Pakistan's inquiry committee report March 10, 2010

Rana, Malik get one-year bans, Younis and Yousuf axed from teams

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The PCB has struck against its players with a venom unseen in recent memory, carrying out the deepest cull of a senior cricket team in many years and banning and fining seven of its top players after the side's disastrous, winless tour of Australia. It has banned Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, from playing for Pakistan in any format for an indefinite period, while handing out one-year bans to Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan. Shahid Afridi and the Akmal brothers were fined Rs2-3 million [$24,000-35,000] for various misdemeanours and put on six-month probations.

Action had been expected once details of the inquiry committee's report recommendations were leaked in the press on Monday and Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, had followed it up by saying "more than significant action" would be taken against players. While the punishments for Malik, Rana, Afridi and the Akmal brothers were expected, the action against Yousuf and Younis has caught most people off-guard.

"Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, keeping in view their infighting which resulted in bringing down the whole team, their attitude has a trickledown effect which is a bad influence for the whole team should not be part of national team in any format," the board said in its statement issued on Wednesday.

The PCB has stopped short of calling the punishment a life ban. "They will not be part of any Pakistan team in any format from here on," Taffazul Rizvi, the board's legal advisor told Cricinfo. "A life ban means they cannot play domestic cricket or any other similar cricket, but we are not stopping them from that. They can play domestic cricket or county cricket here and abroad."

Typically there was confusion and the board later appeared to climb down by clarifying that this was not the end of their careers. In a statement released at least six hours after the original release, the board said, "that the recommendation of the Committee is not a life ban on these cricketers. There is no specified term in the recommendation for these two players. As and when the PCB deems appropriate, these players will be considered for selection for the national team."

Rizvi refused to elaborate on the nature of the pair's cases, but it is believed that the board had generally had enough with the two. Younis twice stepped down from the captaincy last year with player unrest against his leadership the underlying cause both times. Yousuf's sins are equally unclear, other than that he led a winless tour to Australia and engaged thereafter in a public battle with Malik.

The cases of indiscipline that have led to one-year bans on Malik and Rana, similarly, have not been expanded upon. "Rana Naved ul Hasan and Shoaib Malik be fined Rupees Two million. They should not be part of national team in any format for a period of one year."

Malik's name has figured persistently at the centre of speculation over the last year in inciting player unrest within the team, though nothing substantial has appeared in public to back that up. "We cannot discuss the specifics of the incident as we are under oath," Rizvi said. "But obviously we have taken action after much consideration and based on solid information."

In contrast, the cases of Akmal brothers and Shahid Afridi are straightforward. The brothers were fined for their behavior in the aftermath of the Sydney Test; Kamran was dropped by the board but insisted publicly he would be selected in the run-up to the third Test. Younger brother Umar was alleged to have feigned an injury to not play the Test in protest, though he did eventually play. Kamran has been fined Rs 3 million, Umar Rs 2 million and the pair are on probation.

Afridi was punished for the ball-biting incident in the Perth ODI, where he was captain. He has already been punished by the ICC, who immediately gave him a two-match ban. "For the shameful act of Shahid Khan Afridi, which has brought the game and country into disrepute, he be fined Rupees 3 million," the board said. "A warning be issued to him by the Chairman PCB and he be put on probation for 06 months, during which his conduct be strictly monitored."

The bans were handed down by an inquiry committee which comprised former players Wasim Bari, Zakir Khan and Yawar Saeed, besides Wazir Ali Khoja, a member of the PCB governing council, and Rizvi. The committee held hearings on February 12th, 13th and the 27th, and looked into reports from former coach Intikhab Alam, manager Abdul Raqeeb and newly appointed coach Waqar Younis, who was the bowling consultant during the Australia tour. Besides the players who were punished, the committee questioned Intikhab, Raqeeb, opener Salman Butt, assistant coach Aaqib Javed, the physio Faisal Hayat and the PCB's cricket analyst Mohammad Talha.

Attention will turn now to how the players will respond. Legal action or appeals will be a consideration though Rizvi insisted the board was on solid ground. "We are on good ground with this," he said. "The PCB has done it thinking it is the right thing to do. It sets an example for the future."

As a whole, the action is almost unparalleled in even Pakistan's troubled history. The 2000 Justice Qayyum report had similar repercussions but that was about the graver concerns of corruption. This cull has been carried out, ostensibly, in a bid to curb indiscipline and player power.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    My dear pakistan cricketer what happening to you.we are become a laughing stock.Wake up my legend cricketer Hanif Mohammad/Majid Khan/Mushataq Mohmmad/Intaikab Alam/Imran Khan/Asif Iqbal/Sarfraz Nawaz/Zaheer abbas/javed Miandad/iqbal Qasim/Abdul Qadir/Wasim akram/Waqar Younis/Rashid Latif/Saeed Anwer and others.We have everything to take care of pakistan cricket.Only we need to work as we not me.Stop blaming each other do something for the country.Pakistan need all of you.My dream is to see all legend cricketer to sit togather and show to pakistan people that we are togather to save pakistan cricket.Start take cricket to village/town and cities.Take care of poor and middle class crcketer.When i was playing cricket for muslim commercial Bank before i played for karachi and sind.When i left cricket i had salary 22,000 rupees in 1988-the major problem is not taking care poor and midde class cricketer.How these cricketer play when they don't have economic security.Wake up management.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    we will be good not to say idiots to whom decided the punishments until they justify what based on the decions were made. But i am not sure who this happened, if Yunis was banned as he quit the job as captain so PCB felt it was a guilty as not been represting his country so he was banned.if it Ok then how Yusuf was banned? as he took the captancy and accepted to lead his country. if he was banned for something different, then why Yunis was banned? I felt Yunis thought it was a time where he need to be good, not involving in many issues which the PCB is supposed to do, since PCB didnt do any, he was right, to quit the job for a while.......this is a another problem, why Yunis and Yusuf was banned life time while Malik was banned for just year when many knew he has done something wrong to the cricket of pakistan from more than a year. what people knew Yunis and Yusuf did bad for pakistan cricket? while Malik and Akmal brothers did many to their own benifits what Yunis or Yusuf did bad?

  • POSTED BY WesPaul on | March 11, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Poor Yousuf, he even gave up his religion to captain Pakistan Cricket team

  • POSTED BY deardr on | March 11, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    I personally feel that if these players were really guilty of indiscipline,misconduct,grouping or anything which could harm the image of country then PCB has done right thing,nothing is more important than playing for country.Moreover Pakistan has got great talent,it only needs a bit of more exploration.PCB should select best players,give a chance to few best players from under-19 and also PCB must consider great players from recently held national T20 teams as part of future National team. Although for some people this PCB's decision is shocking but i believe it will pave the way for those who are really patriotic for country,but i must also add that this PCB's decision must be in real interests for the country and inquiry committee must clearly present evidences to people of Pakistan for their disciplinary actions.

  • POSTED BY ManHOOS on | March 11, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    very good decision i am 110 percent sure now team will fight atleast

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Hats off to you PCB although the decision is bit harsh, it was a brave and wise decision. Everyone says no individuel is bigger than team, but when individuels play for their own selfish interest it reqires guts to take this kind of decison. Well done PCB. NO ONE IS BIGGER THAN GAME!

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    shahid afridi should be banned for life bringing disgrace to pakistan i agree with PCB DECISION

  • POSTED BY tuhiny on | March 11, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    a lot of you are talking about how good the banned players are and how bad pakistan will do without them. But if they are trouble, would Pakistan not be better off without them? Respect for others is a big lesson not only in cricket, but in life.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    What's going on???????Pakistan's cricket turmoil just never looks to stop!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Guy i think the problem is in both PCB and the spectators as well, a player act in a stupid way in his team, on the field, we blame the management; if management takes action; we again blame dm to do so; banning dese players frm cricket is a harsh but good decision, they shld bring 1 captain for next 3 4 years either they win or lose, otherwise PCB will be in crisis at the end of every tour

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    My dear pakistan cricketer what happening to you.we are become a laughing stock.Wake up my legend cricketer Hanif Mohammad/Majid Khan/Mushataq Mohmmad/Intaikab Alam/Imran Khan/Asif Iqbal/Sarfraz Nawaz/Zaheer abbas/javed Miandad/iqbal Qasim/Abdul Qadir/Wasim akram/Waqar Younis/Rashid Latif/Saeed Anwer and others.We have everything to take care of pakistan cricket.Only we need to work as we not me.Stop blaming each other do something for the country.Pakistan need all of you.My dream is to see all legend cricketer to sit togather and show to pakistan people that we are togather to save pakistan cricket.Start take cricket to village/town and cities.Take care of poor and middle class crcketer.When i was playing cricket for muslim commercial Bank before i played for karachi and sind.When i left cricket i had salary 22,000 rupees in 1988-the major problem is not taking care poor and midde class cricketer.How these cricketer play when they don't have economic security.Wake up management.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    we will be good not to say idiots to whom decided the punishments until they justify what based on the decions were made. But i am not sure who this happened, if Yunis was banned as he quit the job as captain so PCB felt it was a guilty as not been represting his country so he was banned.if it Ok then how Yusuf was banned? as he took the captancy and accepted to lead his country. if he was banned for something different, then why Yunis was banned? I felt Yunis thought it was a time where he need to be good, not involving in many issues which the PCB is supposed to do, since PCB didnt do any, he was right, to quit the job for a while.......this is a another problem, why Yunis and Yusuf was banned life time while Malik was banned for just year when many knew he has done something wrong to the cricket of pakistan from more than a year. what people knew Yunis and Yusuf did bad for pakistan cricket? while Malik and Akmal brothers did many to their own benifits what Yunis or Yusuf did bad?

  • POSTED BY WesPaul on | March 11, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Poor Yousuf, he even gave up his religion to captain Pakistan Cricket team

  • POSTED BY deardr on | March 11, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    I personally feel that if these players were really guilty of indiscipline,misconduct,grouping or anything which could harm the image of country then PCB has done right thing,nothing is more important than playing for country.Moreover Pakistan has got great talent,it only needs a bit of more exploration.PCB should select best players,give a chance to few best players from under-19 and also PCB must consider great players from recently held national T20 teams as part of future National team. Although for some people this PCB's decision is shocking but i believe it will pave the way for those who are really patriotic for country,but i must also add that this PCB's decision must be in real interests for the country and inquiry committee must clearly present evidences to people of Pakistan for their disciplinary actions.

  • POSTED BY ManHOOS on | March 11, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    very good decision i am 110 percent sure now team will fight atleast

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Hats off to you PCB although the decision is bit harsh, it was a brave and wise decision. Everyone says no individuel is bigger than team, but when individuels play for their own selfish interest it reqires guts to take this kind of decison. Well done PCB. NO ONE IS BIGGER THAN GAME!

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    shahid afridi should be banned for life bringing disgrace to pakistan i agree with PCB DECISION

  • POSTED BY tuhiny on | March 11, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    a lot of you are talking about how good the banned players are and how bad pakistan will do without them. But if they are trouble, would Pakistan not be better off without them? Respect for others is a big lesson not only in cricket, but in life.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    What's going on???????Pakistan's cricket turmoil just never looks to stop!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Guy i think the problem is in both PCB and the spectators as well, a player act in a stupid way in his team, on the field, we blame the management; if management takes action; we again blame dm to do so; banning dese players frm cricket is a harsh but good decision, they shld bring 1 captain for next 3 4 years either they win or lose, otherwise PCB will be in crisis at the end of every tour

  • POSTED BY s.akbani on | March 11, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    i dont know wat pcb want......

  • POSTED BY atuljain1969 on | March 11, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    shame on pakistani cricket team, their players have forgetten that playing for the country is upmost thing and individuals cannot be bigger then the game. Today they attaine 12th and last position in Hockey in India!!!!. I don't what will happen to hockey players, they should think of not going back.

    I feel very sad, I always love to watch both pakistani cricket and Hockey and could never beleive what is happening now. The country seems to be in a turmoil both terrorwise,politically and now sports wise. I am tempted to say that India must have got someting to do with all these happenings !

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    please bring new yng boys, to play,

  • POSTED BY payadhi on | March 11, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    I think this ban Will be short while in next england series both younis and yousuf if they are not selected pakistan will lost to bangladesh

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | March 11, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Whilst I agree that descipline should be maintained and action taken against those involved in the breach of the code; I am not aware of what has and not happened. I am only aware that Pakistan did not win any of the games. Well, to go to Australia and to expect any team to beat them is a big ask. In the limited over edition things were pretty close. Has there been any action against the PCB themselves for mismanagement during these years. It is always some one else who is at fault and the players are easy picking. May be some action like what has happened in the Sri Lanka Cricket board might make a changes for the better in Pakistan too. Who knows. Negativity has been what I have seen right through the past year except in the T20 format. The talent that Pakistan possess is astonishing. The rest of the world would be happy to have at least half of that talent. Criticising the players all the time does not help. Not all the people all of the time as seems to be the case.PG Surrey

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    The decision of sacking Yousuf n Yunous alongwith bans on Malik and Rana n fines on Afridi n Akmal brothers is alright as far as politics in team n rules n regulations are concerned but in my opinion the management of PCB as well its chairman should also b changed coz if they can't manage n stop all these nuisances & can't control the players then they don't have the right to keep their positions.

  • POSTED BY ahmednaveed on | March 11, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    I dont know what source is in the hand of Salman butt poor performer, he is gona become a new captain of Pakistan . If he will be the skipper then I think its end of cricket in Pakistan . Praying for his life enjury to get red off from this man from team as well

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Hey This is a good move but some of the PCB staff should come under inquiry , They too need some kind of the same treatment.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    I GIVE THE PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD A PROPOSAL. SINCE THE 70% OF THE NATIONAL TEAM IS OUT OF PAKISTAN NATIONAL SIDE I OFFER THEM MYSELF AS A LEFT HANDED BOWLING AND RIGHT HANDED BATTING YOUTH...........

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    I think Board has done what it should have done because these players had no discipline at all times, and now it will be a lesson for all players and it will bring some good things in team...

  • POSTED BY ILoveTestCricket on | March 11, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Looks like usual Pakistan board antics. They can't always fool the world. They have now pretended as usual to take tough action against players, but don't be surprised if all these players come back and play next T20 world cup.

  • POSTED BY aasife_gong on | March 11, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    ICC should ban Pakistan from international cricket. a bunch of corrupted players and officials. a team of stupids.

  • POSTED BY Kishore181959 on | March 11, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Sports should not be politicised and ex players must run the PCB rather than the politicians.Politicians are only welcome to watch the matches.Pakistan cricket has an excellent talent and with these issues it will be difficult for the cricketers to perform.

    Kishore Manek

  • POSTED BY Faruqi2009 on | March 11, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    Only time will tell whether the decision of PCB is correct or not. But one thing is not clear, once a player is been punished by ICC for an offense, why Afridi is been punished again for the same offense?

  • POSTED BY Sugz on | March 11, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Do the PCB actually think about the decisions that they are making? Yousuf and Khan are the two most talented Pakistani batsman since Inzi, and Malik is a vital cog in their middle order. This means that Pakistan will go on future tours with a completely unproven middle order. If we think back to the effect the "black armband" protest, and the reprocussions thereof, had on Zimbabwe Cricket, this could detrimental to Pakistan's prospects as a Test nation. Fair enough, if these players were negatively impacting the performance of the side, they should be held accountable, but I feel that these are unfathomable extremes. Never mind making an example, this seems very mich like a case of "chop your arm off to spite your leg" for the PCB. They have to remember that they do not host any matches at home, so to tour with a void of experience as vast as a black hole is to guarantee another tour whitewash. It seems that blame is too often thrust upon the captains and senior players.

  • POSTED BY baldrick65 on | March 11, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Ultimately, this could be the best thing to happen to Pakistan cricket. The timing however, probably isn't the best with the world T20 coming up.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    What!, is this a joke.. seriously?

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    First of all, change the chairman of PCB. They do politics in cricket and blame players. You players are chosen on relation base rather than performance. Shahid Afridi already been punished by ICC. He should be made the captain of both test & one day cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Pakistan administrators actions have gone beyond a joke, u cnt even laugh at them..bunch of jokers.. how the hel u gave life ban to yousuf, what did they do ?

    captain in as good as the team and younis khan, poor boy only player 3-4 games,, pakistan cricket is better run without those jokers

  • POSTED BY dhino008 on | March 11, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    that' s a gud move from pcb.it is should have been welcome by all others.now pcb,s target should be to make young talentant guys to play their debut and make sure that pakistan is one of the team that can win 2011 world cup.so don't bother about past lets think about future.as a supports we are always with pakistan.

  • POSTED BY mrmkc on | March 11, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    serves pak cricket "right".........they were grumbling about not being included in IPL.....just imagine how detrimental it would have been to the other team players had these "indisciplined" players been included........best to throw "rotten" apples away to Save the "good" ones

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Yousuf and Younis are the great players name in the world of cricket deserves only HONOUR not punishment like this. This is just rubbish done by PCB. They both may be out of form can resulted as out of the team. But the man who was #1 player last year also a senior and experience campaigner should not be treated like this. Shame to PCB.

  • POSTED BY RDLikesCricket on | March 11, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Very dramatic and harsh. This could be the reaction that most of us have, but knowing the past actions, the 2 guys could be back in less than 3 mnths and who knows they maybe Pak Captains. Anything possible out here. But the message is strong and should straighten out some of the other mischief mongers in the team. Individually these are very good cricketers and are an asset to the team. If only they can set aside their egos, the team is a world beater. World cricket needs the best of Pak cricket. Good luck gents.

  • POSTED BY MINHAS25 on | March 11, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    I think ban on Yousuf and Younus will be very unfair.If they are fined that is quite understanding but banning for life is unfair. In fact the person who was the real trouble for the last few years "Shoaib Malik" should be baneed for life. He is known for creating troubles and grouping in Pakistan team. He needs to learn a lesson.

  • POSTED BY Jamesmatt360 on | March 11, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    This is what Ijaz Butt has accomplished in his life. Clearly not enough to be on the post that he is now but the President of Pakistan surely has some interest to put him on that position. Please read the following brief Biography of Ijaz Butt and be the judge. Mohammed Ijaz Butt (born March 10, 1938, Sialkot, Punjab) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played only 8 Tests from 1959 to 1962. He works for Service Industries Pakistan, a footwear company, as a senior manager.

    President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, Patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on October 6, 2008 appointed former Mr. Butt as chairman of the cricket board for god know for what reasons. the same reason Pakistani people put him on President Seat. Come on Pakistanis when are you going to start picking the right people to run your country?????

  • POSTED BY nawwabsahab on | March 11, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    everybody would love to see life ban on afridi and on malick too. Too bad a cricket figure afridi is. I think this was really necessary, atleast 90 per cent of the pakistani public supports this. They also like to see the backs of current pcb officials. Younis, Yousuf, malik, afridi bans rocks. this is like nipping the bud but a bit too late. Also fine umer gul and aamir for their jibjab in australia. I know our board will back off from these bans but a whole lot of us will pray to God that these bans should go on and fresh blood should start to come in. Ameen

  • POSTED BY Jamesmatt360 on | March 11, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    This is what IJAZ BUTT has accomplished in his life, clearly not enough to be on the post that he is right now. please read it and see what happen when your president Asif Ali Zardari who dosen't have any achivement by him self hires a like wise duffus.Mohammed Ijaz Butt (born March 10, 1938, Sialkot, Punjab) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played only 8 Tests from 1959 to 1962. He works for Service Industries Pakistan, a footwear company, as a senior manager.

    President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, Patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on October 6, 2008 appointed former Mr. Butt as chairman of the cricket board.

    People of pakistan when are you going to start hiring the right people to run your country??????

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    I think PCB took the brave decision and I hope PCB will go with this. After winning the T20 worldcup the players were over confident and they are misbehaving with PCB continuously. But I will be more excited if PCB keep Mr. Boom Boom as captain. I think he is only the One who can make the difference. He love to lead the team and he has the leadership abilities. Salman Butt has nowhere the place in T20 and the PCB is thinking about to make him a captain. It would be the radiculas decision. My all prayers are with Pakistani team and the country. I hope Pakistan will do best again in the Upcoming T20 worldcup and they will bring back the indinity of Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    mhh! Internal politicz nd ego clash is trait of modern man! Life ban 4 dis......... mhh! I dnt think yousif lookz a good captain frm any angle! frm day he took charge he is blaming odrs 4 his failures! cowards do dat! but, Younis is second captain after Imran Khan 2 bring you a crc WC even do its 20-20! he is definetly team man,he is not a natural talent but a hardworking cricketer nd could be included 2 de likes of husseys nd dravids! Younis stepped down nd didnt play after dat! But if de reason 4 ban is internal politicz den life ban is a bit 2 harsh! If pakistan board realy want a team 2 develop, dey should make an apt person captain nd back him 4 atleast a yr! if dey change captain every tour, den all 11+4 players in de team will hav a feel dat he could be next captain if dey loose dis series! will dese decision help pakistan cricket by any meanz, letz wait nd see! life ban will lifted in a months time or may be in a hours time!"truth is sometimz stranger dan fiction" - good day!

  • POSTED BY faisalk47 on | March 11, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    the punishment of all Player is very nice i like much but we should do same process with PCB

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    This is it... i dont want my dreams 2 alwayz b thrashed... I DONT WANT 2 LIVE WID A BROKEN HEART...4rom 2day onwards, I WILL SUPPORT INDIA 4Eva

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Younis and Yousuf are the two best batsman in the current Pakistani team, how is the team going to perform without them?

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    please ban shoaib malik for life ban then everything will be fine . let yousaf and younas play . ijaz butt buda ruining the PAKISTAN cricket.

  • POSTED BY muhibbewatan on | March 11, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    These so-called affirmative actions are nothing more than a smoke-screen to divert the public opinion concerning the horrible decisions and miscued adventurism of the PCB stawarts themselves. It does not make any sense at all to give marching orders to so many key players enmasse, especially so close to the T-20 World Cup, of which Pakistan is the defending champion. When the PCB can put up with biased selectors like Mohammad Ilyas (Imran Farhat's father-in-law), why can't this body defer such drastic and dramatic for a couple of monhs?

  • POSTED BY M.Zulfiqar on | March 11, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    WOW!!!

    Guys magicumesh is absolutely right the bans will be lifted within a week and if not consider Pak out of the T-20 World cup this year.

    I mean is that a trend that previous champ should be out in the second phase or the first........ Thats what happened to India remember????? So thats blemish isnt it??

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    i think our cricket board can stand on this more then couple of weeks. other wise i think to be fair even this is good decion but it will bring good result for Pakistan cricket. special malik should be banned for life ban please dont change this

  • POSTED BY Dost-he-Dost on | March 11, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    A smart move from PCB .... in one shot they have achieved multiple targets (i) Pakistan cricket legend like Yousuf has been barred from International Cricket, so no more addition to cricket records from Pakistan (ii) Addition to further humiliation for the nation (ii) Keep their positions intact.

  • POSTED BY pratp on | March 11, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Don't if the bans for pakistani players will hold, but this action should inspire BCCI to take action against sreesanth and bhajji if they continue to misbehave

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | March 11, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    This will now lead to more crisis in the team. The best thing is for the P.M to dissolve the cricket board itself, set up a new one with individuals with clean records and build up a team with the best players from all zones, who have done well over the last two three years.

  • POSTED BY Mayan005 on | March 11, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    ada pongappa..they will be back in another week's time. usual stuff from pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | March 11, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Absolutely absurd. A laughable result. Banning their best players for what? Drug taking? Fixing matches? No - for losing! A ban for losing? LOL. I mean seriously guys. Axing the best players is one thing but banning them is unbelievable.

    Lets hope that this insane decision is overturned within a short space of time.

    But the very fact that this decision has been made in the first place, well, as they say, "Only in Pakistan". My heart goes out to all of the Pakistan supporters for having to put up with this rubbish.

  • POSTED BY ahsha on | March 11, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    This is a tragedy!Players of the calibre of Yousuf and Younis deserve better than this .Get out of Pakistan.Go anywhere- where champion players and decency are valued.Shameful!!!!!

  • POSTED BY lovepak on | March 11, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    i think this is the best thing they ever did...... the team is going to be much better off then it was before..... and after all they are the champions... and they ll be.... Inshallah....

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Board is a comedy of errors...

  • POSTED BY Junaid_Yasin on | March 11, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    @ abidalikhan ... I agree with u on ur comments abt Younus Khan n i want to add further that he is one of the person in the team who is really a team man ... However, the way yousuf n malik treat the team they should definitely be punished for that so that no one in future will do it again ... As per my opinion: Akmal brothers --- rite decision Afridi --- if he already punished by ICC then y he is fined with 3 million Malik n Yousuf -- ritely deserve the punishment but regarding yousuf life time ban is not acceptable instead 6 months ban or financial penalty is correct Younis --- Poor decision based on my view as previously said Rana --- he is a good player n he was also called by the disciplanary committee n if he is innocent then y he was called by the committee which is a big question mark

  • POSTED BY I_am_Pakistan on | March 11, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    I am Done. Mr. Samiuddin, I am done with Pakistan Cricket. I am done with false hopes and broken dreams. I am done with cheering for the selfish players and a weak incompetent Cricket board. I am done with all of this.

    From Today, I will be cheering for India. Atleast, I will get something in return for my cheers.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Board should be commended for this action if in the end results the players realise that the country is more important then there own careers and NOBODY is above the collective team effort.

    Hopefully this will spur on the younger players like the players in there excellent u19 team and this might end up improving the cricket that the team produces

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    If they did what ever PCB is saying then i guess they deserved the Punishment. Its positive step for Pakistan. But i dont think it will hurt thier T20 world cup campaign that much as its a talented team and there are so many good players sitting on the bench.

    Pakistan all the Way.. Pakistan Zindabad

  • POSTED BY hit_n_win on | March 11, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    i dont think P C B should tack this action cause yousuf and younus are both good cricketer, they dont have that much time.thay are aged. PCB should fined them and give them time peried to play again.

  • POSTED BY Dost-he-Dost on | March 11, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    This is very typical of PCB. They have made Younus and Yousuf scape goats to save their skin. In fact Ijaz Butt and his management team should be shown way out. Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister have mercy on Pakistan Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    i was surprised when i came to know that malik have banned for 1 year international cricket just due to indiscipline ...... that is not fair with him ..... he is one of my fav player........n he is also a cooool guy......n he is a match winning player...he has ability to lead an team.... my advice to pcb is that plzzzzzzzbring him back in the team............

  • POSTED BY SIREN6800 on | March 11, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    I am not surprised, PCB Kept our national traditions and acted exactly they way we treat our heroes, either its politics, sports are any other field. Our administrative structure, in our entire system of governance is very weak, thus it provides the opportunity for losers and crooks to penetrate in it from back door.They come and devise conspiracies to satisfy their grievances. Just look at the formation of inquiry committee. Any body hardly knows the name of members except Wasim Bari, who always keeps his presence in exective regardless of performance of the team. If Ijaz Butt is sincere, than he should have appointend an independent commission and should have tried, exectives, managers, coaches and players. But since players are divided, immature and emotional youngsters... these senior gagnsters in PCB administration are taking full advantage.Just imagine at this time at least eight of our leading players are being penalized, and none of the exective.Well again because this is PCB.

  • POSTED BY raat420 on | March 11, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Now the next step would be get the team get degraded to 2nd or 3rd tier teams like what happened to Zimbabwe. If you don`t stop these jokers in PCB they will get Pakistan to that level!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    I can assure everyone that this is all an eyewash. Everything will fall back in its position and will be back to square one. As we have seen before, one series against India will do to make the Pakistanis unite and become intact. They have been doing this for the past many years. When it comes to India, they stop fighting and unite to take over. Even Shoaib Akhtar who is not considered for any series and cites injury / fitness reasons, gets rejuvenated when he hears that an Indian series is coming up. That's why PCB is very keen in having a series with India before 2012.

    @PCB - BCCI are not all that clever. They will definitely agree to have series with you, lose the series and bring Pakistan back to the top of the world. So keep pushing them.

  • POSTED BY Criket_vokto on | March 11, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    It really bothers me when I see that just before the World Cup this administration is destroying the Pakistan Cricket. What they have done is stupid decision to ban and punish so many players at one time. Now what is left as the team? The Prime Minister or someone should intervene in this matter. --- WellWisher

  • POSTED BY Manush on | March 11, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Disgraceful and shameful.In Pakistan politics, infighting and bringing religion while playing are very common. The lure of money and glamour from Kerry Packer to Laiit Modi's IPL are the real culprits and the game of Cricket suffers.The Board is also to be blamed for its over reaction and emotional; decision. Pakistan has had in the past and now also got very good talented players and the game of Cricket is the real losers.

  • POSTED BY ahheras on | March 11, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    i am not sure what pakistan is doing these days ban thier best players ? they r certainley going to be out from the first stage of T20

  • POSTED BY MFB76 on | March 11, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    I dont care if the Board itsef is punished. But yes these players, every one of them deserved what they got. I mean how can you underplay at your whim. Not only are you being paid a fortune, it is your country that you represent. Its blatant treason to under perform just to bring down some one as a captain. Shoaib I think has been treated leniently. He deserved a more severe punishment. Let us be at the bottom of the rankings. At least we ll have the solace of not having any SUPER STARS in our team.

  • POSTED BY Sajjad_Hussain on | March 11, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    I have some questions: 1. Regardless of Captaincy Yousaf being a batsman for test and one day team is an asset. Why he is being punished for LIFE instead of stripping off his captaincy?

    2. Younas is a must for test team if you want to win but again why you try to make him captain is he is not willing / capable for the task?

    3. Shoaib Malik has been awarded a reasonable punishment for disturbing the atmosphere of the team. Why not ban him for all types of future games?

    4. Rana Naveed, there is a simple question what offense he has done, please clarify?

    5. Afridi already suffered more than what he did. Why there is another punishment for the same offense?

    6. Why not ban Kamran Akmal for his behavior and performance of the bewitched test for a year?

    7. Why not Umar Akmal support his family instead of playing? He would have also been given a rest to clear his mind about "everyone has to bear his own burden" not BLACKMAIL.

    "WHY NOT THIS BOARD BE SACKED?"

  • POSTED BY T31932 on | March 11, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    I agree with the ban on Malik,not only was he bad for team morale..he was prtty much useless 1 good knock in 5 matches doesn't suffice a regular spot in the playin 11.Now Fawad Alam will get his much deserved chance.Younis & Yousuf did need some sort of punishment but I think they are still needed ONLY in the test team not for ODIs or T20. Akmal Brothers& Afridi got the right punishment.Finally Rana Naved,I don't kno y he got punished but I was never a fan of his so I don't mind. Plus I think Razzaq is still a better all-rounder than him. And I do think AFRIDI should take up Test cricket and Captaincy for all 3 formats because he has matured alot.OK that ball-biting fiasco was his 1st mistake in close to 3 yrs& he is mature enuf n improved in both balling&batting to be in the test team. Here is thePakistani11:Test:Farhat,Alam,Younis,Umar,Yousaf,Afridi(C),Aamer,Sarfraz(wk),Gul,Asif,Ajmal/Kaneria ODI/T20:Nazir,Kamran(wk),Umar,fresh domestic face,Afridi(C),Alam,Razzaq,Aamer,Gul,Ajmal,Asif

  • POSTED BY ShettyKiran on | March 11, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Ban on Yusuf is injustice. Until the last Aussie tour he's been the most consistent player in the Pak squad. Afridi was already punished by ICC. Okay it's agreed that he hurted the feelings of the nation for whom cricket is everything. So its justified. Yunis Khan's life ban is justified. Why should he sit out once he left the captaincy? He could have played for his country as a batsmen. Representing a country in any sports is the proudest thing for anybody but here he gave some lame excuses. But the big culprit is Shoaib malik. He's been always divide n rule kind of person. Once Inzy left he messed the whole team. He should have been banned for life along with Akmal brothers who are equally arrogant and unethical. What do these Akmal brothers thinking? They are above the PCB ? By banning them for life PCB could have set a perfect example but they simply failed to do so. It's so pathetic.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    PCB, as usual, has its own style! A poor performer is banned, an emergency supplement is banned, a coupled of indifferent performers get fined but rule breaker gets away lightly in the name of being punished already by ICC.

