in the team. Pakistan have enough talented players sitting on the sideline and ready to perform for their country. Razaq can lead them in T20 if Afridi is not allowed to captain. Afridi and Malik perform better when they are Captain so I think both should be left out from the T20 World Cup. Pakistan needs Afridi to do good in the T20 W Cup but sometimes you have to make harsh decisions for the good of many.

Posted by ali.majaz on (March 9, 2010, 19:28 GMT)

ABDUL RAZZAQ is a good Playerrrrrrrrrrr .. !!! but it is not Neccesary that every good player turns out to be a GOOD CAPTAIN !!!!!!!!!! ... You have seen what happened with MOHAMMAD YOUSUF... SHAHID AFRIDI is playing politics for the captaincy !!! he was so desprate to show that he is better that he thot of bitting the ball to make his team win against AUSSIES !!! MISBAH UL HAQ is the PRIME CHOICE for LEADING PAKISTAN !!! HE IS MATURE ... CONFIEDENT ...AND HE HAS PROOVED HIS LEADING QUALITIES ... ABDUL RAZZAQ LACKS LEADING QUALITIES ...

Posted by Jhammatian on (March 9, 2010, 19:25 GMT)

PCB Please look the situation in broader sense, u r the defending champions and u have to defend it , so if yes then don't drop these outclass and brilliant players ....

and if have intentions for dropping them, tell me the replacemnts... 1) There is a hell of differnece b/w Kamran and Sarfraz, Zulqurnain , They can't reach Kamran Akmal 2) Umar Akmal is a classy batsman , and i think no one can replace him that he can manage himself in all form of cricket, Itz not so easy.. and and 3) All-rounders like Afridi and Malik , Impossible that u can find any person who can replace any one of them.

and In these days Afridi is the best choice for captaincy ... i dnt thnk so by eliminating these players u can reach semiz

Posted by Play_Hard_But_Fair on (March 9, 2010, 19:09 GMT)

Cricket is just a game - why does PCB have to set up inquiry committees after any loss. Australia is a powerful side - whats all the the fuss about losing to them.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 19:01 GMT)

I DUNT THINK SO KAMRAN AKMAL SHOULD BE THE CAPTAIN

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 18:58 GMT)

I'm going to break down my opinion player by player.

Shahid Afridi- he has been punished by the ICC, it makes no sense to fine him such a big amount, He should be captain in the coming T20 cup. He's a match winner and Ijaz Butt is just being a prick by punishing him again! You cant be hung twice can you? and similarly you cant be sentenced twice for the same criminal offence by two bodies?

Kamran Akmal- okay,so he dropped 3 catches in Sydney, but we still had to chase just 170, our batting is to blame, a team that can't make 170 needs to bury their heads in the ground, Akmal shouldnt have even been dropped, and hence those comments he made wouldnt have taken place. We lost coz of our batting, not his dropped catches. Again PCB showed ZERO % trust in their players ability, Akmal is far too good a player to be dropped because he dropped 3 catches, in a match where the target STILL ended up being EASILY chaseable.Sarfraz Ahmed, pfft, poor chap can BARELY bat let alone be a match winne

Posted by rulesmafia on (March 9, 2010, 18:52 GMT)

i don't think so that misbahulhaq is suitable for captaincy???? shahid khan afridi is the aggressive and a brilliant choice for captaicy!!! afridi should be the catain of pakistan cricket team. but if these 5 or 6 players are dropped from the squad so i dont think so that pak will qualify fo the next round in worldt20.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 18:51 GMT)

To save pakistan cricket without doubt aggressive captain is the only choice ... AFridi Can do it he has done it single handed ... Pakistan cricket board is too much critical of his own players .. there was things done by aussies and english players .. but we do more for God Seek leave the boys alone and let them play for while ...Plzz

Posted by y2kshaq on (March 9, 2010, 18:41 GMT)

I cannot believe some of you guys are actually wanting Misbah_ul_haq as the captain. Do you realize he has lately only performed in local cricket ONLY. All his scores are coming from playing rsb cup and quiade azam trophy. We have some great talent from under Nineteen like the young allrounder i forgot his name who was not out till the last gave of the u19 world cup. I think if Afridi is not leading the team then Abdul Razzaq should. He is the most consistent player in all formats that we have. Bowling is already great instead of rana i think they should put Shoaib Akhtar back in the 30 memeber squad. These players are playing for their country not running for Pakistan elections. They should take pride in representing their country and if they have a problem witht he captain ship they should stop instigating other cricketers and prove with their performance that they are capable of leading their respective teams.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 18:33 GMT)

They are all Match winners idk waht pcb wants to do. if they have any proved any umar akmal, kamran akmal, shoaib mailk and rana pcb should proved it and show to the media and public. they are serious players.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 18:29 GMT)

I think Pakistan will lose the world without these players. afridi is the father of t20 cricket. kamral akmal is very good player in t20 format. umar akmal is a good player 2. if they have any proved against shoaib malik or rana they should show to the public and to the press media otherwise the people of Pakistan and the media with be with shoaib malik and rana . Abdul Razzaq should be the captain not misbah ul haq. he is old but he is a good player and he is fit but he should not be the captain.

