Pakistan news July 13, 2011

PCB raises questions about task force report

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The PCB has raised serious questions about the ICC Pakistan Task Team's (PTT) report, pointing out a number of factual errors in it and calling it "a scholarly exercise" rather than being a Pakistan-specific document. In an unusually long and fairly withering press release, the board said a detailed response to the 38-page report and 63 recommendations had been sent to the ICC; only some of the responses were being made public.

The PTT report, released last week, had recommended what amounted to a root and branch reform of the game in Pakistan, calling on a range of macro and micro changes to how the game is run there. The report recommended changes to the board's administration, to the process of selection, managerial appointments, the central contracts pool and even the kind of ball used in domestic cricket.

At the very outset of their response, the PCB raises one of the main criticisms of the report and the work of the PTT. "The entire report has been prepared without PTT ever visiting Pakistan (except for a brief chat of a few hours that Dave Richardson [ICC general manager and PTT member] had with a few ex-players during his visit to Karachi in January 2011 or perhaps some input to PTT from Ramiz [Raja, PTT member])," the release says. "This raises serious questions on the observations given in the report."

Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, also visited Pakistan before the 2010 World Twenty20, a visit during which issues related to international cricket in Pakistan were discussed with board and government officials.

The broader recommendations of the report centred on the powers of the chairman and expressed particular concern at the manner in which he is appointed - by the country's president, the patron of the board. The board treads a careful line in its response, mindful of the governance changes the ICC wants implemented over the next two years, and merely explains the reasons behind the system. "The circumstances in Pakistan are unique and cricket administration requires and deserves government support, without which international cricket may not be able to return to Pakistan. Keeping in view the extraordinary security situation in the country, having the president as patron of the PCB adds tremendous value and comfort. It should be appreciated that a system that has propelled Pakistan to the top of the cricket world has been in place for approximately 60 years and cannot certainly be labelled as faulty."

The response also takes on what is seen by the architects of the report as the most central issue to Pakistan's future: the resumption of bilateral ties with India. But the PCB believes both the BCCI and the PTT/ICC have effectively failed to act on good intentions, questioning whether the ICC has even approached the BCCI on this matter. "We feel that perhaps the PTT/ICC should have taken a lead role in ensuring that all bilateral tour commitments are honoured by India vis-a-vis Pakistan," the release states. "In fact this was also within the ambit of TOR's of PTT. We do not have anything to suggest on record that PTT/ICC made any efforts to engage with the BCCI or the government of India in this regard."

The roles of Mike Brearley and Greg Chappell as ambassadors of Pakistan cricket are also highlighted in the response, for the apparent lack of involvement they have had. While appreciating the appointment, the board says "we are yet to observe any endeavours from their side. Although, with their standing in international cricket, they could have gone a long way in supporting cricket in Pakistan. We still welcome them to come to Pakistan and expect that they will now play a proactive role in supporting the return of international cricket to Pakistan."

This observation, on the return of international cricket, is likely to be the source of growing contention between the ICC and Pakistan. In the original terms of reference of the PTT, the focus was on ensuring that Pakistan didn't suffer in the absence of international cricket at home. Reference is made to the recommendations of a security task force with regards to playing cricket in Pakistan. Since then the parameters of the PTT have grown to take in integrity and governance issues, to the extent that in the report only three of the 63 recommendations even referred to the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.

But in the wake of the release of the report, senior PTT and ICC officials have implied privately that the revival of international cricket is not the primary concern of the work; the PCB referring to it implicitly in their release, with reference to the roles of Brearley and Chappell, suggests they believe it is.

On the more micro issues, such as selection, the PCB "points out a number of recommendations that are incorrect, superfluous or redundant." The number of centrally contracted players in the PTT - as ESPNcricinfo pointed out initially - is incorrect, the board says. The board also argues that the selection committee is already independent and free from outside interference, thus rejecting outright the report's recommendation that it should be.

"Regrettably, PTT did not meet the chairman of selection committee to get his views," the board says before detailing the process of selection and the board chairman's role in it. "We therefore feel that the recommendations of the PTT that the PCB chairman has the right of veto are not based on facts. The process of selection is a time tested one and has worked for Pakistan. The view that there is interference in selection matters is therefore factually incorrect, devoid of reality and henceforth rejected."

