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Requiem for Pakistan Cricket

August 28, 2010

I don’t know where to begin from. It hurts when your beloved country features in all kinds of worst news. As if ministers’ fake degree scandal, perennial bombings, country’s worst ever aviation disaster and flooding, Sialkot lynching wasn’t enough to torment us emotionally and psychologically the serpent of match fixing in cricket raised its head again.

In Pakistan, cricket is predominately the most played and followed sport. The ordinary person tries to seek happiness in cricket, which is known as the gentleman’s game. Sadly, there is nothing gentle about our cricket anymore. The allegations of ball tampering, and match fixing aren’t new. The last time Pakistan faced such allegations on a grand level were after the lackluster performance of 1999 cricket world cup final. Australia had won that match by 8 wickets with 179 balls remaining. That defeat had opened the Pandora box of match fixing allegation and as a result many Pakistani cricketers were banned, some for life like Salim Malik.

In 2006, in a real bizarre move, Inzamam forfeited a Test match at Oval in protest of ball tempering accusation. Pakistan got away with the ball tempering charges but as a result of abandoning the match England was awarded victory.

Every criticism is accepted and there may be a logical reason for losing a game but there is nothing as bad as the allegation of rigging the match. First, it snatches away the spirit of sports. Matches are played for both intrinsic and extrinsic reward. Cricket is glamorous enough and a good cricketer makes fortune even with the money that he earns by legal means. As far as intrinsic reward is concern that is where the idea of competition lies. Matches are played to excel, to employ your art and to seek joy that one feels after a good performance. But it seems like everyone else the Pakistan cricketers too have adopted the short cut of making big bucks overnight.

In the recent sting operation carried out by an undercover reporter of News of the World, posing as front men for a Far East gambling cartels as many as four Pakistani players, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer and Kamran Akmal are involved in match rigging. That expose reveals how the middleman named Mazhar Majeed accepted £150,000 to arrange for Pakistani bowlers (Aamer and Asif) to bawl no balls at certain time.

The middleman has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmarks. Pakistan team’s manager Yawar Saeed confirmed helping the Scotland Yard police with questioning of Pakistani players.

Irrespective of the result of ongoing Test match (which might be abandoned) the match fixing allegation is a huge stigma on the face of Pakistan cricket and if the charges are proven it will take long for Pakistan cricket to emerge from the ashes of this ignominy. One wonders how these young players can take such suicidal steps right under the noses of Pakistan team’s coach, manager and other officials. It is time to resort to strictest possible means to control such irregularities and if the said players are involved it would be appropriate to ban them for life.

Edited version on: The Express Tribune ~ A sport for gentlemen no more…

20 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2010 11:42 pm

    🙂 You don’t take long to reflect the news on your blog, haina? Abhi Geo per aai aur dekhtay hi dekhaty ‘Sharp Perceptions’ per bhi aa hi gai 🙂

    Well, totally agreed, almost every news out there has it’s connection with Pakistan directly or indirectly. You talked about the solution once, I don’t exactly remember when but it was something about Taliban and I mentioned ke we’re just so keen about pointing out the problems and we keep on discussing them, banging our heads in despair, confused to death.

    I might sound a little off the topic but let me say this. These are all the ‘consequences’ of some ’cause’. This is only the beginning. It’s continuously pointing towards something, something is certainly there that is hell bent on reversing (in a negative manner) everything related to Pakistan and Pakistanis. You just take anything do number, cricket, air-crash, politics, flooding, education, Taliban, you name it, we have it.

    Do you see any connection? Does it happen for and due to a reason/cause or is it just a random co-incidence? Why Pakistan? Always?

    Faisal` .

    • August 28, 2010 11:49 pm

      Yes, why Pakistan always? Shed some light on that.

      My analysis narrows around injustice and corruption in the society.

  2. August 29, 2010 1:14 am

    Well, I am neither a political analyst, not am I a ‘Mufti’ to expertly shed light on anything. But as an utterly keen observer of the world around me I will say a few words and then you can share your experiences about that.

    Societies are always based on some common ‘factor’ that keeps them bound together and gives them the right to be called as societies. Society here means a specific community of people. This common factor could be ranging from anything to anything, the skin color, the ethnicity, the religion, the dress code, the language, the education, the background, anything! Hostels mein sabzi khanay walay kuch larkay alehda ho jaya kerta thay, uss side per kuch 5-7 pizza society walay hotay thay and then there was always a karahi/gosht society. Each group/society can defend their belief on their binding common factor and it may or may not be convincing for the other society.

    1) Could it really be called as a society? What in your opinion is the binding/common factor (if any) in our society? Many would say Islam. I strongly disagree with that. Islam (and its variants) has never been able to bring us together even in these times of desolation. Do share your opinion on this. It’s open and a dauntingly vast topic.