    But PCB and BCCI will never win any prizes for transparency in player treatment, will they?

    There is more to it than what is publicly stated as 'reasons' for the action taken. And again, like it happens in India's Union Budget, watch out for announcements of rollbacks of these measures very soon.

  • POSTED BY sachsbrad on | March 11, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    After this circus playing out with pakistan cricket yet again, all those IPL owners must feel vindicated with their decision to stay from them. Imagine their plight finding out a day before they have to start clean bidding millions on mercurial players who can't collaborate to play for their own country.

  • POSTED BY sachsbrad on | March 11, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    With all this 'fun' in Paki cricketing world all over again, a vindication of sorts for all those IPL team owners who did not bid on any of them. Imagine having to bid millions to find out a day before the tournament they will no longer be in the mix.

  • POSTED BY Sankara on | March 11, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    Only Pakistan Board can be over the board like this. IPL tries hard but cant become the "over the board" champion so long as PCB is there. But as Magiicumesh says wait for a couple of weeks, the chances are that much of this will stand revoked, after the President the Prime Minister and other worthies intervene.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    well now a new issue is generated by PCB and that's about Captaincy MR BUTT think that Razzak or Salman butt are the 2 only good candidates rite now this is an other controversy by PCB. They made afridi as a captain of national side up to icc t20 world cup after that yet again captain change I think MR BUTT only want to save his self. According to me SALMAN BUTT who can open good how can he be a captain of national side Razzak body language as captain would be zero The one and only right choice is afridi till 2011 ICC World cup Please Mr Butt don't create an other controversy I know you love the position of pcb chairman and for that you are doing every thing according to me PCB Chairman Mr BUTT should be remove !

  • POSTED BY Daraja1 on | March 11, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    whose the xi for the 20/20 now?

    salman butt imran nazir fawad alam imran farhat umar akmal misbah ul haq kamran akmal abdul razzak shahid afridi mohd asif mohd amir.

    subs azhar mahmood saeed ajmal shoaib akhtar

  • POSTED BY vivek_msg on | March 11, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    This is Ridiculous. What to they plan??? I think they are trying to make a team like Bangladesh. It is a ridiculous punishment. What you gonna do without the experienced players, gonna build from scratch??? In future players may not play to win a match but they play with the fear. Ridiculous..

  • POSTED BY mxnmxn on | March 11, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    IMO, the ban on Yusuf and Younis is unfair. They are good players. Shoaib and Afridi should be punished for their behaviour. All cricket players should remember that they are getting privilage to represent their country because of their talent. But no way they are above their country, game and fans. Its OK to pardon the things happened in the heat of the moment, but deliberate midconduct should not be tolerated.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    @ Chintan Shah Thumbs up to you dude .Yours is the first comment and your prediction is TRUE . IJAZ BUTT PCB CHIEF says NO LIFETIME BAND FOR YOUSUF AND YOUNIS . READ http://geo.tv/3-10-2010/60798.htm Its a Pakistani news channel . I am sure cricinfo will be reporting this tomorrow as well.

    Oh and Cricinfo i commented before , Where is my previous comment lost ? Is it sitting in your junk inbox?

  • POSTED BY OzzyBils on | March 10, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Although the players have some responsibility, it is extraordinary that those in administrative and managing positions have escaped without a comment. In many ways, they are more responsible for what has occurred in that they selcted the team and managed the tour. I was present at the SCG throughout the second test and also spoke to a number of players. The things I noticed most was the coaches general apathy and lack of any real discipline in how the team conducted itself and trained.

    If the PCB has any credibility (which itself is questionable), then it will disclose the report and also hold those in positions of power and influence to account. Somehow, I don't see that occurring. The players present a scape goat so that the power mongerers might continue in their power trips. But then again, what's new in that country called Pakistan - each for themselves is the message that this outcome reinforces.

  • POSTED BY IC_M on | March 10, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    Get your country in the right direction, everything will fall in it's place.

  • POSTED BY AyrtonS on | March 10, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    No need to worry, in typical Pakistani style, they will be reinstated in a couple of weeks.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | March 10, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    I find it difficult to understand the severity of some of these findings against some of these players.

    Mohammad Yousuf conducted himself with dignity throughout the Australian tour and was a popular and respected visitor with the Australian cricket public. This was not the first

    All Kamral Akmal displayed in the aftermath of the Sydney test was his great desire to represent his country and although some may have found him stubborn, you have to admire the pride and passion he showed for his country. And he gets penalized for this? Which cricketer hasn't had a day to forget in an important match

    Rana Naved-ul-Hasan was a popular member of the Tasmanian cricket team during the big bash and showed his talents throughout the whole tournament. He conducted himself extremely well and was a proud ambassador for his country. Local supporters were in high praise for his contributions both on and off the field.

    So how does these series of events prompt this reaction from the PCB?

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    The PCB can count this as the final nail in the coffin of Pakistan's international cricketing presence. No one will play there anymore and they're getting their hides tanned wherever else they play. And now, they have come up with the genius move of getting rid of all their best players. Game over, Pak.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | March 10, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Yeah, this action will help them win will it. The politic of the game in Pakistan ruins their team. Just play cricket guys.

  • POSTED BY short_cover on | March 10, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    I think Younis's ban has more to do with his behaviour prior to these series. He had buckled up under pressure many times (very unlike a Pathan). However, if PCB had done this while he was captain to players like Malik, Rana and Akmal I am confident that he would not have behaved like this. For Younis's actions, PCB should be banned alongside him for not providing him the support he needed at the time. And how could you ban Yousuf for not being the captain they thought he was? I think even a 12 year old knew that he cannot lead and doesn't have the quality of a thinking captain. So again, this ban should be on PCB first.

    As far as Malik, Afridi, Akmals and Ranas, they got away cheaply. Malik must have someone very powerful behind him to still be part of the team (barring the 1 yr ban). If PCB is really trying to clean-house, Malik should be deported from Pakistan... hasn't he done enough damage already????

  • POSTED BY Phantom_XI on | March 10, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Cricket is a team sport and we don't need few out-of-their-depth cricketers to dictate terms of the trade to clueless and brainless administrators of pakistani team. The way PCB has operated throughout its history but particularly in the last 3-4 years hasn't particurlary helpful but team harmony is a pre requisite in this sport. I'm flabgasted by the comments that ex-pakistani players are making and I'm in no doubt that it's going to be hurtful for the team currently and in future. Everybody involved in pakistan cricket team need to get common sense and order otherwise its not only bad for pakistan team but cricket in general. These players got what they deserved and people should concentrate on how best to take the team forward rather than putting their profile, agenda or interest ahead of the team, country or cricket.

  • POSTED BY cricpolitics on | March 10, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    I am all for it as long as PCB persists with these punishments. All of these sr. players are responsible for team's downfall over the last couple of years. They have been fighting with eachother ever since Inzi left the team. Their ego had gotten too big to sustain. An example must be set for the future in order to curb the ruthless player power. It's about time to induct new blood, the worst they can do is to lose matches which will be no different than what these so called stars have been doing over the last couple of years.

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | March 10, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    And yeah btw. I forgot to mention one thing, this scenario is nothing new at all. 2003 WC finished Waqar/Wasim career (though they submitted their resignation before ppl. insult them) then 2007 took Inzi and now champion trophy/ausy tour took Yousuf and Younus. Its going to continue. It will never stop until the whole mentality changes. Way to go Pakistan. After Inzi was gone the charm of Ind vs Pak died. Now, we have to be happy seeing Ind/ aus, Ind/SA or Nz/aus. Respect word has been eliminated from Pakistan cricket. I am not sure about country men, because I still possess many gem Pakistani-origin friends, they are the only hope for me. Peace

  • POSTED BY kareem786 on | March 10, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    The life ban against Mohammad Yousef and Younis Khan has been lifted. Read Geo news

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | March 10, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    I hope PCB had enough evidences to reach this conclusion. But its going to hurt Pakistan Cricket hard. Next big thing for PCB selectors is to announce skipper for upcoming world cup. It could be Shahid, Misbah or Abdul Razzaq but who so ever takes the charge has got a daunting task to motivate a depleted side and carry the march in carribean islands. The same place where they had a first round exit 3 years back, the same place where coach Bob Woolmer died under mysterious circumstances.

  • POSTED BY Vasum on | March 10, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    Cricket should be played in a proper way according to cricket rules and laws. Anybody not obeying the rules or laws should be penalize by fined or dropped for few matches. Banning for year or life is not going to solve the problem, incase it going to create more problem.

  • POSTED BY BSARAV on | March 10, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    Ijaz butt is the superb comedian and the worst thing Pakistan cricket would've ever had in their cricketing history. I used to ponder how a living thing like him was first of all selected as PCB chairman. He neither has cricketing mind nor basic brain to function. There were days we (whole world) used to look up to Pakistan cricket, the players and their enigma. With this joker in place, the whole team and the news looks sickening. they are feeding media with non-sensical decisions and statements.. Lot of regrettable events took place during this Butt tenure. To recite, Ugly childish clash between Afridi/Afiz/Akthar, No unity among players, buereacratic tussels, Srinalkan players bombing, Pakistan white-washed in a series and lastly Afridi gulping cricket ball like a dough-nut! I really feel sorry for the players especially Yousuf and Younis (the batsman I adore most being an Indian for his fighting spirit, professionalism and maturity). God bless PCB and their players.

  • POSTED BY ss_ton on | March 10, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    Can you fault the IPL franchises for not wanting anything to do with Pakistani players? If I was a franchise owner with millions on the line I wouldn't go anywhere near them even if they were the best players on the planet - which they are not by a long way. It is just they themselves and their deluded fans that have that impression.

  • POSTED BY abidalikhan on | March 10, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    Well...everyone is talking about Younis Khan involved in the disturbance along with Yosuf and it made us the team played badly. But idiots where was Younis Khan during the tests and T20s. He was there only for 10 days for ODIs. he was never there when Muhammad Yosuf gave Test No. 2 to R Ponting as a gift hamper because of his tactically unknown or rather mysteriously known captaincy. I think as far as Malik is concerned I dont mind this decision against him. Yosuf is a great player but the weirdest captain of all so he must be there in ODI and Test as a batsman and Younis must be the captain of Test and ODI and if not captain then just as a batsman...banning them for life time is simply nonsense, insanity and proving the fact that no one in PCB really understand what really is CRICKET. Also not to forget Rana Naveed because he is a real good player in T20s. If he was not involved in match fixing then banning him is really bad when he is in great touch (recent 95 in 20-20).

  • POSTED BY OutCast on | March 10, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Historically, Pakistan is very entertaining...I mean off the field... A comedy of musical chair!

  • POSTED BY Ravishankara on | March 10, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    Younis has to pay the price for being too pricey. But what the hell did Yousuf do wrong. Every captain some time or other has lost badly. If the Board and the selectors no less whimsical amd fradulent

  • POSTED BY magicumesh on | March 10, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    Guys, dont waste your time in this matter. All the bans will be revoked in a week or two. Pakistan cricket, the team you should not follow too closely.

    But I sincerely feel, Afridi should have been banned for his ball eating episode.

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | March 10, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    Wow, What a legendary system. I don't know how to react to this. Only thing i can say is, its the place where one time hero becomes villain in night. Thats not good farewell, to two greats. Other kids in team Underperformed because they had problems with seniors. Wow. That wasn't big crime. But this was big crime because they are only few years from retiring. Thats very very unfair and selfish call. All those matches were won due to these two, are suddenly nothing, it becomes dust suddenly. However, I am not surprise at all, after they are treated like that. All over the forums, I am seeing most of young fans bashing these two, wow, So, if you win match for a country and then when you don't you suddenly become bad guy. Excellent. I personally thought after Inzi no-one had glued the team together. I miss Inzi. My tips: If old horse don't win races don't throw them, politely tell them to teach new guns how to win race. Very disappointed. Peace

  • POSTED BY asadzahidi on | March 10, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    For the first time PCB has taken a correct decision. However I tend to agree with one of the post that this decision would not last long. Within a month the President of Pakistan would fire Ijaz Butt and lift the ban. We always critize Pakistan cricket but we first need to look at our country because everything is inter-linked. When your country's government/ president is corrupt, what to you expect of an institution that is linked to the government (Sport minister in Pakistan is appointed by the President who has no knowledge of sport). Its simple economics country does well, other insitutions will do well and vice versa. The only thing sad about the ban is that its not definite. Younus deserves a ban for life, because whenever the country needed him he relinqueshed his duties. He started to feel he was the team. Shoaibs political games came to bite him and he deserves a life ban. At least now we have space in the middle order to bring the under 19 players.

  • POSTED BY johnyboyz on | March 10, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Pakis trying the same thing like India did in 1st 20/20 world cup. Avoiding the seniors. But here they doing it by suspensions and banning. Other way they cannot get rid of this Paki seniors. Anyways all the best :)

    Sheenu India

  • POSTED BY mkfaruqi on | March 10, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    dear readers' i totally reject action against younus and yousuf.they may be failure but for that board just can make them out of the team.And the action is always on subordinates.Board is resposible for all this mishap. Action must have been taken against chairman ,manager and head coach who could not contol the players problems and so it all happened.it has been seen from two decades that board has never came close to players to create a immicable atmosphere.Instead they are enjoyed luxurious life on boards money. i wish it wouldnot happen. but we just can pray for them.what else we can do.pl. bring in board persons like ASIF IQBAL,IMRAN KHAN,HANIF MOHD ORRAMMEZ RAJA on top .it may help. god bless pakistan and its sport . mohammad kamil faruqi

  • POSTED BY krv954 on | March 10, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    I think these bans and fines will be good for Pakistan in the long run. Discipline has to be maintained irrespective of whether you are the senior most player or a playing making his debut. Although I do think that a life ban for Younus and Yousef is a little too harsh and maybe even unwarranted. I hope this is a closed chapter as far as the PCB. But going by the history of Pakistan Cricket, something tells me that the next thing would a change in PCB management and/or the bans overturned during the appeal process. Either way, I doubt this is drama is over. There is definitely more to unfold.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Of course, for those who use banned substance or bite cricket balls, all is good. Unbelievable, but not surprising of the PCB.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    What a joke, it is a trickle down effect like the board says, but its trickling down from the President to the PCB to the players, not from the captains. Shame on PCB

  • POSTED BY MirzaIjazBaig on | March 10, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    good step by PCB. No player has any right to hurt the whole nation for thier personal interest. M. Yousaf should not be banned but akmal brothers must be banned because of their over confident.

  • POSTED BY imran786c on | March 10, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    This is the best news for Pak cricket - about time a spineless board stood up to player power and brought them down. I am gutted that Akmal brothers ave been banned more - Kamran cos, i hear from grapevine, Malik's right hand man and Umar for feigning injury - For god sake - u r playing for your national team not ur brother !! Great great news - fresh start, clear message for everyone and lets hope, pray and keeps those fingers crossed that PCB stand by their decision. A very satisfied Pak supporter.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    i am sick and tired of PCB for last seven years. All they are is a law firm sacking and bannign players. They have no hand in improving cricket. This is a CYA act from BUTT and Company. But, I hpe sanity will prevail and BUTT's BUTT would be kicked and he will be shown the door. PCB has killed our cricket starting from 2003 world cup where 7 expereinced and once-in-a-lifetime players were sacked together. Pak cricket never survived after that and this is the mess we have. On the way, the PCB authorities also took the same approach and for their own inabilities, they covered them with harsh bans etc. Rememebr Imran Khan used to confront PCB more than anyone else, but no one could stand against him be a general or anyone esle, he would demand his own team, and then he won us the World Cup, he defeated India in India, Eng in England, Drew a series with West Indies in their own den, but now if younis wants his say he is banned, if Yusuf wnats to have his own team, he is sacked!!!

  • POSTED BY mycricket2007 on | March 10, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    World know very well that all players of Pak team are politician and same is true their entire cricket body is politician. here also they applied their politics, everybody know main culprit are akmal brothers, afridi, malik, rana and their punishment are not too harsh but they punish most sr. batsman for life ban.. this is totaly political decision. they should ban akmal brothers and afridi for atleast 1 year.

  • POSTED BY Raviss on | March 10, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    well finally some action has been taken against Shoaib Malik..a no. of players esp frm Karachi hav been complaining abt him abt grouping n favoritism... it was high time someone took action against him... but wat abt the other 6 who took oath with him to oust Younis from captaincy n team... n y such a harsh ban on Yousuf n Younis... Younis deserved some sort of punishment for always leaving the team... but wat did Yousuf do? hez not my fav... but still want to know along with the whole nation the reason for him being banned! hope someone bans Ijaz Butt as well!!!! Bravo to PCB once for taking such a bold decision...hope they stick by it too!!

  • POSTED BY 2bnot2b on | March 10, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    PCB never short on ideas to shock us, very creative indeed. It is quite obvious that there is political motive behind this. May be Mr 10% behind all this - kick a few out and make room to sell open spots to other potential playsers. I am quite sure there is something else here and we need to read between the lines. One questions I do have that what about the PCB management - they all are full of it. How could they let players misbehave and being out of the line for so long with so much consistancy. Is it not clear that they totally failed to do their jobs and had no procedural control over players and team at all? They should be banned for life time even to use the word "cricket". Mr. Butt, a politically parachuted administrator, what does he knows about cricket administration. I would like to see his resume. If it is up to me, instead of bans and fines I would send them to war zones of Baghdad and Kabul- six months of some solid volunteer work will put them in line for life time.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    is pcb is running short of money... why they are fining players and also bannig them from playing cricket for XY durations...

  • POSTED BY tomiles on | March 10, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Typical that it has to be both of the best batsman from the side. They have both proved how good they are on the international stage, but i think that this is just one stage too far! Pakistani cricket is coming to an end...it is inevitable.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    Not too surprised to be honest. Younis Khan is the biggest cancer in the locker room, constantly quitting on his team and dissappearing, while demanding apologies left and right. The case of Yousuf is interesting though, had Pakistan won even a couple matches in Oz I doubt he would be punished this severely, if at all. I don't know what Rana did other than supply Afridi with ammunition to alter, but whatever. Malik's situation is understandable as he has been out of form and had a very public battle with Yousuf. But what in the world is Ranas ban bigger than Afridis? Seems like Pak is trying to stay competitive as a ban for Afridi would make Pakistan a glorified "A" team. The Akmals punishment is odd, not so much for brother Umar, but for Kamran. If Yousuf is being punished for an atrocious tour, than Kamran should also be given a lifetime ban, no? My word..

  • POSTED BY ArmChairUmpire on | March 10, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    There is nothing to feel about the bans. I support the bans and the fines. This nonsense has to stop. I am particularly glad about the bans on Yousuf, Afridi and Akmal. There is a wealth of talent in Pakistan. Besides, nobody is indispensiible. It is better for a team to loose than be disgraced by the arrogance of a few players..

  • POSTED BY RUQQ on | March 10, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    This is what you can expect when every player in the playing eleven is awarded captaincy.... Yousuf, Younis, Shoaib, Afridi..... Still they are fighting for captaincy.... Razzaq left Lahore team over leadership..... Afridi also threaten for leaving Karachi over captain-ship. Now Afridi is been fined only not banned; look like to be Captain for Pakistan in all three formats because all other captains been axed for at least a year.... GOD BLESS PAKISTAN CRICKET

  • POSTED BY MasoodMehmood on | March 10, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    It's just a drama and every thing will be back to no-ban state. I think PCB likes to be in the news but in totally bad ways. Like others they like to stress the nation.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    Please dont do this to Pak Cricket as this is the only entertainment we have got. Yep Shoaib Malik has been a harsh but all of them should b given a chance. Afridi got a ban from ICC, is there any laws in the universe that a person shud get a punishment twice for the same action??? Akmal brothers are young and shud b given a chance. Please solve the problem inside rather than outside.

  • POSTED BY Cherukuri on | March 10, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    This is a ridiculous decision ever from PCB. Ban on Yousuf and Younis is an absolute blunder. PCB should definitely re-think on it and should lift the ban on these two fabulous batsmen. Afridi, Malik and Kamran Akmal are the guys who should be thrown completely out of the team. Especially Afridi, very over confident. He is not living as a T20 captain instead he is acting too much as a captain roaming all over the ground to show that he is doing better than previous captains. I wish soon Pakistan team will retain the glory back.

  • POSTED BY Kriskane123 on | March 10, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    This is a pretty stupid decision! whats next? you are going to put players in prison because they are not performing??? In India if players don't perform they are given a chance to hone up on their skills at the domestic cricket. Even players like Dravid and Sehwag went through domestic cricket for whatever reason.. pretty recently.. same with yousuf pathan.

    Punishing players, especially the ones who in the past have proven themselves.. really is just going to back fire pretty severely. I agree with Inzaman's comments about this. Looks like the Fanatical fringe in Pakistan has the final say. My pakistani friend tells me the PCB is governed by ex-military men or ISI men.. It's no surprise they always think in extremes. Pakistani players don't make a lot of money.. perhaps if they did.. and perhaps if they were morally supported while being trained and developed.. they would perform well. Instead they are outrightly banned!.

  • POSTED BY riz103 on | March 10, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Not sure why Rana and Yousuf are being banned; although the board claims it has reasons it's not willing to disclose. Indefinite ban on Younus is absolutely fair to me. You can't just desert your team on a whim. It's a big responsibility and a deserter does not deserve it. As we all saw, it cost Pakistan a fortune in Australia. From what it feels like right now, it's a step toward betterment by the board. This one time it looks like they have a reason for doing something; if they're really doing it to "curb indiscipline and player power" in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    most of the countries start preparing there teams for the worldcup 1 year earlier...and our team is always stuck in politics...and they start searching for new players 1 year earlier....u guyz tell me ...what pakistan performed in recent series????its just because there was no younis khan....man younis and yousaf are the backbone of our team....seriously when i heard this new i was hurt...cudnt even attend my lecture carefuly!=(=(=(

  • POSTED BY Jammy.k123 on | March 10, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Look. Im devastated about younis nd yousef. 2 of the best pakistani test batsman ever. Now there careers are in pieces. But you never know with Pakistan, they always find a way. Besides younis nd yousef rnt in da t20 team. But i just wanna say.... Younis Yousef thanks 4 all the great times lads!

  • POSTED BY carbandpunk on | March 10, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    I think its a good decision by PCB. I have been a huge fan of Afridi and Mohammed Yousuf since the time his name was Yousuf Youhana. having said, these cricketers are supposed to be the role models for the future pakistan cricketers and the way that they have been behaving is disgraceful. Also, in the long run, this will teach the next pakistan players that they are playing for pakistan and not for themselves

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    VERY VERY GOOD DECISION.

  • POSTED BY resvan on | March 10, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Can anyone hell on earth tell me the fault of the cricketers? Why PCB is so shy to clarify the cricketers fault? Decissions taken behind close doors with half baked information disclosure are not fair. Shahid already got the punishment from ICC so what was the need to further punish him? Come on PCB!!! Let each one of us know the fault of pakistani cricketers who got such severe punishments.

  • POSTED BY WinTests on | March 10, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Pak doesn't deserve players Younis and Yousuf. These guys have always been mistreated. If I had a little money I would buy my own island and have Younis, Yousuf, Akhtar, Malik, and Rana play for me.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    what the hell ejaz butt is upto? he himself has hardly played any international cricket. how can he treat national heroes like yousaf like that? what was the mistake done by yousaf and younas? afridi was already punnished by ICC fro ball tempering which was enough according to legendary cricketer Imran Khan. I m afrad that this decision will bring more difficulties for Pakistan Cricket. What i personally believe is that PCB is not ready to own the defeat and wants to put all the blame on the players. There might be some mistake on the players end also but its too harsh decision. PCB should reconsider its decision seriously.

  • POSTED BY cmunath on | March 10, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    It is sad that Pakistan's cricket establishment is treating its cricketers worse than criminals. It is a matter of debate as to how efficient are the administrators themselves in running cricket in Pakistan. Their actions clearly speak of some sort of vendetta against seniors like Younis and Yousuf. Otherwise, how can one think of banning these two who have been the pillars of Pakistan's batting for years. Winning and losing is part of sport. Have any other nations banned their players just because they lost a series badly ? Was it not the same team which brought laurels for the nation when they won the T20 world cup? It is the administration that needs to be revamped rather than make the cricketers the scapegoats for no fault of theirs. Actions that actually warrant stringent punishment really desrve to be dealt with in the sternest possible manner. Banning players does not help any cause.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    What the hell ejaz butt is upto. we have already faced so many crisis and faced so many defeats. Keeping players like malik and yousaf away from cricket will have a severe impact on Pakistan cricket. what was the mistake done by younus and yousaf ? Record Breaking Cricketers like Yousaf are very to find in the cricket history. Ejaz butt has himself hardly played International Cricket.How can he treat national heroes like that? as far as my opinion is concerned , i personally believe that afridi should be made captain of the team. Although he was involved in ball tempering but he already has faced the ban imposed by ICC for 2 T20 matches which was more than enough according to legandery cricketer Imran Khan. keeping him and other players like malik away from T20 , we the defenders will be knocked out in the very first round of T20 worldcup i think. PCB should reconsider its decision quickly.

  • POSTED BY nikhildevdesai on | March 10, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    BAN? what ban? That is why they said about Shoaib Akhtar that he was getting 5 year ban and he was later playing only a year after the sentence was carried out. Mark my words, next January all of these players will be back in team. What a crock?

  • POSTED BY GEBF on | March 10, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Dear Friends,

    Cricket we are told the Gentlemens Game, as such the action of the PCB is an eye opener to all Test Playing countries;It is sad one of the cricketing Power Houses have shown such ill discipline and inconsistency.The tour Downunder was painstaking to follow, as Pakistan is my No# 2 Team ( No# 1 is motherland = Sri Lanka ).Good Luck and Pakistan Sindabad : Benil Fernando ( Sydney Australia )

  • POSTED BY waspsting on | March 10, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Some of these decisions are sure to be overturned, they're disproportionate to the 'crime'. If they are not... the players are lucky to get away. this is one step short of banning a man from making his livlihood because you don't like the look on his face one morning. the board wouldn't have had the nerve to do this if the players had the option of going to IPL anyway.

    Pakistan is different... if they don't get along (and they rarely do), they flop. its as if they take more petty satisfaction in sinking a collective ship then they do pride in their personal performance - which collectively could still see them perform well. this decision tells me the board are pretty much the same way.

    Short of another Imran Khan appearing, I don't see Pakistan cricket recovering anytime soon, which is a shame. They've been one of the most entertaining and had the potential to be the best team for much of the last 20 years. Real shame.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    pakistan cricket Board sucks..Don't they ? They really dont know how to treat their champions. This is not the way performance is improved against any cricket team, no wonder paki cricketers are more in stress/burden than any team..

  • POSTED BY shahidmahmood on | March 10, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    It doesn't matter. Nothing happened with them is the team and nothing will happen with them out.

  • POSTED BY SamAsh07 on | March 10, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    About time PCB got a brain, sheesh, how long can you bear with Yousuf and Younis? Sure they were legends in the early days, now they are nothing but failures, I bet I can bat better than the current Younis, and about Yousuf, no comment, he is random, sometimes plays like a star -that too in matches where pak ended up losing- Champions Trophy match vs India an exception (because for some reason, paki players play like Australia when they are up against India, so strong so solid, while against other nations, zilch performance)... Now about Afridi, that was not necessary at all, fining him is one thing, but side-lining for 6 months is another, I personally don't care about the Akmals, Umar did the most retarded thing, now it makes me wonder how would he ever play without Kamran in the Squad? God...well he is a teen, so it makes sense.

    Now please PCB, if you really found a B.R.A.I.N for yourselves after 7+ years then get some new talent and PLEASE bring back the opener M.Hafeez

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    This is grossly unfair. The main reason is Pakistan lost badly in Australia. Had they won couple of matches, no one would have bothered.

  • POSTED BY IMQGR on | March 10, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    This is sad for Pakistan cricket as well as cricket as a whole... I think PCB and Pakistanis as a whole should try not to create so much of controversies and so frequently too. The country has produced so many talented cricketers almost endlessly, but very few have survived long enough to become great cricketers. Undoubtedly talent in Pakistan Cricket is more abundant than any other cricketing nation in the word, the only thing they need a bit more discipline and control. I hope... and only hope...that the latest incident will help them toward that endeavor...

  • POSTED BY santhoshkudva on | March 10, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    i wonder how salman butt got away scot free. he showed in Australia what a selfish player he is.

  • POSTED BY dukhimanmere on | March 10, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Hi...those of you who think Shoaib Malik did nothing wrong...please take a look at this video...it should tell a lot about his temperament and commitment to cricket Pakistan... http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6846012691398407951&ei=ttaXS7upMIveqwL9-7HkAw&q=malik+ramiz+raja+interview&hl=en#

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | March 10, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    This is disaster, life-time ban has to be given to Mr.Shoaib Malik, a good for nothing human.That bledy bloke should be out of pakistan team, that only give some goodness to pakistan cricket, yousuf is a great legend, who served pakistan for many years, younis is a capable leader. Because of this idiotic malik only pakistan is under darkness now.

  • POSTED BY Musician4292 on | March 10, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Well first of all afridi should sue the pcb for giving him a fine the last time i checked you cant be punished for same crime twice and according to my knowledge he has been punished by icc already .... pcb havea history of causing more problems then trying to find solutions i believe this is start of the end of pakistan cricket....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous..... nobody questions the consistency of the committee, there was no committee but merely the employees of the PCB! Isn't it a ridiculous effort on part of the PCB to divert the attention of the media and public at large who are regularly criticising the politically backed Ejaz Butt...?

  • POSTED BY wajhimirza on | March 10, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    I think board have taken the right decision, istead they should fine them 5 million ruppees

  • POSTED BY swat1999 on | March 10, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    It was expected, Its true that punishment is harsh but good for future of Pak cricket, otherwise all these nonsense never stop. Thanks PCB for the brave decesion. Pakistan is rich for the lot of talented young cricket lets them play for Pakistan, They can be take care Pakistan, current seniors also not doing wel for Pakistan

  • POSTED BY vigi101929 on | March 10, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    I am seriously saying that only Ijaz Butt is the man who can resurrect pak cricket at this moment , cause....1.he is the only one who is honest in PCB...2.He takes fair decisions ....3.he is not partial.....4.hope he stays for atleast for another 2 years to give pak cricket a boost by taking bold decisions like this ....!!!!!!!!! HATS OFF SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY bonner on | March 10, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Why not strike their names and records from the history books and chisel off their noses while we're at it ;-). Talk about OTT!! No room for conciliation obviously...

