Pakistan news June 24, 2013

Sethi aims to sort out PCB crisis

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The PCB's interim chairman Najam Sethi has outlined an ambitious plan of action, including trying to get the ICC to reconsider the ban on Mohammad Amir. His short-term target, he said, would be to sort out the internal dissensions that have riven the board.

Sethi will leave for London on Wednesday to attend the ICC's annual conference from June 25 to 29.

"He (Amir) is a talented cricketer," Sethi told a press conference in Lahore. "I will request the ICC that since as he has served two and a half years of his ban, and was also jailed, to reduce his ban."

Sethi took office today and was briefed about the crisis in the PCB surrounding the suspension of Zaka Ashraf as chairman, which was affecting the team's tour of the West Indies in July, and causing delays in the annual budget. He met the selection committee and was also briefed on the financial status of the board.

"I need some time to understand the problems," Sethi said. "It was my first meeting (with the selectors) and have told them that there will be no interference from my side in selection. But, I will definitely ask questions. If my questions are hard, they have to think about it. Meanwhile, they have been given the task of selecting the ODI and T20 teams for the West Indies tour."

The PCB has been under crisis over the last month when five top regional associations - Lahore, Karachi, Multan, Faisalabad and Sialkot - revolted against Ashraf, alleging a fallacious electoral process. The five associations were dismissed by the PCB and not included in the board of governors. However, there was no representation in the board of governors from Punjab, Pakistan's largest province with 60% of country's population. The PCB instead tagged four regions - Larkana, Dera Murad Jamali, Peshawar and Islamabad in the board. The fifth was supposed to be Sialkot (part of Punjab), but since the region was disputed, it wasn't included in the board.

The dispute deepened when a writ petition was filed against the PCB's new constitution and the process of electing the chairman. The Islamabad High Court, in its first hearing, suspended Ashraf's incumbency and ordered an acting chairman to follow the PCB's day to day functioning.

"I need some time to understand the problems but the court did not suspend the constitution at all so things can move on," he said. "I am an acting chairman, and my responsibility is to resolve the problems, conduct fair and transparent elections."

Ashraf's top priority was to revive international cricket in Pakistan. However, Sethi said the chances of a revival are unrealistic unless the security situation improves in the country. "It is the matter of the national security establishment to enhance the security, but given the situation in the country, it is difficult. If terrorism continues in Pakistan, no matter how many speeches I make abroad…only if our house is in order will guests come."

Following Pakistan's poor showing in the Champions Trophy, Sethi promised accountability over any failings of the national team. Pakistan was the first team to exit the tournament after losing all three group games, to West Indies, South Africa and India.

"Although I was in charge when the team was selected for the Champions Trophy, I have asked for the report. I want to stress that in future, the captain, coach, vice-captain and the selection committee will be held accountable in case the team fails in any event."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • huhohuhohuho on June 29, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Azhar Mehmood is 38 years old and razzaq is 33 it is too late to call either on of them to the squad. I think we should groom hammad azam into an all rounder who is as good as razzaq or mahmood. By the way we do have good wkbatsman in our domestic cricket like sarfaraz whos knock of 46 in the final won us the asia cup and there is also muhammad rizwan who averages 44 in 1st class and over 35 in list a

  • worthydost786 on June 29, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Azhar Mehmood have been outstanding in various formats and i am sure since he said he is not planing to retire till atleast for few years thats all we need from him, his inclusion in the team will a plus point & Interesting for us to watch him play for pakistan after a while, so we will get to see something different in our playing tactics and also younger ones will learn how to fight back and win the match i want to add some more deserving players to my list for ODI,T20 & Test.i don't know where owais zia went he looked fine against australia. Hammad Azam, Anwar Ali, Asad Ali,Raza Hassan, Ahmad Shehzaad, Shahzaib Ahmad, Umar Amin, Hafeez, K Akmal,Nasir Jamshed, U Akmal, Younis, Razzaq, Azhar Mehmood, Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Gul, Riaz, Irfan.