The suggestion that the selection committee and not the board chairman recommends a captain, which is then approved by the governing board, is also rejected. "We respectfully disagree with this recommendation. In Pakistan the system of selecting a captain is different. No reason has been given by PTT in support of its recommendation that selection committee is the best judge of who the captain of Pakistan should be. If this recommendation is based on what other countries follow, it may not work for Pakistan. Again the authority to nominate the captain has been delegated by the governing board to the chairman."

The report had also advised the PCB to appoint team managers on a full-time basis, for longer periods instead of the current system where they appoint one on a series-by-series basis. The board dismissed this as well, asking why, if other countries also appoint in this way, should they change. "These recommendations are probably given by PTT as 'best business practice' rather than Pakistan specific. To our knowledge, there are other countries that nominate managers on a tour-by-tour basis and the system works well for them. Same in the case with other support staff who are appointed by the boards. In the absence of any plausible argument in favour of change, such recommendations cannot be accepted nor implemented."

The board concludes by hoping that amendments will now be made "for the report to reflect the true facts and reality." Ijaz Butt, chairman of the PCB, expressed his appreciation for the work of the PTT and reiterated that the recommendations are not binding on the board. "I am grateful to the PTT for their work. While the intent cannot be questioned, few discrepancies can be identified in the report, which the PCB consider duty-bound to rectify. I wish to reiterate the assurance of the ICC to us that recommendations in the report are not directives to the PCB and that it is entirely up to the PCB to accept and implement these. Having consulted members of our board of governors, we decided to send a detailed response to ICC. I hope that it will be taken in a positive spirit."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • oyoy on July 16, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Can all the people who have made these comments, give a clear reason why the ICC has a PTT and not a ATT, ETT, ITT, WITT, SLTT, NZTT, SATT etc.? If there is a rotten apple in the barrel then that is the apple that needs to be addressed. PCB is the Butt end of all jokes .... everyone knows that the Pakistan team has the most proven charges regarding violations .... ball tampering, match fixing, spot fixing etc. etc. and the most number of players banned.

    Remember Butt's allegations about the English team fixing games just after the spot fixing controversy and then his "Heh heh I was kidding or maybe I was misquoted" rejoinder? Would any sane team go and play in Pakistan after the Sri Lankan team's experience? Maybe that's why the ICC staff did not go to Pakistan. The Pakistan team supporters are deluded regarding the integrity of the game in their country.

  • on July 15, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    @ DrDonaLolo . Removing Ijaz Butt may not solve all the problems but I guess it's a good way to start. The problem with PTT's report is that it really doesn't tell us what we don't already know and as such comes across as a foolish attempt to pretend like they are helping PCB.( Especially since noone on the PTT actually even visited Pakistan and have no way of knowing how things work there.)

  • cric-maestro on July 15, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    @CRICPOLITICS: its incredible that u have still faith in PCB...oh, wait a minute..i guess maybe u r IZAZ BUTT..even ur username suggests that..lol...

  • cric-maestro on July 15, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    @AAMIR SHAZAD: joke of the century man..but yes there is plenty of entertainment off the field...lol..

  • cric-maestro on July 15, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    @STEVE: spot on mate, u r dead right...that day is not far......

  • cric-maestro on July 15, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    @BOONBOOM: yeah pak has lots of genuine fast bowlers who can bowl NO-BALLS at will....lol....

  • cricpolitics on July 15, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    @Steve Spragg: If PCB is incompetent then what is ICC. If you want to ban anyone then ban and dissolve ICC. Do you believe that other boards are running their matters very well, what do you have to say about the biggest one BCCI, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and even NZ who have trouble once in a while. Why not write a report for every single board or may be ban cricket. Stop making foolish statements which have no merrit.

  • Praxis on July 15, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    @Steve Spragg, Such a brilliant solution! It was Zimbabwe then, now Pakistan will go. We all know that test cricket is loosing popularity in Caribbean, in India too[saw that in an interview of Haroon Lorgat on BBC], in Australia people are more attracted to footy or racing, South Africans aren't too fond of it either, Bangladeshi team don't get to play enough matches.... So much for making it a global sport, huh?

  • maddy20 on July 15, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    @getsetgopk Why do you Pakistani fans always think that BCCI is out to get PCB? Don't you think that Ijaz Butt has too much power for himself, single-handedly ending the careers of your best cricketers such as Kaneria, Malik, Afridi etc.,? The PTT report makes sense and I am sure that most Pakistani fans will agree.

