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Monthly Archives: July 2013
By Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: Reacting on the Islamabad High Court (IHC) order, the former chief executive of the BCCP [now known as PCB], Arif Ali Khan Abbasi insisted that the revival of the 1995 constitution is the most suitable solution to the existing problems being faced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “At the moment, the chairman along with the ‘hand-picked’ Board of Governors, enjoys absolute authority. This is not what democracy means. The 1995 constitution has all the solutions in it hence it should be revived”, maintained Arif Ali Khan Abbasi while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
“If you want to solve the problem then it is a matter of half an hour. Empower the General Body, with all the associations and departments as its members, where a decision can be taken with two-third majority votes of the General Body members”, added Arif Abbasi.
“The General Body is the fountain head of all powers which gives you two-third majority, and if you have it, you can do anything. This is called true democracy”, stated Arif Abbasi
On a question about the recent allegations leveled by a British newspaper, the former Cricket Board chief said that the past was still haunting Pakistan Cricket. “Unfortunately the past events are enough to cast doubt on a suspicious activity, and due to the same reason, the seemingly cautious approach adopted by the PCB is also understandable”, conclude Arif Abbasi.
Sports Marketing Expert, Arshed Gilani blasts PCB on a television rights deal, saying in the early 2000, the then PCB chairman Tauqeer Zia, approved a ‘wrongly processed’ broadcast deal which cost PCB around $200 million.
On 19.6.2013, the learned counsel informed the court [Islamabad High Court] that the IPC proposed the names of Majid Khan, Chishty Mujahid and Mumtaz Rizvi for the Acting Chairman PCB, however, subsequent to hearing on the above date, the Prime Minister appointed Mr. Najam Sethi although his name was not amongst the panel of nominees placed before the court. This court is conscious of the fact that discretion lies with the Prime Minister, but when the matter was subjudiced before this court then, Minister concerned should have informed the court that the Prime Minister intended to appoint Mr. Najam Sethi as Acting Chairman instead of anyone from the panel. Vide order dated 01.07.2013, this court issued notice to Mr. Najam Sethi, who put appearance and explained the background in which the PM asked him to preformed the duties of Acting Chairman, PCB, he also informed the Court that meeting of ICC has been attended by him in compliance of the order dated 13.06.2013, passed by this court.
As observed before the Government should have placed the information before this court that name of Mr. Najam Sethi being included in the panel by moving an application (C.M). Even otherwise the appointment of Acting Chairman, PCB, as directed by this court, was till final disposal of the writ petition, mainly with the object that Acting Chairman may be able to attend the ICC meeting. The order of his appointment as Acting Chairman seized to hold filed after 4th July, 2013 when this Court finally decided the writ petition. Practically, Mr.Najam Sethi is no more Acting Chairman rather his status is of Caretake being appointed by this Court for a period of 90 days with the object to look into day to day affairs of the PCB, cooperate, and ensure the holding of election by the Election Commission of Pakistan within the stipulated period commencing from 21st July, 2013 to 18th October 2013, which period shall not be extended on any pretext whatsoever. Appointment of the member of Selection Committee, it’s Chairman and other appointments/termination of services in the PCB as well as any major decision shall be right and domain of the newly elected Chairman, PCB.
Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is striving to establish an environment where the game of cricket could be played with the highest possible accuracy and introduction of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) is indeed amongst the endeavours to achieve that particular goal, however, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes that a ‘half-baked’ UDRS is far more dangerous than fixing. “With the current state the DRS, the actual purpose is not being served. The ICC should have launched it [DRS] after a methodical review to make it as error free as possible, let’s say 99% ”, said Rashid Latif while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
“Initially the DRS was implemented with state-of-the-art equipments by the ICC along with the broadcasters of England and Australia, however later the quality, especially of the Hawk-eye and the hot-spot, plunged due to the heavy cost attached to procedure”, said Latif.
Latif feared that unless the flaws aren’t rectified the DRS system would keep on damaging the game rather than serving it. “Since the faulty DRS is in control of the umpires and the ICC, hence I consider it far more dangerous then the menace of fixing”, said Latif who is regarded as the whistle-blower against the match fixing in the 90s.
On a question, Latif criticised the ICC for ‘unnecessarily’ trying to justify the ‘umpiring blunders’ in the first Ashes test. “Australia would have won however sub-standard umpiring decisions let them down. If the technology doesn’t restrict blunders then what is the purpose of having it?”, asked Latif
Rashid Latif is of the opinion that the ICC should stop using the DRS system unless it becomes almost error-free. He said a few sports bodies around the world did the same before introducing relevant technologies. “World bodies governing Tennis and Football took their time before the implementation of the goal-line technology. The ICC should also halt the use of the DRS for a while, and re-launch it with utmost precision later”, added Latif
The former glove-man also touched upon the latest spot-fixing cases and categorically rebuffed a reported bid to cut down on the sentence of banned Pakistani fast bowler Muhammad Amir. “The PCB is trying to help Amir and the ECB is doing the same for Westfield. On top of all the ICC has supported both the boards by forming a sub-committee to look into the matter. I can’t buy that, in fact this is a negation of their own anti-corruption laws”, mentioned Latif.
“If the ICC believes in zero-tolerance, as they showed in Kaneria’s case by implementing the ECB decision world-wide, then I have a confusion why the same approach is missing when it comes to the Malik Qayyum commission report”, asked Latif.
“Mushtaq Ahmed, Inzamam, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Saeed Anwar, Akram Raza etc were fined by the Qayyum commission, but what did the ICC do with them?”, asked Latif in his concluding remarks.
In the late 90s, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had set up an inquiry commission under Justice Malik Qayyum to probe into allegations regarding betting and match-fixing against Pakistan players. In the end of that inquiry, Salim Malik and Atta-ur-Rehman were banned for life, while a few others were fined. The commission also recommended a few measures to the PCB, which included regular assessment of players’ assets, keeping vigilance on some players etc.
Hard-hitting batsman Imran Nazir spoke about his recent form, and hoped of making a comeback soon. He expressed his views on the need of a free-hand given to a particular player. He admitted that he was one of the fans of former President Musharraf, also advised the incumbent PCB chairman to invite foreign players in Pakistan domestic leagues.
Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: Pakistan’s disgraced test leg-spinner, Danish Kaneria has reiterated his innocence after the dismissal of his appeal against the life-ban imposed by the disciplinary panel of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for his involvement in the notorious spot-fixing saga of 2009.
The ECB panel described Kaneria as a “grave danger for the game of cricket” and charged him as a conspirator who lured in a ‘vulnerable’ Essex county mate, Mervyn Westfield, into fixing during a county game in September 2009.
“It was a one-sided hearing where neither hard nor soft evidence was presented against me. Their sole agenda seemed to bail their countryman [Westfield] out”, maintains Kaneria while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
The ECB panel also directed Kaneria to pay 2, 00,000 pounds in costs, which the banned leg-spinner termed an unfair penalty. “My case was of 2009, while they applied the code of conduct drafted in 2012, isn’t it unfair?” questions Kaneria, who has 261 Test wickets to his credit – highest by a spinner in Pakistan’s history.
On a question, Kaneria did not rule out the possibility of approaching the court of law in both England and Pakistan. “My lawyers are pondering upon the next course of action and the option of approaching the High Court in London is open”.
“ECB should share the evidence against me with PCB and the media as well. If I have done something wrong, everyone should come to know about it”, concludes Kaneria.