  • on June 28, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    For successful team pak needs mix of talent as well as experienced and young talented players otherwise its not going to be good experience more importantly needs to see if there;s already talent being ignored for example Abdul Razzaq , Azhar Mahmood and so forth these are Good All-rounders and can easily play till WC2015 and young players can learn very much from these tested and proved performing players on any day. Dream Team in current crises would be in the playing batting order : 1)Afridi 2) Umar Amin 3) Fawad Alam 4) Mohammad Yusuf 5) Misbah 6) Abdul Razzaq (Captain) 7) Umar Akmal /Shakeel Ansari 8) Hammad Azam 9)Sohail Tanvir 10)Saeed Ajmal 11) Mohammad Irfan

    Player;s Part of the Squad Should be : Sharjeel Khan , Nasir Jamshed, Asad, Wahab , Junaid, Ahmed Shahzad , Mohammad Hafeez , Azhar Mehmood, Younis Khan , Gul

    This is called TEAM Selection , this team is mixture of new & old talent and have both good batting line-up and good bowling unit.You have Six Bowl

  • PAKisTANeee786 on June 28, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    My Future Pakistan Team: 1) Ahmed Shahzad 2) Nasir Jamshaid 3) Babar Azam 4) Umar Akmal 5) Hammad Azam 6) Mohd. Rizwan (WK) 7) Anwer Ali 8) Junaid Khan 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Raza Hassan 11) Mohd. Irfan. Bingo, play this team and get the results you want. We have to get rid of Mohd. Hafeez and Misbah, and groom a young captain for WC15 like Hammad Azam or Babar Azam...these guys are future captain material and are very aggressive and articulate. Also, are batting is very strong that way up to number 7 with the right balance. We got two genuine spinners and a part-timer in Babar Azam if needed. We've got our bowling resources as always..Alhamdulilah, and with Anwer Ali it even strengthens are batting line-up. So here is my say, if you've got guts PCB and Mr.Sethi play this team and see the results. Additionally, if these players don't perform, don't worship them, replace them right way with top performing domestic players.

  • on June 28, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Pakistan team needs young blood

  • on June 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    1.nasir jamshed 2.ahmed shehzad 3.zulqurnain haider 4.younus khan 5. misbah ul haq 6. abdul razzaq 7.saeed ajmal 8. junaid khan 9.m. irfan 10.zulfiqar baber 11. umar akmal 12. umar amin 13. asad shafiq 14. wahab riaz 15. m. hafeez this should be the pakistani squad for the tour of west indies.

  • huhohuhohuho on June 28, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    imran nazir,afridi,hafeez,misbah,malik,k.akmal,farhat should not be included in the team all of them are old and inconsistent players. Misbah is too old and he should retire before he is forced into retirement like akram and waqar were.We should look towards new players because the so called experienced players have always let us down. Players hammad azam,sohaib maqsood, haris sohail, m.rizwan and umar akmal should be given a fair chance to represent the team. I would make one of the bowlers a captain because that has worked before for pakistan

  • on June 28, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    1.Imran Nazir 2.Mohammed Aamir/Nasir Jamshed 3.Asad Shafiq 4.Misbah-ul-Haq 5.Umer Akmal ( Try to utilize him as a Wicket Keeper Now) 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Shahed Khan Afridi 8.Umer Gul 9.Junaid Khan 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Younis Khan/Hafeez/Kamran Akmal

    Include ABDUL RAZZAQ, IMRAN NAZIR, MOHAMMED AAMIR in to the team they are talented players.

  • on June 27, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood if still qualified for Pakistan should be part of the team with Hafeez as the captain. The other players I would include would be Afridi, Imran nazir,Mohammed Amir,Asad Shafiq, Umer akmal,Abdul Razzaq, Umer Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal,Mohammed Irfan, and a young wicket keeper batsman as well as a new young bat and a bowler should be given a chance.