  • Jarr30 on July 15, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    When you try putting a pipe in a dog's tale for a year and try to straighten it. The tale will still be curled. Pakistan's cicket is like dog's tale. No matter what you do,the tale will always be curled. ICC is waistig their precious time. GOOD LUCK ICC.

  • oyoy on July 16, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Can all the people who have made these comments, give a clear reason why the ICC has a PTT and not a ATT, ETT, ITT, WITT, SLTT, NZTT, SATT etc.? If there is a rotten apple in the barrel then that is the apple that needs to be addressed. PCB is the Butt end of all jokes .... everyone knows that the Pakistan team has the most proven charges regarding violations .... ball tampering, match fixing, spot fixing etc. etc. and the most number of players banned.

    Remember Butt's allegations about the English team fixing games just after the spot fixing controversy and then his "Heh heh I was kidding or maybe I was misquoted" rejoinder? Would any sane team go and play in Pakistan after the Sri Lankan team's experience? Maybe that's why the ICC staff did not go to Pakistan. The Pakistan team supporters are deluded regarding the integrity of the game in their country.

  • on July 15, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    @ DrDonaLolo . Removing Ijaz Butt may not solve all the problems but I guess it's a good way to start. The problem with PTT's report is that it really doesn't tell us what we don't already know and as such comes across as a foolish attempt to pretend like they are helping PCB.( Especially since noone on the PTT actually even visited Pakistan and have no way of knowing how things work there.)

  • cric-maestro on July 15, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    @CRICPOLITICS: its incredible that u have still faith in PCB...oh, wait a minute..i guess maybe u r IZAZ BUTT..even ur username suggests that..lol...

  • cric-maestro on July 15, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    @AAMIR SHAZAD: joke of the century man..but yes there is plenty of entertainment off the field...lol..

  • cric-maestro on July 15, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    @STEVE: spot on mate, u r dead right...that day is not far......

  • cric-maestro on July 15, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    @BOONBOOM: yeah pak has lots of genuine fast bowlers who can bowl NO-BALLS at will....lol....

  • cricpolitics on July 15, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    @Steve Spragg: If PCB is incompetent then what is ICC. If you want to ban anyone then ban and dissolve ICC. Do you believe that other boards are running their matters very well, what do you have to say about the biggest one BCCI, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and even NZ who have trouble once in a while. Why not write a report for every single board or may be ban cricket. Stop making foolish statements which have no merrit.

  • Praxis on July 15, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    @Steve Spragg, Such a brilliant solution! It was Zimbabwe then, now Pakistan will go. We all know that test cricket is loosing popularity in Caribbean, in India too[saw that in an interview of Haroon Lorgat on BBC], in Australia people are more attracted to footy or racing, South Africans aren't too fond of it either, Bangladeshi team don't get to play enough matches.... So much for making it a global sport, huh?

  • maddy20 on July 15, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    @getsetgopk Why do you Pakistani fans always think that BCCI is out to get PCB? Don't you think that Ijaz Butt has too much power for himself, single-handedly ending the careers of your best cricketers such as Kaneria, Malik, Afridi etc.,? The PTT report makes sense and I am sure that most Pakistani fans will agree.

  • Jarr30 on July 15, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    When you try putting a pipe in a dog's tale for a year and try to straighten it. The tale will still be curled. Pakistan's cicket is like dog's tale. No matter what you do,the tale will always be curled. ICC is waistig their precious time. GOOD LUCK ICC.

  • getsetgopk on July 14, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    cant expect anything good from a task team formed by ICC led BCCI. the implications of PCB's actions are local to pak cricket only but the blunders of BCCI have world wide affects. its BCCI/ICC that needs remedy the most, everything else will fall in place itself

  • DrDonaLolo on July 14, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Every single recommendation made by PTT in their report was 100% reasonable and implementable but i knew the PCB response even before start of this report. PCB is bunch of few 80 years old jokers. PCB response is nothing more than loose excuses and they are masters of making excuses. PCB is the only shameful cricket board on the planet. I am a pak cricket team fan and i am so mad at pcb's response. ICC shouldn't allow pak cricket team for any series and any competition until pcb agree to remove the very fake chief patron and remove the most power of the chairman of pbc. ICC missed one very important thing in their recommendations that the age limit of pbc employees and members, for a long run age limit should be max 70 for a short run age limit 85 is ok because if they force for even 80 then pcb will lose their 95% employees very next day.

