Pakistan news June 8, 2011

Selector Ilyas suspended by PCB

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The PCB has suspended national selector Mohammad Ilyas for his role in the Shahid Afridi dispute and for appearing on a television show with banned former captain Salman Butt. Ilyas had been served two show cause notices by the PCB over the incidents, both of which violate the board's code of conduct for officials.

"The Contract of Mr. Mohammad Ilyas (member National Selection Committee) with PCB has been suspended with immediate effect for violating the Clauses 8 and 9 of the same," the PCB said in a statement. "Show Cause Notices were issued to Mr. Ilyas on June 3 and June 6, 2011 to which he replied. His reply was not found satisfactory as it was observed that he participated in a Talk show despite being warned."

Following the same procedure in the Afridi dispute, a disciplinary committee will be formed to hear the case and Ilyas will be told when he will need to appear before it.

Ilyas had appeared on a television show on June 6 to discuss Afridi's dispute with the PCB. Among the other panellists was Butt, who has been banned for 10 years (five years suspended) for spot-fixing. Under ICC rules, no board member can interact with a banned player and the sport's governing body is also looking into Ilyas' appearance.

Afridi had specifically and personally criticised Ilyas after announcing his conditional retirement from the game as part of his blitz against the board. 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 a history: Ilyas has often opposed the selection of Afridi in the side but that opinion 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. His remarks 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."

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  • POSTED BY Happy_AusBang on | June 10, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Whatever the flaws of the PCB or selectors, players should not canvass their criticisms in the media. And if the captain of the team does it, surely his captaincy should end right then and there. Not just that, the entire book must be thrown at him for the misdemeanour.

    I think it is time for Ijaz Butt to call it quits. The problem is the position is government appointed so unless he falls out of favour with Zardari his position is secure.

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | June 9, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    i think being punished by the board he'll actually gain support

  • POSTED BY wasim_007 on | June 9, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Kick out BUTT & Co. Bring Back Fawad ,,IMRAN Nazir back in team and reinstate Afridi as Captain....

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | June 9, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Its only suspension right? After all they have reversed the bans :) . so this is not news. But i see BCCI hand in this. they want to destroy pak cricket by eliminating afridi. so they supported the supporters of BUTT. :) Remember Pak's High commissioner to UK When he blamed india for everything for 'setting up' their banned players . You see such an immature people at international level no wonder pak cricket board is run by these unprofessionals.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | June 9, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Anirudhha, Lahore people have big hearts. But you are showing signs of a small heart by still feeling painful about Afridi's small heart comments. There are good and bad people everywhere. Unfortunately this time there was a bad guy namely M.Ilyas, in Lahore. When Afridi talked about a group in Lahore, he DID NOT mean that the entire Lahore is plotting against him. He doesn't have any grudge with any city. He will point out bad people whether they are in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi or anywhere in the world. So your comment is UNFAIR.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Ijaz butt and his companions had do so much damage to the cricket in Pakistan that no body did in whole history, suspension of Amir, Asif, and Salman is another factor, because of their handling of their cases,these nonsense peoples Ijaz and Ilyas has no outlook and nothing in the mind to bring the good for Pakistan cricket, they just want their order should be meet at any cost, I am requesting to President Asif Ali zaradar that please don't keep your eyes shut do wot ever you can do change this scenario in pakistan cricket if you truly love this game of Cricket, as a President if you don't use your power than you don't have true love with Pakistan and Pakistani peoples, People don't want Ijaz but tand his companions to run Pakistan cricket matters. These peoples have make PCB a resource of their enjoyment where they use Pk peoplesmoney to go over seas and spend nights in luxury hotels.

    Shame on Ijaz. and his com

    May Allah safe Pakistan cricket from these satans and dajahals.

    Ameen

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 9, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    now, they will criticize BCCI for this...ha ha ha

  • POSTED BY Aniruddha1977 on | June 9, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    Maybe the Lahore people do not have a "big enough" heart to accomodate Afridi.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 9, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    @Jassem Shakil - well said, when Pakistan was last in Oz, I thought that Fawad Alam was the find of the tour. Since then he has been nowhere!

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | June 8, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    @DrAtharAbbas.. Well said sir...The PCB are a disgrace to the game and do absolutely nothing positive to advance the cause of the national team... Indeed their recent actions do more harm than good and rather than engendering a spirit of unity within the team seem designed to do just the opposite. Latest score: Politics 100 - Cricket 0.

  • POSTED BY Happy_AusBang on | June 10, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Whatever the flaws of the PCB or selectors, players should not canvass their criticisms in the media. And if the captain of the team does it, surely his captaincy should end right then and there. Not just that, the entire book must be thrown at him for the misdemeanour.