  • huhohuhohuho on June 27, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Misbah is not a good captain he performed in a team that was not at all good . If you put 30 year old in a team of 5 year olds who would stand out. Besides asad jamshed and misbah the rest of the team stinked. If misbah was such a good captain he would rotate the strike instead he kept giving dot balls and put others under pressure he gave the strike to the bowlers. Afridi was a better captain the captaincy was taken from him unjustly after he won the series in west indies. Misbah does not put faith in newcomers rather keeps the same team so he is to blame for what happend. Afridi had the same team yet he took them to the semi final in the world cup Misbah even had better bowlers. Misbah is too defensive and has changed the team for the worse

  • huhohuhohuho on June 29, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Azhar Mehmood is 38 years old and razzaq is 33 it is too late to call either on of them to the squad. I think we should groom hammad azam into an all rounder who is as good as razzaq or mahmood. By the way we do have good wkbatsman in our domestic cricket like sarfaraz whos knock of 46 in the final won us the asia cup and there is also muhammad rizwan who averages 44 in 1st class and over 35 in list a

  • worthydost786 on June 29, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Azhar Mehmood have been outstanding in various formats and i am sure since he said he is not planing to retire till atleast for few years thats all we need from him, his inclusion in the team will a plus point & Interesting for us to watch him play for pakistan after a while, so we will get to see something different in our playing tactics and also younger ones will learn how to fight back and win the match i want to add some more deserving players to my list for ODI,T20 & Test.i don't know where owais zia went he looked fine against australia. Hammad Azam, Anwar Ali, Asad Ali,Raza Hassan, Ahmad Shehzaad, Shahzaib Ahmad, Umar Amin, Hafeez, K Akmal,Nasir Jamshed, U Akmal, Younis, Razzaq, Azhar Mehmood, Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Gul, Riaz, Irfan.

  • on June 28, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    For successful team pak needs mix of talent as well as experienced and young talented players otherwise its not going to be good experience more importantly needs to see if there;s already talent being ignored for example Abdul Razzaq , Azhar Mahmood and so forth these are Good All-rounders and can easily play till WC2015 and young players can learn very much from these tested and proved performing players on any day. Dream Team in current crises would be in the playing batting order : 1)Afridi 2) Umar Amin 3) Fawad Alam 4) Mohammad Yusuf 5) Misbah 6) Abdul Razzaq (Captain) 7) Umar Akmal /Shakeel Ansari 8) Hammad Azam 9)Sohail Tanvir 10)Saeed Ajmal 11) Mohammad Irfan

    Player;s Part of the Squad Should be : Sharjeel Khan , Nasir Jamshed, Asad, Wahab , Junaid, Ahmed Shahzad , Mohammad Hafeez , Azhar Mehmood, Younis Khan , Gul

    This is called TEAM Selection , this team is mixture of new & old talent and have both good batting line-up and good bowling unit.You have Six Bowl

  • PAKisTANeee786 on June 28, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    My Future Pakistan Team: 1) Ahmed Shahzad 2) Nasir Jamshaid 3) Babar Azam 4) Umar Akmal 5) Hammad Azam 6) Mohd. Rizwan (WK) 7) Anwer Ali 8) Junaid Khan 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Raza Hassan 11) Mohd. Irfan. Bingo, play this team and get the results you want. We have to get rid of Mohd. Hafeez and Misbah, and groom a young captain for WC15 like Hammad Azam or Babar Azam...these guys are future captain material and are very aggressive and articulate. Also, are batting is very strong that way up to number 7 with the right balance. We got two genuine spinners and a part-timer in Babar Azam if needed. We've got our bowling resources as always..Alhamdulilah, and with Anwer Ali it even strengthens are batting line-up. So here is my say, if you've got guts PCB and Mr.Sethi play this team and see the results. Additionally, if these players don't perform, don't worship them, replace them right way with top performing domestic players.

