Blind Justice

February 5, 2011

Match fixing and Pakistan is in the news once again, Scotland yard charged the three Pakistan players. This case is getting curious with the time. It is definitely not the first time match fixing in cricket has been brought up under the spot light. Many famous names are associated with matching fixing in cricket such as Hansie Cronje, Shane Warne, Mark Waugh, Saleem Malik, Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Wasim Akram and many many more. I wonder; were all of ex match fixers were any less of the culprits than these three under scrutiny?

As I am typing this ICC is about to give final verdict on the careers of these three players. Muhammad Asif, Salman Butt and Muhammad Amir are suffering from a serious weakness, that weakness is PCB. PCB is infested with fat leeches, led by clown – Mr Butt. Stockland Yard has charged the three players on the suspicion of match fixing. This is an indication, that they have some strong evidence against the players. By any chance I am not in favour of leniency with corrupt players but I would like to have an honest and neutral judgment. If ICC really wants to eradicate this issue they have to dig up the graveyard and some of the high profile previous players have to be stripped-of their records. I really do not think ICC really wants to solve the problem. They are just looking for an easy way out of this mess that has been created. ICC is acting like a failed corporation, which is only trying to save its image by demonstrating it’s supremacy over weak members of the board such.

Another not so well published incident is of a very talented Indian batsman, Suresh Raina. Sri Lanka Police had provided some evidences of Suresh Raina being in contact with bookmakers. The similarity of these two events is astonishing. But the differences are not that small either, Sri Lankan Police is no Scotland yard and this case is not being handled by a feeble cricket board like PCB. Has ICC has closed its eyes on other issues? Maybe they are not strong enough to even argue with the with the money earning son; BCCI, which has grown larger than the two elder brothers.

Looking at the financial issues of ICC and its member boards, I wonder how some of these boards manage to run their lavish affairs. A couple of ‘No Balls’, can earn hundred and thousands of dollars to a player then perhaps they are not the only one’s involved in. One would ask the blunt question about cricket board’s involvment in this lucrative market? The bookmaker, Mazhar Majeed himself mentioned that he had earned $1.5m from one test (Sydney 2010: Aus Vs Pak). A blunt thought would be: what if the players are just the tools, just another way for cricket boards to generate extra revenue? You are only bad if you get caught.



Are we there yet !

December 29, 2010

England has done it in style, keeping Ashes urn, winning it in Australia after 18 years. It would not be wrong to say, England outplayed Australia in every aspect of the test match. My pick of the match was Ricky Ponting ‘s argument with cool headed umpire Aleem Dar.

It took good five plus minutes of the test match in, what appeared to be a heated argument between the Rickey Ponting and the Umpire. It was not the first time Ricky Ponting has been involved in on field animated arguments with umpires and opposition. But, surprisingly he was only charged 40% of his match fee, which does not seem to be appropriate. I have seen players been banned for two matches for incident lot minor than this altercation.

Ricky has done a lot of good for Australia but I do not like him because of his lack of sportsman spirit spanned throughout his career. He is on the decline for few years now, his captaincy was under threat during last season as well. Though he got a lucky boost during 2009 when Pakistan toured Australia. He owes a big thanks to Mazhar Majeed for granting him another season in a plate.

I am a firm believer that a great player should leave when he is still considered as one of the best in his area of expertise or at least he should be mature enough to understand the changing nature of their role. Prime examples of great players who said good bye are Adam Gilchrist and McGrath. Steve Waugh was another great example, who came under scrutiny during last season of his career but he shut all of his opponents by hitting one of his best tone in the very last match of his career.

When public start asking – Are we there yet? It does not do any good for the future Autobiography. I would like to see a superb last inning by Ricky and leave the cricket they way he deserve.  Doesn’t matter how much do I dislike the non-technical skills of Ricky Ponting I wouldn’t like to see him deported to Tasmania and advised only to race greyhounds, as Damien Flemming mentioned.