    I think it is time for Ijaz Butt to call it quits. The problem is the position is government appointed so unless he falls out of favour with Zardari his position is secure.

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | June 9, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    i think being punished by the board he'll actually gain support

  • POSTED BY wasim_007 on | June 9, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Kick out BUTT & Co. Bring Back Fawad ,,IMRAN Nazir back in team and reinstate Afridi as Captain....

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | June 9, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Its only suspension right? After all they have reversed the bans :) . so this is not news. But i see BCCI hand in this. they want to destroy pak cricket by eliminating afridi. so they supported the supporters of BUTT. :) Remember Pak's High commissioner to UK When he blamed india for everything for 'setting up' their banned players . You see such an immature people at international level no wonder pak cricket board is run by these unprofessionals.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | June 9, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Anirudhha, Lahore people have big hearts. But you are showing signs of a small heart by still feeling painful about Afridi's small heart comments. There are good and bad people everywhere. Unfortunately this time there was a bad guy namely M.Ilyas, in Lahore. When Afridi talked about a group in Lahore, he DID NOT mean that the entire Lahore is plotting against him. He doesn't have any grudge with any city. He will point out bad people whether they are in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi or anywhere in the world. So your comment is UNFAIR.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Ijaz butt and his companions had do so much damage to the cricket in Pakistan that no body did in whole history, suspension of Amir, Asif, and Salman is another factor, because of their handling of their cases,these nonsense peoples Ijaz and Ilyas has no outlook and nothing in the mind to bring the good for Pakistan cricket, they just want their order should be meet at any cost, I am requesting to President Asif Ali zaradar that please don't keep your eyes shut do wot ever you can do change this scenario in pakistan cricket if you truly love this game of Cricket, as a President if you don't use your power than you don't have true love with Pakistan and Pakistani peoples, People don't want Ijaz but tand his companions to run Pakistan cricket matters. These peoples have make PCB a resource of their enjoyment where they use Pk peoplesmoney to go over seas and spend nights in luxury hotels.

    Shame on Ijaz. and his com

    May Allah safe Pakistan cricket from these satans and dajahals.

    Ameen

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 9, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    now, they will criticize BCCI for this...ha ha ha

  • POSTED BY Aniruddha1977 on | June 9, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    Maybe the Lahore people do not have a "big enough" heart to accomodate Afridi.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 9, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    @Jassem Shakil - well said, when Pakistan was last in Oz, I thought that Fawad Alam was the find of the tour. Since then he has been nowhere!

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | June 8, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    @DrAtharAbbas.. Well said sir...The PCB are a disgrace to the game and do absolutely nothing positive to advance the cause of the national team... Indeed their recent actions do more harm than good and rather than engendering a spirit of unity within the team seem designed to do just the opposite. Latest score: Politics 100 - Cricket 0.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Players like Ahmed Shahzad, Fawad Alam and Shahzaib Hasan were given too many chances? Really??? The three players combined have not played half as many test matches as Imran Farhat has played alone.

  • POSTED BY KHALID.F on | June 8, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    ONE OUTGOING ILYAS WILL BRING ANOTHER ILYAS IN AND AN OUTGOING BUTT WILL BRING ANOTHER BUTT IN. PAKISTAN CRICKET NEEDS A COMPLETE CHANGE. IT NEEDS CRICKETING PEOPLE RUNNING THE CRICKET IN PAKISTAN NOT DIPLOMATS. IT NEEDS AN ELECTED BOARD CHAIRMAN WHO HAS GOOD VISION ON THE FUTURE OF PAKISTAN CRICKET. THE CURRENT PLAYERS ARE GOOD BUT NOTHING SPECIAL WE NEED TO LOOK TO THE NEXT 8 - 10 YEARS AND THINK HOW CAN WE MAKE PAKISTAN CRICKET BETTER AND THAT STARTS WITH A BETTER DOMESTIC STRUCTURE, MORE PROFESSIONALISM AND ACTUALLY MAKE THE PCB AND INSTITUTION OF PAKISTAN SPORT RATHER THAN A POLITICAL PARTY. THE BOTTOM LINE HERE IS AND IMRAN KHAN ALSO SAYS THIS IS THAT UNTIL THE WAY IN WHICH THE COUNTRY IS RUN DOES NOT IMPROVE THEN PAKISTAN CRICKET WILL NOT IMPROVE. THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IS FAILING AND YOU CAN JUST SEE THAT IN THE WAY IN WHICH PLAYERS CONDUCT THEMSELVES ON AND OFF THE PITCH. IT IS A DISGRACE.

