THE HURRICANE THAT DESTROYED CRICKET AND BEYOND

THE CROOKS, CULPRITS AND CRIMINALS

THE CROOKS, CULPRITS AND CRIMINALS

THE HURRICANE called BAAM (Butt, Asif, Aamir & Majeed) destroyed the game of cricket and damaged its reputation beyond repairs.  It will be for the first time in the history of cricket that cricket players shall be sentenced to jail for the act they committed on the ground during a test match.

Pakistan has an unmatchable record for being the FIRST in almost everything and they are not just the first team in the history of cricket to be tried in a court room but, they are the first one to be jailed on a foreign soil.  For the trio, it is like a century on debut or, a ten wicket haul in one innings on a debut in a foreign country.

They have brought so much disgrace to the nation because of their lust and greed for money that they wanted to acquire money by hook or by crook and they choose both. They had no guilt, no remorse, no regret especially Salman Butt who has a perpetual smirk on his face and even till the end of the trial and up till now he looks arrogant and shows no remorse in fact he carries an attitude of “Who Cares?” on his face.

They not only deserve jail sentences but, they also deserve life bans including Aamir i.e., even if his sentence is over earlier than others and him being reportedly so young may have some cricketing career left in him, should be banned for life from playing cricket at every level.  The ICC and the PCB must impose these bans and must implement them and the PCB must confiscate the properties they built from this betting and match fixing money.

All the cricket playing nations and cricket loving blogs must be writing about these three culprits and Pakistan’s name is flying high as if the corruption, terrorism, extremism and fraudulent leadership in the country was not enough to defame the nation, this is like a feather in the cap or a medal on the chest for the people of Pakistan to proudly display it and say, we are the first and, “we are like this only.”   We will never change, we never look back, we only look forward and keep on inventing new ways in disgracing the nation at every level.

The after effects of this so-called hurricane are very devastating because,  in future there will be no more Imran Khans, MajidKhans, Javed Miadads, Hanif Mohammads and Fazal Mahmoods but, there will be abundant of Kamran Akmals, Maliks and Misbahs and Mediocre players like them. We all must pray that there shall be no more Butts, Asifs and Aamirs.  And, there should be no more IJAZ BUTTS or, even a shadow of him should be anywhere near the cricket field.

THE OTHER CULPRIT WHO OPERATES FROM BEHIND THE WICKETS

THE OTHER CULPRIT WHO OPERATES FROM BEHIND THE WICKETS

The name that Mazhar Majeed’s lawyer has referred but did not mention i.e., about the co-conspirator or partner of the crime with whom Salman Butt has discussed is a mystery.  Some people say it is Kamran Akmal and some say it is Wahab Riaz? If it is true, then it is more likely to be the former.  If there is any iota of proof against them, then they should also be punished.  How come Ramiz Raja has changed his views now? Earlier he used to have lots of sympathies for Aamir and used to defend him on account of his age and now he is saying “after the verdict” that they all should be banned for life.  Ramiz Raja, in Rome do as the “Romanians” do.  Change your views with time and tide.

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 2, 2011 - 6:57 PM

    Dear ALL: Please post your new comments here. Thanks

  2. #2 by tom on November 2, 2011 - 8:14 PM

    according to cricinfo, Justice cooke rejected a plea from aamer’s lawyer that it was an isolated, one off incident . Judge cooke said that there was ample evidence in form of text msgs to show aamer was in full contact with the fixers. Now it looks AAmer will also get stiff punishment.

    But Ill be really happy when this MF Suckmal gets punished as i feel he’s the biggest polluter. Apparently ACSU is investigating other matches as it has come to light that 4 matches on England tour were fixed.

  3. #3 by tom on November 2, 2011 - 8:23 PM

    one must say that the law breaking culture in Pakistan has permeated minds of players. You can break a traffic signal and not get caught or give a few bucks to a policeman, give mithai to govt departments and get illegal tasks done. Perhaps, players had become so confident that they msgd via mobiles with the belief that they are in a paki environment. Now they are in a state of shock and dismay as they thought that the same about courts that they would get acquitted just like in pakistan. Overall it has a been a dark day for paki ckt.

  4. #4 by tom on November 2, 2011 - 8:25 PM

    This isa what BBC says about today’s developments

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15556531

  5. #5 by tom on November 2, 2011 - 8:30 PM

    GUYS

    You claim that you were sceptical of these players and you felt that they were cheating and you discussed this on this blog. As you know I wasnt here at that point in time, so I just wanted to ask all of you

    INSPITE OF YOUR INSTINCTS, DID YOU FEEL SOMETHING OF THIS MAGNITUDE TRANSPIRING? IN YOUR WILDEST DREAMS DID YOU THOUGHT THAT ONE DAY YOU’LL SEE PAKI PLAYERS GETTING SENTENCED FOR MATCH FIXING?

