Pakistan's discplinary crisis March 15, 2010

PCB and manager wrangle over player bans

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Younis Khan axing Mohammad Yousuf from the second ODI against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi last November ultimately led to his own resignation from the captaincy and created problems within the team, according to the report of the manager of the side Abdur Raqib. This, and a number of other revelations, was announced by the PCB today in a press release salvo aimed at the former manager, who was with the side on tours to Abu Dhabi, New Zealand and Australia.

The three tours culminated with a winless trip to Australia and the results led to an inquiry committee looking at the reasons behind the loss. The committee - with assent from the board chairman Ijaz Butt - last week handed out severe fines and bans to seven senior players for various breaches of discipline. But the board, to mounting criticism, has refused to make public the committee report, which itself took inputs from reports of the coach, manager and interviews with many players. This release, in which details of Raqib's reports are released, could however mark the beginning of a drip-drip release of the entire report.

Since the punishments Raqib has publicly spoken of his surprise - and in some cases disappointment - at the fines and bans. But the board today released a statement claiming that Raqib had wanted players to be heavily fined. According to the board, in his manager's report, Raqib writes "that when Younis Khan decided to drop Mohammad Yousuf for the second ODI against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi [Yousuf played the second ODI, but was dropped from the third match], it led to a series of events that ultimately forced Younis Khan to resign. Raquib's tour report clearly mentioned that when Yousuf was told he was dropped on account of his poor fielding he curtly replied, "I have been fielding like this for the last 7 years". He publicly argued with the team coach and the resulting disquiet in the team led to the dropping of Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal. Raquib stated that it was in the backdrop of these events that team unity completely broke down and eventually Younis Khan resigned from the captaincy. Raquib has also admitted that he was unable to take any corrective action and remained totally helpless to arrest the sharply falling team morale in during these events."

Other incidents revealed in the report confirm the impression that there was considerable disquiet within the side through the three-month trip. Most damaging is the apparent confirmation of the behaviour of the Akmal brothers after the Sydney Test. Kamran was fined for making statements to the Australian press about playing in Hobart, but Raqib's report also says that younger brother Umar complained of a non-existent back injury in the run-up to the Test. "After the second Test in Sydney when Kamran Akmal was apparently being dropped for poor performance he started giving statements in the Australian Press which was a clear breach of the player's code of Conduct. Consequently Umar Akmal complained of a back injury; however after a medical check up no injury was found. Umar Akmal however also violated the code of conduct by giving statements to the press."

A "brawl" between Yousuf and coach Intikhab Alam is also documented, during the fifth and final ODI in Perth, which Yousuf eventually sat out amid much speculation at the time. "Raquib has also written in his tour report that after the 5th ODI against Australia a brawl took place between Mohammad Yousuf and the team coach on the selection of the team, as Shahid Afridi had made two changes and dropped Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik," the PCB said. The report also confirmed rumours of an altercation between Umar Gul and Mohammad Aamer during a Test in New Zealand, one serious enough to incur heavy fines.

The board said it "completely rejected Raquib's recent statements in the press where he has denied complaining about player indiscipline during his stint as Team Manager. In his recent appearance before the Australian Tour Inquiry Committee when asked what action should be taken against those players who were found to be in breach of team discipline Mr. Raquib had suggested that they should be heavily fined. It is disappointing to note that Mr. Raquib has chosen to deny what is already well recorded and documented. Raquib had repeated his complaints during his appearance before the Australia Tour Inquiry Committee. Now Mr. Raquib is issuing statements that are completely opposite to his own stated positions."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • rim3l on March 18, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should be made captain.He should not be fined because he was already banned for 2 intenational matches for biting the ball.then how can u punish a person twice for one crime????its like a killer being hanged twice for one murder.can u do that????? If u can then fine Afridi,otherwise he should not be fined.He is the only person who can take the responsibility of being the Captain of the team..........

  • silverspoon on March 18, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    The captain should be the player that works hardest in practice. Forget about talent, forget about seniority.

  • on March 17, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    they should make the report public so thr wont be any fight on who said what !!

  • FitzroyMarsupial on March 16, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    Does anyone believe these bans are going to stick? No, me neither - like the other posters below it's simply a matter of time before the bans get lifted and a new PCB chairman sweeps in promising a new dawn - and so the cycle continues.

    There's something fascinating about the self-destructive road that Pakistani cricket seems determined to follow and something thrilling about the way in which occasionally all the elements sometimes still combine to produce magic. But this against all the odds stuff can't keep happening (just look at the Windies). This is supposed to be a national sport - providing pride and ambition for a nation's youth. Dressing room bust-ups, constant coups overthrowing management, match fixing - leave that to the WWE. Entertaining yes, sport, no.

