At the end of the day, it was just about politics and money- two things that players go for while neglecting principles

This blog has frequently supported Shahid Afridi for his relatively uncontroversial cricket career, passionate attitude to the game and positive gameplay. Afridi is also an under rated cricketer because his batting is often disproportionately criticised whereas his bowling and fielding are conveniently disregarded. Afridi is also unique in the list of superstars to have played for Pakistan because he has never been accused of match fixing, an act which has caused Pakistan the most disgrace around the world when it comes to cricket.

Inzamam ul Haq left behind future hopefuls like Shoaib Malik, Misbah and K Akmal who are negative players and whose gameplay is so detrimental to the team that they are or have been under the ICC or PCB scanner. Misbah is never directly been accused of match fixing, but he has appeared to single handedly lose Pakistan matches a few times and this raises suspicion in the minds of the fans. A player has to be pretty pathetic for fans to suspect possible match fixing especially when there has been no direct evidence presented against the player. When Shahid Afridi’s bowling improved from 2007 onwards he should have immediately been appointed captain, as he was the only one with the leadership qualities at that time.

Shahid Afridi has transformed into something of a predictable disappointment for his fans. Afridi was the straight talking, principle endorsing character amongst his conspiring, scheming colleagues, but now Afridi has lost much of his credibility. In fact,  even though a few thousand people in Karachi received him at the airport upon his return to Pakistan recently, a lot of the cricketers like Imran Khan offered measly support to him. This was an issue that could have united the nation, and the public could have appeared on the streets to protest against Ijaz Butt. Javed A Khan commented that the public in Pakistan is already demoralised because of poverty and lawlessness, and therefore does not have the will to make hue and cry about this cricket issue. However, if Afridi had been more tactful and had stuck to his principles, I am very sure he would have garnered more public support.

As far as I remember, it all started from the IPL, when Afridi expressed his desire to play despite Pakistan being humiliated at an IPL auction. Later, Afridi reportedly changed his statement. However, in the subsequent IPL competition he again expressed his desire to play.

He then decided he would not play Test cricket. The reason why this was shocking was because he has a decent record in Tests and due to the match losing presence of Malik, Misbah and K Akmal, Pakistan desperately needed a positive and attacking player. This was an extremely stupid move by Afridi and received widespread criticism. He claims he does not have the temperament, but in truth he must be afraid of the repercussions if he cannot perform- simply because in Tests, a batsman’s wicket has a much higher price than in limited overs cricket?

In the World Cup Afridi decided to take advice from people like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. Again this was questionable because, Afridi has his own style and he can never be like Imran Khan. And frankly, why does he ask Wasim Akram things? How can an honest and upright player even consider having this kind of relationship with Wasim Akram? In the past Afridi also took advice from the dull Inzamam- you can see it couldn’t change Afridi’s batting.

Then it was Afridi’s verbal stupidities. He changed the style of speaking English and started using “a” before everything such as “a confidence”. On a Pakistani tv show he blurted that Pakistanis have bigger hearts than Indians which did not go down brilliantly with the Pakistan government because it had just commenced a new chapter in cricket diplomacy with India. And then following his removal as captain by the PCB, he blamed some Punjab/Lahori group for conspiring against him. Whether these statements are true or false, they have done irreversible damage. Afridi has lost most of his fan base in Punjab and as Punjab is Pakistan’s most populous and influential province, it will be difficult for Afridi to firstly come back into the team and be accepted again by his team mates and administration but secondly, to be reinstated as captain.

Afridi spoke about principles upon his return to Pakistan; he claimed that Pakistan cricket was on the road to destruction under this administration. He asked the President to rescue cricket in the country. This was miscalculated by Afridi, as he should have realised that he needed to appeal to the public to create a revolution. However, Afridi has now accepted that what he wanted was to play county cricket in England and the Sri Lanka Premier League.

Only someone like Shahid Afridi could have persuaded the public to come out on the streets and remove Ijaz Butt, but he chose money and short term goals rather than principles. Ijaz Butt is not going any time soon, and what Afridi does not realise is that between now and then, someone new might take his place in the team.

Without Afridi there is no match winner in the team- does he even realise this?

This issue has caused incalculable damage to Pakistan and Pakistan cricket. People will say Afridi “chickened out” and he will quickly lose support from fans. Afridi will say he was under political pressure to accept his mistake, however, a principled man would not have chosen to succumb to politics and money. If Afridi had not complained about Punjab, and if he had not chickened out in this manner, I am sure Ijaz Butt would have been forced to reinstate him as captain after a few months. There is no point in saying here that what Afridi said about Punjab, or India, was right in principle. You can’t pick and choose which principles you want to follow and which you want to abandon. If you think the Indian government, public, media has smaller hearts and holds a grudge against Pakistan, don’t express your desire to play in IPL. Similarly, if you think the PCB management is corrupt or biased, don’t drop to your knees in front of them to satisfy your short term goals.

Because a person who does that becomes a politician, and loses his principles. Afridi was seen by his fans to be the alternative to the politicians in the cricket team, but Afridi seems to have become just like them.

When the going gets tough, the tough are supposed to get going, but Afridi chickened out. He has let his fans down

  1. #1 by Konquest on June 19, 2011 - 10:45 PM

    new thread

  2. #2 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 20, 2011 - 4:32 AM


    Good thread, nice analysis on Afridi’s temperament and his style of batting and decision making. And yes we all felt very disappointed when he made this out of the court settlement with IJAZ BUTT. He should have stick to his guns and not compromised on principles. Eventually he has been fined about $52000 or so for blabbering nonsense. Butt’s ego has been satisfied with this give and take agreement, he gave NOC but imposed a hefty fine, there is no justification, there is no law to do this but, this is what he is doing since he is in power and no one can remove him, this was a great opportunity for Afridi to play the AWAMI CARD instead he decided to take the NOC and play for Hampshire and Sri lank league. What a shame. I don’t understand what kinda pathan he is? I am extremely disappointed. Although some circles are reporting that he was ordered by Zardari nd too much political pressure and he had no choice but, to accept this deal. I would have never accepted this kinda deal, I wud have gone and snatched ButtBalls especially with that kinda public support.

