IJAZ BUTT SACKED?

There are unconfirmed reports that Ijaz Butt has been sacked.

Butt is gone. It has happened.

Zulfiqar Mirza is rumoured to be the new Chairman. Controversial Sindh minister, business partner of Zardari and blamed by MQM for target killings and lawlessness in Karachi.

He is the one who said, “Pakistan khappay” and admitted that he wanted his party to break Pakistan after Benazir’s death.

Will Zardari's business partner save Pakistan cricket?

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  1. #1 by Jaheer Abass on June 5, 2011 - 3:03 PM

    new

  2. #2 by Sagaat on June 5, 2011 - 3:10 PM

    This doesn’t seem like a positive omen for Pakistan cricket. This guy looks just as bad from what Khansahab has written about him so far.

  3. #3 by Sagaat on June 5, 2011 - 3:22 PM

    Apparently this news of his sacking isn’t confirmed right now.

  4. #4 by Sagaat on June 5, 2011 - 3:40 PM

    Khansahab,

    There is this video of the possible new chairman:

  5. #5 by Jaheer Abass on June 5, 2011 - 3:42 PM

    Sagaat

    Are you on Pakpassion?

  6. #6 by Sagaat on June 5, 2011 - 3:49 PM

    Khansahab

    I read the news there sometimes, but don’t comment. Do you comment there?

  7. #7 by Jaheer Abass on June 5, 2011 - 4:00 PM

    Yes at times I do.

  8. #8 by Sagaat on June 5, 2011 - 4:02 PM

    What’s your nick there?

  9. #9 by Jaheer Abass on June 5, 2011 - 4:02 PM

    I can tell you by email 🙂

  10. #10 by Jaheer Abass on June 5, 2011 - 7:58 PM

    Hundreds of people give Afridi hero’s welcome at Karachi airport:

    If I was from Punjab I would consider this regionalism I guess, but the public has shown they are with Afridi and they hate Ijaz Butt.

  11. #11 by Mohammed Munir on June 5, 2011 - 8:03 PM

    The news of sacking of Ijaz-the-Butt still not confirmed as it is neither on ARY nor Geo TV. 😦

  12. #12 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 5, 2011 - 9:33 PM

    If Zulfiqar Mirza is the new Chairman of the PCB then Pakastan ko Allah hee buchaye, for the cricket lovers it will be like “Out of the frying pan into the fire.” Can’t they find someone more reliable, sensible, competent and experienced? All they can find is uneducated, uncouth, Ghunday, Lafangay aur Badmash? What a shame.

    This is my first reaction and if this is true then let us wait and see what is gonna happen next?

  13. #13 by Jaheer Abass on June 5, 2011 - 9:42 PM

    Afridi returns to rapturous welcome

    KARACHI:

    Retired all-rounder Shahid Afridi returned home to a rapturous welcome at Karachi airport with the crowd backing the former captain’s stance against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

    With thousands gathering at Jinnah terminal, Afridi was ushered out by security personnel and went home without speaking to either the fans or the gathered media.

    Prior to his arrival, billboards and banners were seen in the city, urging the public to welcome the ‘national hero’ at the airport. Afridi arrived from England where he was due to represent Hampshire in the Twenty20 competition, an NOC for which was revoked by the PCB following the all-rounder’s retirement and the harsh words spoken.

    Afridi is due to face a PCB disciplinary committee on Wednesday but his lawyer has shown reservation over the ‘closed hearing’, arguing against the transparency of the three-man committee and that the case has already been decided by the board.

    Butt blasts Akram

    Meanwhile, the PCB chairman blasted former captain Wasim Akram for ‘interfering’ in the board’s affair and asking it to reveal the decisions behind Afridi’s sacking as captain.

    Akram had blamed Afridi and the PCB for their part in the ongoing tussle and said the board was wrong to sack the all-rounder without giving its reasons behind the decision.

    Akram preferred to coach the Indians and refused to coach the Pakistan team,” said Butt while speaking to Express News. “Why should he then make statements about Pakistan cricket? He also has a match-fixing related history and he should look at his own character before meddling in our work.”

    Political interference rued

    The PCB chairman also rued the political interference in the case, even issuing a press release which describes the tussle as an ‘internal disciplinary action’.

    “It is disappointing that despite Afridi pleading guilty to the offenses, some political functionaries are extending their support with a view to influencing the disciplinary process being followed by the PCB,” said Butt in the press release. “An understanding needs to be developed that no one is above the law and that for maintaining discipline within the team, it is absolutely imperative that we carry out this process without any fear or favour.”

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 5, 2011 - 9:56 PM

    Chalo Butt kay moonh say such baat tou nikli about Wasim Akram. Then why such double standards in case of Waqar Younus? Why did Butt offer him the job of a coach? Butt is blunt but he is BUTT headed, useless, stupid, idiot. He needs to be kicked out. I have already placed an order of 20 k.g., sweets and will distribute them once the news about Butt Sacking is confirmed.

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 6, 2011 - 3:40 AM

    Afridi’s lawyer criticizes PCB committee


    ISLAMABAD:
    Shahid Afridi’s lawyer has called the Pakistan Cricket Board’s disciplinary process ”a sham” as it prepares to pass judgment on the former one-day and Twenty20 captain.

    Afridi is due to appear before a disciplinary committee Wednesday after the allrounder criticized top PCB officials, and said he would retire. The board responded by canceling his central contract and revoking the paperwork which enables him to play county cricket in England for Hampshire.

    Afridi’s lawyer Syed Zafar Ali criticized the disciplinary committee’s process in a letter to PCB legal adviser Tafazzul Rizvi _ a copy of which was obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.

    Under the terms of a central contract, a Pakistan player is bound not to violate the PCB’s code of conduct, even after he announces his retirement. It is also mandatory for every player to get a No Objection Certificate from the board if he wishes to compete in any cricketing event abroad.

    The committee will hold its proceedings in camera and no outsider will be allowed to take part. ”It appears that the PCB has already made up its mind and has come to the conclusion that Mr. Shahid Afridi is ‘guilty’,” Ali said in the letter, adding that ”…the disciplinary proceeding is in fact a sham.” Ali also said the board had no legal right to suspend the central contract or revoke the No Objection Certificates and said it could be challenged ”in a court of law.”

    Afridi’s lawyer was also unhappy with the proceedings behind held closed doors, arguing that the board ”has no right to impose an embargo on the right of our client to legal representation.”

    The lawyer said that Afridi wanted to avoid any confrontation with the board and just wanted to answer the case against him.

    Afridi’s relations with the PCB became strained soon after he returned home following Pakistan’s 3-2 victory over the West Indies in an ODI series during April and May.

    Afridi accused team management of interfering in his job as captain, prompting PCB chairman Ijaz Butt to name Misbah-ul-Haq as the skipper for a two-match series against Ireland.

    Afridi subsequently pulled out of the squad for the Ireland series, which Pakistan won 2-0, saying that his father was ill.

    The turning point came when Afridi criticized the PCB officials, including one of the selectors Muhammad Ilyas, and then announced he was retiring from international cricket in protest.

    However, the enigmatic allrounder also said that if the present board setup was to change he might return.

  16. #16 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 6, 2011 - 3:56 AM

    Jaheer

    It is almost midnight here and morning in Pakistan still there is no news on BUTT SAKING, this is a dual meaning fiqra. 😀 I am impatiently waiting for the news, I hope when I wake up in the morning the headlines should be read as BUTT KICKED. And, there he goes, apna Kala Moonh lay ker along with his a$$hole Alya$$.

    Munir

    Did I tell you about Bubba’s joke?

    Bubba has 2 chamchas and wherever he used to go these 2 chamchas used to accompany him. And the moment they used to arrive, people used to say, “Here comes Bubba with his 2 a$$holes”. One day Bubba died in a car accident and his face was badly injured and burnt, they had no finger prints or dental records to identify him the only thing that made them think it was him was his car. But, on the basis of a car you cannot be sure (coz someone could have stolen his car) so they thought of these 2 a$$holes and called them one by one to see if they can identify his body? One came and saw the body, couldn’t recognize him and then he said, turn him upside down, so they flipped the body, he carefully looks at it and said, NO this is NOT Bubba. The Police asked him are you sure? He said, yeah 100% sure this is not Bubba.

    Then the police called the second Chamcha, he also behaved exactly the same way and asked them to flip the body and vehemently denied it is Bubba’s body! The Police got curious and asked, why did you want us to flip his body? He said, to check the a$$holes. They said, what do you mean? He said, ask anyone in the town and they will tell you Bubba has 2 a$$holes and this GUY has only one! 😀

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 6, 2011 - 4:07 AM

    I think it is about time to end the PCB monopoly and dictatorial role by taking them to the court of law, where definitely the PCB will lose and then they should claim Rs50 million in damages and Butt & Alyass to be fired with immediate effect and without any benefits. In fact Butt needs to be tried in another separate case for mishandling his position and destroying ruining the game of cricket in Pakistan. Making Pakistan Cricket a laughing stock in the cricketing world. Where he was openly called a BUFFOON by Malcolm Speed and he did nothing. He can only show his muscles against the players who are the main source of income to the PCB and he is exploiting them and consuming the income generated from cricket for his own personal benefit and for his relatives and friends. I would send him to prison for at least 10 years.

  18. #18 by Mohammed Munir on June 6, 2011 - 6:26 AM

    Javed Khan …

    LOL @ “Bubba with his 2 a$$holes”. 😆

    And then LOL also on our own ‘Bubba’ aka The JUTT … Ooops, I mean The BUTT.

    BTW, it seems we will have to wait for a while before having those sweets. 😦

    BUTT = JUTT

  19. #19 by Mohammed Munir on June 6, 2011 - 6:29 AM

    Although, I am not very happy and hopefull with Zulfiqar Mirza, specially after seeing the above YouTube clip by Saggat.

    But the fact is that after suffering with BUTT for so long, anybody will be better then him.

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 6, 2011 - 7:43 AM

    Munir

    Ijaz Butt’s soul is inside a parrot and the parrot is in a cage and the cage is in a cave, the cave is in a mountain…………. and no one knows where that mountain is?

    If you can find that mountain, the cave and the cage and the parrot then please twist its leg of the parrot and Butt’s leg shall be twisted too and if you take a teeli and do the rest, you know where, Butt will get hurt? Simple answer, in the Butt………….. Anyways jokes aside he ate a Kala Kuwwa and is not going to go easily unless he is kicked out. He is a Dheet, shameless, uncouth bastard.

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 6, 2011 - 2:01 PM

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Afridi will not attend ‘unlawful’ disciplinary committee hearing

    The PCB summoned Afridi to appear before a three-man disciplinary committee, after the former one-day captain abruptly decided to retire from international cricket last week. –

    KARACHI: Retired cricket star Shahid Afridi will not appear before the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) disciplinary committee on charges of violating the code of conduct, his lawyer said Monday, claiming the process was unlawful.

    The process followed by the PCB does not conform with the law as even under Pakistan’s constitution there is a right given to everyone to be heard before a case is decided,” Afridi’s lawyer Syed Ali Zafar told a press conference.

    The PCB summoned Afridi to appear before a three-man disciplinary committee, after the former one-day captain abruptly decided to retire from international cricket last week.

    The PCB said Afridi violated the players’ code of conduct in announcing his retirement and in punishment suspended his central contract and revoked all no-objection certificates to play abroad.

    Afridi developed differences with coach Waqar Younis over selection matters during last month’s tour of the West Indies and his public criticism saw the PCB replace him as captain.

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 6, 2011 - 2:04 PM

    ANOTHER GOOD NEWS:

    PCB to issue show-cause notice to Ilyas


    LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued a show-cause notice to selector Muhammad Ilyas on giving statements against former captain Shahid Afridi, Geo News reported.

    Acoording to PCB sources, the board issued show-cause notice to the selector on using derogatory language against Afridi. The first notice was issued on Friday while the other is due today (Monday).

    Afridi accused Ilyas of pressurising the selection committee to select his son-in-law Imran Farhat in the team.

  23. #23 by Jaheer Abass on June 6, 2011 - 7:14 PM

    Yesterday Alyas and Salman Butt appeared on a TV show and criticised Afridi.

    I can’t believe some lobbies still support Salman Butt, who has disgraced the country.

  24. #24 by Jaheer Abass on June 6, 2011 - 7:29 PM

    Shahid Afridi the Great on his return to Pakistan:

    The people are shouting his name and for a moment his voice is inaudible, he is becoming emotional you can see.

    He is the people’s player, I think he will join politics after retirement.

  25. #25 by Jaheer Abass on June 6, 2011 - 7:38 PM

    Butt gives interview on show featuring Salman Butt

    Karachi, Jun 6 (PTI) Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has landed in yet another controversy after giving a telephonic interview to a TV show which had banned former captain Salman Butt as a panelist. Last night, Butt came on the telephone line in a show that featured Salman Butt, who has been banned for 10 years for being involved in spot-fixing, and national selector Mohammad Illyas, a target of some scathing attacks by sacked ODI captain Shahid Afridi. Butt also had some harsh words for former captain Wasim Akram advising him concentrate on his commentary assignments in India. Asked about Wasim’s advice to the board and Afridi to sit sort out the differences and his insistence that the board explain the reasons for removing Afridi as captain, Butt said that it would be better if he didn’t try to interfere in Pakistan’s cricket affairs. “He should look at his past and record and then give such statements. I don’t want to say anything here but Wasim would be better off doing commentary in India,” he said. Illyas was also very critical of Afridi and used some offensive language against the all-rounder, who has quit international cricket and is on war path with the PCB over his sacking as ODI captain. “I don’t think the board should have allowed Illyas to appear on a show with Salman Butt who is banned for spot fixing and don’t forget Illyas is a paid selector,” a senior member of the Karachi City Cricket Association said. The KCCA secretary Ejaz Farooqi made it clear it was also ethically wrong for Butt to take part in a show involving a former captain banned for corruption. Another former player noted that while the board had show caused Afridi for violating the code of conduct, the appearance of Illyas on the show and his offensive language were also to be taken note of.

  26. #26 by Jaheer Abass on June 6, 2011 - 8:06 PM

    Alyas blamed Afridi for creating divisions in the team in the time of Shoaib Malik and Younis Khan.

    I have noticed a lot of people like to point out that Afridi should be criticised for creating factionalism in Younis’s time.

    From recollection the key conspirators on that occasion were Misbah, Malik and Akmal. I myself never read in any news report that Afridi was involved.

    People don’t realise that Afridi is very good friends with Younis. The two stay together and they have toured other countries together as well for charity purposes.

    Afridi openly says that Younis is one of his best friends in the team. So, I think this Afridi blame game regarding Younis’s tenure is seriously overplayed.

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 6, 2011 - 9:04 PM

    Moi aussi, I also really don’t understand how low the media can stoop if they call Salman Butt on the TV show when he has disgraced the nation.

