Pakistan news May 31, 2011

PCB to discuss WI tour report with Waqar

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The PCB has requested national coach Waqar Younis to return to Pakistan after the Ireland tour, instead of going to Australia, to discuss manager Intikhab Alam's report on the West Indies tour. Waqar was supposed to go to Australia to see his wife, who is unwell, but has been asked to return to Pakistan if her illness is not serious.

"We want to discuss in detail the report of manager Intikhab Alam on the tour and if Waqar comes here it will help us discuss the report in a better way," Subhan Ahmed, CEO of the Pakistan board told reporters in Lahore.

There has been speculation over differences between Waqar and Shahid Afridi, and matters apparently came to a head during Pakistan's recent tour of West Indies, where Afridi was the captain for the limited-overs leg of the tour. Afridi was reportedly unhappy with what he saw as Waqar's interference in selection; one report claimed Afridi almost walked out of a selection meeting ahead of the fourth ODI against West Indies and had to be persuaded by Intikhab to come back.

Afridi hinted at these differences upon his arrival from the West Indies for which he was issued a showcause notice by the PCB and subsequently was replaced as Pakistan's ODI captain for their tour of Ireland. Afridi pulled out of that tour and has since announced his "conditional" retirement from the international game, as a mark of protest against the way he has been "humiliated" by the PCB. However, Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman said that there were "solid reasons" for the removal of Afridi as ODI captain and the board would take appropriate action after submission of the tour-report after the conclusion of the West Indies tour as well as deal with Afridi's showcause notice.

Former Pakistan cricketers have criticised the board's handling of Afridi. "This is a mistake of [the] PCB administration. Afridi never took any names while he criticised the policies and board took note of that. Why [is] no one in the government taking notice of PCB's actions of last three years?" Moin Khan told AFP. Wasim Akram agreed that the board had been unfair towards Afridi, but said the captain should not have gone public with the team's issues. "As Pakistan captain, Afridi should not have made his differences with [the] coach public and should have solved them without coming to the media," he said. "But the PCB has also not tackled this fairly."

Subhan said that Afridi would not be part of the meeting and added that the PCB would first discuss the report with the team management.

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  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | June 2, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Waqar Bhai, you are a sportsman, a successful cricketer and you know better that in the game of cricket, the captain needs to be respected and involved. I am sure you did your best but somehow there was communication gap between you and Afridi. if egos can be put aside, both of you are on the same side and both of you know that. As Munna Bhai would have said, Use jaadu ki Jhapi, and move on. Cricket fan's life is too short to be wasted in these distractions.

  • POSTED BY koldmeat on | June 1, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Very simple. Mr. Butt should be eliminated from PCB. He himself is the core of all problems which have been going on in Pakistan Cricket. Its about time that Pakistan Government should sack Mr. Butt to save Pakistan Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Now the time has come to take notice how is PCB run.Everything is done from One person Mr.Ijaz Butt why all past legend cricketers are watching what happening to paksitan cricket.I am 10,000 thousands miles away in usa worried about paksian and pakistan cricket.I have played the best cricket of my life time gone through from bottom to up.I seen it all there is soo much ego/hatered/arrrogant and they don't accept as a nation Paksitan everything is city where you belong to rather think as a paksitani.My personnel experence in paksitan cricket from 1975 to 1988 that if you belong to certain city you will always get advantage whether you born outside the city.Time now to wake up and build pakistan cricket by every one from past to present cricketers and administration.Give respect to everyone rather then thinking where he is come from.We all immigrant from india nobody can get credit or rights to that paksitan belong to them.A wise man can see from the bottom of well than a fool can fr up.

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | June 1, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    @ Muzzaffar Khokhar - Nice one... Ijaz Butt a direct clone of Mr Zardari or maybee the cloned Mr Zardari on you minus the waistline. hahahaaaaaa.... Well said...

  • POSTED BY faisal_khan_1 on | June 1, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Pakistan has to decide who is worse.

    A undisciplined, perpetually immature and histrionic captain who lead from the front (as a bowler) in the recent world cup, or... A coach who is an ex-great however has a record tainted by the worse controversy to ever hit Pakistan cricket (and cricket in general)… Match-fixing…

    If I were to chose (due to a sad lack of better choice) between volatility/ indiscipline and gross corruption, I would go for the former…

    In either case the Chief and Patron of the PCB have got to go…please!!!

