Pakistan central contracts March 20, 2010

How bizarre

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The PCB announced much-awaited central contracts for its players on Friday. The fate of players banned after a committee inquiry following the Australia tour over the turn of the year dominated the headlines. Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik or Rana Naved-ul-Hasan were not awarded central contracts, but their fates shielded a number of very bizarre decisions taken by the board and selection committee in its picks. Here, in no particular order, are just a few.

Why not Mohammad Sami?

Mohammad Sami hasn't covered himself in any kind of glory over the length of his career and his sudden call-up to the Australia tour was as unexpected as it could've been unpleasant. It wasn't, as an apparently refreshed Sami rattled Australia on the very first morning of the Sydney Test in a frighteningly quick first spell that all but fetched him a hat-trick. And it should have set up a rare Test win for Pakistan.

Additionally, as captain, he led Karachi to triumph in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, rattling a strong Habib Bank side in the final, just as he left for Australia. Thirty-eight wickets in the QEA are not earth-shattering, but a trophy triumph and such a heartening return surely merited some kind of reward? Not a top contract, admittedly, but to not even consider him for a stipend, especially when you consider below.

Why Wahab Riaz?

The last time Wahab Riaz played for Pakistan was nearly two years ago. This season he took 14 wickets at over 40 in the QEA. He was nowhere in RBS ODI cup or the Pentangular. He took a few wickets for Pakistan A on their UAE tour in games against the England Lions.

In plain words, how on earth does he qualify for a category C contract, over men such as Sami? Or how about Mohammad Irfan, the left-arm fast bowler who at near seven feet tall at least provides a different threat altogether, and was in many ways the story of this domestic season? Or even below.

Why not Rao Iftikhar Anjum?

Probably because you will not hear him make a noise about it, or hear him canvassing for selection, nobody will be much fussed about the exclusion of Rao Iftikhar Anjum. Honest workhorses are rarely celebrated or rewarded in Pakistan.

But Rao's performance for Pakistan over the last three, pretty terrible years - mostly as a thankless, white-ball first change - have warranted more than this sacking: with over 53 ODI wickets in 34 ODIs he is among the country's leading wicket-takers in that period. He has been an effective and uncomplaining foil to bigger fast bowling names, with added nous than when he first came in.

Maybe he doesn't warrant a starting place in an ODI line-up if Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer and Umar Gul are in (and Gul's form is currently poor enough to require cover) but central contracts are not about the first XI only: they are about building a pool and rewarding consistent performers, reliable and committed players and Rao is nothing if not that.

Abdul Razzaq in category A?

Abdul Razzaq has been a fine player for Pakistan over the years. He could and should have been the latest in a line of supremely accomplished allrounders this country has produced but that he didn't fulfill that is for another day. To find him in category A in this year's list is to suspect the PCB and selectors still believe the hype and potential of the late 90s, when he first made his name.

Razzaq is no longer a candidate in Tests and he seems to have ruled himself out of that format. In ODIs he has been fitful since his return from the ICL and he has batted as if he left behind his skills in the ICL. In the shortest format of the game, of course, he has been vital and was one of the main men behind Pakistan's world triumph last year.

Unquestionably he should be in the pool, but category A? In any case that category seems to say more perhaps about who is not there than who is.

The curious category C

The two men who have long been touted - and selected - as solutions to Pakistan's most vexing problem over the years find themselves on monthly stipends. Khalid Latif has not set the world alight admittedly, but has not disgraced himself in the 50-over game. And he is in Pakistan's squad for the World Twenty20.

Khurram Manzoor, meanwhile, for all his technical quirks has toughed it out for three fifties against solid opposition (two away from home). His last international innings, against Australia in Hobart, yielded a disciplined, brave 77 from one-down.

Why they find themselves below Abdul Rehman and Mohammad Hafeez who are both in category C only those who selected the pool know. Rehman has had a spectacular domestic season and Hafeez a solid one, but the former hasn't played for Pakistan - or been in serious contention after the arrival of Saeed Ajmal - since December 2007. Hafeez last turned out in a Pakistan shirt in October 2007 and is only now a member of the World Twenty20 squad.

Yet the pair are in the same category as Fawad Alam, who is pushing for a starting spot in all three formats, and who, in the shadow of Umar Akmal and Mohammad Aamer, had a quiet breakout year last year of his own.

And finally...