  • BoonBoom on July 14, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    @imtiaz1969...Indians are more satisfied when they see Pak has never beaten them in a WC match...They only see what they want to see. They dont want to look overall head to head statistics because they lost more and won less either tiy consider Test or ODIs. No doubt these days India is better than Pak but traditionally Pak has always done better against India. Imagine, out of 1 billion population, they have NO true and genuine fast bowlers like Pak had in Fazal, Khan Mohammad, Imram, Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib....all real express fast...What Indai have is Zaheer, Ishant, Ghavri, Madan Lal, Kapil .... all averaging over 30.00 in bowling which is mark of mediocre bowling!!!

  • khiladisher on July 14, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    NOTHING WOULD MAKE A CRICKET FAN MORE HAPPY THAN TO SEE INDIA VS PAKISTAN- IT IS REALLY UNFORTUNATE THAT IN SPITE OF HAVING A GREAT TEAM LED BY IMRAN WITH PLAYERS OF THE CALIBER OF WASEEM,WAQAR PAKISTAN COULD NOT BECOME THE #1 SIDE OF ITS TIME. WEST INDIES WERE UNBEATABLE FROM 1976-1995,AUSTRALIANS DOMINATED FROM 1995-2008 AND NOW THE WORLD CHAMPIONS INDIA HAVE BEEN THE #1 TEST MATCH SIDE FOR LAST 2 YEARS. CRICKET WOULD HAVE BEEN SPECIAL WITH THE CURRENT INDIAN BATTING LINE UP WITH SEHWAG,GAMBHIR,DRAVID,SACHIN,LAXMAN,YUVRAJ,RAINA AND DHONI TAKING ON THE PAKISTAN BOWLING OF WASEEM,WAQAR,AQUIB,MUSHTAQ,AND SAQLAIN.

  • maja2834 on July 14, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Politics have ruined pakisthan Economy and now cricket will be destroyed too...

  • AmmarHussainSidhu on July 14, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Ijaz Butt not a single Pakistani have faith on you. How can you justify your Statement to the whole world? Ammar Hussain Sidhu

  • on July 14, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Quite simple to sort this out....Ban Pakistan from ALL international cricket until they fall in line.....end off

  • imirfan on July 14, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    I am sure if the PCB is sincere they can try the recommendations and then due to the special situation in Pakistan if they found that it is not workable then they can go back to the previouse setup any time i dont understand the reasons for not following the recommendations. I mean who is satisfied with the current setup and the problems that the cricket in pakistan is facing. I am sure PCB will reconsider their options. The best way to move ahead is to implement the suggestions Pakistan is not out of this world and these recommendations will bring positice changes. Please think....PCB (Butt sb).....

  • on July 14, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    HAHAHA.. PTT prepares the report on PCB after having a 2 hours chat with PCB officials.. joke of the year..

  • Siddhartha_S on July 14, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    ICC vs PCB. what else is new?

  • Seasole on July 14, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    I just love this attention given to us by all these people... they are soo concerned about us. Love u guyz for all the chatttt!!!.... thank you for your obsessionssss with Pakistan. LOL

  • on July 14, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    It's the first time that I am appreciating a statement/ report prepared by the PCB. I do hope that India and Pakistan resume their cricketing relations soon...miss the excitement which only India vs Pakistan matches produce

  • CricketFreud on July 14, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    i just came here just to see whats funny going on now in PCB.. as usual theres always some material..

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 14, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Funny how pakistanis bring this issue back to their nemesis BCCI when PTT consists of members like chappel , Giles and your own rameez.Cry babies. @m23khan actually its the other way around. If pak conducts worldcup for foot ball then the whole league will consist of pak a,b,c,d teams because nobody will visit your country. PTT tried to do something but your ego centric administrators do not take any inch of criticism. But you guys expect cricket to come back . Silly.

  • Horn.OK.Please on July 14, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    @m23khan - Sir, there are a lot of logical flaws in your argument. You say India can be happy playing among themselves. Why should that be the case since the report is just about Pakistan and last I heard, Pak != World.

    Also, if World Cup 2019 will have India A vs. India B in the finals,how can India C be runners up. It should be one of the two finalists who lose. Kindly elucidate.