Posted by mr.cruizy on (March 9, 2010, 18:25 GMT)

i strongly believe that afridi should not be banned or fined or dropped from the captains spot becuase he has already completed his punishment imposed on him by the ICC which i believe is quite fair now.rest im sure disturbing this team right now is not at all any good idea.. as for the younger Akmal..he should not be dropped or banned..yes some amount of fine and some heavy strong words by the board should be directed at him to make sure he doesn't repeat his stupidity in future..the elder akmal seems a stupid to me these days as he is becoming more of a SUPER STAR now or BIGGER THAN THE TEAM figure these days which he totaly is not.as for MALIK the only regret is that we will b losing such a fine talent rest i am strongly backing the decision of droping him for ATLEAST 6 MONTHS..i mean look at him.. on international tours he seemed like a college boy playing and in RBS ONE DAY and T20 tournement his body language was totaly aggresive and he was right there from the start till the end

Posted by HIKAIFI on (March 9, 2010, 18:10 GMT)

This committee is to cover own misdoings of the board. Why make escape goat of players. Except for match fixing there is no need to go to this detail. Where Bari is we have lost. He was chief selector. We lost world cup(s). Now he is bent upon destroying Pakistan cricket again. When he was captain what did he achieve. Formation of committees before Captain(s), Coach and Manager reports speak of something fishy. Why should Chief Operating Officer and Board Officials not be under scrutiny. Why we had only one genuine fast bowler who was overloaded resulting in his injury and when we got second bowler the result in second test was near victory. We definetely have more fast bowlers than Australians. If then can bring Tait out of moth balls we had no justification for medium pacers. Why has the board not said anything about Aamir and Umar Gul episode. Shahid Afridi is being punished over and over again what for. As if there is some vendetta.

Posted by UmarRiaz on (March 9, 2010, 18:02 GMT)

If these 6 players were removed then we would lose to BD and wont even reach the 2nd stage. I think the ideal team should be

1. Imran Nazir / M Hafeez 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Shahid Afridi 4. Umar Akmal 5. Misbah ul Haq (c) 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Fawad Alam 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. M Aamer 10. Rana Naved / M Asif 11. Saeed Ajmal

Posted by kitten on (March 9, 2010, 17:22 GMT)

I feel really sad as an onlooker to see what is happening to Pakistani cricket at the moment. The people of Pakistan deserve much, much better....they are so passionate about the game, and it is a real pity, that the players/management are treating them so shabbily. This is a good time to have a few things done, but not too drastic, bearing in mind all the important games that lie ahead. Firstly, Malik and Rana Naved(getting too old in the tooth anyway), should be banned. Afridi, as most people will agree, has served his punishment, and is certainly one of the top players in the world at the moment, and should be given the vice captaincy(not captain, until he starts earning it by responsibility, and respect from the team), and Abdul Razzak should be given the Captaincy. He is brilliant with the bat, his bowling is fairly good, and who knows, he may prove a good tactician on the field. And furthermore, as far as I know, he has no blemishes against his name. Go Pakistan Go.

Posted by shah19 on (March 9, 2010, 17:22 GMT)

I am damn sure that PCB will ruin Pakistan Cricket.They are trying to ban those players who when handled carefully can become great players of Pakistan!!! The most surprising thing is that they have put aside Mohd. Yousuf. If a team does something great then the captain of the team is praised and if it does something disastrous then why he is left nd that too after the disastrous lost of Sydney Test.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (March 9, 2010, 17:20 GMT)

The recently concluded national T20 championship has proved beyond any shred of doubt that Misbah is the poorest of all choices for captaincy. He is a nervous hen and was reported in Australia to be trembling on his way to crease for batting. Simply can not take pressure. In two world cups he scored big scores and got out when Pakistan needed just a couple to win. If Yousef and Younis are not in the team, and Afridi and Shoaib are disqualified, then Razzaq is a good choice. Anybody but Misbah please.

Posted by KhuMir on (March 9, 2010, 17:17 GMT)

If you people are not able to bear the shame that the players have to face, then don't accept the enthusiasm and adrenaline of victory. If you are Pakistani and think that these players should be sacked just because they "brought shame to the country" (with acts countless other countries take part in, albeit much more subtly), then say "No Pakistani is not the T20 World Champion. It is Pakistani XI. We Pakistani's didn't win the World Cup. The Pakistan team did." Either share the happiness or the sadness the team goes to, or share nothing at all. Disciplinary issues? This isn't the army. They aren't robots. If you want them to win, you need them to play with passion. And passion and discipline don't mix.

Posted by s0ldier on (March 9, 2010, 17:17 GMT)

Professionalism and PAK players - they can never go hand in hand. Professionalism is dead with the demise of Imran Khan from PAK cricket. See the number of times these players end up on the wrong side for their behavior - is this what one can expect from someone who is representing their nation on the world arena? Shame on them and shame on those people who are still supporting these brats. The obsession with Afridi is baffling - how many games he won? Agreed, he has the potential, but I am tired of listnening to this statement since he made hie debut. How many times did he made that potential count? The least one talks about Shoaib Malik, Shoaib Akhtars the better. I wonder why Waqar took up the job of coaching PAK team. I respect and like Waqar a lot, poor guy, I just hope his reputation doesn't go down the drain by associating himself with these bunch of brats.

Posted by Amanag on (March 9, 2010, 17:11 GMT)

Money does talk. When you cant participate in IPL you resort to fixing for the extra money. Its high time Pak officials pick up a team with players who want to server the country. Seniors have taken their place for granted and they should not be given the honour to represent their country in the world cup. Though it would be sad to see the defending champs wihtout players like Afridi, Malik, but even the now or never time seems to have passed for pakistan.