  • POSTED BY Masud_BITK on | June 1, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    It is better to declare a Marshall law in Pak cricket board by Army and Army should take over the charge from I Butt. Waqar should also be removed from the coach as of Justice Qayuum's advice? Appoint Kapil Dev as a coach to run Pak team. This will be good kick to India as India is ignoring Kapil Dev.

  • POSTED BY Masud_BITK on | May 31, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    Aha..it is OK. It is Pakistan nothing is stable there as of cricket's mind. I don't bother of it..Afridi can play IPL now...

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Umm well i can definitely say the "whole nation is not behind" Afridi.It is important to always hear both sides before coming to a conclusion.Though Afridi has played many match-winning innings he has also time and again got out due to rash shots......Considering the ego of a star player like Afridi, i wont be suprised if Ijaz Butt is correct this time around.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    This is a brave stand from Afridi and correct one too...shows he is not afraid of loosing power, or contract... Coach has nothing to do with selection ..he should only give advise and let captain pick his team...This is again old Pakistani cricket politics that has been troubling Pakistan cricket for so long..

    In addition Afridi is a honest captain who has no room for match fixing and there may be some black sheep's who may be getting impacted under his leadership.

    Lastly, this BUTT guy, can someone show him the door ? It will be a tremendous favor to Pakistan cricket ..It unbelievable how he has been surviving all these years.

    Good luck Afridi with your brave stand. Whole nation is behind you.

  • POSTED BY USAPakCricFollower on | May 31, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    All other reasons aside, team discipline etc., Afridi's performance has been on a serious decline and I would question his merit to be on the team. He is a rash playerwith no sense of responsibility or discipline. He should have been sacked, but he has the Pak media and the public in a spin so they are blind to see his weak performance. I don't know the internal politics, but Waqar has done remarkably well since taking the team over, in tests and ODIs. Credit should go to him for the recent successes.

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | June 2, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Waqar Bhai, you are a sportsman, a successful cricketer and you know better that in the game of cricket, the captain needs to be respected and involved. I am sure you did your best but somehow there was communication gap between you and Afridi. if egos can be put aside, both of you are on the same side and both of you know that. As Munna Bhai would have said, Use jaadu ki Jhapi, and move on. Cricket fan's life is too short to be wasted in these distractions.

  • POSTED BY koldmeat on | June 1, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Very simple. Mr. Butt should be eliminated from PCB. He himself is the core of all problems which have been going on in Pakistan Cricket. Its about time that Pakistan Government should sack Mr. Butt to save Pakistan Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Now the time has come to take notice how is PCB run.Everything is done from One person Mr.Ijaz Butt why all past legend cricketers are watching what happening to paksitan cricket.I am 10,000 thousands miles away in usa worried about paksian and pakistan cricket.I have played the best cricket of my life time gone through from bottom to up.I seen it all there is soo much ego/hatered/arrrogant and they don't accept as a nation Paksitan everything is city where you belong to rather think as a paksitani.My personnel experence in paksitan cricket from 1975 to 1988 that if you belong to certain city you will always get advantage whether you born outside the city.Time now to wake up and build pakistan cricket by every one from past to present cricketers and administration.Give respect to everyone rather then thinking where he is come from.We all immigrant from india nobody can get credit or rights to that paksitan belong to them.A wise man can see from the bottom of well than a fool can fr up.

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | June 1, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    @ Muzzaffar Khokhar - Nice one... Ijaz Butt a direct clone of Mr Zardari or maybee the cloned Mr Zardari on you minus the waistline. hahahaaaaaa.... Well said...

  • POSTED BY faisal_khan_1 on | June 1, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Pakistan has to decide who is worse.

    A undisciplined, perpetually immature and histrionic captain who lead from the front (as a bowler) in the recent world cup, or... A coach who is an ex-great however has a record tainted by the worse controversy to ever hit Pakistan cricket (and cricket in general)… Match-fixing…

    If I were to chose (due to a sad lack of better choice) between volatility/ indiscipline and gross corruption, I would go for the former…

    In either case the Chief and Patron of the PCB have got to go…please!!!