  • on June 28, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Pakistan team needs young blood

  • on June 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    1.nasir jamshed 2.ahmed shehzad 3.zulqurnain haider 4.younus khan 5. misbah ul haq 6. abdul razzaq 7.saeed ajmal 8. junaid khan 9.m. irfan 10.zulfiqar baber 11. umar akmal 12. umar amin 13. asad shafiq 14. wahab riaz 15. m. hafeez this should be the pakistani squad for the tour of west indies.

  • huhohuhohuho on June 28, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    imran nazir,afridi,hafeez,misbah,malik,k.akmal,farhat should not be included in the team all of them are old and inconsistent players. Misbah is too old and he should retire before he is forced into retirement like akram and waqar were.We should look towards new players because the so called experienced players have always let us down. Players hammad azam,sohaib maqsood, haris sohail, m.rizwan and umar akmal should be given a fair chance to represent the team. I would make one of the bowlers a captain because that has worked before for pakistan

  • on June 28, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    1.Imran Nazir 2.Mohammed Aamir/Nasir Jamshed 3.Asad Shafiq 4.Misbah-ul-Haq 5.Umer Akmal ( Try to utilize him as a Wicket Keeper Now) 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Shahed Khan Afridi 8.Umer Gul 9.Junaid Khan 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Younis Khan/Hafeez/Kamran Akmal

    Include ABDUL RAZZAQ, IMRAN NAZIR, MOHAMMED AAMIR in to the team they are talented players.

  • on June 27, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood if still qualified for Pakistan should be part of the team with Hafeez as the captain. The other players I would include would be Afridi, Imran nazir,Mohammed Amir,Asad Shafiq, Umer akmal,Abdul Razzaq, Umer Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal,Mohammed Irfan, and a young wicket keeper batsman as well as a new young bat and a bowler should be given a chance.

  • huhohuhohuho on June 27, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Misbah is not a good captain he performed in a team that was not at all good . If you put 30 year old in a team of 5 year olds who would stand out. Besides asad jamshed and misbah the rest of the team stinked. If misbah was such a good captain he would rotate the strike instead he kept giving dot balls and put others under pressure he gave the strike to the bowlers. Afridi was a better captain the captaincy was taken from him unjustly after he won the series in west indies. Misbah does not put faith in newcomers rather keeps the same team so he is to blame for what happend. Afridi had the same team yet he took them to the semi final in the world cup Misbah even had better bowlers. Misbah is too defensive and has changed the team for the worse

  • 96NotOut on June 27, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Guys, Misbah was our team's best performer in the CT13! If it weren't for him, Pak wouldn't even have put up a score of 170 against West Indies, or 167 against Southe Africa! He's 39 (on paper), so give him a break, he isn't Tendulkar but he's still made us proud. I used to hate him too, but now, our captain has proved his worth. Great Job Misbah!!

  • dmqi on June 27, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    The first job of anyone trying to improve Pak cricket is to clean up the mess created over the years. All the people holding positions year after year and unable to build a team needs to be removed in administration and in the team. PCB must have new personnel with ability and vision and dedication. Pak needs a team with fresh blood, 20-25 years old promising cricketers. Please get rid of all those, playing year after year and failing. People are asking for change and it is time for a bold step.

  • imran_naqvi on June 26, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    my team for ODI,s would be: (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Hafeez (4) Misbah (5) Haris Sohail (6) Umar Akmal (7) M. Rizwan (8) Asad ali/anwar ali/wahab/ehsan adil (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid (11) Irfan............. (12) Asad Shafeeq (13) Raza Hassan

    (Pakistan must get Haris Sohail and umer akmal in middle order and Rizwan should be tried in odi's and tests)

  • imran_naqvi on June 26, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    Well after seeing in IPL where the whole board was involved and the way BCCI and ICC (indian cricket councel) put such a big scam in shadow and closed the issue so neatly, every other country like Pakistan would wonder why their players cant come back and play.

