October 15, 2010

Cricket in trouble

Filed under: politics, thoughts — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — syedfaisal @ 11:49 pm

Spot fixing scandals, PCB mismanagement, team selection issues and now ICC’s one month notice to Pakistan, I don’t know what else is in line that shall force the change in our cricket administration and structure.

Like most of the institutions in Pakistan, our cricket and PCB is full of incompetent people, who can only serve their own interests and greed at the cost of national interest.

Recent issue is a bit more serious than our previous one, as now the entire Pakistani cricket is at stake. According to reports, ICC has clearly stated that if PCB doesn’t make its house in order then ICC can suspend the membership of Pakistan Cricket Board and in worst case can even suspend Pakistan Cricket Team from taking part at international level.

Not only PCB is responsible for this mess, but the role of ICC is not clean too. We all know how India dominates ICC and despite our blindly toeing Indian line, like in recent case of ICC Vice-President nomination, India always plays a negative role to damage Pakistan Cricket.

We also need to understand the possible commercial dynamics of this whole mess. India with its huge commercial interests and influence in ICC, can literally dictate terms in its favor and against us. Indian Cricket is also facing an internal crisis of IPL corruption and due to internal problems they are not even able to organize the mega event in India for last 2-3 occasions. Even in IPL, it has sidelined Pakistan Cricket by not allowing Pakistani Players to take part in IPL and not allowing Pakistan T-20 teams to take part in IPL Champion’s League, despite IPL’s official status in ICC and Pakistan’s position as a senior member.

Pakistan on the other hand is planning its own T-20 league in collaboration with Abdur Rehman Bukhatir of UAE. The series is reportedly planned for next year. The current crisis should also be seen in this context. But the real thing is that it is our board’s mismanagement and cricket corruption issues which have provided the enemies of Pakistan Cricket to play their dirty game.

Some serious steps are needed to be taken for Pakistan Cricket. First and the most important step in this regard should be to change the current management of PCB. Second, we need to take the issues of spot fixing and match fixing very seriously and instead of covering up the issue or treating it casually, strict measures should to be taken to punish the guilty players and officials. Unless we don’t make our house clean and in order, we cannot take any stand if required.

It is also reported that ICC has lifted the charges of match fixing in 3rd one day international between Pakistan and England. We should ask explanation from ICC and give a legal notice to ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat for blaming Pakistan team before doing proper inquiry of the issue.

Also Pakistan should strengthen its cricketing ties with new members including China, UAE and countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and others instead of just relying on so called South Asian Cricket Block, which seems to be of no good. Pakistan needs to pursue its Premier League plans with keeping in mind, not only the revival of cricket but also making it a commercial and financial success.

Teams from associate members like Afghanistan, Hong Kong, UAE and new comers like China, Malaysia and Indonesia can help in getting big marketing money. We have people like Asif Iqbal, Majid Khan and Ramiz Raja who can help our cricket in this regard. People like Javed Miandad have played important role in promoting cricket in China so he along with his great cricketing stature can play an important role. Our country is no short of people who can work as ambassadors of Pakistan Cricket. People like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, if they just take part in some advertisement campaigns for our cricket can make a huge difference.

The thing is that, we can do a lot even in times of crisis which in fact provides us the chance to gauge our potential. But honesty, commitment and broad vision is required to face the challenges which unfortunately our current cricket administration lacks.


January 15, 2010

Gar Hashar Bapa Hota Hai…

گر حشر بپۃ ہوتا ہے تو حشر بپۃ ہو لینے دو

گر ظلم خفا ہوہے توظلم خفا ہو لینے دو

اے عدل کے ایوانوں کے منصف سن لو

انصاف قتل نۃ ہونے دو انصاف کوزندہ رہنے دو

November 10, 2007

Real threat to Pakistan! the mind set of its people

I was thinking and in someway analyzing the situation of Pakistan.Why
its in a real hopeless situation.Is it feudalism,corruption,racism,sectarianism n
linguistic discrimination(muhajir,sindhi,punjabi,pukhtoon,baloch etc)
or absence of the system of justice.

BUT the real thing which i can now observe and say really confidently
that all this is because the mindset we ve developed as a nation. The
real thing is all the problems mentioned above ve become part of our
culture n we don’t want to fix it coz our minds r dead , not willing
to change, not willing to think as honest,just and freedom loving nation.

the real battle is the battle of minds and its a real shame that this
battle field is not active so the war is on the streets n valleys.

Most of us are beneficiaries of the current corrupt and unjust political and social system, we ve our ethnic,political,sectarian n interest based affiliations which stop us from even thinking freely n discussing da issues freely.
Its real easy to keep ur selves away from issues and telling ur self
that i m a doctor,engineer or so n so ,its not my job.

No sir, defending da values,system of justice and humanity is da
responsibility of each n every individual otherwise we ve seen nations
becoming just another forgotten part of  the pages of history.

Its not the matter who is more responsible, its just who has the will to
resist the damage.


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