  3. #3 by Mohammed Munir on June 20, 2011 - 6:22 AM

    A very detailed and comprehensive new thread giving overall view of the on-going Afridi/ Butt Comedy Drama.

    My first response to the Afridi saga was that he has always disappointed his fans with his stupid actions off the cricket ground.

    Nevertheless, after an initial knee-jerk reaction, I personally think, that what Shahid Afridi have done is not totally out of place. Like anyone else, Afridi have full right to earn his livelihood and cricket for him is just that. If Pakistan’s passionate fans are running short of trustworthy cricketing heroes, then we can not put the fault for this with one person. Afridi tried his level best to turn the tide against corrupt-to-the-core PCB chairman, his cronies, the powerful-hungry coaching and administrative staff as well as our crooked and disgraceful match-fixing players, but he failed.

    IMO, Afridi should be given his due credit for atleast standing up to this powerful and dishonest group, because prior to him we have seen many honest players/ captains/ coaches being dismantled by this very lot and no one could do anything about it. The examples of Younis Khan, Yousuf, Razzaq and countless other talented players are before. Do we fans really want a similar end to Shahid Afridi ❓ I say NO.

    It is so obvious that all the Pakistani cricket fans and some international fans of Pakistani cricket wanted Afridi to ‘somehow’ remove Ijazz Butt from PCB, but we have to understand the irony that if the President of Pakistan, the Prime Minister, including the Sports Minister, Senators, MPAs, the ICC, and millions and millions of cricket-crazy fans can not do anything to remove this guy then what can poor Afridi do about it ❓

    Simply put, Afridi has continuously performed to the best of his abilities on the field but not so off-field. We fans have to understand, accept and live with the fact that Afridi is a cricket player and a damn good one at that, but he is not a diplomat. So we should see him on cricket ground rather then on streets and in courts.

  4. #4 by Pawan on June 20, 2011 - 3:01 PM

    My question to all Pakistan cricket fans is this –

    Is Afridi the Gayle of Pakistan?

    There is startling similarity between Gayle and Afridi, both have been rebutted by their country boards, both have been excellent match winners for their respective countries, both have indicated their desire to play cricket and good cricket be it for any league or club and not just the country, both have shown their disinclination towards test cricket, both have had tremendous support from their fans and both are immensely popular in their respective country.

    However, the only difference between Gayle and Afridi is that Gayle has stood by his morals and his principals. I am not quite so sure about Afridi – he might however been under high political pressure – as indicated by Javed Khan in his several posts.

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 20, 2011 - 5:32 PM


    Afridi has much better records in bowling and batting 300 plus wickets, 6000 plus runs, only the third player in the world to achieve after Jayasuriya and Kallis.
    He also holds the highest number of sixes world record, plus fastest hundred and second fastest hundred, 100/37 against Sri Lanka when they were WC champions and 100/42 against India.
    But he also has two other incidents which Gayle could not achieve them, Pitch scuffing and Ball biting. As regards pitch scuffing if anyone has the video just before it happened, can see that Shoaib Malike enticed him to do that he did it like an idiot.

    Pathans are more headstrong people than Kalay Bhais, when Afridi gets hot headed he cannot control his emotions. When Pathans get more educated they control a lot of their emotions in certain situations and still they are not weak people, they react.

    More and more reliable sources are confirming that Afridi was politically pressurized to accept that deal and Butt got the pleasure of fining him heavily. The Butt regime remains till Zardari rules.

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 20, 2011 - 5:32 PM


    Afridi has much better records in bowling and batting 300 plus wickets, 6000 plus runs, only the third player in the world to achieve after Jayasuriya and Kallis.
    He also holds the highest number of sixes world record, plus fastest hundred and second fastest hundred, 100/37 against Sri Lanka when they were WC champions and 100/42 against India.

    But he also has two other incidents which Gayle could not achieve them, Pitch scuffing and Ball biting. As regards pitch scuffing if anyone has the video may please see that just before it happened, see that Shoaib Malik enticed him to do that he did it like an idiot.

    Pathans are more headstrong people than Kalay Bhais, when Afridi gets hot headed he cannot control his emotions. When Pathans get more educated they control a lot of their emotions in certain situations and still they are not weak people, they react.

    More and more reliable sources are confirming that Afridi was politically pressurized to accept that deal and Butt got the pleasure of fining him heavily. The Butt regime remains till Zardari rules.

  7. #7 by Pawan on June 20, 2011 - 5:58 PM


    I know I have said it before, but I will say it again – when will it be that Pakistan cricket will be free of such unwanted publicity.
    There always is an incident, a problem with Pakistan, why?
    I’ve followed cricket a lot and just like any normal person have loved Pakistan teams for the sheer joy of talent in it.
    But for the last 3-4 years, there has been so much turmoil that it is hard to fathom how much of it has happened.

    My question is why and how does Pakistan come up with one idiocy after the other?
    Do you think Pakistan is the victim of any external force or is it that the internal politics is destroying it?