  • A.R.AHSAN on July 14, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    1st thing to my freinds asking about test status of Pakistan or Pakistan cricket or board............Pakistan is on number six even they played half number of test and all outside Pakistan...What india did in WI we saw that in the series just finished and they will do in England we will also see. 2ndly ICC = BCCI, it should be announced officially 3rd We should ask interpol to investigate Lahore attacks so that it should become clear that BCCI and Indian GOVT.is involved in that. 4th not to forget india 3 years back.....they fear to play against pakistan and even now they can not win against Pakistan. 5th is PTT is to give suggestion to bring back intl. cricket in Pakistan not to tell PCB how to govern cricket in Pakistan 6th Haroon Logart stop playing dirty political games

  • imtiaz1969 on July 14, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    I have one observation to make ----- PCB and the Pakistan Cricket Team enjoyed the best part of success from mid eighties to the end of the last century. Or there about, give or take a year or two. During that period, Imran Khan was the captain, and Javed Miandad and Imran Khan were the selection committee. The players that had the pride of representing Pakistan were all the greats that we talk about now. Wasim, waqar, Inzamam, Saeed Anwar, Moin Khan, Rashid Latif, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq etc etc and the list goes on. In those days, administration was happy with drawing sallaries and rubber stamping, whatever Imran and Javed suggested on selection and other matters. So, a ten man committee of political appointments, or a two man committee of proud Pakistani cricketers, who's heatrts were full of pride for the country and wanted to be part of an international success story. BTW, question for our neighbours (IND), How many times did you beat Pakistan during that period ? Honestly

  • poderdubdubdub on July 14, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    I am not surprised at the PCB reaction. They are not fools, they are more interested in saving their chairs than improving Pakistan Cricket. I hope ICC will use some of its influence to force PCB to implement these sensible suggestions from PTT as it will benefit cricket as a whole.

  • on July 14, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    BCCI has no role to play in this either. If it was for them deciding, the team would go each year as it brings in a lot of money ! However, its the grim security condition especially after what happened to Sri Lankans there that BCCI dare not risk going against the Government's security advisory....Its all about having a safe passage of time in Pakistan wherein they donot have any security issues. All teams would automatically be back. However, it is akin to growing vegetables on Moon.....All the Best, Pakistan

  • Haleos on July 14, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    @chiggers - By Top did u mean from bottom? Pakistan is barely better than West Indies and NZ right now on the page you mentioned. Typical.

  • indianzen on July 14, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    better they remove off the test status for PAK and give it to IRELAND, they are more deserving and willing to do anything for improvement.

  • chiggers on July 14, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    "It should be appreciated that a system which has propelled Pakistan to the top of the cricket world has been in place for approximately 60 years and cannot certainly be labeled as faulty.". Really??? http://www.espncricinfo.com/rankings/content/page/211271.html

  • indianzen on July 14, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    What ever ICC does or helps, such cricket boards will never learn and improve...

  • Alam17 on July 14, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    BCCI/ICC/PTT, should simply say STOP PLAYING CRICKET!

  • Dr.Hasan on July 14, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Not at all a fan of PCB or of the Pak. govt. but this report by ICC is just JUNK! The task team was supposed to be about finding ways and means to bring back international cricket to Pakistan and not about schooling the admins about how to go about doing selections, appointing team staff etc etc. The report doesnt even properly address its core issues and just goes beating about the bush. OH and @ MAKKERED: its ALWAYS about money...most of all by the BCCI..hence no hosting poor ZIM and BD in the next FTP! @ZshanKhan: I m sure there is a lot more written there..maybe its your own interests that you can read and rest turns to gibberish.

  • on July 14, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    Rest of the world must be grateful to PCB for providing FREE OF COST and QUALITY ENTERTAINMENT even when not playing cricket.

  • m23khan on July 14, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    why is ICC ganging up on PCB? There are other worse off members (ZIM, BAN, WIN) but how comes only PCB is given such hard time? Time for Pak. Govt. to promote football in Pakistan. Indians can be happy playing cricket among themselves...WC'19 final: India A vs. India B....runners up: India C (after defeating India D).

  • AyrtonS on July 14, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    How dare the ICC ask them to change their backward ways !!

  • Lees_Legends on July 14, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    "It should be appreciated that a system which has propelled Pakistan to the top of the cricket world has been in place for approximately 60 years and cannot certainly be labeled as faulty" - LOLLLLLLL

  • kk777 on July 13, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    @Zshaan Khan : totally agree mate...hope something good comes out of this mess for once atleast

  • KTiwari on July 13, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Guess, PCB knows best on what to do so what are they waiting for...?? Go ahead and do it.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on July 13, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    ICC has no business to act like a boss and dictate terms to any sovereign country. Problem is that Pakistanis and PCB do not have any self respect. They should take ICC to task for taking freedom to make such derogatory comments.