  • Nameez on March 16, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    @imirfan: Plow is talking against Pakistan cricket, you should first know that!!

  • on March 16, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    I think PCB should make this report public so that people should know what actually happened in Down Under tour (Australia) and in past escpecially in Younus Khan captaincy. The stories of players powers and disputes were also highlighted in last year Srilankan tour. Our cricket is almost dead due to terrorism but these bans and fines will be more deadliest under these circumstances. Every Pakistani wants justice and why it should not be for crickters.

  • imirfan on March 16, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    I totally agree with what plow has said. perhaps we need someone new as captain. Why no body is talking about the under19 captain Ghuman. Afridi has ben very rightly criticised by lots. get some serioue players out there Please.

  • AleemLatif on March 16, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    PCB should stick with all the decisions... the point here is the way the whole bunch of players behaved and played cricket in the last 3-4 tours deserve strict punishments given that they have been fighting with each other, have been keeping personal grudges ahead of their national interests. If these players are not given exemplary punishments than this Immature/selfish and childish behaviour would carry on among our players. After these punishments, the remaining bunch of players would always think twice before doing such mistakes again in future. It has always been ironic in past that whenever a punishment has been awarded to any player to enforce discipline, it has been overturned by any court. If such things wont stop, these players would never play for the country. PCB should not be on the back-foot now and should stay firm on the punishments. No player is bigger than the national interests and we don't need players who are childish enough to not know how to play as team men.

  • Nameez on March 16, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Wel i think the Bans on Yousuf and Younis should be lifted and if they were given 1 year bans and they rest a strict warning that would do, but Seven senior players heavily banned wil bring only more losses to PCB. What PCB should think, must be of winning the next series, certainly this bans and fines does not make sense!!! In my opinion Afridi Should Captain in all formats and PCB should reconsider abt the fines and bans

  • T31932 on March 16, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    WHOEVER SAID SHOAIB MALIK SHUD B THE CAPTAIN PLEASE STOP WATCHING CRICKET!.The only ban i agree with is the1on malik bcuz he was a conniving selfish player KILLING the team morale&wasn't even tat skillful.1good inning in10matches doesn't suffice a place in the team. His bowling is almost useless with ajmal and afridi around. He is a good fielder by PAKISTANI standards but he brings too much negative baggage with him so I AM VERY HAPPY HE IS OUT. Younis and Yousuf shud b allowed ONLY IN THE TEST TEAM.Afridi shud b made full-time captain for all formats. If the PCB shows faith in him he will mature more like he has in the last 3-4 yrs. Other than tat ball biting incident he was very positive and HAD EVERYONE'S SUPPORT...players (EVEN MALIK's)&fans. His batting, bowling&fielding has improved enough that he deserves a place in the test team as well. Plus him and Waqar know each other very well so they CAN work 2gether.Finally, Imran Khan shud takeover as manager/head of PCB.HeTheMan4theJOB

  • rim3l on March 18, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should be made captain.He should not be fined because he was already banned for 2 intenational matches for biting the ball.then how can u punish a person twice for one crime????its like a killer being hanged twice for one murder.can u do that????? If u can then fine Afridi,otherwise he should not be fined.He is the only person who can take the responsibility of being the Captain of the team..........

  • silverspoon on March 18, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    The captain should be the player that works hardest in practice. Forget about talent, forget about seniority.

  • on March 17, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    they should make the report public so thr wont be any fight on who said what !!

  • FitzroyMarsupial on March 16, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    Does anyone believe these bans are going to stick? No, me neither - like the other posters below it's simply a matter of time before the bans get lifted and a new PCB chairman sweeps in promising a new dawn - and so the cycle continues.

    There's something fascinating about the self-destructive road that Pakistani cricket seems determined to follow and something thrilling about the way in which occasionally all the elements sometimes still combine to produce magic. But this against all the odds stuff can't keep happening (just look at the Windies). This is supposed to be a national sport - providing pride and ambition for a nation's youth. Dressing room bust-ups, constant coups overthrowing management, match fixing - leave that to the WWE. Entertaining yes, sport, no.

  • Nameez on March 16, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    @imirfan: Plow is talking against Pakistan cricket, you should first know that!!

  • on March 16, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    I think PCB should make this report public so that people should know what actually happened in Down Under tour (Australia) and in past escpecially in Younus Khan captaincy. The stories of players powers and disputes were also highlighted in last year Srilankan tour. Our cricket is almost dead due to terrorism but these bans and fines will be more deadliest under these circumstances. Every Pakistani wants justice and why it should not be for crickters.

