Najam Sethi was appointed as the acting chairman by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. -Photo by AFP.
Najam Sethi was appointed as the acting chairman by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. -Photo by AFP.

When Najam Sethi sat at the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) Annual Conference in London on Wednesday, he must have felt a little out of place.

For someone accustomed to holding his own as one of Pakistan’s savviest media personalities, the discomfiture of performing as Acting Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in the company of well heeled chief executives of other full member countries would have been daunting.

These chief executives are required to deal with contentious issues, which necessarily bring into play in-depth knowledge, sharp skills to demonstrate viability of ideas and a certain ability to negotiate for a favourable response, especially when an issue goes down the voting route.

Sixty-five-year-old Sethi’s second consecutive high profile but non-career positioning following a just concluded stint as the caretaker Punjab chief minister is a subject of intense speculation and scrutiny.

Unlike the chief minister stint, which had a mandatory limit, controversy over his nomination as PCB chief is likely to accompany him wherever he goes until he calls time or a gavel clinches the issue before that — as is often the case these days in Pakistan.

The Islamabad High Court is already seized of the matter. A petition has been filed by Abdullah Tahir, an amateur cricketer and law graduate, seeking Sethi’s removal, on grounds that his appointment is a violation of the PCB constitution.

The IHC has quite a task at hand since it was only recently that Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqi suspended the previous chairman, Zaka Ashraf, in response to a petition challenging his “dubious” election under the new PCB constitution and ordered the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination to appoint an interim chief in his stead.

The commotion surrounding Sethi’s new role is not without basis. For starters, even though the job is temporary, the veteran journalist has never been considered to have intricate knowledge of the game, much less having played at the highest level.

To be sure, there have been administrators before him, who have made the count with or without experience, but Sethi has never held a post associated with a sport touted as second religion in this part of the world.

Intriguing appointment

This brings into sharp focus the intriguing appointment made by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif — himself an inveterate cricket-lover, who overlooked the credentials of someone as erudite as the Cantabrigian Majid Khan, a former Pakistan captain and an astute cricket administrator.

The perception that Sharif didn’t want Majid to hold fort because he is related to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman (PTI) Imran Khan doesn’t stick because the two cousins are estranged with Majid not having spoken to Imran after the then-skipper first dropped his maternal cousin from a Test eleven on the 1982 English tour.

A source privy to the surprise development confided to Dawn.com, on condition of anonymity, that the ‘out-of-the-box’ appointment has come at the request of a leading media house eying lucrative broadcast rights of Pakistan’s forthcoming cricket series. The current ruling party is said to have long benefited from its popular reach.

What this will do for the interests of Pakistan cricket is a moot point. Transparency International Pakistan has, through an official communication, even urged the ICC to take notice of the appointment that it says is unlawful under the PCB constitution, which stipulates that only board members can elect an acting chairman in the event of the post falling vacant for more than 45 days.

After initially pledging to sort out the mess at the PCB and pleading for time, Sethi is now vowing to vacate the “temporary” slot once he is through with the ICC conference ending Saturday, approving the team for the tour to the West Indies and conducting the election of a full-time chairman.

That Sethi has been ill-at-ease in the new role is evident from his admission of being a little lost with the rather large PCB empire — more than 900 employees weighing down the Titanic, and whose departmental heads notoriously work at cross purposes.

The rough and tumble

Sethi got a first glimpse of the challenges — other than the legal — when coach Dav Whatmore reportedly tried to assert himself by making the pitch that Team Pakistan (that sunk to a new low in the just-concluded Champions Trophy) only needed one change — dropping Imran Farhat — before going on the Caribbean cruise. He was, mercifully, rebuffed.

The interim chief’s avowal to seek a reduction in the five-year sentence of disgraced young pacer Mohammad Aamir for spot-fixing also betrayed a lack of understanding the rules. Unless the law itself is changed — five-year is the minimum term for the offence under review — his plea “for God’s sake to reduce his ban” is unlikely to melt the governing body.

Even though politics and sports mix for negative reasons in some other countries as well, Pakistan is a standout.

Alice in Wonderland mien

The Pakistani run of play is generally a sombre reflection of its polity, the Alice in Wonderland kind of cricket board and a national team boasting characters right out of a comic book.

If you ever get confused thanks to the muddled modus operandi — and the chances are, you often will — know that it is the rule rather than an exception. Perhaps, you will also come to appreciate the reason for the cavalier nature of Team Pakistan and why it often flatters to deceive.

