It is appalling to see that the ICC has become a puppet of the ECB, the British Tabloids and seems to have no spine or they have lost their own ability and judgment in taking any decision. The spot fixing charges against the three players Asif, Aamer and Butt came as a surprise and a shock for the majority of the people the world over. So much so the Scotland Yard got involved in this case and reportedly they have filed the initial report and findings after their investigation to the ICC.
The ICC has already banned these three players from playing for Pakistan, which the PCB should have done instead of the ICC, in any case that is past and no need to cry over split milk. If Pakistan’s government has taken some serious interest in this matter because, the President of the country Asif Ali Zardari is the Patron in Chief of the cricket board, this situation may have been avoided by firing Ijaz Butt long ago when he failed to handle the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan Team in March 2009. Unfortunately, the board is lingering on just like the administration of Asif Zardari.
Owing to this weakness every Tom, Dick and Harry is not only pointing fingers at the team but are trying to get a kick out of it. NOTW, the notorious British Tabloid succeeded in getting the world attention by publishing sensational news, photos and videos of some of the Pakistani players involved in match fixing. I am not saying that the identified Pakistani players are innocent but, the sensationalism is lacking technical evidence and it is very likely that in the court of law due to the lacking of technical and material evidence they may not be able to prove the players guilty.
This will jeopardize the ICC’s stance who were quick to suspend these players from playing, they will then be looking at the ECB and ACB for help and in that case what will Mr. Haroon Logart would be doing? Apologizing the PCB and compensating the players for the damage they have caused in bringing disrepute their career and how? Will the PCB be taking any legal action against the ICC?
Knowing Ijaz Butt and his capabilities he won’t be doing anything right. The oval test match decision was pending for years, Ijaz Butt went to Australia to attend the meeting and spoke from the wrong end and got the decision against Pakistan, it was a simple and straightforward case that would have gone Pakistan’s way but, thanks to Butt.
Yesterday, Pakistan won the 3rd ODI at Oval and it was difficult for them to win after scoring 241 runs but, thanks to Umar Gul for his magical spell, he took career best 6 for 42 and in the end Pakistan won the match convincingly by 23 runs in the 45th over. From the beginning everyone was saying that due to poor bowling Pakistan will not win this match especially after scoring only 241 runs because, they lost the previous match even after scoring 294 runs. But, it was like a miracle for Pakistan that Umar Gul bowled exceedingly well, even Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq bowled well. Akhtar bowled well in the 2nd ODI also but, he was unlucky not to get a wicket.
Now, what makes the ICC so sure that this match was fixed? Just because the Tabloid Sun and The Daily Telegraph reported: ” The International Cricket Council has been handed evidence which suggests that bookmakers were given detailed information on how sections of the Pakistan innings might proceed, with two particular overs coming under suspicion.”
This is ridiculous, anyone can predict that this will happen, we predicted that Pakistan will lose the match unless some miracle happens. Sometimes while watching the game we say, now he is going to get out and it happens, or we say now he is going to hit a six or a four and it happens. Does it mean there is a so called F’***ing PATTERN?
The ICC should not have taken this into consideration, simply because Pakistan’s chips are down they are taking this stupid claim so seriously that they want to investigate this matter fully, so that Pakistan who have just won a match and could go on and win the series, their players would again be grilled, demoralized and lose focus from the game and get bogged down and lose the match? If this is the intention of the British people and their lousy media, Pakistan should cancel this tour RIGHT NOW and go back to Pakistan. At least there will be some honour and prestige regained and they will be back home on a winning note.
I have a lot of respect for Mr. Haroon Logart he seems to be a decent person but, what is his role? Is he a cog in the wheel or a sheep that is heading towards a pit hole? This is really disgusting to see the British Tabloids acting like a wolf. All said and done if Pakistan and its players come out clean from this scandal they must sue these Tabloids as well as the ICC for bringing disrepute to the team and the nation.