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 6, 2011 - 9:08 PM

    Jaheer please add Salman Butt’s name to the list of Misbah, Malik and Akmal

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 6, 2011 - 9:11 PM

    Is there any code of conduct and ethics for the PCB Chairman? How dare he appears on a show be it through a telephone line? Especially since that culprit, Chore, Suttay Baaz, Juwari and Mulk Baychoo Gaddar Salman Butt is a panelist in that show? And, Alyass must be fired for sitting in that TV show. And, Ijaz Butt kept yanking against Wasim Akram and kept saying “I don’t want to say anything here,” yet he is blabbering and badmouthing against everyone. What an ugly piece of stinking shit Ijaz Butt is.

  30. #30 by Mohammed Munir on June 7, 2011 - 4:21 AM

    LOL @ ‘teeli’. 😉

    I think I should use a lit ‘Diya-Silaai’ in place of that ‘teeli’, or still better I can take a ‘Surma-Silaai’ dip it into lemon juice then place it into red chilli powder and finally shove it up the parrot’s “you know where”. 😉

    Not to stop here, but push it in and rotate it like they do when putting ‘Surma’ in one’s eyes. 😆

  31. #31 by amir on June 7, 2011 - 7:34 AM

    hey guys
    i think afridi should take pcb to court of law cause revoking noc is clearly restraint of trade for afridi khansahib can put it better.and if he win the case it surely wil b end of ijaz butt. Dnt think butt can make it worse than that for pakistan cricket.a##h*l*
    ba*t*rd.

  32. #32 by Mohammed Munir on June 7, 2011 - 8:48 AM

    Sachin Tendulkar is a NON-PROFESSIONAL CRICKETER and an ACTOR …

    Sachin Tendulkar, super God of cricket, has formally declared that he is an actor and not a cricketer. The excuse: he models for TV advertisements. In order to save tax of around Rs 2 crore ($465,000) on income derived from doing TV commercials, Tendulkar told the Income Tax tribunal that acting, not cricket, is his profession.

    Tendulkar was levied an income tax of Rs 2,08,59,707 on the income of Rs 5,92,31,211 that he earned from ESPN Star Sports, PepsiCo and Visa in foreign currency during 2001-02 and 2004-05. He had challenged the order of the Commissioner of Income Tax-Appeal (CIT-A), to pay up. In an order on May 20, the tribunal ruled that Tendulkar could claim deduction in tax on his income from modelling as he is an artist.

    Tendulkar had claimed deduction of tax under Section 80RR of the Income Tax Act. The section states that a person can claim tax deduction if he is a playwright, artist, musician, actor or sportsman and the income for which deduction is claimed is derived by him in the exercise of his profession.

    When the assessing officer asked Tendulkar to explain the nature of his profession, the master blaster submitted that “he is a popular model who acts in various commercials for endorsing products of various companies”. He further stated that the income derived by him from ‘acting’ had been reflected as income from “business and profession” whereas income from playing cricket was reflected as “income from other sources” since he is a non-professional cricketer.

    Tendulkar had also claimed deduction of Rs 57,969 towards staff welfare expenses that included expenses incurred on tea and snacks provided to his staff, Rs 50,000 each on account of entertainment expenses and telephone expenses and Rs 1,42,824 on account of car expenses. However, the tribunal dismissed these claims saying that the use of telephone, car and food was for him and his family.

    This is one act where the man who holds almost all the batting records in cricket has outdone himself.

    Source: http://en.news.maktoob.com/20090000786644/Actor_Sachin_gets_tax_break/Article.htm

    PS: I also remember Sachin once refused to pay taxes on his Ferrari saying that it was a ‘gift’ and he should not be taxed.

  33. #33 by Mohammed Munir on June 7, 2011 - 9:43 AM

    Afridi immature, has poor discipline – Waqar

    Waqar Younis, the Pakistan coach, has hit out at former captain Shahid Afridi in his tour report of Pakistan’s series in the Caribbean, saying, “as a captain he is very immature, has poor discipline, lacks a gameplan and is unwilling to listen to others’ opinions or advice.”

    “Besides myself, the rest of the coaching staff has worked very hard with him to improve his abilities as a long-term and successful captain but sometimes his volatile and immature nature have proved detrimental and led to unfortunate outcomes including game losses,” Waqar said.

    Before the fourth and fifth ODIs, Waqar said, Afridi “came into the meetings with a decisive mindset and was refusing to discuss playing XI options. I, as a part of the touring selection committee, tried to discuss different options for the team but he behaved very inappropriately and walked out of the meeting.

    “His attitude and unwillingness to sort out matters led to a very uncomfortable dressing-room environment which affected the players’ performance, resulting in the last two losses of the ODI series.”

    Alam also claimed he told Afridi not to speak to the press about his differences with Waqar, but inform the PCB chairman if he had complaints. But, according to Alam, it wasn’t just Afridi whose behaviour had been a problem. “I have also been observing Waqar and feel that he is at times little harsh and arrogant which creates some problems.”

    Source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/518060.html

    PS: Waqar showing his true self.

  34. #34 by Sagaat on June 7, 2011 - 11:05 AM

    Sindh High Court suspends PCB hearing, summons board officialsAgencies(1 hour ago) Today-Photo by AFP
    The Sindh High Court (SHC) has suspended the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) disciplinary hearing against retired captain Shahid Afridi.

    The hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.

    Afridi’s lawyer Syed Ali Zafar told The Associated Press that SHC has also summoned officials of the PCB on Thursday.

    Afridi filed a petition at SHC on Tuesday against the PCB’s decision to suspend his central contract and revoke his No Objection Certificates which stopped him from playing abroad.

    Speaking to AFP earlier he said, “I have taken a plea that the show-cause notice served on me is illegal and the ban on me playing abroad should be lifted and I hope justice will be done.”

    “We have filed a petition in the Sindh High Court against the sanctions on our client Afridi and have appealed for a stay order against the punishments against him,” his lawyer Mahmood Mandviwala said.

    Court officials said proceedings on Afridi’s case began immediately under a two-member bench of chief justice Musheer Alam and Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi.

    Afridi went to court after announcing his retirement from international cricket to protest against being replaced as one-day captain last month.

    The PCB said Afridi breached the players’ code of conduct by announcing his retirement and levelling allegations against the Board.

    The PCB suspended his central contract, revoked all his no-objection certificates which would have allowed him to play in England and Sri Lanka and served him with a show-cause notice last week.

    They also formed a three-man disciplinary committee and ordered Afridi to appear before it on Wednesday. His lawyer has said he will not attend and Afridi has challenged the disciplinary process.

    The 31-year-old former one-day captain is the latest in a series of Pakistani cricketers to launch legal battles against the cricket authorities.

    The last was paceman Shoaib Akhtar, whose appeal against sanctions imposed in 2008 for publicly criticising the PCB is still pending in court in the eastern city of Lahore.

    Afridi’s petition was filed after Pakistan coach Waqar Younis and manager Intikhab Alam described him as “immature and unwilling to listen” in tour reports leaked to the media and published in the Dawn on Tuesday.

    “As captain I feel he is still very immature, has poor discipline, lacks game plan and is unwilling to listen to others’ opinion or advice,” wrote Waqar of the West Indies tour where Afridi led the team to a 3-2 win in May.

    It was Afridi’s public criticism of Waqar last month over “undue meddling”in team selection, which forced the PCB to serve him with a show-cause notice and then dump him as captain.

    In his report, Waqar said coaching staff had failed to improve Afridi’s behaviour, saying that “sometimes his volatile and immature nature have proved detrimental and led to unfortunate outcome of the game losses”.

    Waqar said Afridi created a fuss during the fourth and fifth one-day match on the West Indies tour.

    “Afridi came into the meetings with a decisive mindset and was refusing to discuss the playing 11 options for the team and behaved very inappropriately and walked out of the meeting,” wrote Waqar in his report.

    “Afridi’s attitude and unwillingness to sort out matters led to a very uncomfortable dressing room environment which affected the players’ performance, resulting in the last two losses of the series.”

    Alam said he tried his “best to defuse the situation”, but blamed Waqar for being a “little harsh and arrogant which creates problems” and accused Afridi of lacking temperament and being “highly hyperactive”.

    “I told him not to speak to the press on his return home and if he had any serious issues with Waqar or anybody else he should speak to the PCB chairman (Ijaz Butt) directly,” wrote Alam.

    Afridi’s lawyer Mandviwala blamed the PCB for maligning his client by leaking the reports.

  35. #35 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 7, 2011 - 2:55 PM

    Osman Samiuddin

    June 6, 2011

    The PCB chairman, Ijaz Butt, reportedly proposed the amendment the Pakistan board is presently fighting against

    The PCB and ICC could be on a collision course again in a high-stakes case that potentially involves Pakistan’s suspension from cricket’s governing body. The Pakistan board has sent a legal notice to the ICC raising questions – and threatening legal action – about a proposed amendment to the ICC’s constitution, which would allow the governing body to suspend a member in case of government interference in the running of a national cricket board.

    Ironically the amendment – which also requires that a member board’s executive body include elected officials – is said by some accounts to have been proposed at an ICC executive board meeting in February by the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt himself. What is clear is that he didn’t object to the matter at the time. “SALAY KO SAMAJH HEE NAI AYEE HOGI USS TIME”

    The PCB is one of the boards directly affected by the amendment. Its constitution states that the President of the country – invariably but not always a political figure – is the Patron of the board and the sole authority in hiring or firing the chairman. Nor are elections of any kind held. A number of members of the governing board – the executive body – are appointed by the chairman and all must be approved by the President. This, the PCB argues in its legal notice, could result in its suspension, even permanent expulsion, for the changes are tantamount to asking the board to throw the Patron out of the constitution.

    It’s not the PCB alone that could be affected by the amendment. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is an interim body whose major decisions go through the ministry, which also has the power to disband the board entirely. In Bangladesh, interference isn’t as clear and distinct, though all board presidents are government-appointed. Thus any given BCB administration reflects the prevailing political winds of the day. The current president Mustafa Kamal, for example, is a sitting member of parliament. The BCCI would also come on the radar. Though its officials are elected, there is a clear and strong presence of senior Indian politicians at its highest levels.

    The proposed changes have been on the ICC’s agenda since the February meeting. At its subsequent board meeting in Mumbai, immediately after the World Cup final, the ICC board decided the changes would be officially proposed at the annual conference in July in Hong Kong, and be made applicable by July 2012.

    The press release of that meeting stated the changes will be “designed to prevent undue interference by governments in the administration of cricket in Member countries, including but not limited to interference in operational matters, the selection and management of teams, the appointment of coaches or support personnel or the activities of a Member.”

    Despite the quite vast implications for governance of the game around the world from such a proposal, the release drew little comment. But in a series of articles for the Pakistan daily Daily Times at the start of May, eminent columnist Zakir Hussain Syed – also a former administrator – first revealed the PCB’s reaction and contents of the legal notice, sent after the April 4 meeting, and confirmed by ESPNcricinfo to be accurate.

    The legal notice was prepared by Mark Gay, a sports law specialist with DLA Piper who has worked with the PCB on several matters in the past, and refers to the legal framework of the country where the ICC is registered: the British Virgin Islands (B VI).

    “The insertion of these provisions at this time, into the ICC constitution, in the circumstances, in which the PCB operates,” the notice reads, “would constitute unfair prejudice for the purpose of section 184(1) of the B VI of the Business Companies Act 2004 (the B VI Act). As such unless the ICC agree to drop its proposal to pass such amendments to the Articles of Associations at its Annual General Meeting in July, our client will have no alternative but to commence legal proceedings against it to restrain this conduct, which we consider unfairly prejudicial to our client in its capacity as shareholder of the ICC.”

    The relevant law refers to members of a company being able to apply to the court for an order if they consider certain actions of the company have been, or are likely to be, discriminatory or prejudicial. The PCB argues the amendment is prejudicial because it affects only some members, “i.e. those member boards that are currently elected will not be affected,” the notice says. Also, the PCB says it has “nothing whatsoever to do with the objects of the company, which are promotion of…cricket. It is a nakedly political measure.”

    In the April 4 meeting, PCB officials also pointed out that upon giving membership to Pakistan, the ICC was aware of the nature of the board and the relationship with the government of the day. A far more complex and awkward line of argument was also raised when officials asked how ‘government interference’ was to be defined. Would it include, an official asked as an example, a government deciding whether or not a team tours a country, as has happened recently with Zimbabwe and Pakistan? It has also been pointed out that holding even domestic tournaments in Pakistan often requires assistance from the provincial or federal government to provide security. The ICC says that there will be strict definitions of interference, to do with appointments in the board and its administration only.

    The situation is further complicated by Butt’s role in placing the issue on the agenda. It is believed that the topic was not officially on the agenda in February and was only included at the last minute, the night before the meeting when notes were passed into the hotel rooms of board members.

    The matter has been informally on the cards for nearly a year as the ICC is keen to bring cricket in line with other prominent sports bodies such as FIFA and the IOC, though it was first broached officially only in that February meeting. The next day, as is protocol, a board director had to volunteer to put the amendment on the table and it was alleged later that Butt proposed it, obviously raising no objection at the time.

    However, in between that and the next meeting, Pakistan belatedly realised the implications of the amendments and lobbied Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to rustle up support. They even sent them a copy of the legal notice and were, according to observers familiar with the developments, assured of support. Yet at the April 4 meeting, both boards withdrew support and voted for the amendments, leaving the PCB as the sole objector from among the Full Members.

    It was at the April meeting that other board members are said to have told PCB representatives that they were objecting to a proposal officially put forth by their own (PCB) chairman. Pakistan have asked ICC officials to check the minutes of the meeting to see if this is indeed the case, but have not yet been given a response. Pakistan had taken along their legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi to the meeting to explain to the board the difficulties involved in making the proposed changes in Pakistan. He was not allowed to speak, however, by the ICC board.

    Since then, there has been what one involved official said were “fruitful discussions” between the PCB and ICC on the matter. The ICC is said to be aware of the difficulties involved in the PCB asking the President to end his own involvement in cricket, and there have been discussions about extending the window of time during which they expect the changes, as the ICC understands it to be a long-term process. The ICC is said even to be willing to come to Pakistan to discuss the matter with the relevant authorities. Contrary to the ICC’s optimism that it won’t come to it, ESPNcricinfo understands that the PCB’s reluctance will compel it still to pursue legal action if needed, even if that will be what the official said would be “contrary to the spirit of discussions.”

    The developments are likely to raise questions once again not only about how equipped Butt is to handle such matters at board meetings, but also the growing isolation of Pakistan. The board believes they are being victimised, alluding to as much in the legal notice, believing the amendments to be “provoked by a desire to damage the PCB or out of a desire for revenge.”

    This is the fall-out, the PCB says, from John Howard’s non-appointment in June 2010. At the time Pakistan was one of the members supporting Howard’s nomination but eventually they reversed. “We are instructed that the Australian Cricket Board put forward as their nominee of the ICC … John Howard. It is the view of many in Pakistan that he has promoted racial policies,” the legal notice says. “As such, the PCB among others, expressed its concern about his status as presidential candidate. When his candidature was withdrawn, in the view of PCB, this measure was born. If this is true, and full disclosure should reveal this, it is the product not of a desire to advance the objects of ICC, or to promote cricket, but out of the desire to disadvantage the PCB.”

