Last Tuesday, the Sindh High Court had ordered the PCB to adjourn a disciplinary committee meeting in which Afridi was due to face, and now summoned the officials to Thursday June 16, 2011 for a hearing. This case should be decided as soon as possible, because the PCB and its cronies lead by none other than the Chairman Ijaz Butt and his not so able lawyer Taffazul Hussain are trying to drag this case as long as possible. They should remember this is Sindh High Court and Afridi has a lot of supporters in Karachi. Although he is a Pathan but, like Younus Khan and Umar Gul he is also residing in Karachi and draws a lot of support from all segments of the society, not only the Pathans and Mohajirs and Sindhis but, the Punjabis living in Karachi also support him and feels that Ijaz Butt is doing severe injustice in penalizing him for nothing.
You cannot punish someone for a crime (which was not even a crime) twice i.e., exactly what Ijaz Butt & Co. are trying to do, dig up his past and trying to prove that he scuffed the pitch and bit the ball in Australia. He was already punished and penalized for that, why dig up that case now? In fact after that he was made Captain of the team for the World Cup and with such mediocre team he led them from the front and brought the team to semifinal, nearly winning it and making it to the final. But, thanks to his faithful foes he is a victim of conspiracy which did not end with one but followed with one after the other.
Afridi’s only crime is he is blunt and being a Pathan he cannot be a “yes man” to the Butt headed Chairman and his cronies such as Alyass who has now been suspended from his post, this is only to show to the people of Pakistan that no one is above the law. Apart from using derogatory language against Afridi, Ilyass was seen sitting next to the banned player Salman Butt on a TV show in which the later was a panelist, is only an act of show biz by Ijaz Butt. In reality Ijaz Butt should also be suspended for participating in the same TV show via a telephone line. It is just as bad as being there. But, he is Abbu Dallah (Above The Law) The only positive thing that happened in that show was Ijaz Butt’s ugly face was not displayed on the TV screen.
Cricket fans and Afridi supporters came to the Sindh High Court Building but, were disappointed because their Hero was not there, one of the supporters said, “We have come here in Afridi’s support and feel that Pakistan cricket is incomplete without him,” It is true, most of his fans relates Afridi’s presence in cricket is just like Muhammad Ali in the boxing ring. I know a lot of people who stopped watching boxing after Muhammad Ali retired from boxing. This may happen to a lot of Afridi’s supporters if he does not play in the future.
Taffazul Rizvi, the PCB lawyer, said the punishment was included in the central contract that Afridi has signed. Whereas, Afridi’s lawyer Syed Ali Zafar contradicted the claim by saying. “The sanctions are not under the central contract and that’s what we have pleaded,” he denied Afridi’s sole aim in going to court was to seek permission to play abroad. Zafar also said, “we are against the disciplinary proceedings, which we have successfully adjourned, and the court has given us the right to claim for monetary losses suffered due to Afridi not being able to play in England.”
The funny thing is about the “Pissy-Leaks” (PCB Leaks) which are more sophisticated than the “Wikileaks”, I don’t understand how come every confidential news gets leaked in Pakistan? Intikhab Alam and Waqar Younus’ confidential tour report leaked before it went to the Chairman’s office. Intikhab Alam at the age of 70 plus who is also in the same league as Ijaz Butt considers himself as the main person instrumental in Pakistan winning the 1992 WC and all those matches after that in which he was the team manager. He is the same person who never won a single series as a captain for Pakistan in any form of the game when he was the Captain of Pakistan team and same is the case with Waqar Younus. But, today both of them have the audacity and cheekiness to place a feather in their own caps by saying they are responsible for the wins. And, the team whenever it lost any match it was due to Afridi’s immaturity?
Waqar Younus’s report should not be considered as fair because, that man has a criminal record. He was banned by Justice Qayyum from not only playing for Pakistan at any level but, also for holding a job at any official capacity because he was accused and charged for match fixing and betting along with Wasim Akram, Salim Malik, Ijaz Ahmad, Ata ur Rahman and Mushtaq Ahmad. Mushtaq, Ijaz and Waqar both got the coaching jobs in the recent past and Waqar is still the main coach. What is the credibility of a convict? Once a convict, the criminal record stays for life. There is no second chance for convicts. That is why Salman Butt, Asif and Aamir should not be allowed to play for Pakistan ever again.
Most importantly Ijaz Butt must be sacked with immediate effect along with his entire paraphernalia. Either they should appoint Javed Miandad as the Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board or a professional who is qualified and suitable for the job must be appointed. Just like Dr. Nasim Ashraf or Shahriyar Khan. (Doesn’t mean them actually) but, someone of that quality and background, at least they were honest, just and fair unlike this uncouth, uneducated, dis-grunted Ijaz Butt who has all the time brought disgrace to the nation.