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | March 10, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Wow. I don't think it is fair for Yousuf and Khan. They are the 2 senior and star batsmen in a struggling middle order. They are needed! When you have players of such class you have to work with them and refine them. Think back to a young Ponting, Aus tried really hard with Symonds, NZ with Jesse Ryder, to a lesser extent Flintoff (paddle boating) with Eng and we have all heard about KP's ego. Pakistan needs to learn to manage their players properly, just banning players is actually taking the easy way out, in my opinion.

  • POSTED BY always.ashish on | March 10, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    ho ho ho.. ha ha ha... typical of pakistan.. cudnt hv expected anything else.. !

  • POSTED BY Ghaffar2005 on | March 10, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Finally PCB took a bold action (nobody is above cricket)....... I believe punishments were little too harsh for Younis and Yousuf and way too gentle for Afridi. As far as upcoming T20 World Cup is concerned we still have some fire power and can defend the crown. (1) Hafeez (2) Imran Nazir (3) Kamran Akmal (4) Omer Akmal (5) Misbah-ul-Haq (6) Fawad Alam (7) Afridi (8) Razzak (9) Aamir (10) Umer Gul (11) Ajmal (12) Asif (13) Khalid Latif (14) Yasir Arafat (15) Imran Farhat.

  • POSTED BY niceguy2881 on | March 10, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    This has become so stereotypical of PCB, either you will find them being so inactive and incompetent for prolonged periods of time and when they do act ,its way over the top. So lets get this clear assuming this is what happened, Yousuf gets sacked for life because he took up the captaincy when no one wanted to touch it and lost an away series to Australia. Hmmm. Younus is probably more aggrieved,before all these enquires the reason he quoted for stepping down cuz of the rampant infighting and PCB instead of tackling it, lets Younus resign, takes no action and lets Younus come back at a latter time when they were getting hammered in Australia hoping he would change the team fortunes,he fails and this time drop him indefinetely.

    Anyhow Osman Samiuddin must have already drafted another long post "President Zardari dissolves PCB, sacks Butt,overturns all the bans". You got to sympathise, from time to time he comes up with so many optimistic postings about Pakistan and then this happens

  • POSTED BY OutCast on | March 10, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Historically, Pakistan has been very entertaining ... I mean off the field... No shocking....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    PCB is run by a bunch of jokers. Wait and see, tomorrow the committee will revert back its decision and say the report has been leaked. PCB is known for this mockery!

  • POSTED BY Mr-Desi on | March 10, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Khan & Yousuf have been treated harshly. Pakistan's middle order is going to struggle at test level without these two, but it gives the opportunity for youngers to step up their game and prove their worth in the team. Akmal brothers and Afridi fines were reasonable and just. I think the board was spot on regards to banning Malik and Rana due to them being involved in match-fixing. Malik is always mentioned when it comes to players revolting against the captain. Twice, once when Khan was captain and again with Yousuf as captain. No coincidence here. These decisions won't affect our T20 World Cup chances as some people are complaining. Yousuf isnt a T20 player, Khan retired, Malik mediocre and Rana gives away to many runs. It sends out a good message to the younger players in regards to discipline as long as the PCB doesn't take a U turn which it usually does. Focus now turns to the World Cup. As long as the players give it all their got, we'll be happy. Inshallah we retain it.

  • POSTED BY Kulaputra on | March 10, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    What do these bans achieve, I am not sure. There has been infighting in Pak teams for a long time except under I Khan who ruled with an iron hand and handpicked those that played. Have Imran run Pak board and he will get them to former glory quickly. A strong Pakistan makes for interesting cricket world wide, not just Indo Pak. T20 seems to be tailor made for them and just when they were gettiing there, this happens

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | March 10, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    I think this sacking is done on the behest of the new coach Waqar. He wants all the old guns go so that he can get in new and younger players on whom he can easily boss over. Anyways, a new coach with new faces may build up a great team for the future.

  • POSTED BY Kollengode on | March 10, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Looks to be a very high handed action. There will be difference in points of view and in style of decision making processes, especially where there are persons with knowledge and hands-on competence are present and are not afraid to speak their mind. Consensus can sometimes be brought about only by a competent manager. What about cricket managers of these teams? Do they have no accountability?

  • POSTED BY mizmaar3 on | March 10, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    If PCB don't take action then we blame them, if so then we divert all our sympathy towards players, this is just ridiculous. I think this is the best decision taken by PCB, they all don't deserve to serve Pakistan. But i amazed how PCB just fined Afridi on ball biting :-?

  • POSTED BY Mr-Desi on | March 10, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Khan & Yousuf have been treated harshly. Pakistan's middle order is going to struggle at test level without these two, but it gives the opportunity for youngers to step up their game and prove their worth in the team. Akmal brothers and Afridi fines were reasonable and just. I think the board was spot on regards to banning Malik and Rana due to them being involved in match-fixing. Malik is always mentioned when it comes to players revolting against the captain. Twice, once when Khan was captain and again with Yousuf as captain. No coincidence here. These decisions won't affect our T20 World Cup chances as some people are complaining. Yousuf isnt a T20 player, Khan retired, Malik mediocre and Rana gives away to many runs. It sends out a good message to the younger players in regards to discipline as long as the PCB doesn't take a U turn which it usually does. Focus now turns to the World Cup. As long as the players give it all their got, we'll be happy. Inshallah we retain it.

  • POSTED BY A_HTIMAN on | March 10, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Late but finally PCB has taken the harsh decession. If these decessions taken earlier a better improvement could be expected in Aus series. Descipline should be no1 in cricket. So a good decession by PCB management. But I won't be surprised to hear a news like "PCB removes all bans etc." So the decessions taken should be cemented.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    Shame on them who are finishing Pak cricket, not the players.

  • POSTED BY Khan-999 on | March 10, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    very good action to PCB I think Remove All players Accpet Afridi . now PCB make Captin to Afridi and make new team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    very good and should be observed......................

  • POSTED BY nd1166 on | March 10, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    This has been a disastrous decision by the PCB.The fines were ok but imposing such harsh bans on the senior players is not sensible.These bans should not have been put especially before the T20 world cup.Now there remains no chance for Pakistan to defend their title.The PCB should atleast reverse the life time bans on Younis and Yousif.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    what is This. pakistan will lose the world cup

  • POSTED BY AnthoniJi on | March 10, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Go Join IPL. Make some money. It's better than playing for a foolish dictator.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    All decisions are all right except the decision about YOUNUS & YOUSUF .... both are quality players n have loads of match winning performances plus real team man, especially younus ,though not good as a captain. I bet they haven't any replacement for them. [Inshort, poor decision]. Rest of the decision are all right or should be more harsh, especially for malik n kamran akaml.

  • POSTED BY mallaka on | March 10, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Another shameful chapter in the history of Pakistan cricket. I mean c'mon lets be realistic. The ban is not going to stand. There is statement of intent made by the board. Everyone knew about this and saw it coming.

    Its just nonsense conjured by the board or whoever to cover their behings , just to show that losing the series didnt go down well with the powers that be.

    Ban your best players for life? What a joke. What an embarassment. I mean was it not enough what they did with Shoaib and Asif? Everyone can bet their houses on seeing Shoaib Younis Yousuf and the rest of these jokers in T20.

    The more this drama goes on the more it makes me believe that the problem lies with the administration and not with the players.....unofrtunately there is zilch anyone can do about that with the current situation of the country.

    We should stop watching too many bollywood movies and thinking all is well that ends well.....DOWN WITH BUTT!

  • POSTED BY opti17 on | March 10, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous. PCB has lost the plot here. Instead of giving heavy punishments to the real culprits i.e. Malik, Kamran and Afridi they have let them off the hook rather lightly. But the absolute and utter shame is the decision to ban Yousuf and Younus. What A disgrace. The people responsible for these decisions simply want to destroy the this sport in the country. The PCB chairman is the one most deserving of the sack. This stupid Butt announced half way through the series that there would be new captain after the series. Can any one with an ounce of brain make such ridiculous announcement? Yousuf is punished for trying to discipline the players as a captain? Is this a crime or part of the very job? And what on earth Younus could possibly have done in the few days he was with the team? I think its going to be a tough test for new manager Waqar as well. All of a sudden he is left without 2 by far the best players of the side. He must play his part to bring both Ys back.

  • POSTED BY faforce on | March 10, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Yousuf was still taking out his anger of when Malik had expressed his anger for going to ICL. This was probably Yousuf vendetta. Fair enough.

    Yousuf, and Younis, they really did think they're bigger than the team. Even Inzamam after retiring continues to mend in the politics of the team.

    I'm supporting PCB in this matter. But if these decisions get overturned, or if it forces a change of management of PCB, it will have a negative effects that will go a long way for Pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY fur123 on | March 10, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    u idiots who will be pakistan captain now

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    My foot , if you play cricket for the love of your country, you should sit out if one of your finger is broken period. One missed catch was enough to lose the world cup ODI championship. I would ban Younis only for this reason alone. T20 era demand excellent fitness, catching, fielding, throwing and running skills, lacking in any of these department is an automatic no no. Three players do not have these skills at all and they are Yousf, Imran Farhat and Danish Kaneria. They should not have any place in any format of the game. You are a liability for the team.

  • POSTED BY s0ldier on | March 10, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    "As and when the PCB deems appropriate, these players will be considered for selection for the national team" Don't be surprised if in less than a week PCB deems "appropriate" and select the 2 Y's. We have seen enough of this kind of a drama from PCB over the years, so, don't give a damn about these punishments.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    great decision. Let's see for how long PCB sticks to this decision

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Well done......hopefully this make the players not bigger than the team

  • POSTED BY nasir_2k45 on | March 10, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    what happend that is need for these kind of stupid & duff international players, even they dont know that there are many eyes looking to them, malik & rana they deserved for this, younis & yousif should not be axed like this there should be some fine, and for this akmal brothers they should have some tight lesson, then only they will come to know this is not family ground. (bhaiya khelenge tabhi ham khelenge) i i think we should look razaq as a captain.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    It seems to be one big joke. but sadly stuff u only expect of the pcb. I understand that some of the players deserve their bans afridi,malik and akmals. but yousuf and younis? sad and unfair way to end their careers

  • POSTED BY Prakash.R on | March 10, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    Hope the Pak board would clarify, what did Mohd Yusuf and Younis Khan did to deserve this harsh decision. I think the stature of both these players, demands that a proper explanation is given.

    Mohd Yousuf definitely belongs to the Pak side just as a Batsman. Captaincy could be given to someone who will be good for Pak's cricket in future. Definitely not Afridi as captain. After all the roller coaster, the Pakistan Cricket had gone through, they need take time to build a solid team with great role models. Pakistan has too good of a talent base, just need to be planned well by the senior management with a long term vision.

  • POSTED BY Sathish_4 on | March 10, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Afridi should be the first person to be banned. He is not only a shame for pakistan cricket but for whole cricket community itself. BAN BAN AFRIDI

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    I Feel Very Sorry for Afridi (2nd fine for Ball tempering) , Younus (for good Captaincy in t20 world cup/champions trophy) , Yousuf (for words against shoaib malik).

    but i really do favor ban's against Malik,rana,akmal brothers, This is Good & fine Decision from Pakistan Cricket Board bcoz they were involved in guilty acts which were damaging Pak cricket.

    We Want Afridi as a Captain and also wants PCB to remove bans against Younus Khan & Mohd Yousuf.

  • POSTED BY nafzak on | March 10, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    ABOUT TIME!!! Better late than never. Only regret is Afridi... for a Guy with so much talent, he is equally dunce between the ears. He should be given a life ban for being just plain stupid and another life ban for eating the cricket ball.

    I used to think better of Younis Khan and M. Yousuf, but unfortunately they have both shown immaturity as leaders. Younis, I believe was a better captain, but he just quit when teh going gets tough. Yousef on the other hand was just clueless on the field. All that coupled with the frictions they created makes teh ban deserving. Same withteh others... It's all about "me" as far as they are concerned. Pakistan often has the best individual talent but the worst team spirit. When they learn to play as a team, they will win again.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Its not good i think. They presence of senior players is very important. Ban can be imposed on them but this is not good to kick them from the team. And most importantly a big tournament is coming up (T20 WC). This is another unfair thing to pakistan cricket.

    I disagree with their decision...........

  • POSTED BY Engr..Fahad on | March 10, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    At last pcb has showed its importance and they have done a great thing ...wht aver the circumstances are but the decision they have made thts great..they have set an example for the young generation that the board would not tolerate any thing against the discipline ...

  • POSTED BY shanii24 on | March 10, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    Right before the t20 world cup you ban key player and fine without giving reason ? bringing the moral down in a major way. The only thing pakistani team holds is T20 championship now that seems likely gone. I understand the fines but banning is just over the top. Butt needs to get a grip and get his medication right. He and most of pcb needs to be fired. Have you seen this guy talk ? Who made me chairman ? When your country is in the bottom of every ranking while no one is visiting you , you don't hammer away on your own players like that. Give them a punishment that bring results, not make them hate and leave the team.

  • POSTED BY drcardio1980 on | March 10, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    People like Ijaz Butt,Wasim Bar,Rizvi etc. should be banned for life.They have made mockery of Pakistani cricket.They have done this stupid step to save their own skin.They could not discipline the players & now they are banning them.How rediculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Pakistan should play only Banladesh & Zimbabwe.Why Afridi is punished twice????AFRIDI SHOULD BE MADE CAPTAIN IN ALL FORMATES,if Pakistani cricket needs to be revived.PCB & some the cricket players need psychological rather psychiatric councilling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY noushadsk on | March 10, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Shocking but useful desicions made by PCB, this will help to improve the paki cricket in international level. They are strong enough to beat any Team in the world, but they need to realize no one is secure in the team by hiding their skills. becouse everyone representing their great country....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Mr. Ijaz Butt has again took a U turn by saying that the duo ain't not banned for life and they can be considered anytime for selection.

  • POSTED BY nsaeed on | March 10, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    I strongly support and endorse PCBs decision to ban and punish these players and I hope that PCB stands by its decisions firmly. Nobody should be above the rule of law and the country. It is about time to set an example so that players don't think that they are indispensible and blackmail the team and the country whenever they please. It is a shame when players bicker in public and the captain is seen "eating" the ball during the match with total disregard how it would reflect on him, his team and his country. Do we really need such players to represent the country?

  • POSTED BY KhanXpress on | March 10, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Okay all Pakistan cricket fans now please be ready to support Team India as there may be no Pakistan team in the near future.

  • POSTED BY ZainHaq11 on | March 10, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    I actually expected the eventual decline of Pakistan's cricket ever since I saw Inzamam departed. Even Inzammam was not able to achieve anything great except a Bangalore test, ODI series in India, WI and home series victory against England in 2005.

    I am a Pakistani cricket fan and I have stopped following Pak cricket. No matter we won the world t20 (based on some unpredictability and luck), in reality PAKISTAN's cricket will never be able to recover from the current decline (starting after 2007 World Cup debacle). Even if Yousuf and Younis are back in the squad, dont think we would be able to win series in England, Australia and South Africa.

    The reality now is that Pak cricket is done. No good batsmen have been coming in the last 10 years except for the young thriving Umar Akmal. The bowlers have been good but all over controversies.

    Goodbye Pak Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Banning of Yousuf and Younis is highly unjust. They failed captaining the team, alright, the solution was not to consider them as captain anymore. If a player does not perform, he would be dropped, at the most, not banned!!!

    I think PCB does want Nepotism and this decision has made way for 'parchi' players (Read: likes of Imran Farhat - 'daamaad/son-in-law').

    Punishment for Afridi is also uncalled for. He's been punished twice now. The probation, in which he will be watched, will be a pressurizing time for him too. It could very well be difficult for him to perform under such pressure.

    Akmals, Malik and Rana deserved the fines though.

    Overall, PCB appears to be run by Feudal system. PCB Khappay!!!!!

  • POSTED BY KhanXpress on | March 10, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    What next? 1. President will sack Pakistan Cricket Board and become the board; 2. Army will sack President of Pakistan and become the President; 3. Talibans will sack the army boss and take over. 4. Younus and Yousuf will be back as captain and vice captain of Taliban-11.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Can't believe Mohammad Yousuf .. One of the best ever Test match batsman has been handed a life ban.. Shame on PCB... Total politics going on inside the PCB..

  • POSTED BY Mujeeb.ur.Rahman on | March 10, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Hey people, dont panic. "Yeh hain Cricket Pakistan". Here anything can happen anytime. Wait for another breaking news. But the ban of indefinite time on two seniour most players without any obvious cause is very unjustful. Looking forward to Younus and Yousuf to be part of the national cricket team soon.

  • POSTED BY zameelnv on | March 10, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Shocked.....Its not good for pak cricket,it may finish pak cricket for ever...We can find lot of young talents like umar akmal,amir etc.....try to boost them....

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 10, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Pakistan has no batting without Yousuf , Yunis & malik. The heart of the Pakistan batting is gone. Why are the Selectors destroying a team which is already split due to personal differences. The best approach is to have the team together and reconcile them instead of fining or banning the best players.

    The cricket Selectors must act for the best of the team & country. They appear to be acting like the Politicians with a lose-Lose situation. Pakistan is already devastated by political unrest and violence. Let the Cricket be kept aloof of the politics. Pakistan has a good team which cricket fans love. Please unite them rather than this extreme action which will kill the Game in Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY BrianCharlesVivek on | March 10, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    As an Indian fan i feel pretty sad for the Pak cricket team. A decade and half back they used to beat us all the time. We were terriefied to face Wasim , Waqat, Saqhi,Ijaz,Anwar, Inzi etc. Now on a serious note, wtf is ICC doing?? Allowing boards like WICB,PCB to rot and just running behind BCCI for money. Shame on them. High time they do someting and save Pak and WI. The most glamourous sides which add the variety, spice and unpredictability , are struggling, which is not good for world cricket.

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | March 10, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    I haven't seen why Yousuf got that punishment. Afridi should be banned from CRICKET entirely. With his statement on " ball tampering," that every body want to do it, which prove that they did it ( ball tampering) in the controversal " England vs Pakistan" Test. Also Afridi never appear to look like a sportman on the field. Cricket is game of sports which carry the higest respect for a person and his "COUNTRY." PAKISTANIS should be able to show that on and off the field, so that respect could be carried to the spectators and the spectators would carry it through out their country, which will eventuall bring peace and harmony to the world. there is no way CRICKET WILL HAVE THAT LOVE IN PAKISTAN. IT WILL ALWAYS BE HATERED IF THE PLAYER CAN'T BEHAVE LIKE HUMAN BEINGS. " Let Cricket be Love lyCricket." S,N,SINGH

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    good decisions... but some unclear.. younis you can understand but still it is not really fair, Malik has being causing all the disputes and he only gets one year and people responding to them get Life bans? unless there is more to hear... so may be we will have to wait for things to come public. which is unlikely. knowing about Pakistan cricket, i think its time they also get rid of players like farhat and butt who have come up the ladder via connections and links within the board. lastly it is very harsh to have life bans on Mohammed Yousaf and Younis Khan.. but given that they only have a few years of cricket left in them... it is very harsh on them and unfair comparing to the punishment given to Shoaib Malik

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    bravo,Pcb about time they do some thing .yousuf, the batsman in the world worst fielder . younis. only Bs may be some times once in year he should be drop long time ago. Shoib Malik should be ban to play for pakistan umer Gul. should be drop from side.Afridi should be brpe from pakistan cricket on tempering with ball it has given pakistan bad name (same on him) kamran akmal cost pakistan lots of matches and series he should not be pick again. Umer akmal he will learn they should coche him he will be the best of the best.Thank you Pcb good job stay the cours.In any thing Disciplane is importent

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Hey U All Please Listen To Me Carefully The Akmal Brothers Are Doing Controversy In The Team Just Watch Out As The Kamran Akmal Was Out The Umar Akmal Got Injured And Next Day When Out Of Team He Was Alright But Of Afridi He Done A Mistake Of Ball Tampering But He Apologized For It In Front Of All Nation So He Should Be Forgiven And Let To Be Played But Younis & Yousuf Are Classic Players They Should Only Play Test Cricket Not The ODI's Nor The T20 The New One's Should Get Chance. All Result Is That Akmals Should Be Out Of The Team,Naved Should Comeback After Punishment Because OF Match Fixing.From Now & Onwards The Match Fixing Players Should Be Severely Punished.Afridi Should ComeBack As ODI & T20 Captain And Classical Should Play Only TEST .............. Thanks***

  • POSTED BY BrianCharlesVivek on | March 10, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Lol.They are jokers man. Absolute jokers. And an apt name for the chairman. Ijaz BUTT. :). Dont worry people, these bans woul dbe revoked soon. Most of us have selective amnesia, so that we would forget these bans. Younis might come back to lead the team in T20 WC. Anythins s possible with PCB. I feel pretty sad for Pakistan and their cricket team. There was a time when we Indians were terrified to face Akram, Waqar and Saqhi,Ijaz,Inzi, Anwar etc. They used to beat us all the time. Just a few hundred miles across Pakistan, there is BCCI and we know the story of BCCI and how its making money. Now on a serious note, wtf is ICC doing?? Is it not its duty to keep its stakeholders happy?? It should intervene now and take some decisions regardng PCB and WICB also. Two glamourous sides Pak and WI always in problems and unable to do weell is a sad sad sight for international cricket. I wish Pak cricket comes out of these turbulent times and emerge stronger.

  • POSTED BY Mashq on | March 10, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Though it looks good now but never know IJAZ may give ne statement saying" we are lifting bans on these players because they feel sorry for what happened"??!! If PCB is serious about reforming cricket structure it should stop childish attitude by issuing contradictory statements. the action is very good it should open every body's eyes. If they cannot reforn their board and team they may end up getting isolated from the whole world sooner than later.I mean BAN on pakistan cricket team for its foolish behaviour and spoiling the standerd of the game.

  • POSTED BY KTiwari on | March 10, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    I guess, it will not end here. Drama will continue for sometime....something to read before IPL starts...

  • POSTED BY Raj2506 on | March 10, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    PCB always seems like a circus run by jokers, they will ban players today and revoke it tomorrow, e.g., Shoaib Aktar and Asif. PCB is Knee-jerk reactors

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    this is the end of Pak cricket. Without these players they would lose and lose. So whats the big deal if they were whitewashed against Australia? Australia is world champion and even west indies and others lost. maybe the PCB members are involved in match fixing and took bribes from bookies.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Errr, Isn't Umar Akmal just 20 years old or something ? :S

  • POSTED BY msba on | March 10, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Younus&Yousf-When they were captains they both told about the lack of unity in the team.But did PCB listen to it?Special steps dosen't mean such bans and such behave is always done with the senior pakistani cricketers.But it is also true that shoaib akhtar was banned for several times but those banes not exist for long.Evrything is possible for pakistan cricket both in field&outside________Hope Younus&Yousuf will return.

  • POSTED BY VVedsen on | March 10, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    What is the definition of 'indefinite time' in Pakistan cricket. Till this current term of PCB lasts. The day a new PCB will be formed, the two main pillars of Pakistan team currently Yousuf and Younis would be back. Banning Yousuf and Younis in the current times is like doing the same to Sachin and Dravid in India today. Given the way things are in Pakistan cricket today, such an action was unthinkable. Even if they lost all the games in Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Very good decision, PCB should discourage the "player's power". In my opinion PCB should ban for a year (at least) also on afridi, kamran & umer because they're flying in the sky, however, they should realize that these feathers we (nation) given to him for fly. We love very much to our all players even from cricket, hockey, squash, snooker etc. but if they play with our sincere emotions we will condemn them ethically. However, my free advise for yousuf, younis, malik & rana they should resigned now because after today's decision they should realize now NO ROOM for politics & lobbing against Pakistan.

    Pakistan Zindabad Makhdoom Khurram

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    This looks too haphazard but the players deserve this. They should learn lessons from Tendulkar-so sobering even after on top of the world. They should be prisoned what is there real destiny. They represent country but by these actions they show their illtracy. Bloody fools disapointing on field as well as off field. What worst could be expected from these bulls.

  • POSTED BY inswing on | March 10, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Bans of Younis and Yousuf seem over the top; the others not so. After one or two bad performances of the national team, the Ys will be back, I am sure. Younis himself may not want to play even if the ban is lifted. Pak cricket needs a strong leader-player like Imran. There has been continuous turmoil ever since he retired. Ijaz Butt himself has no business being there. It is hard to believe that his obvious and continuous incompetence is being tolerated. But at the very least, board must clarify why exactly the players were handed such sever punishment. Saying that "we have solid information, trust us, but we are not going to tell you why" is not going to fly, and will only increase the pressure on the board to end the bans once the new team performs badly.

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | March 10, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    There was no need for such a shake up. They lost to Australia does not deserve n such a harsh treatment. They have to accept the fact that they lost to a much better team who always do well on their home surface. Being the T20 champions just a year ago now this kind of a teatment. Very harsh. Now who is to punish the offenders in the board. Is there any authority above them ??

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    i think it is the good sign for pak cricket player should know this is not a club team this is our national team

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | March 10, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Good to hear your comments on the subject Osman!! I think PCB should made the report public after such a drastic actions. Otherwise it would only fuel further speculations like PCB covering match fixing etc

    Remember the two close matches that Pakistan lost recently - ODI in Champions trophy and 2nd test in AUS have Younis khan and Yousuf as captain.

  • POSTED BY OnlyAndOnlyCricket on | March 10, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Inquiry committee has settled the score with Younus and Yousuf. An independent inquiry should be held against inquiry committee itself. They have banned the leaders who were against the match fixing and they were creating hurdle in their ways to make easy money.

  • POSTED BY monteath on | March 10, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    PCB I AM A DIE HARD FAN AND PLAY THE GAME OF CRICKET! ITS VERY SHOCKING TO SEE THAT TOP NOTCH PLAYERS HAVE BEEN AXED IN SOME WAY OR THE OTHER. WISH I COULD ASSIT TO IRON OUT THIS MATTER PROBLEM, PEOPLE SAY I HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD AT THINGS LIKE THIS ! MY SUGGESTION! GET THE EX CRICKETERS LIKE, RAMIZ, IMRAN, WASIM, WAQAR, INZAMAM , TO SIT AROUND THE TABLE WITH THE PCB MANAGERS AND COME TO A SOLUTION, DONT LET THE GOOD GAME PLAYED BY PAST VICTORIES AND LOSSES DAMAGE THE PLAYERS OF CURRENT TALENT. LEAVE IT TO THEM, CALL THEM WRITE TO THEM I AM SURE THESE 5 EXPLAYERS WILL COME TO A GOOD SOLUTION. LET NOT POLITICS TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORN AND PAINT THE SITUATION RED. THERE IS ALWAYS A SOLUTION TO ANY PROBLEM IN THIS WORLD, NOTHING IS THAT SEVERE THAT CAN NOT BE RESOLVED.. ATTITUDE-ANGER-PASTISSUES- NEED TO BE BURIED. THANKS MY VIEWS.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Probably, they should do this in West Indies as well - for both WI players and board members.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    The point is clear that Butt has to go now from his post. On other hand Malik and Rana deserve punishment because both of them have been on centre of controversies for various issue (for rana still one charge against him has to be decide by Mr. controversal Butt for ball tempering filled by karachi team for 20 20 semi) still punishing them with huge amount of money is not right, i guess ban was enough. There has been injustice with Younis khan and with yousuf. Also i guess PCB has forget the reason given by younis khan when he left capt. and making yousuf captain was one the worst decision of cricket history of pak( how could they can make a person captain when he has no Experience of leading any team on local level) so for yousuf and younis, PCB is giving them punishment for their own wrong doing. Cannot say anything for akmal brothers, if umer akmal hav really played drama role of injury then he deserve punishment and that should be ban not huge amount of money. "Go Butt Go"

  • POSTED BY Raja_rox on | March 10, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    It is not a good news for the player lovers as yousuf and younis are the best choice in the test format for Pakistan. Malik's case is very common in Pakistan cricket history. wasim and waqar used to do these thing in their times. I don't know why malik is considered so seriously. Fine is OK in that case but a ban can ruin the career of a player.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    WELLDONE PCB i appreciate the decision.

  • POSTED BY Raja_rox on | March 10, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    It is not a good news for the player lovers as yousuf and younis are the best choice in the test format for Pakistan. Malik's case is very common in Pakistan cricket history. wasim and waqar used to do these thing in their times. I don't know why malik is considered so seriously. Fine is OK in that case but a ban can ruin the career of a player.

  • POSTED BY pakaus11 on | March 10, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    TOO MUCH UNDISCPILINE!!!! i think its RIGHT but slightly harsh and too early decision. I feel Sorry for Younis and Malik,Rest is OK. i think we have not learn from past 2003 world cup first we ban our major players like wasim akram and select youngsters then we fire these youngster than select senior players for 2003 world cup again and look what happend complete failure. we have major events ICC T20 & ODI WORLD CUP ENGLAND AND AUSTRALIA& S.AFRICA SERIES this year . i think we have to take decision after at least T20 WORLD CUP. i think Malik and Younis decision should be reviewed .IF NOT THEN YOUNGSTERS SHOULD BE GIVEN FAIR CHANCE AHEAD.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    i think its a brave decision of PCB but somewhat it is little bit unfair also... Shoaib Malik should be ban along with Younis and yousuf....i appreciate this decision which will intend new players entry in Team Pakistan.

    well, well, well.....No one is Bigger then GAME.

    Well Done PCB.

  • POSTED BY sanjayverma on | March 10, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    This is due from a long time ,Pakistan cricket has suffered a lot due to their internal players politics which we saw it in last OZ series .whatever the reason we are going to miss the gr8 players like Yunish and Yussuf. The pakistani players shld learn the lesson from this event o/w the day is not far that we are going to get another list for the ban players .

  • POSTED BY CricInformer288 on | March 10, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    @The_Observer : rightly said, just at the time, there have been a news that both Y's have not been banned for life! God know how will be the next 24 48 hours be!

  • POSTED BY Knickster on | March 10, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Bravo PCB!!!! harsh punishments were needed for these players after what happened in Australia and New Zealand. Pakistan team need to be shaken up, senior players were trying to control the team when they were captain. Trying to keep only the players they agree with, Malik, Younis and Yousaf they all did that. At least now rest of players will play the game knowing that their spot is not guaranteed in the team, PCB has shown authority. Team is built on individuals coming together and putting aside their differences for the greater good. Pakistan team has rarely shown that, we have individuals performances here and there to win matches, but collectively we rarely see them playing as a team, the mostly play against each other to undermine the effect of others(dropping catches, misfielding, getting out on crazy shots). Bans and punishment help these players focus. I hope PCB goes through with this to the exact and not give in to appeals.