    Over the course of this administration, since October 2008, the PCB has steadily lost allies in the ICC. Relations with the BCCI remain enmeshed in political developments. The rest of the Asian bloc is not the guarantee of support it once was, as the withdrawal of support from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on this issue also made clear. The ECB, at best, remains cool after the fracas last summer when Butt clumsily accused the England team of match-fixing, only to apologise subsequently. Cricket Australia were not happy after the Howard rebuff and now, after the thinly veiled accusations of the legal notice, their attitude is not likely to soften.

  36. #36 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 7, 2011 - 3:10 PM

    “As a captain I feel he (Afridi) is still very immature, has poor discipline, lacks game plan and is unwilling to listen to others’ opinion or advice,” Waqar was quoted as saying.”

    Now, Waqar should get a show-cause notice and penalized for calling Afridi immature and has poor discipline, lacks game plan etc. etc. So, I guess Waqar should be fined for Rs.100 million? Because, Waqar is senior to Afridi and the fine must be double and his contract must be cancelled for breaking the code of ethics. Or, is there a separate measure or, a differnt yardstick to deal differently between players and officials? If so, then this is the biggest hypocrisy.

    Inti Alam has also blamed Waqar in his report for poking his nose in team selection and for being harsh on Afridi and other players during the game.

  37. #37 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 7, 2011 - 3:16 PM

    LAHORE: After Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has served two show-cause notices to one of its selectors Mohammad Ilyas for his appearance on TV channels twice.

    A spokesman for the PCB, Nadeem Sarwar said Ilyas was first served a notice on Friday for addressing a press gathering in which he criticised Afridi for involving his (Ilyas’s) family in his outburst at the PCB last week.

    On Monday, the PCB handed over Ilyas second show-cause notice for appearing in a TV talk show which was aired on Sunday. (IN WHICH SALMAN BUTT THE JUWARI SUTTAY BAAZ WAS ONE OF THE PANELIST)

    The PCB chairman Ijaz Butt also appeared in that show. ” ISS HARAMI KO KOI SHOW CAUSE NOTICE YA FINE NAHEE MILEGA?”

    “The PCB has given Ilyas seven days to reply,” the spokesman said.

    When contacted, Ilyas admitted that he received the notices and he would try his best to give the reply on time.

    Afridi and Ilyas did not enjoy comfortable relations in the past.

    While the former captain was not in favour of opener Imran Farhat’s selection, the son-in-law of Ilyas, the selector had not been supporting the selection of three ‘favourite’ players of the skipper.

    However, Ilyas has not been disclosing the names of those three players.

    Earlier, the PCB had issued a show-cause notice to Afridi for his criticism on the board officials and it had formed a three-member disciplinary committee under Sultan Rana to hear the case and award punishment.

  38. #38 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 7, 2011 - 5:45 PM

    I have been a victim of PCB’s bias: Afridi
    By Khalid H. Khan

    Afridi said that he was being punished for his honesty and that the PCB’s treatment was humiliating. AFP

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi remained undecided about attending Wednesday’s inquiry initiated against him by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s disciplinary committee on charges of violating the board’s code of conduct.

    Afridi, who was flanked by his lawyers Syed Ali Zafar and Mahmood Mandviwalla at a crowded press conference at the Karachi Press Club here on Monday, reiterated that he has been harshly treated by the PCB which not only suspended the flamboyant all-rounder’s central contract but also revoked all his no-objection certificates (NOCs) to prevent him from fulfilling his county and league commitments.

    Afridi, who abruptly announced his retirement from international cricket on May 30 in protest against the PCB’s attitude, has been summoned to Lahore on Wednesday to appear before the three-man disciplinary committee consisting of Shafiq Ahmed, Sultan Rana and Usman Wahla.

    However, his lawyer Ali Zafar made it clear that unless the hearing is conducted in an atmosphere of transparency and impartiality, his client will not appear before the committee.

    “We think the process followed by the PCB doesn’t conform with the law as, even under the constitution of Pakistan, everyone has the right to be properly heard before the case is decided,” he asserted. “Our contention is that the PCB suddenly revoked our client’s NOCs and his central contract was suspended, which were against the law. We are keeping all options open in case our client is denied justice at the hearing,” said Zafar.

    Afridi, who received a tumultuous welcome on arrival here from London on Sunday night, said the PCB’s decision against him was totally one-sided and biased after he voiced his differences with national coach Waqar Younis upon returning from the Caribbean which later cost him the captaincy of the limited-overs squad.

    “The PCB chairman [Ijaz Butt] took the decision [to punish Afridi] based on whatever the [Pakistan team] management told him. He should have given me a chance to explain my views over the happenings in the West Indies series,” Afridi stated. “I still maintain that I won’t play as long as the current PCB set-up exists. I have taken a stand on grounds of morality because senior players should be respected.

    “The unreasonable attitude [of PCB officials] is against the norms. Today I’m suffering for being honest. Tomorrow it could be the turn of other players to feel the same since a lot of seniors also feel humiliated by the PCB’s treatment, but they can’t stand up and fight because they are prevented by clauses in central contracts. But for me personal honour comes first and that is the ultimate thing in my life.”

    The agitated all-rounder further lamented that the PCB’s stance (of revoking the NOCs) has prevented him from representing Hampshire in the ongoing English Twenty20 domestic competition as well as the Sri Lankan Premier League which is set to begin next month.

    “Cricket is my bread and butter and as a professional cricketer I’m entitled to earn my living from the sport. But how can one expect to get proper justice when the committee consists of board employees? I can’t understand this process adopted by the PCB,” he complained.

    Afridi revealed that his future depends on the outcome of the inquiry. “I have never really bothered about playing or captaincy. In my career I have played under many captains, so even if someone like Umar Akmal is made captain I’ll play under him.”

    Afridi, while thanking the people for standing by him at this critical juncture, vehemently denied the impression that the impasse between him and the PCB was being politicized after the intervention of several leading political figures.

  39. #39 by Ali Ahad on June 7, 2011 - 5:47 PM

    Since the Windies tour, there are so many intereseting things have happened in Pakistan cricket which make the cricket followers keep watching all the drama in it. I have been following the latest developements and want to say a few words on it. Firstly the removal of Lala from captincy, another mind boggling decision, I mean what are they thinking, I mean this guy gives a little light in the very dark tunnel and the so called executives are ready to turn the switch off. I mean forget about he lead the team to the semi’s of the world cup, lala gives the fighting spirit to the team as we can look at the series against England and the porteas though in both of the series lala and his men were on the losing side. Now come to the topic of coach, in my opinion he is not the right person for this job he was the great player of the game but he lacks the knowledge of how to transfer the knowledge. Amir and Asif are already talented and know the art of fast bowling, he didn’t do Jack $hit to groom them. He is now calling lala immature, indisclipine and lacks game plan, well one should ask him where was his game plan when he become the captain in 2001 he lost all the series against major test playing nation and also early exit from the 2003 world cup, someone should ask the Bhurewala Expresswhere was his game plan or the strategy then. Please see the interview he give to Agha Akbar after becoming captain, he said that I’ll do it my way link is below:

    I believe that a captain is the one who makes the unit to fight in the field and a coach lay out a strategy a plan of attack and unfortunately Waqar and his support staff lacks that. He didn’t do any wonders to the team when he was the captain nor he does as a coach, but some one have mid lead him that he is doing a best job with the team. I am not sure how long this Afridi-Butt saga will last, but as a die hard pakistan cricket fan I want this turmoil to end as soon as possible with some major changes in the PCB adhoc setup and lala back in Pakistan color.

  40. #40 by jia on June 7, 2011 - 6:27 PM

    Ijaz butt, ilyas and co should go to prison. Why this ppp os destroying the country. Why the pakistani people elect these.

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 7, 2011 - 7:33 PM

    Ali Ahad

    You are right and the reason I agree with you is basically we are also saying the same and ours is a majority voice whereas, those who are against Afridi are not game lovers but they are simply Afridi haters and biased people, they want any kuttay ka pilla from their Cheen Choon Ki Maliyaan but, not Afridi just because they are like this only. No one has changed them and no one will ever change them.

    As regards Waqar he was a good swinging bowler other than that he is ZERO. As a commentator he thinks he is great but, he is a source of entertainment for us that he cannot speak one full sentence without making a mistake. Australian BV say kuch Angreezi nahee seekhi Coaching job tou phir Coaching job hai, he has no clue about it.

    All these players, Waqar, Wasim, Ramiz, Amir Churail they blab as commentators and criticize others but, during their days they they were hopeless fielders and captains. Ramiz was known as a KHUDDA FIELDER he could hardly run. And, in every crucial match he failed, remember the 1992 WC both Ramiz and Amir Churail got out cheaply it was only then Imran and Javed Miandad rebuild the innings and won the match and the cup for Pakistan. But, people only talk about Wasim’s two wickets in 2 balls. Alan Lamb and Chris Lewis, no doubt those were two beautiful deliveries but, they may not have been productive if there was no score to defend.

    Anyways, I am impatiently waiting to see the rear side of Ijaz Butt, so that uskay jaatay jaatay mai bhee dou ek kick laga doon ! 😀

  42. #42 by amir on June 7, 2011 - 8:13 PM

    PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif said
    on Tuesday Shahid Afridi was
    the nation ’s pride who led
    the Pakistan cricket team to
    world cup 2011 semifinals.
    Talking to media after
    watching a cricket match at
    Bagh-e-Jinnah Lahore the
    former prime minister said
    there was great contribution
    of Afridi in the world cup
    victories ” Afridi hoisted
    Pakistan’s flag on Indian soil
    and the Pakistan Cricket
    Board should respect him”,
    he added. Nawaz said that
    Afridi provided the nation
    with great honour and
    respect when he led the
    team to world cup semifinals,
    adding that Afridi is a good
    captain and believe in team
    work. The PML-N chief said
    Afridi ’s performance was
    splendid during the world
    cup especially with the ball.

  43. #43 by jia on June 7, 2011 - 9:07 PM

    Ijaz butt is say that afridi should jain politics.but where was you butt sahib when the zardari appoint pcb chairman.and you have no knowledge about management.he is sala of defense minister. Someone ask cheif justice choudhry or bar concil president asma jungeer to take notice.

  44. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 7, 2011 - 11:41 PM

    Now, Ijaz Butt should take a plunge into a CHULLO BHUR PANI along with his cronies like Alyass, Taffazul Rizvi, Waqar Younus and Intikhab Alam.

    These are very BAYGHAIRAT people and they will not go until they are kicked out.

    Is there anyone in Pakistan like that Egyptian journalist who threw shoes at Bush?

    Ijaz Butt deserves a garland of old shoes and a few smelly, stinky socks to be stuffed in both ends.

  45. #45 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 8, 2011 - 4:32 AM

    PCB ready to face Afridi in court: Subhan

    Shahid Afridi leaves the SHC after filing a petition against Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision in Karachi.—AP

    LAHORE: “The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has great respect for all the courts of law including the Sindh High Court and it would implement its decision in letter and spirit.” This was stated by PCB’s Chief Operating Officer, Subhan Ahmad on Tuesday while reacting to former ODI captain Shahid Afridi’s petition filed in the SHC against the cricket board.

    Subhan added that though Shahid Afridi had avoided the Board’s disciplinary committee and moved the Sindh High Court, it would have been better had he resolved the issue with the PCB itself. “But even then, the PCB will face Afridi in the SHC and will also implement the court’s decision,” he said.

    “We have followed all procedures while initiating disciplinary action against Afridi as per laid down in our constitution. Our legal team and officials will appear in court as per directives of the court,” Subhan said.

    Afridi was to appear before the PCB’s three-member disciplinary committee here on Wednesday to answer the violations committed by him under the board’s central contract.

    However, instead of appearing before the PCB’s committee, the flamboyant player filed a petition in the SHC on Tuesday, challenging the show-cause notice of the board as well as the revoked NOC to play for English county Hampshire.

    His lawyers also challenged the formation of the disciplinary committee and prayed to the court to form an impartial inquiry committee to probe the whole affair.

    “We have told the court we don’t have confidence in the disciplinary committee and its proceedings and the court should constitute an independent body to look into the matter,” lawyer Ali Zafar said.

    “The PCB officials have been asked to appear before the High Court day after tomorrow and the punishments stand null and void as of now,” Zafar added.

    The dispute between the PCB and Afridi broke out after the board removed the all-rounder as captain of the one-day team before the series against Ireland without giving any reason for its decision.

  46. #46 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 8, 2011 - 4:33 AM

    Jaheer

    Is Subhan Ahmad, Ijaz Butt’s relative? I am not sure whether it is him or the finance manager of the PCB? Because, Ijaz Butt has employed a lot of his family members in the PCB including a couple of females.

  47. #47 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 8, 2011 - 4:40 AM

    Below I am copy pasting a blog from DAWN newspaper, written by some Sana Kazmi. The reason I am reproducing it here is because, she has highlighted the points which most people have ignored, especially the initial comment which Afridi gave to the media and on that basis Ijaz Butt and his cronies have fired Afridi.

    Sack Butt, not Afridi
    by Sana Kazmi on June 7th, 2011 | No Comments

    What should a captain do when a board no one trusts won’t talk to him, but warns him against talking to anyone else?

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt is yet to reveal why Shahid Afridi, ODI captain since the 2010 Asia Cup, was sacked after leading the team to two back-to-back ODI series wins, as well as to the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup. But it is becoming clear now that Afridi’s ouster was not a spur-of-the-moment decision and in fact the wheels had been set in motion way back before the recently concluded tour of the Caribbean.

    Let’s look at what happened on the West Indies tour. Afridi had initially opted out of the West Indies tour, saying he needed a break and wanted to spend time with his family, but was eventually convinced by his father to go ahead. Pakistan started well, taking an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the five-match series, but lost the last two matches to a depleted West Indies side (though it was a tour of new faces for Pakistan as well). Afridi’s own performance was flat – he averaged just over 9 with the bat and 84.50 with the ball. There were reports that Afridi clashed with the rest of the tour selection committee (the coach Waqar Younis, vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq and manager Intikhab Alam) over the selection of the final XI for the last two games. On his return to Pakistan, Afridi made the following comment in response to a query about said issues:

    “Although the differences in team management are not such which could not be solved; I feel everyone should do his job and need not interfere in others’ work.”

    Reacting to this explosive (sic) comment, PCB officials admitted that there were “long-standing issues” over selection matters but hoped they would be resolved when Afridi met the chairman. That meeting never took place, and the PCB sent Afridi a notice demanding an explanation for comments it believed were against the board’s Code of Conduct. Afridi replied to the board’s notice, downplayed the issue in the media and also called Butt and got assurances “dilasay diyay” from him before leaving for a personal/fundraising tour of the US. Butt sacked Afridi as ODI captain while he was in the middle of his tour of the US. Afridi heard about it in the news, and after returning from the US, decided to quit in international cricket in protest against the current PCB administration.