In this case, author Grantland Rice’s assertion that “it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game” is turned on its head. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has only provided the latest example of how gate crashing the party is still the norm.

Cricket, they say, is a funny game — a reference to its unpredictable nature. Probably, funnier still will be Sethi’s call to make his presence felt in an unchartered territory. But there is now a colourful tinge to the national soap opera with rival Imran Khan, who knows a thing or two about the game, upping the ante with his own plan to revive Pakistan cricket’s lost glory in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, where his party heads the government.

Welcome to the Mad Hatter’s party.

The writer is a senior journalist based in Islamabad.

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sarim hamza
Jun 27, 2013 04:31pm

whatever story you narrated above, can not change the fact that mr sethi has been rewarded for his svcs to mr nawaz sharif. dig out that narrative as well.

sakib
Jun 27, 2013 04:33pm

I am very disappointment in the writer of this piece. He came across as biased, baseless and devoid of what current situation PCB has gotton itself into. Stop playing politics for goodness sake and less the man do a job, he is only temporarily doing it. I respect his journalistic credentials and trust him to be an honest person with highest integrity. That's what's been missing in our departments. Stop spreading the negativity please. Thanks.

Saeed
Jun 27, 2013 04:34pm

A baseless article

Khanzada
Jun 27, 2013 04:33pm

sounds lika a hack of Imran Khan. i did not know that, to drive a car ,you have to be an auto mechanic!!!

Anas Aziz
Jun 27, 2013 04:50pm

sorry to say that it appears writer himself is not aware of Amir's case. Amir himself has said on PTV sports that undr ICC rules hus ban can be reviewed and relax this August. And so is also talk in the media as his 5 years term can be reviewed after half of his term is over, subjected to his behavior and rehab.

thanks.

Asjad
Jun 27, 2013 04:55pm

What Cricket credentials did Zaka Asharaf,Naseem Asharaf,Shehreyar Khan(except being a manager in the Indian tour), Tauqeer Zia had? The system is wrong, criticizing Najam Sethi will not do the job.The system has to change.

Tahir
Jun 27, 2013 04:56pm

Another story - told to us in Najam Sethi style.

Bilal
Jun 27, 2013 05:10pm

Next thing u do is make a barber take care of the Traffic department

Maqsood Ahmed
Jun 27, 2013 05:18pm

I am not sure about the context and material discussed in the article, hence no comments. However, it looks a nice piece of English composition.

anwar khushab
Jun 27, 2013 05:29pm

Excellent article. I have been a supporter of Dav Whatmore, but if it is true that he thinks Pakistan's batting problems are simply a matter of dropping Imran Farhat, then it is probably time that Whatmore was dropped. He seems to have forgotten the performances of Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, and Hafeez.

shahid
Jun 27, 2013 05:35pm

ICC please take note of the illegal appointment of Najam Sethi which is against the ICC policy, Govt of Pakistan has not right to appoint an acting or full time PCB Chairman.

Islamabad High Court it's time you wake up and give a proper ruling on its mert.

Afzal Mir
Jun 27, 2013 05:52pm

Method of high appointments is still the same. Cronies will get the front seat. Zardari and Nawaz Sharif are both chips of the same block Sharifs are happy as Sethi proved to be an obedient servant as interim Chief Minister of Punjab. They want to reward him..

Khan
Jun 27, 2013 06:01pm

He need to be awarded after dutifully performing the post of care taker Cheif Minister Punjab.

Patriot
Jun 27, 2013 06:05pm

Is this an "on-merit" appointment as proudly proclaimed in the manifesto of the ruling party? Our leaders continue playing with high expectations of this poor nation. Why not follow the constitution of PCB rather than going for adhocism? It is even more relevant as these days the Govt is stressing to follow the constitution of the country.