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 20, 2011 - 7:00 PM


    First of all, the Pakistani team needs some real good education to behave like decent sensible citizens when they go aboad and I have been raving and ranting this for the last 7-8 years on various blogs and even on Pakspin on cricinfo. I was criticized, laughed, ridiculed by some real paindoos who think education has nothing to do with cricket. Ignorance is bliss and, I kept telling them that if you are better educated then you can improve your game better, Javed Miandad is an exception but, as an ambassador of the country an educated player is expected to represent the country better than a paindoo, uneducated and uncouth player. The moment they go abroad and see the Goris and they get off their pants, drool all over and also want to acquire money by hook or by crook and wants to eat, drink and even do drugs. We have so many examples and no need to mention names.

    Secondly, the PCB is so full of uncouth administrators who have no knowledge or even the basic know-how to run an important organization like that in a professional manner, they consider it as a cash-cow and want to milk it, squeeze it and even get the shit outta it. Ijaz Butt has crossed all the limits, if I was the “President of Pakistan I would have NEVER appointed him as the CEO of the PCB, may not even be a peon or a doorman but, this is unfortunate the people who run the whole organization and the selection process are uncouth and crude. This organization needs complete overhauling and cleaning. A professional needs to run the organization and it should be free from Government involvement Zardari should not be anywhere near it, not even anywhere near the country.

    Thirdly, the constitution and bylaws must be written down by a team of lawyers and professionals and approved by independent bodies and there must be no exception to the rules. However, the rules may not be lopsided as well, players should not be kicked out just like that, after all it is the players who bring the revenue and not that idiot Ijaz Butt.

    To answer your last question, Pakistan is not a victim of any external force but internally they are all a bunch of idiots who cannot handle the industry called cricket. They have already destroyed and damaged the game of cricket and if they remain in power they will ruin the game forever.

  9. #9 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 20, 2011 - 11:21 PM


    Pakistan to play England, SL series in UAE

    Dubai cricket stadium.—File photo

    LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to play its home series against Sri Lanka and England in the UAE.

    Sources told Dawn that all the Tests, One-day Internationals and T20 matches of both the series will be held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

    Earlier, Sri Lanka had shown the consent to travel to Pakistan for the series but after the attack on the naval base in Karachi they were forced to reconsider their decision. Their refusal forced the PCB to think about neutral venues.

    “Now Sri Lanka will play three Tests, five ODIs and one T20 in the UAE and similarly, England will also come to the UAE to play three Tests and five ODIs. The number of T20 matches against England is yet to be finalised. It may be one or two,” sources said.

    “The decision to host the two teams in the UAE was taken after Dubai and Abu Dhabi cricket authorities offered us some good packages, making the series profitable,” the sources said.

    Sri Lanka is due to play the series in October-November this year while the Englishmen are to face Pakistan in January-February next year.

    “We had the offer from both Sri Lanka and England to play the home series in their countries, but the PCB preferred the UAE as it will help us taking home advantage by preparing favourable wickets.

    “Furthermore, the PCB also estimates a big profit in the UAE,” the sources said.

    The agreements with the two countries clearly indicate that the international cricket cannot return to Pakistan in near future.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2011 - 3:25 AM

    Sri Lanka has debts of more than $15 million after World Cup

    Many questions remain unanswered in Afridi’s case
    By Emmad Hameed | From the Newspaper
    afridi, shahid afridi, afridi retirement, pcb, pakistan cricket board

    Shahid Afridi. —AFP photo

    KARACHI: While the raging dispute between Shahid Afridi and the Pakistan Cricket Board has come to a close, the governing body of the game in Pakistan has succeeded in avoiding many important and pertinent questions which were raised during the last two weeks.

    This was stated by Mehmood Mandviwalla who appeared as counsel for Shahid Afridi in the case.

    Mehmood felt that the main question is whether there is a link between the grant of the NOC to play for Hampshire with the disciplinary proceedings since the ICC clearly lays down the guidelines for refusal of NOC by a home board.

    “The question is whether the PCB follows such guidelines or again uses its own judgement to grant, refuse or take away an NOC that has already been given,” Mehmood pointed out.

    He added that the ICC recognises that players have a fundamental right to earn a living and hence cannot be deprived of an NOC by a home board and that an NOC is only a guarantee that the player should remain available to play for the national side and the player’s fitness should not be comprised while playing county cricket.

    He further stated that the PCB does not appear to have a permanent disciplinary committee and it functions on a need-basis with excessive authority that is delegated to them.




  11. #11 by Mohammed Munir on June 21, 2011 - 8:16 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Yes, I am really happy and shall be looking forward to Pakistan’s series against Sri Lank and England in UAE (Dubai/ Abu Dhabi).

    BUTT as you always say, there are many a slips between the cup and lips. 😉

    The problem is that with PCB, nothing is confirmed and the entire process is on ad-hoc basis. After the initial news about both these being played in UAE, there recently was a news that PCB is considering playing in Zimbabwe, and now again UAE is confirmed. So you see, how hard it really is to plan with PCB schedule.

    BTW, October/ November and then January/ February are the best months for cricket in UAE as the weather is great for outdoor activities. In fact starting from October and right upto April we have good weather, with minimal rain interruptions.

    On Afridi and Butt’s love/ hate relationship and Afridi saying that he will not appeal against the fines/ penalties. Well, I think Afridi may not even actually pay the PkRs: 4.500 Million fines and there is a chance that this all may be an eye-wash just to satisfy the Butt’s big ego and show the world how powerful PCB is.

  12. #12 by Mohammed Munir on June 21, 2011 - 8:26 AM

    India Vs West Indies …

    Is anyone following this ❓

    Since many top Indian players are not playing and also some West Indians like Chris Gayle are not included so the overall interest is not much. Even our Indian bloggers doesn’t seem much interested, as Pawan, Varun, etc. have not discussed anything about this series.