A point to ponder: the expected annual salary that Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal will earn from their annual contracts - Rs 30 lakh for Afridi and Kamran and Rs 21 lakh for Umar - work out almost exactly to the fines levied on them by the board last week. In effect, the trio will play for Pakistan for no money over the next year.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • on March 26, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Good work Osman but I feel fawad alam's selection is unjustified. Can't they find a better allrounder than him? And razzaq's inclusion is fair in my opinion, he's a star performer and deserves to be the captain too. Rao should have been awarded a contract in place of Asif and no body is playing for free Sir. they will be paid their match fee and man of the match awards and other bonuses

  • Khans_word on March 23, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    Great news that Afridi is captain! Best choice! central contracts dont mean a great deal as its a pcb management choice. Razzaq deserves it, tho! Sami looks dynamite lately and should be in the 20/20 squad and not a reserve. Imran Nazir was born to play 20/20, so the logic to leave him out could be costly. The teams looks weaker less Malik, Younis, Tanvir, Rana, but Hafeez and Hammad look like great additions. The Akmal bros have been below par but lets see. All the best PKWC2010

  • on March 23, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Pakistan ka Khudaa Hafiz! but at least, one thing is done properly outside of this contract business: Afridi has been named captained of T20 WC. Could not have been a better choice.

  • DepressedthankstoPCB on March 23, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    happiestdays85, Imran Nazir worst talent? you must be joking! Yes i agree he has been struggling lately, but 2020 only needs 1 good innings to get u going, for example look at afridi, struggled wid his batting till the semi finals of the recent 2020 world cup, and now he hasnt looked back batting wise as he is performing with the bat regularly. Imran Nazir is natural talent that does not come often, he has the ability to win games with his batting only. Pcb have not taken good care of him, lack of support does hurt once confidence

  • Zahidsaltin on March 23, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Today is 23rd march and a match is arranged between Pakistan and Pakistan A, and I can't find Naveed Yasin in any of the teams. Naved is one of those 5 reserves who are supposed to be cover ups for the selected 15. I see Naved Yasin as one of the futur stars and he has proved it through his superlative performances in this season but yet selectors are more inclined towards those who have been tried a dozen times in last 6 years and discarded every single time. Its the same foolish story ahen it comes to central kontracts. Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal are as usual taken care of but the deserving ones like Taufiq umar and Yasir Hamid are no where near. I am at loss to understand why Umar Akmal is placed above Fuad Alam. I wished Mohammad Irfan the tall fellow was awarded stipend and was given was placed in national academy. I mean just imagining a 7 feet tall bowling at 135 is worth putting your money on.

  • on March 23, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    ODI - 1. Salman Butt, 2. Kamran Akmal, 3. Umar Akmal, 4. Fawad Alam, 5. Misbah Ul-Haq, 6. Abdul Razzaq, 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Mohammad Aamer, 9. Umar Gul, 10. Mohammad Asif, 11. Saeed Ajmal

    T20 - 1. Imran Nazir, 2. Kamran Akmal, 3. Umar Akmal, 4. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Misbah-Ul-Haq, 6. Abdul Razzaq, 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Mohammad Aamer, 9. Umar Gul, 10. Mohammad Asif, 11. Saeed Ajmal

    These are very easy, as Pakistan have good limited overs team. That is what the teams should be, with Rana, Khan, Yousuf and Malik banned. The batsmen Khaled Latif, Khurram Manzoor, Shahzaib Hasan, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad should be picked, and bowlers Mohammad Sami, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Sohail Khan, Mansoor Amjad and Sohail Tanvir should also be chosen, as the reserves available. Yasir Arafat can make a nice allrounder depth.

    For limited overs, it must be young talent. No more backward step with Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Abdul Rauf, Abdul Rehman, etc

  • happiestdays85 on March 23, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    @DepressedthankstoPCB and other Imran Nazir fans: For God 's sake get over Imran Nazir. He is the worst batting talent to play for Pakistan. For the last decade now people like you have been saying the same thing over and over again and yet when he gets a chance, he fails miserably. We need solid batsmen and not players who according to him "have natural talent aur Chowkay Chikay naturally martay hain". A century or so in ICL doesn't make you a good player. Btw, I am a die hard pakistani fan....