    We also know now that PCB selector Mohammad Ilyas and Shahid Afridi don’t get along, thanks to an ugly war of words between the two that’s being played out in the media. Ilyas, better-known as the father-in-law of discarded Test opener Imran Farhat, was himself an opening batsman and leg-spinner. The media “debates” between Afridi and Ilyas took on an ugly tone these past few days, which is regrettable, but some of the revelations that have come through them are startling.

    Afridi accused Ilyas of chumming up to Butt and conspiring against him. Ilyas, in response, agreed that he is close to Butt and called upon Afridi to show some respect to the board that has, in Ilyas’ words, stood by him through many controversies. Ilyas also admitted – nay, boasted – that he refused to sign off on Afridi’s name being included in the squad for the tour of the West Indies because he felt that Afridi was “not fit and wouldn’t do well on those pitches”. Think about this for a second. When the selection for the West Indies tour was being deliberated upon, Afridi had just returned from leading Pakistan to the semi-final of the World Cup in which he was the leading wicket-taker. And here you have a national selector who wanted to drop him from the team for the very next tour. Forget the captaincy!
    No matter how big a critic of Afridi one may be, he did not deserve to be dropped from the squad on the back of that World Cup performance. An even more damning revelation to emerge from this exchange has been that Ilyas was the selector that the team’s then Security Manager, Colonel Najam, reported seeing with Mazhar Majeed in a cricketer’s room on the tour of England at a time when the players had been specifically told not to meet Majeed. It was also hinted that this might have been the reason Najam was fired, albeit belatedly (after the Zulqarnain Haider incident) from his role. The said report by Colonel Najam was submitted after the England tour, and no selectors have been investigated, let alone removed, since.

    If you want to dig a little deeper, we can explore Afridi’s history as captain. He said he’s known of a conspiracy against him since the England tour, but I suspect he would have sensed it even earlier.

    His first tournament as ODI captain was the Asia Cup in which Mohammad Amir was investigated for being on the phone in the dressing room – incidentally during a spectacular collapse the scorecard of which reads like Afridi was playing some other match. Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt were subsequently asked by the ACSU to submit their phone records. In an interview to Geo TV after Pakistan were booted out of the tournament, Afridi stressed that discipline was his primary concern and he would not tolerate any violations, a threat that we now know fell on deaf ears. Thanks to NOTW and Mazhar Majeed as well as Salman Butt’s post-ban TV punditry, we now know that the same players – convicted by an ACSU tribunal for spot-fixing – hated Afridi and wanted him to be removed. It was also reported that Afridi formally called a meeting with Waqar and then-manager Yawar Saeed to alert them about his suspicions regarding Majeed, telling the players to stay away from him.

    His next assignment was the T20 World Cup where Pakistan were typically hit-or-miss, but somehow contrived a path to the semis where they were on course to win for 39 overs but lost due to a Hussey special. Details of text messages exchanged between Kamran Akmal / Salman Butt and Mazhar Majeed that emerged during the spot-fixing tribunal again suggest efforts that would have undermined Afridi’s captaincy. Colonel Najam reported that Mazhar Majeed was also “seen” on the tour.

    Then, came the England tour, before which Afridi says he was forced by the board to return to Tests. He lasted one Test before he realized that wasn’t a wise decision and announced his retirement in the post-match presser in typically rash Afridi fashion and, in so doing, paved the way for the fixers to get their man, Salman Butt, in charge. We all know how that went down.

    The point I’m trying to make – in an admittedly long-winded fashion – is that a few extra extras have not been the only harm to come from corruption and controversy: an undermined captain who was left with weak reason to trust his board was an underrated setback.

    Speaking of a cricket board supporting their captain, the PCB announced the squad without naming a captain on multiple occasions, including the squad for the World Cup. This all but eliminated Afridi’s input in selection matters. It also created for him the embarrassing situation of being asked about his vision for Pakistan’s World Cup team at a time when he was unsure not only about getting the team combination that would execute his game plan, but also about whether he would even be captain come the next series.

    Butt is yet to reveal why Afridi was sacked. Reports say it was his comments to the media about his issues with the coach that got him in trouble, but the chairman himself made the following comment after saying that his reasons for sacking Afridi as captain were solid.

    “We know Afridi won two series and that is why we didn’t act then [during the tour]. We couldn’t do anything more during that tour. Right now anything more I say will cause more tensions.”

    This seems to suggest that Afridi was sacked for something that happened on tour, most likely the much-reported selection spat between him and Waqar. The decision was announced after a report on the tour – and said selection spat – was submitted to the board by the manager Intikhab Alam, and before Waqar was summoned and met with the chairman to discuss the same. Afridi’s take on the matter was never requested, yet the chairman announced that he had “genuine reasons to sack Afridi.” It is ridiculous that such a big decision was taken without letting the concerned party know what the allegations were, let alone giving them the chance to defend themselves against them.

    In a television interview, Afridi said that he tried for months to work through all the issues that were being created for him but got fed when the PCB chairman closed the communication channel. I don’t blame him. He has had his fair share of controversies but he remains a straight-talker in a country where it is increasingly difficult to speak the truth. He has asked to see the tour report which supposedly got him sacked and one can only hope he will get the opportunity to defend himself, albeit belatedly.

    It is also hoped that the PCB shows a similar level of proactive intent when it comes to drafting a chapter in the Code of Conduct for the board’s “seniors”, some of whose last statements have included gems such as “Pakistan is safe for international cricket” and “Afridi is a scrap of paper from the street.”

    Sana Kazmi is a reformed (read failed) computer scientist who has a serious tweeting-about-cricket problem.

    The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

  48. #48 by Mohammed Munir on June 8, 2011 - 8:30 AM

    Jaheer Abass …

    Something is changed on LS today.

    I used to write my comments on a word file and ‘Copy / Paste’ them here, but today there is some change in this. I mean I tried to paste my comments here on LS but it is not working and so I have to write a comment here ‘live’.

    Can to go to the earlier arrangements so we can have spell-check in word and then paste our comments here, along with other web links, etc.

    Cheers,

  49. #49 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 8, 2011 - 12:20 PM

    How can this happen?

    LONDON: The International Cricket Council are investigating reports that Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir has continued playing despite his ban for spot-fixing, a spokesman said Wednesday.

    Amir, 19, was hit with a five-year ban in February following allegations of involvement in a spot-fixing scandal during last summer’s Test series between England and Pakistan.

    However reports in England have said Amir has flouted the terms of his ban by playing for a junior club in Surrey.

    “We have heard the reports and we are investigating,” ICC spokesman James Fitzgerald said.

    “The suspension very clearly states that it is a suspension from all forms of cricket and all cricket-related activities.”

    The Daily Star reported that Amir had been spotted playing for Addington 1743 in a Surrey Cricket League Division One game last Saturday.

    Witnesses said Amir stole the show, scoring 60 runs before taking four wickets in an 81-run win over St Lukes.

    “No one could quite believe it was him,” St Lukes batsman Karl Quinn, 37, was quoted as saying.

    “There was no attempt to disguise who he was, he even posed for a picture with me.

    “One of our Pakistani players was rubbing his eyes in disbelief and asking: ‘Is that who I think it is?’. He didn’t stay till the end but it was blatantly him.”

  50. #50 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 8, 2011 - 12:27 PM

    GEN. TAUQIR ZIA EX-CHAIRMAN OF THE PCB SPEAKS

    KARACHI: Gen Tauqir Zia, former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has endorsed the view of former limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi that a players’ association should be formed.

    “Like other countries there is no harm in forming a players’ association in Pakistan too,” the former PCB chairman told a private TV channel on Tuesday.

    “However, if everyone’s viewpoint is duly accommodated there would be no need for such an association,” Tauqir commented.

    “A communication gap between the PCB and players leads to demands for the formation of such an association,” he lamented.
    Tauqir suggested such an association will sort out such problems in future.

    The former PCB chief remarked that the chairman should listen to the point of view of the captain, coach and manager to avoid disharmony amongst players and officials.

    He said Afridi should have approached the chairman first. “Since Afridi is a very senior cricketer, he should not have violated the code of conduct in the first place.”—APP

    ******

    Tauqeer Zia should have first find out what Afridi actually said that is being considered as a violation of the code of conduct. Afridi said: “Although the differences in team management are not such which could not be solved; I feel everyone should do his job and need not interfere in others’ work.” That’s it? Is it a crime to say what he said? Ilyass as a selector goes on TV and sits next to a banned player and blabs out a personal attack on Afridi and Ijaz Butt also joins the TV show through a telephone line and blabs out and says in public that “Afridi is a scrap of paper from the street..” What a shame that he is not accountable to anyone? He should have been sacked long ago.

  51. #51 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 8, 2011 - 12:47 PM

    Imran terms Afridi-PCB row ‘suicide attack’

    Pakistan’s iconic former captain Imran Khan said on Wednesday the public row between management and all-rounder Shahid Afridi was akin to a “suicide attack” that could sink cricket into deeper turmoil.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) suspended Afridi’s contract and revoked permission for him to play abroad to punish his recent decision to retire from international cricket and criticise the board.

    Afridi went to court on Tuesday, demanding that the sanctions be overturned.

    The court adjourned a PCB disciplinary committee meeting set for Wednesday and summoned PCB officials to appear in court on Thursday.

    “This case is another suicide attack on Pakistan cricket,” Khan said. “I don’t know why Pakistan cricket keeps inflicting suicide attacks on itself which are damaging for the game in a country already reeling under problems.”

    Khan, who led Pakistan to their only World Cup title in 1992 and now heads his own political party Tehrik-e-Insaaf, blamed the saga on a lack of unaccountability among the PCB.

    “The reason why Pakistan cricket remains in turmoil is because there is no stability, no institutionalism in decision making and because the head of the board is appointed by the president of Pakistan and is not accountable,” he said.

    Khan said that only Pakistan opposes a proposed amendment to the constitution of the International Cricket Council (ICC) that would suspend members appointed by government.

    “Because there is government involvement in our cricket, the PCB is opposing the proposed change in the ICC constitution. If the change comes about it will make the PCB a proper institution,” said Khan.

    He said frequent changes in the captaincy have destabilised the team. “I still can’t understand how can you change Younis Khan six months after he led Pakistan to the World Twenty20 title,” said Khan.
    Younis was forced out after a players’ revolt against him in November 2009. “How can Afridi be replaced a month after leading Pakistan to the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup? A few days ago he was showered with praise and prizes and he had started to stabilise the team. Stating his belief that “no one is a born captain,” Khan said Pakistan’s leading players suffer because the standard of domestic cricket is poor making it hard to gain experience leading a side outside internationals.

    Afridi publicly criticised coach Waqar Younis for “undue meddling” in the team’s selection during Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies last month.

    (NEITHER IMRAN NOR THE EX-PLAYERS AND EX-CHAIRMEN ARE READING THE INITIAL COMMENT WHICH AFRIDI MADE TO THE MEDIA AND THEY ARE GIVING THEIR VIEWS WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING WHAT HE SAID?)

    The PCB subsequently replaced him as captain. “A coach’s role is subservient to captain. Cricket is the only game where the captain’s role superior and no coach can take the lead. The PCB should have defined the roles of the captain and the coach,” said Khan.
    “Look at India where captain (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni is the man in charge. Ricky Ponting used to take the lead in the Australian team and the coach sits behind the scenes. It’s quite clear.”

  52. #52 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 8, 2011 - 12:55 PM

    Yet another political touch in cricket by Amran Khan, he is calling this row as a suicidal attack, using buzz words to promote his political agenda.

    What else is he going to say next? May be: “Ijaz Butt fires another drone attack on Afridi,”

    Afridi managed to escape unhurt (because of his alertness in hiring two good lawyers on time and file a petition at the SHC)

    Our party Tehrik-e-Insaaf will draft a constitution for Pakistan and it will be good for the PCB, if our party comes into power I will not be the chairman or patron in chief but, I will be doing backseat mothering for the PCB.

  53. #53 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 8, 2011 - 4:54 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: THE PCB HAS SUSPENDED ALYASS

    PCB suspends selector Ilyas

    KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday suspended national cricket selector Mohammad Ilyas for alleged breach of conduct for criticising Shahid Afridi and appearing on a TV show with banned Salman Butt.

    The PCB served two show-cause notices to the 65-year-old former batsman, first over his outburst against Afridi.

    In announcing his retirement from international cricket last week, Afridi accused Ilyas of insisting on his son-in-law Imran Farhat making the national team, to which Ilyas responded with derogatory remarks. (WHAT ARE THOSE REMARKS?)

    “We served two separate show-cause notices to Mr Ilyas and his reply could not satisfy the PCB, so we have suspended his contract and a committee will be announced to take up the matter further,” PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said.

    Ilays appeared in a television show on Monday to discuss Afridi’s tussle with the PCB, sitting next to Salman Butt who was in February banned for 10 years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over spot-fixing.

    Under ICC rules, no board member can liaise with a banned player.

    The ICC said Wednesday it was inquiring into Ilyas’s appearance on the show, during which PCB chairman Ijaz Butt also spoke by telephone link-up. WHY IS IJAZ BUTT NOT SUSPENDED?)

    “Until its investigation is complete, the ICC has no further comments,” an ICC spokesman said. (AFP)

  54. #54 by Jaheer Abass on June 8, 2011 - 8:47 PM

    Javed A Khan

    You thought you should tempt me by posting some flesh videos 😀

    I don’t like Mrs Yousaf in that song because she doesn’t have Western looks there. And, I never liked Dhoni and Yograj’s girlfriend.

  55. #55 by Jaheer Abass on June 8, 2011 - 8:48 PM

    Munir sahab

    I don’t think Javed A Khan has changed any setting on the blog and I have definitely not, so I wonder if you are still experiencing the problems?

  56. #56 by Jaheer Abass on June 8, 2011 - 8:53 PM

    According to reliable sources the PCB might take action against Fawad Alam for speaking in favour of Afrdi.

  57. #57 by Jaheer Abass on June 8, 2011 - 8:56 PM

    Javed A Khan

    If Butt was really against this Alyas he would not have appeared on the TV show. This is just a smokescreen, there is obvious pressure on Butt to take action against Alyas because what Alyas said was very below the belt.

    They want to show that they don’t tolerate indiscipline, but someone needs to discipline Ijaz Butt who is known for his uncouthess, abusive language, lack of respect for Parliament etc.

  58. #58 by Jaheer Abass on June 8, 2011 - 8:58 PM

    Zardari not interested in Afridi case

    ISLAMABAD: President Asif Zardari has given a free hand to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in dealing with Shahid Afridi issue despite the increasing legal and political pressure to intervene, well-placed presidency officials said here Tuesday.

    Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar confirmed that the president is not interested to indulge, himself, in an issue related to a department, the PCB. “It’s purely a board (PCB) affair.”

    The members of Parliament (MPs) and cricket lovers have urged the patron-in-chief to intervene in the dispute and have called for PCB’s reorganization, removal of its chairman and bringing back Afridi to play for Pakistan.

    Asif Sahib has not taken any notice over the situation as neither anyone has been summoned nor a directive has been issued to the PCB on this specific issue,” the spokesman maintained. “It is up to the president to decide about whether and when to intervene into the matter.”