  6. #6 by Ali Ahad on November 2, 2011 - 9:17 PM

    Tom – I always believe that fixing does exists in cricket when Salim Malik was accused for the Karachi test and then there are other examples 1996 quaterfinal against india, 1999 delhi test against india where jumbo takes 10 wickets although there were some bad umpiring decisions but the way the batting collapse on a final day is questionable..against bengali tigers in 1999 world cup…for that their is a clip of Capital Talk show where Hamid Mir admits that he saw the match with some MNA’s or MPA’s and they told them that Pakistan will lose.

    I guess the fake sheikh out smart every one else…

  7. #7 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 9:55 PM

    Tom

    I don’t think anyone could predict the design and method of spot fixing which was created by the fixers but Javed A Khan and I had a suspicion about certain players. I can’t explain how this suspicion developed but it is something to do with body language and arrogant smirks on the faces.

    Kamran Akmal I always thought was an idiot, I thought he was too stupid to be involved in match fixing but he has turned out to be a complete villain.

    Actually now that all these reports have surfaced, perhaps some people were right to claim that Pakistan should be banned from playing international cricket. Just how much cricket we have seen been played fairly and squarely?

  8. #8 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 9:59 PM

    Tom

    John F Kennedy:

    A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

    The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

    When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters.

  9. #9 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 10:01 PM

    Joseph Stalin:

    History shows that there are no invincible armies.

    Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns………. why should we let them have ideas?

    One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.

  10. #10 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 10:03 PM

    Lao Tzu:

    To lead the people, walk behind them.

    The journey of a thousand miles begins but with a single step.

  11. #11 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 10:06 PM

    Martin Luther King:

    A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.

    Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

  12. #12 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 10:07 PM

    Gandhi:

    An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.

    Be the change you want to see in the world.

    God has no religion.

  13. #13 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 10:18 PM

    Tom,

    Oscar Wilde, another genius. A couple of the below quotes would be better understood by British or Irish people but look how well he understood friendship, love, humanity etc.

    Women are made to be loved, not understood.

    A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.

    Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

    America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilisation in between.

    Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

    If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

    It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But… it is better to be good than to be ugly.

    Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.

    True friends stab you in the front.

    Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.

    Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.

  14. #14 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 10:23 PM

    Sigmund Freud:

    The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilisation.

  15. #15 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 10:24 PM

    Socrates:

    The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing.

  16. #16 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 10:26 PM

    Sun Tzu:

    A leader leads by example and not by force.

    All warfare is based on deception.

    The supreme art of war is to subdue your enemy without fighting.

  17. #17 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 10:29 PM

    Theodore Roosevelt:

    Keep your eyes on the stars but your feet on the ground.

    The reason why fat men are good natured is because they can neither fight nor run.

  18. #18 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 10:32 PM

    Voltaire:

    If there was no God, it would be necessary to invent him.

    Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

  19. #19 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 10:35 PM

    Winston Churchill:

    The whole history of the world can be summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.

  20. #20 by Aatma-hathya on November 2, 2011 - 10:53 PM

    Tom

    Yaar, to bribe a police officer for breaking the traffic signal (something I would not do in any event, but something which is understandable in a country like Pakistan where only a minority of drivers follow rules) should not lead to fixing matches.

    I agree that the players thought they could walk away with this because they would have got away with this in Pakistan.

  21. #21 by Stanley Rao on November 3, 2011 - 6:06 AM

    Ganguly to appear for Bengal in Ranji match against Gujarat.

  22. #22 by Mohammed Munir on November 3, 2011 - 6:44 AM


    “I am ready to play cricket either as a player or captain,” Afridi told reporters after his meeting with Ashraf. “I still have cricket left in me and a lot to offer for my country. It is always a privilege to lead the side but the captain has always been a scapegoat.”

    I think for once Shahid Afridi should keep his big mouth shut and let his performance do the talking. After all the commotion about his retirement drama and returning back, it is now due time that he contributed with a few match-winning performances on his favourite UAE grounds.

    I think, Afridi should not worry much about the captaincy and concentrate on his game, because we all know that Misbah is already 37 years old and it is only a matter of time that captaincy comes back to Shahid, but in the meanwhile, all he have to do is to show some “MATURITY”. Further, as it is, Misbah may not play T20 and so the only logical choice for captainship is Shahid.