  • POSTED BY Realhotshady on | March 10, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    I think Afridi should be made a captain in all three formats...because he is the only one who can take a team forward with his aggressive intent and experience. Some might think Afridi don't deserve a place in test, but he earns the place in test even with his bowling as he can take wickets in regular interval.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    What a joke played by PCB first of all we heard thru media that Mohd Yusef and Younus khan were ban for life for playing cricket, but there is a news that PCB change its statement and say both players were not ban but suspended, when PCB think they need thee services they may consider to play tney may call them. I know the story because Mohammad Yousef and MohdYounseuf both are not playing 20/20 cricket, so the board keep themk aside, but after the 20/t theer isa very tough tour of England and Australia also in England, so they will ask these players to join the team. But I am sure both players are senciable person and they have ben disgraced by the board, they are not going to play with the week team, because if they lost in england than the blamce will come to these senior plays,and this all happening due to week management, the old man have unable to take cecission only depend on his suboprdinagtes which are his trouts.

  • POSTED BY RKB21 on | March 10, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    The Pakistan cricket team is a representation of the country as a whole. The country is a failed state and therefore it trickles down into every facet of their society.

  • POSTED BY Rockin_Sid on | March 10, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Wonder who will play for Pakistan now..the under-19s? Bad bad news this for Pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY CricInformer288 on | March 10, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    My sympathies more for Younis Khan, as he is a team player, and I don't know why and what were the reasons for him to have a ban on his career representing Pakistan. The PCB should atleast show the surfacial reasons for their bans. On the contrary, the AKMALs however they are talented, still they had committed an indeclinable act so their punishment is worth mentioning. But for Younis Khan, I feel pity.

  • POSTED BY Afta on | March 10, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    I am Sri lankan and I've beem following Pakistan cricket for the last 50 years. My assessment...... Pakistan is blessed with great individual talent, but to harness this and put into proper disciplined order and perspective is the real challenge. I cannot see that happening in the near future, There is nobody who commands respect and discipline to lead the team and no one to command wiith firmness and compassion in the PCB. A deterrent is a must so that things don't get out of control. But with such sudden harshness is not teaching a lesson either, and I solely blame the PCB and also the players for bringing Pakistan cricket to disrepute. After all what is on top will reflect at the bottom. You got a long way to go Pakistan.... Good luck.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    PCB bosses themselves are bigger evils. Why are they hiding the inquiry report? Why do all such reports are hidden in our country, from the assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan to the Hamudur Rehman Commission report to PCB inquiry committee report? Just because the actual and bigger evils may be hidden. Now within hours of this news the PCB chairman has denied that they have banned Muhammad Yousuf and Younus Khan. Shameful.

  • POSTED BY softpeople on | March 10, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Totally disagree with bans on two Y's. Yousaf & Younis are the top test batsmen right now, & without them , Pakistan team might be just like current west indies team in test ranking. A big blow to Pakistan cricket, I really request PCB to withdraw this decision. Its very unfortunate that its almost been a habit now to quit our super star players career at worse.

  • POSTED BY paklover444 on | March 10, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Its a fair decision its not an out come of last two three series, it has roots too deep I guess it started when shoib was captain and team was not performing well. Soon after he was replaced by younis who got 300 in the very next series. this type of grouping and player player they actually learned from their seniors who got from their's and so on...... which I hope started some where in 74,75 when quite a same action was taken when AH Kardar was boards chairman. Even akmal brothers should have also been baned with shoib. what these players think of them selves while they are playing for country they should never do such bullshits...I totally agree and suggest even bigger punishments for such................

  • POSTED BY galib.boo on | March 10, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    I think it's quite unfair for Yousuf & Younis...although Yousuf is not a good captain (he is hilarious!!! )..Malik should have been banned more than a year (the major culprit!)....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    this is how u treat senior pakistani players....mohammad yousuf and younis khan gave a lot to pakistan cricket team..both players were considered best players of the era and in the end this wht they gave to these players....this shows how unprofessional PCB is...its time for Ijaz Butt to go....

  • POSTED BY sindhyar on | March 10, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Its not life bans, its more like prohibationary suspension. PCB has tried to make it flexible so as they can call them back, if need be. But why not then make this clear? PCB should have called it as it is, suspensions till Players get their focus right, now when the same players who feel they are in a life ban, are called back 6 months from now, after middle-order is exposed. They would feel indispensable due to their talent. Board may have gotten itself a lifeline, but lot now depends on T-20 performance

  • POSTED BY deewana2009 on | March 10, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    "PCB" SUCKS!!! "PCB" SUCKS!!! "PCB" SUCKS!!! I am talking about the current administration... They really don't know how to treat players... Players like Yousuf & Younis have done so much for Pakistan Cricket... They have made country proud at so many occassions... They have given so much... and in return all that they get is this Bull Shit... Even if they had done something wrong then Maximum punishment could have been some kind of money related fine or a ban for 6 months or a year... I am an Indian and I am feeling sorry for Pakistan Cricket and these players... These administrative people really don't know how to use their powers... Its really is a misuse...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    This is outrageous! Very wrong decision by Ijaz Butt. Younis and Yousaf are world class players with super abilities. Banning them for life is like putting an end to Pakistan cricket. Without these two players, we surely will be weaker than Bangladesh and lessens chances of any success on future tours. Shoaib Malik and Rana are very promising specially putting their place on the debt when. All in All, it is a very bad decision but with something bad comes something good. This will teach the players not to play with the country's name and will teach them a good lesson to play with unity as now more actions could be taken but this will definitely harm Pakistani cricket. May ALLAH help Pakistan to shine again. AMEEN

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    well well i personally stunned by the 2 YS decsion. i think its time for Mr butt to go. he is just making mcok of paksiatn cricket..... it was first mistake to announce malik capitan in back 2007 in al formates.2nd its was again mistake to replace with younis. 3rd was again mistake when he was surrendering in front for players power why PCB did not supported him ??? when they announce him cpaitan and he won T2O cup . and in test in srilanka he almost one all tests but many of the teamamted did not support hime? where was PCB ? when it everthuing was growing and they let everthing happen......... What was Sin of yousif when there was no option PCB announce him cpaitan i belive he was not as capitan there and also did rediclous things with media world war with malik. but what we doing with our seniors. India is right now in 1st and 2nd postions in ICC see tendulkar there dravid there gangually kumble few went few still there like laxman. 2 YS decsion is too much and foolish other r Ok

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    They suppose to ban all of pakistani player and Mr.Stupid (Butt) and his all cricket board, selector has to play for pakistan. Zardari should kick out all of them.

  • POSTED BY paklover444 on | March 10, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    its a fair decision its not an out come of last two three series, it has roots too deep I guess it started when shoib was captain and team was not performing well. Soon after he was replaced by younis who got 300 in the very next series. this type of grouping and player they actually got from their seniors who got from their's and so on...... which I hope started some where in 74,75 when quite a same action was taken when AH Kardar was boards chairman. even akmal brothers should have also been baned with shoib. what these players think of them selves while they are playing for country they should never do such bullshits...I totally agree and suggest even bigger punishments for such................

  • POSTED BY AqeelAhmad on | March 10, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    i am of the openion that is the player power effects the performance of the team there is nothing to be have from the world beaters like yousaf and younas because eventually what you get is defeat or you may say the whitewash like we suffered from the hand of australians. So i believe that it is a great step towards curbing indiscipline and player power from the team. A team united and playing for win often wins but a team in which players are playing for their positions, and by creating a mafia within the team destroy the descipline should be punished even if they are world beaters.

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | March 10, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Malik and Rana banned this is a gr8 news, Kami Akmal who was the right-hand of Malik should have been banned as well. Other then these three players its injustice and disrespect to the Legends like Younis and Yousuf, who have always played for their country.....had won many matches for Pakistan, and this is what they get in return! Humiliation and bans??? How could one describe it! Surely the board will be disolved now coz we want Younis and Yousuf back!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    i think thats good decision taken by pcb.because they dont kno hw tu manage taem as a captain they all jealous from each other they all wants to be in team as a captain.i think after this decision all players will carefull for there discepline they will carefull for there mistakes they will not fight and i think we well face some bad paches in cricket but soon we well get good players and became a world champs.

  • POSTED BY paklover444 on | March 10, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Its a fair decision its not an out come of last two three series, it has roots too deep I guess it started when shoib was captain and team was not performing well. Soon after he was replaced by younis who got 300 in the very next series. this type of grouping and player they actually got from their seniors who got from their's and so on...... which I hope started some where in 74,75 when quite a same action was taken when AH Kardar was boards chairman. even akmal brothers should have also been baned with shoib. what these players think of them selves while they are playing for country they should never do such bullshits...I totally agree and suggest even bigger punishments for such................

  • POSTED BY Uomur on | March 10, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    This is complete nonsense. The biggest culprit: Ijaz Butt stayed unscathed in the whole scene and acted as an arbiter instead. The only reason for the whole fiasco was that PCB has failed to introduce backup players for the current team. This is why players like Younis and Yousaf are not left out of the squad since there are hardly any new players introduced by PCB who would replace them. If the players had a competition to keep their places in the team they would not have performed this way. I still remember the time when Kamran Akmal was introduced in the team. He was so passionate about his performance because he was facing competition with the older lot. But now all this passion seems to have drained away. However, I agree with the decision of banning Yousaf and Younis who just add burden to the younger lot to perform since their performance has remained beyond pathetic.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | March 10, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    What I find most bizzare about this is the banning of Younis - he was only called in at the request of the captain, and arrived for the One Day series. For that, he is banned indefinately? Yousuf is a bit hard done by too, as it seemed he was being undermined throughiut the tour. He clashed with the board in public, but always seemed to be honest in his dealings with the media - this ban could well spell the end of career, as he has said previously that he only has about 2 years left in him. As for the rest of the verdicts - Pakistan is full of talented players, so it is a wonderful chance to give opportunities to some new blood. Hopefully the captain will be a strong personality to stamp some authority, and perhaps the adversity they face in building a new team will add some steel to the side.

  • POSTED BY asfandyar_pakipower on | March 10, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    i mean this is some thing beyond every pakistani, i totally agree that our behaviour to treet our heros is shameful no wonder when they go to coach indian players as they do give them up most respect what they deserve ,and thts the reason they do hesitate to get involve with the team as a coach because no one wants to rub their hands in the mess created by the illetrated people game wise running the PCB and co and i dun know why they need to make this kaima committe and make an idiot called dasti his head and than a person with his legs in grave called ijazt but the chairman i mean this is pathatic this is the classic example of shoting ownself in the foot this wasnt the time to thru all the top players out of the team i dun know with yousaf and youas out for life i guess rana and malik for year and afridi and akmals for some time who pakistan will play with ...come on guy take some brains

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    i think younus should not have been banned....... and afridi was given the punishment before an according to the law of ICC a player can't be given 2 punishment for a single mistake and i think afridi should be appeal againsts it......

  • POSTED BY asfandyar_pakipower on | March 10, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    i mean this is some thing beyond every pakistani, i totally agree that our behaviour to treet our heros is shameful no wonder when they go to coach indian players as they do give them up most respect what they deserve ,and thts the reason they do hesitate to get involve with the team as a coach because no one wants to rub their hands in the mess created by the illetrated people game wise running the PCB and co and i dun know why they need to make this kaima committe and make an idiot called dasti his head and than a person with his legs in grave called ijazt but the chairman i mean this is pathatic this is the classic example of shoting ownself in the foot this wasnt the time to thru all the top players out of the team i dun know with yousaf and youas out for life i guess rana and malik for year and afridi and akmals for some time who pakistan will play with ...come on guy take some brains

  • POSTED BY iamfaisi on | March 10, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    They made a right move by not allowing Yousif and Yonis to play any international match for pakistan in any format I think the real problem was Malik he should be banned too like yousif n yousin one year is aint enough for Malik why the banned ranna i think his behavior in domestic RBS T20 was really poor against other teams and plus he was doing ball tampering in that tournament. The just made one wrong decision and that was Shahid Afridi case he is already punished by ICC he doesn't deserve this hope he would be next Captain. Akmal brothers deserved that punishment.

  • POSTED BY NISSAR464 on | March 10, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Ijaz Butt thank you very much for boosting and encouraging the team just before the start of T20 World Cup.You are really genius. How you can walk out so innocent, you are equally responsible for the ills our team is having.We are waiting for some one to dare to punish Ijaz Butt also.I really feel sorry for Muhammad Yousaf.Such a great player if deserve this punishment I leave it to Pakistanis to decide not Ijaz Butt

    From , Nisar Ahmed Dubai

  • POSTED BY ArsalanMujahidGhouri on | March 10, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    Malik, K Akmal, Younus and Afridi should be ban for life. How you ban that player who took the burden of captaincy when PCB was in trouble. Ijaz Butt cleared himself from criticism to play with others career.

  • POSTED BY mmuthushanu on | March 10, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    i think this is the end of pakisthan cricket era.we should appreciate ijaz butt,however apart of these players pakistan can not get anything from cricket.this verdict will help pakisthan to get 12th position in ICC ranking in all format of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Bobby_Talyarkhan on | March 10, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    I agree with most people here that yussuf and younis have been treated too harshly. when you have world beaters of that calibre and experience they will voice their opinions openly in the dressing room - to call that "bickering" is ridiculuous. About the others I don't know - but from what I read here it seems umar akmal was almost as culpable as his brother and deserved some kind of punishment. To feign injury because your brother has been dropped is unforgiveable and to brag loudly that you will be play in the next test after putting in a miserable performance in the last one is contemptible. If anyone needs a ban it is Afridi because he continues to make the same mistakes without learning - but since he has escaped punishment let him become captain - that could give him the focus he so badly needs and he has performed creditably whenever that role has been thrust upon him. Rana and Shoaib everyone seems to agree were disruptive influences. Alas PCB seems to have no plan B in place.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    i think it is the good sign for pak cricket player should know this is not a club team this is our national team

  • POSTED BY Zaik18 on | March 10, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    I feel very sorry for players like Younis who always wants to play for country. What we are doing with him as he has given us worldcup. Sorry for Afridi and Yousuf too. Both served Pakistan for last one a half decade and for their services we are giving them such treatement. I am Sorry for Akmal brothers and Rana too... Very very Sorry from depth of my heart... I salute u all... Leave the rest and Hope for the Best...

  • POSTED BY The_Observer on | March 10, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Waiting for the next "Breaking News" n couple of days time. President sacks Butt and overturns all bans". This kind od drama is nothing new to Pakistan crcket.

  • POSTED BY dossk on | March 10, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Now you removed the weeds, groom the Garden(Pak as it is real meaning) in a betterway. You have to build from the scratch. It does not take much time to build a genuine team, because Pakistan has talent and the greats like Waqar are with the team. Go Pakistan Go. You Can do it. This is thae start of a new era in Pakistani Cricket.

  • POSTED BY nmdasaya on | March 10, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    this in a way stupid 1 yr ban is ok but to have indefinite ban !!!with out those two i cant see how would pakisthan middle order would fare at test level!!!

  • POSTED BY AndyVine on | March 10, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    I don't believe they did this... With all the fuss that was created in Pakistan for not selecting any of their players in IPL this year, their own board has stopped their premier players from playing... Their own board is unwilling to play them & they shouted like anything for not selecting their players... Its ok not to select them in the squad, but banning... Thats unfair...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    it is sure a example for the players and of course the other cricket board all over the world.i am not sure but i feel yusuf and yunis, is in definately a looser

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    With so many Bans I think Pakistani team is no longer strong enough to compete other strong team.There are now worth playing teams like Kenya,Canada and Afganistan

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    GOOD RESULT FOR PLAYERS WHO THINK THEY ARE ABOVE THE BOARD!

  • POSTED BY Israr-Ali on | March 10, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Lets pray for Pakistan Cricket. My Alllah give this fellow peace . The fellow was born in 1952 and the date of death is 10 of march 2010. at the end of life this fellow was very weak and destroyed.In memory of great days of this fellow the fans will not watch cricket anymore.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    It might seem a little harsh as Akmal brothers, Rana Naveed ,Shahid Afridi and Shoiab Malik are on probation for 6 months, it would give an opportunity to the new cream of pakistan cricket who were superb during recent RBS t20 tournament. Let's just pray that this decision turns out to be a good one

  • POSTED BY mindsurfnet on | March 10, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    I think decision against Yousuf and Younus is extreem. They shd be ban for a year or so but not life time. In the tour of Australia, players didn't co-operate with captain so the outcome was a black wash. The Penalty paid by Yousuf is askin PCB to provide better team and look after the probmatic players during the tour. The cricket Mafia which back certain player like Rana, and Malik just got a year ban becasue of their links to Mafia but player get harsh punishment didn't have any mafia link. PCB is itself eating millions what players brough to Pakistan. I think they should also take action against managment as well. Message to Yousuf & Younus. This not end of the world. There is one who's watching everything and will reward you today or tomorrow. You're legends and will remain. Trust me. The decision against will give you more respect. Let's take this a new era of Pakistan Cricket and players need to take responsibility and show some professionalizm. I hope they learn a lesson.

  • POSTED BY localguy on | March 10, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    first of all, cricinfo, ur registeration process is 10 times worse than the PCB management. Really shame on you. I cant believe in one of ur forms u even ask the marital status in the user profile.. lolllzzz.. Now coming to Pak cricket. Besdies Younis and Yousuf, the players got what they deserved. If anything Malik should have been handed a longer ban. This team wasn't winning anything anyway so I dont know what the people are crying over. We didnt win the T20 cup because of Yousuf, Younis or malik and those are the only ones who got a ban.

  • POSTED BY afridi786 on | March 10, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    what the hell is going on? i am not going to watch the t20 world cup, cuz we will be knocked out in the first round.

  • POSTED BY vsrajan on | March 10, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Malik should have been banned for life for his off-field antics and politics within the team. Totally spineless, a cunning player, he should have been banned from taking part in any format - domestic, international or county for life time. As such he is not wanted by any team any where in the world, but I really wonder how he could be part of this good Pak team. Younus and Yousuf are really unfortunate to get this treatment as both of them are excellent cricketers and play for their country. No doubt both may not be great as Captain but as players, one cannot doubt their commitments to Pak cricket. Afridi must be given a ban as well, since he thinks he is the ultimate in T20. The pride had gone into his head and he acts childishly most of the time. Akmals should have been given one more chance by giving a warning as they are very young. Rana, I really dont know what he did to earn a ban. But he is an excellent team man, gives his best everytime he plays.

  • POSTED BY cimrsimg on | March 10, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Amazing.. I really feel bad for Younis and Yousuf. I hate them when they play against India, but admire them otherwise. Is Pakistani Cricket dieing??

  • POSTED BY Babu2288 on | March 10, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Great. For once at least, the PCB has done what they said they would do. I feel the step taken by PCB is the right one. Hopefully, this move will bring in players with some discipline. Nobody can and should be above the team and the game itself. One underlying common factor in all great players in the world (not just limited to cricket) is that each and everyone of them is disciplined. Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved really deserved this. Shahid Afridi is lucky to have escaped just with a fine. He should be banned too. That said, the next question would be, how and what measures will be taken against PCB top management and who will do it? PCB top management, including Mr. Butt, is also equally culpable. Pity Md. Yousuf, though. He is a stupid captain, but is a nice guy and a very good player. Younis Khan is too emotional and out of form, but doesn't deserve this treatment. (Almost) Life ban is too harsh. Shoaib Malik should have been banned for life. Not those two Ys.

  • POSTED BY Babu2288 on | March 10, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Great. For once at least, the PCB has done what they said they would do. I feel the step taken by PCB is the right one. Hopefully, this move will bring in players with some discipline. Nobody can and should be above the team and the game itself. One underlying common factor in all great players in the world (not just limited to cricket) is that each and everyone of them is disciplined. Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved really deserved this. Shahid Afridi is lucky to have escaped just with a fine. He should be banned too. That said, the next question would be, how and what measures will be taken against PCB top management and who will do it? PCB top management, including Mr. Butt, is also equally culpable. Pity Md. Yousuf, though. He is a stupid captain, but is a nice guy and a very good player. Younis Khan is too emotional and out of form, but doesn't deserve this treatment. (Almost) Life ban is too harsh. Shoaib Malik should have been banned for life. Not those two Ys.

  • POSTED BY Himayun on | March 10, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    The decision against Yousuf and Younus is great from Pakistani standards. They are the only two players with an average of 50 or more in test cricket in the team. The rest of the players have half of their average like Afridi.

    These two players are the only ones who can walk into any cricketing team in the world. They should be thrown out of the Pakistani team. That has been our history and let us continue with that.

    By the way, I am a born Pakistani and my heart aches at the treatment of our national heros. It is not surprising, we have lost against every nation in most sports recently even in cricket and hockey.

    H. Mirza

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    if u dont mind plz read all these three comments and then decide whether I m wrog or right....all of us know very well that whos responsible for all this situation,,,,,,,,, its no one but malik and kamran,,,,,,, some of u may not agree with me but let me take u back in days just after T-20 world cup when pak won that title and everyone was talking about Younis, afridi and Gul,,,,, all others like kamran, malik and aamir were bit neglected,,,, though they have equal contributions in wining that cup,,,,, but its human nature ,,, when u r neglected ,,, u will resist,,,, kamran and malik went to ijaz butt and complain about Younis captaincy,,,, though there was nothing serious happend in all the tour regarding younis ,,,,, younis withdrawn from captaincy just and jsut coz of that issue ,,,, while ijaz butt the stupid man I ever seen,,,, instead of bringing all the three face to face and clear the dilema ,,,,,,, was of the view that we will look upon players complain latter but now we

  • POSTED BY Meerane on | March 10, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Yousuf This is right time for declaration of you inning.

  • POSTED BY Deeps1000 on | March 10, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Only one person should get a life ban.

    .......and he eats balls!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Ijaz butt is destroying the cricket

    he closed all the academies ........... why is he doing this.............

    Shoaib Malik is worth getting this treatment as well as Akmal brothers where as shahid afradi is a total nut............ u can expect this from him again.......

    But Who will play in UK against England and Australia ...........

    A 71 year Old Kid with A hug Belly names Ejaz Butt LOL

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    this is just crazy -- they dont know what they want to give out....removing the players like yousuf..cr.ap...if they know issue between younis & yousuf..why they made them as captains....why dont they push afiridi to be captain... after 7 months - big report will be made on Waqar younis -- coach sacked ---this will be the headline......

    well..hopefully 2-3 people will get charge & fire in the upcomin worldcup...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Ijaz Butt sucks, he wants them to be part of match fixing team.

    Both Y's cant be out of Pakistan side.......

  • POSTED BY NoelJack on | March 10, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    this is pure drama (as it is called in hindi - A Noutanki).let one or two weeks pass by they will be re called as was the case with players like ASIF PCB wants to show they have done Something

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    I wish this decision should be taken in supportive nature. In my openion. Every Paki should feel proud for this decision. Nobody is bigger then the country and country's respect.

    I think this is the self explaination given by PCB for not inluding the Pakistani player in IPL. See the Afridi's behaviour in IPL, likewise Soaib Akhtar, Md Asif. These guys are good player but not good team players.

    Manoj

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    guys this decesion is very hars it have to change i dont think that six guys who make this decesion can come out from there houses pcb commette did not leave also afridi and also umer and the best player that we can rely on yousuf that was horriblle this not be happen stop pak borad if you wana go up if you wana go down like our hockey is down then carry on with this and lose also t20 and tests you already not winning and also lose world cup cause no team can come up in this time that pakitan to go to world cup 50 overs game i hope some player will come back and this decesion will change i wana say very bad word for pcb but thay will not put it on to share well bad luck with pak cricket thay are gona go down

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    it is not going to make any difference. We have shamelessly lost to Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia with these players. Good riddance of bad rubbish. Pakistan Hocky team was banned after Munich Olympic and we went on win 4 world Cups and Los Angeles Olympics after that. No player is bigger than our country's honour and dignity.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    I happy to see the strict decision at last, although I feel that younis punishment is too harsh, as at the current, he is the one who could have done some thing with an iron hand little bit like Imran Khan's style. My advise to Pak team to be discipline and do not follow the path of Shoeb Akhtar, becuase I believe that he is the one has spoiled the Pak team in some way, and specially he spoiled Md. Asif

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Q : Why did IPL skip pakistan players? A : Why would IPL want players which even PCB doesn't need.

  • POSTED BY nandz4u on | March 10, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    This is utterly ridiculous; PCB has gone crazy. These guys were responsible for the performance of Pakistan in the past few years. A couple of bad series and their out of form results in such harsh punishments. ICC should intervene PCB's decision. A few players were guilty but they dont deserve such punishments.

  • POSTED BY Shahbaz_Mirza on | March 10, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    What happened in Pakistan cricket is very sad. There should be a similar cleanup required in the team management and board. Yousef is a class player, they should treat him like this. The reason for this punishment should be very clear to player and to pakistan people so that the next generation keep this in mind. The decision on younis and yousef looks very harsh in the absence of the reasons for this punishment.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Fell sorry 4 da pakistanis!!As if they havnt been through enuf!!! ....this is the end of Pakistan Cricket ,i ges???????

  • POSTED BY Tiptop32 on | March 10, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Hats off to PCB for making these decisions. But I have very little doubt as these bans will be converted into some fines and these players will be allowed to play again sooner. PCB is only about talking, they dont implement anything in practice. Shoaib Akthar cases had exposed the weakness of PCB. We are going to see these decisions reversed in near future when the management changes or even if the same management remains. If they hold on to these bans and fines, I think there will good future for Pakistan cricket. Because as we all know Pakistan team is highly talented team and they are badly let down by indiscipline of its players playing endless politics. Hope this sets a new beginning to Pakistan cricket and PCB puts game ahead of individuals. This is going to be the beginning of good fortune for Pakistan cricket. Rosy days ahead of Pakistan cricket if they uphold these bans and fines.

  • POSTED BY Shahzad_Tirmizi on | March 10, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    1st of all I must say banning the 2 best batsmen of present Pakistan team is totally out of proportion. Ban on Malik & Rana and fine on Akmals & Afridi was expected but banning Yousaf & Younis is totally unexpected & unlawful. Ijaz Butt is v well known for his U-TURNS so I'm sure 'IF' he continued as chairman of PCB he'll sure U-TURN again on some of these bans & fines. The best thing which can happen for Pakistan cricket is Mr. Butt should be sacked as chairman as soon as possible.

  • POSTED BY poderdubdubdub on | March 10, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Are you surprised? I am not!! Anything is possible under the great chairmanship of the PCB. Alas there is no one to check the misdemeanours of the PCB. Having said that dont forget the behaviour of Yunus Khan (fishing in the open sea!!not answering calls!), and the troubles with M.Yusuf and S.Malik. In my view Afridi again got off very lightly, but the Akmal brothers should have been just cautioned, they did not deserve what they got. The return of Misbah is a sham, I hope the future members of the team be very very careful of these repeats in future, just hope!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    I think this ban is too harsh on yousaf and younus and what is the reason behind banning these two ?

  • POSTED BY Rizpak on | March 10, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    It's a really FOOLISH DECISION! Ijaz Butt must leave now.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Cricket lost Zimbabwe, the West Indies , Bangladesh have never proven there point and today Pakistan Cricket Team is resting in peace. Its a big blow to cricket. Its quite harsh on Boom Boom Afridi , you can't punish twice for same incidence. Punishment to Umar Akmal "The next big thing of Pakistan" is only acceptable. Rest 6 have been treated very harshly.

  • POSTED BY tazz_usher on | March 10, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    PCB has lost it, officially

  • POSTED BY HK-The_Hero on | March 10, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    This is just a drama........look out for the headlines in nearby future... "Decision Reverted on Ban of Younis and Yusuf due to Government/Fan Pressure". Actually PCB has taken this decision just to let players know that they are just pawns, the real King and Queen are the PCB Management.

  • POSTED BY caprica6 on | March 10, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    I really think if only the Pakistani fielders held their catches... it could've been all so different on and off the field. Really harsh on Yousuf... u could tell he was in trouble and out of his depth as captain.

  • POSTED BY crick50 on | March 10, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Its just a drama .. PCB is good at such screen play. Its just to draw attention from ICC that they do care for cricket. after 4-5 month the will revoke that statement same think happed for salim malik who had life ban for bribary act. Out of form is an issue for Life ban..Then PCB entire board has to be removed coz they do nothing for cricket future. Waqar coach term is 2 years he will be sacked within 1 year if he is not dancing according to PCB.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    pakistan board will again put all the players back in within a short span

  • POSTED BY Manush on | March 10, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Ever since Kerry Packer came with his bag oif money, the game of Cricket has been periodically spoiled by lure of money and later the glamour. Australia in particular and to some extent England suffered but they handled and found new talents to move forward. The worst victims have been the Asian Countries,West Indies and South Africa. Even amongst the Asian Countries, Pakistan Cricket and its players have been periodically hitting the headiness for wrong reasons. Despite immense talents and great cricketers Pakistan people are forced to put down their heads in shame due to infighting, politics, gambling ball tampering and you name anything it is there in their Cricket. Unless the world body takes a serious note of this malady still worst things will happen in the near future. The Pakistan Board and the Players should stop emotional outburst and knee jerk reactions and go for serious introspection and play the game of Cricket instead politics and emotional reactions.

  • POSTED BY amit1807kuwait on | March 10, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    This could be a camouflaged response to recent match-fixing allegations against Pakistani cricketers. PCB might have acted under duress from ICC. If its indeed the case, then its shameful because the world needs to know the truth!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    I really hope that the Ys did not involve in match fixing. Otherwise, even if they were fighting each other they still have good amount of cricket left in them. One year ban would have been sufficient. Now please don ruin Umar Akmal. He is the next SRT from Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY SehwagRules on | March 10, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    pakistan cricket ends, now bangaladesh ll took over their place..

  • POSTED BY yeshwanth007 on | March 10, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    now the pakistani players ,who are against it till yesterday will turn to IPL.thanks to PCB ,an IPL fan

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    I think this is really shocking and to think yusuf just came back last month from another PCB ban due to ICL. International cricket does not need a vibrant pakistani team which has mericurial performers and who produce upsets. Now in the australia seris the team should have won the sydney match with no problem given they were having australia on the ropes. Only the dropped catches and some uninspiring captaincy led to this dismal performance. However that does not call for such sweeping radical changes. Even India lost to Australia 4-0 in the 91 test seris but it was still the same team in the Worldcup and SA so i really feel Yousuf and Yonus deserve another chance.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    That's bewildering. No drugs, no sex, no violence. But still a one year BAN?! For leading a losing tour? Obviously more than that, but it leaves me scratching my head. Is the PCB finding yet another set of scapegoats for poor management? My sympathy goes to the Pakistan public, who, after weathering all that violence, and earlier match-fixing theatrics, now have to deal with this.

  • POSTED BY factoryard on | March 10, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Why would Australia protect Shane Warne and Mark Waugh for match-fixing, it is because they are match winners. England did the same and everyone else did the same but not Pakistan. They want to show the world they can be fair. Be fair and destroy your cricket, that is utter rubbish. The admin of Pak cricket need to dicipline itself. If the parents of any family can't grow their children with dicipline, then it's only the parents to be blame. In Pak domestic cricket the players are allowed these indicipline, then when they become internationals you want them to be diciplined. It doesn't work that way, the grooming needs to begin at the lower level. No country will ban a Mohammad Yousuf. Imagine only 2 months ago he was instilled with the highest honour of leading the country, today he is the worst person in Pakistan. Why did they make him captain if they saw in him indicipline.

  • POSTED BY akashdwi1979 on | March 10, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    who is the responsible? team, players or PCB board? why this was always a part of pakistani's team since they started paying cricket? does board was not aware previously? yes it all about to protect himself from the allegations. this is hell... i personally not like this... there must be some other ways to treat them.. they served many precious years to the nation.