  59. #59 by Jaheer Abass on June 8, 2011 - 9:01 PM

    According to a reliable website the following is a summary for Ijaz Butt’s latest interview:

    Butt admits that he did not provide Shahid Afridi players that he wanted to have in World Cup squad.
    Ejaz Butt has also admitted that he has his influence in team selection matters. So, selection committee is not independent.
    Afridi wanted MoYo and Fawad Alam in world cup squad but they were not in the team, MoYo had scored four back to back fifties in national one day tournament before world cup, while Fawad also performed well with the bat in QAT and in Pentangular.

  60. #60 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 9, 2011 - 2:25 AM

    LOL……….. why can’t anyone say anything is this some kinda DICTATORSHIP that no one but, the Chairman is allowed to say whatever he likes. He is a BUFFOON

  61. #61 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 9, 2011 - 2:26 AM

    Jaheer, since you have seen it, I have trashed those two videos.

  62. #62 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 9, 2011 - 2:27 AM

    I am agree about Butt, in fact he should also be suspended for being a part of that TV show in which that Mulak Da Ghaddar Nikki Butt was a panelist.

  63. #63 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 9, 2011 - 2:29 AM


    We all know that Zardari is only interested in MONEY and nothing else. Mulk Dubao Scheme may he is number ONE, Aur uss Harami say kya expect kiya ja sakta?

  64. #64 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 9, 2011 - 2:30 AM

    So besides, MOYO and Fawad Alam who is the third player that Afridi is interested in? This is according to Alyass and he said, he will reveal the names at an appropriate time, WHAT APPROPRIATE TIME?

    Alyass has been suspended for using filthy language against Afridi and this is just a ploy to show it to the people that no one is above the law. What about Ijaz Butt why is he not suspended for appearing on that TV show?

  65. #65 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 9, 2011 - 9:00 AM

    Court defers Afridi hearing till June 16

    June 9, 2011

    The Sindh High Court has deferred till June 16 further hearings on the case involving the PCB’s disciplinary proceedings against former captain Shahid Afridi. The court had earlier stayed the committee’s proceedings against Afridi, after he had filed a petition challenging the validity of the sanctions imposed on him by the PCB, and had fixed June 9 as the next date of hearing.

    However, the court’s decision does not mean that Afridi’s NOC, which had been revoked by the PCB, as part of the sanctions against him, has been reinstated. The PCB had suspended Afridi’s central contract and withdrawn the NOCs given to him for a T20 stint with Hampshire, and one for his participation in the upcoming Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) following Afridi’s decision to “retire”, which he had announced on a TV channel, as well as his subsequent criticism of the board officials.

    Afridi’s lawyers, Syed Ali Zafar and Mahmood Mandviwalla of the legal firm Mandviwalla & Zafar, had sent a letter to the PCB in a bid to resolve the dispute between the two parties, and have stressed repeatedly that they were asking only for a due process to be followed and that the act of suspension of the central contract and NOC withdrawal were punishments before the player had been heard. Following Afridi’s return from London on Sunday, there was no confirmation on whether he would attend the June 8 disciplinary committee hearing. The PCB said they were considering ex-parte proceedings against Afridi, should he decide not to attend the hearing. Afridi then filed a filed a petition challenging the validity of the sanctions on June 7, a day before the board’s scheduled hearing.

    More to follow…

  66. #66 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 9, 2011 - 9:01 AM

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Madhuri Dixit’s admirer, painter MF Hussain dies in London at the age of 95

  67. #67 by Jaheer Abass on June 9, 2011 - 12:43 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Is MF his real initials or are you calling him…..you know what

    😀

  68. #68 by Jaheer Abass on June 9, 2011 - 12:43 PM

    That MF Hussein…….is dead

  69. #69 by Jaheer Abass on June 9, 2011 - 12:46 PM

    Zaheer Khan prays at Saibaba temple

    SHIRDI: Cricketer Zaheer Khan paid obeisance at the Samadhi mandir of Shri Shirdi Saibaba temple here on Thursday evening.

    Accompanied by friends, Zaheer Khan stayed in the sansthan for around one hour. After offering prayers at Samadhi mandir, Khan went towards Dwarkamai and Chawdi before being facilitated by the trust with prasad and a gold coin as blessings of Shri Shirdi Saibaba.

    Though his blessings are always with me and our team all the times. But, yes I don’t have words to express my feelings while being in the complex, especially at Samadhi mandir,’‘ Khan, who hails from Shri Rampur village here, said.

  70. #70 by Jaheer Abass on June 9, 2011 - 1:07 PM

    We have a strong case against Afridi: PCB

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is confident that its legal team has a strong case against sacked One-day captain Shahid Afridi.

    The Board is also expecting that the Sindh High Court would vacate the stay order on the disciplinary proceedings against the allrounder.

    The legal team of the board will appear before a bench of the High Court headed by Chief Justice Musheer Alam today and will hear the arguments of the PCB against the petition filed by Afridi, challenging the disciplinary committee of the board and its proceedings.

    “We have a strong case legally and we will challenge the petition on grounds of jurisdiction,” PCB lawyer Tafazzul Rizvi said.

    The board is expecting to see a huge media at the hearing and also the supporters of Afridi to show up in large numbers, to support him.

    The biggest thing going against Afridi is that in 2010 he submitted to the same disciplinary procedure that is being applied now by the board. So how can he challenge the procedure now,” a source in the board, said.

    The source also disclosed that the legal team would be submitting reports of managers and coaches on Afridi of various tours of the Pakistan team in the last few years.

    “The purpose of submitting these reports is to convince the honourable court that Afridi has always been somewhat of a loose cannon and prone to disciplinary problems and outbursts in the media,” the source said.

    Afridi, who is facing disciplinary action from the board for unilaterally announcing his retirement and making disparaging remarks about the board and its officials, has challenged the constitution of the disciplinary committee and its proceedings.

    A PCB official said after going through the order of the court, where it issued a stay order against the disciplinary proceedings, it was clear that the court has been misguided about the policy and there is nothing illegal about it.

    “We have proper proof and will go all out to defend our case,” the official said.

    The dispute between Afridi and the board has also taken a turn for the worse, after the politicisation of the issue by some politicians.

    “The situation is clear to us, if the Court does not allow the disciplinary proceedings to continue ,then Pakistan cricket could face problems in future from other players on discipline and compliance to code of conduct issues,” he said.

    Former Pakistan Test captain Zaheer Abbas said the whole affair was an unfortunate one for Pakistan cricket.

    “It is unfortunate what is happening. What is seemingly a minor issue has been allowed to fester for so long,” said Zaheer.

    “It’s very unfortunate that this dispute has ended up in court. It’s just a minor issue but has been blown out of proportion. PCB just wants the player to be disciplined,” he added.

    Zaheer feels that the PCB has been branded as a villain.

    “Discipline, definitely is an important aspect but in Pakistan cricket, once the board gets strict on discipline, it is treated as a villain,” he said.

    The PCB yesterday also suspended the contract of national selector Mohammad Illyas for violating his contractual terms, by going to the media on the Shahid Afridi issue.

    Analysts see the suspension of Illyas as a move by the board to convey to the court that it is unbiased in disciplinary issues.

    Another former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif said, the case was a big test for the board.

    “I think in the first place there is a need for the board to understand the fact that even if their Chairman wants to change the captain or coach or impose his views on selection matters, players need to be given proper respect.”

    Latif said that if the board had contacted Afridi and spoken to him before removing him as captain, the issue would not have been blow up like it did

  71. #71 by Jaheer Abass on June 9, 2011 - 1:09 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    Cricketer Imran Nazir has been accused of kidnapping a man.

    The investigation continues.

  72. #72 by Jaheer Abass on June 9, 2011 - 1:11 PM

    Pakistani cricketers- what crimes haven’t they committed?

    Drugs, ball tampering, match fixing, and now even kidnapping (if found true)?

    What a disgrace to the nation.

  73. #73 by Konquest on June 9, 2011 - 1:22 PM

    Munir sahab

    Are you still having the problems?

  74. #74 by Konquest on June 9, 2011 - 1:30 PM

    Fawad Alam averages 42 in Tests and 38 in ODI’s, why is he not given more chances?

  75. #75 by Mohammed Munir on June 9, 2011 - 2:10 PM

    Jaheer Abass …

    Yes I do. The thing is that I can’t paste a comment here and have to only write in the comments box. 😦

  76. #76 by Mohammed Munir on June 9, 2011 - 2:59 PM

    Jaheer Abass …

    It’s the same thing even at my home PC. As I am writing this comment from my personal laptop @ home just to check/ test, in case my bank PC was having any issues. But it seems there is something with the site adn not computers.

    Yesterday and today morning, I wrote a few comments in my word file and when I wanted to cut/ paste them here on LS, I could not. I tried a few times but it was not working. So I did not have the energy to re-type the whole comments again …… I gave up.

  77. #77 by Mohammed Munir on June 9, 2011 - 3:00 PM

    Jaheer Abass = Konquest. 😉

  78. #78 by Pawan on June 9, 2011 - 4:37 PM

    Looking at the Afridi situation from the outside after reading the views from you guys, I feel there is definite problem with Afridi as well.
    I understand Butt has been an AH, and that he is rigid in his mindset and perhaps dumbest ever to head PCB.
    But at the same time one cannot forget that this is a system which everyone deals with in sub-continent, isn’t it?
    I don’t want to sound like an Afirid basher, like the idiotic Illyas and the other gambler Butt.
    But I do genuinely believe that there was need for being tactical with the board on Afridi’s behalf.
    Afridi doesn’t have to look too far for a perfect example of how to get things done your way.
    MS Dhoni has been a smooth and smart captain. He has dealt with BCCI, which is in some sense like PCB.
    Afridi has to learn this. One cannot always say that he is a Pathan and hence loses cool.
    If that is the case then don’t lead the nation. I am sure there are other guys who can do the job.
    Afridi needs to learn to channelize his aggression. He did that to some extent in the World Cup.
    But it seems Pak cricket always has to have this emergency situation for them.
    Initially, it was, I agree a laughing stock – I mean the PCB and Pak cricket in general.
    But now it has come to the point where it is really nothing new and we expect this from Pakistan.

    The blame lies with PCB definitely, but think about it – Is BCCI a lesser devil than PCB?
    Sharad Pawar is much more accomplished crook than Butt can ever imagine.

    One has to learn to live with and tame his boss to some extent.
    Doesn’t it happen with all of us who work under/with someone?

    I don’t think Afridi is a captain material, if he is such a cry baby.
    How can someone think of retiring from test on a tour after losing the first test as captain?
    I doubt he is mentally stable to lead the nation.
    The main reason Pakistan did well in World Cup was due to individual brilliance.
    Just like India, where Dhoni was having a pretty bad captaincy stint during the world cup.
    however, Dhoni has proved himself several times, and he did it again in World cup final.
    Man management is an important skill when you are a leader of any team leave alone the national cricket team.
    We have discussed that over in Legslip so many times.
    Javed Khan also had dedicated a thread to management skills in PCB administration.
    I highly doubt Afridi’s man management skills. It is too much of a roller coaster ride.
    Some days he will be like God, but other days he will be an animal.

    For Pakistan cricket to move forward, I think they have to stop thinking about Afridi and look for someone else.
    There is so much talent in Pakistan – Hammad Azam comes to my mind.
    Azar Ali, Hafeez, and so many other new cricketers coming up.
    Why do you want to rankle and stay in the past with players like Afridi?

  79. #79 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 9, 2011 - 6:06 PM

    Munir

    I have copy pasted so many articles from DAWN, GEO and even from Cricinfo and I have no problem in pasting it. I have not tried copy pasting from Microsoft Word because, I always type here on the blog, even when I write threads I do it straightaway. Therefore, I cannot tell you what the problem is? Alternatively you may try typing in your web browser such as, Firefox or Explorer. May be your Microsoft Word needs some updating? There is definitely no problem with WordPress, because I do the same on other blogs.

  80. #80 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 9, 2011 - 6:57 PM

    Pawan

    it is good to see an outside view on this hot topic about Afridi vs. Butt, in any case your views are always welcome as we value your comments. I would like to reply to them the way I understand it. So, please read them. Thanks.

    First of all you need to know the culture and the background. Generally, people always give a sweeping statement that what is same in India is same in Pakistan because we are culturally one and the same country. But, that is not true. In 64 years things have changed a lot on both sides. Just because we understand each others language and have many commonalities including food (with a little bit of variation) we assume that it is same. It is very hard to sum up all the differences and similarities over here on a blog, it would be very lengthy.

    Secondly, in India, in general the level of education is much better than it is in Pakistan. That reflects in the players behaviour and their speeches, same is the case with the two cricket boards. Dr. Naseem Ashraf was a much better CEO than this idiot Butt. In fact he is the worst ever. DNA, gave the first constitution to the PCB, which wasn’t there for 61 years. Ijaz Butt through his able lawyer Taffazul Rizvi got it amended to suit his dictatorial regime. He proudly says that he has crushed the player power. Himself he has acquired all the power and uses it the way he wants it. No one can speak against him or even anything that is not in the constitution if he doesn’t like it, he says this is against the code of ethics. WTF? Is he above the law that he cannot follow the code of ethics?

    He should have been fired when the terrorists attacked the SL team.
    He should have been fired when he refused to apologize to the SL govt. people and the team.
    He should have been fired when he accused the English team by saying he has ample proof from the bookies that the English players took huge sums of money and lost the match.

    He should have been fired when the “Bay-Ghairat Trio” were caught red handed for fixing the match and money was recovered from the hotel room of Salman Butt.
    He should have been fired for appearing on a TV Show via a telephone line in which the banned player Salman Butt was one of the panelist. If Alyass was suspended for that, Ijaz Butt should also be suspended.

    As regards Afridi, I agree on a few points with you and disagree on the others:

    1. It is wrong to say that he is NOT the captaincy material, because he was the motivator not only in the WC but, in the previous series too. He won the NZ series and also against Australia in England. In the ASIA CUP he scored 2 centuries.

    2. I agree with you that he should not have announced his retirement from test cricket in England after losing one match. But, he has his reasons he said, that he was seeing the bookie in the hotel mixing and mingling with Butt, Akmal, Wahab etc.

    3. In two T20 WC where Pakistan was runner up and winner, he was the main person. For the first one he got the player of the tournament award.

    4. In the second T20 WC Pakistan won under YK’s captaincy, Afridi was the man of the match in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final. He should have been the player of the tournament also but, they gave Dilshan that award.

    5. In this 2011 ODI WC, he took 21 wickets in 6 matches whereas, Zaheer Khan equaled it in 7 matches.

    6. He failed with his bat, so what? He motivated the mediocre team which every single person, including myself were saying that Pakistan will not even reach quarterfinals. He took them to the semis he motivated Hafeez so much that Hafeez himself acknowledged that my performance has improved because of Shahid Afridi as he placed a lot of confidence in my abilities. We all know Kamran Akmal and Misbah are the culprits during the 2011 WC.

    7. Every single kid in Pakistan was saying we lost the match because of Misbah. Eeven Afridi’s 7 year old daughter was reportedly saying: “Why is Misbah uncle not scoring?” That is when he was playing negative cricket, 40 dot balls !