Posted by babulahori on (March 9, 2010, 17:07 GMT)

I know alot of ppl are complaining that the team will be subpar without these players,well this is a bitter pill we have to swallow for the long term well being.Factionism has long plagued our game and some ppl need to be made an example of.I never was a Malik fan to begin with, he was brought on as a Saqlain mushtaq replacement(remember that world class bowler we ditched due )and he isnt a complete batsman or a good bowler, just does well on flat wickets. And to make it worse, he creates division in the team. Perfect example is fawad alam, who malik deliberately kept away from the spotlight in my opinion bcoz he was similar to malik, only better skills. Afridi has no self respect and ive always thought he is a v selfish player regardless of his attackin nature. Im not a misbah fan, i think Razzaq can be the captain, tons of experience, contributes and he's from an era when pak cricket knew how to win and had self belief!!

Posted by oooops on (March 9, 2010, 17:03 GMT)

Hello all! I have been reading the comments.... In my opinion the root of the problem is PCB... I agree we should have a new team for the T20 WC... and that includes the PCB management!!!!!!!!!! if you want to get rid of the Afridis, the Maliks, the Ranas and the Akmals... get rid of the BUTTS too... get rid of the AD-HOCK system... have someone up there who can be held accountable for their decisions... LIKE putting Mohammad Yousaf in charge of a team when everyone was against him... no one talks about that!!!... you wanna send these players home... do it!!! but again give me someone better than them... till then............

Posted by ali.majaz on (March 9, 2010, 16:51 GMT)

MISBAH UL HAQ all da wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy ..... GO MISBAH GO !!! ....

Posted by Anneeq on (March 9, 2010, 16:29 GMT)

Whats going to happen to Yousuf then? Looks like nothing!!! Its quite obvious who's to blame for all this. Yousuf is to be stripped of captaincy, he hurt us very badly, the way he performed, as captain (especially in the second test)!!

I agree with making an example of the Akmal brothers, what they did was outragious and i believe that is a fitting punishment too!! Although i wouldnt be upset if they were banned for 1 year.

Afridi should stay, he hasnt openly defied the board, he just did something extremely stupid and has paid the price. He is our savior, Afridi has to be our captain in all 3 formats, with Malik vice captain. I agree reluctantly with Nazir, he hasnt performed therefore he doesnt warrent a call up.

Posted by Cricfan27 on (March 9, 2010, 16:28 GMT)

Undisciplined players must receive stern punishments. But this is not the right time just before T20 word cup. And look at the West Indies team. They got the same pummeling at the hands of Australians both in tests and ODIs. Prior to that Ossis beat India 4-2 at their own backyard. And now Vettori's men are receiving the same pummeling at the hands of cruel Ossis on their own soil. But those teama, board and people are not making such furors. This is utter nonsense! And my final words: Afridi is the perfect captain for Pakistan in all three formats till he retires. Hope PCB and the people realize. Hope They have watched the Gayle-Ponting contest and now watching Vettori- Ponting constest.

Posted by viku13a13a on (March 9, 2010, 16:21 GMT)

First of all it would be a big surprise to see proper funishments are given to the all players who deserves it. I dont think anything will happen. Afridi and Malik should not be part of Pakistan team period. Mishbah is a very good prospect to lead, he also has morals. Being Indian i can not help say this but Indian Goverment, BCCI, Pakistan Goverment and PCB they all are in compitation. They will talk about any issue or problem to create a hype, but when it comes to take the steps to prevent it from happening again the funisment needed will never be there. We have seen this time in time again and same thing will happen here. I think Shoiab Aktar is a perfect example for it yes he has been a bad boy but the reason he is not playing is not because of his actions on the cricket field. It is because of he said something to the man in nice suite and tie... POLITICS... he needs to be back in Pakistan squad. Kick those out who are not team players........

Posted by VipulPatki on (March 9, 2010, 16:04 GMT)

I do believe the sacking of the errant senior players is the bitter medicine Pakistan cricket needs desperately. A cricket-crazy country like Pakistan must be having a strong second string team which can stand up on its own in a matter of maximum one or two years. But, like many others here, I would like to exlcude Afridi from the black-list as he's already served his punishment. And ball-tampering is a less serious offence than to feign an injury to demonstrate support for your poorly-performing kin.

Posted by krv954 on (March 9, 2010, 15:50 GMT)

nothing good is going come out of this. they will be imposed with a ban. the players will appeal the ban and the ban will be completely overturned. remember what happened during the ban of shoaib akhthar and mhmd asif for testing positive for drugs.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 15:29 GMT)

MISBAH IS A GREAT PLAYER I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MA LIFE .....

Posted by ali.majaz on (March 9, 2010, 15:21 GMT)

Misbah Is The Best Option... The Best T20 Player For Pakistan... He Deserves it

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 15:19 GMT)

I agree with Naveed. If it has to happen, then postpone it until world cup. Without these players world cup compaign will be useless. So let them play and do whatever after the world cup. And Afridi is the best choice for captaincy. Misbah is old now, captain should lead from the front that is lacking with Misbah now.

Posted by niceguy2881 on (March 9, 2010, 15:18 GMT)

I think Pakistan has to be practical here and forget about big words like Discipline, Justice and all. It would be an utter shame and drama if all of those players mentioned in the report are sacked, Building from scrap sounds all heroic but its very impractical and be nothing but shooting themselves in the foot with so many world cups around. The rival nations are laughing now at their expense and eagerly waiting to see how Pakistan is going to implode.