Rasa
Jun 27, 2013 06:28pm

@shahid: So, first you do a wrong decision. Then, you call others to solve your internal problem, and when the outside force comes and misuse its power, then you start to shout foul play. Clap Clap Clap Clap :D

Rasa
Jun 27, 2013 06:33pm

@anwar khushab: In cricket, there is no such thing as coach. Academies are the places where a player can improve his technique, and coaches usually work their. If a player really wants to improve then he has to spend time on practicing his batting in the nets. Coaches are pointless in cricket.

imtiaz
Jun 27, 2013 06:55pm

The system is wrong Mr Nawaz Sharif's action in appointing Sethi is wrong Sethi's acceptance of the appointment is wrong. Strange his all knowing "chirya" did not warn him that accepting this appointment or not refusing it, conflicts with his all knowing self righteous posturing in every episode of "Aapas Ki Baat" wrong man for the job Unnecessary turmoil in what is already a messy set up at PCB

Abdullah Hussain
Jun 27, 2013 07:12pm

Najam Sethi may not have in depth knowledge of running thetechnical cricketing affairs of Pakistan (similar to the recent two) nevertheless he has the capability to handle the administrative functions of the PCB better than others. Like several ministers having zero knowledge of the ministry assigned to them yet completes 5 years terms, Najam Sethi can rate better in his assignment. I think he can easily handle the Pakistani representation in the ICC meeting.

sethi sparrow
Jun 27, 2013 07:14pm

Muneeb, the co-anchor of sethi will be appointed as pakistan cricket team coach in next phase.

Maqsood Ahmed
Jun 27, 2013 07:19pm

@Maqsood Ahmed:Thanks God. There is someone out there who devouts his precious time for all of us and comes up with some ideas. I do not care if it is positive or negative thinking, atleast it is sort of critical thinking that brings up some real, unreal or idealistic points for others to ponder on and may be to help with improving their thought process! Having said that, impartial and independent difference of opinion based on sound and sincere ideas and viewpoints is the key for all of us to learn and grow in the age of information.

Jawwad
Jun 27, 2013 07:21pm

@Anas Aziz: Absolutely spot on. However, for that to happen PCB was supposed to arrange for Aamir to go about and speak on corruption to various programs etc. That never happened so I am afraid he is not legible for a review by ICC and his ban would stand as is. This was the job of PCB which of course they failed at just as in any other department.

Qamar
Jun 27, 2013 07:25pm

In a country of 16 million+, the rulers cannot find the right man for the right job???

Maqsood Ahmed
Jun 27, 2013 07:32pm

Believe me or not. Everything and every job is very simple and customer friendly in its originality and it has a natural system of its own to follow.

We have made the things retarded and named and visualized them as difficult so we know for real that they are difficult for us.

Throw any animal (adult or baby) in water (not in flood) and it will start swimming right away. For us, we need to learn swimming and anything else because we need to unlearn first I do not know what, what and what?

Zaka uddin
Jun 27, 2013 07:33pm

"that the ‘out-of-the-box’ appointment has come at the request of a leading media house eying lucrative broadcast rights of Pakistan’s forthcoming cricket series. The current ruling party is said to have long benefited from its popular reach."

Says it all. Same game of self interest & favouritism. Nothing changes.

talha
Jun 27, 2013 07:35pm

they (govt) have involved the whole country in filing treason against Musharraf, person who brings prosperity and peace to the nation, now Quaid residency is no more in Pakistan, they are attacking each n every place of the country but everyone is silent calling it terrorism in the books and law why don't they take action against those people and those who are enjoying such positions without having any relevant experience.

Pakistan mein sahy kehtay hey MOU BARA HO TU KUCH BHE MIL SAKTA HY najam sethi appointment is a clear example

Malik A
Jun 27, 2013 07:44pm

@Bilal: ...and who else do you think runs it?

Mystic
Jun 27, 2013 07:41pm

The title of this piece is misleading. There is no 'story behind' discussed here.

sethi sparrow
Jun 27, 2013 07:55pm

Muneeb Farooq the co-anchor of Mr sethi is set to become the new coach of Pakistan cricket team.

A. Khan
Jun 27, 2013 08:04pm

Who cares about the LHC or IHC suspending the PCB chairman ? PCB itself is running the risk of being suspended from ICC. This is because ICC has clearly stipulated that the boards should be free from political interference and the chairman should be elected NOT appointed by royal decree.

Thank you ICC, we obviously are incapable of adhering to this. So please suspend PCB. Hopefully that should knock some sense into our political leaders although they are so dense, I doubt it would.

Baluch
Jun 27, 2013 08:04pm

It would be a riot if Imran could put together a KP team that would thrash a Najam-Nawaz-Whatmore conceived one-day team - wonder what would be the appropriate stakes for such a game?