  • POSTED BY sabaawoon on | March 10, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    JUSTICE IN UNJUSTICE AS for as the decesion against Kamran akmal, Shahid Afridi, umar akmal and rana Naved is concerned it may be deemed as just but the board is too harsh on Mohammad yousuf and Younus Khan. I view Younus Khan as guilty character just because of the victory in the shape of 2009 twenty20 world cup which he gifted to pakistan, apart from this there is no other guilt of him. He is the most sinscere professional i ever think of anyone in the pakistan cricket, but any how might is right. As for as Shoaib malik is concerned he sholud have been given as life ban which is his fate and who is the main character of the whole story. I request the pakistan cricket board to stop unjus decesions and to ban itself for infinite time. lets us make unbias committee and let it decide who is what??? The current decesion is only the saying and doing of pakistan cricket board, as PCB is judge, laywer, the court etc and above all, and PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD wants to do justice, wonderful. .

  • POSTED BY Daveharley on | March 10, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    I'm South African,it's sad but good for us,as it makes it even easier to be No1 in the world.Asian countrys always seem to be very controversial.Never really thought that Younis and Yusif were that gooda players...they sould learn from Kallis and Smith...these are batmen of class...Good luck to them

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Where is the destiny of Pakistan Cricket...? Dark Days....!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    and what about the management, officials of PCB equally responsible in this whole episode????????

  • POSTED BY sneeky55 on | March 10, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    what the heck The Ys are pakistans best players now misbah has to lead he is a useless fellow

  • POSTED BY XIMONA on | March 10, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    i wonder how much do these pakistan players get to play from the pakistan crciket board bcoz this time they also have to pay the fines ranging from amt 3 to 2 million. i guess PCB was smart they don't want the playes to keep the money after disgracing the board & the nation while losing to Oz's.

  • POSTED BY samee.ullah on | March 10, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    I think PCB chairman is out of mind... he didn't know what to do and how to do. He is covering a big shame full loss of a series in Australia with all this which in not appropriate. Yousaf and Younis are two key players of Pakistan cricket team, without them pakistan can't win a single one day match. PCB should reconsider its decision about yousaf and younis.......

  • POSTED BY jag69 on | March 10, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    The PCB should be sacked! Mohammad Yousif is one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era, and all he did was support his players and tried to remain positive. Australia NEVER punished players like this in the late 80's, perhaps the PCB can learn from this? The PCB are gutless.

  • POSTED BY taz1234 on | March 10, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    I dont think that yousaf and younus are handed over a life ban because of the behaviour problem, there must be some thing which they have not yet published.. the last week reports in which there was speculation about involvement of two players in match fixing by the reports of ICC,,, may be , may be these two were involved . anyways the life ban can not be justified by the reasons given by PCB till now , only time will tell ,,,,,,

  • POSTED BY fahreh1233 on | March 10, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    find a proper website and collect statistics of every current bastman from the year 2007 till now. Every bastman scored something in 2007. After that they r totally crap. Pakistan winning% of test matches from 2007 till now is not more than 16 percent. Bastman avergae is in 30s and in the last year no significant inning.

    Kamran made record of droping catches and mised stumping in the last 3 years.

    I only regret of decision against Yousaf. Pakistan will miss his class. He was a true class act.

    Our current team has the capability of only 20 overs. Nothing more than that. Lets find new blood. Plant them. Train them for next worldcup.

  • POSTED BY Funkleberry on | March 10, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Pakistan cricket in utter turmoil. Again. What with zimbabwe, bangladesh, new zealand and the west indies also currently way below the par set by india and others surely the time has come to have a two tier test system. Add the associate teams to these ten and then have a third division too. Play over 3 years home and away (8 series in total) with a one up, one down system.

    Division 1 - Australia, India, South Africa, sri lanka and england (5 matches per series) Division 2 - Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and west indies (4 matches per series) Division 3 - Ireland, Scotland, Holland, kenya and afghanistan (three match series)

  • POSTED BY mohammed79shoaib on | March 10, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Well Well, here we go again to save Mr Butts' you know what! He should now resign and leave everyone in peace. Malik, Afridi and the Akmal brothers deserved the punishment for their behaviour, infact Malik should have been punished befor the tour of NZ and Aus, But Mr Butt failed to do so and that ment that Yousaf had to take the blame for what came in the future at Aus! Sad to see him banned as he was our only decent player in the squad and saved Pakistan from complete humiliation on many tours back in 2007 and before that too. Younis needs to grow up and be punished but not banned from cricket, maybe put in his place. I feel sorry for Yousas as been a fan of him since his early days back in 95-96, so sad to see him banned but others deserved it. No sympathy for them. Need a proper cricketer to manage our affairs and not some Puppetts of the politicians who want to make a few bucks!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY anaveenaaron on | March 10, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Pakistan cricket will never ever learn lessons. What is all this ban going to do??? why Younis??? he is such a good player. You cannot ban and fine your team for one poor tournament!

    God Save Pak Cricket!!!

  • POSTED BY Sanjeevakki on | March 10, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Who Cares!!!??? Every one knows how PCB functions..... Today BAN.... Tomorrow the same Ys will be made captain again....The Next Day the Ys may become Chief selector and even Ys may become PCB chairman....... You never know:-)

  • POSTED BY vikki.v on | March 10, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Is this the END of Pakistan Cricket ??????

  • POSTED BY Saleem07 on | March 10, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    Well if PCB has made this decision better stick to it. If they reverse this decision now we will see another shameful summer of pakistan losing T20 WC and then the English tour, though even without these players we are going to lose these series but people wont feel this defeat as much as if the "FULL STRENGTH" pakistan team would play.

    For the board the shame proof officials and the chairman if they have any grain of self respect in them should resign at once and give way to some really good people capable of leading pak board.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    i agree with Mohsin... PCB management is responsible for this drama

  • POSTED BY vikki.v on | March 10, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Is this the END of Pakistan Cricket ???????

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    very good decission as well as very harsh it is destroyed for pak cricket because wehave not back up player for Ys. the result of malik case is not very good

  • POSTED BY danithereddevil on | March 10, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    i think decision on yusuf n younis is very harsh..they really ont deserve it...rana and malik r the main problem..they reallly reallly deserve it...fines on akmal brothers r also good....but fell sory for yunis and yusuf

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | March 10, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    what? such punishments for loosing a tour. crisis in Pak cricket continues. such a talented team is getting wasted due things which are hard explain.

  • POSTED BY adnan_adi on | March 10, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    this is really stupid from PCB in YOUSAF's case...he is the most consitent batsman in this ugly lineup. is this a punishment of loosing under his captaincy??? what abut SHOAIB MALIK? ha has been in news for making groups in team and he has been punished only for one year?? he deserves more than this

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    mohammad yusuf.. da player of da yr of 2007, in da top 10 worlds best batsman.... Younis khan, was no1 tets batsman in 2008, double centuries nd a triple century.... both da rock of paksitan battin order nd have been banned 4 all lyf... wat a joke is dis PCB, + dere best captain eva, Afridi cant be da captain again....lol lets c if dey can win a tets or ODI again

  • POSTED BY ahmednaveed on | March 10, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Action againist only the Pakistani cricketer is not enough to set the example for future , some termination all need to be done from the PCB management .

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Ahhh life ban for yousuf and younis **** give me a break.... one off greatest player off the last 100's years of cricket got a life ban cos he did not follow the PCB's code off conduct !!!!???? or he did not take the responsbility off PCB unprofessionelism in australia and new zealand4S tours !!!!???? life ban for akmal's brothers will be understanable but not the two YOYO.... and one more time PCB show how professionel they are. thank you very much

  • POSTED BY drlimpel on | March 10, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Quite frankly i am hard pressed to find any reason to complain about this decision, save for the fact that the chairman is equally incompetent and should have been first in line if anyone was handing out life bans. M. Yousaf repeatedly showed himself to be a terrible leader, a spent force as far as his batting is concerned, and a small person in the way he engaged in well publicized verbal brawls with his charges all throughout the tour and afterwards. He is a player who has outlived his utility and if the PCB found any solid evidence that he and Y. Khan contributed to the infighting then they were right in barring him from the national team. The less said about Y Khan's attention seeking prima dona antics is better and he clearly doesn't deserve to wear national colours again. Comeon ppl, we really don't want a whole squad of shoaib akhtars as our ambassadors, which i am sure was where this was leading to as seen in umar akmal's shocking decision to exploit his position in the team

  • POSTED BY jasdeep94 on | March 10, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Now since rana , malik , yousuf and younis are not there now let their new coach waqar younis play

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | March 10, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is a mess but how does this help? This hysterical overreaction shows how weak Pakistan management is. In any other country the offending players would just be dropped and not reselected.and the odd story about not fitting in would circulate. I'm surprised the offenders are not now in prison (awaiting execution), given the mentality of the top brass. In any case Pakistan are in good company in losing all their matches in Aus, even if theiir capitulation in the test they should have won was spineless to say the least.

  • POSTED BY straight6 on | March 10, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Pakistan players in future assignments must be reminded that their first and foremost duty is to do well for their Country. Its should be a New start from here and Pakistan is blessed with a lot of talented cricketers who are dying to play for their country and thats the kind of attitude one must have. Make Razzak Captain of World T/20 and give him a team who are prepared to fight. Don't select players who feel they are SuperStars and bigger than the Country, prime example Shoaib Akhtar, Afridi,Umar Akmal and so on. If big brother is not playing for the wrong reasons then I don't want to play, what kind of attitude is that from Umar, he's merely got into the side. I'd even consider Mohd Sami for the World T/20, if not captain then Vice Captain, because he deserves it, he's done well for Karachi. Misbah should be back in the fold. Mohd Hafeez needs to open and drop I Nazir who's done nothing. Aizaz Cheema, Raza Hassan,Asad Ali,Shahzaib,Hammad W& Fawad in contention for World T/20

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Will PCB stick to its decision after pressure will build on them?

  • POSTED BY fahreh1233 on | March 10, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    (I dont see Pakistan wining a single test match in next 5 years even against Bangladesh)

    And how many test matches we won in last 5 years with these players in team? can u find the records please? So what the difference?

  • POSTED BY sulait on | March 10, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    very harsh punishment...Actly the managment shud b punishd...players are the asset for pakistan...i am sure if this punishments stands than there would b a big gap...and it will take years to fill this gap...bcz playaers like these cudnt b found in days...it take years..HOPE 4 THE BEST

  • POSTED BY satseel on | March 10, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Are they going to fight for the last position in the ICC rank ? What the hell is going on in PCB ?

  • POSTED BY jasdeep94 on | March 10, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Ramiz raja says that it was a good decision even if they lose the world cup . But i do not know who told him that they even stood a chance of winning it . After all every day is not a sunday.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Good decision only if it doesn't change... I think the sernior duo must not have got life bans. It would have been ok if the ban was of some commutable duration like 1 or 2 years with some HEAVY fine. The problem with Pakistan Cricket Board management is that the people within have been non-cricketers and have been politically supported or backed up. The dillema with Pakistan Cricket has been that the lagend cricketers like Imran Khan has gone to politics and the politicians have taken over to impose their power in cricket. So it must be the other way around. How can you make your president of the country the Patron-in-chief of the board when he doesn't know anything about cricket. The president is always going to prefer his own party fellows in the management who don't know anything either. So the system needs to be restructured itself.

  • POSTED BY fahreh1233 on | March 10, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Have you guyz noted down the motivation from their side toward cricket? Just open the record stats and go through their record in last 1 years. They are pethatic.

    They are all playing politics and ruins our cricket dreams. Steps should be taken. Set example for juniors that NO COMPROMISE ON DIESCIPLE.

    Please backup these decisions. I know that in fiture we will have totally inexpereince players. But what were these experience players doing in past?

    Does any1 know that how much they earn money from these matches? And in return what they r giving to country? Politics, 40+ catches droped in 2 series, eating ball like apple, etc etc.

    Good decision.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    It is a black day in Pakistan cricket. Its a tradition that national heroes are always treated this way. It is very unfortunate that the legends like Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan are banned for life time and yet nothing against them has been made public. PCB officials have made them scapegoats to wash away their sins. PCB has been very harsh on them. I have lost all my interest in Pakistan cricket and its better that we should quit playing test cricket. The comments from Zaheer Abbas are really disappointing.

  • POSTED BY Aboofiras_al on | March 10, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    I am A Sri lankan.I love Cricket.i m so sad about this.Very bad decision.PCB Have to re think it.Fine is OK.PCB may warns players..Same time Other teams dont come to Pakistan.Pakistan cannot play international cricket in home cricket.its very difficult challenge to young players.it is going to be end of Pakistan Cricket.Wait and see for 12 months.Pakistan will go down to rank 11 0r 12.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    I think the time come on pakistan'n public to forget about cricket as Pakistan Cricket comes to an end. PCB is making their decision in frustration they should review the man who was part of lobbying is banned for a single year and the man facing the lobbed team banned for whole life this is ridiculous. If this is the end of national heroes how can one decide to become the hero as he can see his end in this manner?

  • POSTED BY BT8896 on | March 10, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Dont you think a life ban is a bit much?

  • POSTED BY Edmond on | March 10, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    It is difficult to understand what goes on between captain & players and the role of management within the team and the constraints imposed on the captain & players - unless you are a past int. player we will probably never understand the "dark-art" of int. cricket management. One thing for sure is that all the players will have contracts that will provide terms & conditions to administer their individual participation in Pakistan cricket. The PCB have justified their actions and refered to players breaking certain t&C that governing their individual involvement. However, the PCB have failed to highlight their own short-commings that have probably contributed to this mess. At least the PCB have made a decision, albeit a very harsh one. Perhaps they will make another decision and clear out their own "dead-wood" Pakistain will once again miss the unique crickets skills of Mohammad Yousuf - who is arguable one of the finest batsmen to have graced the cricket fields the world over.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    This wil be a DRAMA from PCB to show the world that they really concern for themselves and for the spirit of the game.....

    This ban will be reversed from the players very soon with reasons put across....

    My opinion is always if afridi did the ball tampering on that ODI, all the team members should be banned from cricket as what he has done is not for his own sake, he had done it for his country to win..... which is always not the right spirit of the game.

    lets wait ourself to see what is going to happen to the future of Pakistan cricket....

    wait with your fingers crossed :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    The entire team to be sacked and must not even play rubber ball cricket on the streets as well. Discipline is gone and each players are a captain himself. Only way to salvage is to give a suitable position for the Greatest Legend pakistan has ever produced- IMRAN KHAN under whose leadership, Pakistan has gone to the top of the international table. Javed Miandad as coach is of no use, as this guy is a short tempered and unprofessional approach, no doubt he was a master batsman, but he will miserably fail in coaching pakistan players. Also a cruel punishment must be given to that idiot Intikab Alam who has brought the Pak cricket to this state of affairs.

  • POSTED BY jasdeep94 on | March 10, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    now they need azhar mahmood , great drama

  • POSTED BY Mr.A2Z on | March 10, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Just one line comment PCB has ruined Cricket in Pakistan

  • POSTED BY adilladak on | March 10, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Would love to know more about what malik and rana did that deserves a 1 year ban. It must have been terrible given that afridi got away with a fine. Afridi should be banned from all cricket. He is a disgrace. Not only did he openly cheat. He then has the nerve to admit it and state " i was trying to create an advantage for my team to win the game...everyone does it"....he is an absolute disgrace and has broought great shame on himself and his country. I also disagree with Mohammed yousuf being dropped. He is a high class payer and loyal servant to Pakistan cricket who does not deserve such treatment. I am and England fan of Indian origin so I love to see Pakistan lose. But this is surely the most rubbish ever produced by a cricketing board in the history of the game!!! Look forward to Pakistan losing a lot more cricket matches for years to come.

  • POSTED BY Itchy on | March 10, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Agree with Mohsin Roshu - team management seems to be at the heart of problem for MoYo as they selected him as captain and then gave him zero support. Hard to say why Younis could be punished when he only arrived at the last minute of tour and Rana Naved was playing domestic T20 in Australia for most of the tour.

    I guess we won't see a clearout of people in the PCB but how often do people sack themselves?!

  • POSTED BY Awmi on | March 10, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Look we all know what will happen. This ban will be upheld by PCB and this player will be back. These sort of things always happen in Pak cricket so............and Yousuf and Younus ban won't have a great effect either bcz Younus seems to loose interest on cricket and Yousuf is too old to carry on.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Man dats totally absurd just kick mr.butt out of evrithng n den it wil be alrite. WOt drama wants the present board wana create isn t dis enough r mayb dey want demselves to be named in worst organisers of guiness book of world records , which i think they already hav achieved.....

  • POSTED BY convertorboy on | March 10, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    FICA and ICC should definitely look into this series of incidents. Short of match fixing, I see no reason to issue such harsh sentences without giving the players a chance to redeem themselves. Moh'd Yousuf in particular has been made into a scapegoat. Had management stepped in to help Younis Khan when he was first appointed, Malik and the rest would have either complied or left, and the foundations for a good team would have been built. It's like blaming a firefighter who has no water in the hose.

  • POSTED BY dishands on | March 10, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    For me i feel they imposed ban of Younis is because he didnt want to go on the tour of Australia. Yousf got because he was insisting on being captain which is personal. Malik & Rana got the bans because they were a trouble for the team unity. Other 3 r mentioned. Good decision for the future.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Absolutely unbelieveable decision... and too bad decision by PCB.... I think the whole nation can't believe that Mohammad Yousaf and Y.Khan has been imposed a life ban... thats too harsh decision. Both were world class players and Pakistani team needs them especially in Test Cricket.....Except these two great names, PCB has done the right decision, and should have been even harsh..... I think the players will now take responsibility and such kind of decisions should be made in future if any one found guilty.....After all its an encouraging decision by PCB.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | March 10, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    It's exactly what one can expect of a turbulent society. There is no proportion of any kind with what PCB has been doing for years, no proportion with standards set by all fields of the nation, no proportions with what any other country would call punishments for indiscipline and of course no proportion with the worst indiscipline of PCB it self where members of governing body throw mud at each other and at chairman in the press on usual basis. Who is going to punish Mr. Ejaz Butt for not been able to work with all those hand picked coaches, selectors and other personale who spoke their own mind, and who is going to punish him for opening the mouth in front of media with words which he had to regret every and each time he did so. Who is going to punish Miandad for his behaviour. There is no punishment regime at work in this organisation for specific crime.

    I think we should have found some more diplomatic way for forced exit of cricketing heroes like Shoaib Akhtar, Yousef and Younis.

  • POSTED BY fahreh1233 on | March 10, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    BEST Decision: WHY?

    1. We pakistani only know how to criticise. Beofere every1 was angry abt their bhaviour. Now when action is taken now every1 crying.

    2. I am ONLY surprised on Yousaf decision. I dont know what happened wrong with him. Otherwise alld ecisions are perfect.

    3. We can clearly saw that there is no motivation left in team now. Malik performance in last 1 year was pethatic. His bhaviour in T20 local tourna when he asked his team (sialkot) to lose match intentionally clear shows what kind of personality he has.

    4. Pakistan droped more than 35 catches in 2 series (newzealand + Austrlia). So u people what is this? Then who gave right to umar akmal to bhave the way he bhaved? What he think of himself. god of paki cricket? No compromise on discipline. AND THIS SHOULD B FINAL. DESCIPLINE is the 1st periority.

    5. Now what happenes. New squad. We will lose matches in future? OMG. So what u guyz think that we were winning before with those players? So let us lose.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    The board has spoken! Good for them - if drastic action was what was required then what a great way to make it.

    Handing out life bans to their two most senior players and giving the young guns a kick up the butt.

    The team obviously couldn't function with both Khan & Yousef in the team together - so boot them out and start afresh - and at the same time sending a message to the rest of the team to pull their heads in and start behaving.

    Let's face it - Khan and Yousef only had a couple of years left in them at most and if poor results kept happening then I think an early retirement in the next few months was highly likely.

    The Akmal brothers were obviously too big-headed and thought they could dictate team selection. This should put them in their place and enable the next Pakistan captain to have full control of the team.

    This will be Afridi's last chance - but I have a sneaky suspicion that they will eventually make him captain in all formats.

    Ed - Kiwi - London

  • POSTED BY centro on | March 10, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    AAAAAAARRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!! please wake me up when the nightmare is over!!!!

  • POSTED BY Aravind.... on | March 10, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    It is a surprising decision to ban Mohammad Yusuf. Just one year ago he was in top form. I feel Pakistan cricket is in deep trouble.

  • POSTED BY Whitepebbles73 on | March 10, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    Welldone PCB, its should be the other way around Y's for a Year and Rana Shoaib BAN THEM FROM PLAYING FOR PAKISTAN !!!! and all of you who think Pakistan cant do anything without these players ..... look at what India did in 2007 T20, all the big guns werent there ...... Players need to understand, they are not just playing cricket, they are playing for PAKISTAN !!! there should be nothing more prouder then representing your country, stop all that bitching and play cricket Shoaib has his own agenda's i dont know how he is selected to play TEST and ODI and Rana what he's doing playing for Pakistan, this guy should just stay in ICL.

    Once for a change .... WELL DONE PCB, Pakistan Zindabad !

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | March 10, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    It's exactly what one can expect of a turbulent society. There is no proportion of any kind with what PCB has been doing for years, no proportion with standards set by all fields of the nation, no proportions with what any other country would call punishments for indiscipline and of course no proportion with the worst indiscipline of PCB it self where members of governing body throw mud at each other and at chairman in the press on usual basis. Who is going to punish Mr. Ejaz Butt for not been able to work with all those hand picked coaches, selectors and other personale who spoke their own mind, and who is going to punish him for opening the mouth in front of media with words which he had to regret every and each time he did so. Who is going to punish Miandad for his behaviour. There is no punishment regime at work in this organisation for specific crime.

    I think we should have found some more diplomatic way for forced exit of cricketing heroes like Shoaib Akhtar, Yousef and Younis.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    well, i dont mind the ban on rana naved (he is useless in my opinion) but afridi has already been punished enough...younis khan's career was already on a decline but mohammad yousuf still had one or two good years left in him...pity that the younger akmal had to pay 2 million for something i consider quite superficial....overall, PCB sucks...we need an inspirational person to lead the board....Inzi maybe or Imran,Wasim or Sarfraz etc...

  • POSTED BY Hawk_Eye on | March 10, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Yousuf's ban I dont understand rest seems to be fair. Yousuf and Younis both played Test cricket and Pakistan is not in for many tests so why pay them and keep them on central contract, this is recession fire high paid players and hire sasta maal. I guess this is the thinking of PCB. I think one more important ban should be imposed and that's travel ban on Ijaz Butt so PCB could save some big bucks on that as well.

  • POSTED BY Reagos on | March 10, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Afridi thinks that he is Mr Parkistan Cricket. He should have received a more severe punishment. He had been involved in International cricket long enough and has always been in conflict with the game. No player is bigger than the game, they should have placed a 3 year ban on him at least. When he eventually return he would have to fight for the right to play as a cricketer. I taught WICB had problems, i still rally with my West Indies Boys.

  • POSTED BY Hazrat.Bahar on | March 10, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    What a drama it is? I dont know whether these kind of step against PLAYERS, will boost or down moral of any Players? Bahar.khost@gmail.com

  • POSTED BY straight6 on | March 10, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    Very good indeed. The players are not greater than their Country. Every player who is fortunate to represent their Country should by heart Live and Die for the Country they represent and therefore nothing must distract them to perform for their Respectable Country. If you loose, then loose with dignity and pride. Look at the recent U-19 Team, they lost the Final, but they performed well throughout and they were received with pride when they returned back from New-Zealand. Disipline should be top priority and now is the time to really make a team where everything can be set. New Team, New Captain, New Coach and soforth. The team in Australia clearly underperformed and it is nice to hear the board, who were pressurized and rightly so, had to get rid of players who are abusing the system. Yousaf had this coming, especially seeing him throw a great chance like the one he had in Sydney. I don't know why he did that. Younus picking and choosing when he wants to play is just not on!

  • POSTED BY srijanchakz on | March 10, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    bring back Inzy, he was a great player and only he can salvage the pakistan team from this deep pit they ate in now

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Drama-queens lol.

    Ban will be lifted very soon though.

  • POSTED BY Acton49 on | March 10, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    It beggers belief that Yousef and Younis are being sidelined but not Shoaib Malik. This knee jerk reaction resurface again. On what ground does the two best player have been sidelined. If PCB have any credibility then they should ditch Shoaib Malik and Afridi a they are the real culprit in draging the name of Pakistan to the ground. As Younis said that there is a player revolt behind his tunure. And the same happend during Yousef's capitancy. How can PCB allow irresponsible Shahid to represent Pakistan. With the tour England you need your most experiance players. Bring back the two Ys otherwise the fate of the team would be same as the Pakistan team that was sent to England during the Packer revolt.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    I think its an inapprpriate decision regarding Mohammad Yousuf and Mohammad Younas. PCB should give them a fair chence to be retired rather than axing them from this cruel way. As regard the punishment of Shoaib Malik its too less than being aspected. he should be banned for a life time for his cowboy behaviour in cricket. i think commitee did not not look very keenly the performance of wicket keeper Kamran Akmal where he did not run out intentionaly which was repeatedly being shown on media.

  • POSTED BY Towelie on | March 10, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    I think Afridi, Malik and Akmals got off easy.

  • POSTED BY Towelie on | March 10, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    Well done Pakistan,well done!!!! It is about time the Pakistan Board took action. I personally had enough of Younis Khan, Malik, Akmals and Afridi. Following Pakistan last couple of months was like watching a soap opera. About time Pakistan focus on CRICKET again. Don't worry there will be other players that can fill Younis Khan, Malik, Akmals and Afridi's shoes. No one is above the game, except maybe for Sachin. Cause he has the respect for the game of cricket to match with his talent.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    I am very happy by the decision of PCB. Younis and Yousaf deserved it. Afridi deserved it. Shoaib and Rana deserved much worse. Akmal brothers shold have been fined much higher. Younas and yousaf were not good player of t20 and so was rana. Shoaib should learn from his mistakes. while i would really like yousaf, younas,rana to retire.

    Hopefully akhtar would be inducted again in current t20 team. And kamran would not be allowed wicket keeping. Sarfraz deserve a chance.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    agree with Mohsin.

    Butt is only doing politic.

    its fair to ban malik and rana, and also to fine afridi and akmal brothers.

    but why ban yousuf and younus? they have served pakistan so well.....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Pakistan should include their all under 19 players to build a team for future in guidance of waqar younis. I am highly impressed with the tall lad (don't know his name) who played superbly at middle order in under 19 world cup.

  • POSTED BY YIYI on | March 10, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Fantastic! Well Done Ijaz Butt, you are not completely useless. If we are going to lose ALL our matches, we might as well lose with new players. I am ecstatic; Pakistani players needed a shock!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    i have to say that is a correct disicion but............. now i believe pakistan cricket has declined

  • POSTED BY Sanks555 on | March 10, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    PCB used its monopolistic powers to show the players who is the boss. Just shows how important the ICL was.

  • POSTED BY Rukus_NZ on | March 10, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    This is just stupid... Is the PCB trying to make these headlines as thier excuse for such the poor form of cricket we have seen in the recent 12 months...?

    Honestly Mohammad Yousif was player of the year in 2007, and thanks to one bad tour he is being shot at by the firing squad!! This is absurd and ludicris, words can not explain how much this angers me, and I am a New Zealander! Thier new captain / coach are really going to have thier work cut out for them...

    I can understand being stood down, but banned for life?? Come on, be more specific..

  • POSTED BY SRT_Jammy_Dada_VVS_and_Anil_legends on | March 10, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    So the full-strength team lost all their matches in Australia. And apparently the solution is to get rid of all of your best players and replace them with... well nobody knows who these magical players better than Yousuf are. You can only laugh at how the PCB has inadvertently revived Misbah ul-Haq's failing career- with no Malik, Younis, Yousuf or Afridi (on his indefinite 'break') for Tests, he is basically the only option left for Test captain. The whole situation is truly bizarre, makes Shakespeare's dramas look amateurish in comparison. Feeling a lot of schadenfreude at the moment, but also sorry and sad that we have probably seen the last of Mohammad Yousuf in the Test arena- ironically one of the few players who strived to ensure that Pakistan was not seen as a joke. But alas he has failed. The joke that is Pakistan cricket just keeps rolling down the hill of humiliation with no end in sight.

  • POSTED BY Acton49 on | March 10, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Again a knee jerk reaction. PCB should be disbanded. You have Afridi who brought (twice) disgrace to the profession of cricket and Pakistan in particular but is allowed to represent Pakistan. You have a devisive cricketer in Shoib Malik ( who was impilicated with player revolt) have been give a backdoor entry to represent Pakistan. If PCB has the gut, then they would pick the two Y for the tour of England. You said that the tour of Australia was a distaster... It was not. We competed with Australia but with the feilding lapses. This team was not blessed with the talent of the team that went to Australia between 1999 - 2005.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Now time a come needed to removes all PCB official or let them come in cricket ground and play cricket for their own money. The main problem is PCB not Pakistani team. They are just sitting and enjoying cricket money. big shame on PCB.

  • POSTED BY paramthegreat on | March 10, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    excellent news for pakistan . yousuf is getting old and not scoring enough runs . compare the moral of pakistan team in first 7 matches on oz tour , and then the last 2 . Younus is completely out of touch as a batsman and i sometimes wished that he would go back to fishing or whatever . Strike rate of 40 odd and avg of 15 is not good enough . Same goes for Mohd yousuf . Afridi, I always wanted, to be the captain of pakistan and i dont know what the hell is PCB punishing him for ? He is the MVP in the team and pakistan won the WC only due to him . malik's punishment is justified . Hadnt heard anything bout Rana misbehaving so thats a bit of surprise . But he was rubbish anyway . I am an Indian , btw, who wanted Pakistan to win the Sydney Test and possibly the Hobart test and was deeply saddened by Kamran Akmal and Yousuf's performance and wanted them Dropped ASAP. peace

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    actually the management is responsible for all this drama . and these are two extremes of Pakistan cricket board that at the start of the tour you made m. yousaf captain and then the team and management is responsible to support the captain but they d'nt and the results is this the best player in this business is out forever . actually all this drama is to save the seat of chairman and nothing else ... nobody is actually sincere with Pakistan cricket .. no way we could improve our cricket by these types of ridiculous decisions ... they again playing with the emotions of billions of cricket lovers The fact is nobody deserves the job that he is doing in the cricket board Butt Shab just once see yourself in the mirror and then think deeply are you the person to be the chairman of pakistan cricket ..... at the end i just say one thing with this ridiculous decision we have lost two major world cups and who is responsible (....................)...? big big question mark

  • POSTED BY JibranAnsari on | March 10, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    I think this is going to be the end of Pakistan cricket, this doesnt mean that the cricket in Pakistan will finish but it will not be supported as much and will not be the heartbeat of the people of Pakistan. If Yousuf and Younis have been banned for matchfixing then it is a fair decision but only for leadership and indiscipline aspect its a cruel decision. I dont see Pakistan wining a single test match in next 5 years even against Bangladesh. This probably is the end of Pakistan cricket for Pakistani fans.