The only players whom Pakistan can afford to get rid of in current scenario among the names mentioned in the report are Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved. Afridi shouldnt be touched, he already did his time, there are much bigger fish to catch.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 15:01 GMT)

hahahhahahahaha.....................if these six players are dropped from the squad than b ready guyz 2 see our team out of the t20 wc after d first round ..........................as Bangladesh will also beat us widout these players......................................:P

Posted by vigi101929 on (March 9, 2010, 14:59 GMT)

I think the lack of talent and over-hype of little talent made the team go nowhere...!!!! Rem before the T20 world cup they lost all the tournament for a year and then the T20 victory which seriously made the team think that they were the champs in all formats....!!!!!Now the problem is that everything has returned to normal and they are back to their losing ways and their supporters dont realize this.....Itz plain simple TRUTH!!!!!

Posted by sbhusarapu on (March 9, 2010, 14:51 GMT)

Some of the players that this commitee has identified should be punished and banned from the team. Its high time Pak team look forward for the future, there is lot of talent in pakistan, look at their young bowlers they are all world class, so why have shoaib malik who everyone knows has been causing conflicts within the team. Now look at Naved Ul Hasan, I can't understand how he made national squad, I wouldn't play him in gully cricket, forget about first class cricket. He should be thankful to be in national squad and try to retain his place by performance. Umar and Afridi, they are serious talent, they are match winners, they should be given serious talk and taught professionalism and I think they should be in the team.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 14:49 GMT)

misbah ul haq should be the captain for the T20 world cup 2010

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 14:49 GMT)

It is time to institute discipline in the Pakistani Cricket team. Too many players have taken the team for a ride. We are glad Shoaib Akhtar is out. Its time for Malik, Afridi and Kamran Akmal to say good bye. The junior Akmal must be called in and told, if he wants a career shape up or ship out. Go to Under 19 team and pick outstanding players and train them. By next touranament they will be unbeatable.

Every player brought in must be given a code of conduct and must be monitored thereafter. No if, ands or buts.

Go Pakistan Cricket go, new start.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 14:49 GMT)

In twenty20 worldcup , match winning players are 1. Shahid Afridi 2. Abdul Razzak 3. Umar Akmal 4. Rana Naveed-ul-Hasan 5. Mohammad Asif 6. Mohammad Amir 7. Saeed Ajmal 8. Imran Nazir Pls ban Shoaib Malik for good, Kamran Akmal is the worst keeper game has seen, his one drop catch costs Pakistan games, forget his 20-25 runs at fast pace. 9. Hammad Azam (pls select him for under 19, he will be great at no.6) 10. Fawad Alam 11. Sarfaraz Ahmed

The mistakes by Afridi is only because for his immense love for the game. Pls make him captain for T20 & one day, and razzak his deputy, and for test Razzak the captain and Afridi his deputy.

Forget Misbah for good.

Hope some one listen to me, for better sake of Pakistan Cricket. Long live Pakistan and pakistan cricket

Posted by SamarNaqvi on (March 9, 2010, 14:48 GMT)

This is ridiculous. A person who has been punished once cannot be punished again for the same offense. As such its absolutely illogical and illegal to punish Afridi again. He's the only natural captain, he's the only one in the side who would do anything to win, and he's learnt his lesson. The nation has forgiven him, we want to see him play, he has so much contribution for Pakstan cricket, we all love him. It'll be gross injustice if any sort of ban is implemented on him, in fact he's the one who very obviously deserves the captaincy. If someone is involved in matchfixing, the ban is justified, otherwise the statements that these players will learn their lesson after being punished does not cover the cumulative effects, which will be on us, the nation which will have to pay for just having passion for cricket and love for the game. We will be the eventual sufferers missing out on watching the best Pakistani players. In the end as my dad says we need a CRO- Cricket Reconcilition Order

Posted by Tears_in_heaven on (March 9, 2010, 14:44 GMT)

All in a day's work for Pakistani cricketers. " Though the recommendations have been leaked out, the report itself is not expected to be made public" - i give it a week before all the gory details are fully revealed. @ Naveed, Pakistan will never become a better team unless they stop acting like spoilt prima donnas. The sooner some of these yahoos get banned, the better it is for Pakistani cricket all around.

Posted by ali.majaz on (March 9, 2010, 14:38 GMT)

MISBAH UL HAQ's recent domestic performance has been outclass and Impressive ... His Capability to perform under tense situations Makes him the strongest Candidate to Captain... Cheats like Afridi ... who play politics for captaincy shud be fined heavily... SHAHID AFRIDI did nothing for all the 4 ODIz .. but when he was captain in the 5th ODI , he was so desprate to win to show that he is BETTER and he shud be the captain of the side ... BALL TAMPERING is a prime example of this desperation. MISBAH UL HAQ roxxxxxx...GO MISBAH GO

Posted by naseerhaider on (March 9, 2010, 14:17 GMT)

PCB has have to take necessary action recommended by the inquiry committee to keep Pakistan Cricket alive else I am afraid that this group may hijack PCB. Why not go with ABDUL RAZAQ as caption ?Through Malik out ,bring Tahir Mugel ,Asif Hussain ,Hafeez in ,T20 is Taylor Made for Pakistanis,huge talent just waiting for chance .

Posted by drwaqas1 on (March 9, 2010, 14:11 GMT)

Guys like Shoaib and Rana need more stern punishments in the shape of life ban, public reprimand etc as the inflictions they made were on Pak cricket fans's hearts. It 's understandable that when a tour is underway, issues to be not made public but what's the problem now.Why not tell the people of pakistan," The Whole Story". I we keep doing this any longer, the traitors will not be well & truly exposed, who put personal agenda in front of the country

Posted by Icare4Pak on (March 9, 2010, 14:10 GMT)

Better late then never. PCB should ban them a good long time, For once if these players think of themselves as the ambassadors for the country they are representing. there behaviour should make country and its people proud and whatever these players are doing is definitely doing the opposite. Afridi`s display of ball temperinig doesnt show its coming out from a professional sportsman, Umar is a new kid, he needed to concentrate his career rather putting it on steak, kamran need some time off and work hard to prove his place. and any others need to show their commitment towards the game and combinations not to break them. For God sakes, think of the country first because you exist because of it. Get new talent, we have countless is our country.

