Pakistan news December 22, 2010

Former Pakistan cricketers push for players association

ESPNcricinfo staff

The death of 38-year-old first-class cricketer Aamer Bashir, after a long-running battle against cancer, has led to a call from former Pakistan players Ramiz Raja, Rashid Latif and Abdul Qadir for the establishment of a players association in the country.

"I think the way, and the conditions in which Aamer Bashir passed away are sad and there are many other players facing similar financial problems," Ramiz told PTI. "The formation of the players association will mean they can work for the welfare of players from one common platform."

Leading cricketers like Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan and Basit Ali worked hard to ensure Bashir received proper medical treatment, in addition to monetary assistance from the board. Ramiz asked for a more organised set-up to help such cricketers, and made it clear that forming a players association did not mean the players wanted to confront the board's authority.

"It should not be viewed that way [as a threat to the board]," he said. "If we have a proper association it can work for the welfare of players and also educate them on how to handle things and behave while playing for Pakistan."

"When you are fighting with a terminal illness having financial issues plays a big role in only worsening the disease," Latif, who had campaigned to raise funds for Bashir, said. Latif also noted that the board had opposed earlier efforts to set up a players body, a point that Qadir agreed with.

"Even if the board does not give us permission we can easily go to court and get permission because I think it is the right of cricketers to have a representative body in the country it is long overdue," Qadir said. "I just feel in Pakistan cricket, where there are so many disputes and controversies, a players association can play a very productive and positive role."

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  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Hats of to Basit Yousin and Afridi.. but if you remember younis khan in his captaincy want to start such association but His excellency the honorable Mr IJAZ BUTT sacked him for it. now every current player who is playing for Pakistan is scared. i am happy that this time the former player has stand up. hope they successeed.

  • Steve on December 22, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    I am surprised that one didn't exist already!. It is high time players have a representative body in Pak without further delay. Unfortunately, it got attention with the death of a good cricketer. RIP Bashir, hope your sacrifice will not go waste!.

  • Mohammad on December 22, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA......................... First of all, lot of thanks for those star players who have been working for the noble cause !!!!!!!!!!! It's a good and smart step to form a crocket player's association which is good for retired & existing players. All the best......................................................................

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    what do you expect from a corrupt and faling country? making innocent people suffer. its time for the people of pakistan people to stand up for themselves and vote for people tho are going to take pakistan through a new era. oh wait a minte, i dont think there is any people who are going to look after pakistan anymore, selfish politicians, go to hell you stupid politicians. i live in the UK but trust me the people in Pakistan are suffering, why is there robbery and stuff because there are no jobs and eating food is expensive. NO ELECTRICITY. and then they say the people of pakistan are involved in theft and murder. if you stupid poloticians help someone properly i guarantee there wont be no robberies. a very long message by me and i hope that this message gets through some of our politicans head and actually step up to keep pakistan going. LONG LIVE PAKISTAN!

  • Nasser on December 22, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    This article begs the question as to why wasn't such an association set up earlier. An association would ensure a safety net for existing and retired players, based on stated policies and conditions. This would ensure some level of security for players because of the transparency of these regulations as rules rather than favoratism would be the basis of any such support. The support would also be non-financial, as mentioned in the article, such as advising all players coming from varying social backgrounds giving legal, ethical, and any other relevant advice.

    I am not a lawyer, but I am sure the rules of the PCB cannot be in contravention of the human rights available to players.

    Finally, well done to those stars of ours who have been working for such a noble cause and Inshallah they will succeed in their endeavours.

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    It is very sad that this has happened. The PCB should try to learn from its mistakes. Why can't the for see these things and act professionally. I would happy when Ramiz Raja is the Chief of PCB. Even though he is a full time commentator, I believe if he takes up the job part time he would do a good job!

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