  • POSTED BY Masud_BITK on | June 1, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    It is better to declare a Marshall law in Pak cricket board by Army and Army should take over the charge from I Butt. Waqar should also be removed from the coach as of Justice Qayuum's advice? Appoint Kapil Dev as a coach to run Pak team. This will be good kick to India as India is ignoring Kapil Dev.

  • POSTED BY Masud_BITK on | May 31, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    Aha..it is OK. It is Pakistan nothing is stable there as of cricket's mind. I don't bother of it..Afridi can play IPL now...

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Umm well i can definitely say the "whole nation is not behind" Afridi.It is important to always hear both sides before coming to a conclusion.Though Afridi has played many match-winning innings he has also time and again got out due to rash shots......Considering the ego of a star player like Afridi, i wont be suprised if Ijaz Butt is correct this time around.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    This is a brave stand from Afridi and correct one too...shows he is not afraid of loosing power, or contract... Coach has nothing to do with selection ..he should only give advise and let captain pick his team...This is again old Pakistani cricket politics that has been troubling Pakistan cricket for so long..

    In addition Afridi is a honest captain who has no room for match fixing and there may be some black sheep's who may be getting impacted under his leadership.

    Lastly, this BUTT guy, can someone show him the door ? It will be a tremendous favor to Pakistan cricket ..It unbelievable how he has been surviving all these years.

    Good luck Afridi with your brave stand. Whole nation is behind you.

  • POSTED BY USAPakCricFollower on | May 31, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    All other reasons aside, team discipline etc., Afridi's performance has been on a serious decline and I would question his merit to be on the team. He is a rash playerwith no sense of responsibility or discipline. He should have been sacked, but he has the Pak media and the public in a spin so they are blind to see his weak performance. I don't know the internal politics, but Waqar has done remarkably well since taking the team over, in tests and ODIs. Credit should go to him for the recent successes.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Arrogant, dictatorial, clueless, wanting yes men...hmmm Mr Butt if it wasn't for your expanding waistline i would say you are a direct clone of Mr Zardari or maybee the cloned Mr Zardari on you minus the waistline.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | May 31, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    @SamAlex2: " don't know how long it will survive like this.".... Crises to Pakistanis is like water off a duck's back. They've been through 10x bigger controversies than this in the last 12 months alone. This one by and large isn't even that big of a deal. You underestimate Pakistan's ability to survive under adversity, they do it better than most.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Is there any one who believes what Mr. Buttless says, nor any one pays any attention to what he says; he is crazy, arrogant, dictator, clueless, brainless name anything what he is not whom in one word we could call him a great nonsense idiotic person. Some one needs to kick Butt's butt out of the Cricket world. It appears high time and time is ripe for the ICC to step in to save Cricket in Pakistan before Butt destroys it completely.

  • POSTED BY The_big_j on | May 31, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    I think what needs to be taken note of is what Afridi said about a punjabi group plotting against him, who is in this punjabi group and why are they against Karachi players? Afridi is brave and he's a national hero he should continue to expose this Administration to the full and not be afraid.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | May 31, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    This is an old school wild west shootout taking place folks. And Afridi knows exactly what he's doing. Afridi (The Good), Ijaz Butt (The Bad) and the PCB (The Ugly). Afridi knows he now has enough national support, especially after the WC, and backing to bring the board and Ijaz Butt to its knees, he's effectively staring them down. His timing is perfect, Pakistan have no international commitments for 3 months, so he can allow the feud to build without hurting himself directly for a while, and make Ijaz Butt's position as chairman even more tenuous. Afridi is an old school gunslinger and he's chanced his arm, as is his want. Don't be surprised if he wins this one and Ijaz Butt steps down. Afridi then rides back into the Pakistan team as the ultimate national hero, the man who took down the outlaws. Fantastic. Wish you all the best Afridi, somebody had to stand up to the goons at the PCB.

