Pakistan news June 6, 2011

Selector Mohammad Ilyas served showcause notices

ESPNcricinfo staff

The former Test opener and current selector Mohammad Ilyas has been served two showcause notices by the PCB; the first for his part in the board's ongoing dispute with former captain Shahid Afridi, and the second for his appearance on a TV show on Sunday night that also included Salman Butt.

Ilyas was the target of specific and personal criticism from Afridi in the days after he announced his conditional retirement from the game and launched a blitz against the board that has now taken on a legal hue. Late last week, an incensed Ilyas felt compelled to respond with his own attacks against Afridi and was duly issued with the notice on Friday, in which the board said he had violated the code of conduct applicable to officials.

Afridi and Ilyas have history: Ilyas has often opposed the selection of Afridi in the side but it has ballooned in recent months. Afridi accused Ilyas of promoting his son-in-law Imran Farhat, while Ilyas responded by saying Afridi had pushed unfairly and persistently for Ahmed Shahzad, Fawad Alam and Shahzaib Hasan.

Fuelling the dispute are Afridi's comments about a "Punjab-Lahore lobby" working against him since he became captain - Ilyas is from Lahore and Afridi, a Pathan from Karachi - remarks that have seriously irked the board and a number of prominent ex-cricketers in Lahore.

At a press conference in Karachi, Afridi clarified his remarks, saying that he was talking about an individual and not a region or people. "I did say it, but I only said it so that the media would understand who I am talking about," he said. "After that I stopped saying it and I took Ilyas's name. the work that he is using the kind of language that he is using everyone can see. I will not talk of provinces, I play for Pakistan."

Ilyas is expected to respond today to the first notice, but comments he made on Sunday night on a show on Express News are expected to land him in further trouble. A bizarre line-up of guests on the show included Ilyas, Salman Butt, Sarfraz Nawaz, as well as a brief telephonic appearance from Ijaz Butt, chairman PCB.

Ilyas repeated most of his earlier criticisms on Afridi's performances as player and captain - stating again that he had refused to sign off on Afridi's selection in the squad for the West Indies ODI series - as well as explaining his response to the personal attacks. One particular remark, however, is likely to prove more incendiary than others, a derogatory proverb - not to be taken literally - involving dogs.

But what is likely to concern any number of observers is the presence of a board official on a talk show with Salman, who was banned earlier this year for ten years (five suspended) after being found guilty by a tribunal of spot-fixing. Butt was also critical of Afridi's captaincy, though he stressed that he had no personal issues with him. Afridi said only, "Everyone saw who was sitting with who on TV last night, so I don't want to say too much."

It will not be lost on neutrals and Afridi's supporters, that another personality critical of Afridi is said to be Mazhar Majeed, the player-agent allegedly at the centre of the spot-fixing controversy and currently under trial in the UK in the same case. On what is believed to be his twitter account, Majeed has been severely critical of Afridi thrice during the course of the last week or so.


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  • Naz on June 7, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    Pakistan is a laughing stock of the whole cricketing world. Every week, some new bizarre event is coming out of Pakistan! Every week, there is a new cricket drama out of Pakistan! Pakistan needs an Egyptian style revolution to have Ijaz Butt removed. When will the lethargic Pakistani people stand up and say, enough is enough?!

  • Naresh on June 7, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Hilarious! What a bunch of clowns!? Pak cricket administration is virtually non-existent, run by a complete morons. It is a shame to see it go down this way, such a shame.

    Who is in charge there? Why does no one have the courage or morals to clean this up? This has continued for a looooooong time now. Who appointed Idjut Butt and who can fire him? Looks like this is deliberate from Pak Govt also, they sure seem equally inept.

  • aamir on June 6, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    IJAZ BUTT FOR ICC .... common all pakistanis join me .... why we suffer alone :D ....

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    PCB has done sheer injustice with Afridi. After winning two one days series aboard, why was he dropped from the captancy. Afridi you are right and go on. Almighty Allah is with you and you will get justice inshallah.I admire and respect you for your clear heartedness.

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Pls i ask PCB what cretaria do you have to select people on board.Why Mr.Ilyas is there he have no contribution to cricket since he left pakistan in 1972 tour to Australia.Imran Farhat is victamise of a system we had since 1947.How many cricketers has be suffer because where you belong to favouratism and always prefer whether you born there or outside you were always be there so for Allah Sake pls become paksitani not city/village change your mentalilty embrace each other as paksitani.My career has be hurt because i belong to karachi.Playing 13 years first class cricket did record in batting and bowling never even give a chance to play for paksitan.Pls we need new young faces in administartion in paksitan and around the world to bring back our pride and respect.Wake up Paksitani people.

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Long Live Ijaz Butt! Good you stood up!

  • Rogie on June 6, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    (@Parminder Gandhi): I think almost 99.9% pakistani wants Afridi back except (Ijaz Butt), He lead team in difficult situations like a man pocessed. He deserves to be the captain. @Misbah's captaincy : Misbah is aged 37 years now and he can't be captain till next year or so Pakistan requires a captain who can play for Pakistan for next four to five, I think can if Ijaz Butt is kicked out of PCB.

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Well.... not too long ago this "Shame of a Cricketer" Shahid Afridi had termed Indians as not "large hearted" and now he is saying "the Punjab lobby" is conspiring against him.... just going on to show how big of a loser this guy is.... come on Shahid you are not a leader in the league of Imran and Wasim.... you are no one.... and in their times Imran and Wasim worked for the entire cricket team not just for their own agenda.... just stay away ... Misbah is doing a great job!

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    @cricfan108....maybe u shud read afridis player profile on cricinfo itself ;)

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Clearly this is getting out of hand. Afridi should simply meet the PCB Chair short of turning it into a familiar saga if he loves his country. Also, if Pakistan is seeking good relations with neighbours, it does no good for a captain to bring personal views before the media.

    Lately, Pakistan has found a good combination between himself and Misbah ul Haque with no no sign of his competing with him - perhaps can use some of his coolness - winning does stop at the ground -perhaps he will agree.

    I jazz Butt is right on this matter - Afridi should sort this out and resume playing on merits - he still has a lot of criket ahead of him. For others, trying to bring in ethno/regional conflicts into this is dis- service.

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