  • POSTED BY DrAtharAbbas on | June 8, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    WHY not we name PCB as disciplininary committee, Becuase that is all what they do

    While other boards promote ciricket, groom youngesters, arrange tours, etc etc etc. Our board is very focused on doing just one thing: show cause notices, hearings, and punishments, bans, reversals, I haven't heard a single good news from this board for a long time now.

  • POSTED BY donda on | June 8, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    Afridi is right, punjabi lobby is destroying cricket in pakistan. I am from punjab but that does not mean that you don't select any other player from other provinces.

    This is sad that Ijaz butt is not able to make PCB a better organization where as he is doing favoritism to Punjabi and his friends.

    Ijaz butt should be removed from his post because of his bad management.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 8, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Well........

    The only way to resolve this selection committee issue is by actually giving the coach and the captain a right to have a say in the team selection.

    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work that out!

  • POSTED BY Major_Hammad on | June 8, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Excellent, Good, Fantastic Decision to suspend this selector Ilyas!!!!!! Fawad Alam career destroyed by this selector!!!!!! Hope Fawad Alam will come back in National Team!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    At last some sanity has returned to PAKISTAN Cricket. Well Done Ejaz Butt, hope you will be able to clear some more of the mess.

  • POSTED BY Aabid.Rizvi on | June 8, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    gud work by PCB. Make Afridi captain again.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    very good decision by PCB

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    At last PCB Chairman has taken action against someone who is dear to him. When will someone take action against PCB CHAIRMAN COACH AND MANAGER? President Zardari should interfere now.

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  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    At last PCB Chairman has taken action against someone who is dear to him. When will someone take action against PCB CHAIRMAN COACH AND MANAGER? President Zardari should interfere now.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    very good decision by PCB

  • POSTED BY Aabid.Rizvi on | June 8, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    gud work by PCB. Make Afridi captain again.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    At last some sanity has returned to PAKISTAN Cricket. Well Done Ejaz Butt, hope you will be able to clear some more of the mess.

  • POSTED BY Major_Hammad on | June 8, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Excellent, Good, Fantastic Decision to suspend this selector Ilyas!!!!!! Fawad Alam career destroyed by this selector!!!!!! Hope Fawad Alam will come back in National Team!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 8, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Well........

    The only way to resolve this selection committee issue is by actually giving the coach and the captain a right to have a say in the team selection.

    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work that out!

  • POSTED BY donda on | June 8, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    Afridi is right, punjabi lobby is destroying cricket in pakistan. I am from punjab but that does not mean that you don't select any other player from other provinces.

    This is sad that Ijaz butt is not able to make PCB a better organization where as he is doing favoritism to Punjabi and his friends.

    Ijaz butt should be removed from his post because of his bad management.

  • POSTED BY DrAtharAbbas on | June 8, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    WHY not we name PCB as disciplininary committee, Becuase that is all what they do

    While other boards promote ciricket, groom youngesters, arrange tours, etc etc etc. Our board is very focused on doing just one thing: show cause notices, hearings, and punishments, bans, reversals, I haven't heard a single good news from this board for a long time now.

  • POSTED BY KHALID.F on | June 8, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    ONE OUTGOING ILYAS WILL BRING ANOTHER ILYAS IN AND AN OUTGOING BUTT WILL BRING ANOTHER BUTT IN. PAKISTAN CRICKET NEEDS A COMPLETE CHANGE. IT NEEDS CRICKETING PEOPLE RUNNING THE CRICKET IN PAKISTAN NOT DIPLOMATS. IT NEEDS AN ELECTED BOARD CHAIRMAN WHO HAS GOOD VISION ON THE FUTURE OF PAKISTAN CRICKET. THE CURRENT PLAYERS ARE GOOD BUT NOTHING SPECIAL WE NEED TO LOOK TO THE NEXT 8 - 10 YEARS AND THINK HOW CAN WE MAKE PAKISTAN CRICKET BETTER AND THAT STARTS WITH A BETTER DOMESTIC STRUCTURE, MORE PROFESSIONALISM AND ACTUALLY MAKE THE PCB AND INSTITUTION OF PAKISTAN SPORT RATHER THAN A POLITICAL PARTY. THE BOTTOM LINE HERE IS AND IMRAN KHAN ALSO SAYS THIS IS THAT UNTIL THE WAY IN WHICH THE COUNTRY IS RUN DOES NOT IMPROVE THEN PAKISTAN CRICKET WILL NOT IMPROVE. THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IS FAILING AND YOU CAN JUST SEE THAT IN THE WAY IN WHICH PLAYERS CONDUCT THEMSELVES ON AND OFF THE PITCH. IT IS A DISGRACE.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Players like Ahmed Shahzad, Fawad Alam and Shahzaib Hasan were given too many chances? Really??? The three players combined have not played half as many test matches as Imran Farhat has played alone.