Posted by beeldna on (March 9, 2010, 13:37 GMT)

This kind of punishment was long due for our players. They all have put their ego's and likes/dislikes above the countery.

Posted by OnlyAndOnlyCricket on (March 9, 2010, 13:14 GMT)

It is a pleasant surprise for me. I was not expecting fair and free inquiry and judgement from PCB. Hats off for Mr. Butt.

Posted by Spawn12 on (March 9, 2010, 13:02 GMT)

Good and its about time that these bad apples were fined or banned from the Pak team as a whole...each and every one of them brings shame to the team...person im most disappointed in is Afridi and his ball biting incident.

Hopefully the PCB will have the balls to carry these punishements out so that we can go forward from here...the Pak team is a joke and laughing stock of the cricket world in my eyes.

Id they make Misbah captain for the World 20/20 i think i will go commit suicide...he is completely and utterly useless...another deadwood that should be dropped permanently from the team.

Can only hope Waqar brings some much needed discipline and order to this shamble of a pak team we have!!!!!

Posted by BlueNation on (March 9, 2010, 13:00 GMT)

Ball tampering is pretty common for Pak plyers, this tradition is started by their legendary players like Akram, Akhtar, Imran & Waqar and same tradition is continued by Afridi. There are bowlers who take drugs, players don't support captain (group politics) and controversy in killing coach. If there was trouble in Internation cricket it should had happened by a Pakistani player or team. Nothing is going to happen after this report. Afridi will be captain and every one will be included in team. This is common to them.

God only can save Pakistan and its team.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 12:58 GMT)

@tick. stupid and absurd comments. Shoaib Malid should kick out from the international cricket. He is the apple of discord. He did same under Younis captaincy and he again did it under Yousuf captaincy. His performance under their captaincy was so poor. He gave ball straight to the fielder as he was making catch practice. If he will included in the T20 squad He will do same thing again.

Posted by ali.majaz on (March 9, 2010, 12:49 GMT)

MISBAH UL HAQ SHUD BE THE CAPTAIN

Posted by ali.majaz on (March 9, 2010, 12:48 GMT)

BRING MISBAH UL HAQ BACK IN THE PAKISTANI TEAM AS CAPTAIN

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 12:40 GMT)

Pppppppppllllllllllllllllllsssssssssssss make afridi the captain in all formats

Posted by Naveed on (March 9, 2010, 12:11 GMT)

Why so hurry in imposing fines and bans on these players? It seems some conspiracy against Pakistan cricket, I accept discipline should be maintained, but at what cost? at the cost of cricket in Pakistan? at the cost of World Cup T20? Every team is preparing for the world cup T20 and Pakistan still thinking of re-building from scrap? As regards Afridi, he has been punished by ICC already why punish someone twice for one crime? Mr. Butt seems to have gone out of his mind. I still believe Afridi is the best choice for captaincy. Can't the Board keep this report secret till world cup is over? I believe cricket lovers of Pakistan will protest against this stupidity

Posted by Israr-Ali on (March 9, 2010, 11:59 GMT)

Rubbish , Nothing will happen , all of these will face only fine. no one would be ban.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 11:46 GMT)

Great move by the PCB ! After SL I like PAK the most but after the 09/03/03 incident in which they took a horrible blow they have struggled to recover...Of course some brilliant individual performances won them the WT20 but it was not as outstanding as when they got the runners-up in the 2007 edition...We are in a time where WI cricket in disarray so we want some competition between the main test playing nations...So its good that PCB have banned those players and if they could bring fresh new looks to the team under a fresh captain(like SA did with Graeme Smith) it would be great ! I think there would be some new talents like Aamer and co.

Posted by TanweerBukhari on (March 9, 2010, 11:32 GMT)

Can PCB apply this policy retrospectively to net the chief culprit Shoaib Akhtar? I am sure many will be heartened.

Posted by softpeople on (March 9, 2010, 11:29 GMT)

Well, I all really disappointed to hear this kind of bans, everyone can see that PCB is unable to handle such kind of matters. Now T20 world cup is just to begin, all the guys will be mentally upset, Even if Shoaib Malik & Afridi are guilty, I thing it will not be a wise move to leave these players from T20 team, these are both fine players & all round cricketers & pakistan team need these players badly. New Chairman selectio ncommittee MOHSIN HASSAN is a very good human being & have good cricketing brain, I hope he will make a wise move while selecting T20 team.

Posted by samee.ullah on (March 9, 2010, 10:16 GMT)

i think Pakistani team need afridi for upcoming event. He is an important & player in T20 format cricket. I agree with "hawk_eye" that ball tempring is not an issue to keep a man away from cricket for a long time. For Umer akmal, he is still immature. he should be taught professionalism rather to keep him out of cricket coz he is also a good player. For shoaib mailk, i think he should be banned coz he is creating problems in pakistani team since he lost leadership. He is not performing well in matches & is also involved in grouping within the team.

