Look at it like this.
The World Cup is about a year away.
In about half that time, Taliban will have taken control of Pakistan.
In the six months still to go from then, the Taliban would have killed or put in jail all opposition (if any) to themselves who can come out to the streets and even put up a placard of protest let alone indulge in violence.
So by the time, the WC 2010 comes around, Pakistan will be completely rid of extremist violence since the Govt's violence would have conquered all. It will be the most peaceful place on earth.
All the ICC needs to do is to get the Taliban to accept cricket as non-Western sport. The fact that it has not come from America is a point in its favour. Now with the links with England tenuous at best and with the ICC head quarters in Dubai things are moving in the right direction.
ICC should appoint Miandad as its advisor on how to get the Taliban on the side of cricket. Maybe a treaty with them would be a good idea. It is the prefered way of dealing with the Taliban in this part of the world anyway. Let them run things and just sit back and pray.
If we can put the future of a country and 150 million people in their hands, whats a mere sport. Lets do it.
The PCB women's wing was hit by a controversy when an official was suspended because of sexual misconduct.
PCB women's wing chairperson, Shireen Javed has suspended a senior official who has in an audio recording accused her and Ayesha Ashar, the manager of the national women's team of making sexual advances towards team members.
In the audio recording released on You Tube, Azra Parveen, the consultant of the PCB women's wing, has alleged that Ayesha Ashar has a bad character and in the past has also been involved in illicit activities for which she was banned from the famous Kinnaird college in Lahore.
Parveen says that Shireen does not want to remove her (Ayesha) despite her background because of their "relationship." "She (Ayesha) is associated with hockey and was caught red handed with other girls in the hostel and the Kinnard college principle barred her entry from the college. She is also barred from Lahore college," Parveen alleges in the audio recording.
Parveen is heard telling someone (a supposedly media person) to print a story without identifying her about the tendencies of Shireen Javed and Ayesha Ashar that they allegedly made advances towards other players in the Pakistan team in the recent World Cup in Australia.
Parveen also tells the person that Ashar should not be allowed to remain manager as she is a very corrupt person and that former Test captain, Javed Miandad who looks after the women's wing, should take action. Ironically she also refers to the fact that Shireen Javed is the "Bhabhi" (sister-in-law) of PCB Chairman, Ejaz Butt and they are not willing to listen to her complaints.
Shireen Javed in response to the audio tape release has suspended Azra Parveen and now claims that the tape was doctored to defame Pakistan women's cricket wing.
Shireen has said that a full scale inquiry would be held into the incident which had brought shame on Pakistan cricket.
A source close to Miandad, who is in Dubai, said the former captain had even refused to get involved in the matter as he was embarrassed by the points raised by Parveez in the audio tape.
Despite all the controversy, Shireen Javed has refused to remove Ashar as Pakistan team manager and has named her as the team manager of the women's team for the Twenty20 World Cup in England.
Pakistan in danger of falling to Taliban
(It isn't an isolated headline either, see statements of both Gen Petraeus and Hillary Clinton.)
A few short months ago, we had a certain purporting-to-be-well-informed member at the prospects of the Taliban in Swat valley. Nobody's laughing now.
As for Mr Miandad, on this particular topic, he ought to be taken very seriously. In the subcontinent, the "my relative's relative" stuff rules. And he is connected to the jehad-terror-crime nexus very directly and at the highest levels possible.
We all know that this topic will blow up and result in another locked thread. I humbly request everyone to stick with cricket matters only, as much as possible.
AFP: Miandad blames conspiracy for Pakistan isolation
The cricket star believes a conspiracy was hatched in 2001 when teams started to refuse tours to Pakistan.
"First it was the West Indies, then Australia," said Miandad of the two teams who forced Pakistan to play at neutral venues in 2002.
"There are some groups with a monopoly and they are playing the game. Today it is Pakistan, tomorrow it could be some other country. I am sad that the Asian counties did not back Pakistan and think that they can also face the same situation one day."
"We did a wonderful job by staging a safe Test in Karachi but unfortunately things went wrong in Lahore. The same thing happened in Mumbai, India, but England did not have problems on touring,"
Miandad should try standup comedy, I am sure he will make a good career in it with such sense of humor.
I repeat: Miandad is an idiot.
Miandad..great cricketer but poor manager/coach and public speaker. We have to face it that Pakistan will not see international cricket in Pakistan for at least 2-3 years. They need to find a good base, be it in Dubai or Abu Dhabi and look towards the future. This means kicking out dead wood such as Akhtar and bring in some new pace bowlers.
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