    8. When you come so near to winning the WC and you end up because of NEGATIVE CONTRIBUTIONS BY CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS. Obviously you feel frustrated you may say cry baby but, that is not true. Imagine if India had lost against Pakistan, Dhoni would have been out as a captain.

    9. I agree with you that he is not good with the media. Not a single player is good with the media. They stuff words in his mouth and make him blab. Not in the post match comments but, back home, in his own house, they did that.

    10. About INDIVIDUAL BRILLIANCE….. who else besides Hafeez as an all-rounder and Afridi as a bowler performed well? Like I have said, Misbah and Akmal were negative throughout and that idiot AHMAD SHAHZAD too, who is Waqar’s and Inti Alam’s blue eyed boy!

    11. Afridi wanted Mohammad Yousuf, Hammad Azam and Fawad Alam in the WC squad but, they refused and gave Misbah the negative player and Ahmad Shahzad who could hardly score in double figures in 5 matches. So, what individual brilliance?

    12. Waqar as a coach with so much bowling experience could not correct the anomalies of Gul and Wahab Riaz, they kept bowling wide and line-no balls. Wahab bowled well against India, Yuvraj’s wicket will remain as his prized wicket forever. But, Gul was tormented by Sehwag and could not recover.

    13. Waqar on the other hand was meddling with team selection (playing XI) which is not his domain. But, him being senior was ruining the team spirit because some of the players were approaching him for help i.e., to be selected in the playing XI. So, he has created divisions, fractions and groupings in the team. There were other menaces in the team i.e., Intikhab Alam the manager, Aaqib Javed another bowling expert did nothing. And, on top of them it was Misbah doing backseat mothering and playing dirty politics just like Shoaib Malik.

    Afridi is emotional like Imran Khan is, but the only difference is Afridi reacts openly and spontaneously whereas, Imran used to react very mildly and he used to simply drop that player he was not happy with. And, no one could do anything. Besides, Imran also does not have a clean slate, he had row with Bothom and Lamb and went to the court. He joined the rebel Kerry Packer group. He was involved in Sita’s case. And, in his 1992 WC speech he made a big BOO BOO. Even as a politician he is negating his own statements every now and then, he has passed a couple of racist comments, one @ Babar Ghauri, the MQM worker and then, he called Hosni Mubarak an “Umreeki Kutta” It doesn’t suits his personality, especially since he is aiming to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

    Inzamam also did the same thing like Imran i.e., total control and total power plus he introduced the Tableeghi Culture in the team and made a mockery of the team and the country. So, there is a history not only among Pakistani captains but, also among other captains like, Kapil Dev, Gavaskar, Wadekar, Ganguly, Dhoni, Ponting, Graeme Smith etc., who have used their power to select the playing XI. In the past every single captain used to use that power, Chappel Brothers, Sobers, Lloyds, Lara and you can add a few more names to that list.

    The only thing that has changed now is Ijaz Butt wanted to acquire full powers and he succeeded in it. The players cannot sneeze without his permission. The other day I copy pasted the actual comments made by Afridi to the media when asked about his Row with Waqar, he said: “Although the differences in team management are not such which could not be solved; I feel everyone should do his job and need not interfere in others’ work.” And, he further added that he shall be meeting the Chairman of the PCB to discuss the issue. Is there anything wrong in saying that?

  81. #81 by Pawan on June 9, 2011 - 7:53 PM

    Javed,

    I don’t fully understand this culture difference.
    As far as I understand, I think Pakistan is a nehle pe dehla in comparison to India.
    Corruption, dirty politics, nepotism etc are prevalent in India to a large extent.
    Don’t go by the so called media reports about India.
    But like I said, I think Pakistan is one step ahead of India.
    So I expect it to be worse in Pakistan than in India.

    DNA was and I agreed to that way back when we debated about it, to be the best PCB chief in history of Pak.
    But thats not the point here. I know that Butt is an AH.
    Now compare Butt with Sharad Pawar and Shashank Manohar or Srinivasan.
    You have no idea how corrupt Pawar and co. is.
    Pawar is firstly agriculture minister of India.
    He came into this cricket thing because he saw big bucks here.
    Now he just milks the big bucks and does nothing about the farmers committing suicides.
    The increase in rate of farmers committing suicide is enormous.
    Aur ye MC gulcharray uda raha hai BC.

    Let me know digress. My point is Pawar and co are equally if not more dominant and AH’s than Butt.
    It is only that they do politics in a subtler manner than Butt.

    Moving on to Afridi topic…
    I may be wrong, but I feel that Afridi is more useful as a player.
    Please note that I have never questioned him as a player.
    Right from the beginning I have mentioned he is perhaps the best player of Pak in this generation.
    You say he motivated the team in WC, yes he did, just like he did during T20 WC under Younis.
    So he can motivate the team even after being a player. Need not be the captain.

    I feel Afridi lacks the captains mindset because he cannot startegize as much as a captain should.
    You have yourself said it many times he is an akhroat.
    He can motivate players, but for that he need not be the captain.
    I think Afridi is too blatant like you said, to be a captain..
    Also very emotional.
    A captain cannot be like this. He has to take failures, dissapointments in his stride.
    You don’t throw the towel when you see a couple of players fixing matches.

    To me Afridi is a performer and he should perform.
    Be it bowling, batting or fielding. He should do what he does best.

    Mark my words, today he is having problem with Butt, Waqar, and others, tomorrow he will have problems with Miandad or whoever comes next.
    I am not saying that Misbah is the answer to this, like I said, may be Azam or some young gun, even Hafiz.
    But Afridi lacks the temperament to be a captain.

  82. #82 by Konquest on June 9, 2011 - 10:09 PM

    Pawan

    Nice to see you back on the blog.

    I have just read your initial post, but I am just outlining my observations.

    You are right that there is a lot of corruption in India. And yes, you are also right that Pakistan is one step ahead of India in corruption. And, from an outsider’s point of view I guess you are right when you say this is to be expected of Pakistan.

    When it comes to Ijaz Butt, I agree that his Indian counterpart may be very corrupt. On this blog itself we have discussed Pawar before and we have discussed Lalit Modi too. However, can you imagine either of them doing stupid things like accusing another country of match fixing without proof? Or appearing on a TV show and supporting the views of a player banned for match fixing? Or speaking their own regional language to address everyone on national TV?

    About Afridi, you can say he is stupid or overly aggressive. His aggression has never been like that of Shoaib Akhtar, which was just uncouth and intimidatory aggression that seemed “unsportsman-like”. There was one occasion where he had a row with Gambhir on camera, but later when everyone cooled down it became clear that Gambhir was the instigator. There are people who express their vices in a subtle or disguised way, and there are others who shout and gloat in the open. Afridi is the latter person.

    I know Afridi is fairly stupid, but he is better than these other Maliks and Misbahs.

    Maybe this is our mistake, if on this blog we are sending the message that Afridi is flawless, because he is not. That ball eating incident was condemnable, so was the pitch scuffing incident. He shouldn’t have showed his bat to that insulting spectator as well, although later it became clear that he was pointing his bat to say something to the spectator, he wasn’t raising his bat to hit someone. But, he should have thought twice because someone in his position should ideally not have even raised his bat, whatever the purpose of doing so was.

    However, it is better to do those things than to fix matches, play without commitment, conspire behind closed doors, do drugs etc.

  83. #83 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 10, 2011 - 12:32 AM

    Pawan

    I appreciate that you have read the comments and responded as well. Regarding your view on Afridi that he could be a better bowler and batsman than a captain! I would like to draw your attention to the past.

    In the past, no player in Pakistan’s history has been in and out of the team as Afridi has been. And, the fact remains that there is NO player in Pakistan who is parallel to Afridi in many ways. The previous captains wanted him to perform with his bat by scoring a 100 or at least 60-70 runs in every match i.e., because he started his career in a BOOM BOOM style, not only the captains but, the whole of Pakistan were expecting the same from him. If he gets out early in two matches he is dropped. PERIOD.

    1. In 2004 Karachi ODI which India won after scoring 349 runs and Pakistan lost by 5 runs, Afridi was not in that playing XI instead Malik, Rana and his likes were there.
    2. They played him in the second match he scored 85 runs and Pakistan won, he scored less than 20 in the next two matches and he was dropped for the 5th and final match which Pakistan lost again and lost the ODI series.
    3. When Malik as a captain took the team to India, it was for the first time, Pakistan lost the ODI and test series in India.
    4. After the ODI series, Malik instantly sent back Afridi home, he did not even thought for a second that he should play for the tests as well.
    5. Whereas, earlier in 2005 when Pakistan went to India and won the ODI series and drew the test series under Inzamam, it was Shahid Afridi who won the Bangalore test for Pakistan with his quickfire 58 in the second innings and in the bowling department, he got Laxman, Tendulkar and Ganguly (videos were posted on this blog very recently). Needless to mention his batting in ODI where he scored 42 ball 100 also, 58 in Ahmedabad.
    6. Much earlier when Miandad was the coach, Afridi scored his first test hundred 142 against India in Chennai and won the match also, took 3 wickets in that innings. Man of the match award was given to Tendulkar for his 134 runs.

    There are many more instances where he took more than 5 wickets and also scored a few good fifties in Australia but, those captains kept dropping him and treating him like a YO-YO.

    So, when he is the captain he either scores with his bat or with the ball. In the WC he took 21 wickets, but this lone WI tour should not be taken as an example of his individual performance, yet as a captain he won the series 3-2. The 4th ODI was a farcical one settled on D/L method and Pakistan lost by ONE RUN. The 5th was a conspiracy from Misbah and Afridi was already in a bad mood after his tu tu mai mai with Waqar.

    In today’s DAWN newspaper someone posted this comment on a blog and highlighted regionalism in cricket in Pakistan, just look at the provinces representation:
    http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/07/sack-butt-not-afridi.html#totalcomments

    Mohammad Hafeez – Punjab
    Taufeeq Umar – Punjab
    Azhar Ali – Punjab
    Misbah-ul-Haq (captain) – Punjab
    Asad Shafiq – Sindh
    Umar Akmal – Punjab
    Mohammad Salman – Punjab
    Umar Gul – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
    Wahab Riaz – Punjab
    Saeed Ajmal – Punjab
    Adbur Rehman – Punjab

    This is what the PCB is doing since a very long time. To top it up that idiot Zaheer Abass is saying “PEEPAL have tried to make the PCB looka, lyka, Villain” Why is he saying this? Bakaoz he wants to be an employee of the PCB, that idiot is known as ASIAN BRADMAN by the stupid media.

  84. #84 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 10, 2011 - 12:49 AM

    Konquest

    You are right, so far ALL the players who have been involved in betting, match fixing and spot fixing are from Punjab, there is not a single player from Karachi or Peshawar against whom a finger has been raised that, so and so is corrupt. The irony is, the PCB talks about the code of conduct and ethics whereas, they have gone against the law of the country. Waqar, Mushtaq Ahmad and Ijaz Ahmad who were banned by Justice Qayyum have been given jobs by the PCB as bowling coach, coach and senior coach. WHY? Who authorized them?

    We haven’t sent any message that Afridi is flawless, we have called him AKHROAT i.e., when he took any stupid decision or played badly. We have been fair and square. All those incidents you have quoted, you are right. On his ball chewing, no one talks about Manojj Prabhakar chewing the ball and scrapping off the leather from the ball and spitting out. The Video was there but, no one commented. When Afridi’s case came up, people started to highlight that video on various blogs, since the original was on an Indian blog, they removed it from the website. However, we have it here on LS, all you need is to write Manoj Prabhakar’s ball chewing incident in the search comments section above and you will get to see it….. Pawan, you can see that if you want to.

    More on ball tampering, very recently when England were in SA, Stuard Broad scuffed the ball with his spikes and the camera caught it, the only difference was one bit the ball, the other used his spikes whereas, the intention was same. Nasir Hussain said, Broad is lucky to get away with that, had there been any Pakistani player this video would have been shown a 100 times and the player would have been banned and penalized.

    About Gambhir vs. Afridi incident, I was watching the match live and I do have the PVR so I replayed it a few times to arrive at a conclusion that it was Gambhir who was the aggressor, but in the media, Afridi apologized because he is labeled as a “bad boy”.

    This was exactly the same way when Lillee bullied Javed Miandad and kicked him on his thigh, the whole world was shouting that Miandad raised his bat to hit Lillee, whereas, the TV replay reviews confirmed it was Lillee’s fault and they fined him A$27 it was a slap on the wrist.

  85. #85 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 10, 2011 - 12:51 AM

    Konquest

    On Imran Nazir, I heard that the story has been distorted and there is no proof of him kidnapping anyone. It sounded very bizarre when you hear it especially when you say kidnapped a MAN? There is something personal and the guy wanted to hit the headlines.

  86. #86 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 10, 2011 - 3:12 AM

    Konquest

    You must watch this video:

  87. #87 by Sagaat on June 10, 2011 - 11:40 AM

    BCCI has denied use of the DRS again. It is obvious that their batsmen realize that they might be given out when they are out more often than usual.

    If anyone remembers, when India visited Australia, and Steve Bucknor gave a bad decision, there was such an uproar against the Australians that it almost ended up in a row between the two nations. The Australians were portrayed as cheaters by the Indian media. The point is not they aren’t, but Steve Bucknor wasn’t Australian to begin with. Now the technology is there and they don’t want to utilize it in order to favor their batsmen. Apparently Tendulkar and Dhoni are against the DRS as they “don’t trust technology”. Tendulkar has beeen a very lucky player throughout his life; he has played almost twice as many times because of the number of chances he gets, either because of overturned lbws or dropped catches. If he has played 500 innings, that amounts to 1000 times with chances (an analysis can be done with replays). So, it is obviously in his interest to not allow technology to be used.

    I think cricket can take a leap forward if it can eliminate the idea of the captain coming through the playing 11. Management and strategy is a specialized skill and specialized people should be able to do that. This would make the game much more professional and interesting. We will see a lot better strategy at play, probably much more attacking…players shouldn’t be expected to make great “captains” or strategists and I can guarantee if this becomes a specialized skill with managers being able to make those decisions, then the best captains (of all time) will look ordinary in front of these hypothetical future managers. At least they can try this in the IPL or Champions League.

  88. #88 by Pawan on June 10, 2011 - 2:04 PM

    Konquest/Khansahab

    I have been following Legslip every day except when I am on work tour.
    So I have been abreast with what is happening here.
    In short, I have always been here – so really no need to welcome 🙂

    Apparently it seems that Punjabi and non-punjabi is a big thing in Pakistan.
    I have my views on Afridi and they could be viewed as from a completely unbiased/outside source.
    Now to the argument of who should be the captain, I will reiterate it once again.
    I don’t think Misbah is a captain material as well.
    Other than that he is too old to groom someone as a captain.

    I think Pak should look forward – in the sense choose someone like Hafeez or Azam as captain.
    I don’t think both these players are druggies/match fixers/ biased/ forming groups/ politicians, etc.