  • ZHA61 on June 26, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Pakistan team needs young blood.No need to bring back the used bullets In CT defeat Misbah is responsible for his negative Thuk thuk policy.Negative minded captain u cant win Pak needs all rounders like Hammad Azam

  • on June 26, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    in my opinion this is the best squad for wndies tour.. 1.A shezad,2.Jamshed,3.Younas khan.4.U akmal WK.5.Misbah cpt.6.Shafiq.7. Shahid afridi.8. Abdul razzaq.9.M hafeez.10.Saeed ajmal.11. M irfan. 12.Junaid. 13.asad Ali. 14.umer amin. 15.Haris sohail.

  • on June 26, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Imran nazir,Mohammed Amir,Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-haq(Captain), Umer akmal,Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Umer Gul, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal,Shahed Khan Afridi

  • huhohuhohuho on June 26, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    I completely disagree wit bharat 74 kamran akmal should not be retained he is the worst wicket keeper i have ever seen in my life. He has disappointed on many occasions the sydney test match, the world cup against Newzealand. The semi final vs india he dropped the catch of tendulkar when he was on 50 or 60 odd runs had he caught it we could have won the match. He dropped the catch of amla 2 times in the pak in sa odi series. He dropped the catch of pollard in the wi vs pak match in ct. these r only some of the things that come to mind. He destroyed the career of danish kaneria and for that i think he should be dropped permanently. I dont understand ow e keeps coming back when we have good keepers in domestic like m.rizwan. The only people who would be glad to see him come back would be the opposition.

  • on June 26, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Please consider and retain ABDUL RAZZAQ into the team in all formats of the game, he is one of the best allrounder in the world and try to utilize him.

  • on June 26, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    I'll pick Zia ul Haq over Amir 1000 times out of 1000

  • cricketlovers007 on June 26, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    I also think that ban of Muhammad Amir should be reduced now since he accepted his mistakes and didn't filed any case or appeal against ICC like Butt and Asif. At least he should be allowed to continue his domestic cricket. As far as international cricket in Pakistan is concerned, it is almost impossible right now keeping in mind yesterday's events. Pakistan will have wait much longer now .INSHA ALLAH he will be back

  • Solitaryprince on June 26, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    The problem is not the player but the system itself is a problem. Unless and until this problem is not addressed. The situation will remain the same. The same old players and some new but not talented will appear again and again. The board and the system should be free from political influence, politics and personal likes and dislikes.

  • worthydost786 on June 26, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    i don't understand why they never selected Anwar Ali Even After his Show in 2006 u19 world cup Final India have selected four of their u19 players Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawala, R Jadeja and Pujara they've been a part of indian team and keep peforming for thier team, had they selected Anwar Ali right after his performance in u19 world cup things would have been different

  • worthydost786 on June 26, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    if they realy want to keep some seniors in the Team for another year or two new comers can Set themselves Learn From Their Experience, Pakistan Should Bring Back Younis Khan, Azhar Mehmood (Much Better Player Than Misbah & Other CoSeniors). Also Abdul Razzaq And May Be Afridi. Kick Out MISBAH, Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik(Even Though I LIke This Guy but his last 40+ Score was in 2009). My 16 players (Including 3 Senoir Players) for Pakistan Are. Hafeez, K Akmal,Nasir Jamshed U Akmal, Younis, Razzaq, Azhar Mehmood, Afridi, Ahmad Shehzaad, Shahzaib Ahmad, Umar Amin, Raza Hassan, Saeed Ajmal, Gul, Riaz, Irfan

  • on June 25, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    ahemad s,jamshed,hafeez capt,umer akmal kepper,shahfiq,afridi,razaq,amin,arfan,junaid,riaz,ajmal,rehman anware ali,asad ali,hamad, pleas for think world cup 2015 najam siab congratulate pcb chairman javed,inzimam or any cricketer pls