  • pakistanelite11 on March 22, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    ok ok hold on a sec wahab riaz abdul rehman wth man think wah happend to these players asim kamal shoaib akhtar MUHAMMED SAMI sohail tanvir imran nazir mansoor amjad saeed naizir nasir jamshed rao ifthikar why no contracts leaving imran nazir out of the world t20 ok u expect salmaan butt out of form to show a good opening stand u expect umer gul opening bowler to take wickets out of form

    how do u think that in odis the bans of yousuf younis rana malik will be a big blow

    wich experienced players remian do we expect afridi to bat for longer than 10 overs

    for me the best 11 pakistan squad in odi

    1.nasir jamshed/mohammed hafeez/salmaan butt/shazaib/ahmed shazad 2.misbah/some other experinced player cant be yousuf younis malik 3.umar akmal 4.fawad alam 5.afridi 6.razzaq 7.kamran 8.m.sami 9.umer gul/shoaib akhtar/m.asif 10.m.aamer 11.saeed ajmal/mansoor amjad

    i have 1 more concern who will be a good replacment for kamran akmal as keeper some1 like rashid latif

  • DepressedthankstoPCB on March 22, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    My 11 for the 2020 would be as follows:

    1. Imran Nazir 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Umar Akmal 4. Misbah ul haq. 5 Shoaib Malik 6. Shahid Afridi (CAPT) 7. Abdul Razzaq 8. Mohammed Amir 9. Umar Gul. 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Mohammad Asif

  • on March 22, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    The worst decision that the PCB make is dropping imran nazir from the t20 world cup squad..he is the most dominant pakistan's opening batsmen right now can change the direction of the match any time when he goes..and its even worse when they're dropped rana naveed from the squad as well coz his batting has really improved and we need his powerful hitting in the lower order...and he can bowl some tight spells slow balls,reverse swinging yorkers..well thats a match winning t20 squad for me.. 1,imran nazir.2,kamran akmal.3,mohammed hafeez.4,umar akmal.5,fawad alam.6,shahid afridi.7,abdul razzaq.8,rana naveed.9,umar gul/mohammed amir.10,mohammed asif.11,saeed ajmal....now what everyone thinks about this squad..

  • on March 26, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Good work Osman but I feel fawad alam's selection is unjustified. Can't they find a better allrounder than him? And razzaq's inclusion is fair in my opinion, he's a star performer and deserves to be the captain too. Rao should have been awarded a contract in place of Asif and no body is playing for free Sir. they will be paid their match fee and man of the match awards and other bonuses

  • Khans_word on March 23, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    Great news that Afridi is captain! Best choice! central contracts dont mean a great deal as its a pcb management choice. Razzaq deserves it, tho! Sami looks dynamite lately and should be in the 20/20 squad and not a reserve. Imran Nazir was born to play 20/20, so the logic to leave him out could be costly. The teams looks weaker less Malik, Younis, Tanvir, Rana, but Hafeez and Hammad look like great additions. The Akmal bros have been below par but lets see. All the best PKWC2010

  • on March 23, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Pakistan ka Khudaa Hafiz! but at least, one thing is done properly outside of this contract business: Afridi has been named captained of T20 WC. Could not have been a better choice.

  • DepressedthankstoPCB on March 23, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    happiestdays85, Imran Nazir worst talent? you must be joking! Yes i agree he has been struggling lately, but 2020 only needs 1 good innings to get u going, for example look at afridi, struggled wid his batting till the semi finals of the recent 2020 world cup, and now he hasnt looked back batting wise as he is performing with the bat regularly. Imran Nazir is natural talent that does not come often, he has the ability to win games with his batting only. Pcb have not taken good care of him, lack of support does hurt once confidence

  • Zahidsaltin on March 23, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Today is 23rd march and a match is arranged between Pakistan and Pakistan A, and I can't find Naveed Yasin in any of the teams. Naved is one of those 5 reserves who are supposed to be cover ups for the selected 15. I see Naved Yasin as one of the futur stars and he has proved it through his superlative performances in this season but yet selectors are more inclined towards those who have been tried a dozen times in last 6 years and discarded every single time. Its the same foolish story ahen it comes to central kontracts. Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal are as usual taken care of but the deserving ones like Taufiq umar and Yasir Hamid are no where near. I am at loss to understand why Umar Akmal is placed above Fuad Alam. I wished Mohammad Irfan the tall fellow was awarded stipend and was given was placed in national academy. I mean just imagining a 7 feet tall bowling at 135 is worth putting your money on.