  • imirfan on March 16, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    I totally agree with what plow has said. perhaps we need someone new as captain. Why no body is talking about the under19 captain Ghuman. Afridi has ben very rightly criticised by lots. get some serioue players out there Please.

  • AleemLatif on March 16, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    PCB should stick with all the decisions... the point here is the way the whole bunch of players behaved and played cricket in the last 3-4 tours deserve strict punishments given that they have been fighting with each other, have been keeping personal grudges ahead of their national interests. If these players are not given exemplary punishments than this Immature/selfish and childish behaviour would carry on among our players. After these punishments, the remaining bunch of players would always think twice before doing such mistakes again in future. It has always been ironic in past that whenever a punishment has been awarded to any player to enforce discipline, it has been overturned by any court. If such things wont stop, these players would never play for the country. PCB should not be on the back-foot now and should stay firm on the punishments. No player is bigger than the national interests and we don't need players who are childish enough to not know how to play as team men.

  • Nameez on March 16, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Wel i think the Bans on Yousuf and Younis should be lifted and if they were given 1 year bans and they rest a strict warning that would do, but Seven senior players heavily banned wil bring only more losses to PCB. What PCB should think, must be of winning the next series, certainly this bans and fines does not make sense!!! In my opinion Afridi Should Captain in all formats and PCB should reconsider abt the fines and bans

  • T31932 on March 16, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    WHOEVER SAID SHOAIB MALIK SHUD B THE CAPTAIN PLEASE STOP WATCHING CRICKET!.The only ban i agree with is the1on malik bcuz he was a conniving selfish player KILLING the team morale&wasn't even tat skillful.1good inning in10matches doesn't suffice a place in the team. His bowling is almost useless with ajmal and afridi around. He is a good fielder by PAKISTANI standards but he brings too much negative baggage with him so I AM VERY HAPPY HE IS OUT. Younis and Yousuf shud b allowed ONLY IN THE TEST TEAM.Afridi shud b made full-time captain for all formats. If the PCB shows faith in him he will mature more like he has in the last 3-4 yrs. Other than tat ball biting incident he was very positive and HAD EVERYONE'S SUPPORT...players (EVEN MALIK's)&fans. His batting, bowling&fielding has improved enough that he deserves a place in the test team as well. Plus him and Waqar know each other very well so they CAN work 2gether.Finally, Imran Khan shud takeover as manager/head of PCB.HeTheMan4theJOB

  • plow on March 15, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Pakistan has become the laughing stock of world cricket.

    Nothing suprises anyone anymore and its not fair on former greats like Wasim Akram, Imran Kahn who were absolute legends in my eyes..

    Doubled by the fact that like Shahid Afridi who is a senior player, only plays the game for his own ego, to see how far he can hit the ball, to be popular with the crowds, get a strike rate of 300 even if he only scores 8 runs in a match. Even more crazy is that he keeps getting selected despite this selfish attitude. Talented he is, comitted he isn't. Get rid of him, he is a blatant, repetitive cheat and a shame on Pakistan. Players who cheat like this should be removed from the national squad permanently.

    Choose serious players, choose serious officials that aren't in it for their own gain, only then will Pakistan come back to where it was 15 years ago...

    I feel for Yousuf and for Younis who are both serious and seriously gifted cricketers..

  • ManHOOS on March 15, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    pakistani team worst than bangladesh lolzzz

  • Venkat_Super_11 on March 15, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Who cares about this dam**ed report? Whatever is happening with PCB is just a series of non-fiction episodes that will eventually expose the clown in Ejaz Butt. This is all like a screenplay written and directed by PCB to show something to its cricket-loving public to create a feeling that they are doing something to reform the team. They know pretty well that without senior players like Shoaib/Younis/Yousuf/Afridi, they cannot even think of winning another international game.

    Once again, Ejaz Butt proves that he cannot be taken too seriously as he is after all a clown.

  • mumbaiguy79 on March 15, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Interesting stories here which are good enough to make a Bollywood blockbuster ;-)

  • on March 15, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    I would be embarrased if my village team acted the same way the Pakistani national team has. All and sundry in Pakistani cricket seems to have forgotten one very basic maxim - its a team game. All the chenanigans, both in the team and on the board, relate to a single fault - individuals more concerned with their own power and powerbase than the good of the team. Its pathetic. Here's a prediction - the board will be overthrown in another power struggle, one or more of the old captains will be re-instated and everything will continue as it is, until everyone involved can grow up.