    BTW, so Indian team is following their cousins, Pakistan, in this series. India won the first T20, which Pakistan lost, but from then on, Indian won the first 3 ODIs and lost the next 2, same like Pakistan did. I look West Indies plays better after loosing the ODI series. 😉

    Now that their first Test has started, India is also being ‘dussed’ by none other then Bichhoo. 😆 So it’s only the Pakistani players who were having problems with Bishoo but the same goes for the ‘spin-specialist’ Indian batters, which explains Bishoo’s performance in the game.

    I don’t think India can afford to loose the first Test and draw the series like Pakistan did, because they are much better side than West Indies. So they have to bounce-back and try to grab both the Tests.

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2011 - 8:36 AM


    Yeah we were discussing the same with our friends that the fines imposed on Afridi is just an eyewash because, in the past no one has paid such hefty fines, remember Actor’s fines? About the weather in the UAE, you are telling me? 😀 You know during my more than 2 decades of staying in Dubai it was only in 1996 from July 22-24th for the first time (and probably the last time) it rained for 2 days in Dubai, rain in July was unheard but, it happened and I remember it because, that year in summer we didn’t go anywhere because a few months prior to that we had spent over a month in KSA i.e., because we went for our Hajj and those friends who were abroad in July when they came back from holidays did not believe us when we told them about the rain.

    I dunno if you remember the famous HAILSTORM in Dubai in April 1981? The Baddooz got a shock of their life and were saying : HAZA QAHAR MIN ALLAH. because they never saw so much hail in fact they never saw any hail in their life. The Dubai Sharjah highway used to be a vacant land it became a graveyard for cars as some of the cars, including a Toyota Coaster Bus rolled over for over 200 meters on the right side of the highway when you go from Al Mullah RA towards Al Khan RA. The cars in the showrooms were so badly damaged after the tin sheds blew away that every single car had dents and we used to say these cars have METAL POX like Chicken pox. And, were later sold for Dh. 5000 less still people did not buy them.

    In Hamriya more than 2000 sheep died after being hit by hailstorm and in front of the Al Ghurair City there were more than 6 feet high piles of hail that accumulated after hitting the building walls, so it was very shocking for them. On that day luckily I was stuck in Sharjah and our friends kept saying, you go after this storm is over and we stayed back and our car was safe, it was parked between two big buildings had we parked on the street it would have got metal pox too. In 1997 April, there were floods in Dubai and even 4 wheel drives were getting stuck while crossing the underpass and tunnels so, we have seen quite a few incidents in Dubai during our stay.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2011 - 8:44 AM

    HOW COME MOHAMMAD ASAF WILL PLAY FOR FAISLABAD WOLVES? The PCB has announced squads for the upcoming super eight T20 and along with Shoaib Malik whose case is still under investigation and Asif who is banned is included in this domestic tournament under the patronage of the BUTTCB

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2011 - 8:46 AM


    Who is Dravid and Laxman? Are they some kinda novice players or test discarded players? I reckon these two names are good enough for any test team in the world.

    BTW among the few other bad habits you have one of them is you don’t read emails. 😀

  16. #16 by Mohammed Munir on June 21, 2011 - 11:38 AM

    LOL @ BTW among the few other bad habits you have one of them is you don’t read emails.

    Well, all I can say about my ‘bad habits’ is that “you aint seen nothin yet”, my friend. 😉

    I will check my emails soon. BTW, I will be out of office for two days Wednesday/ Thursday (Derivatives seminar) and then I will have my weekend Friday & Saturday. So we will meet next week, Inshallah.

    On the Hailstrom, yes it really was a Qahar-min-Allah, and I can relate to most of your expereinces above. Thoese flying tin-shed (chinkoos) were the most dangerous and when they fly in air they work as flying swords. I guess few peoples got killed due to those and many got injuries.

    About Dravid & Luxy, well whoever they are, they too were “Dussed” by the famous ‘Bichhoo’. 😉

  17. #17 by Pawan on June 21, 2011 - 12:27 PM


    I’ve been following the WI vs. Ind test series as I have some free time on my hands right now.
    But I thought none of you guys might be interested in it, so didn’t really comment.
    In the last thread I had asked a question regarding the views of bloggers on Indian team resting many star players for an international series like WI, but no one answered.

    Regarding Bishoo, I think he is just garam hawa.
    Laxman, Dravid and Dhoni were clearly out of practice.
    Their dismissals were soft dismissals and nothing special about the ball or the bowler.
    Harbhajan and Raina took him apart after that.
    So much so that his confidence was dented and he was removed from the attack.

    When he was brought back just before lunch, WI thought now he had a chance.
    But even the last over before lunch, Raina hit him for 2 consecutive boundaries and Harbhajan slogged a six.
    If you look at his rate, it is more than 6 runs per over.

    Today India will need wickets, and early wickets.
    The ball is spinning and you don’t want to bat to save your ass on 4 and 5th day.
    Mishra is bowling well. I love the way he tosses up the ball.
    He is to me one of the highlights of this series.
    He is a much better and accomplished bowler than pappu Chawla.
    Chawla needs to mature more at domestic circuit before he makes to the national team.

    However, today I am looking forward to Mishra’s bowling, even if he doesn’t get wickets, he has this uncanny knack of troubling batsman.
    He is a much much better bowler than garam hawa Bishoo.

  18. #18 by Pawan on June 21, 2011 - 12:39 PM


    Continuing onto where we left our discussion on Pakistan cricket.
    I don’t believe how long can a country have this self-destruct policy.
    Someone has to look into it. Why is it that all the different groups like Punjabis, Pathans, etc cannot live together in peace?

