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i can't understand why some of you are blaming younis khan here.. none of you are talking about shoaib malik and his role on this issue..
Pakistan captain Younis Khan has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a rest, following reports that some of his senior players have been unhappy with his leadership. While Younis has described his break as temporary, it definitely signalled a victory for player power over a sometimes reluctant captain.
It is also yet another indication that there are at least two camps in Pakistan cricket, intent on continuing to snipe at the heels of whichever group is in power. Apparently Younis met with his chairman, Ijaz Butt, and told him he had lost the full support of his team and therefore had no option but to stand down. This latest saga follows his recent resignation following vague and seemingly mischievous match-fixing allegations, after which Younis was assured of the captaincy until the 2011 World Cup.
It's a little hard to feel sorry for Pakistan cricket when on such a consistent basis the players and administrators, young and old, spend so much time undermining each other. The only good reason to get rid of a captain is if there is someone in the team good enough to do the job better, and right now I don't think there is. Mohammad Yousuf has been given the task of leading the team to New Zealand, but like Younis he has his detractors and there is certainly no guarantee he will hang onto the job.
Pakistan is desperate for an Imran Khan kind of leader, who commands the respect of everyone. They need someone who can harness the talents of the many wonderfully gifted and naturally talented cricketers that Pakistan, more so than any other country, produces. It's also a dreadful shame that there are former players - none of whom are angels - who keep running to the press to put the boot into the game in Pakistan. Perhaps the time has come for Pakistan to take a leaf out of India's book and appoint a new, young captain. And if they do, then they must also give him total support; but that, I'm afraid, is wishful thinking.
Tony Greig is spot on here.
Reckon he's talking through his arse in saying Pakistan produces more naturally gifted cricketers than other nations. If it sometimes appears that way it's because other traits that are generally instilled by a functional sub-international set up and international team approach, such as discipline, team mindedness, etc are regretably absent, so the 'natural talent' attribute stands out more starkly.
Shoaib needs five months to get fit
Monday, November 16, 2009
From Abdul Mohi Shah
ISLAMABAD: Shoaib Akhtar will require another three to five months to get into shape for the strenuous cricket activities following a liposuction surgery conducted on him the other day.
The Pakistan fast bowler underwent surgery at a private hospital in Islamabad on Friday, shedding a good amount of fat in the process.
“He would require three to five months to get fit. Any one going through such surgery needs a proper rehabilitation programme to get fit and ready for the strenuous exercise. Any attempt to make an untimely comeback could further complicate his fitness problems,” said Dr Waqar Ahmad, Deputy Director General Pakistan Sports Board.
Waqar said that Shoaib is already 34. “In such an age, there are always chances of complications. Shoaib has to be careful in order to regain his full strength.”
Dr. Humayun, who the other day while talking to ‘The News’ admitted conducting surgery on the player, said Shoaib had been given general anesthesia for the purpose.
Meanwhile, former Test pacer Sarfraz Nawaz expressed his unhappiness over Shoaib’s decision to reduce the fat through liposuction. “He definitely has taken a wrong step. It is like taking a shortcut to make your body trim and ready. He should have instead tried to reduce the weight and trim his physique through workouts. That way you reduce your weight every day,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is totally in the dark regarding the development and no prior approval has been sought by the bowler who has decided to go through the process. “All the players who are in contract with the board are supposed to take the PCB in confidence before going through any such exercise. In Shoaib caseís we know nothing. However, we are in process of gathering the facts,” said a PCB spokesman.
Despite surgery, it is unlikely that Shoaib would be in a position get ready and in form for the Test series against Australia starting in 40 days time.
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Did they at least also burn off his genital warts while he was under anathestic?
If Pakistan must play their home series on neutral venues (as is likely going to be the case for years to come), I have always thought that England is the best choice for them. In order to make that happen, they need considerable assistance from the ECB. As Kamran Abbasi writes below, ECB has given exactly that.
English cricket hugs Pakistan.
English cricket hugs Pakistan
The history of cricket relations between England and Pakistan is a tale of unpleasant controversy. From the early days when an MCC touring party debagged a Pakistani umpire, doused him with water, and left him to run home naked, our cup runneth over with disagreement and general nastiness.
Mike Gatting and Shakoor Rana, Chris Broad and Lahore cricket stumps, Ian Botham and mothers-in-law, Imran Khan and David Constant, Imran Khan and Ian Botham, Norman Tebbit and his cricket test. Javed Miandad and Aaqib’s jumper, Mike Atherton and buffoon journalists, the Two Ws and ball tampering, Inzamam and The Oval, a glorious catalogue of conflict and disrespect.
Now these might have just been the growing pains of a young country coming of age or the frustration of an imperial power seething at the uppity behaviour of a former colony. The socio-political analysis could take 50 years to write. The outcome, however, of each spat has been to strain the relationships between cricketers, cricket boards, and populations—both native and ex-patriot.
