Love, donkeys and Pakistani cricket

Published: August 31, 2010

Veena accused Asif of having a 'criminal mind' abd being a 'serial-fixer'

Following the accusations of suspected match-fixing hurled at Pakistan’s cricket team, a plethora of explanatory theories have been put forth. Some, like the Pakistan Team Manager Yawar Saeed, discount the view that the cricket team is ‘institutionally corrupt’ whilst the more diehard of enthusiasts have instantly suggested that it is merely an Indian-manufactured conspiracy. Furthermore, some – who have been disillusioned by the team’s objectionable conduct – have resorted to leading a procession of donkeys through the streets of Lahore and pelting them with shoes. Of course, there are some, like Veena Malik (Mohammad Asif’s ex-girlfriend) who have capitalized on this opportunity just to unleash a personal vendetta. 

 Unfortunately, the core issue – of the team’s fraudulence – cannot be rectified by tossing rotten tomatoes at innocent donkeys. There must be a more instructive response to this debacle which, in this context, can only be reaped through the ICC Cricket Code of Conduct. This essentially outlines a set of regulations that govern the conduct of ‘professional players in the sport of cricket’ and indicates that the players may be eligible to the following punitive actions in the event of match-fixing:

a)     Fined a percentage of their salary

b)    Banned from a number of matches or

c)     Banned for a number of years or for life.

 More significantly, it highlights the serious offences under which these lines of actions can be exercised. These include ‘gambling on matches (betting), failing to perform in a match in return for a benefit, such as money or goods, inducing the player to perform one of the above two actions and failure to report certain incidents relating to match-fixing or gambling’.

What is particularly disturbing is that these sanctions and penalties are as applicable to Pakistan’s cricket team as its reputation for defraud. At this juncture – when the nation is struggling to understand yet another form of corruption – it is important to modify our preconceptions about the people we venerate as our role models.

The fact is, we have grown so accustomed to the celebrity syndrome that we fail to detect the authenticity of those we fanatically idolize. Perhaps that is why ‘serial match-fixers’ (as Veena Malik aptly describes them) are household names and a very superficial response has been shown to this underhanded act of treason.


Taha Kehar

A blogger on social events and has previously worked as Assistant Editor for a media magazine. He is currently pursuing Law Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He tweets @TahaKehar.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • shariz

    Vina Malik has got big mouth these days, i saw her on telly last night all she was doing trying hard to speak english saying all the players should be banned for life time blah blah blah !!! Even she is on front page of paper called Mirror here in UK as asif ex-girlfriend.She was getting so emotional over match fixing from players even in Mirror she said that Asif told me that we wouldnt win the test series, she is clearly against the players.She says that we (Pakistanis) are ashamed ‘coz of our players its shameful act from Pakistani players.
    But here im really surprised by Vina she shows that she love Pakistan & she respect her country, but my question to Vina is where this respect & solidarity was when she accepted nude photo session from photographer against big money & then all those photos were on internet for everybody. She should see her self first before pointing finger to our players. Recommend

  • Anoop

    Pakistan team is the microcosm of its society.Recommend

  • parvez

    Anoop you’r so predictably droll.Recommend

  • Anoop


    Accusing someone or calling a name is way easier than arguing against an opinion, I understand.Recommend

  • saee

    oh veena veena if u had solid evidences dan wat were u doing for 4 months…..n ur disclosing now…….stop defaming our country for ur personal reasons with asif………..plz its better to shut ur mouth……..Recommend

  • Munazza sami

    hahaahaaaha sasti shuhrat…….cheap girl…..Recommend

  • A.A. Haji

    Mashallah you are such a talented writer. Tribune has great blogists.

    May cricket return to greatness it was in prescandal, and you become a successful lawyer in this country with cool business partners. Thanks.Recommend