    I believe there are such kind of groups everywhere in the world, including India.
    In fact India has so much diversity that i doubt any country in the world can come close to it in terms of diversity.
    So why is the in-fighting in Pakistan so much intense?
    and more importantly what is the solution to this?

    The only example that comes to my mind where the Pakistan team played as a team is Imran’s WC team.
    Imran did a phenomenal job of uniting the team under one single solid aim of winning the WC for the nation Pakistan.

    WTH is Butt doing as the PCB chairman?
    It is high time Butt should be removed, if not thrown out.
    It should have been done right after the attack on SL team.

    A democratic governance is so important for a country to sustain and survive.
    Look at Zardari – its a total gundaraaj under his regime.

    I personally don’t think Pakistan cricket can survive if Imran Khan doesn’t come into power either as a President or as a Chairman of PCB.

  19. #19 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2011 - 4:34 PM


    I am not following any form of cricket these days because both India and Pakistan have sent their weakest teams to the West Indies, especially India has sent their weakest team for the ODI but, for test matches, the inclusion of Dhoni, Dravid and Laxman they are pretty decent with Raina, Kohli and Vijay if a player like Harbhajan can smack them you can guess their opposition. Bichoo is an over-rated and over-hyped player and Pakistan deserves that credit for making him a great prospects for the WI, they made so many mediocre bowlers into Champions like Mendis is one of them.

    In my opinion had Pakistan included Mohammad Yousuf in the ODI team along with Fawad Alam, they would have been better off than having an idiot like Misbah.

    As regards your question why the Punjabis, Pathans, Sindhis, Baluchis and Mohajirs are fighting and why not living in peace together? The problem is not with the people but, the leaders and politicians they pitch them up against each other to gain their political motives. Zardari is a Kameena Insaan, even calling him Insaan is an insult to humanity. As long as he is there, he sure will be till the end of the term because, the US wants him, he is doing everything what they want and Gen. Kiyani is the biggest IMPOTENT GENERAL in the history of Pakistan. He has agreed to keep quiet when the US is attacking Pakistanis with drone attacks and killing hundreds of innocent people this MF is sitting with his tail between his legs. At least during Musharraf’s time there was not a single drone attack and it was during his time the economy was at its best.

    Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif
    as opposition leaders are doing nothing in getting rid of Zardari because, they have a similar agenda and they want to tell the masses that when we come into power we will also rule for the full 5 years term and no one should try to remove us. Nawaz Sharif also plays the regional card in dividing the nation, he distributed pamphlets all over punjab with the title, “JAAG PUNJABI JAAG.” That Chief Justice MF Chaudhry is now doing nothing whereas, he was against Musharraf and was leading marches on the streets.

    As regards Imran Khan he is like ANDHAON MAY KAANA RAJA, I don’t see him as a man of substance and depth, he is just a mediocre and he keeps negating his own statements every now and then. Some people think that he is the only hope for Pakistan! That is not true, he may be a better replacement to Zardari but, not a perfect politician or a leader. As they say he is honest, which I don’t know for sure but, to say honesty is the BEST quality for a leader, I don’t agree with that notion, honesty is a prerequisite for every individual, if one is not honest then he is not a right person especially he has no right to be a leader.


    When I started typing this comment the West Indies were 85/2 and now they are caving in 95/4.

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2011 - 4:43 PM

    Today, June 21, 2011 is the longest day of the year, from tomorrow until Dec. 21 every day will be shorter than the preceding day. In my life twice on this day I flew from London to Canada and the day never seemed to be ending. I love long days and hate the short ones. In December it is dark even before the sunset if it is a cloudy day and from 3:30 p.m. onwards you start feeling as if the night has fallen. The day starts around 7:45 a.m. even with the day light savings time it is still a horrendous hour to be up in that kinda darkness. These days the Fajr here is at 3:30 a.m. So, come the month of Ramadan which is starting in August and in a few years it will also be in June, the fasting days would be like never ending days!

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2011 - 4:48 PM


    PCB issues notices to Umer Akmal, Hafeez

    LA’HORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued show-cause notices to Test cricketers Umer Akmal and Muhammad Hafeez for talking to the media, Geo News reported.

    The cricketers are accused of talking to the media without the consent of the PCB, which is a violation of the board’s code of conduct.

    Recently, the PCB had also issued notices to former captain Shahid Afridi, chief selector Mohsin Khan, selector Mohammaed Ilyas, KCCI secretary Ijaz Farooqui and captain of the women’s team Sana Mir.

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 21, 2011 - 4:49 PM


  23. #23 by Pawan on June 21, 2011 - 5:49 PM

    Javed Khan

    Often lamenting about WI cricket, people forget that they are a bunch of nations – Jamaica, T&T, Guyana, etc put together.
    Years ago they initiated this move to play together as one team and that must be commended.
    Pakistan especially should take a cue from WI.
    No doubt there are differences between these nations, but at least they have made all the effort to be together.

    The biggest shame Pakistan cricket has been imposed at this moment – again courtesy country politics – is no one ready to tour Pakistan.
    WI being much smaller in area and population than Pakistan is at least safe to play.

    Just recently I heard PCB was considering playing in Zimbabwe for its “home series”.
    That is the most ridiculous piece of news I’ve heard.
    Zimbabwe is like a Jungle Raj ruled by Mugabo.
    PCB cannot go lower than this.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 22, 2011 - 2:59 AM


    I agree with you on the islands of the Caribbean staying together and playing as one country for the last so many years is indeed commendable. Pakistan cannot learn from anyone unless the level of education is improved in Pakistan too much ignorance, uncouthness and arrogance, too many political parties, too many fractions and divisions, they need a real DANDA and the nation can only learn from a Danda. But, even the army is corrupt and have no significant role to play except for coming into power by imposing martial law and then getting corrupt with the time.