  • on March 15, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    What a shame!! are these guys playing some street cricket!! even in street cricket there is some respect!! But wow! look at our giants! Well i guess these fines are justified. But well now don't create much speculations in appointing Captain for all format. We need strong captain!! and there is no other than shahid Afridi!! And I know thats the voice of 70% of cricketing Fans!

  • on March 15, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    end off cricket Pakistan knaw.

  • irfanzulfiqar786 on March 15, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    hi osman let me tell u something in advance what gonna happen in few days time all of these ban and fine going to be waived out, eventually the pcb head is going to be resigned then there would be the new one and he is going to reinstate all players who are banned and fined , this is what has been happening in past for so many years , and this is going to happen again.so just wait and watch .

  • cric_prince on March 15, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    It would be a big sin to make salman butt or Afridi a captain. salman butt can never select last 11 players to his will if waqar younis is a coach. 2ndly waqar younis and Afridi naturally cant work together especially to slecet last 11. Now Ijaz butt is going to make even more bigger sin''O my God'' . Please dont think about Misbah or Razzak as a captain this is just a waste of time.

    Shoaib Malik as a captain he is a better candidate at this time. I hope PCB will realise this.

    I want to ask Gen tauqir zia as he thinks that he is the next chairman of pcb. He was saying on geo that senior players r here treated very badley. Please can u tell me general sahib, how u treated Wasim, waqar, S Anwar, saqlain and Inzi bhai? U r even more rude than Butt sahib.

  • poderdubdubdub on March 15, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    What a disgraceful drama being played right now in Pakistan Cricket. All this humiliation shows the poor quality of officials who are holding our national game to a ransom. Why the higher authorities cant see what a laughing stock the PCB has become world!!

  • cric_prince on March 15, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    1- Pcb management is gone totally mad now. They punished the players and escaped. They brought new ppl in, wch r not better qualified and unable for the Jobs wch r given to them. This is really sensless and useless, pcb management escaped so easily.

    2- Thr is a playerspower in Pak team because pcb management was very weak and they were totally depending on senior players. Ijaz butt took this action very very late. Suddenly u punish them once for all the sins wch they made last 12 months. This is a very rude treatment and failure of pcb management. Players must be penalized but Ijaz butt must be sacked and penalized heavily.

    3- Please dont say it that we dont have players backup. As a reall Pak cricket fan I am very happy with the punishment of Younis, yousuf and afridi and Rana. But U gull escaped, please watch properly his bowling spell in each game, he should be hanged.

    4- umar akmal is a youngster so he is not heavily penalized by PCB, he should be very happy with this.

  • HIKAIFI on March 15, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    I fail to understand the indiscipline and fine and punishments. These acts of omissions and commissions must be quantifiable. What happens inside the dressing rooms of players is not indiscipline. It does not bring the game in disrepute nor there is any match fixing involved. If Waqar Younis who was also involved in match fixing and was mentioned in Qayuum's report not to be given any appointment of responsibility his responsibility as Coach of the team is a much greater blunder. There is no doubt that players are made scapegoats and reports and punishments are just farce to give impression that Board was busy doing nothing (destroying nucleus of the team) through these measures and if nothing creating divides between the players for all times to come.

  • Usman12784 on March 15, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    these fines and bans are good for coming cricket in Pakistan because this is an international cricket not an club cricket

  • Hammad.Fayyaz on March 15, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    I strongly believe that the bans and fines on the players are rightly so. The player power in the dressing room has gone beyond limits and it was hampering the team performance. Things are required to be 'disciplined' and ornagized as in the end its Pakistan Team who suffers and not the players. Also Younis and Yousuf both are post 35 yrs of age (actual age, not legal age) and since Misbah will also be leaving the middle order slot in next 1-2 yrs so it will be hightime to look for some young blood from under 19 or A-Team for middle order. Kamran Akmal always have problems overseas. I remember his terrible tour of England (tour involving Inzi-Darryl Hair saga) where he was miserable with both the bat and gloves. He is only good for sub-continent tracks. Young Brigade is what the doctor's order for Pakistan Cricket Team now !!

  • Seasole on March 15, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Osman bhai..the shameful and pathetic affairs of PCB are like other government institutes in pakistan. Cricket being so popular needs services of fine people since you are doing a gr8 job with journalism, why don't you develop a forum and make sure PCB somehow reads and understand wht they are doing wrong by reading public opinions...Since media has become soo strong now, PCB has to change their working procedures and policies. I am sure some voluntary efforts by a group of organized individuals can turn things around. Do think about it as you are in a position where you can help.