    Welcome back and Good Luck to LALA !!

  23. #23 by Mohammed Munir on November 3, 2011 - 7:45 AM

    A fan remembering Javed Miandad and his famous Six @ Sharjah …

    From Cricinfo Commentry …

    Fahad: “Smack a six when four required of last ball. Check. Destroy a bludgeoning all rounder’s career. Check. Leave an imprint of cricketing superiority over your oppostion that would admittedly (by your opposition) last for the next 10 years. Check. Truly put one day international cricket on the world map. Check. There has never been a greater ODI innings.”

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 3, 2011 - 8:29 AM

    khansahab

    To add a quote to your long list of quotes, this one is by Oscar Wilde too (not sure) and it is very apt for Pakistan:

    “All of us are living in a gutter but, some people are gazing at the stars — and that is hope! “

  25. #25 by tom on November 3, 2011 - 8:32 AM

    A khansahab

    Breaking a traffic signal may look innocuous but it can have seirous consequences at times. Thanks for the lovely bouquet of quotes. Verdict is out today and it looks curtains for all three. Aamer doesnt look likely to get much sympathy. Infact i think players make a fortune when playing in Pakistan.

    Michael vaughan just mentioned about a test match in pakistan in 2000 where players lost wkts suspiciously on last day. Now even if a player unintentionally bowls a noball, public would consider it foul.

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 3, 2011 - 9:29 AM

    tom

    Like I have said, we are not super humans to predict the future of any player, khansahab has almost said the same thing but, in different words which I was going to write on match fixing, betting and spot fixing.

    I used to live in Dubai and I have seen how the betting used to take place while the matches were in progress, but that never crossed my mind that it will affect the result of the match. I may have been naive then but, I used to see how the famous underworld Dons used to bet, it was not just for the end result but, for every ball. “They used to signal each other by their hands, for e.g., they used to signal a four before the ball is bowled and then he would signal with both hands and open fingers like he is saying. “Next ball pay 4 marenga, rate hai 10,000 rupees or dirhams and the signal used to come with a thumbs up OK i.e., confirming the bet. That is how they had developed a sign language and used to bet openly and some people who knew this, used to show us, dekho betting kaisi chal rehi hai. I used to think its between two people or two groups and it has nothing to do with the players or the result of the game.

    But, slowly gradually players were dragged into it and players like Saleem Malik opened US dollar accounts in Dubai and used to deposit more money than what any other player would normally get, so that was the first suspicion i.e., from where this money is coming from? Wasim Akram ‘s side losing against Bangladesh and then the WC final against Australia and all of them getting out cheaply at a meager total of 130 odd runs raised further eyebrows. Before that Wasim Akram pulling out of the WC quarterfinals against India in Bangalore was a confirmation to many that he is definitely and surely involved in betting and is a puppet of the bookies. The reports confirmed that he took one crore and forty lac rupees by faking an injury 10 minutes before the start of the play that he has pulled his chest muscle, that was so stupid and childish of him to think that we will buy that story. Then the Justice Qayyum report was published in which Seem and Waqa got acquitted whereas Saleem Malik and Sandoo Jazz along with Ata got banned for life.

    All these things lead to a corrupt culture. Even at domestic level when Shoaib Malik deliberately threw a match away and when asked by Ramiz Raja why he did that? He blatantly and arrogantly admitted and blamed the other side by saying, “aap unn say poochain unho nay kya kiya?” Ramiz said, but Shoaib it is a very wrong thing and it might affect your career ‘coz some people are tipping you as the future captain of Pakistan. He said, Ramiz Bhai, Saari Omar Kon Cricket Khelta hai? Agar mai apnay Allah ko Razi ker loon tou wohi meray liyeh kafi hai? He admitted doing that on purpose in retaliation and hoping that he will make his Allah happy?

    Shahriyar Khan, the then Chairman of the PCB imposed a ban of only two ODI’s on him, it was just a slap on the wrist. We were watching Malik very closely and he was always doing something fishy and then we noticed he created groupings in the team based on regionalism in which Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt and later Misbah joined the clan or a gang and they were like a dog in the manger and their performance was pathetic and they all wanted Afridi to be out of the team like they did in England during the last series. They clearly and openly supported Abdur Rahman over Kaneria and not a single wicketkeeper from Karachi was allowed during Kamran’s tenure. The PCB officials too are involved, and my suspicion is confirmed when Zakir Khan recently told the media that the PCB gave Salman Butt a huge amount to prevent him from playing ICL. This is very serious and needs investigation.