    As regards playing in Zimbabwe have you not read Munir’s comments? He said, the PCB announces its loud thinking through the media before consulting the other country. They did not even consult the SL team or its administrators and invited them to play in Pakista and the irony is BUTT MC had not yet apologized to the SL, nation, team or their board neither officially nor personally and he has the audacity to invite them again and I am glad they refused, they should have called him to SL and slapped him on his face and spat on his Butt and then told him to EFFOFF.

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 22, 2011 - 3:04 AM

    I TOLD YOU SO…………………………………………………

    International cricket not over, says Afridi

    KARACHI: Former Pakistani skipper Shahid Khan Afridi has said that his international cricket is not over, adding that he would play for national team after improvement of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) management.

    Talking to Geo News on Tuesday, Afridi said, “Pakistan is my identity and whatever I am today is because of this country.”

    He said when your surrounding environment was not healthier then you could not enjoy the game you were playing.

    Afridi said that preparation for World T20 should be started from now. He added that the national team required batsmen, bowlers and a new wicket keeper.

  26. #26 by Pawan on June 22, 2011 - 1:33 PM

    All my co-bloggers,

    I came across this video footage made by Channel 4, UK about civil war between government of SL and Tamil rebels.
    This is perhaps the most HORRENDOUS video I have ever witnessed.
    To me, Sri-Lankan Government has to be BANNED. Along with the SL cricket team.

    There are no words to describe this brutal crime…
    **CAUTION** Watch when alone – this footage contains brutal scenes not suitable for children.

    Please do watch.

  27. #27 by Konquest on June 22, 2011 - 4:33 PM

    Quotes from Afridi’s latest interview:

    “Waqar is a nice guy, but he has some bad qualities. He can be quite short tempered. Sometimes he does not discuss issues. Some players complain about him, saying that he does not provide the team with a plan.”

    “Ijaz Butt has always supported me but some of his colleagues have backbited about me.”

    “Imran Bhai has supported me a lot.”

    “I respect Abdul Qadir but cricket was very different in his era. Guys like Zaheer Abbas, they don’t know what I have gone through.”

    “Razzaq told me there was no substance in Zulqernain Haider’s claims, it was all a drama.”

    “I don’t need to mention the names of the players involved in betting- the countrymen know about those players, the cricket fans are not stupid.”

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 25, 2011 - 3:52 PM

    Ijaz Butt to go on leave after attending ICC meetings


  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 25, 2011 - 3:56 PM


    Its gruesome, I stopped watching it after 20 minutes.

  30. #30 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 25, 2011 - 4:01 PM


    DRS technology expensive, unreliable – Niranjan Shah

    News : DRS, World Cup 2015 format top agenda
    News : DRS has to be totally error-free – Srinivasan

    BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah has criticised the Decision Review System (DRS) in its present form, saying it offers marginal gains for a technology that is exorbitant and not error-free…………more….

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 25, 2011 - 4:24 PM

    Sri Lanka cruised to an easy 9 wicket victory over England in the 17th over in the first T20, both Sanga and Jaya played solidly

  32. #32 by Mohammed Munir on June 27, 2011 - 4:35 AM

    Buttology … Well even makes sense when it comes to UDRS. 😉

    “We really don’t know why India is opposing the DRS,” Butt had said prior to his departure for Hong Kong. “They must have their reasons but as far as we are concerned, we are satisfied with the impact it has had so far in Test and ODI cricket, and we felt the World Cup was a good example of this system working and getting better in future”.

    Butt reminds me of a joke:

    A husband comes home and wife in her usual way starts shouting and cursing all his friends.

    Husband gets frustrated and say, “Well Janoo, I don’t know why you hate all my friends, whereas Mein Tu Tumhari Sari Saahailiyoun Pey Jaan Daita Hoon”. 😉

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 27, 2011 - 5:15 PM


    A husband comes home after a long period of time because he was working on a project in another country. He finds his wife pregnant and got mad, he asks her, WHICH OF MY FRIENDS DID THIS? The wife gets even madder and says, DO YOU THINK I DON’T HAVE ANY FRIENDS?

  34. #34 by Mohammed Munir on June 29, 2011 - 4:42 AM

    Afridi burst puts Hampshire top

    Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi was on song again as Hampshire surged to the top of the Friends Life t20 South Group with a 35-run win over Sussex at the Rose Bowl.

    Afridi opened the innings and hit 29 off 17 balls as Hampshire mustered 126 for 8 in their 20 overs, then took three quick wickets as Sussex collapsed from a position of authority.

    When Hampshire batted they struggled against the spin of Monty Panesar and Ollie Rayner, with Afridi’s innings, which included two fours and two sixes, making him top scorer. Umar Gul and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan also took two wickets each at the death as Hampshire struggled to put a decent score together.

    Their cause looked lost despite Sussex losing opener Chris Nash at 20 but it all changed when Afridi came on to bowl. In his first over he dismissed Vincent and Luke Wright and Sussex never recovered.

    Hampshire’s victory came with 13 balls to spare as Afridi finished with figures of three for 10 from three overs. Tahir took 3 for 13 from his four-over allotment.

    Bohat Bari Laa^nat Hai Bhai, PCB Aur iJazz Butt Kay Ooper. 😉

  35. #35 by Mohammed Munir on June 29, 2011 - 5:58 AM

    Pawan …

    Sorry I could not reply to your comments earlier, as had been a bit busy with my (and family) traveling plans.

    I have seen the video you pasted above and you are absolutely right that it was totally inhumane to see uniformed soldiers carrying those heartless crimes against majority of civilians, including women, kids and aged and still worst was that their government was supporting them and covering their asses.