Posted by Azadi47 on (March 9, 2010, 10:10 GMT)

I cannot believe what you guys are actually saying! Seriously, do you not think this is at the least absolutely childish and money schemed. How dare you support the decision to ban Afridi!? It infuriates me. He won the world cup for us last year. It was because of the fruit of HIS labor that we made it. A negligible offense like ball tampering is HARDLY worthy of such a daunting punishment. Pakistan cricket has a cancer within is managements that never ceases to shoot itself in the foot every tourament or tour we play. Sure our players make mistakes, but come on. There is no need for such serious punishments. I mean, mitchell johnson proper headbutted styris on the field. What did he get for that? 60 percent of his match fee! He is not getting banned for a year over something that I personally think was alot more serious. As for the Akmal brothers. Come on. Emotion tends to get the best of some people at times. Again not nearly serious enough for such a major fine or ban.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 9:51 GMT)

Yeah well, we all know where all the fine money is going atleast!

Zardari and Ijaz Butt another trip to Las Vegas baby!

Posted by farhajmoin on (March 9, 2010, 9:46 GMT)

Good move but i would like to add one more thing in addition i.e. also include the management members too in this list and fine them heavily started from Ijaz Butt who is responsible for all this. But who cares. The non cricketing faces always destroyed Pakistani Cricket. This accountability should be started from Imran Khan era then 90's era of Wasim Akram and party, who are actually responsible for all this politics. And Afridi ban is not right as he already missed two matches as ban and he was not involved in politics.

Posted by lahoria on (March 9, 2010, 9:36 GMT)

That´s the right way to handle these kind of matters. It would be great to put in young blood (T20): 1. Imran Nazir 2. Hafeez / Babar Azam 3. Fawad Alam 4. Misbah / Hammad Azam 5. Razzaq 6. Sarfraz Ahmed 7. Tanvir 8. Aamer 9. Asif 10. Ajmal 11. Raza Hasan

The only 2 Players who will be missed very badly are Afridi (bowling accuracy) and K. Akmal (Hitting Powers). All the other´s mentioned in the Article can be replaced easily!

Posted by Happpy on (March 9, 2010, 9:35 GMT)

At last, the PCB's committee (Anti-Spyware) has detected some "Trojan Horses". Now PCB have to move them to vault intead of restoring. I mean the decision must not be changed. Being a Pakistani, I would say that if these players would get punishment then the incoming new players will not do same things and in future, we'll see briliant Pakistani team.

Posted by drcardio1980 on (March 9, 2010, 9:35 GMT)

Cricket board wants to save its skin by banning & finning the players.Why this worst picture appeared in the first place.Obviously it the weakness of PCB.The same people are running the board for ages now.They get huge payouts for nothing.This is not the way to solve problems.Now who will play for Pakistan?Afridi should be made captain in all formates if Pakistan team wants some aggression & fighting spirit.Team should have a pshychologist & councilling should be done of players & board as well.Thanks.

Posted by adilis4u on (March 9, 2010, 9:22 GMT)

Yes i agree with tick...i think as captain one should step forward and be a role model for his team members...look at the performance of yousuf in the whole tour...it seems like they dont take any more practice..as far as the captaincy is concerned i think the better option for the T20 WC will be Abdul Razzaq...look at this record & i think he should be the best suitable option for the coming T20 WC if Pakistan has to defend his title...And yes ofcrs i think there should b no more punishment for Afridi from the PCB as he has already faced the consequences by being put away for two T20s....The most important concern which PCB needs to think of rite now is to find a good opening pair instead of getting into all this...its enough with Mr. Salman Butt, Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat...we need performers who can atleast play an innings in an alternative game..i hope ppl will agree with my comments and thoughts

Posted by DrButt on (March 9, 2010, 9:16 GMT)

Mr. Osman! What's happening with Pakistani Cricket. It is highly shameful. They have to learn the lesson from 3 top cricket playing nations, Australia, South Africa and India. My message for the top management is, Please try to find the root cause of multiple problem being faced to Pakistani Cricket. I am witnessing this non-ending hiring and firing of players, coaches, selectors, managers, etc,. for many years. I reckon, current Pakistani cricket team is extremely skillful and one can easily rate them among the top 3. Problem is lying somewhere else. Lack of Execution, grouping, politics, non-cohesiveness, who is responsible??? Who is not doing his job responsibly? How Pakistan under - 19 team always qualify for the finals of under -19 world cup? Pakistan needs few strong- nerved and non-political management persons with iron hand, who don't let the political involvement within Pakistan Cricket at any level, from top management through to selection body to players. ONLY SOLUTION!!!

Posted by Numbo on (March 9, 2010, 9:13 GMT)

Why is no one considering Razzaq as capitain. The guys got heart and I think given the chance can lead the side as well. Make Razzaq capitain!

Posted by ahsanjabbar on (March 9, 2010, 9:11 GMT)

The report/recommendation does make lot of sense. All the players named (specially Shoaib, Kamran & Rana) should be punished. Though one discontent that I or anyone will show is that why is our board (infact our nation) so 'Reactive' in nature. Why can't we be 'Proactive'. We must realize that most of our sports players from not so welloff backgrounds, hence they have not been formally educated/trained as one will find the world over. So instead of just punishing the wild cats, we need to tame (read train) our players too, of how to behave and be a professional. By denying the facts we can never get rid of such incidents in future. My request to the Management in particular and to the entire nation is we need to learn being proactive and think before of the outcomes, rather than wasting our time in non-productive arguments and discussions post such incidents.

Posted by beaman on (March 9, 2010, 9:09 GMT)

To Mr tick Don't you see why Malik perform well only when he's leading a side and keep falling cheaply and does grouping (Younus resigned is an example). Butt should take a harsh action against him and I am guarantee you after malik banned, team will start winning a matches and become an example of unity.

