Monthly Archives: May 2014

ECB rejects Modi’s fixing doubts as “baseless”

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: Terming Lalit Modi’s twitter barrage an unfounded one, the spokesman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that the board doesn’t even entertain such claims. “The ECB does not even entertain the claims of a man who has been a fugitive from justice in his own country”, said ECB spokesman Colin Gibson, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.Image

“He [Lalit Modi] is banned for life by a BCCI enquiry which was led by respected politician Arun Jaitley”, added the ECB spokesman

The spokesman didn’t rule out the possibility of a legal action, however added that it was to be decided by the legal department of the ECB.

Earlier, Lalit Modi, the former chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL), on his twitter account, claimed to have learnt about a dubious match in the recently concluded World T20 cup. “Just learnt from an ACSU official – a England women’s Team World Cup match was under investigation”, wrote Lalit Modi who further stated that “It [investigation] was stopped at behest of Giles Clarke”.

In September last year, BCCI’s three-member committee, consist of Jyotiraditya Scindia and Arun Jaitley, accused Modi of several charges of irregularities and later the BCCI imposed a life ban on Modi.

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Irked PBSF president offers patron-ship to Prime Minister

KARACHI: Expressing disappointment over continues ‘snub’ from the Prime Minister, the President of the Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Association (PBSA), Alamgir Sheikh said that the prime minister was the patron-in-chief of the Cricket Board, however he must pay attention to other sports as well. “Despite several requests in the past 5-6 months, I have failed to meet the prime minister even once, however, Najam Sethi, on the other hand, has been very lucky in this regard”, said Alamgir Sheikh, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.Image

“If this is the criteria, then the PBSA is even ready to offer the patron-ship of the Association to the Prime Minister”, added Alamgir Sheikh, who reiterated that despite repeated pledges the reward money of national players, amounting around Rs 28 million, is still awaited.

The president, PBSA claimed that no other sport had brought more laurels to the country, in the past two years, then Snooker, hence, he felt, the PBSA deserved special attention from the Prime Minister.

“We are working with the local federations but the blessing of the Prime Minister a must to carry out important tasks such as establishing academies and measures to create job opportunities for players”, concluded Alamgir Sheikh

Zaka Ashraf unaware of bookie approach to players

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: Refuting the claim of the British newspaper, the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Zaka Ashraf has categorically said that he had no knowledge of an approach, to any Pakistani player, by bookies, during the series between Pakistan and England in the UAE in 2012. “No information was brought to my knowledge. I don’t think any such incident actually occurred there”, said Zaka Ashraf, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV. Image

Pakistan whitewashed the English team in the Test series in 2012, followed by a crushing 4-0 defeat in the ODI series.

Mohsin Hassan Khan, the head coach and an integral part of the Pakistan team management then, declined to comment on the subject when approached.

According to British media reports, Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal were approached separately about rigging the ODI series however the duo immediately refused and reported the approaches to the team management.

Zaka Ashraf, who was present in UAE during that series, also urged the present management of the PCB to initiate a probe into the matter. “Why controversies arise mostly during Pakistan-England series? I think the PCB should hold a thorough inquiry into the latest allegation”, concluded Zaka Ashraf

Aqib Javed defends Waqar in view of Qayyum commission report

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: Former Test Cricketer Aqib Javed has refuted the objection raised from various quarters over Waqar Younis’s eligibility in view of the Justice Qayyum inquiry report, adding that Waqar was only fined hence should not be written off for ever. “Waqar, along with a few others, was only fined. He is tainted, but not to that extent”, said Aqib Javed, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.waqar aqib

“You can’t treat a murderer and a bag snatcher in the same fashion”, added Aqib Javed

The former fast bowler, who is associated with the UAE cricket team, was one of the key figures, during the Justice Qayyum’s inquiry, after which former skipper Salim Malik and Atta-ur-Rehman were banned for life, while few others, including Waqar Younis, were fined.

On a question, Aqib Javed, expressed dissatisfaction over the mechanism adopted, by the PCB, to hire coaches for the Pakistan team. He was of the view that since coaching was a specialised job, hence relevant qualification must be considered before anybody’s appointment. “In Pakistan, ex players consider themselves fit for the job, in view of their playing experience, but coaching is a different ball game altogether.” opined Aqib Javed.

“The PCB should have sought presentations and strategies from all the applicants before reaching the conclusion, after thorough evaluation”, concluded Aqib Javed
The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif.

CAB welcomes Younis ‘certain’ appointment as Pakistan coach

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has dropped a clear hint that the former captain, Waqar Younis was to take over as Pakistan’s new head coach. His remarks triggered mixed reactions in Pakistan, however, one of Waqar’s employers in India, are ecstatic over the likely appointment. Image

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has expressed gratification over the development, and termed it an honor. The Treasurer of the CAB, Biswarup Dey said that it would be an honour for the CAB if their bowling consultant was chosen to serve one of the top international outfits. “Not, at all. We would not have an objection, if he [Waqar Younis] is picked as the head coach of Pakistan. This will be an honour for us, in fact”, said Biswarup Dey, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.

“As per the 3-year contract, Waqar Younis is to spend only 40 days with our players in a year, which does not seem difficult to manage.”, added Biswarup Dey

On a question, Biswarup Dey even expressed readiness to work around the contract, in view of the busy upcoming schedule of the former Pakistan captain. “We wish Waqar Younis all the best; we also believe that he could, actually, work as a bridge between the two countries”, concluded Biswarup Dey

Earlier the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi said that the coach-finding committee had a consensus on Waqar Younis as head coach however the announcement would only be made after a formal agreement between the two parties. “All committee members are keen on him [Waqar], so he will most probably be selected as Head coach but then it will depend on the terms of contract”, said Najam Sethi.

 

The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif.

Irked Samiullah smells ‘greed’ in former Olympians’ move

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: Former hockey stalwart, Samiullah has lambasted the bunch of former Olympians, recently joined hands with the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), and claimed that the standard of Pakistan’s hockey would not improve under the present administration. “Our former mates, especially Islahuddin, Shahnaz Sheikh, Ayaz Mahmood and Shahbaz should not have gone there. My impression is that they decided to join the PHF as a result of greed for various positions.” said Samiullah, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.Image

Recently, Shahnaz Sheikh (head coach), Islahuddin Siddiqui (chief selector), Ayaz Mahmood (selector), Akhtar-ul-Islam (executive board member), Shahbaz Senior and others joined the PHF, ending their four-year long opposition against the set-up first headed by Qasim Zia and now by Akhtar Rasool.

“These are petty favours, if they were keen to improve the standard of Pakistan hockey then should not have accepted any position. Instead should present a comprehensive plan of action to the federation”, said the former captain Samiullah.

On a question, Samiullah expressed readiness to work even with the incumbent management of the PHF, however added that he would not hold any position in the Federation. “I have always been ready to help the national game. Whenever an advice is sought, I will provide them [PHF] with comprehensive strategy in writing”, said the ‘flying horse’

“No, I will not accept any post in the federation, that’s not my goal at all”, concluded Samiullah

 

The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif