If Ejaz Butt were to be in charge of our history books:
- Brutus did not actually stab Julius Ceaser. Ceaser tripped on a rug and fell on a butter knife that Brutus was holding for the King.
- Jackie Kennedy actually was the second shooter on the grassy knoll.
- Elvis never left the building. He is still hanging out by that dimly lit corner.
- The Jews in ’30s and ’40s Germany committed mass suicide. They were part of a cult and it was just a 9-year long ceremony.
- Maradona cleanly headed that ball in for the goal.
- Radio killed the Video star.
- Two plus Two is most certainly Five.
- You can teach an old dog new tricks.
- Ricky Ponting is the most liked cricketer in the history of the sport.
- Tom Cruise is the sanest person in the world. Well, next only to Mr. Ejaz Butt.
When it comes to administrative ineptitude, Cricket boards across the world will give the George W. Bush administration a run for their money. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) absolutely takes the cake with their inefficiency, lack of backbone to follow through with their own decisions and the punishments they hand down to the players. The England and Wales Cricket Board (EWCB technically, but ECB for our discussion here, as no one except for the Welsh care for the Wales part of the Board.. Also, I heard the Cardiff pitch sucks), is slightly better than the PCB but not by very much.
While everyone has been focused on the spotfixing scandal involving the Pakistani players, the goof ups by the ECB are flying under the radar. The English pride themselves in the rule of law, the power of democracy, and general hoity-toity-ness. take out or rearrange sentence?]. By their own rules, one of the fundamental tenets when it comes to someone being accused of any wrongdoing is that the person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
All you have is a shady agent/bookie caught on an undercover sting carried out by a tawdry tabloid, claiming that he has connections with the Pakistan players and can spotfix. There is no proof (not yet, anyway) that would be admissible in a court of law, that could bring about a criminal case against the players and perhaps, get a conviction. For starters, the tape could have been made after Aamer and Asif bowled the no balls. As was noted in this Guardian news article, it is going to be extremely hard to prove anything beyond a reasonable doubt.
Even if a court case is brought on at a later time and the evidence incriminates the players and leads to a conviction, all these things have not happened yet. There is no legal case filed against the players and yet, everybody is treating them like criminals. There have been allegations of impropriety and accusations are flying in from all directions, thick and fast. I say, Hold on a minute. The burden of proof is with the accusers and not the players. The players don’t have to come out and prove their innocence.
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Giles Clarke, the ECB Chief who happily ran around holding hands with thatscamming twerp Allen Stanford like they are BFFs, all for a chance at loading up their coffers with ill-gotten money, treated Mohammed Aamer at the post-series ceremony at the Long Room in the Lord’s with so much disdain like he had leprosy* or something. Why the fuck did you hold the presentation ceremony indoors in the first place? What were you afraid of? Boos? Get a grip. If the people who have paid through their noses feel cheated by the allegations and want to let the players know exactly how they feel, then let them. Freaking pussy, this Giles. I guess all the Clarkes are pussies at some level (I don’t know most of them but let’s assume I am right on this one since includes Michael Clarke).
Posted in Controversy, England, Pakistan
Tagged Allen Stanford, ECB, Geoff Miller, Giles Clarke, Kevin Pietersen, Mohammed Aamer, Mohammed Asif, PCB, Salman Butt, Spot Fixing
The latest alleged sudden fall from grace, if proven true, will send Pakistani Cricket back to the stone ages. Two of the best fast bowlers going around in the world, including a sparkling teenager with a million watt smile, with abilities compared to the finest exponent of left arm fast bowling ever, are in the middle of this quagmire. This is not a couple of cagey veterans caught in a get-rich-quick scheme. Due to internecine politicking that has come to define Pakistani cricket, the current team was forced to blood youngsters and consequentially, a team full of promise but struggling in the short term and certainly would have been a force to be reckoned with in the future, was in the making.
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Posted in Controversy, Pakistan
Tagged Controversy, ECB, England, Mazher Majeed, Mohammed Aamer, Mohammed Asif, No ball, Pakistan, PCB, Salman Butt, Spot Fixing, Test Match, Wahab Riaz
James Anderson Match Figures: 37-15-71-11
I have been included as one of the contributing writers at The HoldingWilley. My first article “To Watch or To Switch” was published today. Take a look. Thanks.
Just for a moment, if I were to ask you to play a game of guess who, will ya? Pretty please, with sugar on top? Excellent. A particular cricket team from the sub-continent is playing a certain team from the Southern hemisphere. A precocious bowling talent from the Asian team just outsmarted and outwitted the other team’s captain and took his wicket through brilliant bowling and even better field placing. He is ecstatic that his plan came through and is running down the pitch to celebrate with his team mates. In doing so, he realizes he has come too close to the departing player and tries to avoid him. But then, the opposing captain extends his elbow to jab the bowler and mouths a few things as well, as parting favor.This sort of behavior, as we know, is a big no-no in cricket. Average cricket fan watching the game thinks: The captain is in some shit. He is gonna be pulled up by the match referee at the end of the day. Perhaps, a 50% match fees penalty is on his way.
Yep. The match referee hauls up both the players involved but absolves the captain of any and all wrongdoing and instead admonishes the young bowler. Where the fuck is the justice in that?
If you haven’t seen the incident, here it is for your viewing. The long and short of it.
While playing for my university in the U.S., one of my mates, James who is an Aussie, after almost every time he would pick up a wicket, would say, “Shit gets wickets”. That was a brutally honest opinion from him about his own bowling. Although he was of wiry build, he could generate a decent amount of pace with his nippy action but his ideas about line and length – the fundamental tools for a good bowler – were non-existent. Well, he had some ideas about them but never could carry it out on a cricket pitch. Therefore, in spite of James’ best efforts, sometimes, the batsmen would gift wrap their wickets.
Posted in Australia, Pakistan
Tagged Australia, Kamran Akmal, Marcus North, Pakistan, Sachin Tendulkar, Salman, Shahid, Shane Warne, Shane Watson, Simon Katich, Test Match Sofa, Umar Akmal