Posted by spinkainian on (March 9, 2010, 8:54 GMT)

my dear TICk ur not thinking out of ur mind but ur heart. oh my ur defending the King of grouping and sazish SHOAIB MALIK. he has won a domestic T20 competeion as a captain so he should not be punished. Yousaf and Younis who have done nothing wrong but just pointing out to the reality of grouping and pinpointing the culprits. it is not a sin. every captain deserves some respect from his players and same has been wished by the two of them but hadn't got them. u tick need to rearrange ur thoughts. i cant believe ur supporting Shoaib Malik. he shud be banned for life man. bcz if he comes back after one yr he will again revert to his old tactics. and make AFRIDI da captain plz. no one is more deserving than him at this time.

Posted by tick on (March 9, 2010, 8:33 GMT)

For all the idiots who are happy with this pcb decision,you are all dumb headed.Shoaib was made captain before younis and when pakistan got out for 75 against srilanka,younis was made captain and at that time it was shoaib who had no support from younis and yousuf.WHY WAS YOUNIS NOT PUNISHED AT THAT TIME????so the very bright people who are happy with younis and yousuf in the team and malik and afridi out are living in a dream.its strange that malik had played only hobart test,and 2 odis and afridi who only played odi and played well,umar akmal the highest scorer of the pakistani team are getting punished and YOUSUF AND YOUNIS WHO COULDN'T PERFORM are getting away.THEY ARE IN THE TEAM BECAUSE THEY WERE SENIORS AND SHOULD HAVE PERFORMED LIKE ONE,ANY ONE CAN SCORE CENTURIES AGAINST OTHER WEAK TEAM.this is so absurd.i will go to court against this STUPID DECISION

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 8:30 GMT)

I think PCB is being very harsh with Shahid Afridi. He has already faced pushnishment for the ball tampering incident. And i think personally tht Afridi should be retained Captain for Pakistan. He has shown us tht he is a natural leader. He cn bring Pakistan cricket back to where it belonged. As far as the akmal brothers r concerned PCB should give them a huge punishment for wht they did. I request to the PCB Chairman Mr. Ijaz Butt pls pls Retain Shahid Afridi as Captain or our cricket will be destroyed. Thank You

Posted by killerjam on (March 9, 2010, 8:28 GMT)

what good is banning or fining the players going to do for pakistan? what good are pakistan in the t20 world cup without afridi and akmal? this is why the PCB are stupid, and backward minded! they are going to ban all the top players and get kicked out of the world cup in the first round then wonder where they went wrong!! ok fine some players have made mistakes but by banning them you are making your team lose games and valuable players that can win games for you!! what would india do if BCCI banned, dhoni, tendulkar, yuvraj, sehwag, gahmbir for some sort of violations???? they would never win a world cup. what would the aussies do if the the cricket board banned ponting, watson, white, marsh, hussey, johnson, they wouldnt stand a chance

PCB needs replacing with educated young people with brains who will make the correct decisions which will help pakistan, not run the team into the ground, unlike the current uneducated full of oldies cricket board!!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 8:03 GMT)

Unbelievable! The Bogus inquiry committee comprising of bogus people did the most bogus things. The pathetic state of coaching and team management, lack of strategy, extremely poor captaincy, defensive approach, inability to lead, extremely poor batting of Mohammad Yousuf, lack of game plan has all gone unnoticed. Pathetic but sensational issues have been highlighted and are being used... Ijaz butt needs to go along with all his catories of people and bogus cmmittees, yousuf is not captaincy material,,,, and when such a loser defensive captain will be installed,,, genuine and solid players will have problem with it. How can they share it. if they share it they are fined.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 7:31 GMT)

I would like to refer to the statement that Umar Akmal feigned an injury and refused to play in protest of Kamran's exclusion for the Hobart test... Believe me!! I cant believe that this kid, all of 19 years, actually feigned an injury and then refused to play in order to support his brother... Boy! Thats outrageous! He has just taken baby steps in the field of cricket and then he does something utterly silly like this... I had the fortune (or rather the misfortune) of watching these two Akmal brothers play the Sydney test and these two played outrageously... I got to say... Dont let Kamran hold his kid... He is gonna drop him too... and I am still speechless at the shot played by Umar in the second innings... Someone needs to rap the younger Akmal really hard on the knuckles.. and quickly!!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 7:30 GMT)

Another Chaos theory. Pakistan's Tour of Australia was a disaster, yet there was nothing done while the tour was in progress to there and then correct the things. When the nation has somehow digested it and looking forward to the T20 world cup, the inquiry committee drops a bomb.

This is quite obvious that there is a consipiracy theory to destroy Pakistan Cricket Team, it happened before 2007 world cup, they banned Shoab Akhtar and Asif, and we are staring another purposeful attack on all key players of the T20.

It is unfortunate but it is quite confirmed that there are people acting to destroy Pakistan Cricket Team, only God can save it now as those people are in power !

Posted by Shahzad_Tirmizi on (March 9, 2010, 7:26 GMT)

Now as the culprits have been identified they must be punished to make them example for others. If PCB had taken action earlier when Younus Khan stepped down from captaincy because of some players not co-operating with him, then Pak team could perform better in Newzealand & Australia. PCB need to back its own appointed captain for better results in future.