  • on March 23, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    ODI - 1. Salman Butt, 2. Kamran Akmal, 3. Umar Akmal, 4. Fawad Alam, 5. Misbah Ul-Haq, 6. Abdul Razzaq, 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Mohammad Aamer, 9. Umar Gul, 10. Mohammad Asif, 11. Saeed Ajmal

    T20 - 1. Imran Nazir, 2. Kamran Akmal, 3. Umar Akmal, 4. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Misbah-Ul-Haq, 6. Abdul Razzaq, 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Mohammad Aamer, 9. Umar Gul, 10. Mohammad Asif, 11. Saeed Ajmal

    These are very easy, as Pakistan have good limited overs team. That is what the teams should be, with Rana, Khan, Yousuf and Malik banned. The batsmen Khaled Latif, Khurram Manzoor, Shahzaib Hasan, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad should be picked, and bowlers Mohammad Sami, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Sohail Khan, Mansoor Amjad and Sohail Tanvir should also be chosen, as the reserves available. Yasir Arafat can make a nice allrounder depth.

    For limited overs, it must be young talent. No more backward step with Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Abdul Rauf, Abdul Rehman, etc

  • happiestdays85 on March 23, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    @DepressedthankstoPCB and other Imran Nazir fans: For God 's sake get over Imran Nazir. He is the worst batting talent to play for Pakistan. For the last decade now people like you have been saying the same thing over and over again and yet when he gets a chance, he fails miserably. We need solid batsmen and not players who according to him "have natural talent aur Chowkay Chikay naturally martay hain". A century or so in ICL doesn't make you a good player. Btw, I am a die hard pakistani fan....

  • pakistanelite11 on March 22, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    ok ok hold on a sec wahab riaz abdul rehman wth man think wah happend to these players asim kamal shoaib akhtar MUHAMMED SAMI sohail tanvir imran nazir mansoor amjad saeed naizir nasir jamshed rao ifthikar why no contracts leaving imran nazir out of the world t20 ok u expect salmaan butt out of form to show a good opening stand u expect umer gul opening bowler to take wickets out of form

    how do u think that in odis the bans of yousuf younis rana malik will be a big blow

    wich experienced players remian do we expect afridi to bat for longer than 10 overs

    for me the best 11 pakistan squad in odi

    1.nasir jamshed/mohammed hafeez/salmaan butt/shazaib/ahmed shazad 2.misbah/some other experinced player cant be yousuf younis malik 3.umar akmal 4.fawad alam 5.afridi 6.razzaq 7.kamran 8.m.sami 9.umer gul/shoaib akhtar/m.asif 10.m.aamer 11.saeed ajmal/mansoor amjad

    i have 1 more concern who will be a good replacment for kamran akmal as keeper some1 like rashid latif

  • DepressedthankstoPCB on March 22, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    My 11 for the 2020 would be as follows:

    1. Imran Nazir 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Umar Akmal 4. Misbah ul haq. 5 Shoaib Malik 6. Shahid Afridi (CAPT) 7. Abdul Razzaq 8. Mohammed Amir 9. Umar Gul. 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Mohammad Asif

  • on March 22, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    The worst decision that the PCB make is dropping imran nazir from the t20 world cup squad..he is the most dominant pakistan's opening batsmen right now can change the direction of the match any time when he goes..and its even worse when they're dropped rana naveed from the squad as well coz his batting has really improved and we need his powerful hitting in the lower order...and he can bowl some tight spells slow balls,reverse swinging yorkers..well thats a match winning t20 squad for me.. 1,imran nazir.2,kamran akmal.3,mohammed hafeez.4,umar akmal.5,fawad alam.6,shahid afridi.7,abdul razzaq.8,rana naveed.9,umar gul/mohammed amir.10,mohammed asif.11,saeed ajmal....now what everyone thinks about this squad..

  • on March 21, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Unless Afridi, Razzaq and Gul all show that they are Test standard, none are worthy of a Category A contract. The Pakistan team is in desperate need of Test-class allrounders to support their bowling attack. Afridi and Razzaq have the ideal bowling to support Aamer, Kaneria and Asif, but they need to show that they have at least the ability to bat in the top 7 consistently at Test level. I don't understand why so many young talents have been cast aside though?

  • on March 21, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    it is politics that is going on in PCB. all the ex-chairman of PCB with ex-cricketers are looking forward to over take PCB. and what to say about current management of PCB. they are full of idiots. I guess amir khan should have casted current pcb management in his last film "3 idiots"

    basically all the players who are working hard and are not involve in politics and this is the problem .. players like sami, asim kamal and others are ignored.. sarfraz is really lucky that he got some 50,000 rs contact , and player like imran farhat who dont deserve a place in team got central contact because his father law is member of selection commitee and i am 100 per cent sure, no action will take place and these player will suffer.