    Akhtar despite being from Rawalpindi was clean from betting and match fixing, he has his own temper and tantrums but at least he is honest. Asif is a BIKAOO player, that Gashti called Veena squeezed him out when he was in his prime and when she herself became more famous through him, she dissed him and now acts like his mother, auntie, older sister whatever.

    Wahab Riaz became famous only during his WC when he got 5 wickets especially that of Yuvraj but, before that he was given too many chances and in one of them he conceded 89 runs in 10 overs almost breaking Ata ur Rahman’s record which were all fixed and i.e., when you are following the game, the players and their performance ALSO their comments which they so often backtrack thinking no one remembers what they had earlier said, all this makes you wonder why, why???? The only thing that comes to our mind is there is something more than what meets the eye. Slowly gradually things started unfolding and you can ask khansahab i.e., when Afridi announced his second retirement from test cricket during the English series, that is when Salman Butt took over, we both discussed this and agreed that there must be something big going on and there is a rift among the players and Afridi is not happy not only with the players but, with Waqar too.. Afridi is a ch2ya akhroat, garam mizaaj but, he is not corrupt, he is rich and his plate is full and also hails from a God fearing culture, unlike Salman Butt’s hypocrisy and dual standards.

    When Pakistan won the test match in England the other blogs were praising Salman Butt like they are praising Misbah now and condemning Afridi and wanted him to stay away from cricket and so was the media but, we were the only two who were worried about the future of Pakistan team and particularly about the other matches to be played in England and the outcome of the result and it happened exactly the way we predicted it that they lost . Obviously we were not aware of the spot fixing and we also heard it from NOTW and at first it was hard to believe that it happened but, a Pakistani team supporter I said, it is entrapment and it is not legal but, the point is, these things were going on since a long time and these people have lot of lust and greed for money, fame and celebrity status.

    On Shoaib Malik, when Afridi scuffed the pitch in Pakistan against England, if you can find a tape of that match you will see that Malik was talking to Afridi near the pitch while everyone else were at the boundary line as the play was held for a while – I don’t remember whether it was due to a gas cylinder blast or something else, but I noticed that Malik was whispering in Afridi’s ear and that Akhroat is seen nodding his head in affirmative and the next moment Malik went the other direction and Afridi the other way and he jumped over the pitch landed his foot in the middle and scuffed the pitch, the spot that he wanted to make it rough which helps the spinner to turn. Not, that he is a baby (like people are lamenting about Aamir’s age) he is simpleton at times and the Meesna Malik got him do that. Much later Abdul Qadir said, he wanted to send back Malik from the UAE tour because of his negative tactics, Intikhab Alam called him a termite, All this people said years later whereas, we have been saying this from a very long time.

    As far as “Malik’s character” is concerned we all know how he deceived everyone in case of his marriage with that Hyderabadi girl Ayesha, he kept denying till the last moment and admitted only when Sania Mirza said, go ahead and admit it and I will still marry you because I need a ball boy. We all know that case and we don’t need to go into details. In short our analysis about players, their performance and characters turned out to be correct. Even when Ijaz Butt was appointed as the Chairman we left no stone unturned from day one in telling everyone that this man is going to ruin the game of cricket in Pakistan and he did. He is a BIG BLACK spot in the history of cricket, not just in Pakistan but, the world over. On 2 1/2 % Zakat our views are very recent and very clear, you may wait and see how events unfold during his tenure. I have no hopes that he will do any better, he is a rubber stamp Chairman.

  27. #27 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 10:36 AM

    Mazhar Majeed has been sentenced for 2 years and 8 months.

  28. #28 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 10:37 AM

    Zaka vows to find coaches before Bangladesh series

    LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf met with PCB coach finding committee members here at the PCB headquarters on Wednesday and discussed important issues regarding coaches for all the major departments of cricket.
    The PCB chief met with coach finding committee members Intikhab Alam and Zaheer Abbas in his office while the third member of the committee Col (retd) Naushad Ali is with the national team in the UAE as a team manager.
    The PCB chief directed the committee members to find three separate coaches for the batting, bowling and fielding as well as a head coach before the Bangladesh series.
    During the meeting, Intikhab Alam and Zaheer Abbas updated the chairman on the selection of head coach for national team.
    Intikhab Alam said that it was decided during the meeting that the board would advertise for batting, bowling and fielding coaches for the national team as well as a head coach and search for suitable candidates to strengthen all the departments. Talking about Zaheer Abbass, Intikhab said Zaheer was not a strong candidate for the coaching job. The committee would try its best to finalise the coaches before Bangladesh series, he added.

  29. #29 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 10:42 AM

    Salman Butt gets two years and six months.

    Asif gets one year.

    Will Aamer get anything?

  30. #30 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 10:46 AM

    Aamer gets 6 months.

  31. #31 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 11:05 AM

    The players will be in prison for only half the term of their sentences if they are on good behaviour.

    This sentencing was just a slap on the wrist because as I said earlier, the objective was just to ensure that future players would be deterred from doing something this like.

  32. #32 by tom on November 3, 2011 - 11:10 AM

    A khansahab

    These guys are too lucky. all of them will come out within 2 years, and by that time half of their bans will be over. A few of them might sneak back into the pakistani team.

    Iam not impressed with the margin of punishment. It doesnt look players specially paki players would be overawed by such punishments. Hefty fines and assets confiscation should have been ordered as well.

  33. #33 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 11:18 AM

    Tom

    I sort of expected these kinds of sentences. I don’t think the judge could have given Butt more considering his newborn baby. And the others would have to receive less than Butt.

    Plus, in England the sentences run concurrently. So, if you are charged with two counts (conspiracy to cheat PLUS conspiracy to obtain corrupt payments) and you get 2.5 years for each (thus totalling 5 years), you only serve half.

    And if you have been on good behaviour you can get out even quicker.

  34. #34 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 11:20 AM

    Zulafkar Butt, father of Salmat Butt has claimed that his son is innocent.

    Mr Butt, you should have taught your son to get that arrogant smirk off his face especially in the middle of a criminal trial.

  35. #35 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 11:26 AM

    So Dilshan regains form and Pakistan look helpless.

    Pakistan can’t win this Test now- it will be a draw or with some stupid batting they might lose.

  36. #36 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 11:31 AM

    Now Ramiz Raja is lambasting the spot fixing trio but does he realise that people like him play a part in such incidents happening?

    The way he praises certain players would surely make them believe that they are some kind of superior beings who can get away with everything?

  37. #37 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 12:09 PM

    Ahmed Shahzad has been banned for one domestic match after showing dissent against the umpire’s decision.

  38. #38 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 3, 2011 - 1:56 PM

    The punishment is very lenient and for sure they cannot confiscate their assets because, in Pakistan who is not corrupt? The expression: “Chor hum sab hain, pakray jain tab.” goes well here. Can they confiscate the assets of Zardari, Shareef Haramis, Mian Mansha etc., who all have acquired wealth through illegal means? They cannot touch any one of them. So, considering all that, IMO the harshest punishment must come from the ICC and the PCB i.e., to ban all 3 of them for life.

    I agree with khansahab that the prison sentence will serve as a taboo for life and they will be seen differently in the society. But, again who was not in jail in Pakistan? Zardari made more friends while he was in jail, Rahman Malik is the product of a Jail Khana, so once again it is up to the people of Pakistan to treat them the way they want. Some might call them as heroes after they come out and may be they will write a book later, who knows? Who knows Veena Malak would like to re-marry Asaf?

    In any case they got too much publicity and attention through this case.

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 3, 2011 - 2:02 PM

    Ahmad Shahzad is another arrogant sifarishi tuttoo, I never liked his game and he too has a big attitude problem. They should have banned him for one season to teach him a lesson on ethics.

  40. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 3, 2011 - 2:08 PM

    Ramiz Raja used to praise Umar Akmal and Aamir like hell, he used to tell fellow commentators, that Aamir is just a 17 year old kid and he produces miracle balls? Yeah, he produced not one but two miracle no balls that landed in the jail for 6 months!

    Waqar used to praise him and Umar Akmal, “YOU YOUNGSTA BEAUTY.”

    The less you talk about Salman Butt, the better it is because he is the king pin in this conspiracy and he is extremely arrogant and a BIG LIAR. So, also his father, people from Lahore who live here were stunned by his father’s claim that they have not built their own house yet. They said, they have not just one big house but, a few and their life style is not like BUTTS but that of Chaudhrys and Wadheray. Btw, who was a bookie at the Lahore Horse Racing Club? Some Butt, right? Find out which one?

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 3, 2011 - 2:16 PM

    khansahab, not just Dilshan got his form back, Sangakara is peaking up and this is his second century. I wonder how they lost that test match with such a lousy Pakistani team?

    I am glad that Intikhab Alam has openly mentioned that Zaheer AbaSS is not a strong candidate, I hope they keep this ASS away from the PCB. He lives in his past glory and he doesn’t know what is going around him. He blabs like an idiot, not sure of what he is talking about.

    The PCB must issue a Show Cause Notice to Zakir Khan in connection with his statement to the media that the PCB gave that money to Salman Khan to keep him in the national side, reportedly he was joining the ICL. This is real BS and it is not a joke, its a serious thing.

