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ICC and Pakistan

Harper did the right thing raising voice against this thing, no one is above the law, the way Indian skipper criticized.

Atlast someone dared to say something openly and bluntly that he's against rationality in the game of cricket, just like Australian Darrel Harper mentioned in his latest radio interview.

It must be noticed that its against the integrity of umpires and officials that players pointing fingers on the integrity of those who manage a particular game, but the way umpires and officials were criticized by Indian skipper. Anyways don't wanna say rough about it because its a natural thing but on the contrary it must be noticed that a game should be played with its full spirit.

Anyways, coming back to Pakistan, because of criticism of Pakistan Cricket Board on Pakistan Task Team findings, now members of Pakistan Task Team are expected to visit Pakistan soon, to have a look into ground realties for which Pakistan Cricket Board heavily criticized ICC-PTT on. But I personally feel that the findings of ICC-PTT was well managed because before 1999, Pakistan Cricket Board was run under Governor Bodies, and they used to conduct elections and elect chairman of the cricket board, it was after 1999 that ad-hoc was implemented where chairman of the cricket board was selected by Patron-in-Chief which is usually President of the Country, and the whole problem starts from there.

Why am I saying like that?

I am saying this because of following reasons:

President of the country doesn't have time to look into the matters of cricketing affairs, and whatever is presented in front of him, he's to believe them, because its his own appointed personnel. Limiting the power of many people into one single personnel, means there would be a series of blunders, as the chairman would try to poke into other matters like selection of the team and other matters, plus he'll try to have all powers under him including governor board's meetings and etc. As there wont be scrutiny or audit of what he does, he'd definitely try to bring his own people into helm of affairs of the board so that there would be anyone who'd be pointing fingers on him. He'd definitely not like a scenario where there would be chance of elections.

What were the main points, PCB raised fingers on ICC-PTT findings?

They wobble that:

  • The Fact-Finding report was made on the opinion of one person (Ramiz Raja, who was the only Pakistan in that lot which prepared this report)
  • This fact finding report was void of ground realties, which prevails in Pakistan.
  • Interaction with Government is necessary when it comes to settling of security and other similar matters.
PCB itself requested ICC for preparing of such report, but there should have been clear guideline, instead of giving privilege

What I say?

I say that these people are living in la la land! First of all, tell me one thing. before 1999 when PCB was run like a joint stock company, which was mentioned in the panels of Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan, also known as SECP, even than teams used to visit Pakistan and play good cricket as well, ok admit it that since September 11, 2001 times have changed but still so much influence of Government ain't good for the game itself. I don't know what other reasons are there other than easiness of having corruption in the board. They have literally bankrupt that Hen which used to lay golden eggs because of their spend-theft activities.

By spend-theft, I mean those expenditures which includes unnecessary traveling of our beloved chairman of cricket board whenever and wherever the team is touring to, since its obligatory for Pakistan Cricket Team to play their home and away games on the foreign shores, so its like Eid for the management of Pakistan Cricket Board to enjoy the freedom of traveling world-wide, who can resist to such privileges.

So I am definitely in favour of what ICC recommended but on the same, I do oppose their unnecessary poking, and on this I am in favour of PCB because its none of ICC's matter as although there are some flaws in the PCB but still Pakistan Cricket Board is Incharge of domestic matters and ICC don't have any obligation to impose whatsoever grounds, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka also have the same issues i.e. Governmental influences etc but ICC never dare to poke there and impose its authority, it can give suggestions and guidelines but implementing them in on the hands of PCB or the home country cricket board.

Don't wanna be rational that's why not saying that because Sharad Pawar is the President of ICC, that's why this and that is happening, we must admit that India has created its lobbying power to an extend where Pakistan will need some time to reach.

Post Script

By the time I am writing this, India is about to play England in the 2000th test match of cricketing world and still Mr. Butt is on his way to the London to experience that special test match plus have "informal talks" with ICC and ICC-PTT members. I just wanna conclude that they should keep their media cell active so that hoax like such shouldn't get space on national and international media, in a TV show when CEO of PCB Subhan Ahmed came, and clarified many rumours that they have not rejected but showed some reservations regarding SOME points of their fact-finding reports so one can't say we've rejected them. I just say when such step was taken before such things erupted, couldn't that been much better? A good manager is a person who senses such things before they occur.



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