  • sanakazmi on March 21, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Agree re: Sami - sometimes I stay up at night watching his spell on Day 1 of the Sydney Test and cry about his (non-)future in the Pakistan team. From what I saw in the RBS T20 cup, none of younger crop of promising fast bowlers (and I use each of those last 3 words very liberally) apart from Muhammad Irfan looked ready. Or fast.

    Nobody in category A deserves it except Asif. That Aamer and Umar Akmal - the only two who can easily command a spot in each of the 3 formats - got B contracts over "seniors" like Kamran Akmal (who single-handedly dropped the Sydney Test), Butt/Kaneria/Afridi (don't play all formats, + Butt sucks), Gul (down on form/confidence, probably shouldn't play Tests) and Razzaq (who's struggled to find his way into the team until recently) proves that all the talk about disciplining the seniors and curbing player power has either been forgotten or was just talk. Likely the latter, given Bari's statements (http://bit.ly/cwslDA) on the criteria for rewarding contracts.

  • on March 21, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    Faisal Iqbal and Misbah-Ul-Haq should be discarded completely. Wastes of space, no talent and offer nothing to the team.

    Mohammad Hafeez is a good selection because he is similar to Malik - he can bat middle order and also bowl spin as a part-timer.

    They picked 4 of the top 6 domestic run-scorers - Asad Shafiq, Naved Yasin, Umair Khan and Aamer Sajjad. All good selections, also hard-hitter Shahzaib Hasan is good for T20/ODI. Young talent, no backward steps like Taufeeq Umar, Asim Iqbal, Yasir Hameed, etc.

    We already know Khalid Latif and Khurram Manzoor are good talents, they should be category C.

    Abdul Rehman is too old, Rao should be there instead. Wahab Riaz had poor form too, Mohammad Irfan is a better choice. He is more talented.

    What happened to Sohail Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Samiullah Khan, Mansoor Amjad, Nasir Jamshed and Sohail Tanvir? They are all young and talented, they shouldn't be cut already.

  • short_cover on March 20, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Posted by Abid Hussain on (March 20 2010, 16:42 PM GMT) whats happnd 2 taufeeq umar and asim kamal...surely taufeeq deserves a chance!!and sami with asif and ammir should should be the starting pace attack

    If you can figure out whats common b/w Sami and Asim Kamal, you'll know the answer. In the current situation, how Asim Kamal is continued to get overlooked is beyond me............

  • on March 20, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    CORRUPTION RULES!!!!!!!

    I mean players who have not been reliable have been awarded contracts and are being thought for captiabcy even.

    you are no doubt right, razzaq, anjum and sami all deserve something. keeping urself fit and keep playing deserves u the rite but these guys had been performing they definitely deserve more than something but as i said

    CORRUPTION RULEZ!!!!!!!!!

  • IGL2010 on March 20, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Osman nice to see u challenge the verdict. I suggest keep a page/ blog which gives the stats of all the players in the pool PCB has chosen in each format for 2009. Just by their averages one can tell which guy should be in what category. Faisal Iqbal and Farhat have done nothing in 2009 to deserve to be in category B. Misbah being a senior citizen and earning his dues that he didn't earn in 2002-2006 i do not have a problem with. PCB got too much money. So now with akmal in A does that mean he plays the next test while poor Sarfraz is still out.

  • on March 20, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    whats happnd 2 taufeeq umar and asim kamal...surely taufeeq deserves a chance!!and sami with asif and ammir should should be the starting pace attack

  • BoomBoomAdnan on March 20, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    why is everybody complaining? we shud have been shocked if the pcb had done abnormal, meaning doing everything right and giving each player contract they deserve this is actauly normal for pakistani board. all i can do is laugh.

  • Addy77 on March 20, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    misbah, salman Butt, Faisal Iqbal they r all third class players out of form

  • on March 20, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    This is Just a response to a couple of pple @ faris; i agree that nazir is a great t20 player,but misbah IS one of the best t20 player in the world,remember the 2007 worldcup?look at his record! @Naveed; Kaneria is one of the top test bowlers in pakistan, and the 4th highest wicket taker for pakistan in tests,he does deserve the cat a! finally i dont know why the board is messing with sami and his career,he is a GREAT bowler who proved it when given the chance in sydney, and instead of pple like wahab riaz and yasir arafat, he should be given a steady contract and atleast be in the squad.