  • on July 13, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    100% agree with PCB on this. ICC failed to carry out its own homework before undertaking the task of lecturing PCB. sure PCB is not the most sane cricket body but is ICC? about ties with india, bilateral series mean both parties willing to play. last i heard BCCI was not very keen to play with pak. so i guess ICC should lock its horns with BCCI on this. but i'm very sure ICC does not have the balls to upset BCCI.

  • Makkered on July 13, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Begging for resumption of cricket with India, PCB is just looking for money.. easy money to survive. Well hope soon they will learn to get something you need to give something.

  • ZshanKhan on July 13, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    The only thing I read in this article was "bla bla bla money, bla bla bla ind pak series, bla bla bla more money, bla bla.

  • khurramsch on July 13, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    this was expected as osman wrote in 1 of his old articles. this whole report was theorey nothing practical & point in 100% about india series. just writing that series should go ahead not enough. icc & ptt needs to contact bcci for that. & for security & moving game back in pakistan they should have visited pakistan.probelm at the moment is home games which is not even addressed in this report. yes changing board /managers/selection will be good(that will hapen anyway in next 2 years as by anual conference) But immediate problem home game which will not b effected by selection/manager or boards. & abassadors, could some one here show me any thing good said by chapel about pakistan in any of bad times in past?

  • on July 13, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    very timely response and valid issues raised with ICC. Hope they would resolve to keep the PTT's role meaningful.

  • wiiCricket on July 13, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Why am I not surprised from the response of PCB + Butt. This is a new drama. I love PCB + Butt. They are so good entertainers !!

  • K.A.K on July 13, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Instead of blaming their appointed ambassadors Greg Chappel and Mike Brearley openly in public, has PCB tried to reach out to them and work with them to set an agenda and work through it? I doubt it. PCB's response reflects the personality of the man at the top; arrogant and irresponsible. If there were no problems with Pakistan Cricket, there would have been no need for PTT.

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  • K.A.K on July 13, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Instead of blaming their appointed ambassadors Greg Chappel and Mike Brearley openly in public, has PCB tried to reach out to them and work with them to set an agenda and work through it? I doubt it. PCB's response reflects the personality of the man at the top; arrogant and irresponsible. If there were no problems with Pakistan Cricket, there would have been no need for PTT.

  • wiiCricket on July 13, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Why am I not surprised from the response of PCB + Butt. This is a new drama. I love PCB + Butt. They are so good entertainers !!

  • on July 13, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    very timely response and valid issues raised with ICC. Hope they would resolve to keep the PTT's role meaningful.

  • khurramsch on July 13, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    this was expected as osman wrote in 1 of his old articles. this whole report was theorey nothing practical & point in 100% about india series. just writing that series should go ahead not enough. icc & ptt needs to contact bcci for that. & for security & moving game back in pakistan they should have visited pakistan.probelm at the moment is home games which is not even addressed in this report. yes changing board /managers/selection will be good(that will hapen anyway in next 2 years as by anual conference) But immediate problem home game which will not b effected by selection/manager or boards. & abassadors, could some one here show me any thing good said by chapel about pakistan in any of bad times in past?

  • ZshanKhan on July 13, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    The only thing I read in this article was "bla bla bla money, bla bla bla ind pak series, bla bla bla more money, bla bla.

  • Makkered on July 13, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Begging for resumption of cricket with India, PCB is just looking for money.. easy money to survive. Well hope soon they will learn to get something you need to give something.

  • on July 13, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    100% agree with PCB on this. ICC failed to carry out its own homework before undertaking the task of lecturing PCB. sure PCB is not the most sane cricket body but is ICC? about ties with india, bilateral series mean both parties willing to play. last i heard BCCI was not very keen to play with pak. so i guess ICC should lock its horns with BCCI on this. but i'm very sure ICC does not have the balls to upset BCCI.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on July 13, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    ICC has no business to act like a boss and dictate terms to any sovereign country. Problem is that Pakistanis and PCB do not have any self respect. They should take ICC to task for taking freedom to make such derogatory comments.

  • KTiwari on July 13, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Guess, PCB knows best on what to do so what are they waiting for...?? Go ahead and do it.

  • kk777 on July 13, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    @Zshaan Khan : totally agree mate...hope something good comes out of this mess for once atleast