Posted by groovyboy on (March 9, 2010, 7:26 GMT)

This is a wonderfull dicission by PCB to ban the player i believe Afridi and Umer Akmal should be banned. Fine is not the solution they are rich and will pay the money. there Ban is a good option to them atleast they will know that they are not above the game and country.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (March 9, 2010, 7:21 GMT)

The most enduring image when anil kumble retired was next captain to be ms dhoni carying him on his shoulder or Justin langer saying in media that he will run into a brick wall if his skipper Steve waugh asks him to do so. Pak cricketers should learn from this. If the PCB report is indeed true then pak cricketers should be ashamed of themselves. If a young player like umer akmal can dare to undermine his captain then something is seriously wrong. So far it was pak administrators who bore the brunt of media and fans scrutiny. Osman himself has been very critical of them but the players cant be pardoned on adminstrators shorcomings. Some serious soul searching and strict action will have to be taken but I guess all these action would need support from Pak fans who are ultimate and passionate followers of the game.

Posted by masquerade on (March 9, 2010, 6:32 GMT)

Amazing how quickly tables turn in sports, hero one day villian the other..its a sad story for Pakistan Cricket, at a time when they needed to group as a team and perform they are being dealt blows from quarters least expected. But being a optimist i think this is a golden opportunity that should be grabed with both hands, and a new young team should be composed without any of the blacklisted players and why do you even need an old player to be captain, pick a young shoulder to carry this load. Though I am an Indian supporter but have always liked the fighting sprit in Pak cricket, comon brothers you can do it..

Posted by Hawk_Eye on (March 9, 2010, 6:28 GMT)

Another rumpuos in Pakistan Cricket. I think Shoaib Malik should be banned for I dont know light years, Rana has head in clouds with his lucrative Australian and English county Contract well let him enjoy those. Afridi, if he is being punished for ball tampering I guess he has already been punished by the ICC and should be considered as the captain. If someone says his irresponsible behavior should keep him off the captaincy, I think people should see whether Michael Artherton was sacked when he did so in a Test match or was Waqar Younis fined for more than two matches in SriLanka well the answer is no so why there is so much hue and cry its over. For Akmal brothers, elder one should open a Daddy Day Care like Eddie Murphy and the younger Akmal should be made to think it is no more neighborhood cricket, here everyone is for himself.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 6:19 GMT)

This is harsh but can be done for future lessons and for the new lot of players those are knocking the door of internetional cricket for pakistan. For the captain the best avilable choice is AbdulRazzaq for all threee formates of the Game.

Posted by nymp on (March 9, 2010, 6:07 GMT)

PCB must enforce all the recommended disciplinary actions against palyers who violated them for one reason or another. Players keep repeating the offenses cuz they know they could get away with it and it won't change until stringent rules are enforced. Discipline shouldn't be compromised. Practice zero tolerance. These players are representing our nation after all.

I hope PCB won't make itself a laughing stock by overlooking the recommendations proposed by the committee. It serves no purpose to form a committee to probe an issue and completely disregard their recommendations.

Shoaib Malik has long been a problem child, so he must be thrown out forever.

Posted by maddy20 on (March 9, 2010, 6:06 GMT)

This actually sounds like a chaos theory! Scrap everything down and start over. There is still life in Pakistan Cricket- One full of controversies!!

Posted by FaheemAhmed on (March 9, 2010, 5:51 GMT)

PCB Should drop these players from the squad and must take harsh decision against them, specially against akmal brothers because of there very bad behavior after Sydney test, and must banned shoaib malik for his bad attitude and makes grouping in Pakistani team, they should drop afridi from world T20 squad and must fine and ban on rana naveed.

Posted by rzi-BDML on (March 9, 2010, 5:50 GMT)

Very harsh punishment for already suffering Cricket loving nation's heros, one must say, but this is d way to handle the "players power", which has been lacking throughout our history of cricket. This would have not been in practice now, Had Akram and company been treated like dis in 90s. Yes nobody is above d game, no doubt, Dis should b our message to all players n all the world. We may suffer for a longer period but it should help to restrict d same cases in future.

Posted by tick on (March 9, 2010, 5:38 GMT)

Its so stupid.SHOAIB MALIK won the t20 national cup as captain of sialkot.where is yousuf.han.......Failure of the team means failure of captain,as a captain,as a group leader,as a player and failure in team unity.and the most absurd thing about the report is that Younis and Yousuf have escaped everything.Malik and Yousuf have some problem then why only banning Malik who is still young and can play for pakistan for 5-6 years and letting old Yousuf away without any punishment.all Pakistani fans will protest against it and will not allow pcb to do such stupid things.and by the way apart from wasim akram who himself had only participated twice in committe meeting,none of other members are credible for this.all were mediocre players and don't know any thing about cricket

Posted by svcric on (March 9, 2010, 5:34 GMT)

God Bless! Pakistan cricket...... It's messed up from top to bottom. Great talented cricket players but something is always wrong. Hope things get better.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 5:24 GMT)

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm it can be a disater

Posted by owaisvirani on (March 9, 2010, 5:21 GMT)

I think, once all the players who have been doing this politics in the team should be punished harshly to avoid any future problems. This should work as an antibiotic for the team hopefully. Currently the people do not expect much from the team and there is no expectation from the team. In my view, Abdul Razzak can be considered for the captaincy also. Keeping in view his current form and T20 experience with both bat and ball, he can be a good captain.

Posted by beaman on (March 9, 2010, 5:11 GMT)

At least good to knew inquiry committee was consist of open eyes people, Shoaib malik is the only guy need to be kick out from the team for the sake Pakistan cricket. He does grouping at a time when Younus Khan was a skipper, which cost Pakistan team the true leader resigned from the post. Just kick out King of grouping Malik and Imran Farhat and Mohammad Hafeez and Hammad azam deserve a place in a T20 Team for above mentioned two players.

Posted by fadooo on (March 9, 2010, 5:03 GMT)

Why do they want to punish Afridi again !? He has already served his punishment. There is no one else who can be captain. May at least some common sense prevail.

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