  • POSTED BY sasi_nagalla on | March 10, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    where on earth is PCB heading with the decisions like this.........

    no particular reasons given for banning younis and yousuf

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Well done PCB, atleast now we can see some professionalism without corruption. Harsh steps it maybe called now, but would do a good for the future of Pak cricket!

  • POSTED BY gul99 on | March 10, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    OOhhh...very bold and brave decision taken by PCB I think.I dont understand the life bans on Yousuf and Younis just for the reason of delinquency .PCB should have thought thousand times before making such decision of Life ban..Its very disappointing b/c by making life bans you are going to kill the talent of these master batsmen.I think Pakistan cricket will be severely jolted at the ODI and especially Test level because Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan were the heartbeat of the Test team.One year ban and fines are gonna work.The move has a lesson for remaining players. They will always have in mind that if senior players can be punished, then they are no exceptions..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    no member of the team deserved bans its all politics again the team has suffered from this crap in the past asif zardari needs to pull hes finger out hes rear and sack all members off the board who aint even got a clue how to handle a situation like this how the hell can you ban the fathers of pakistan cricket younis and yousaf what on earth is pcb thinking may be ijaz butt was drunk or was he high on weed cuz he surely was not all there in the head no one deserved bans no one deserved fines what needs to happen and what i think will be best for pakistan cricket is sack all members off pakistan cricket board and bring in faces like inzamam & co keep all yr seniors intact not ban them u fools

  • POSTED BY Asifsstars on | March 10, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    I think this could lead to an end of a disturbed and worst ever era of any PCB Chairman!! Bye Bye Mr. Butt......!!

  • POSTED BY shiraz143 on | March 10, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Good news for pakistan cricket. These players were totally out of control. I think kamran akmal should have been banned also for atleast an year. Well done PCB.

  • POSTED BY ZeeSquare on | March 10, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Finally, system has prevailed over personalities in Pakistan. Remember the words of ex-Chairman Tauqeer Zia "...we have to tolerate the bad attitude of our Super Stars..." which he made about Shoaib Akhter.

    PCB shud 've taken stern action like this long time back. These players who put self interest (and money) supreme over playing for their nation are not our Heroes.

    But then the action against the two 'Ys' is a surprise. Although their absence wont make a difference in team's performance as they were virtually contributing nothing for some time now.

    On the other hand, PCB has again shown lineancy against Shoaib Malik and Akmals. Both should have been banned for an extended period.

    Hope this ends player politics and corruption in Pakistan Cricket.

  • POSTED BY librapion on | March 10, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    The decision appears to be harsh on 2 Y's but i believe shoaib Malik, and Rana Naveed deserve more. Shoaib Malik has been doing it from along time. Now it is the time for youngsters to show there skills which i doubt.

  • POSTED BY Amit_V on | March 10, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    OK so what's the bet that the players appeal, have their fines and bans reduced or abolished completely???

    Same story from Pakistan - just a different day.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    i dunt know how will the selector replace the talent of yousuf and younis...becaue we need experience players like them when we are touring in England nd Australia...i hope the place be taken by strong players...players like misbah and faisal iqbal r not deserving players.....Afridi i will still support to be a t20 captain as he has been ban for 2 matches and fined 3 million rupees besides tht he fits in dis format very welll.....last of alll PCB did right thing to akmal brothers,malik and rana

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    sum1 wrote malik z a gud captain, do u even know what a captain does, malik was learning captaincy at intl level one of da many stupid decisions of PCB was to make him captain,banning yousuf makes no sense but baning younis z a gud decision,but they shuld b bannd for an yr not for lifetime or else pak will struggle a lot in test, baning malik z a gud decision, he was showning his true colors after being droppd frm captaincy, his batting was pathetic!,leave afridi now wat z that probation he z being punishd enough now he z da nly hope of pak cricket he has xperiance gr8 talent and very gud leadership skills dun trouble him now, fine for kamran akmal makes sense,and umar akmal shuld b kicked out of the team da guy z a fluke just one gud inings and he showing sooo much attitude filthy moron! pak have many players who r way more talented than him, well not soo bad PCB sum gud1s but plz they must think again about yousuf and younus

  • POSTED BY kingsharky on | March 10, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    I appreciate what the PCB just did. They deserved it as they werent concentrating on cricket properly. This will be a lesson to all the players to play cricket with no other motive besides trying to win for your country. Im just worried about next months world cup, as now we will have a very inexperienced team

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    It is shocking..and personally i would have liked shoaib malik in team and afrdi as capatain.he was already punshied by icc ....... but at the end nothing biggerr than cricket and no player is above discipline.....they always say we are senior player but they should act like seniors....younis great player but he has get very unstable attitude which is no goood ...he alway leave the team in between.if domestic cricket..yousaf goood he may be our punished but he should not be in t 20 team where he calims all the time..... what ever punishemnt there if this for pakistan cricket its goood... but not only the players were responsible.look at butt every second day he fight with javeed miadad..who will punish them.....waseem bari harm pakistan cricket more than any body else.... they should be punshied as welll.............

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    really appreciate the bans and fine on shoaib malid and rana, but to me yousuf and younis life bans are little too harsh and shocking... they should not be banned for life.. i hope PCB reconsider this decision.. on the whole mr butt showed some strong character two thumbs up.!!!

  • POSTED BY Mohammad.Imran.Hyder on | March 10, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    100% agree with PCB, in fact this should have been done a while ago. however, i would recommend that Akmal brothers should also be treated the same way Yousuf and Younus had. BRAVO PCB

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    i think this was not the right time to do all this but some day this mess do need a good clean. i think pcb do need to set an example for the future of our cricket , these player do need to be taught a lesson for not being professional and being very very selfish young players like umar akmal is saying that he is not gona play if his brother wount be picked up for the match....i think we need to think for our country first ,every thing comes after that. i think only those players should be playing for pakistan to whoom country comes first.

  • POSTED BY ZeeSquare on | March 10, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    For the first time, I can see system has prevailed over personalities in Pakistan... This is the basic problem in Pakistan! Remember words of ex-PCB Chairman Tauqir Zia when he used to say about Shoaib Akhter "We have to tolerate the attitude of Super Stars (so called)..."

    This has been the problem right from the begining. PCB shud have taken stern action like this long time before! Against all who held their vested interests high than playing for the country.

    But then Life ban on the two "Ys" is a surprise. Although it wont have any effect on the team's performance (as they are virtually non contributors now). But there must have been some honorable way to bid them farewell. They have served the country well.

    On the other hand, PCB is still too soft on Malik and Akmals. Malik should 've been banned for life and Akmal should 've been banned for a year at least. I can still smell nepotism here!

  • POSTED BY dj.hameedi on | March 10, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Dont worry folks, Board will change soon and the next CEO of the board will cancell all previous orders of Ijaz Butt.

    Ban on Younus and Yousuf is Illogical,the real trouble makers are Malik, Akmal Brothers and Afridi too who are actually against Yousuf and Younus, PCB forget one name which is Misbah,,, Once Rashid Latif told on TV that the real trouble makers are Misbah , Malik, And Kamran Akmal, but the decision of the board is mindless, they put all trouble makers in the team and ban victims (YOUSUF , YOUNUS) very surprising, very very surprising.I am sure it is the last decision of this board , soon we will see changes in PCB.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Could someone explain why yousuf and younus have been banned for life.....what doesn't make sense is life!!!!! that pretty extreme. There is definitely something going on there and I think the magic word is match fixing.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Good for our country/cricket team....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    And Players of the likes of Malik should be handed over a permanent ban as the team will always be in a similar situation till they exist around or in the team. Moreover the bans on Yousaf and Younis comes out to be more harsher in the context of Malik's one year ban, as their actions came as a result of Maliks deeds and hence it should be Malik facing severe penalties. Another captain can find himself in a similar situation with Malik after he is back in the team and as a result could be banned for life standing against Malik. Whatever it be, I always supported a coup in the team and would not be surprised if we end up with some real nice talent as with West Indies. Now we have to wait and see if the penalties would stay and find its place with the new PCB management when it comes into play, though the two Y's and Malik needs a review as earlier said.

  • POSTED BY Gohar on | March 10, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Don't worry guys!! when this board is disolved these players will come back!! I hope very soon!

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | March 10, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    just continuing from the previous post younis and yousuf are two of the best test batsman in pakistan and yousuf is one of the top 5 batsman in the world.. dont know how pakistan will perform in testt. afridi is way too arrogant only due to him and shoaib malik pakistan are in doldrums

  • POSTED BY tomhedley on | March 10, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    The Board better come out with some reasons otherwise they'll be taken to the cleaners by even the most incompetent of lawyers! I think I could win this case, and I've never practised law in my life!

  • POSTED BY Lees_Legends on | March 10, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Is this how Ijaz Butt usually celebrates his birthday?

  • POSTED BY mrehanrazi on | March 10, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    I PROTEST THE BAN ON YOUNUS AND YOUSUF. Are Butt and the enquiry committee members mad? Ban and fine on other players looks justice but two 'Ys' are really unlucky. I think Butt and his team want to hide themselves behind this story/incident as they are being heavily criticized. Don't forget that it was Muhammad Yousuf who insisted the PCB to send Younus to Australia. Any ways this is really stupid and pure madness and you can expect this from such a old man

  • POSTED BY JonoD on | March 10, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Terrible for world cricket. The sort of stupid decision that will set the team back another 5-10 years. And why, because they didn't play very well in Australia. That might have something to do with the fact that they have barely played a test in the last two years. The current pcb should be banned for a couple of years to let the game get back to where it should be.

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | March 10, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    things should have been dealt with much earlier not now especially when t-20 world cup is few days away and the main world cup is just one year away. I cant believe why Younis and Md. Yousuf were banned for life both performed well, a captain is as good as a team, and what wat was rana naved's fault amazing stuff really

  • POSTED BY acnc on | March 10, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Nothing surprises me with Pakistan cricket anymore... don't be surprised if Younis and Yousuf get a 'presidential pardon' and open the batting under Umar Akmal's captaincy during the t20 wordcup!

  • POSTED BY FaheemAhmed on | March 10, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Players' power was affecting team's performance badly. There was no discipline in the team and it had become impossible for the board to tackle the players. That was why the board has been budging down to players' pressure. The decision is beneficial even if we lose in the Twenty20 World Cup. The move has a lesson for budding players. They will always have in mind that if senior players can be punished, then they too are no exceptions

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    this is the right decision from PCB becouse the player taught they can do what ever they want to it is their team and this panushment will let the youger know that is not their own team so they have to respect the rules and disiplince in a team

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    This news is wonderful news and I also say that This bans not only apply on younis and yousuf also apply on whole team

  • POSTED BY niazmn on | March 10, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Well,I think the board had to take this decision just to save their own posts.I don,t know why Ijaz Butt is still there because during his tenure as a chairman of the board,The Pakistan Cricket has been destroyed.So rather to put these stupid bans and fines,he should himself step down for the better future of not only Pakistan cricket but also for the International cricket. Its just my point of view. Sorry for those who disagree.

  • POSTED BY drwaqas1 on | March 10, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Life ban on Double 'Y' is unfair in this sense that if their crime is POLITICS then same holds true for Shoaib & co as well. So why not ban them, "TOO".Unfortunately, in the past decisions were made not on the basis of crimes but on their utility for the team. I hope this time they have tried to set examples as did Australia when they banned Dean Jones at his peak. But i dont agree on this discrimination.If they would have banned all FOUR for ONE year and life ban on their eligibility to captain the side, it would have been a fair decision, of course, on top of heavy fines. Lets see if PCB has 'guts ' to RECTIFY its decision if there is lawsuit from either party.

  • POSTED BY diptanshu on | March 10, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Wonder if SRK will comment on selection issues ever again! Not only IPL even PCB has given them these players a snub.

  • POSTED BY GhaziAurangzeb on | March 10, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    PCB has handed penalties all around and not to the chairman, ijaz butt. Ideally he should have gone and the rest given warnings and fines and dropped for the time being,.. not an utterly nonsense ban

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | March 10, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    The ICC should be very concerned about Mohammed Yousef's punishment.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    very good decission, i think afridi also deserve life ban. Well done PCB

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    hmm a little hard punishment for Ys but it would set an example for the rest of non serious players... Pakistan is above all of their dirty politics... i hope things would settle down and we will see some good quality cricket

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Well done PCB.... Now paki players will be more responsible.... they will play with responsibility..... And all banned players will be a example for Future Players.... At the end of the day its a good decision...... But!!! Banned players should not get relief from courts..

  • POSTED BY tazz_usher on | March 10, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    PCB has lost it, officially

  • POSTED BY rvreddy.r on | March 10, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    bad decision by PCB.i suggest warning will be good.i think PCB they dont mind even upcoming world cup starts in Feb 2011.I feel both are consistent players in ODI.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Well done! Really appreciate royal rumble finally ends. Now get focus on cricket. Two years ban for 2 Y's are bit harsh. Should be reconsider. But they should took some lesson out of it. They are too greedy for themselves.

  • POSTED BY WannaBeRusta on | March 10, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    This elaborates the fact "No matter how big your name is, no body is above the game of cricket". Well done PCB.

  • POSTED BY abhee on | March 10, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    A very bad let down for Cricket either from the players or the board itself. It will be very interesting to see the Pak T20 team with key players missing & also since they are the defending champs & with so many newcomers already in the ranks. The important thing to be noted is "Is justice delivered?",but with the confidence PCB has given the verdict, it seems to be very much apt. Zim,WI(Digicell),Shoaib,Asif,ICL prohibition(Its revoked now),OZ fiasco ..the list is gettng bigger & awful..phase for world cricket at present because of which we are missing quality cricket..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    but whats reason over banning yousuf and younus????

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    but whats reason over banning yousuf and younus????

  • POSTED BY WannaBeRusta on | March 10, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    This elaborates the fact "No matter how big your name is, no body is above the game of cricket". Well done PCB.

  • POSTED BY ma283 on | March 10, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    I think it is a bold step in the right direction...will set an example for cricketers coming through! As hurtful it is to know that we wont see Mohammad Yousuf again (atleast representing Pakistan), i think he got too carried away by the fact that he was the best batsman in the team and perhaps the best produced by Pakistan ever.

    Also, along with all these bans and fines, the Pakistani cricketers and officials should be completely barred to comment before the press, because they make the worst comments ever and dont realise that what they say is just gonna make the situation worse and give Pakistan a bad reputation. A lot of these issues would have been resolved internally had it not been for some ill-timed statements from our top cricketers and offcials. PCB needs professional PR people handling all the press issues!!

  • POSTED BY tiger_fahad on | March 10, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    PCB is just gone mad I can bet that the bans of younis and yousaf will not implement, not very long ago this lunatic pcb baned asif and shoib akhter for 1 and 2 years bans but soon after took a u turn after the pressure of public, media, ex players and politicians Bans and fines on Malik, Rana and akmal brothers are realastic and that is the right move for set an example but I just cant understand what are the sins and crimes of poor younis and yousaf while afridi ball biting act, he already punished by icc for that and pcb earlier mentioned that one cant be punished twice for one act and now they just forget what they said earlier. But hopefully we will soon see yousaf and yousaf playing for pakistan again!!! because whose cares what pcb has done when public, media ,ex players and politicians impose the pressure on pcb the bans will definitely be simply vanish!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Shoib Malik has a very bad history! He is the one should be axed from Pakistan Cricket for good. Yousef & Younes are sincere to Pakistan, PCB should have very solid reasons to take such a decsion.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    A step in right direction, but with Cricket in Pakistan it is always an individual interest before the team interest..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Very great decision of PCB,

  • POSTED BY ahmed.86 on | March 10, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Its really hard to tell what is wrong and what is right in pakistan cricket these days. Younis is the most damaged person out of this whole thing, he dint deserve this. Can only hope that a new and fresh generation of players can take us forward now. But 1 very important thing is that PCB is dipped and coated with corruption and the panel was made up of pcb employees hence the players dint get a fair trial, and the PCB has very smartly hidden its own incompatency and faults by blaming it all on the players, what was the team managment doing when the players where showing indiscipline and player power. Ofcourse steps were not taken to curb the menace, they let it grow and now sit back and shot the players in the head. All the managers and PCB staff with the team over the duration of time in question should also be handed with heavy punishment for not managing the team and made an example for new managers to do their job properly. The PCB also need to be punished to solve the problem.

  • POSTED BY jakecricfan on | March 10, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    PCB finally cracks the whip! An immensely talented team is going nowhere, thanks to lack of clarity in what the team should be doing. Bring in a fresh captain (like SA brought in Graeme Smith from total wilderness and I am not entirely convinced Afridi is the man), get the team together, build their spirits and results will start following. A total shake-up of the cricketing structure will do a world of good, starting right from the PCB till the coaching staff. Parts of the story are written, time to rewrite the rest. I am sure Pakistan cricket will rise from these ashes and mind you, I am no Pakistani supporter.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    I'm impressed - the Pakistani board are finally showing some balls and sending a message to the rest of the team. Good on them.

  • POSTED BY ahmed.86 on | March 10, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Its really hard to tell what is wrong and what is right in pakistan cricket these days. Younis is the most damaged person out of this whole thing, he dint deserve this. Can only hope that a new and fresh generation of players can take us forward now. But 1 very important thing is that PCB is dipped and coated with corruption and the panel was made up of pcb employees hence the players dint get a fair trial, and the PCB has very smartly hidden its own incompatency and faults by blaming it all on the players, what was the team managment doing when the players where showing indiscipline and player power. Ofcourse steps were not taken to curb the menace, they let it grow and now sit back and shot the players in the head. All the managers and PCB staff with the team over the duration of time in question should also be handed with heavy punishment for not managing the team and made an example for new managers to do their job properly. The PCB also need to be punished to solve the problem.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Though its a very positive step in the right direction but the only one problem that i see with it is that it is utter injustice to YOUNIS KHAN

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Very great decision of PCB,

  • POSTED BY NoDir_BaKe on | March 10, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    this is what PCB, i dont think it will last more then 2months, what we a seeing is the past,

  • POSTED BY ashraja on | March 10, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    What is this board playing at?!?! Pakistan Cricket is a laughing stock to say the least! I can understand why the Akmal brothers and Afridi were punished and quite rightly so but BANNING Yousuf and Younis was not the right decision. The public were caught off guard by this. I think the chairman needs to go and someone with a PROPER cricketing background needs to take charge whom the players, PCB staff and public admire. I really think it is about time Imran Khan gave up politics and become chairman. Im sure at this moment and time he is the ONLY option Pakistan have at the moment. This ban is only going to hurt Pakistan and nothing else. I think if the board had problems with them both, they should simply have not picked them for a while rather than imposing bans.

    We should look at India and see how well they are doing. They only pick players on merit and those players stick by their captain. My Allah bring some sanity to our cricket and our country (Ameen).

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    It shall help ful to our upcoming players performance as well as commiment... but we need to chnage the system as well, god step but a long way to go...

  • POSTED BY vijaycbe on | March 10, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Very very shocking news. I think the board has reacted too much and Mr.Butt has taken this action in order to throw the knife over his position as Chairman... And its not going to change anything in pak cricket.

  • POSTED BY LineNLength on | March 10, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    The ban in Yousuf and Yunus seems very unfair. If anything Malik got away rather easily. Sad day for any cricket fan!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    so according to the Pcb it's alright to cheat (afridi) but ya can't have an argument (y's)....seems like the world upsidedown to me!!

  • POSTED BY abeychal on | March 10, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Excellent. Finally, the PCB has done something to prove they have b@LLs. When things go out of hand, such sweeping changes need to be made. It was obvious that Pakistan cricket was going nowhere. Earlier, the administration had to think twice coz dropping players would mean they would stop winning but here the team already isnt winning anything. Although I am a great admirer of Younis Khan and love Afridi's aggressive nature, everyone had gone too far. Yousuf and Younis were beginning to resemble newly married brides who cried at the drop of a hat. Good riddance to Malik and Rana too. Useless creatures. Akmal brothers too have been dealt with well. Kamran should stay dropped indefinetly. God I am so happy that finally someone has the guts to out these prima donnas in their place. If Ijaz Butt does only ONE good thing in his tenure, this is more than enough.

  • POSTED BY shahid_indiain on | March 10, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    PCB has done the right thing by banning these players.It will do good to the image of pakistan cricket though i believe Afridi got away with lesser penalty.I will prefer Razzak over Afridi for captaincy.

  • POSTED BY esesdee on | March 10, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Can things get more ridiculous than this?! I am sure unless there is an integrity issue, these decisions will not stand in court of law. International cricket needs mercurial teams like Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY vswami on | March 10, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    This action only vindicates the judgement of IPL owners not to bid for any Pakistani cricketer. It would have been ridiculous to see any of the banned cricketers playing in IPL when they are banned in their own country ! Where are the journalists who were after the neck of IPL owners. Only God knows what goes on in the PCB setup with one harebrained action after another. The drama is only beginning. I am sure there will be counter accusations against the Board, the President will be forced to intervene, some compromise will be thrashed out.

  • POSTED BY cricketwriter1980 on | March 10, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Everybody including myself have been shouting for tightening of discipline but why take it out on Younis Khan at least. Because Ijaz Butt and Wasim Bari (who boasts of a career HR credentials) have no clue how to resolve conflicts, have no character to look at how badly they have managed cricketers, have not the courage to face issues when they first crop up, they end up throwing the baby with the bathwater. Basically, they have rid themselves of problems that were created by their own inadequacies. No cricketers with candid feedback, no problem.

    This is a vendetta. Because they cannot wield power over ICC and BCCI they want to show their muscles here by picking on soft targets. This is like ganging up in the prison against the policemen who had put them in the dock. The committee members are the culprits & conspirators, who have led Pakistan cricket to such depths. They should be lined up like Nazis in Nuremberg & axed forever from cricket administration.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    PCB wants to make money and seem like it cares for it's players. 2 Birds, 1 Stone

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    ban for life? was there some sort of match fixing? younis wasn't even part of team in NZ and tests in Australia. His ODI performance has been dodgy for a while anyways. He left the team because of the issues of Malik and Yousaf. Yousaf failed as a captain but it doesnt demand a life ban. My bet, this will be overturned and Butt will be removed. This is ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY vswami on | March 10, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    This action only vindicates the judgement of IPL owners not to bid for any Pakistani cricketer. It would have been ridiculous to see any of the banned cricketers playing in IPL when they are banned in their own country ! Where are the journalists who were after the neck of IPL owners. Only God knows what goes on in the PCB setup with one harebrained action after another. The drama is only beginning. I am sure there will be counter accusations against the Board, the President will be forced to intervene, some compromise will be thrashed out.

  • POSTED BY prabwal on | March 10, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    this is....hmm i don't find any word to describe. PCB has lost its mind, especially in cases of yousuf and Younis. what did they do wrong to get a treatment like this ? the board seems to be harsh on malik and naved too.the pcb governing body members should be banned, not the players.pakistan cricket possesses lots of good talented cricketers only to be wasted by non other than the working nature of PCB.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Alhamdulillah. God has listened to millions of pakistani cricket fans. This is actually good for pak cricket. I hope their apeeal will also be rejected.

    There is alot of talent and till the next WC2013, we'll have a strong team.

    individual qualities are not enough and when you play as a team, specially for the national team, you play for your whole country.

    God bless Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    I think it is unfair with yousaf and younis.why they have been banned for life.They are good players and Paksitan Cricket need them desperately.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Get your act together Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Alhamdulillah. God has listened to millions of pakistani cricket fans. This is actually good for pak cricket. I hope their apeeal will also be rejected.

    There is alot of talent and till the next WC2013, we'll have a strong team.

    individual qualities are not enough and when you play as a team, specially for the national team, you play for your whole country.

    God bless Pakistan

  • POSTED BY paamkssr on | March 10, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    What was PCB doing when the infighting was going on? Why didn't they reacted then? They have appoint Waqar Younis, a suspicious character (as mentioned in Justice Qayyum report), as the coach and fired Younis and Yousuf. Both of them accepted captaincy in very tough times. There may be involved in infighting but can their commitment for Pakistan Cricket be questioned?Shoaib Akhtar inspite of countless disciplinary problems can play why not give another chance to Ys.

  • POSTED BY kamran.afzal on | March 10, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Apparently a strict, stern and harsh action... but one that will do Pakistani cricket more good than bad; and not least because these players weren't good enough to play for Pakistan cricket.

    An example needed to be set and the sooner it was done, the better. We can just hope that the players that are handed the punishments were the real culprits and not just victims of some internal politics again.

    And we, as readers, would have appreciated if Osman Samiuddin could've given his personal onion on the matter too...

  • POSTED BY andraytherapper on | March 10, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    its a sorry state of affairs for pak cricket,the punishment handed to the players is really harsh but divisions within the team really hampered its performances in aust. What pak cricket needs now is a team not only with talent,that is something they have, but a team with disciplined players who'll play no politics and more cricket.With the t20 world championship coming closer time seems to be running out.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    This is a very brave decision. Pakistan Cricket has to move ahead. I feel the whole current team should be disbanded and a new team made. Pakistan is not short of talent. In a few years time it will be a good team.

  • POSTED BY prabwal on | March 10, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    this is....hmm i don't find any word to describe. PCB has lost its mind, especially in cases of yousuf and Younis. what did they do wrong to get a treatment like this ? the board seems to be harsh on malik and naved too.the pcb governing body members should be banned, not the players.pakistan cricket possesses lots of good talented cricketers only to be wasted by non other than the working nature of PCB.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    very interesting - but I don't understand banning Younis and Yousaf? Younis left the team because of Malik and Yousaf's indiscipline. Yousaf failed to produce a result as a captain. But where is the indiscipline? this is huge - and probably - a bit too much!

  • POSTED BY prabwal on | March 10, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    this is....hmm i don't find any word to describe. PCB has lost its mind, especially in cases of yousuf and Younis. what did they do wrong to get a treatment like this ? the board seems to be harsh on malik and naved too.the pcb governing body members should be banned, not the players.pakistan cricket possesses lots of good talented cricketers only to be wasted by non other than the working nature of PCB.

  • POSTED BY MustansirMukhi on | March 10, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    A very bold and brave decision taken by the PCB! i beleive the cricket supporters should back them for this. A swipe at the players and player power was serperately needed and for once it seems that Ijaz Butt has made a sensible move!

    Lets hope that Pakistani cricket comes out of the doldrums, unearthes a few exceptional ypung players and comes up on the cricket map once again with a bang!

    Though i'm still curious to know what serious offence did Yousuf and Younis commit to deserve a life ban!

    All the best Pakistani Team!

  • POSTED BY jibrannadeem on | March 10, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    For once, I am glad with the stance the PCB has taken. I have never been a fan of Yousaf's captaincy and it was quite obvious with the body languages of Yousaf, Malik and Younis that there was some problem within the camp. Ego clashes and what not, and I feel that was the reason why the Pakistani team was so down and out even before they came onto the field. I just hope that these decisions are not reversed as that would show how weak and coerced the PCB would be.

  • POSTED BY MustansirMukhi on | March 10, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    A very bold and brave decision taken by the PCB! i beleive the cricket supporters should back them for this. A swipe at the players and player power was serperately needed and for once it seems that Ijaz Butt has made a sensible move!

    Lets hope that Pakistani cricket comes out of the doldrums, unearthes a few exceptional ypung players and comes up on the cricket map once again with a bang!

    Though i'm still curious to know what serious offence did Yousuf and Younis commit to deserve a life ban!

    All the best Pakistani Team!

  • POSTED BY rangrez on | March 10, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    it is alll rubbish this wll dispose pak team

  • POSTED BY ray_illingworth on | March 10, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Hello, PCB is in right direction.

  • POSTED BY Mansoor91137 on | March 10, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Very good from PCB first sensible decision for quite long time.Don't worry all Pakistani fans I am also passionate supporter of Pakitan cricket but there must be some line drawn and that should not be crossed and no one is above the Game. Has PCB done this earlier the situation of Pakistan cricket would be different.There is no lack of talent in Pakistan we are in transation period and fingers crossed we will be strong team again in the future.

  • POSTED BY aditsingh on | March 10, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    The board must be insane to have done this. The PCB has yet again proved that it is incapable of managing its talent and exploiting its players to their fullest potential. Truly its a shame on a sport which we know as a 'gentleman's game'

  • POSTED BY bigbang07 on | March 10, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    So is this the nuttiest thing yet the PCB could do?

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    i think razzaq shud be made captain

  • POSTED BY Century_Kid on | March 10, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    What?! you can not be serious, how can an inconsistent team be expected to perform consistently well now with out their core players? Sacking two great players such as Yousef and Khan is an insult to the game.

  • POSTED BY s.akbani on | March 10, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    Malik and Rana should be banned for life time... I dont understand y PCB afraid to banned Malik for life time.. The person is involved in all disciplinary conduct.....and responsible for grouping in Pakistan cricket team...i remember that he was also involved in domestic T20 match fixing case..... These Akmal brothers can also be banned for life time.....specilaly junior Akmal....becoz he refuse to play for his country becoz of his brother sake...... PCB should set an example after banning this junior akmal.....becoz this person is creating negative image in youngster...........by imposing fines, PCB cant take these players on right track....becoz these people getting enough money from sponser and board...PCB should have to take serious steps....one thing more...PCB should remove wasim bari...becoz he is main reason for grouping in Pakistan team.he dont know how to select professional team for international events.....there should be some honest person.....who is loyal to his duty.....

  • POSTED BY wajaattack on | March 10, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    great work....make razzak captain

  • POSTED BY emarald on | March 10, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    i dont know what pakistan board is planning to do after banning these senior players...but the amount of fines on other players is ridiculous..i think pak cricket board is ran out of money and is trying to earn some by imposing heavy fines to the players..note that akhtar also faced such heavy fine...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    Talk about long-term vision!!! A side loses a series & what do you do....ban 2 players for life, suspend others for extended periods of time. But then what else do you expect from the PCB!

  • POSTED BY PeacefulWarrior on | March 10, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Well done Pakistan! This act almost atones for the years of lenient non-punishment given out to players. From this point forward, Pakistan can rebuild and become mighty again. Now, if only India and Sri Lanka had the moral courage to take a similar stand against their miscreants

  • POSTED BY wajaattack on | March 10, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Very well done PCB. We must curb player power anf get discipline in the team. Make Razzak captain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    So many ban together and even for lifetime !!!! we can guess Pak cricket future from here.. lol

  • POSTED BY yeleravi on | March 10, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    I hope this storm passes out and God saves the Pakistan team.. The punishment meted to Shahid Afridi seems to be biased and he seems to be lucky to escape with a paltry punishment... Just because there are now no player to lead the team he seems to be spared. It's high time Players realise they are digging their own graves with the infighting.... Hope now sense prevails with them................

  • POSTED BY shak01 on | March 10, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    maybe its time the board looked at itself and did its own cull. This management is a joke and is turn Pakistan cricket into a laughing stock.

  • POSTED BY Charindra on | March 10, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    WOW..... Did NOT see that coming! Way to go Pakistan... Now the next one to go should be the appropriately named Butt. I'm Sri Lankan but it's sad to see the state of Pak cricket now. It's not unpredictable anymore, it's just pathetic.

