Stories about BCCI

7 Things Najam Sethi should do as PCB chairman

In 1976, Bollywood released a film called Hurfun Maula (jack of all). Very few people realised that this was actually a premonition for what Najam Sethi’s future career would be. The Lahori Man For All Occasions (LMFAO) is now leading the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), after stints as caretaker CM Punjab, anchor on Geo, and editor of Friday Times. So here are some suggestions on what he should do in his latest job. Change the Name: As you might have realised, Pakistan is currently as popular on the global cricket scene as a leper in a surgery ward. However, you can ...

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IPL6: Finally, it’s Mumbai’s turn

Lately, off the field controversies have stolen the limelight and it seems as if everyone has forgotten about the IPL 6’s final that took place on Sunday. This match was played between two of the strongest sides of the tournament; Chennai versus Mumbai. There was something peculiar about these two teams playing in the final and Lalit Modi’s suspension in the previous IPL stood witness to that. Though the rowdy crowd at Eden Garden had not forgotten this, it was as crowded and boisterous as ever. For Chennai Super Kings (CSK) the match itself was nothing new; this was their fifth ...

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The IPL love affair — a poisoned chalice

Cricket’s reputation has once again come under the scanner. The latest scandal to have rocked the game occurred when the Indian Premier League (IPL) was in full swing, with three players of the Rajasthan Royals’ franchise arrested for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing. That the IPL’s very survival is now under threat does not come as a surprise. Since its inception in 2008, the league has been plagued by financial irregularities, sponsorship rows and ownership issues. Lalit Modi, the man who conceived the idea of launching cricket’s version of football’s showpiece spectacle for clubs — the Champions League — has been ...

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IPL: A league of extraordinarily corrupt gentlemen

Players are fixed, umpires are fixed, team owners are fixed, and perchance the whole Indian Premier League (IPL) has been fixed and compromised by vested interests out to subvert the beautiful game of cricket. The world has come to know of appalling corruption involving the arrest of three Indian players and a franchise owner in alleged spot-fixing and wagering. If this was not enough, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has withdrawn Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf from the upcoming Champions Trophy for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing and betting being probed by the Mumbai police. Rauf abruptly left India earlier ...

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Spot-fixing: Why the double standards for Indian players?

Pakistan as a nation was exposed to ridicule brought on it by three of its leading cricket players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir in August 2010 when they were first charged, and later found guilty of spot-fixing. The sport which was known to provide Pakistan its greatest scene of triumph and pride was turned into a source of embarrassment. The players were immediately suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The international media – English and Indian scribes in particular – went on to repeat the question of whether Pakistan should be allowed to continue to play cricket ...

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Thank you for inviting us, India

It’s official: the most exciting cricket series of the year will kick off on December 25, when arch-rivals Pakistan and India meet in a Twenty20 International match in Bangalore. Promptly, and almost expectedly, chief of Shiv Sena, India’s equivalent of Pakistan’s assorted anti-India groups, Bal Thackeray came out with an asinine statement calling the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s invitation to the Pakistan cricket team a matter of “national shame”. For me, his statement has done little more than set the stage for a series I have craved since Pak-India ties came to an abrupt halt in 2007. But my ...

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India vs Pakistan: Replace diplomacy with Cricket

After four years of constant refusal to resume bilateral cricketing relations and giving Pakistan cricket the cold shoulder, the ice has finally started to melt. The Board of Control for Cricket  in India (BCCI) finally decided to restart the most intense cricket rivalry in the world, having invited Pakistan to play three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20s in India later this year. With bilateral cricket ties with India on hold ever since the 2008 Mumbai attacks, followed by the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009, not to mention the 2010 spot-fixing saga and Pakistan being stripped off ...

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Bringing cricket back, the South African way

So, the latest news is that eight companies, including Ten Sports, Nimbus and Geo TV, have already made their recommendations to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), while another three are expected to do so this week. Chairman PCB Zaka Ashraf is working on what can easily be called the Pakistani ‘mission impossible’. He wants Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India to visit Pakistan; his players to be a part of the Indian Premier League, Sialkot to play the Champions League and to start the Pakistani Premier League in couple of months. What the PCB needs to understand is that they are repeating a ...

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Tendulkar: A retirement or a century?

Every cricket lover will agree that Sachin Tendulkar is indeed a legend. He has been one of the best batsmen, the most prolific run maker and arguably the biggest cricket icon the game has ever known. Let’s recap his achievements. Tendulkar is not only the man with the most runs under his belt (over 15,000 in Tests and over 18,000 in ODIs), he is also the first cricketer to score 200 runs in an ODI. With the increasing trend of T20 cricket, it seems that his record for the most runs in ODIs and Test matches will stay with him forever. But now there’s ...

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IPL: A story of continuing insults for Pakistan

This is not the first time that politics has intruded the Pakistan-India cricket scene. In fact, this is the fifth time that Pakistan has been snubbed by the Indian Premier League. As the diplomatic war between the rivals wages on, the Pakistani players are excluded. Unfortunately, the Pakistani authorities remain cooperative and apologetic; they don’t feel the insult, but instead keep going back for more rejection.  First IPL: Pakistani players knocked the tournament and Sohail Tanvir was the leading wicket taker. But when Shoaib Akhtar complained fabout not receiving the contracted amount, he became the bad boy. Second IPL: India accused Pakistan of involvement in ...

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