Fan
Jun 27, 2013 08:12pm

I saw a cartoon on the front page of weekly Fridaytimes today showing agrave with a wreath and a cricket bat on the gravestone.Honestly I thought Fridaytimes has grown enough to make fun of its owner.Iwas wrong.Anyway this grave very accurately depicted the state of the game after the appointment of a caretaker Chairman PCB.

malik
Jun 27, 2013 08:31pm

@Khan: You mean "rewarded"? Apparently, it seems he is punished at this time. Why not make him head of the Pakistan Hockey Federation instead.

malik
Jun 27, 2013 08:37pm

@Bilal: It is the story of misfits repeated throughout. Doctors (what right they have to call themselves as such, they only have a medical degree, never took the residency or passed the Board's exam if any) becoming Superintendant of Police, DC and other part of bureacracy. How come during their expensive and subsidized education did they not realize that their chosen profession could be somewhere else? This is a great irony that we have dearth of engineers and doctors, and they are simply chosing bureaucracy.Sethi may have been chosen not because of his knowledge of cricket but because of his management and of course common sense skills. While we are here how come Islamabad High Court has a righ to intervene in purely an administrative matter? Don't we have separation of powers i.e. executive, judiciary and legsilature from each other?

KQ
Jun 27, 2013 09:03pm

So what you are implying is that one of criteria of appointing a head of departments/organization should be that the person has experience of working in that organization at certain level. While I can't say anything about Journalism, that certainly is not the case in most other professions or professional sports worldwide for example Sep Blatter (FIFA) or Roman Abramovich (Chelsea FC). AS a CEO or Interim CEO Mr. Sethi needs to have only administrative skills and hire right people underneath him to run the operations effectively.

Hamza
Jun 27, 2013 09:16pm

@Maqsood Ahmed: You are completly ignorant.

Mustafa
Jun 27, 2013 09:18pm

Pakistan should tart raking the trophies if he can count runs as he counted votes.

Israr khan IsmailZai
Jun 27, 2013 09:25pm

So, what exactly is PML N doing different than PPP??????

Qaisar
Jun 27, 2013 09:32pm

whether he is appointed on the basis of politices or merit.he is having his own status reputiation an honest man we must deliver the departments i nthe hands of people like him.if decisions are made on the base of justice results in good output.

Akbar
Jun 27, 2013 09:33pm

Election Fixer will now become a Match Fixer

john
Jun 27, 2013 09:33pm

The chaos Pakistan cricket is in at the moment is a bigger problem than the reasons behind Mr. Sethi's appointment. I care more about his performance and how cleans up the cricket establishment during his stay. He is after all an interim chief. Judge him after he is done. If it was Imran Khan making the appointment, the minority youth posting on this forum would have been all rave about the decision. If he doesn't do the job or tries to consolidate his seat illegally, then by all means go on the offensive.
The young people of Pakistan, even adults for that matter, need to learn to have patience. Things don't happen in a day.

Jehan Zev
Jun 27, 2013 09:57pm

I don't understand the logic for appealing on behalf of Mohammad Amir. If we want to be seen as honourable and respectable in the comity of nations we have to enforce discipline no matter we win or loose.

Rashid
Jun 27, 2013 10:05pm

@Khan: Spot on. Payback is also due to Jang group for their unconditional support and writing poems of praise for PMLN day in, day out.

Zed
Jun 27, 2013 10:04pm

Pointless article, why do a Chairman and I repeat Chairman of PCB need to have good cricketing credentials??

He just needs to be a good manager no??

zia khan
Jun 27, 2013 10:10pm

As a matter of policy PCB must be headed by a cricketer who has represented Pakistan at international level. The induction of bureaucrats as head should stop. It gives unnecessary importance to people who cannot do their own job properly and reflects colonial mindset. Sethi is not a bureaucrat but equally unqualified to head PCB. Government should let cricket professionals run PCB. Persons like Zahir Abbas, Sarfraz, Miandad, Majid, Imran, Wasim Rameez and so on should be the heart and soul of PCB. It will be only then our team will be able to regain its position.

AJ
Jun 27, 2013 10:28pm

@sarim hamza: Or is it a reward for his services as well as his media house's. Who said Nawaz Sharif has changed since 1999. Would he make NAB as an independent institution? Would he ban developement funds for the members of parliment? No is the answer to these questions and same goes for cricket too.