  • POSTED BY kharkov on | March 10, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Good action taken by PCB...But still all famous players(afridi,younis,kamran,yousuf,malik) cant be wrong at one time!! PCB want to send a message to future generations so that it doesnt happen again..But once Rameez Raza told in his show 'RAMEEZ LOUNGE'That in pakistan they dont make players, superstars unlike india.In india u see dhoni,yuvraj,raina,sehwag and many more..leave alone Legendary TENDULKAR.In pakistan also they should make them stars so that future generation looks to them and play cricket thinking great and pround.How long paki youngs will look upto imran bhai,inzy waqars,wasim and others. make malik,afridi,younis umar akmal star.Come on PCB,DO good to players.I AM WITH YOU...Jai Pakistan.Although i m indian.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Banning Malik and Rana is understandable. Younus and Yousuf not being a part of any international team simply unacceptable. These guys were victims. I wonder what the inquiry committee was smoking when handing out these punishments.

  • POSTED BY blueleo on | March 10, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Thats very strong! I think more than the fine & the bans, Pak board has to find ways to inspire & motivate the brilliant individual players to play as a team!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Worst thing that can Happen to Cricket Pakistan....... Ijaz Butt & Company is trying his best to destroy the future of cricket Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    what is going on Pakistan cricket??

  • POSTED BY paklegend on | March 10, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Why did Rana get banned. He didn't even do anything. The PCB have stuffed the Pakistani T20 World Cup Squad and made Afridi and the Akmal brothers angry!!!!! Thanks a lot... There goes our chance of a third straight World T20 Final from three T20 World Cups!!!!

  • POSTED BY Shafaaqat on | March 10, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Finally the PCB has taken much needed step to shun Palyer Power which has tarnished national reputation as well as pushed the game to its lowest in the country. Yousuf Case is a bit unclear but lets hope they have given it good thought before announcing it. Malik has been a consistent problem and its good that he has been given a lesson finally. Above all i am glad that the cricket powerhouse in the country has finally shown some power.

  • POSTED BY abhee on | March 10, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    A very bad let down for Cricket either from the players or the board itself. It will be very interesting to see the Pak T20 team with key players missing & also since they are the defending champs & with so many newcomers already in the ranks. The important thing to be noted is "Is justice delivered?",but with the confidence PCB has given the verdict, it seems to be very much apt. Zim,WI(Digicell),Shoaib,Asif,ICL prohibition(Its revoked now),OZ fiasco ..the list is gettng bigger & awful..phase for world cricket at present because of which we are missing quality cricket..

  • POSTED BY Adnan143 on | March 10, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    Once again PCB has shown how bad administrator they are. the bad egg got away with one year ban and the victims are punished for life. How on earth Younis is punished so hard for apparently being on receiving end of all the bullshit of afridi and malik

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    things just get worse for pakistan cricket.. this is a shameful act.. losing out younis khan and yousuf is a big blow.. they were and are quality players.. but i guess they were not left with too many options.. afridi deserved a more severe ban.. he got let off easily while umar akmal should get a wake up call now...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Ridiculous! Just cannot understand the life ban on Younis Khan.

  • POSTED BY abhee on | March 10, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    A very bad let down for Cricket either from the players or the board itself. It will be very interesting to see the Pak T20 team with key players missing & also since they are the defending champs & with so many newcomers already in the ranks. The important thing to be noted is "Is justice delivered?",but with the confidence PCB has given the verdict, it seems to be very much apt. Zim,WI(Digicell),Shoaib,Asif,ICL prohibition(Its revoked now),OZ fiasco ..the list is gettng bigger & awful..phase for world cricket at present because of which we are missing quality cricket..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    things just get worse for pakistan cricket.. this is a shameful act.. losing out younis khan and yousuf is a big blow.. they were and are quality players.. but i guess they were not left with too many options.. afridi deserved a more severe ban.. he got let off easily while umar akmal should get a wake up call now...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    i think there r not any issue tht chairman taken like tht decission these r our star players and they facing like tht . world cup is drawing on and we want to prepare it but our most value able and great key palyers r in trouble . i think ijaz but is killer of pak cricket his aims to reduce the talent of pak cricket . in simple worlds he is not sincere for the cricket

  • POSTED BY crescentboy on | March 10, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    No surprise here, Pakistan cricket has long been a bit of a soap opera. Can't imagine Yousuf and Younis will be too sad, IPL and county cricket will embrace them with open wallets....oops I mean arms!!!

  • POSTED BY CricketWorldofSuhas on | March 10, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    This is simply ridiculous...why Younis and Yousuf be banned for lifetime is not understandable...Yousuf tried his best with the bat, if the rest fails to deliver what can he do...afterall, all are international cricketers...all should know how to score...and Younis felt he is not in good form and so he didn't want to be a part of the team...isn't it a great sacrifice...if he doesn't omit his name he could easily be the part of first eleven and may got back his form...who knows?...so if PCB wants to punish Younis, why they don't punish him that time?....now they r giving punishment...but that 2 life ban???...totally unjustified...they are two best cricketers the country have ever produced...regarding the other punishments I feel those are OK...none of the players are great but think themselves as great and act like they can do anything...so PCB has taken good steps to avoid such things in future...but again...regarding the punishment on Younis and Yousuf..totally ridiculous, unjustified

  • POSTED BY Nabeel on | March 10, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    This I think is the most outrageous step the Board in its insane state of mind has thought of. Having people like Butt at the forefront and his colleagues who think along the same lines of destruction, would only result in total shame, ridicule and embarrassment to Pakistan cricket. I have been an ardent fan of Pakistan team for the last 15 years or so, and I am bewildered to have learnt of this. It is a shame to a cricket fraternity which already is in shambles, and no action is taken to rejuvenate it, but rather lead it to a point of no return.

  • POSTED BY BilgramiH on | March 10, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    This is the first right step taken by PCB since in power. This will set a good example for the rest of the team and future players.

    The board should not step back and revise this decision. If the board is strong, it will stick to the decision. The Akmal brothers should also be penalized heavily.

    These days cricketers earn enough to pay these hefty fines. Keep up the good work PCB.

  • POSTED BY Sayfurjewel on | March 10, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    I am sayfur from Bangladesh. I am very disappointing for that decision because that decision will be very bad for pakistani cricket.

  • POSTED BY la_syd on | March 10, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    finally the PCB get something right.. i think Pakistan cricket will suffer for a few years, but undoubtedly come back stronger, more disciplined and more unified. 2015 world cup dark horses, perhaps?

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Step taken by PCB is good for future of cricket in pakistan.

    BOLD decision by PCB!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Very Good but belated Decision. PCB should have taken such drastic steps few months back.Bow they should not back out from it for the sake of future betterment of cricket in Pakistan. Well done for the first time PCB!!!!

  • POSTED BY Waikato_FC on | March 10, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    The PCB gets even more bizarre than usual ... It was a very disappointing tour of Australia and I understand the need to make some changes, but getting rid of Younis and Yousuf, two of the most talented and experienced players in the side, is absurd.

  • POSTED BY vinodkd99 on | March 10, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    In a nut shell, nothing short of a disaster for Pakisatn Cricket. Younis and Yusuf were 2 of the few guys who deserved to be a part of any good international Cricket team. As if the performance of Pakistan team was not poor enough, I expect them to nose dive even further in coming days, particularly in Test Matches and ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    I am ammazed why yousaf was Banned??????????????

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Finally the PCB has shown some spine! Personally I never thought Ijaz Butt would be capable of this. Despite all his shortcomings, if this action succeeds in curbing the menace of player power Butt would have done the biggest service to Pakistan cricket for years to come~! I feel a tad bit sad for Younis because his case was a bit different from the others as he stood up for what he trully was the right thing to do. He was really the person who sacrificed his captaincy to bring player power into limelight. But all in all an unusually courageous decision!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Very Good but belated Decision. PCB should have taken such drastic steps few months back.Bow they should not back out from it for the sake of future betterment of cricket in Pakistan. Well done for the first time PCB!!!!

  • POSTED BY Lewanay on | March 10, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Beautiful, I love this.I think this is the way wrongdoings at this level should be treated (this should by the way also happen at governmental level i.e. to politicians).Would have been rather more content if two more things had been done. One,Akmal brothers should have also been banned for life to make an example for young talented players to come and Two, Mr. Butt should have banned himself for life for managing anything be that may National Cricket board or small one man company.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    I think it is good for shoaib malik, and another player is missing and he should have been punished as well (Misbah-ul-haq). and they should have been punished more than that, a life ban should have been Ok for both of them. They were responsible for all kind of indiscipline in the team. They were always causing the trouble, especially after Shoaib Malik was out from Captaincy. I think It's not justice to take action against Yousuf and Younas khan. They are always herose for Pakistan, and they were unable to face Shoaib Maliks Plans. He is the origin of all bad things happened to Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY admshafi on | March 10, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    A big blow for pakistan cricket!!! pak cricket has been died.

  • POSTED BY fataquie on | March 10, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Interesting...Mr. Butt is following the path of his boss...al AZardari...how about ban for Mr. Butt and his talented administration for life? Now that most of the team will be sitting on the sidelines, the "new" team picked by his talented team will falter in next assignment and will falter...and will get banned. The administration is coming out without a scratch...while the players are screwed. Mr. Butt should look at the underlying reasons why all these players behave in this manner to begin with. Alas, cricket is following the path of squash, hockey, PIA, WAPDA, Universities, schools, and countless other institutions that have been destroyed due to lack of professionals, selfishness, and nepotism by the people running those. This is the final nail in the coffin for Pak Cricket...RIP (1954-2010)!

  • POSTED BY onlinegamer55 on | March 10, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    This is absolutely disgraceful. Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan are world-class batsmen, perhaps the only world class batsmen in Pakistan's banks (save, perhaps, Umar Akmal). Furthermore, no Pakistani batsmen has been able to make a smooth transition from domestic to international cricket in recent times; an average of 42 in domestic cricket usually translates to an average of 30 in international cricket (again, save Umar Akmal, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan). Couple that with the fact that they have banned some of their most talented players in Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal, Pakistani cricket may be destroyed for a few years to come. I hope that the players in question take some action to perhaps reduce their punishment, especially Yousuf and Khan. Perhaps Pakistan should follow in South Africa's footsteps and sack their entire cricket board. At least Fawad Alam is not involved, or Pakistan might as well be deprived of their test status.

  • POSTED BY Dimescream on | March 10, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    The PCB just made things worse for the team. M. Yousuf and Younis Khan were undoubtedly the spine of the team. In their absence, Pakistan might take ages to recuperate.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    they deserved the punishment..if the action against the indiscipline players would have been taken much earlier ..we would have not witnessed the humiliation of PAK in OZ..

  • POSTED BY FAIZANAHMED on | March 10, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    The punishment is justified and it is high time that the board did something about these players especially the cry baby Younis Khan. The ban against Yousuf can and should be discussed and concerned he is a very big player and don't think indulged in any politics in the team(but i think the board and team members have a better idea).

  • POSTED BY kw1k on | March 10, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Yousuf ban surprising but then everything in Pak cricket is always unexpected. On a lighter note financially buried PCB gets some air to breathe from these fines :D :D

  • POSTED BY M1982 on | March 10, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    oh boy... That is some news. Pakistan players finally get what they deserved.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    malik fair enough, afridi fair enough, the akmals fair enough, but banning Younis and Yousuf? Who the hell is going to get the runs for us now?

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    The Last Nail in the coffin of Pakistan cricket!!! Younis, Yousuf axed from international cricket and Naved & Malik got 1 year bans... good go PCB the most illogical and the most stupidest decisions in order to save themselves... With T20 world cup defence only a month away and world cup only a year away, pakistan cricket is heading nowhere!!! I have to ask a single question sir.. is this what we deserve the cricket loving nation before the starting of any mega event, our cricket always find itself in chaos.. and is this younis and yousuf deserves after serving their country and being honored internationally.. everyone makes some wrong decisions and this our cricket board is doing so from the last two years.. this is the example of extreme harshness and stupidity...

  • POSTED BY Navin84 on | March 10, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Sad...just sad for cricket and the many talents that Pakistan have. I see them declining more in the ratings and as for West Indies their board should do a similiar investigation. Imagine West Indies could not reach 80 runs from 20 overs against Zimbabwe a couple of weeks ago. I think West Indies sold out that match. And to make it worse only 7 of them were out and thier captain Dinesh Ramdin made no attempt to win it.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Totally agree with the bans. Infact I think they definitely shouldve been banned from international cricket. not allowing them to play county as well. They shouldnt be allowed to profit after bringing the game and their country such shame. The Akmal brothers should also no longer be allowed to play for the national team. They are more concerned about themselves and their brotherly ties instead of National interest. Do it now. Ban these people and dont revoke the descision. Its high time these players were disciplined.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Oh man! Thats intense as! How can they permenantly get rid of their best batsmen!

  • POSTED BY Imroz_CricketCrazy on | March 10, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    You cannot expect more from Yousuf, he is the scape goat of all internal fights. Malik missed out on ban, b'z he is still young and can play, and Yousuf is already at the end of his carrier, sorry Yousuf, but u will remain the most stylish batsman of modern era for Pakistan..

  • POSTED BY Cricketer4good on | March 10, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Pakistan looks in good hands now, as in managing. I dont know how much strength there will be without the two experienced.

  • POSTED BY Imroz_CricketCrazy on | March 10, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    After long time, such decision taken.. hope it will stay and not just get reverted by getting Lahore High Court Involved.. or finally comes out just financial feed for bankrupt PCB. Hope for the best..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    it's a shame for not only the pakistan team but also for the country....everybody who got the ban were senior players....then how can the youngters learn from them...

  • POSTED BY heroin on | March 10, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    I cant understand PCB dicision to bann Younis Khan and Muhammad yousaf for their whole life from all formats of international circket. I cant understand that what PCB is thinking and doing. I think they are defending theirselves from the blaim that they are equally participate in the poor performance of Pakistani team in Australia Tour. So how can they bann two great batsmans of Pakistan cricket for their whole life. I am very shocked to here that and very angry with PCB and Ijaz Butt. I think Ijaz Butt must resigned from job.

  • POSTED BY Naveena on | March 10, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    This is almost insane. Though some action was required, this kind of action is going to destroy the Pakistani Cricket. Few things should be worked out within the board but the PCB has gone to the extreme. What would be Pakistan's fate in next World Cup? Now nobody can question why the Pakistani players were not considered for IPL. Some one who r not wanted by their own board would be never needed in foreign countries. Pakistan's downslide has continued

  • POSTED BY sal80 on | March 10, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    I think this Ban will serve good for the pak cricket i totally suppport PCB by slaming these players ,PCB has set the standard that if you will cross the line then you will be punished either if ur big pro , but i still feel PCB can do more by also putting 1 year ban on akmal bro's because they were also flying high specially elder one as bec of him pak lossed sydney test . Afradi got wht he deserved after bowl tampring he shoudl also be punished more but i feel yousaf ban is bit more harsh as he was caught in between malik and akmlas ...malik should also be banned for life as now i feel he is not compotent enough to play any more for pak.

  • POSTED BY zahidi on | March 10, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    i think it is the right decision at the right time. younis is rightly punished for his selfish attitude and Yousuf for being a lazy and reckless player. the performances of both the players dont justify their place in the team as well. for the rest of the players, it is a nice lesson to channelize their thoughts towards professional commitments instead of personal rivalries. its high time to raise the flag of Pakistan and the standard of cricket with the fresh blood.

    lets hope things get better in future for Pakistan and PCB

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    I think this has happened first time in the history of International cricket to slap established cricketers with an International Life ban and to inflict others with bans and punishments of lesser degree without making public the exact nature of their offense. And to come from a board that has previously been known to be in complete disarray with a lot of its dealings , with the players as well as other boards and on General as a whole . It should indeed be noted that PCB like other boards does not have a constitution and so different members of the Administration have no idea as to the extent of their powers or timing of their regime . Recently though the Sports ministry in Pakistan has devised a constitution and the draft has been sent to the PATRON PCB for approval. What maybe worrying now is that once it is approved the present administration may be dissolved for constitution to take effect and New administration be elected .Will the bans and punishments then remain i ask ?

  • POSTED BY Imroz_CricketCrazy on | March 10, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    After long time, such decision taken.. hope it will stay and not just get reverted by getting Lahore High Court Involved.. or finally comes out just financial feed for bankrupt PCB. Hope for the best..

  • POSTED BY Hammad.Fayyaz on | March 10, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    I will be happy if these recommendations will prove valid other than on paper. I am agreed on every recommendation other than on M. Yousuf, as he was the one who took the captaincy in condition when Younis left things in the middle. So he should be given a soft corner for that. Had he not taken the captaincy in that difficult tour, I guess the panelty wouldn't be as hard on him. Younis should be axed as he has become too much arrogent after T20 cup. A brave decission by PCB and I pray that it will bring descipline, ferver and focus in the team dressing room. I will vote for Abdur Razzaq for captaining in T20 & ODI and Shahid Afridi in Tests, as both have been into the side for more than 10 years and they can take things forward where Wasim & Co. has left in mid 1990s n 2000s.

  • POSTED BY resmyrakri on | March 10, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Pakistan cricket in the current state needs all these players. Hence they should have been more judicious in bringing measures like that. Pakistan cricketwill loose stability in the batting line up and lack leadership if these players are taken away from crocket. The top is totally unimaginative and lack intelligence. They should be changed first.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Well done pcb this is the right move... i hope these punishments stay and this is not just a drama i hope there is no political pressure to take these punishments away that usually is the case there

  • POSTED BY Naveena on | March 10, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    This is almost insane. Though some action was required, this kind of action is going to destroy the Pakistani Cricket. Few things should be worked out within the board but the PCB has gone to the extreme. What would be Pakistan's fate in next World Cup? Now nobody can question why the Pakistani players were not considered for IPL. Some one who r not wanted by their own board would be never needed in foreign countries. Pakistan's downslide has continued

  • POSTED BY Xquizit on | March 10, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Wow, finally a board that isnt treating their players like gods... Good on the PCB and I hope this stops players from Pakistan and abroad from 'misbehaving'.

  • POSTED BY JayPmorgan on | March 10, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    I agree some major actions were required. I aslo believe that the hierarchy needs to be removed with immediate effect. Mr Butt has been a major disaster and an abject embarrassment, contributing significantly to making us a laughing stock in front of world cricket. We also lack any elder statesmen, part from Imran Khan, who could do really unite the team. Javed Miandad , great player that he was, is too emotional and lacks the necessary diplomacy skills. The only guy I can think of would be Ehsan Masi.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Should be captain of Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhter or Muhammad Sami.

  • POSTED BY mumbaiguy79 on | March 10, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    So Osman, just get ready to write another article in next few days about the return of Yousuf and Younis back in the team and how their return is good for Pakistan cricket. I won't be surprised if Miandad becomes back from hibernation and represents Pakistan. Such is the desperation in Pakistan these days.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    life ban is too much! and that also just for a fight!!

  • POSTED BY tqhussain on | March 10, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Finally PCB takes a stand against some big headed players

  • POSTED BY Paki.Fan. on | March 10, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Whats the rational behind 'Life bans' for Yousuf & Younis, this was not even in the agenda, The only player deserving that was Shoaib Malik. Why Pakistani cricket moves from one major disaster to another bigger one

  • POSTED BY Just_Love_Cricket on | March 10, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    What about Ijaz Butt ???? Shouldnt he be axed as well ? his name should have been the first on the list as most of the problems in the current Pakistani team are becuase of him being at the head. Yousef's punishment is harsh. He has been compared to Miandad and Inazamam at his peak and is undoubtadly Pakistans best batsman now. his is simple in nature but his only flaw is not having leadership quality. Shoiab Malik, Kamran Akmal are truely deserving of their punishments - they have been the cause of politics in the current team. Salman Butt should also be added to this list.

  • POSTED BY brlara on | March 10, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Dear oh dear,, Pakistan cricket ,,, where are you heading to? Yousuf and Younis are the last two players who have the class to handle all three formats of the game were smacked off to premature retirement. I am an Indian fan and I never fail to monitor Pakistan cricket closely as the country is renowned to produce great fast bowlers at will. But the batsman at test match class is over with two 'YOUs'. PCB never fails to surprise the whole world by taking awful decisions.

  • POSTED BY kimian on | March 10, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    I think this is outrageous from PCB to ban players,especially players like yousuf,Malik,Younis.Every team touring Australia face this kind of big losses,but this doesnt mean they have to ban players.This is why Pakistan are a more complicated Team,I think this only complicates their situation further. I hope they atleast change these bans into only fines.

  • POSTED BY cricbox on | March 10, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Shocking for me as it would be for anyone else...I think its still not clear why Yousuf and younis is banned for life...dont tell me its has to do with match fixing....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    This is very very harsh indeed...I wonder if Pakistan will every bounce back from these depths now...PCB has gone insane.. :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    I totally agree with PCB against all the judgements passed.

    Enough is enough.

    If you cannot perform or act as a professional after being paid so much money and time playing cricket .

    Then please quit or get kicked out. :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    To me this appears to be absolutely senseless. Players dropped for life due to attitude? And your best players too? To me it seems overreaction in the extreme.

  • POSTED BY Babu2288 on | March 10, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Great. For once at least, the PCB has done what they said they would do. I feel this step from the PCB was required. Hope this brings in players with some discipline. The underlying common factor among all the great players in the world (not just limited to cricket) is that each and every one of them is disciplined. Nobody can & should be bigger than the game itself. That said, now the next question would be what measures will be taken against PCB top management and who will do it. The top management, including Mr. Butt, is equally culpable. Pity Md. Yousuf though. He's a stupid captain, but a nice guy/player. Same is the case with Younis Khan as well.

  • POSTED BY Gohar on | March 10, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Great Job PCB if they really mean it!! as few other Ban were imposed in Past. Now, this will posibly open a new debate of captaincy as T20 cup is almost near!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Kamran should not be the part of the team and Shoaib's ban is not a wise choice he is the only player who can convert the game into victory.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    It ' shams to her this news. Pakistan team always has unnecessary problems. I think there administration also want to be changed. This is a problem of team management. This kind of issues not good for world cricket because, cricket known to be GENTELMENTS GAME.

  • POSTED BY Magchennai on | March 10, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    What on earth is happening.. Are they planning to abandon cricket in Pakistan completely..

  • POSTED BY Arsh on | March 10, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Good grief.. reminiscent of match fixing days because of the mass actions. However, this action was needed and I hope this is a fresh start for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    This is pathetic from the Pakistani Board. Without Yousuf or Younis, why are they bothering to play test cricket? They've turned a proud nation into a farce.

  • POSTED BY KingofDice on | March 10, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    o pakistan...what tangled webs you weave! you have effectively gutted your team...cut off the head of a dysfunctional chicken! i don't mean to be rude, but this seems politically motivated and not for the benefit of the game. Yousuf and Yonis are by far away the best batsmen in the team, with the younger Akmal being a promising prospect not yet experience to take the mantle. Reasons must be given, for so far i see nothing which supports such action as taken...please help me understand what prompted this.

  • POSTED BY Rising_India on | March 10, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    But PCB should stuck with this decision. but i think its unlikely, i am sure and i can easily see that after this thing, players will appeal against the decision and then PCB will give relief to the players to some lesser punishments........!!!!

  • POSTED BY resmyrakri on | March 10, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Iit is unfortunate to loose quality players like Yusuf and Yunis for the tem.They are the only players with substance in the Pakistani team. At the same time it is imporant that the team is united and work together, otherwise ther is no chance of a win. Hence it is important to bring discipline in the team. Howvever is this wau to bring the discipline. Banning literally the whole team for aperiod will take already dilapidated team into darkeness. Do the cricket board has the courage to keep this players away from Pakistani cricket. I dont think. after a week or so you can see that this is reversed. Typical Pakistani highhandeness attitude whcih will be reversed on a latr date. They need to think carefully and do the things intelligently. Unfortunately thisis like a big blunder in the field.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Wow this is just not right and not fair to Younus Khan and Mohammad Yousuf because of the services they have provided for the Pakistan Cricket, do not forget the 2005-06 season of Yousuf and Younis they both were the lead scorers in International Cricket, also too i really don't understand the ban on Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved-ul-Hassan because if you look at the Australian tour Rana was an outstanding bowler. Let me remind you Shahid Afridi has already been punished for what he did isn't fining him again a double penalty because he has already paid the price for what he has done. The Akmal Brothers if the PCB feels that they have done wrong then they should have sent them home during the tour of Australia. So over all I think that these punishment on our national players are just unjust and unfair and the PCB should apologize and reverse these decision

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    After seeing this, if I was a young, aspiring cricketer in Pakistan, I would pack up and move to England.

  • POSTED BY Maria219 on | March 10, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    First time in the history of the Pakistani Cricket the right decision has been made. As a fan I had enough of this player politics and power. Look at the record of Yousuf and Younis for the last 1 year they had not won a single match for Pakistan and involve in fighting and scandals. If we are suppose to lost the matches with these players better to give chance to some youngsters. At least new players try to win rather than fighting among themselves. And also its absolutely the right time to teach these players some harsh lessons. No one should be bigger than the game itself. Well done PCB.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Well Done to PCB, what happens in vegas stays in vegas. this team and the PCB are not answerable to Nation they are beyond every ethic running national team like business venture. why we select, reject and ban some one it is corporate thing... Butt is wrost Administator eve i believe tis is the time we should give Ehsan Mani chance to prove.. but again it is all political .. hell with pakistan cricket i am already upset with liverpool;)

  • POSTED BY TurboKam512 on | March 10, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Self demolition mode "on" by PCB and will only result inhumiliation taken to another level of the country and cricket by Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Wow, not sure if that was called for or not. I just hope the PCB has done the right thing, but if there's genuine reasons for these punishments, then good on them.

  • POSTED BY pondybay on | March 10, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    It is good for whole pakistan nation. Throw all ego filled money minded seniors. Hope they have earned enough to live rest of life in luxary way. what we need now is talented young people who can lift all pakistanis dream to acheive very good talented team who can compete with amy team. We least bother about win or lose . we want to see only committed performance in the field. Even do not mind throw out Afiridi and akmal brothers. Sure we can find many many afridis and akmals in Pakistan. Please no politics in selection. Take a lesson from China.. Give oppurtunity talented youngers. sure in coming days you can feel proud about your teams..All the Best...

  • POSTED BY vivaelmore on | March 10, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    I think this should have been done long time ago. Even though I like Malik as a cricketer, I think he should also not be selected in future to save Pakistan cricket from people like him. Rana should have been thankful that he found his place in the team after ICL, but if the guy doesn't realize than kick him out too...we have lot of talent in Pakistan as was obvious during recent RBS T20 cup. My first preference would be Afridi as captain but if not, Razzaq should be appointed captain as he can play all three formats of the game (he only has either 1st gear or the 5th gear).

  • POSTED BY bunnty on | March 10, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    PCB should take step and finalize the fines and bans on senior player to make an example for youngsters. these senior players destroyed pakistani cricket and lead to the bottom. i am happy if malik, younis and yousuf will be sacked.

  • POSTED BY JPB334 on | March 10, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    Younis and Yousif i salute you both! Next time you are in Australia please drop by my house so i can feed you my finest. You are 2 of the great modern Pakstani batsman who are unfortunately are caught up in a political mess. Hang your heads high because everyone with a ounce of cricketing knowledge will always appreciate the way you have proudly took charge of a proud cricketing nation in such horrible times.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    PCB are the worst Cricket Board in Cricket History They've Gone Nuts. The Decision they have taken now is gonna put pressure on their players making it harder for them to win.

  • POSTED BY Shaps on | March 10, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Very Good move by PCB. now they will understand how to play internationaly , & what is professionalism...

  • POSTED BY AmmarWasif on | March 10, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Man, thats awsomely stupid, foolish and idiotic. i can not understand what is the PCB doing. Pakistan Cricket has been crushed to toes. this is unbelievable??????????????????????????????????????

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    absolutely shocking news..!! i am stunned....

  • POSTED BY NuzairDGr8 on | March 10, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    I salute PCB for taking this step, tis hould be the fate of the players who put money in front of country... Afridi, Akmal should also have been banned for atleast 2 months... Younis and Yousuf rightly axed........ Very good decision now groom the new players!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    This is a little harsher step.Younis is rightly treated but Yosuf should nt b bannd!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    For Yousuf --- Not fear. This is Very bad Decision of PSB for Yousuf.

  • POSTED BY beaman on | March 10, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    life banned on Younus is such a ridiculous action taken by PCB. He's such a great personality and true leader. Banned on malik is a positive action taken by PCB, but PCB should look at Younus banned one more time.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    I am shocked that Mohamed Yousuf and Younis Khan are banned! Why is that? There is no specific allegation against them unlike Akmal brothers, Afridi or Rana Naved! Hope this will be the turning point for Pakistan cricket ending any prevailing indiscipline. But for Pakistan cricket to really improve, international cricket must return to Pakistan soon. I hope since Karachchi is safe, cricket can be just played there. PCB must consider hosting international games from next year onwards but restrict them to Karachchi only.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Wow, talk about severe action. I just cannot understand why they would completely axe (ehem *ban*) two of the best pakistan batsmen in Yousuf and Younis, I cant wrap my head around the fact that we will never see these two players in any Pakistan match,EVER.Incredibly over the top PCB, this is the punishment for "infighting which resulted in bringing down the whole team", how is that worse than feigning and injury , I just dont get. This seems like such a political stunt meant to be a show to the public. Give them suspensions, fines, strip them from captaincy like you have done with Afridi. Biting the ball is clearly cheating and deserves more than the ICC punishment, but the life bans on yousuf and younis is ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY nagasai1986 on | March 10, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Really shocking... this is going to affect the future of Pakistan's cricket. hope this doesn't take a drastic effect on their endeavour for both formats WC (which seems to be inevitable)....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    What shambles! What a shame!! This team was just about 6-8 months ago crowned champions in one of the ICC tournaments (ICC T20 WC). Look at the anarchy within and without in this team. Its despicable and beyond words!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    According 2 me PCB,has TaKeN "CoRRecT dEciSioN" these PLayeR'S dont DeSerVE 2 pLAy,when these perfom WillIng BadLY juss 2 ProVe eachother WronG !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    I guess this is the end of Pakistan cricket but I dont know how serious PCB is. If this really implements then good luck pak cricket team

  • POSTED BY usual_suspects on | March 10, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    I think I will the single Pak Fan who is extremley happy with this (and i know i'm gona cop it too from the other supporters), good on you PCB, we need change. but I also know the Players will appeal tomorow and it all be overturned, someone will come along and fire the whole board or its committee and this all will be overturned ... After all it is Pakistan Cricket

  • POSTED BY vigi101929 on | March 10, 2010, 8:04 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 tournaments 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!!!!! now to hide this they are finding scapegoats in the team who can bear the brunt of all the defeats..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!best thing BAN the entire team for 1 year and allow them to rework a good strategy.......!!!!

  • POSTED BY NasirMahmood on | March 10, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    This is disaster for Paksitan Cricket....... i personlay feel that Yousaf & Younas shold not be banned......its very harsh about Shoaib Malik + Afridi + Akmal Bro its ok

  • POSTED BY Shen_Mark on | March 10, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    I think the PCB has been too harsh on Younis and Yousuf.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Unbelievable. I understand the financial fines but why the bans? Especially for Younis and Yousuf. Why tarnish their names like this. If the board doesn't want to pick them, then thats fine. No need to formally ban them.