Enter Giles Clarke, Urdu speaking chairman of the ECB, and the man who has extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan cricket in its time of crisis. Clearly, hosting next year’s series between Pakistan and Australia will be beneficial to the ECB, but the main purpose is to offer Pakistan cricket a safe haven in the midst of its firestorm. This will be achieved through the PCB effectively running the series with help from the ECB, and taking the lion’s share of ticket and television revenue.
These issues matter less to Pakistan fans, especially the many hundreds of thousands in England, than the prospect of seeing their team in regular action. It’s the cricket that matters. Pakistan fans will want to see a strong, confident side tackle Australia and England next summer, and the current captaincy shambles is especially unwelcome at this moment of optimism. Another concern is that the PCB will find some extraordinary way to look this gift horse in the mouth and smash its teeth.
At the launch event for Pakistan’s “home” series against Australia, a landmark home series that will have Lord’s at its epicentre, Giles Clarke declared that relations between the ECB and PCB have never been better, and reiterated his desire to support Pakistan cricket at this time of crisis. He has backed his words with actions. The series will take place. Former England captains Mike Atherton and Mike Brearley, John Barclay of the MCC, and David Morgan of the ICC, all supported the event and the desire to ensure the survival of Pakistan cricket.
It’s usually easy, and often fair, to criticise administrators, but this is one initiative that should earn plaudits for those responsible, as well as those showing solidarity at a time when it is fashionable to knock Pakistan and its people. The Pakistani community in the United Kingdom now needs to respond by making next year’s tours a thunderous success. Pass that test and we may see Pakistan back in 2011 to take on India.
Rare real good news story in cricket administration. Well done to all involved. Hope this
helps Pakistan cricket survive and prosper through this hard period.
ISLAMABAD: Three former chairmen of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) left the board affairs in a mess, showing total disregard to prescribed rules while benefitting their close aides at the expense of state money and sheer wastage of PCB’s assets following their personal whims and wishes.
The Special Audit Report on the PCB, available with Dawn, reveals Lt Gen (retd) Tauqir Zia who ran the PCB from December 1999 to December 2003, Shaharyar M. Khan who ran the board from December 2003 to October 2006 and Dr Nasim Ashraf who remained top boss from October 2006 to August 2008, are found involved in irregular expenditures worth millions of rupees.
Purchase of luxury cars, awarding of contracts without following prescribed rules, recruitments without advertisement of posts and mismanagement of PCB’s assets have been common during the stints of these three former chairmen.
During the preparation of the report, audit officials have also pointed out several missing documents from the PCB record.
Violation of Executive Committee of the National Economic Council’s directives (Ecnec) in implementing various projects by the board has also been pointed out in the report.
The special audit of PCB has been conducted on the request of Federal Sports Ministry.
The audit report was to be presented before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday but will now come up for committee’s scrutiny on Saturday, Nov 21. The audit report has covered the period from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2008.
According to the report, the PCB’s annual expenditures have significantly increased from Rs571 million in 2004 to Rs737 million in 2005, Rs832 million in 2006, Rs1.024 billion in 2007 and a staggering Rs1.8 billion in 2008 when Dr Nasim left the job soon after former President General Musharraf resigned on Aug 18, 2008.
The PCB had a surplus budget to the tune of Rs1.051 billion in 2004, but it was reduced to a deficit of Rs130 million in 2008.
The report observed PCB’s chairmen exercising unlimited financial and administrative powers against Article 35(2) of its constitution of 1995 which required its council (ad-hoc committee) to specify financial powers of the chairman.
According to the report, the PCB entered into an agreement worth $42.6 million with a private TV channel for coverage of the game from 2003 to 2008 and despite repeated reminders no bidding documents were furnished for audit.
The audit also noticed what it termed wasteful expenditures on upkeep of 33 sports grounds in the country where the board has no direct control.
The board paid Rs7.14 million to two consultants for development projects which were abandoned later on. Kit bags at the cost of Rs4 million were procured without floating tenders.
The finance committee of the PCB, in its meeting held in 2005, decided that its foreign currency accounts worth $1.1 million be liquidated in national currency and invested in local banks for better profits.
The decision was not implemented and the board had to suffer a loss of Rs66.89 million.
Audit officials have also estimated a loss of Rs5.88 billion due to failure of successive management decisions of the PCB to get its 58.8 acres of land vacated from illegal occupation around National Stadium Karachi.
On one occasion in June 2008, PCB chairman announced a bonus of Rs19.50 million for players without mandatory approval of its board of governors.
Similarly, unsecured advances worth Rs12.42 million were granted to fifteen officials. Likewise cars were purchased worth Rs8 million without required approval.
I thought Pakistan used the terms lakhs and crores instead of millions and billions, like us.
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