    2) When you were a kid, how did you know what was wrong and what was right? What on Earth is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. Is it something absolute? Or may be relative? Your parents were the ones who taught you the difference. What if they didn’t teach you anything? What if they weren’t willing to teach you anything? What if they taught you the distorted perception? How would you have co-related your tender mind to these adjectives? What if MY parents didn’t mention anything if I stole my class-mate’s pen from school? What if my parents always used money to make me pass my exams? What if my parents always told to offer the daily 5 Namaazein but they didn’t take any notice of me lying to everyone, not respecting others’ points of views? What if they only taught that each word of Qur’aan gave me 10 ‘naikiyan’ and that to interpret it with logic and using my own brain and mind in Islam was making me commit ‘gunah-e-kabeera’ (gunah of highest order)? What if they told me that it was okay to rig the game when I played Cricket? OR what if they simply turned their back to me and didn’t teach me anything? What would you expect me or yourself or any other kid to become? Do share your opinion on this

    When the right is not ‘right’ (virtue) and the wrong is not ‘wrong’ (evil), you just CANNOT apply the normal, everyday logic and perception to it because everyone including yourself don’t know what’s what! No rule, no protocol, no principal exists, it’s that simple! Hum sahi ko sahi aur ghalat ko ghalat nai maantay. Hum roza rakhtay hein tau bhooka rehne keliye. I wonder why they don’t say ke bhai aap ka roza toot gaya hai when 2 guys fight with each other and abuse each other like they regard you as a ‘KHOJA KHOR KHUDA KA CHOR’ when mistakenly you happen to drink a drop of water. Is khuda tha cruel! ? What say?

    3) Based on the mentioned factors, we are simple above any law! We just don’t accept our own misdeeds, we can’t accept ke we can ever be wrong. Ye boht neechay se start hota hai, roots gandi aur kamzor ho jayen tau jhar jaati hein, drakht sookh ker gir jaatay hein. The whole body gets poisonous and then the venom gradually makes its way to different parts and organs, whether it’s cricket or politics or education or whatsoever!

    Sorry for taking too much of your space and what I wrote here could be severely off the topic and might not make any relation to your post, but ye samjho ke bass ye meine kehna hi tha iss waqt, I felt like saying it 🙂 It’s an open topic and I would like to hear from you, your views in detail.

    Faisal` .

  3. August 29, 2010 1:31 am

    The points you mentioned, Injustice and corruption, are also the consequences of some causes!

    We, the people of this country are different from each other to the core of our beings. Today, after spending thousands of years in the same geographical region, a pathan just cannot truly accept a Punjabi a part of his community and vice versa. Am I right? Sindhis and Balochis. What and where is this phenomenon called Pakistan?

    Are we any different from when we were a part of the united India? Is the life of a common man any different? Is it better or worse? Is there any ‘Islam’ (based on which Pakistan was founded) around? If it’s there, who are the true followers? Sunni, Shiyaa, Barelvi, Deobandi, Ahmadi, ye, wo? The religion has always been an asset of the poor and a manipulating-toy in the hands of the rich. A confused man is never able to decide between right and wrong.

    Kher, I will shut up now. I’m shooting just aimlessly 🙂

    Faisal` .

  4. August 29, 2010 2:01 am

    The allegation made against top class Pakistan Cricketers will prove wrong. The English media is trying to destroy the talent of Pakistan. There are many objectives behind it. See it here.

  5. August 29, 2010 3:01 am

    I agree how come these teenagers start playing and instantly get involved in such suicidal activities. They do not care about their own careers and future let alone the damage done to Pakistan and cricket.
    In my view the root cause is Pakistanis lack basic moral values….something lacking in our education system and remember education starts from mother’s lap.

  6. August 29, 2010 3:03 am

    Ho sakta hai, bilkul ho sakta hai. Information from anywhere has zero credibility these days, but why only Pakistan? Har jagah, har baat mein, har waqt Pakistan hi ye anmol talent kyun target ho raha hota hai ?

  7. Ugly Shoelace permalink
    August 29, 2010 3:52 am

    Sucks! Sucks arse :/

  8. Socks permalink
    August 29, 2010 6:03 am

    Wait for result of investigation…..

  9. Raheel permalink
    August 29, 2010 1:03 pm


  10. August 30, 2010 2:33 am

    There is something fundamentally wrong with Pakistani genes.

  11. Crazee permalink
    August 31, 2010 4:34 am

    Breaking News : Salman Butt has told Scotland Yard police that the 37 lakhs found in his room are meant for a dress for his sister.
    When asked “Why are there different currencies found like UAE Dhiram ??” He couldn’t answer.

    This man should be shot in the middle of his head. When 1/5 of pakistan is reeling under floods and lakhs of people dont have food to eat. When they had to “beg” to the entire world for relief, This guy is willing to spend 37 lakhs for dresses for his sister….

  12. August 31, 2010 7:22 pm

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  13. BRATTY permalink
    September 6, 2010 12:44 pm



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