    Look at other teams – India are grooming Raina, England are grooming Cook/Broad, SL will soon turn to Mathews…

  89. #89 by Pawan on June 10, 2011 - 2:15 PM

    Javed,

    I agree that Afridi has been in and out of the team like a yo-yo.
    But that is because he identified himself as a batsman primarily in first place.
    There are no two views that he has pathetic batting temperament.
    As soon as he identified himself as a strike bowler, he was given chances.
    His batting then became a secondary concern.

    If he performs and shows potential like the way he can then there is no way he can be dropped.
    That is no reason for becoming a captain.
    I frankly think that Afridi over the last couple of years has become the main cog in Pak teams wheel.
    I doubt if there is any captain who will think of dropping him, after seeing his performance in the last couple of years.
    Mark again that he “identified” himself as a bowler in the last 2-3 years.

    Regarding Manoj Prabhakar incident – he was a damn fool.
    But then he was never considered to lead the Indian team.
    We are talking about leading a national team.

    Is there no other sane/honest/committed guy in the Pak team to lead the nation?

  90. #90 by Konquest on June 10, 2011 - 5:36 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I was not hinting about regional differences in my comment. Asif Iqbal was not a Punjabi but he was accused of match fixing. There are two distinct groups in the team, one is the Afridi group which consists of mainly Karachi players (mainly of Pathan/Urdu Speaking ethnicity) and the other group consists of Punjabi players. I would not like to think that only Punjabi players fix matches, however sadly in the past two decades all match fixers have turned out to be Punjabi.

    I think sometimes, a lot of non Punjabi people associate this corruption with Punjabi people, and when such incidents happen and the country is shamed, they feel angry that they are being associated with another ethnicity and culture which has committed those acts. The Urdu Speaking and Pathan culture is so different to Punjabi culture, that it somehow gives a licence to Urdu Speakers and Pathans to associate match fixing with Punjabis (whether rightly or wrongly) whenever such incidents happen.

  91. #91 by Mohammed Munir on June 10, 2011 - 6:35 PM

    A nice ‘Shair’ …

    Do Rungi Chhor Dey, Yak Rung Hoja
    Sara Sar Moum, Ya Phhir Sung Hoja

  92. #92 by Pawan on June 10, 2011 - 7:10 PM

    Looks like Sri lanka are on on their way to change the team complexion completely.

    Here’s a look at how their ODI team looks like against Eng

    Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Thilina Kandamby (vice-capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena,
    Dinesh Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thissara Perera, Lasith Malinga,
    Nuwan Kulasekera, Suranga Lakmal, Dilhara Fernando, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis
    Angelo Mathews, Sanath Jayasuriya.

    They are planning for the next World Cup. Several new players have been included.
    Surprisingly Kandamby with avg of 33 has been made the vice-captain as opposed to Mathews.
    Kandamby is a good pressure player – I remember he scored well under pressure against India
    But selectors might not be sure about Mathews injury progress or that he will be available.

  93. #93 by Konquest on June 10, 2011 - 11:02 PM

    Ama Sharjabaadi thora wazan sey reh gaye bhaiya……

    Hamari goya raye kuch aisi banti hai, key aala hazrat aap “Moum” key baad “I am agree” ka istamal kar lein toh phir wazan kuch bethey ga…..

    Do Rungi Chhor Dey, Yak Rung Hoja
    Sara Sar Moum I AM AGREE, Ya Phhir Sung Hoja

  94. #94 by Konquest on June 11, 2011 - 9:26 AM

    Pawan

    I want to know what you and the moderate Indians think about MF Hussein?

    When I say moderate, I mean to exclude the religious extremists and the liberal extremists on the left (such as those in showbiz, media, arts etc who will always promote art no matter how offensive)

    Personally, I feel MF was very wrong in depicting the Hindu goddesses as nude. Firstly, he should have never painted a diety without permission of all the Hindu religious bodies (which must be in hundreds if not thousands) and organisations. Secondly, painting someone in the nude is just unacceptable.

    So, I have no sympathy with his exile. He obviously had no religion, no character and no decency.

  95. #95 by Konquest on June 11, 2011 - 4:03 PM

    Is this interview of Wasim Akram real or has it been spiced up?

    I dream of Sushmita: Wasim
    Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram, in Lucknow recently for an anti-diabetes campaign, admits he’s a great fan of Indian cinema and finds Sushmita Sen the sexiest Bollywood actress.

    What role has cricket played in relations between India and Pakistan?
    I strongly believe cricket has improved Indo-Pak relations and is acting as a bridge between the two nations.

    Do you think an Indo-Pak cricket series every year would become monotonous?
    Yes. Playing a full-fledged series every year, besides the two teams meeting in triangular tournaments and other ODI series has dampened the charm of Indo-Pak cricket matches. If the current trend continues, we could soon be seeing empty stands in the stadium.

    Do you think today’s bowlers know how to work on the ball?
    I don’t think so. To get reverse swing one has to work on the ball. However it is the duty of not just bowlers but the entire team to maintain the shine on one side.

    Is it right that you are great fan of Hindi film music?
    Sure. My current favourites are Yeh Lamhe from Mahesh Bhatt’s Zeher and the songs of Yash Chopra’s Veer Zara. I also enjoy listening to Lata Mangeshkar Sahiba and Kishore Kumar is my all-time favourite.

    Who is your favourite Bollywood actress?
    I am a fan of Sushmita Sen. I love watching her movies. My God, she’s very hot! I often dream of her. Although I don’t like her acting all that much, she sure is sexy!

    Any plans to join politics like your mentor Imran Khan?
    No way. I have no interest in politics. I am thoroughly enjoying my new role as a TV commentator.

    What brings you to Lucknow?
    I am here to promote an anti-diabetes campaign.

    How did you become associated with this particular cause?
    I was myself diagnosed with diabetes in 1997. But I continued to have a very successful career despite that. My wife Huma always encouraged me to live life with zest. I have no idea how I became diabetic since no one in my family for five generations suffered from the disease. But I do feel there’s an urgent need to create awareness about diabetes, especially among the young.

    What are your impressions of Lucknow?
    It is great city. I have been mesmerised by the culture and urbanity of its people. I am also bowled over by the chaste Urdu that people speak here. Chaste Urdu is not spoken even in Lahore where it has distinct Punjabi flavour. Lucknavi Zuban is more Khalis than Lahori. (The language of Lucknow is purer than that of Lahore).[/b]

  96. #96 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 11, 2011 - 8:01 PM

    Rungi ko Na Rungi kahay
    I am agree ko NAT kahay
    Chalti ko garee kahay
    Larki ko kunwari kahay

  97. #97 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 11, 2011 - 8:27 PM

    Pakistan must do away with Butt’s culture of insecurity:
    Dileep Premachandran writes in DAWN NEWS PAPER

    There will be those that say Afridi spoke out of turn, that he has always lacked tact. But would a player really jeopardise his livelihood by going public with his grouses unless the situation behind the scenes was that dire?

    By the time Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden retired, having averaged 51.88 as an opening partnership, they had accumulated 208 Test caps, more than 16000 runs and 53 centuries. Had they been born in Pakistan, they’d probably have found themselves on the same scrapheap where the administrators tossed Asim Kamal, who made one of his eight half-centuries (from 12 Tests) in his penultimate game.

    Some will take offence at such a statement. But consider this. There was a point in the mid-1990s when Hayden and Langer had less than a dozen caps between them, when they found themselves out in the cold despite prodigious run-scoring feats in domestic cricket. Both sought out Malcolm Speed, then chief executive with the Australian Cricket
    Board.

    In his book, Hayden writes: “Looking back on it, I’m reminded of the value of face- to-face contact. We now live in an age where people can hide behind emails and text messages, and I’ll always be grateful that meeting was in person.

    Speed said later, ‘I was new in the job – Matthew didn’t know me and I didn’t know him, so I suppose he was taking a bit of a risk. But I respected him for doing it. The only other player who approached me for a similar conversation while I was in the job was Justin Langer.’”

    Now, ask yourself. Can you imagine a player, say Kamal, having such a discussion with the political appointments who have run Pakistan cricket into the ground over the past few years? Shahid Afridi inspired a World Twenty20 win in 2009 and led Pakistan to their best World Cup performance since 1999. His reward was to be stripped of the captaincy and to have his central contract suspended.

    There will be those that say Afridi spoke out of turn, that he has always lacked tact. But would a player really jeopardise his livelihood by going public with his grouses unless the situation behind the scenes was that dire? Remember that he’s not the only one.

    Over the past half-decade, Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan and Shoaib Akhtar have all been disgruntled figures, seniors who felt they were never valued enough.

    Ever since Shaharyar Khan left the chairman’s job in the wake of the fiasco at The Oval in 2006, Pakistan cricket has lacked an administrator who can command respect from the players or the world at large. If Ijaz Butt has achieved anything during his time in charge, it’s to make fans of other teams profoundly grateful that their boards – hardly models of governance in some cases – aren’t such a basket case.

    The approach to captaincy has resembled a game of passing the parcel at a kids’ birthday party, while little has been done to address batting and fielding frailties that have repeatedly cost the team in recent series. Most of all, the culture of insecurity that Butt has presided over has made it impossible to create a leadership group with the vision to build for the future.

    Good coaching and leadership are founded on basic principles. They’re not exotic dark arts. ‘In When Pride Still Mattered’, David Maraniss’ brilliant biography of Vince Lombardi, the legendary American Football coach, his methods are initially explained in a couple of lines. “Repetition was at the core of his coaching philosophy,” he writes.

    “Doing the same thing over and over again, whether it was a play or a calisthenic, he believed, would make his boys fearless and instinctive.”

    Whatever be the truth of his disagreements with Afridi, Waqar Younis has done a decent job as coach. But for a team that has glaring batting weaknesses, is he the right man for the job in the long term? Even if Waqar were to stay on, a batting coach is imperative.

    The likes of Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali are the future but they need the right kind of guidance if they’re ever to fulfil their potential.

    I can still recall Shaharyar sitting by himself in the press conference room after Rahul Dravid had spoken to the media following India’s series win at Rawalpindi in 2004.

    “He’s not just a wonderful batsman, but such a cultured and polite young man,” he said, voice full of admiration.

    “We need to have role models like that.”

    Instead, those who could have been talismans for a younger group have spent the intervening years backstabbing each other and acting on whims and fancies. Their insecurities and self-preservation instincts have percolated down to the juniors and the entire culture is as rotten as India’s was before John Wright arrived to take charge as coach in 2000.

    Pakistan cricket’s best phase of the past decade also came under a foreign coach, Bob Woolmer. But even an outsider won’t be much use unless the system is cleansed of nepotism. With cricket on home soil still a distant dream, the game’s stewards have to behave even more responsibly. As do those entrusted with choosing the side. Having selectors interested only in picking their relatives or brown-eyed boys isn’t the answer.

    No matter who takes charge – independent mind or political stooge – he [or she] has no easy task. The country’s isolation has made it especially difficult to attract the best coaches. Playing at neutral venues deprives the team of both home advantage and raucous support. There are also the political stresses and strains that have seen Pakistani players miss out on Indian Premier League and Champions League riches.

    The talent, though, is still there. When one of your fringe bowlers comes in and nearly wins you a World Cup semifinal – as Wahab Riaz did in Mohali – you know it’s not all doom and gloom. And it isn’t as though the past was perfect either.

    Even during the golden age of Imran Khan and Javed Miandad, ructions behind the scenes were frequent.
    The team rose above that to be Asia’s pride for more than a decade. With the right hand on the tiller, there’s no reason why those days can’t come again.

  98. #98 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 11, 2011 - 8:31 PM

    Wasim Akram is a hypocrite

    Whatever he says or does, it is a very calculated move, just like a gambler. We all know that he is head over heels for Sushmita Sen and right now he is testing the waters, try to see public reaction both in India and in Pakistan. Indians don’t care much but, in Pakistan there will be a big furor if he gets married to Sushmita Sen.

  99. #99 by Konquest on June 11, 2011 - 11:05 PM

    Javed A Khan

    If Wasim Akram did say that (there is no evidence to say he did not) then, that is something very cheap and something that doesn’t befit an ambassador of a country.

  100. #100 by Konquest on June 11, 2011 - 11:07 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Apart from Zardari and some powerful cronies, the whole world hates Ijaz Butt. Those who supported him (for whatever reason) when he was appointed, now want him to go as well, although they are shy in admitting their concerns.

  101. #101 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 12, 2011 - 1:57 AM

    Konquest

    Wasim Akram is NOT an ambassador of the country, he is no less than Ijaz Butt, Alyass, Salman Butt, Asaf, Aamar and even Waqar…….. if he has not said that, who else said that? He used cheap tarty comments about Sushmita Sen, I would consider it as a derogatory comment if someone calls someone HOT. I dunno how Indians have taken that.

  102. #102 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 12, 2011 - 2:03 AM

    Konquest

    The point is NO one can do anything in getting out Ijaz BUTT from the PCB, it is not just Zardari but the whole nation looks impotent against these dictators.

    Today, I saw a video of a young man being shot by RANGERS in Karachi and I kept cursing myself for watching it. I felt so helpless and ashamed that a poor man was alive 2 seconds ago and then he is dead. Even 2 seconds before he was shot he may not have thought that they will actually KILL him. How could they murder someone in cold blood? That man must be 23 -24 years old, someone’s son, brother and they just shot him in public? FOUR RANGERS ARMED WITH AUTOMATIC WEAPONS AND THEY JUST KILLED HIM, FOR WHAT? And, no one moved they all saw him bled to death! One guy made a video from his cell phone and that is it. What a shame, what a shame. For the last 6 hours since I have seen that video I am so moved and sad that I cannot describe how sad I am feeling, that image of his keeps flashing in my mind and even now I am feeling extremely sad.

  103. #103 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 12, 2011 - 2:09 AM

    Mohammad Aamar under more trouble for playing club cricket in the UK. The news highlights by saying THE 19 YEAR OLD………….. Sala Ullu Ka Pattha, Bhaar may jaye, Why do they have to lament about his age? He is a crook and he has been punished and his punishment must be extended and the PCB (Not this FCKing regime) must ban Aamar, Asaf and Salman Butt for life and they should not be allowed to appear on any TV program related to cricket, Period.

  104. #104 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 12, 2011 - 8:13 AM

    DR. SAAD SHAFQAT has written his comments on our blog LEGSLIP and we all respect him for his expert opinions which are always very fair, he is a Neuro Surgeon at Agha Khan Hospital Karachi and he has also written Javed Miandad’s autobiography. Here is what he has written about SHAHID AFRIDI in the DAWN newspaper. We have been saying this from the very beginning on this blog that Shahid Afridi’s achievements for cricket in Pakistan are the highest in many ways, but Afridi haters taunted us by writing on their blogs “MATCH WINNER MY FOOT”. See the highlighted text below which should shut their mouth with a DOUBLE BUTT, that none of the previous so-called ex-greats have achieved those awards as many times as Afridi did.