  • on June 25, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Imagine Amir and Irfan or Junaid bowling together

  • Baba_Sehgal on June 25, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Pakistan has an old habit of sticking to the same old bunch of tried, tested, and failed fellas. Our cricket team is just a representation of the political structure. PML and PPP taking turns with the same leaders who have already failed and disappointed the nation in the past. Now when the cricket team fails to win a single match in CT, some changes will be made. Afridi, Umar Gul, and Younis Khan will make a return on expense of Asad Ali, Asad Shafiq, and Nasir Jamshed. Change is coming.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on June 25, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Batting and fielding have been the worst problems for Pakistan international cricket in recent decades. The poor performance is largely due to the corrupt, provincial-minded and inept PCB. However, there is also sheer dearth of talent in a population of over 185 million - compare to that of New Zealand or the West Indies, for example.

  • on June 25, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    mohammed amir is the best talent in pakistan cricket.icc should give him 1 more chance but this time pcb should worry about making a new team they should not run behind old and tested names.Make ajmal the captain and bring players like Anwar ali who can swing the ball miles as v hav seen buneshwar kumar doing a great job in CT. swing is more lethal than pace. why ashad ali was not given 1 single game. he bowled exellent anainst scotland and warm up match.were is fawad alam,ahmed shazad,shoeb maksood,mhd rizwan,harris sohel,umer akmel should bat at no 3.pak dosent need farhat,malik,kamran akmal,shahid afridi,younus kahan,wahab riaz,umer gul they hav already lost many matches.

  • Sshhooaaiibb on June 25, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    I as a true lover of Cricket would support M. Aamir to be given a fair chance now having faced nearly 3 years of Ban n few months Jail! M. Aamir did wrong bt ICC did badly wrong with him to Ban him for such long! I request ICC to forgive him soon as he starts Cricket again!!

  • wrenx on June 25, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    @CanGrit I disagree. Junaid has shown that he has talent, spirit, aggression and willingness to better himself. He's one of the few international players who's up for county stints in England. He's young and dealing with a lot of responsibility in the team, opening the bowling and bowling at the death. He's put in lionhearted efforts in tests, even taking a 5-wicket haul on a dead pitch against Sri Lanka. He's certainly won my respect after a wayward start to his career, and he's kept away from team politics/controversies. Only his batting is lacking, if he works on that and becomes a reliable player with an average of around 20, then he will be the envy of many sides. I'd pick Junaid over Amir, 100 times out of 100

  • on June 25, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Pakistan's cricket is more drowned by batting than bowling we should bring in good batsman specially a good opener. For this I think Imran Nazir is a good choice. He can has the ability to change the game anytime. He should be given a chance and should be polished a bit. He is not only a good batsman but also an excellent fielder. Pcb should have a consideration on him. Hamad azam is also a good player. He can prove to be the new Abdul Razaq.

  • zarasibaat on June 25, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Respected Sethi Sahib, Please make a team for the world cup 2015. Time is running out of our hands. We have lost champions trophy without any resistance with our senior most players and every body knows the result. Now less than 2 years remaining in the world cup and if you dont make a separate selection policy for test, ODI and T20 than it will be very difficult to survive. I can give so many suggestion for the benefit of cricket if you want.

  • on June 25, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    its just talks. he is interim chairman and may not have time for it. his appointment is to sort immediate crisis like budget, WI tour, etc etc.

    If he can fix selection then it will be a good thing for cricket but there are already reports that after CT failure, selectors are thinking to replace some failed players with more failed players and younas & afridi may be back. i dont thing 2 wrongs can make it right. if they move in circles they can not reach anywhere. you will see likes of farhat, kamran, malik back after 2-3 series.

    Should give more chance to ahmed, fawad, haris, m rizwan, hammad, or any other medium pace batting allrounder, even umar and azhar. tour to WI and may be ZIM this year ( if it goes ) is a good chance to test some players.