    Although, Sri Lanka is in Asia but I didn’t have enough interest/ knowledge of their situation prior to watching this video. I have a few Sri Lankan colleagues and I discussed this issue with them, and I was really shocked when my colleagues told that these crimes were nothing to what the Tamil Tigers were doing there and that TTL killed more Tamils than the Sri Lankan army did. One guy informed me that TTL were purposefully hiding among the civilians and used kids and women as ‘human-shields’, and he also said that at times TTL rebels tied bombs to these civilians and sent them over to military camps, so when army tried to save them the bombs exploded and killed many soldiers.

    Anyways, it’s all very unfortunate that so many innocent human lives were taken on both sides; however, the true irony is that many TTL leaders, who used to give cyanide-capsules to these rebels to commit suicide rather then being captured by army, never took cyanide themselves and preferred to surrender to the army rather than committing suicide and die with honour.

    Although there is no comparison in misery, but the relatively comfortable situation was that the whole thing was rather quick and has completely ended now. What I mean to say is that there are many more countries where the civilians are suffering for years and years and we don’t see an end in sight to their horrendous plight. I am referring to the Palestinians, Iraqi, Kashmiri, Afghani and many other civilians who are all suffering endless atrocities for one reason or another, and even the powerful Western media seems least interested in their situation. Similarly, there are unlimited peoples living the life of misery and scarcity in Africa, Far East as well as Central Asia, South America etc. etc.

    And we still have the face to call this a Civilized World. 😦

    PS: I also wanted to write about India/ West Indies second Test, but after the above comment. I think I will write that later.

  36. #36 by Mohammed Munir on June 29, 2011 - 8:31 AM

    Pawan …

    India having comfortably won the first Test is placed well in the series, however, the second Test again started with the similar weaker Indian show. Although, you think Bishoo may be a ‘Garam Hawa’, but let me tell, I think this smooth-operator surely have something in him because yesterday again Bichhoo stung three Indian batsmen on an opening day, and that included the prized wicket of Lukshy. 😉

    A team with batting lineup as impressive as India’s getting all out for 201 in Test is not a good news, but I think Indians later came back into the match as WI was 30 for 3.

    WI team is in real mess, they generally start their games well but they can not maintain their advantages and the end for them is mostly terrible.

    BTW, there are Konquest & Javed Khan these days ❓

  37. #37 by Mohammed Munir on June 29, 2011 - 8:32 AM

    there = where 😉

  38. #38 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 29, 2011 - 5:03 PM


    I have been busy like you but, in a slightly different way and also feeling a bit sluggish. Konquest, I dunno what happened to him! Hope he is fine and comes back to write here on the blog.

    Good to see Afridi hitting form and yes it is a BIG SLAP on BBB Big Bayghairat Butt.

  39. #39 by Mohammed Munir on June 29, 2011 - 6:20 PM

    LOL @ BBB.

    That is what he really is, A BBB for sure.

  40. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 30, 2011 - 10:52 AM

    MS Dhoni said: “if the correct decisions were made, the game would have finished much earlier and I would have been in the hotel by now.”

    How come Dhoni gets away without any punishment? Is it because he is too rich, too famous or, is he above the law? I have seen him showing arrogance and attitude and even taunting and being sarcastic to his own board and to the umpires and no action is taken against him and why? Is it because the BCCI is too big and too strong? Whatever it is, it seems rather unfair for other players who are being punished ONLY for reacting against umpiring decisions and players like Dhoni and Ponting are ignored by the boards and the ICC. BTW, Dhoni’s own batting performance is zilch against the mediocre bowling of West Indies bowlers.

    In the wake of Dhoni’s criticism, umpire Daryl Harper has stepped down, whereas Asoka D’ Silva kept on umpiring at international level despite giving some real pathetic decisions and now he has been removed from the elite panel of the ICC umpires list.

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 30, 2011 - 10:58 AM

    ICC gives boards two years to fall in line



    I shall be glad when the President of Pakistan will no more be involved in cricket and no Chairman or board member is appointed on ad-hoc basis to run the organization on their whims and wishes and personal likes and dislikes or, on the basis of regional bias. That will be THE DAY in Pakistan cricket.

  42. #42 by Pawan on June 30, 2011 - 3:09 PM


    The video I posted was a brutal one guys.
    I apologize if it was unwatchable.
    It just blew me away and then just couldn’t control sharing it with you guys.

    I agree with you Munir that it could be because the tigers have treated Lanka even worse.
    At this time I guess we don’t have enough info to comment.
    But just from the point of humanity, the Lankan govt has done very wrong and lost my respect.

  43. #43 by Pawan on June 30, 2011 - 3:13 PM


    You are right on money to point out who is MS Dhoni to criticize the umpire and get away with it.
    In fact the umpire in question decided not to stand in his LAST test match.

    As far as I remember however, Dhoni had been slapped on hand by BCCI for commenting on selection sometime ago.
    However, you are right in point out that BCCI is really exercising their might here.
    With power comes responsibility, I just hope BCCI stops the misuse of power otherwise it will fall like a pack of cards.

  44. #44 by Pawan on June 30, 2011 - 3:14 PM


    We miss your views over here.
    You should post your views every now and then whenever you get time.

    Same goes with Varun and newguy.

  45. #45 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 1, 2011 - 4:30 AM

    Yo Guys! This is space shuttle cockpit, take a look at the panoramic view:

  46. #46 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 1, 2011 - 2:13 PM

    Dear friends;

    This is a copy paste of an excerpt from cricinfo, please read it and REMEMBER about the TENDULKAR incident in the 2011 WORLD CUP……. and think whether it was possible or not?