Adeel
Jun 27, 2013 10:41pm

@sakib: If he was an 'honest person with highest integrity' he would never have accepted the place which is not meant for him (everyone in the town knows it). Biased is in fact your comment, not the article! However as commented by someone else above, the problem lies in the system which must be rectified.

sana
Jun 27, 2013 11:43pm

since 1998 PCB has never seen any chairman in accordance with its constitution. PCB is just a high making money machine. Look at that pathetic Toqeer Zia, then 1000 years old Ijaz But and then the lame Zaka ashraf and now this. Anyway Pakistan is heading very fast on a route which no one knows will lead to ...

kamran
Jun 28, 2013 01:20am

@anwar khushab: AGREE, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal has to go with Imran Farhat. Also Afridi only suitable for T20. For ODI HamadAzam/Wahab should be in place of Afridi. We need batsmen to stay on the wicket for 50 overs and score. In ODI Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafid and Umer Amin should be included. Whatmore should at least learn from Indian batting line up. Where is Sewag, Khambir, Yuyraj, Tundulker???

DonLeoni
Jun 28, 2013 01:39am

hmmm. it seems pay time for the j e w tv and co......................during elections they and their very "veteran" team members did what not to make N party take majority in those so "fair" elections.

junaid
Jun 28, 2013 01:57am

I don't blame Sethi himself, because he is doing what he was asked to do. It is the people who appointed him by ignoring the constitution. In comments below, someone said that systems needs to be changed. I think constitution is / was there,and government failed to follow it. There is a saying that " Systems are not bad or wrong it is the people in the system". Government had a very simple answer to this problem, in the absence of chairman, they should have conducted voting among the board of directors and appoint the winer. This is how democracy works, if the government believes in it. So far they have not proved it.

DonLeoni
Jun 28, 2013 02:12am

Pay time for the channel and their "veterans"...................

Nizamuddin Ahmad
Jun 28, 2013 02:12am

I am not a fan of Mr. Sethi but he always preached fair business practice. How come he did not practiced what he preaches. The lectures are for the " other guys " perhaps.

Adeel Mirza
Jun 28, 2013 02:50am

Right Man on wrong place (Najam Sethi not fit for the job) anyway these players should be retired Younus, Afridi, Karam, Sohaib Malik, Imran Farhat, New blood age 18-22 yrs boys to be bring. No West Indies tour in Ramzan Mubark ( 7 July -7 Aug 2013) Respect Ramzan.

hamid
Jun 28, 2013 05:40am

Two things to consider: 1) The PCB constitution provides a method for appointment of interim chairman. Then why did the court ask the ministry to appoint an interim chairman? Why not advise the board to appoint one? Perhaps it deemed the elected members as unlawful, too. 2) We should stop sympathizing with corrupt cricketers, no matter how talented they are. This should be the deterrent for future. Otherwise laws will be flouted by talented corrupt and the country will have to put up with the shame again and again. Mohammad Amir was a talented cricketer who sacrificed his own career for money.

Tiger Khan
Jun 28, 2013 06:06am

Such a shame for the TV rights of PAK cricket series he has been appointed acting chairman and every one knows where sethi works as a journalist. The point seems to have weight in it and every wise man will be moved by it. Who has allowed Nawaz Sharif to appoint an adhoc chairman but it is more or less the reward of "free and fair elections" by sethi in Punjab. May Allah bless Pakistan. A sad overseas Pakistani

azmat khan
Jun 28, 2013 06:30am

@sarim hamza: How the recent general elections were conducted in the Punjab. Were not they rigged with the connivance of the Punjab administration.Hence the reward.

Aleem
Jun 28, 2013 09:42am

@Bilal: Why not? A barber could be an interior minister in PPP Government, Why can't a barber look after traffic in present regime? Najam Sethi, probably a gentleman, must have accepted to head the PCB in the best national interest

Aleem
Jun 28, 2013 09:54am

@shahid: May be the court & the judicial fraternity is busy for the upcoming "Musharaf Series."

Saroj kapoor
Jun 28, 2013 10:19am

PAKISTANIS ALWAYS COME OUT WITH CONSPIRACIES THEORIES. NAJAM SETHI IS A MAN OF HONESTY AND INTEGRITY. WHY A CHAIRMAN SHOULD KNOW THE DEEPEST KNOWLEDGE OF CRICKET. THE PERSON WRITING THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT DESERVE ANY RESPECT OR ATTENTION.

Waqas
Jun 28, 2013 10:19am

Everyone is honest, until he gets a chance which then proves what he's made of!

Faysal
Jun 28, 2013 11:32am

I don’t know why we forget that, it is all about favoring one person on behalf of his/her behavior to the other person is a norm of our so called society. That is the society that we have built over the years, which have no rules, no values and above everything, have conventional rituals of power play.