  • sherishahmir on June 25, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Appointment of sethi is again adhoc solution to Pakistan cricket chronic problems which requires a major surgery by total overhauling of PCB ailing structure, in short. Pakistan new PM should think the importance/popularity of this game in Pakistan and should not follow the footsteps of his predecessor government. Pak cricket problems are not that much serious only the incompetent management and improper governance made them bad. If we have a good competent management who believes in transparency, fairness and performance, things can be good and our team can again be considered one of the best.

  • Travian.Cricket on June 25, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    @Zia Buddy our bowling attack maybe good but with Aamir it will be great. He was a young lad who came from a very poor family. A person offered him more money than he has ever seen in his life to bowl a couple of no-balls. What would he be thinking. "Alright no problem. It's only a couple of runs and I'm done" And remember, this spot fixing was at this high a scale has never been seen in Pakistan before so Aamir couldn't have been warned. It was the job of Butt to make sure he took care of the young guys but he had the biggest hand in it.

  • bharath74 on June 25, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Players who need to be replaced are Imran Farhat and Shoiab Malik,, i think Kamran Akmal is extremely talented, selectors should keep faith in him and give him time to boost his confidence. Selectors should bring 5 new players and rotate them by giving them enough time to get accustomed to international cricket. Selectors and public should not expect miracles overnight.

  • on June 24, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    pk badly in need of good capton misbah is good player only test & not for shrot format infact he has blocked the agressive & bold approach of pakistan team He should be in one day format at all even not in 11

  • on June 24, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    we r luking frward to hear some gud nws for Ameer n New Pak selection.plsss bring U.akmal,H.sohail.A.shezad in place of k.akmal,malik n farhat

  • CanGrit on June 24, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    I completely disagree with Zia. Amir should be brought as soon as he is available he is way better that Junaid Khan and proved it too. Irfan is good but Im not sure how long he can go on hopefully long. First of all pakistanis should have good fielding coach!!

  • wrenx on June 24, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    I am not encouraged that this is his first order of business. Why won't anyone just respect the outcomes of the spot fixing investigations? Bringing them up again and again for populist motivations only harms Pakistan cricket, which is desperate to move on from this sorry episode

  • on June 24, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Why don't they bring in Shakeel Ansar. He is a good hard hitting young wicket-keeper batsman. Also poor Anwar Ali got one game in Canada and that was it. This is the guy who's swing was a mile long in the U-19 World Cup against India in 2003 or 2004. Pakistan had made only 115 odd runs or so and got India out for 85 something thanx to this Anwar Ali. He is a pretty handy batsman too down the order. Hammad Azam, Azim Ghumman, Harris Sohail, Ehsan Adil, these all are young crop, they should be given a chance and an extended one, if we are to win any major tournament in future.

  • asim229 on June 24, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Although Sethi is a good choice as an interim Pcb chairman but I think we don't need Amir in the current team because we already have 3 very good left arm fast bowlers(Wahab, Irfan, and Junaid) . In current sitauation we need someone like Salman Butt to accompany Nasir Jaamshed at the top because both could make a great opening pair like Saeed Anwar and Amir Sohail but unfortunately Salman got involved in this betting thing.

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    I also think that ban of Muhammad Amir should be reduced now since he accepted his mistakes and didn't filed any case or appeal against ICC like Butt and Asif. At least he should be allowed to continue his domestic cricket. As far as international cricket in Pakistan is concerned, it is almost impossible right now keeping in mind yesterday's events. Pakistan will have wait much longer now :(

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    I agree with him, Aamir's ban should be reduced.