    Dhoni had chipped a catch to mid-on off Fidel Edwards in the 59th over. After Dhoni completed the stroke, the on-field umpire Ian Gould signalled that the bowler had overstepped and then asked the third umpire Gregory Brathwaite to verify the decision. The replays showed that Edwards had a good portion of his foot behind the crease, prompting Brathwaite to deem it a legitimate delivery, and Dhoni was ruled out.

    It later emerged that Brathwaite had been shown the wrong replay and that the delivery that led to Dhoni’s dismissal should have been called a no-ball.

    “The host broadcaster for this series, IMG Media, acknowledged the mistake and has apologised,” Broad said. “Having looked into the situation, I am satisfied it was an unfortunate but honest mistake in what is a tense and live environment.”

  47. #47 by Salman on July 1, 2011 - 11:01 PM

    Delivery strides of the same bowler look almost identical. If I show you delivery strides of all the balls bowled in one over you wouldn’t know which one was 1st ball and which one was 6th, so if the 3rd umpire was shown the replay of a delivery stride of a different ball he wouldn’t know.

    However, replays of batsman playing a shot are not as similar and if a different replay is shown to the 3rd umpire, he will easily pick that it was the wrong replay. Though improbable, It is certainly possible, for eg if a batsman is playing a forward defensive prod to all the deliveries and if all the deliveries landed in much the same spot, one can get confused in between the defensive prods because they all look identical.

    Your Tendulkar argument is not on firm ground. I admit, that to the naked eye it looked very very close and a similar LBW given a decade ago (before “Hawk Eye” days) would be easily accepted. IMO the technology probably got it wrong in Tendulkar’s case and he was therefore lucky. But these things happen in Cricket (DRS or no DRS) and in the end everything balances out. Tendulkar has been at the end of many bad decisions in the past and that day he was lucky. But a good team will will usually get their man sooner or later and we would not be talking about this if any of his
    catches were taken.

  48. #48 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 2, 2011 - 1:21 AM

    Salman, I agree with your argument on delivery strides of same bowler in the same over and, as to which was the ball that was shown to the third umpire, so the point is to investigate whether the technician really got it wrong or, was it a deliberate ruse? Once again it is a matter of trust of all the people who are involved in decision making.

    Many years ago there were no neutral umpires and the umpiring was definitely biased, at that time no one was agreeing with the concept which Imran Khan raised about neutral umpires but, now it is an unacceptable thing to have only home umpires in international matches. Similarly, I wonder why India is so reluctant on technology by opposing DRS? There are hardly one or two instances or decisions where they were on the wrong end. Does that mean India should always oppose DRS ? And i.e., just because of their financial muscle in the ICC.

    As regards Tendulkar, he was also judged very fairly on many occasions for e.g., a few years ago in Malaysia when India played against Australia in the final of that ODI series, the ball hit Tendulkar’s shoulder and it was wicketkeeper Hailey or Haddin, he caught it and appealed and Tendulkar was given out, but as he was walking the umpire had a second thought and asked the third umpire and changed his decision and called Tendulkar back and the umpire was Mark Benson from the UK. Ricky Ponting was not happy for calling Tendulkar back and he came running to the umpire under protest and said, “You are a disgrace to umpiring,” No action was taken against Ponting because the umpire did not report it to the match referee, (brotherhood).

    And, yes I do agree with the point that: “a good team will will usually get their man sooner or later and we would not be talking about this if any of his catches were taken.” Pakistan’s ace players like Misbah, Younus Khan and the Akmals are to be blamed for dropping so many catches of Tendulkar in the WC 2011 semifinal.

  49. #49 by Mohammed Munir on July 3, 2011 - 7:55 AM

    Salman / Javed Khan …

    I have been reading your discussions on the UDRS with interest, however, unfortunately I am tied-up with several things and could not contribute myself on this.

    Anyways, there is another angle, which I think we are all missing is that the overall umpire’s on-field (live) decisions may also get influenced by several intangible factors i.e. stature of the player (which in case of Tendulkar is very very high, remember Steve Buckner storey?), host-country (home-grounds) advantage, Boards Authority (BCCI was ready to cancel their Australian tour half-way through unless Harbhajan was forcefully cleared of any racist remarks), crowd power, the gora/ kala issue where umpires from SA/ UK/ NZ/ AUS “may” have any differences with Asian teams (e.g. Darrel Hair episodes), etc.

    Now we all know that cricket is such sensitive game that one, just one, wrong decision for whatever reasons can completely change the complexion and outcome of the game, not only so but sometimes of the entire series/ tournaments. As such, even these so-called intangible factors can play very villainous roles.

    UDRS, if applied, can appropriately tackle all these issues and nullifies any undue advantages which one team may have over another.

  50. #50 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 3, 2011 - 4:19 PM


    I think more than Hawk Eye alone, it is THE HOT SPOT technology that is needed in all international matches be it, tests, ODI’s or T20’s they must implement it. And, I do agree with all of your above comments that influence the umpires.


    Konquest has been very busy @ work these days and he told me earlier that he has a lot of work pressure coming in the month of June and July, so please excuse him for not responding., He is one of those people who cannot stop himself from commenting, but job and career are more important at times and that is with ALL of us. So, please bear his absence for a little while more. As regards Varun, he went to India and got himself very busy, and I won’t blame him. And, newguy I think he commented a lot during the WC and after that his quota got over and he needs a break, he even had some debates with Konquest but, that shouldn’t be keeping him away from the blog. I am sure he will be back when India plays England in England.

  51. #51 by JAVED A. KHAN on July 5, 2011 - 4:57 PM

    We have a new thread on Danish Kaneria’s brave action, please comment there, THANK YOU.

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