  • on March 15, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Raquib asked for heavy fines and pcb handed over bans. I dont understand why PCB cant see the difference?? amazing how fines and bans are all the same to them

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  • on March 15, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Raquib asked for heavy fines and pcb handed over bans. I dont understand why PCB cant see the difference?? amazing how fines and bans are all the same to them

  • Seasole on March 15, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Osman bhai..the shameful and pathetic affairs of PCB are like other government institutes in pakistan. Cricket being so popular needs services of fine people since you are doing a gr8 job with journalism, why don't you develop a forum and make sure PCB somehow reads and understand wht they are doing wrong by reading public opinions...Since media has become soo strong now, PCB has to change their working procedures and policies. I am sure some voluntary efforts by a group of organized individuals can turn things around. Do think about it as you are in a position where you can help.

  • Hammad.Fayyaz on March 15, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    I strongly believe that the bans and fines on the players are rightly so. The player power in the dressing room has gone beyond limits and it was hampering the team performance. Things are required to be 'disciplined' and ornagized as in the end its Pakistan Team who suffers and not the players. Also Younis and Yousuf both are post 35 yrs of age (actual age, not legal age) and since Misbah will also be leaving the middle order slot in next 1-2 yrs so it will be hightime to look for some young blood from under 19 or A-Team for middle order. Kamran Akmal always have problems overseas. I remember his terrible tour of England (tour involving Inzi-Darryl Hair saga) where he was miserable with both the bat and gloves. He is only good for sub-continent tracks. Young Brigade is what the doctor's order for Pakistan Cricket Team now !!

  • Usman12784 on March 15, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    these fines and bans are good for coming cricket in Pakistan because this is an international cricket not an club cricket

  • HIKAIFI on March 15, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    I fail to understand the indiscipline and fine and punishments. These acts of omissions and commissions must be quantifiable. What happens inside the dressing rooms of players is not indiscipline. It does not bring the game in disrepute nor there is any match fixing involved. If Waqar Younis who was also involved in match fixing and was mentioned in Qayuum's report not to be given any appointment of responsibility his responsibility as Coach of the team is a much greater blunder. There is no doubt that players are made scapegoats and reports and punishments are just farce to give impression that Board was busy doing nothing (destroying nucleus of the team) through these measures and if nothing creating divides between the players for all times to come.

  • cric_prince on March 15, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    1- Pcb management is gone totally mad now. They punished the players and escaped. They brought new ppl in, wch r not better qualified and unable for the Jobs wch r given to them. This is really sensless and useless, pcb management escaped so easily.

    2- Thr is a playerspower in Pak team because pcb management was very weak and they were totally depending on senior players. Ijaz butt took this action very very late. Suddenly u punish them once for all the sins wch they made last 12 months. This is a very rude treatment and failure of pcb management. Players must be penalized but Ijaz butt must be sacked and penalized heavily.

    3- Please dont say it that we dont have players backup. As a reall Pak cricket fan I am very happy with the punishment of Younis, yousuf and afridi and Rana. But U gull escaped, please watch properly his bowling spell in each game, he should be hanged.

    4- umar akmal is a youngster so he is not heavily penalized by PCB, he should be very happy with this.

  • poderdubdubdub on March 15, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    What a disgraceful drama being played right now in Pakistan Cricket. All this humiliation shows the poor quality of officials who are holding our national game to a ransom. Why the higher authorities cant see what a laughing stock the PCB has become world!!

  • cric_prince on March 15, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    It would be a big sin to make salman butt or Afridi a captain. salman butt can never select last 11 players to his will if waqar younis is a coach. 2ndly waqar younis and Afridi naturally cant work together especially to slecet last 11. Now Ijaz butt is going to make even more bigger sin''O my God'' . Please dont think about Misbah or Razzak as a captain this is just a waste of time.

    Shoaib Malik as a captain he is a better candidate at this time. I hope PCB will realise this.

    I want to ask Gen tauqir zia as he thinks that he is the next chairman of pcb. He was saying on geo that senior players r here treated very badley. Please can u tell me general sahib, how u treated Wasim, waqar, S Anwar, saqlain and Inzi bhai? U r even more rude than Butt sahib.

  • irfanzulfiqar786 on March 15, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    hi osman let me tell u something in advance what gonna happen in few days time all of these ban and fine going to be waived out, eventually the pcb head is going to be resigned then there would be the new one and he is going to reinstate all players who are banned and fined , this is what has been happening in past for so many years , and this is going to happen again.so just wait and watch .

  • on March 15, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    end off cricket Pakistan knaw.