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Thats more like it let the slecters do their job but if the performence of the team is not good then the slecters should be questioned. On aamirs situation to be honest he was no doubt a talent but as i pakistan cricket fan i dont want to see him back in the team people say he was young or he came from a poor family and got involved with wrong people i say tough he has got a brain should have used that i dont miss him not being in the team if the slecters do a talent search and do a honest job there are many aamirs hidden in pakistans streets. Junaid khan has done a decent job if not a good one why bring aamir back we as a team have survived without him. junaid and irfan have helped pakistan through tough times they should be the ones given extended run in the team. irfan in 2015 WC will be absolutely leathel on australian wickets. Time to get rid of malik, farhat and k akmal. give gloves to u akmal and get 2 decent allrounders in the team and we are sorted.

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  • on June 24, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Thats more like it let the slecters do their job but if the performence of the team is not good then the slecters should be questioned. On aamirs situation to be honest he was no doubt a talent but as i pakistan cricket fan i dont want to see him back in the team people say he was young or he came from a poor family and got involved with wrong people i say tough he has got a brain should have used that i dont miss him not being in the team if the slecters do a talent search and do a honest job there are many aamirs hidden in pakistans streets. Junaid khan has done a decent job if not a good one why bring aamir back we as a team have survived without him. junaid and irfan have helped pakistan through tough times they should be the ones given extended run in the team. irfan in 2015 WC will be absolutely leathel on australian wickets. Time to get rid of malik, farhat and k akmal. give gloves to u akmal and get 2 decent allrounders in the team and we are sorted.

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    I agree with him, Aamir's ban should be reduced.

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    I also think that ban of Muhammad Amir should be reduced now since he accepted his mistakes and didn't filed any case or appeal against ICC like Butt and Asif. At least he should be allowed to continue his domestic cricket. As far as international cricket in Pakistan is concerned, it is almost impossible right now keeping in mind yesterday's events. Pakistan will have wait much longer now :(

  • asim229 on June 24, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Although Sethi is a good choice as an interim Pcb chairman but I think we don't need Amir in the current team because we already have 3 very good left arm fast bowlers(Wahab, Irfan, and Junaid) . In current sitauation we need someone like Salman Butt to accompany Nasir Jaamshed at the top because both could make a great opening pair like Saeed Anwar and Amir Sohail but unfortunately Salman got involved in this betting thing.

  • on June 24, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Why don't they bring in Shakeel Ansar. He is a good hard hitting young wicket-keeper batsman. Also poor Anwar Ali got one game in Canada and that was it. This is the guy who's swing was a mile long in the U-19 World Cup against India in 2003 or 2004. Pakistan had made only 115 odd runs or so and got India out for 85 something thanx to this Anwar Ali. He is a pretty handy batsman too down the order. Hammad Azam, Azim Ghumman, Harris Sohail, Ehsan Adil, these all are young crop, they should be given a chance and an extended one, if we are to win any major tournament in future.

  • wrenx on June 24, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    I am not encouraged that this is his first order of business. Why won't anyone just respect the outcomes of the spot fixing investigations? Bringing them up again and again for populist motivations only harms Pakistan cricket, which is desperate to move on from this sorry episode

  • CanGrit on June 24, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    I completely disagree with Zia. Amir should be brought as soon as he is available he is way better that Junaid Khan and proved it too. Irfan is good but Im not sure how long he can go on hopefully long. First of all pakistanis should have good fielding coach!!

  • on June 24, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    we r luking frward to hear some gud nws for Ameer n New Pak selection.plsss bring U.akmal,H.sohail.A.shezad in place of k.akmal,malik n farhat

  • on June 24, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    pk badly in need of good capton misbah is good player only test & not for shrot format infact he has blocked the agressive & bold approach of pakistan team He should be in one day format at all even not in 11

  • bharath74 on June 25, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Players who need to be replaced are Imran Farhat and Shoiab Malik,, i think Kamran Akmal is extremely talented, selectors should keep faith in him and give him time to boost his confidence. Selectors should bring 5 new players and rotate them by giving them enough time to get accustomed to international cricket. Selectors and public should not expect miracles overnight.