    It is time for Mr. Zaka to announce that these convicts are BANNED FOR LIFE FROM PLAYING DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL CRICKET FOR PAKISTAN. There must also be some way to keep them away from commentating on the TV as experts. Like, Salman was doing this job during the recent WC. It was so farcical and comical that the law calls them criminals and the media makes them heroes by offering a job of an expert commentator.

  42. #42 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 2:26 PM

    Recently a Nawaz League guy said that Imran Khan’s career was filled with betting and ball tampering incidents.

    But, the Sharifs attended Wasim Akram’s wife’s funeral and apparently they are close to Akram who is considered to be the big daddy of match fixing?

    Spot-fixing: Imran Khan pained at jail sentence for trio

    SHARJAH:
    Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan on Thursday said he was pained to hear the news of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir being jailed for fixing parts of a Test match against England.
    “It is painful to listen (to) the news as a former Pakistan cricketer and I feel really sorry for their families,” Khan, who was on a political meeting here, told AFP.

    “In a way I also feel sorry for these cricketers because they are from Pakistan where there are massive corruption cases against president (Asif Zardari) and they must have thought crime pays,” said Khan, who now heads his political party — Tehrik-e-Insaaf (Movement for Justice).

    Khan said the punishments are a wake-up call for Pakistan cricket. “The verdict is a wake-up call for Pakistan cricket and from now on we should be ultra careful and, like we did in the past, should never allow the corruption to set in,” said Khan, who led Pakistan to their only World Cup win in 1992.

    Khan criticised the previous cricket boards for sweeping the matter under the carpet.

    “We should not hide behind the justification that it (fixing) happens in international cricket. It does happen, but Pakistan should set its house in order first and anyone involved should be punished,” said Khan.

    Khan said he always felt sorry for Amir. “I always felt sorry for Amir,” said Khan, himself a great fast bowler.

    “He may have been influenced by the atmosphere around him, secondly he was the best young fast bowler and for the fact that he came out with a confession,” said Khan.

  43. #43 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 2:30 PM

    Just look at some of these paindoo reactions:

    Pakistani cricketers’ families shocked by jail terms

    Salman Butt’s father Zulfiqar [to Express Channel]

    My son has been implicated and made a scapegoat.

    I will produce evidence and documents to prove what is really happening in this case.

    Salman Butt’s sister Khadija

    The punishment is unfair; it is shocking. Our brother is innocent.

    We talked to him this morning. He was very upset and asked us to pray for him… His crime is that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Salman Butt’s sister Rubab

    My mum is not well. His wife, ever since she had the surgery with the baby – they haven’t been eating, they keep crying – there’s tremendous stress and there’s a lot of tension.

    But it’s quite natural of course because he’s my only brother, he’s my mum’s only son; he means everything to us.

    And he’s in a foreign country, he’s all alone, none of us is there with him and it’s quite painful.

    Mohammad Amir’s mother Nasim Akhtar [to AFP]

    My son is innocent and he did the no ball at the asking of the captain.

    I spoke to him two days ago and he asked me to pray for his acquittal…

    I’m ill after this case, suffering from several diseases and I may not be here (when he gets out).

    My prayers are with my son and only Allah will do justice with us.

    Mohammad Amir’s brother Mohammad Ijaz [to AFP]

    He should not have been sentenced after his confession.

    We were under the impression that he will be released after the imposition of a fine.

    Former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis [to AFP]

    I was part of the team when the whole episode took place. It was an ugly side of cricket. I don’t know much about the criminal law in England but cricketers being sentenced to jail is sad for cricket and bad for Pakistan.

    Unfortunately it has happened now and I pray the whole episode should end and clear the Pakistan team to start afresh.

    I could not even think of any of these guys being involved when the whole thing was taking place. If I knew then things could have been managed differently and the board could have got involved and unfortunately it ends this way and they have to suffer.

  44. #44 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 2:35 PM

    If Amir’s mother claims that her son did the no-ball at the insistence of the captain, how can Salman Butt’s sister’s claims be true about his innocence?

    And why do Waqar and Imran Khan feel so sorry for them?

    Imran Khan admitted to ball tampering and betting- how big was his involvement?

    And what did the Qayyum Report say about Waqar?

  45. #45 by Ali Ahad on November 3, 2011 - 2:48 PM

    Butt is going to appeal again….what this guy is thinking..he really thinks that a new judge will say that the jury has missed one important piece of the evidence and in the light of that butt is innocent. Who is financing all this…Butt’s lawyer Ali Naseem Bajwa comes with a big price tag..I think that the trio will serve some time and will out on good behaviour.