What we have been doing for the last 67 years, have we forgotten all that? Have we forgotten who we and what we have did on so many occasions in the last 67 years with so many people around? I am wondering why we have not correlated the appointment of NS with a neighboring country......

Dilawer
Jun 28, 2013 11:53am

Pakistani Players have boycotted several times and rebelled against their captain(s). Do you think they have the conscience and guts to stand up this time against this appointment of new PCB Chief? They should refuse to play.

Irfan Shakir
Jun 28, 2013 12:07pm

Whatmore should consider Malik, Akmal out of team. however i need writer to be more elaborated on "granting future broadcast contract to 'leading media house' (probably Geo Super)"

AAA
Jun 28, 2013 12:19pm

The appointment of sethi is to please GEO group & in return get more favorable comments from Geo for nanawaz & company. HAAAAAAAAAAAHA

himidik
Jun 28, 2013 12:28pm

*why, after all his 'good job' durining 'election; he deserved a that place - what is the harm.

hmirza
Jun 28, 2013 12:38pm

I had already said, this is quid pro quo for helping Nawaz with the elections in Punjab. But Sethi has certainly compromised his own standing as a journalist. Cannot imagine how he will ever be able to criticize any " irregular" appointment in future.

fida sayani
Jun 28, 2013 01:48pm

Ashraf was dethroned for not following the ICC Rules and now Nawaz sharif has installed Sethi, who does not know ABCD of cricket. The problem with Muslims is that having being ruled by Caliph, Kings and Dictators, they are very short on Democracy.

Ali
Jun 28, 2013 02:43pm

The PCB chairman does not necessarily need to have cricketing credentials. Just because someone has played cricket at the highest level, or any other sport for that matter, does not automatically make them a good administrator of the game. I would question Sethi's administrative credentials, people management skills, ability to delegate and ability to interface with the ICC and other cricket boards instead.

muhammad saad
Jun 28, 2013 04:38pm

@shahid: for your kind information IHC ORDERED GOVT of PAKISTAN to appoint interim chairman.

Wellwisher
Jun 28, 2013 04:39pm

Mr. Israr Khan, seriously? Dont tell me you were expecting that things were going to get better with NS in power? You got to be living in world of your own. I hope that the affluent and powerful of Pakistan rise up to the level of animals cuz they have stooped so low that it would a real will for them to come to an animals standards.

Salina
Jun 28, 2013 05:08pm

@sakib: whoever is the writer of this piece, only tried to impress the readers by using unusual and ugly words. The purpose should be to convey the meaning and not to unsuccessfully impress the readers with unorthodox words

nasim khan
Jun 28, 2013 05:08pm

Pakistani politicians, cricket administrators and some ex-players (like Intikhab alam, ramiz raja sort of players) spoiling pakistani cricket, it is shame, players like ramiz raja does not have any common sense, he is good at praising the Indian players (who rightly deserve), but ramiz praising them to score some good points, why Intikhab alam is still chipking with the PCB when he does not have any thing to offer,

Noor
Jun 29, 2013 12:54am

@fida sayani: Just stick to your knowledge of cricket . Do not bring Islamic History as this is not historical event or dept what so ever .

Zar Aslam
Jun 29, 2013 09:21am

Very articulate and well written! Impressed!

Abdul Waheed
Jun 29, 2013 11:22am

@fida sayani: To say that Muslims were being governed by Kings, Dictators can be realistic but people of this region of Indus Civilizationm including Punjab were being ruled by invaders / tribal war lords of Central Asia / Europe.People of Punjab always facilitated invaders / strong rulers. As such we are obedient servants. However, people who attain some authority / power overlook principles / rules and are swept with flattery and vested interests. Here in this case there is clearly vested interest to win favour of GEO / Jang group.

Jaffer K
Jun 29, 2013 01:23pm

If the affairs of this country have been managed by the most unqualified person for 5 years, what is the problem with a well educated man managing affairs of cricket temporarily ?

Dilawer
Jun 30, 2013 05:36am

@Jaffer K: What a cryptic logic!! People with this cryptic logic are the root cause of all the ills the pakistani society is facing. One should not be doing wrong things if everybody else is doing it.

Dilawer
Jun 30, 2013 05:37am

@nasim khan: The natural Cycle does not take place in Pakistan.Just wondering when the old dead woods will be elimniated.