  • Khushter on March 20, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is full of stupidity rater stupedities can any one justify these contracts that why Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Razzaq, Asif are in A catagory Razzaq a greedy player left Pakistan just because of money now trying to collect sympethies from the strait forward people of Pakistan. Kamran Akmal a wicket keeper who drops the most catches in the world he is our A catagory player Asif a play boy just came after surving a ban and Salman Butt foolish people compare him with the great Saeed Anwar, Salman Butt a player who will play all the alloted overs but only for himself not for team can some one tell me a game which Pakistan won due to Salman Butt, I can name number of games we lost due to him. I think the only way things can be sorted out is by changing the management of Pakistan Cricket Board

  • DepressedthankstoPCB on March 20, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Why is Imran Nazir not considered for a contract, he shud atleast be in the category c contract. Salman Butt does not deserve a category A contract. I thought contracts are given on performances. Where has Wahab Riaz performing to earn himself a contract, Same applies to A Rehman. I feel sorry for Rao Iftikhar, he is under rated. Rao is a handy bowler who takes wicket regularly.

  • jmsblk on March 20, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    I'm fan of Asim Kamal, what his performance-international, for that matter-is almost very convincing; he is the man who should be Pakistans' permanent plalay in all sorts of cricket. Rao Iftikhar is another victim of PCB policies. They see potential in him, to carry out drinks & cricket bats! As far as Muhammad Sami is concern I take the words of Imran Khan-former Pakistan Cricket Team Captain; Mr. Khan always backed Sami. I reckon, if they (Govt. of Pakistan) don't want to see cricketers like Ramiz Raja or Aamir Suhail or even Mohsin Hassan, they shall Immediately appoint as chairman of PCB someone like Col. Naushad. Moreover I never have in favor of Javed Miandad at any position from coaching to what he is now-D.G of PCB[...].

  • Yahya habib on March 20, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    I think players also get match fee, which was Rs 3 lakh /match till the last contract so if Afridi and Akmal brothers month fee so they will still get 3 or 2.5 lakh/ match, so they are not playing for free

  • djarian1 on March 20, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    What? Salman Butt and Hafeez in the team? I don't believe this. No Imran Nazir in T20, blunder. The board should go and be sacked not the players.

  • on March 20, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    well said sir! complete farce, absolutely agree with the wahab riaz and rao comments.

  • aztecs on March 20, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Tell me osman what is the point of writing these beautiful and very informative articles when they fall on deaf ears. Do you honestly think the board cares what you and the fan following feel towards them? I know if i was on the board i would resign for sure just on the basis of pure incompetence. What would be very interesting to know is the wage structure of our board and marketing team, the total income from sponsors etc etc Are the board held accountable for publishing annual accounts? Who is the main person responsible for signing those cheques? Has anyone bothered checking his fianancial position? What was his bank balance before he took charge and now? So much is wrong with the board and structure of Pakistan Cricket and selection procedure that it will never be credible, and in a few years time we will be here again responding to another stupid scandal like morons.

  • Xuhaib on March 20, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Nice observations and analysis. PCB and selection committee still seem to be abstract in their selection decisions. But what else do you expect from someone like Mohsin Khan. His thinking is so inconsistent and he can hardly translate his thoughts into words. So I kind of knew this was coming.

    But Please Osman...leave the "fine" thing alone. I don't think you still get the point, do you? The whole exercise is about putting players' discipline and thought process into perspective. This is true that players should not be above the board (irrespective of whomever is running the board and your personal dislikes of the board) and players should play for the country only and not for their personal gains. So please don't twist the idea...Afridi and Kamran have earned more than enough from this country in the past but realized their moral responsibility to the game and country far less.

  • on March 20, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Why on earth is Salman Butt in Category A? Just because he has the same surname as Ejaz Butt?

  • Naveed on March 20, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    I agree with you on the point of Sami. He deserves better treatment. He is express and most importantly he is good on fitness unliked much hyped Shoaib Akhtar. Another point is Kaneria in category A? During the last 5 years he has been receiving quite a bit of thrashing from batsmen, only capturing the wickets of tail after giving away too many runs and averaging nearly 40. Furthermore, IF, and its only an IF, Afridi has been appointed as captain in all three formats, how can Kaneria be fit in the starting 11, in tests most of the time Pakistan play with 4 bowlers, can we afford to have two seamers and two spinners specially when we have to play our home serieses at other vanues where pitches are not as suitable to spinners as in the sub-continent

  • on March 20, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    As for the contracts, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Aamer and Saeed Ajmal deserve better than a Category B.