    Oh Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    woo! thats the biggest punishment I ever heard of. It looks more interesting than the Saurav Ganguly, Mohd. Azharuddin axe previously.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Great decision. We need this decision from a decade. No one is bigger than the country. They were trying to screw each other but basically they were screwing the country. Shameful act.

  • POSTED BY anshu.sunny on | March 10, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    Same old stor...Perpetrators get lighter punishments and the saviors being made scape goat

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Well done PCB. 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 SRT_Jammy_Dada_VVS_and_Anil_legends on | March 10, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Comedy Central must be wondering how they missed the funniest show of all time- the joke that is Pakistani cricket!!

  • POSTED BY PrameshP on | March 10, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    This is not good for cricket. I don't know what is Pakastanies cricket?

  • POSTED BY iUmairCh on | March 10, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    This is insane. How could you ban players for life for just a little fight between them. PCB should have given some warnings to the players, or should have fined them before banning them.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Wonderful! Marvelous!! Spectacular!!! Now someone please axe our politicians!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Can we ask Ijaz Butt to handle the 26/11 case?

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Way to go PCB ... this sets the record straight!

  • POSTED BY Tmalik on | March 10, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    PCB decision, this is yet another shocking news of life ban on two pillars of Pak cricket team. I guess this is gift to Younis Khan for winning us the T20 world cup and a gift to Yousuf for stepping in for captaincy when PCB was out of all choices. They cream the player to unacceptable height and then rubbish them aside. This is the policy of PCB. I consider Ijaz Butt is solely responsible of the state of team today as all this dirty politicis started from the day he took to chairmanship of board. BUT HE GOES UNPUNISHED!!!!!! Yet another surprise from PCB and yet another shame they brought to players, team and the country. I hope they stand by decision to keep AFRIDI as captain........

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Brilliant stuff from PCB; hope it rectifies some of the issues within the team

  • POSTED BY DrMeister on | March 10, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    I wonder who'll want to be captain now!

    Whatever, they've made a call ... they must NOT do a U-turn. They must back it up with facts and publish the report uncensored. They must set out rules and expectations of their players and select teams according to merit and not by name/city. It is worrying statement: "should not be part of national team in any format" - that does leave room for a u-turn!!! Feel sorry for classy players but no-one is above the team.

    I guess there should also be statements from PCB stating that if any player shows any discontent or misbehaviour during a tour then they will be sent home immediately; and if they have any grievances they should tell the PCB and not the blasted press; and definitely not have fights inside the dressing room.

  • POSTED BY joyking on | March 10, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    so sad. wish imran khan was still the captain or running the cricket show in pak

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    So Sad for Pakistani Cricket Lovers, Especialy Yousaf , He is a class player.

  • POSTED BY Khurram_Bhatti on | March 10, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    other than all......ban on Younis & yousuf is unfair

  • POSTED BY Sniper420 on | March 10, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Wow now they have axed all the ex-captains who is goign to lead the team? When will the board axe themselves, they are joke of the world... they have all the talent in the world but worse leaders in the world too kinda like stallion with a donkey head.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    wow excellent decision isn't it??? I'm not fully aware why Younis and Yousaf have been put under the life time ban...which seems quite harsh!!! But Afridi must be given a go...he shouldn't be banned at all. But it's really going to effect T20 world cup starting next month...not much time is left for preparation!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    tats the best thing PCB could do !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Maybe for first time, I can see PCB is that hard on their players .. Good thing at some point .. Though i'll miss Mohammad Yousuf's great batting !! :(

  • POSTED BY dc10970 on | March 10, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket is a mess, how can you ban you're best set of players and hope to achieve anything in the game. I don't understand how people can live in a country with no free expression. People questioning selections isn't bringing the game into disrepute and the ICC has got to make a stand on the actions of cricket administrators in these places. I personally would like to see the ICC ban Pakistan from International Cricket for several years until they can find a new set of administrators who will act in the best interests of the players

  • POSTED BY dc10970 on | March 10, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket is a mess, how can you ban you're best set of players and hope to achieve anything in the game. I don't understand how people can live in a country with no free expression. People questioning selections isn't bringing the game into disrepute and the ICC has got to make a stand on the actions of cricket administrators in these places. I personally would like to see the ICC ban Pakistan from International Cricket for several years until they can find a new set of administrators who will act in the best interests of the players

  • POSTED BY Punaro on | March 10, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    While such a stern action may have been long due, it is not a good news for test cricket. Without all these players particularly Yousuf and Younis, Pakistan will become a very weak test team. With Bang, Zimbabwe and WI already not playing good enough test cricket, we are left with only 6 decent teams. This is definitely not healthy and with only 6 good teams u can hardly call it an international sports!

  • POSTED BY Govardan on | March 10, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    pakistan should be looking ahead for the T20 WC instead of these.....which is one of the best decisions made by PCB..............

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Wow, I think that Pakastani cricket is really going to suffer because of this. Mohammed Yousuf is one of their key players. We can only hope Umar Akmal can follow in his steps.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Better PCB and Ejaz Butt should publicise the findings of their inquiry committee and explain the reasons for banning Muhammad Yousuf and Younus Khan, otherwise people will start criticising the board and Ejaz Butt himself. It is the history of the institutions in our country to sit on the each and every inquiry report. Why do they do this. Do they want to hide their own mistakes or what? Also fining Shahid Afridi seems unjustified when ICC has already punished him for his mistake.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    keep it up pcb it should have been done earlier

  • POSTED BY pollok911 on | March 10, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    about time the PCB did something to its players..They werent winning anything anyway so I think its good to kick the politics out of the game and now try and have a rebuilding phase for a couple of years. The Pakistani cricket fans has got to be patient as success wont come immediately but in the long run it will help them immensely.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Better PCB and Ejaz Butt should publicise the findings of their inquiry committee and explain the reasons for banning Muhammad Yousuf and Younus Khan, otherwise people will start criticising the board and Ejaz Butt himself. It is the history of the institutions in our country to sit on the each and every inquiry report. Why do they do this. Do they want to hide their own mistakes or what? Also fining Shahid Afridi seems unjustified when ICC has already punished him for his mistake.

  • POSTED BY Semoli on | March 10, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Can't these guys just play...as a team!

  • POSTED BY omarhaq on | March 10, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Superb decision. I couldn't be happier!

  • POSTED BY omarhaq on | March 10, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Great decision. This was a long time coming, and I'm so glad its happened. All these players feel they can just whatever they want, whenever they want. We don't need their kind anymore. Pakistan cricket needs a fresh start. They need to cultivate players to play test cricket, and separately train players for the shorter versions.

  • POSTED BY Govardan on | March 10, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    They made good decisions........

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    oh wt the hell is this...paskistan cricket left nothing...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    I really feel sorry for Mohd Yousuf. He no doubt deserves better treatment. Malik, Younis, Afridi and Rana were definitely acting up. BUT what Mohd Yousuf did?? Learn to respect your legends Pakkis!!!

  • POSTED BY shahzy0 on | March 10, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    first of all whos gonna be the captain. no fines should had been given to umar and afridi. umar still played and fine isnt the answer. will yousaf and younis evr play? are they serious. it is gud malik and rana get a year ban :p................ alot of changes and stll without the star players pak wll nt be able to win matches and losing matches for pak is routine...

  • POSTED BY tayyab_aslam on | March 10, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Have the board members taken responsibility that if these actions don't improve the team performances in the next 2-3 years, they could be punished in an equally forceful way affecting their careers anywhere?

  • POSTED BY SyedArbabAhmed on | March 10, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    PCB should specify the reasons for every player, so future players will learn from that example and why "Life ban" on Yousuf and Younis was imposed on them still very unclear.

  • POSTED BY Trackmonitor on | March 10, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    I think this is a blessing in disguise for Pakistan team, they have so many youngsters who could fill in the void. Hopefully a School Teacher Kind of Coach/Captain can run them. Once groupism comes into a team its difficult to make them perfrom.. case in point Greg Chappell and Indian Team. (Again Kolkata Knightriders).

  • POSTED BY akamaka on | March 10, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    WELL DONE! IJAZ BUTT you have DESTROYED Pakistani cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    I think it will help Pakistan Cricket.

  • POSTED BY ROLAYH on | March 10, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Shocking and too harsh on YK and MY...Ok for the rest

  • POSTED BY DB Shaikh on | March 10, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    PCB done a great job and a great example for other crickters. I hope now our team must be disciplined. Good wishes for T20 world cup.

  • POSTED BY iamabbas on | March 10, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Are they going to let us know why they banned Yousuf and Younis? I think we as the fans are the main stake holders and deserve to know more.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    i'm really shocked

    can any body telll me that r the two y's really axed ddrom all forms of cricket

  • POSTED BY ammar_0300 on | March 10, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    its ok to give punishment but dont like this when our team is in trouble. muhammad yousaf & younis khan are the most senior batsman in pakistan side and they are the backbone of batting line up pcb shouldnt give punishment like this. i think shahid afridi is the best choice for captaincy 7 pcb should not take captaincy from him.

  • POSTED BY ww113 on | March 10, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    This is bad timing.The morale of this side is already at rock bottom.Another T20 World Cup is fast approaching.The Pakistan side will be in total disarray.Who will hold the PCB chairman accountable for the string of disasters that has befallen the Pakistan side ?

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Here we go..............I strongly support these decision. A lesson must be taught.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Wah!!! Kya Baat Hai.......

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Life Bans for Yousuf and Younis.. where did this come from??

  • POSTED BY DrMeister on | March 10, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Hmmm ... So that means Shoaib Malik has kind of been a scapegoat along? Why a year ban for some and life for others? Akmals deserve it. Some ways at least PCB has for once used the rule book (so you hope). At least the players know where they stand. At least nothing can be taken for granted again. However, I wonder if Shoaib Akhtar will come back? I wonder when there will be a u-turn? More details must be released for MoYo and YK punishment and why. At least they can come out and speak of what their side is. It's a shame but if in the long run it puts people in order then I'm fine with it. If it is some cover up where MoYo and YK have been made scapegoats then to hell with PCB. I feel they should also go one step further an pick a captain that has not been one before and groom him as long as it takes.

  • POSTED BY mixlocks on | March 10, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    I fine the PCB was to hard ,their just human just like any of us, I can't understand why they would ban 2 players like that I'm shocked & hope things will work out for the better. Long live CRICKET, N Khan TnT

  • POSTED BY NH88 on | March 10, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Oh MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! when I first saw the headline.......... I thought they got caught in match fixin or something............... Surely the PCB has gone overboard with this. The whole team has been demolished..........

  • POSTED BY nymp on | March 10, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Awesome Decision. I fully support it!!!

    You rock Mr. Butt!!

  • POSTED BY BiSONN on | March 10, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Wow. Just wow. I hope Pakistan can bounce back from this, but it won't be quick. These are the biggest names in their team. Captain, former captain, future captain, T20 captain, wicket keeper, promising all rounder and upcoming star all under fire. First time I've ever seen anything like this. Whose gonna captain Pakistan now? Misbah, the out of form batsman whose place in the side is questioned by many? Who else? I can't think of anyone?

  • POSTED BY MAD-1 on | March 10, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    "Let the punishment fit the crime"........i think they've messed up here. i forsee stay orders in the near future and most of these players will probably feature in the world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Great Job by PCB. They deserve it.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Very Tough but it will proved to be a good lesson for future players! Why EJAZ BUTT escaped from fines and banned he should also punished as a boss!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    I am not sure what are the reasons for the punishments for Yousuf and Younis. The latter didn't feature in tests in down under. One has to feel pity for Yousuf, I think it is true that they say in Pakistan, when you want to drop a player, make him captain.

  • POSTED BY klobania on | March 10, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    its nothing but nonsense report from so called committee formed by pcb comprising mainly of board members themselves. if they are imposing life bans on yousuf and younis they must show the facts and basis for the same. even rana and shoaib malik are part of 30 members squad announced for t20 world cup if they were to be banned they should not be part of the same. i think if pcb really wants to panish anyone then it must be itself i.e. its chairman and members of board and not only players. another mockery by pcb for the rest of the world.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    What the hell is wrong with this management??? why life bans on yousuf and younis???if malik was the main culprit why he gets away with 1 year ban and yousaf gets the life ban???its a disaster for pakistan cricket........

  • POSTED BY JogeshPanda on | March 10, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    what is wrong with pakistan's cricket, it is shocking the players of such high caliber treated like this

  • POSTED BY blunt on | March 10, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    I honestly don't see what the PCB is doing. Clearly, when we're going through a tough patch the resolution isn't to get rid of our four most senior players. Although, i think we need a fresh start. However, this is just going to cause selection issues. How are we going to be able to make a team that wins games by the upcoming t20 wc? I hope u have thought about that PCB..Heres a tip thoguh: Get some of those U19s into the side

  • POSTED BY khtariq724 on | March 10, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    The life's ban on Yousuf Khan for the reason of delinquency is in justice. PCB should reconsider this decision.

  • POSTED BY asim.cricket on | March 10, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    That is very hard punishment for double "Y".

  • POSTED BY Lions1 on | March 10, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    It is extremely stupid to ban and axe few of the best players of the Pakistan team and Shoib Malik has been picked the most. Statistically he has been the best captain in the limited over format yet he got axed from that place last year. Pakistan Cricket needs to get their act right to do well in cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Wow! Who would've believed Yousuf and Younis would get lifetime bans?! I assume the charge is player politics (and I don't object to punishments if they're guilty) but it's still pretty heavy news. Unfortunately, I see a whloe new list of court appeals, parliamentary interventions and decision making by people who don't know jack about cricket coming up pretty soon.

    I'm only sorry as this probably means that Afridi will be further delayed in his move towards the captaincy.

    Still, have to admit, Ijaz Butt's got more guts than I'd given him credit for.

  • POSTED BY anas_rais on | March 10, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Soo finally Mr.Butt Decides to take action and this is what he does..!!. Excellent work Sir. Aready there were enough things going wrong with the team, this will just make it better?!?!. You are banning your best batsman in the team and one of the best batsmen in the world.WOW!!..Thumbs up for that PCB. Even though Malik hasnt performed lately but banning him will make things worse, before atleast u had some one to rely on now your gona rely on who?? Hopefully, PCB knows what they are doing, because if anything they will just change the Pcb chairman but the problems will be stay there because of this move.

  • POSTED BY guptasachin87 on | March 10, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    that is wonderfully good news !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Wonderful I would say. I am sure, we'll be going good in worldcup without these players. Nice to see Hafeez, Salman Butt and Misbah in the squad. We need the team man, if, they are being personal, let them axed.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    What rubbish is this??? Whats wrong with Pakistan Cricket??? Where did Younis and Yousif come into the picture??? Younis Khan wasn't even there for most part of the tour! I'm baffled!!! Whats going on?

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Welldone PCB

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Shocking news... But if they are responsible for any such act, All bans are Right. and should be implemented :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Holy Moly!! I never expected this, but it might be a step in the right direction for Pakistan Cricket. All these players thought they were bigger than the game, and hence.. Good job Butt Sahib, for the first time in your tenure. There is a tough road ahead for the young one's, but call it growing pains..

  • POSTED BY Shekar.Kothembaka on | March 10, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    There is no stability for the pakistan team now a days.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    ahh atleast somethin to chear 4 pak cricket..gr8 news 4 pak cric:))

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    GR8!!!!! first good thing done by this board.... I think now pakistan cricket will excel.... atleast we will see new faces who will play with guile and spirit.... not for themselves or their brothers or for captaincy....

  • POSTED BY Roamer on | March 10, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Can PCB chariman be banned too? he is really making a joke of Pakistan Cricket ..... I dont understand why Younis and Yousuf have been banned ?!?!?! also Afridi has been punished for ball biting so can a person be punished twice for one crime? ... all these decisions are just mind boggling !!! .... initially he refused to make the report public but now he wants the report to be public as well .... how many turnarounds do you want to take mr. chairman? .... appreciate if you can take one more and resign from the post too :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    GR8!!!!! first good thing done by this board.... I think now pakistan cricket will excel.... atleast we will see new faces who will play with guile and spirit.... not for themselves or their brothers or for captaincy....

  • POSTED BY pnandy on | March 10, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    uh this is hot....though I am an Indian but I have always been a big supporter of Md Yousuf, he is one of those rare players with class and absolute brilliant cricketing technique still in the Pakistan Cricket team, and from now w/o Yousuf and Younis, But still looking at the larger picture I think this was the right decision made by the board, its really a shame that in the sub continent the standard of overall cricket has not that been progressive over the last 5 years baring India. I would also like to see more ex Pakistan players taking up the responsibility for nurturing the future team, like Wasim, Inzy ...etc..Here hoping for the best.

  • POSTED BY le_stephenois on | March 10, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    ahhh Classic PCB... don't take it seriously people, they will take it back, they always do.. just a melodrama PCB play now and again to keep sure we are entertained.

  • POSTED BY osee_bhai on | March 10, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    everything has atleast some sort of previous backing or sense to it, but younis yousuf life bans?!?! Where the heck did that come from?!????

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    oh wt is this....pakistan cricket completely get destroyed....back bones been axed so harshly..oh unbelievable...

  • POSTED BY Misbahullah on | March 10, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    This is not a good decision by PCB to punnish its own team in this way life ban is not an understandable judgement to senior players and they should delayed untill world cup 2010 Afridi wanted to just win a match for the nation so he tempered with the ball i know that it was a wrong way but his heart was honest to Pakistani nation and he banned for two T20I so there was no need of Huge fine against him i hope PCB will think again about the team without STARS.....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Well Well Well, i dont know really i dont know what is going to be happening with Pakistan Cricekt, I am a crazy lover of cricket and of course love Pakistan cricket. I have no idea why Younis Khan and Mohd Yousaf are banned for life why? i can understand Rana and Malik case. PCB need to make changes in the management, they are pointing all the guns on the players:) I can only hope that Pakistan will win their any match in 20/20. where is Imran Nazir in the squad?????

  • POSTED BY cricketing on | March 10, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    This would come as a biggest shock for all the Pakistan fans because such bans would not be expected upon player like Mohammad Yousuf who can be compared to the best batsman in recent times. Let alone several match fixing rumors, ball biting incident and carrying drugs, this incident of charging half of the team including almost all the senior players in the side would be a great setback for such a great side and the reigning world T20 champions. I hope Pakistan recovers from such disaster very quickly.

  • POSTED BY mohsinali43 on | March 10, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    life ban is a bit too harsh for yousuf and younis. there's probably something else going on other than discipline, may be they're covering up for some match fixing involvement. Afridi was already punished for ball tempering so no reason to punish him again. Rest of the punishments are fine, malik deserved what he got.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | March 10, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Another pak justice. All revese logic. PCB guys are idiots. They only have two quality Test players in yousuf and younis and they give them life ban when they did not get the team they wanted?.

    Pakistan is full of politics of different sort compared to BCCI. BCCI is a mafia.

    PCB does all namesake then reverse all punishment in a month.

    PCB is become a comedy club.

  • POSTED BY AMUZAMMIL on | March 10, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Shocking news, one can expect MALIK and RANA to be banned for certain period, but YOUSA and YOUNIS both axed for ever is not understandable. This seems that things were so bad since a long time that it allowed misfortunes to grow and creep into the team's main metabolism. This shows in efficency at the part of CHAIRMAN as well, he must also step down and accept that all this went wrond during his tenure so i leave this post, unfortunately he axed senior players to save his place. What a pity a 70+ year old chairman wants to stay till his death and want to run the show with out key players and performers. The inquiry committee itself is a big question mark, all of them has been braught by current chairman and they will recommend only what chairman wants them to do, although teams and organizations does not stop functioning with the exit of some players or members, but to do so the replacments are made well in time to cover the gap and loss, in case of PCB their is no back up resources.

  • POSTED BY raisalman on | March 10, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    I can't believe this ban coming from Mr. Ijaz Butt. He has made the players his scape goat. No doubt penalties must be imposed on culprits but who is going to judge PCB? These bunch of shit have made Pakistan cricket suffer a lot and i am damn sure nothing is going to change untill we get rid of this PCB admin..

    I guess a huge fine would have been enough but life time ban?????for what Mr. Ijaz?? I guess if destroying the team spirit has been Yousuf and Younis's guilt than you must be hanged Mr Butt along with your hypocrite admin

    feeling sorry for all the fans including myself... on a light note: I guess I must start training in my university because the way our international players are heading, Pak team might be short of 11 players in the final line up:)

  • POSTED BY fayiz_usman on | March 10, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    PCB shoul not give some more chances to You-You

  • POSTED BY aruji on | March 10, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    dear god life ban is a bit too harsh

  • POSTED BY wajihIBA on | March 10, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Why have Yousuf and Younis been banned? These two are the most honest and patriotic players to have represented Pakistan in the recent history.

    Younis loses his mind intermittently but I don't think there is any doubt about his honesty or commitment.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    This action must have been taken before , player power must be eliminated . No compromise on disciplane . No player is bigger than Team itself , lets keep our fingers crossed that this action will imporve our cricket

  • POSTED BY wajihIBA on | March 10, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Why have Yousuf and Younis been banned? These two are the most honest and patriotic players to have represented Pakistan in the recent history.

    Younis loses his mind intermittently but I don't think there is any doubt about his honesty or commitment.

  • POSTED BY rzi-BDML on | March 10, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Alrighte wid Rana, Malik, Shahid and Akmals, but what the hell is wrong wid d Younis-Yousaf? There is no way, that they have had personal claches between them as told by a local TV, instead they are friends n yousaf even forced the selection committee to send younis to Austraila, This is unbeleivable. An other draw back for already suffering PAK CRICKET.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    finally the fate has been decided for the Pakistan team

  • POSTED BY shaantanu on | March 10, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    wow!!!this is really shocking.....what a knee jerk reaction!but this is the state of affairs in pakistan today(n i mean not their cricket alone).the right hand doesnt know what the left hand is doing......now i dont want to hear pakistanis are the most talented bunch of cricketers but their problem is lack of unity and blah blah.this statement is done to death.whats talent without brains.

  • POSTED BY akbhatt on | March 10, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous!!!

    GOD SAVE PAKISTAN CRICKET

  • POSTED BY rnarayan on | March 10, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    What a tragedy. We don't know the details, but the 2 Ys have been a delight to anybody who loves batsmanship. I say this as one who played with and has seen the best India has to offer, From Jaisimha(my first captain) to Laxman. We will miss them, but the cricketing world needs a clean Pakistan side, appreciated for their undoubted ability, free of snide remarks. Whoever wants to give us the real cricketing Pakistan, more power to your arm. We just hope it is not another false dawn.

  • POSTED BY Aboofiras_al on | March 10, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    All Experienced players like Yousuf and younis dropped,Malik banned,Afridi in Six month probation period.Kamran Akmal's Place also in doubt in Squad.Misbah ul Haq age is almost 36.So Who will be the next captain.While Waqar has been appointed as new coach, I think he has a great plan to guide the team ahead of 2011 World Cup, these things are not comfortable to Pakistan Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    this was the last thing dat was pending in pakistan cricket

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    I will be more than interested to know the exact reasons behind these bans. Does make you wonder whether these actions are justified or simply a cover up for all the failures of PCB themselves. Something tells me this is just the beginning, Yousuf and Younis are not the sort of people to keep quiet about it.

  • POSTED BY ChanduRockers on | March 10, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    This is rediculous. I don't have clear info what happend behind the scene but expect 100% return for both Yusuf and Yonis. Why everytime Pakistan cricket board put axe on Yosuf? are Yosuf and Yonis made crime more than match fixing , ball tampering or unrelated cricket crime?

  • POSTED BY joshr1pp3r on | March 10, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    pakistan cricket is an absolute joke yousuf and khan should not get life bans there have been far worse incidents by cricketers who have not been banned

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    shame on PCB ..unfair ....this is like putting the gun making them to play....the whole thing is like PCB want money and they getting from their players.....Younis,Yousuf both r fantastic cricketer in the world they contributed a lot for pak...and treating them in this way is purely unfair...punish them if they did wrong like afridi did (ball tampering) ... pak is trying to kill cricket ..

  • POSTED BY Adnan143 on | March 10, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    once again PCB has showed how bad manager of sports they are, why on earth younis was punished. What a justice of PCB, One year ban for bad egg in team and life bans of suffering captains, WTF

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    pakistan cricket juss got fuked!!!

  • POSTED BY Test-Over-T20 on | March 10, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Younis and Yousuf banned for life from Tests? what an incredible desicion, how do they think they will ever compete without them, their team will be so unbelievably inexperienced .. I actually cannot believe we won't be seeing Younis or Yousuf in test cricket ever again ,.. shocking news

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    ALL OF THEM WILL THE WORLD T20!! SAME THING HAD HAPPENED TO SHOAIB

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    what happened.........i cant believe this

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    What a farce. Why would you drop your two best batsmen?

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    This is too harsh punishment from PCB expecially on both the senior players. Without a doubt Pakistan will suffer severely in Test cricket. I wonder how Afridi didn't get enough punishment that he deserves for ball tampering and also loosing all the ODIs. Very biased but what is PCB going to acheive by this, as if the sport is only corrupt.

  • POSTED BY WASEEM.SAJID on | March 10, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    Wait and see for detailed report...Cant get what happened b/w yousaf and younas. As team physio's( in C.T and Abu Dhabi ) report is also shown in which he said that 7 players took oath and said that they will remain united and remove younas from captain..who the hell these 7 were. On the whole a very good decision.

  • POSTED BY KhuMir on | March 10, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Good idea banning Younus. He was getting too emotional and touchy, and he wanted everything his way. Mohammed Yousuf was way too ineffective, and you never realized what was going on in his head. Malik's case was wrong, he was doing okay, trying his best. Rana.... I can NOT believe they did that to him. He's an amazing player, and they just threw him away. But he will be back so that's okay. Afridi + Akmals... Thank God they got away.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    what is happening.... Who wants to destroy Pakistani cricket... IJAZ BUTT?? WHOOOO tell me please... Who is taking the decision against SHAHID AFRIDI he had already ban for 2 T20 and what now they want....................... if they ban SHAHID AFRIDI there is no any reason to watch T20 world 2010.

  • POSTED BY cse_sahil on | March 10, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    HeHeHeheheheheheheheheheeheh............. Really this team deserved this............ Bloody hypocrites..................

  • POSTED BY dil333 on | March 10, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Sounds like they were banned for match fixing and now we have the cover ups of team disputes, LOL.

    Sif you get a lifetime or year ban for actions like this.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    this is ridiculous. banning two of the best batsmen in the world for a series defeat that will be forgotten in a few months? keeping player power in check does not mean ruling with an iron fist. two months ago they were all for supporting the captain, with intikhab even recently warning yousuf of players with a hidden agenda. and now they want blood. typical of PCB who has had such a long strain of authoritarian rule, with no long term plans and a coherent strategy. in my opinion, this is as bad for pakistan cricket as the safety situation is.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    this is ridiculous. banning two of the best batsmen in the world for a series defeat that will be forgotten in a few months? keeping player power in check does not mean ruling with an iron fist. two months ago they were all for supporting the captain, with intikhab even recently warning yousuf of players with a hidden agenda. and now they want blood. typical of PCB who has had such a long strain of authoritarian rule, with no long term plans and a coherent strategy. in my opinion, this is as bad for pakistan cricket as the safety situation is.

  • POSTED BY Number1CricketFan on | March 10, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    wow! first time the PCB has taken major action against the players. Big disaster for Pakistan cricket

  • POSTED BY pravinkh on | March 10, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    LIFE BANS somehow this looks too harsh unless the two senior statesmen were involved in match fixing and somehow I am not too surprised if they were involved in match fixing. And if they were involved I am sure Afridi Akmal & Malik would also be involved. Pakistani cricket is never short of controversy.

  • POSTED BY teesra3 on | March 10, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    ...yet another desperate, illogical and pathetic effort from the PCB to enforce discipline among the players. First, the PCB would not respond to ANYTHING WHATSOEVER, when they would however, they would not think about the consequences and try to act hard. I am disappointed at the decision to axe Mohammad Yusuf and Yunis Khan, though the ban of Malik and Rana might be justified. Utter nonsense.

  • POSTED BY skrcks on | March 10, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    Unbelievable, I feel bad for Pakistan Cricket fans, Who will lead now Razzaq/Misbah/Butt?. There test line up will be even more bad without the two Y's.

  • POSTED BY UAETigers on | March 10, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    PCB has done one thing right to take action against the "wrong doers" but a life ban on Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan seems to be pretty much harsh and biased. If PCB wants to have a clean chit from others and Pakistani cricket lovers they should inform everyone the reason behind this decision. Accountability and clarity is the most important factor right now.

  • POSTED BY cktckt on | March 10, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Finally Something Good Happens to Pakistan Cricket......Congrats Ijaj....Pakistan Cricekt can move on now....GOOD LUCK.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Perfectly all right. the players who play for themselves should be axed.

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | March 10, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Shocking news. It will be interesting to find out why actions have been taken against Younus khan (who hardly played in Oz tour) and Mohammed Yousuf (who took over captaincy at difficult times). Others were pretty much in news though !

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    This is too harsh on the likes of Mohomad Yousuf & Younis Khan I think

    Malik deservers more i think But we need more inside information on this

  • POSTED BY Muhd.azam on | March 10, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Thats realy gud news for pakistan cricket..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    it wont be long before we hear the news that the bans have been reversed

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  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    it wont be long before we hear the news that the bans have been reversed

  • POSTED BY Muhd.azam on | March 10, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Thats realy gud news for pakistan cricket..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    This is too harsh on the likes of Mohomad Yousuf & Younis Khan I think

    Malik deservers more i think But we need more inside information on this

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | March 10, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Shocking news. It will be interesting to find out why actions have been taken against Younus khan (who hardly played in Oz tour) and Mohammed Yousuf (who took over captaincy at difficult times). Others were pretty much in news though !

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Perfectly all right. the players who play for themselves should be axed.

  • POSTED BY cktckt on | March 10, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Finally Something Good Happens to Pakistan Cricket......Congrats Ijaj....Pakistan Cricekt can move on now....GOOD LUCK.

  • POSTED BY UAETigers on | March 10, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    PCB has done one thing right to take action against the "wrong doers" but a life ban on Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan seems to be pretty much harsh and biased. If PCB wants to have a clean chit from others and Pakistani cricket lovers they should inform everyone the reason behind this decision. Accountability and clarity is the most important factor right now.

  • POSTED BY skrcks on | March 10, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    Unbelievable, I feel bad for Pakistan Cricket fans, Who will lead now Razzaq/Misbah/Butt?. There test line up will be even more bad without the two Y's.

  • POSTED BY teesra3 on | March 10, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    ...yet another desperate, illogical and pathetic effort from the PCB to enforce discipline among the players. First, the PCB would not respond to ANYTHING WHATSOEVER, when they would however, they would not think about the consequences and try to act hard. I am disappointed at the decision to axe Mohammad Yusuf and Yunis Khan, though the ban of Malik and Rana might be justified. Utter nonsense.

  • POSTED BY pravinkh on | March 10, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    LIFE BANS somehow this looks too harsh unless the two senior statesmen were involved in match fixing and somehow I am not too surprised if they were involved in match fixing. And if they were involved I am sure Afridi Akmal & Malik would also be involved. Pakistani cricket is never short of controversy.