  • POSTED BY swisstar on | May 31, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    one more down .. thanks to BUTT :)

  • POSTED BY Angad11 on | May 31, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Get a life man, there are better ways to be in limelight Afridi. How about showing some teamspirit for a change. Shame.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    disgraceful - if his wife is ill (serious or not) he should just be allowed to go home. PCB is a waste of space

  • POSTED BY Hassan.Farooqi on | May 31, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    The culprit, as usual, was Intikhab Alam, who reported "resolvable difference" as "discipline disaster". A mediocre bowler, a losing captain, a failed coach, and now a pathetic manager. Tomorrow he will become PCB chairman and sink whatever is left of Pakistan cricket from the hands of Ejaz Butt.

  • POSTED BY imirfan on | May 31, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Congratulations Butt sb. This is what you wanted. another setback to pakistan creicket.

  • POSTED BY SamAlex2 on | May 31, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    what can we say... this is business as usual for Pakistani cricket. Hurtling from one controversy to another... don't know how long it will survive like this.

  • POSTED BY Badreshian on | May 31, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Brave decision Afridi... All the cricket lovers would understandably support you.. at least, finally, we have someone to swim against the tide. Although, in the process you have lost your place in the national team which is disappointing for the fans (as captain). You have impressed your critics with your bold and blunt, yet affective, leader ship; the way you drove a broken car to the last stages of its destination. We all know a little of what has happened a day before the WC Semi final against India and the pressures that you have sustained alone. InshaAllah one day the black clouds on PCB will leave its way to the light of honesty and courage. We will wait till then to see the Tiger back in the hunt. You will remain our Hero and We are with you Afridi......

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | May 31, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    PCB is ridiculous. Just like all Pakistani politicians these guys are gems.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | May 31, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    its not only board or butt's fault. afridi is equally responsible for this. his behaviour has not been good throughout. & more importantly group of palyers & coach has also played its part. he has never been a good captain but doing things like this wont help he should be captain for long until team build up.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    CURSE of "Ijaz Butt and his team" continue to DAMAGE the Pakistan Cricket ! As a consequence of our sins, Inept/incompetent people like Ijazz Butt are in-charge of our institutions. We must beg mercy from Allah !

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Pakistan government, Please involve and sack the current Board and save cricket in Pakistan

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  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Pakistan government, Please involve and sack the current Board and save cricket in Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    CURSE of "Ijaz Butt and his team" continue to DAMAGE the Pakistan Cricket ! As a consequence of our sins, Inept/incompetent people like Ijazz Butt are in-charge of our institutions. We must beg mercy from Allah !

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | May 31, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    its not only board or butt's fault. afridi is equally responsible for this. his behaviour has not been good throughout. & more importantly group of palyers & coach has also played its part. he has never been a good captain but doing things like this wont help he should be captain for long until team build up.

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | May 31, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    PCB is ridiculous. Just like all Pakistani politicians these guys are gems.

  • POSTED BY Badreshian on | May 31, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Brave decision Afridi... All the cricket lovers would understandably support you.. at least, finally, we have someone to swim against the tide. Although, in the process you have lost your place in the national team which is disappointing for the fans (as captain). You have impressed your critics with your bold and blunt, yet affective, leader ship; the way you drove a broken car to the last stages of its destination. We all know a little of what has happened a day before the WC Semi final against India and the pressures that you have sustained alone. InshaAllah one day the black clouds on PCB will leave its way to the light of honesty and courage. We will wait till then to see the Tiger back in the hunt. You will remain our Hero and We are with you Afridi......

  • POSTED BY SamAlex2 on | May 31, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    what can we say... this is business as usual for Pakistani cricket. Hurtling from one controversy to another... don't know how long it will survive like this.

  • POSTED BY imirfan on | May 31, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Congratulations Butt sb. This is what you wanted. another setback to pakistan creicket.

  • POSTED BY Hassan.Farooqi on | May 31, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    The culprit, as usual, was Intikhab Alam, who reported "resolvable difference" as "discipline disaster". A mediocre bowler, a losing captain, a failed coach, and now a pathetic manager. Tomorrow he will become PCB chairman and sink whatever is left of Pakistan cricket from the hands of Ejaz Butt.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    disgraceful - if his wife is ill (serious or not) he should just be allowed to go home. PCB is a waste of space

  • POSTED BY Angad11 on | May 31, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Get a life man, there are better ways to be in limelight Afridi. How about showing some teamspirit for a change. Shame.