    On the other hand, Mohammad Sami should've atleast been considered after his Domestic and Aussie performance. Not WAHAB RIAZ or ABDUR REHMAN or even YASIR ARAFAT for God's sake. These three are not close to being match winners for Pakistan.

    Where is Asim Kamal? Where is Yasir Hameed? These guys have some impressive records and they have been ignored year after year. No other country wastes good talent, and Pakistan over the years have lost so many good players over a few bad performances yet good overall records. A player out of form doesnt mean he has lost the talent or ability for which he was picked, give him time and he will come back with a bang, but not for the Pakistani men who shone for a while but then were just eclipsed forever by the board.

    News like this always ruins my week, by the time I get over the mishaps of PCB somethign waits around the corner again.

  • on March 20, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Yet again we get to see why our cricket board is absolutely ridiculous. I am so fed up of all the drama we have to witness, and the root of every problem our cricket has gone through is Ijaz Butt. We need someone educated, someone who is not walking on the edge of his grave, someone who has passion and loves our cricket team, you need to have passion, it is essential, for someone who cares about their team will always do the best for it, someone like Imran Khan, someone like me, someone like you, someone who loves what we all know as PAKISTAN CRICKET. I'm 20 and ever since I can remember, out of the millions of times I've been on cricinfo, it's always our team that comes under so much scrutiny, and the board is to blame, the chairman especially. I'm trying so hard not to use any foul language here, but to be honest, everytime i hear the name Ijaz Butt, my blood boils, and in my head comes out the word BC. Wahab Riaz? Seriously? Come On! ON WHAT BASIS? Abdur Rehman? Yasir Arafat?

  • Faris123 on March 20, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Its waste of time even to comment on this failed, pathetic nation`s sports team. They should be kicked out of international arena for good 10/15 years. Imran Nazir is best T20 player in the world but he is so easily ignored, the politics has ruined this cricket nation badly and stilll is doing. Misbah in T20 squad & Nazir left out is it not simple non-sence.

  • on March 20, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    osman u failed to point out that why has salman butt been included in the list A?? what special feats has he achievd over the past year?? in short its a very poor decision by PCB nd by our new chief selector who presents himself as a genius but we now knw wat he is made of !!

  • A.SOFI on March 20, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    I AGREE , IF U WANT TO TELL SOMEONE WHAT BIZARRE REALLY MEANS JUST SHOW THEM HOW RAO IFTIKHAR HAS BEEN DEALT WITH . REAL SHAME . AND I THINK HE MUST START PROJECTING HIMSELF WELL . HE HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD BOWLER , WHICH I BELIEVE MANY OF THE CURRENT TEAMS WOULD LOVE TO HAVE IN THEIR POOL OF MAIN BOWLERS .

  • Roamer on March 20, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Perfect article, these are my exact sentiments, in addition I also have issues with Imran Farhat being given such a high status, I mean everyone in the world knows he has a major weakness outside the offstump, a compulsive snicker in the slip cordon .... I hope his father in law will not pursue his case any further.

  • chawlaaaa on March 20, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    I am so happy I didnt play cricket for Pakistan. I am a chartered Accountant and play cricket at club level in England I make easily twice the money than these POOR A CATAGORY STARS! This is a shame .... These players should be paid atleast $5000 to $10000 per month so there is no chance of match fixing. I wonder what these disabled old people are doing in PCB. IJAZ BUTT and Co needs to go home and do Allah Allah, leave cricket for young people!

  • zakimurtaza786 on March 20, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    The charges against rana and shoaib malik are outrageous. It has been reported today that they have been banned for the performance in T20 against australia. It is alleged that they deliberately played badly. Shoaib malik's bowling figures were 4-0-31-2, and rana's were 4-0-27-1. Together, they read as 8-0-58-3. Now in T20 i think any team can take that any day. Then comes batting which i think was the basis of the decision of banning both the players. Shoaib malik scored 3(11) with run rate 27. Rana was irritating to me personally that day, with 1(7). Even then, these performances in my view do NOT come into the category of deliberately playing bad. And if the runrate of each player is the problem, fawad alam had the run rate 20, imran nazir got out of 0, imran farhat got out of 8, khalid latif scored 6. All of these players are "spared". What an idiotic decision of making an example out of you if you dun bat well in the game, specially when you performed well with the ball.