    What Dr. Shafqat has not mentioned in his article is the world records of two fastest centuries, against the then World Champions Sri Lanka and the present World Champion India. They claim he is a minnow basher and scores only against the minnows. His ODI average against Australia is over 50, He holds the world record of highest number of sixes. After Sanath Jayasuriy and Jacques Kallis he is the 3rd player IN THE WORLD who has scored more than 6000 runs and taken more than 300 wickets in the ODI’s. And there is no one in Pakistan who has achieved this feat. No one cares to acknowledge his achievements, especially a few noisy Afridi haters and Ijaz Butt supporters try to overshadow his achievements with a couple of incidents such as pitch scuffing and ball biting.

    Reverse swing: Your word or mine?

    by Saad Shafqat

    (3 hours ago) Today

    Expecting PCB chairman Ijaz Butt to make his next gaffe is like waiting for the other shoe to fall. It will happen sooner or later, and you never have to wait very long. A review of Butt’s tenure since its onset in October 2008 reveals a series of unforced errors and missteps, along with two major disasters that happened on his watch.

    To put it in a nutshell, Butt has fought with key members of his senior team, including Javed Miandad, Abdul Qadir, and Aamir Sohail, each of whom had been brought in with great fanfare and assigned a major portfolio. He also frittered away Pakistan’s stake in the 2011 World Cup, and lorded over Pakistan cricket during its worst imaginable crises, namely the terror attack on the visiting Sri Lankan team and the impossibly thorny spot-fixing scandal. And this is not to even mention his divisive petty politics, vindictive dealings with national heroes, and micromanagement of team selection.

    To this remarkable list, one can now add the messy case of Shahid Afridi. As is typical of the fights that Butt chooses to pick, Afridi is a victim of his boss’s brittle ego. Even in the PCB’s own words, Afridi’s crime was nothing other than criticism of the PCB chief. Is our PCB chairman so thin-skinned that he cannot abide a few verbal barbs?

    Afridi is supposed to have also committed other crimes and misdemeanours, but these are only obliquely mentioned and no charges have been made explicit. And while Afridi did run afoul of coach Waqar Younis over matters of team selection, such friction between captain and coach is in the nature of the cricket beast and happens everywhere, all the time. Since when did it become such a punishable crime?

    In fact, Butt’s fracas with Shahid Afridi is repeating the same pattern that the senior man followed in an earlier dispute with batting hero Younis Khan. He became ticked off with Younis’s quiet dignity and confidence, and who knows maybe with Younis’s cricketing accomplishments as well. He let loose the PCB machinery with its vindictive tactics and legal bullying, and harassed Younis no end. For millions of Pakistan supporters, it was hurtful to watch. The same sorry dynamics have now played out between Ijaz Butt and Shahid Afridi.

    Not only did Butt strip Afridi of the ODI captaincy, he went far overboard by suspending Afridi’s central contract, and withdrawing the PCB’s no-objection certificate which would have allowed Afridi to earn some serious money playing for clubs overseas. Removal from captaincy was bad enough. Afridi had just won a 5-match series in West Indies, and before that had taken a shamed and shattered team to the World Cup semi-finals. But depriving Afridi of the right to earn livelihood abroad (at a time when Pakistan has no international commitments) was much worse. This has exposed the PCB’s true intentions and left the board reeking of pure petty revenge and malevolence.

    Of course, not everyone is enthralled of Afridi. He is after all a very temperamental player who tends to do some pretty impulsive acts on the cricket field, from throwing his wicket away in an inexplicable act of batting suicide, to chewing on a cricket ball in full view of a global audience, and lots more in between.

    But here’s what Afridi can do: if you are a warm-blooded Pakistan supporter, I challenge you to watch any of Afridi’s multiple daredevil exploits and keep your emotions in check. It can’t be done.

    Log on to YouTube or grab a collection of cricket DVDs. Watch Afridi smack six after six, scoop up stunning catches in
    midflight, or uproot an off-stump with a magical googly. Come on, admit it. Even thinking about it is giving you goose bumps.

    That’s what Afridi can do.

    Shahid Afridi is a complex package. He has been a hurricane passing through Pakistan’s cricket universe, evoking mixed feelings of love and derision among his own compatriots. But for players and supporters of opposing teams he generates only one emotion: fear. When the dust finally settles on the career of this awesome Pakistani limited-overs specialist, we will all come to value the great contributions he has made for our team.

    For now, the most persuasive argument one can make is to point out that Shahid Khan Afridi has won more man-of-the-match awards in limited-overs cricket than any other Pakistani. His tally of 30 awards (24 in one-day internationals and another six in T20 internationals) is ahead of all the other greats our country has produced, including Inzamamul Haq (24 awards), Wasim Akram (22), Javed Miandad (19), Mohammad Yousuf (18), Waqar Younis (17), Younis Khan (14) and Imran Khan (13). If that doesn’t convince you of Afridi’s true significance, nothing will.

    At the time of writing, Afridi has decided to go along with PCB’s disciplinary process, in the hopes of restoring his chances of playing overseas. The PCB, true to form, has appointed a disciplinary committee which will try to get its pound of flesh. All in all, there is a reasonable chance that by the time this column appears, the matter has come to a permissive outcome for Afridi and a face-saving conclusion for PCB.

    As for Ijaz Butt, all one can hope is that sooner or later he will realise this was no way to treat a national hero—and not just any national hero but one who has proved himself to be Pakistan’s most valuable limited-overs cricketer ever.

  105. #105 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 12, 2011 - 8:23 AM

    Upbeat Afridi hits the gym

    KARACHI
    : These are hard times for Shahid Afridi. The former Pakistan captain is facing an uncertain future as a professional cricketer because of a bitter battle with the country’s cricket chiefs, which is now being fought in the court of law. During a span of a few weeks, Afridi has lost his captaincy and even lost his right, at least for the time being, to make a living by playing professional cricket abroad. He has ‘retired’ from international cricket and is now fighting what could be a long drawn legal battle with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

    Things certainly look bleak for Afridi, who till last month was making plans to help Pakistan raise a strong team for next year’s World Twenty20 Championship in Sri Lanka. But the seasoned allrounder remains upbeat in spite of all the trouble. Afridi, who is waiting for the June 16 hearing of Sindh High Court, is keeping himself fit by carrying out training sessions on a daily basis. “There is no point in fretting over what has happened in the last couple of weeks,” he told ‘The News’. “The most important thing for me is to get a NOC to play in the Twenty20 tournament in England. I remain hopeful for it and am keeping myself in shape by carrying out strenuous training sessions daily,” he added. Afridi had to return home from England after the PCB revoked all No Objection Certificates granted to the player after suspending his central contract for “violating” the Boar’s Code of Conduct. Due to his decision to retire and the ongoing tussle with PCB, many of Afridi’s critics believe that the allrounder’s international career is almost over. But the 31-year-old Afridi doesn’t think so. “I will play cricket till the time I’m fit. Right now, I’m in good shape and I’m working hard in the gym and in practice,” he said.

  106. #106 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 12, 2011 - 8:43 AM

    “Many of Afridi’s critics believe that the allrounder’s international career is almost over.”

    This time Ijaz Butt is not going to win, he was and he is and will always be a loser. So, Afridi will be back and he will play for Pakistan.

  107. #107 by Konquest on June 12, 2011 - 8:45 AM

    Javed A Khan

    A team is built around your match winners. You play the match winners and then you play 2nd string players around them to facilitate them. Afridi is a match winner. I think at the moment he is probably the only match winner in the team with the exception of perhaps Saeed Ajmal, who has lost a lot of confidence since that match when Hussey tore his bowling.

    Players like Hafeez, U Akmal, U Gul etc are just facilitators, they cannot win matches single handedly.

    So, those who want Afridi out of the team need to realise that Pakistan is going a match winner.

    Misbah is a nothing player, Younis Khan is past his prime and should retire. I believe now is as good a time to get rid of these Misbahs and Younis’s and build a team with Afridi who has total authority, along with players like Fawad Alam. Pakistan cannot do much worse with a young team than it is doing now- even with a young team they would defeat minnow teams and would struggle against teams like New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka who are mid-tier teams. It is clear that if a young team plays without Misbah, Younis, K Akmal etc, there will not be much difference in Pakistan’s performance. So, why not focus on the rebuilding process rather than stick to mediocre players?

  108. #108 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 12, 2011 - 9:14 AM

    Konquest

    “I am agree” on what you have written above about match winners and facilitators. I have requested Dr. Saad Shaqat to write here on our blog.

    Last week in the other thread I did mention about Pakistan’s future team especially for the next WC ODI team. I wrote that Pakistan should groom a young captain for the future. Here is my suggestion once again:

    1. Agreed that Misbah and YK should retire.
    2. Shahid Afridi to remain captain till the next ODI WC
    3. Hammad Azam who is only 20 should be made Vice Captain under Afridi (Not Hafeez because, he is already 31 and should also retire after the next WC – So far he is playing under any captain so there is no need to push him up)
    4. I would have thought of Umar Akmal but, he has a short history which is so full of antics. Twice he faked injury in support of his brother and his name was also mentioned along with the bookie Mazhar Majeed. (Same with Wahab Riaz). Besides, whenever I think of Umar Akmal, the words of our fellow blogger Dr. Salman Khan from Australia echoes in my mind that, “Umar Akmal is so sharp, if he is walking next to a man, that man will never know that UA has sold him.” Yani itni tez cheez hai,…. that is true, he should never be made captain of the team at any level.

    Therefore, Hammad Azam seems to be the right choice, the kid has no chips but, a balanced head over his shoulder. He definitely needs more chances to prove his worth and I hope he doesn’t get into politics and in wrong hands like Mohammad Aamer. If he is groomed properly and takes over the captaincy role after the next WC he should be an asset for the country.

  109. #109 by Mohammed Munir on June 12, 2011 - 9:18 AM

    Balli Ka Bakra Ya Galli Ka Kutta …

    iJazz BUTT has done the most appropriate thing by sacrificing his best friend, ‘Ill-A$$’ for appearing beside that ‘Daish Darohi’ Salman Butt.

    Although it is now clear that even iJazz Butt also ‘telephonically’ participated in TV program where ICC-banned Salman Butt was present, however, since ill-A$$ was physically present beside the culprit he was made a ‘Balli Ka Bakra’. 😉

    With so much criticism of PCB and the way they handled this whole drama, they had to put up a show and they did just that by removing ill-A$$.

    What I am worried the most is that if this time this sick Butt doesn’t go, then we can not see him going as long as Zor-Dari is in office. 😦

  110. #110 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 12, 2011 - 9:25 AM

    Munir

    Suspending Ilyass is a show-biz act, Ijaz Butt wants to show it to the nation that no one is above the law. But, he considers himself as immune from every blooper, every blunder, every mistake that he does. Someone should also fire him for appearing on that TV show. And, what I don’t understand is how come Salman Butt is allowed to be a panelist on a TV show?

    It is your afternoon time, I am up since 3:00 a.m. as a CEREAL KILLER that is my usual past time in the middle of the night when I cannot go back to sleep. It is almost 5:30 a.m. now and I can go back to sleep now. This is the beauty and the liberty you enjoy when you are your own BOSS and now when you are working 9-5 ( the so called 9-5 which is always more than that especially in your part of the world). So, Adios Gringos.

  111. #111 by Mohammed Munir on June 12, 2011 - 9:36 AM

    Court stays PCB proceedings against Afridi

    The Sindh High Court has stayed the PCB disciplinary committee’s proceedings against former captain Shahid Afridi, and asked the board and the Pakistan sports ministry to appear before it on June 9. The court’s decision comes after Afridi had filed a petition challenging the validity of the sanctions imposed on him by the PCB.

    “We filed a petition at the Sindh High Court against the PCB’s disciplinary committee and the punishments,” Syed Ali Zafar, Afridi’s lawyer, told ESPNcricinfo. “The court has suspended the committee [hearing] and PCB is bound to abide by the High Court. They have been asked to appear before the High Court the day after tomorrow and the punishments stand null and void as of now.”

    The Pakistan board will appear at the hearing on Thursday. “We have been informed that an order has been passed and even if a certified copy of it isn’t received in time, we will not hold the disciplinary hearing and respect the order,” Taffazul Rizvi, the board’s legal advisor, told ESPNcricinfo. “I will be there on June 9 assisting the high court to reach a just a legal decision on the matter.”

    Source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/518083.html

    Hahahahahahah …………… Shahid Afridi drags PCB into Sindh High Court. Now we are talking business. Jeo Lala. Next time, tell Sindh Court to summon Mota-Butt. 😉

  112. #112 by Mohammed Munir on June 12, 2011 - 9:46 AM

    LOL @ Comment no. 111 …

    It’s a Sunday right ❓ So whateva. 😉

  113. #113 by Konquest on June 12, 2011 - 3:48 PM

    Men should have sex slaves, says female Kuwaiti politician

    KUWAIT CITY // Salwa al Mutairi, a former parliamentary candidate, said in a video posted on You Tube last month that sex slaves should be legal and prisoners from war-torn countries, such as Chechnya, would make suitable concubines.

    Ms al Mutairi said she asked Saudi muftis what the Islamic ruling was on owning sex slaves while on a trip to Mecca because she had a male colleague who was “young and something of a womaniser”.

    The mufti told her it is not haram, or forbidden, she said. “The context must be that of a Muslim nation conquering a non-Muslim nation, so these jawari have to be prisoners of war.”

    Jariya is an Arabic term meaning “concubine” or “sex slave”. The plural of the word is jawari.

    Ms al Mutairi said free women must be married with a contract but, with concubines, “the man just buys her and that’s it. That’s enough to serve as marriage”.

    The ruling was confirmed by “specialised people of the faith” in Kuwait, she said. “They said, ‘That’s right, the only solution for a decent man who has the means, who is overpowered by desire and who does not want to commit fornication, is to acquire jawari’.”

    Offices could be opened to run the sex trade in the same way recruitment agencies provide domestic labourers, Ms al Mutairi suggested.

    “One of the countries where [I see this trade is possible] is Chechnya. The country is at war with another state, so there are some captives for sure. I say go and buy those captives, they might just die of hunger over there. I say go and buy them and sell them to merchants here in Kuwait who may otherwise commit a sin.”

    “I don’t see anything wrong with it, nothing at all,” she said, adding that the caliph Haroun al Rashid had one wife and more than 2,000 concubines in his possession when he died.

    “So there’s no shame in it and it is not haram, our Sharia law allows it,” she said.

    Haroun al Rashid ruled over an area covered by modern-day Iran, Iraq and Syria 12 centuries ago.

    Ms al Mutairi’s video on You Tube has been viewed more than 84,000 times since it was uploaded on May 24.

    Ms al Mutairi finished 23rd in the fifth constituency with more than 1,200 votes in the parliamentary election in 2009.

  114. #114 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 12, 2011 - 10:56 PM

    Fatima Bhutto daughter of Murtuza Bhutto recently gave a speech at the Sydney Writers Festival in 2011, here is the speech.

    http://blip.tv/slowtv/pakistan-nation-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown-fatima-bhutto-5236151

  115. #115 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 13, 2011 - 9:36 AM

    After watching Fatima Bhutto’s video please post your comments on the new thread on this blog title, JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED. Thank you.

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