    Butt’s father is going to have a press conference and will name some friends that supposedly lie to the family and that is why Butt got caught…I hope he name all the remaing players with some sort of evidence…

    Aamir, missed a big chance during ICC hearing, if he had pleaded guilty at that time and name all the other culprits he might have been saved..

  46. #46 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 2:52 PM

    Excerpts from the Qayyum Report:

    Former Pakistan player Saleem Pervez appeared before the Commission of Inquiry and stated that he had paid Mushtaq Ahmed (and Salim Malik) a sum of US$ 100,000. This was for fixing a match in Sri Lanka against Australia for the Singer Trophy in 1994. Javed Miandad said in his statement that Mushtaq had confessed to him that he had a one time involvement in match-fixing. Mr. Javed Burki has also stated that Mushtaq and Malik were often seen at a Khalid Gitty’s, a bookie’s residence.

    Aaqib Javed named Salim Malik and Wasim Akram as two of the main persons of match-fixing.Former captain Javed Miandad said that during his captaincy he had been informed by Idress (Cadbury), who is the brother of alleged bookie Hanif Cadbury, that Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and another player whose name he could not remember was on his brother’s books. Rashid Latif also mentions that Wasim Akram was reprimanded by coach Intikhab Alam for using his mobile phone in the dressing room when mobiles were not to be switched on as per the rules of the Pakistan Cricket Board. He stated that he had heard Wasim say of a match that ‘he did not know’ implying that Wasim did not know whether that match was fixed or not. once this commission looks at the allegations in their totality, this commission feels that all is not well here and that Wasim Akram is not above board. He has not co-operated with this Commission. It is only by giving Wasim Akram the benefit of the doubt after Ata-ur-Rehman changed his testimony in suspicious circumstances that he has not been found guilty of match-fixing. He cannot be said to be above suspicion. It is, therefore, recommended that he be censured and be kept under strict vigilance and further probe be made either by the Government of Pakistan or by the Cricket Board into his assets acquired during his cricketing tenure and a comparison be made with his income. Furthermore, he should be fined Rs. 3 lac.More importantly, it is further recommended that Wasim Akram be removed from captaincy of the national team. The captain of the national team should have a spot-less character and be above suspicion. Wasim Akram seems to be too sullied to hold that office.

    As regards the general allegations, they are generally baseless. No evidence has been proffered to support them. The evidence against Waqar Younis is primarily hearsay (even then mostly from anonymous sources) and unsubstantiated. Possession of a cellular phone has no probative value unless it is alleged to have been used during a match to fix that match. As such they alone are insufficient to hold Waqar Younis guilty to the requisite standard.
    However, all the allegations taken together warrant some action against Waqar Younis. Two of Waqar’s own managers and someone reputed to be his friend, Aaqib Javed have alleged wrongdoing against him. These appear sufficient grounds for recommending a censure. Moreover, that Waqar Younus should be kept under observation and investigated. Further, during proceedings it was felt that Waqar Younus has been reluctant to help this commission and even when prompted was not fully forthcoming. It is therefore recommended that he be fined Rs. 1 lac.

    INZAMAM-UL-HAQ, AKRAM RAZA: This commission believes that these players probably knew more than they revealed. For not being forthcoming, these players too should be fined Rs. 1 lac each and they be kept under observation.

    There is insufficient evidence to find Basit Ali guilty of any sort of match-fixing. Given that Basit retired and has distanced himself from Cricket, he is not even guilty of bringing the name of the Pakistan team into disrepute. This Commission therefore believes that no strong action needs to be taken against him. Basit has had the dignity and common sense to retire. He should be allowed to be, as long as he stays out of Cricket.

    ZAHID FAZAL: In the absence of any evidence against him, this commission finds Zahid Fazal not guilty of any match-fixing offence.

    SAEED ANWAR: Saeed Anwar has by his actions brought doubt onto himself. Further, this commission felt that Saeed Anwar was witholding some evidence from the Commission. In light of all of this it is recommended that Saeed Anwar be fined Rs. 1 lac and that he be kept under observation.

    Commission finds Ijaz Ahmad not guilty of match-fixing. No action needs to be taken against him other than that he, as has been recommended with other players, should present an account of his personal finances to the Board. He should also take care so as to not associate with bookies.

    Saqlain has explained that he could not grip the ball properly as the umpires had changed the ball and had given him a new ball albeit sanded down to bowl with. This Commission accepts his explanation. There is no evidence to cast doubt on Saqlain.