  • Noman_Yousuf_Dandore on March 20, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Absolutely spot on Osman! Some very strange and bizarre decisions; but then again look who's taking these decisions; what else should we expect? Nepotism at its zenith!

  • on March 20, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Sack the idiotic board! Never in my life have i encountered such a farce...

  • rzi-BDML on March 20, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    its ok for Razaq, sami,Riaz and others, Osman! but Y did u mention d fine of Akmals and afridi, there's is no concern wid d subject.

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  • rzi-BDML on March 20, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    its ok for Razaq, sami,Riaz and others, Osman! but Y did u mention d fine of Akmals and afridi, there's is no concern wid d subject.

  • on March 20, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Sack the idiotic board! Never in my life have i encountered such a farce...

  • Noman_Yousuf_Dandore on March 20, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Absolutely spot on Osman! Some very strange and bizarre decisions; but then again look who's taking these decisions; what else should we expect? Nepotism at its zenith!

  • zakimurtaza786 on March 20, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    The charges against rana and shoaib malik are outrageous. It has been reported today that they have been banned for the performance in T20 against australia. It is alleged that they deliberately played badly. Shoaib malik's bowling figures were 4-0-31-2, and rana's were 4-0-27-1. Together, they read as 8-0-58-3. Now in T20 i think any team can take that any day. Then comes batting which i think was the basis of the decision of banning both the players. Shoaib malik scored 3(11) with run rate 27. Rana was irritating to me personally that day, with 1(7). Even then, these performances in my view do NOT come into the category of deliberately playing bad. And if the runrate of each player is the problem, fawad alam had the run rate 20, imran nazir got out of 0, imran farhat got out of 8, khalid latif scored 6. All of these players are "spared". What an idiotic decision of making an example out of you if you dun bat well in the game, specially when you performed well with the ball.

  • chawlaaaa on March 20, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    I am so happy I didnt play cricket for Pakistan. I am a chartered Accountant and play cricket at club level in England I make easily twice the money than these POOR A CATAGORY STARS! This is a shame .... These players should be paid atleast $5000 to $10000 per month so there is no chance of match fixing. I wonder what these disabled old people are doing in PCB. IJAZ BUTT and Co needs to go home and do Allah Allah, leave cricket for young people!

  • Roamer on March 20, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Perfect article, these are my exact sentiments, in addition I also have issues with Imran Farhat being given such a high status, I mean everyone in the world knows he has a major weakness outside the offstump, a compulsive snicker in the slip cordon .... I hope his father in law will not pursue his case any further.

  • A.SOFI on March 20, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    I AGREE , IF U WANT TO TELL SOMEONE WHAT BIZARRE REALLY MEANS JUST SHOW THEM HOW RAO IFTIKHAR HAS BEEN DEALT WITH . REAL SHAME . AND I THINK HE MUST START PROJECTING HIMSELF WELL . HE HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD BOWLER , WHICH I BELIEVE MANY OF THE CURRENT TEAMS WOULD LOVE TO HAVE IN THEIR POOL OF MAIN BOWLERS .

  • on March 20, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    osman u failed to point out that why has salman butt been included in the list A?? what special feats has he achievd over the past year?? in short its a very poor decision by PCB nd by our new chief selector who presents himself as a genius but we now knw wat he is made of !!

  • Faris123 on March 20, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Its waste of time even to comment on this failed, pathetic nation`s sports team. They should be kicked out of international arena for good 10/15 years. Imran Nazir is best T20 player in the world but he is so easily ignored, the politics has ruined this cricket nation badly and stilll is doing. Misbah in T20 squad & Nazir left out is it not simple non-sence.

  • on March 20, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Yet again we get to see why our cricket board is absolutely ridiculous. I am so fed up of all the drama we have to witness, and the root of every problem our cricket has gone through is Ijaz Butt. We need someone educated, someone who is not walking on the edge of his grave, someone who has passion and loves our cricket team, you need to have passion, it is essential, for someone who cares about their team will always do the best for it, someone like Imran Khan, someone like me, someone like you, someone who loves what we all know as PAKISTAN CRICKET. I'm 20 and ever since I can remember, out of the millions of times I've been on cricinfo, it's always our team that comes under so much scrutiny, and the board is to blame, the chairman especially. I'm trying so hard not to use any foul language here, but to be honest, everytime i hear the name Ijaz Butt, my blood boils, and in my head comes out the word BC. Wahab Riaz? Seriously? Come On! ON WHAT BASIS? Abdur Rehman? Yasir Arafat?