I was reading an article about the next ICC AGM this month. The article was a well written one contributed by AFP. The last line however reads – “(the meeting) …will closely examine the problem of corruption, after last year’s spot-fixing scandal involving Pakistan.”
The article made me think about the way Pakistan Cricket is being victimized by the media and ICC members countries. The spot fixing scandal was an individual action not the country’s or the Board’s. Therefore it should be written as such.
I desired to comment on the article but comments do not always get published without editing. Once you post a comment, it normally goes in the waiting queue for approval and by the time they approve your comment, new comments may have also been posted thus pushing your comments out of the first page and thereby out of the viewer’s eye. Anyway, I have started this blog for the cricket lovers like me to post their articles and comment on cricketing events around the world.
Now coming back to our topic. The article titled “ICC set for fiery talks in Hong Kong” published on http://www.thenews.com.pk website has referred to the spot-fixing scandal as Pakistan’s. If one ponders, one realizes that on many occasions, Pakistan Cricket is mistreated and misrepresented in the media all around the world. Accepting the fact that Pakistan Cricket has a lot of problems and is being run by an incompetent board that has created issues where there were no issues, has strained relations with several cricket boards around the world and has even threatened to take the ICC to court. But still, looking at it from a Pakistani cricket lover’s perspective, one feels victimized.
Pakistan is a small country and has its problems but that does not mean that anyone can choose to disgrace her and humiliate her in any way he/she desires.
Pakistan is a victim of unsupportive attitude of its neighbour countries and fellow boards. It was stripped off its right to host the 2011 Cricket World Cup with the major share of the matches planned in to be played in Pakistan going to India. What one fails to understand is that, if there were security threats, Pakistan could have hosted her matches in the UAE as has been the case in other home series. But no, there was a lot of money involved and the more powerful wanted to take a chunk out of it.
I am priety sure that once the security situation in Pakistan improves, Pakistan would not get to host a world cup on its own as a compensation for the 2011 Worldcup. If Pakistan shows her desire to do so, India would have to be included as a natural partner thus giving further advantage to India.
As a cricket fan, I do not care about the monetary benefits of hosting matches. All I care about is neat and clean cricket. Unfortunately, cricket is getting plagued with power politics. I am not sure if we can call it a gentleman’s game anymore. All I see is that the game is no more fair or free from politics. Can a country like bangladesh or Ireland ban Indian teams from the Champions league. I wonder if England or South Africa can. But surely India can and has. India has also refused to allow its players in the Srilankan Cricket League thus giving SLCL major financial setback interms of viewership and broadcasting revenues. I am sure, if Pakistan launches its version of the IPL, the BCCI would definately be the major obstacle to cross. Furthermore, Pakistan is the only major test playing nation not to have a team in the Champions League. Its players are not welcome at the IPL. And most interestingly, the next ICC president for 2014 is supposed to be nominated by Pakistan and Bangladesh and we hear talks that powerhouse India is spearheading a move to end the rotational presidency system. Thus countries like Pakistan, Srilanka, Bangladesh, West Indies and Zimbabwe can forget about having the ICC presidency.
Let us leave politics out of cricket. If the political ties between India and Pakistan deteriorate, we see the that the test series gets cancelled. This should not be the case. Cricket should not be effected by it. Infact, cricket should work to bring the counties back together.