  47. #47 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 4:47 PM

    Young Pacer Mohammad Aamir Spoke with Geo news after sentence has said:

    *Salman and Asif spoiled my name in court
    * I Know everything abt this fixing scam
    * I know the names who ever is involved in this
    * will Openely say wen time is right
    * This time i cant expose anything abt fixing as my legal team has prohibited me frm saying it for now

  48. #48 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 4:55 PM

    Butt, Asif and Amir were like my brothers: Afridi

    New Delhi: Former captain of Pakistan, Shahid Afridi, told NDTV on Thursday that he is hurt by the sentencing of Salman Butt, Mohammad Butt and Mohammad Amir, all of whom were like brothers to him. Although he said that the punishment was necessary, he said that young players are trapped into getting involved in such acts.

    Afridi, who was recently included in the national side for the ODI series against Sri Lanka, said that the verdict to send the players to jail will act as a deterrent for other players but it was unfortunate for the trio of Butt, Amir and Asif. “The players were like brothers to me. I have never been approached by a bookie but I know that young players are trapped into it (spot-fixing),” he said adding that spot-fixing was not restricted to Pakistan alone.

    Afridi admitted that Pakistan players are not paid well and hinted that this could be a reason for the younger players to give in to temptations. He however added that the Pakistan Cricket Board was doing its best to ensure that such incidents do not happen in the future.

  49. #49 by Aatma-hathya on November 3, 2011 - 4:57 PM

    Main ney apney betay ki brought up aisi ki hai keh woh bey qasoor hai…….woh aisi cheez nai kar sakta……” Salman Butt’s mother

  50. #50 by tom on November 3, 2011 - 6:33 PM

    A lot of talk has been Justice Qayyum’s report. It is worth pointing out that judge qayyum himself is known to be corrupt. He was a former jude of lahore high court from which he resigned after telephone transcripts werte released in which he colluded with Sharif to influence a case involving BB. (Wikipaedia)

    Ek hammaam mein sub nange

  51. #51 by tom on November 3, 2011 - 6:36 PM

    Madam Butt

    Prophet Noah’s son was an infidel even his father was a Prophet. hence he got perfect nurturing but every man from within is either a saint or a devil. Time just shows his true self.

  52. #52 by tom on November 3, 2011 - 9:38 PM

    Khansahab

    Comment 47

    isnt aamer one cunning kid? hes trying to portray others as villians. my experience tells me such people end up in a very bad state.

  53. #53 by tom on November 3, 2011 - 9:43 PM

    IK says he wont make alliance .with any political party

  54. #54 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 3, 2011 - 10:20 PM

    Imran Khan sympathy votes lay nay kay liyeh kaha hai kay it is painful to listen………… I also feel sorry for their families etc. etc. He would have never said this if he was not in the political arena.

  55. #55 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 3, 2011 - 10:24 PM

    LOL…… Inzamam, Saeed Anwar, Saqlain are ALL MULLAHS now like they say 900 choohay kha ker billi Hajj ko chalee.

  56. #56 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 3, 2011 - 10:37 PM

    khansahab

    Don’t you remember when Aamir was involved people said, yaar wo bhola buccha hai and these two Butt and Asif dragged him into this mess, I said, WO INNA V POLA NAI AYE when he was arguing with Younus Khan in the T20 it appeared that he didn’t care much about the captain. Also, he used to tell people that I am future Wasim Akram, yeah if he knows all that then he is not a Bhooooooooooo La buccha. It is a fact that he is full of guile and deceit like a sly fox. Look at him he got the least punishment, just 6 months which could even be 3 months and he is not in jail but in a detention center where the facilities are perhaps better than Aamir’s own house. And now he is saying he will expose everyone involved in betting, earlier he was denying his own involvement, then he admitted guilty. So, what kinda person he is? Mukkar, Meesna, SooVar ki Khaslat, Dheet and what not?

    His supporters are saying that if he appeals not only his sentence shall be reduced to half, probably they may not charge him criminally because he was under 18 when he bowled those two magic no balls. So, if he is not criminally charged then, the ICC or the PCB cannot ban him for life, they may ban him for a year or two maximum and then he will be back in the team. This is Andha “Kunoon” If he comes back that will be another encore of Justice Qayyum episode. What a shame. And, look at Waqar how innocent he is playing? Sala Ch2S04.

    Like Munir said, Afridi must shut his mouth,
    otherwise they will find some way to ban him again.

  57. #57 by JAVED A. KHAN on November 4, 2011 - 12:28 AM

    We have another new thread with a new perspective on betting and spot fixing. Please write your comments there. Thank you.

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