The Action Continues

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The land of surprises has one more. Once upon a time two players, Asif & Shoaib who were proved culprits in front of a tribunal one day & it was decided that all the proof points towards their ill intention have suddenly from no where became angels right now.

The breaking news is that the tribunal has (God help us from our tribunals) awoken and suddenly found that the evidence is no more there (disappeared somewhere?) & that the two are as clean as anyone could be. Such is the level of drama our judicial system (in any form) creates. And if that’s not enough, the tribunal had one member absent when the decision was taken and Shaoib & Asif were also absent. So one can clearly understand how serious the PCB itself, the new management, the two players was about this all.

If it is indeed true that they were innocent, how they were punished so severely & we yet don’t know on what basis they have been cleared. And guess what ? A report of this whole matter will be sent to ICC. If it accepts whatever that will be in that report fine. But suppose ICC does not agree with the way proceedings have taken place and says there is a behind the scene drama by PCB in it. What then ?. We shall see one more drama I guess.

Here is another angle. The PCB after figuring out that we may well be kicked out of the World Cup before crucial round starts has once again, to fool the public made a mockery of justice. We, as crazy we are for cricket for sure will forget any wrong doing, if it has been done, once we get into semi finals. God help us.

And we not short of angles. Is it that all this drama was done to see Shehryar baba off ?.. If it was then, very well done all. You definitely deserve the applause. And so the drama (read action) continues.

17 Comments so far

  1. Cy (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    MB: I don’t see the word Karachi in your post – perhaps you need to move this elsewhere.


  2. verysmart (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 12:42 pm

    Pakistan-cricket .. karachi.. all relevent.

    anyways.
    MB .. dont be so judgemental.. wait for the details of the decision to come out. this is not the first such case in sports worldwide.. this has been done before and by europeans and americans (I cant quote any examples right now)

    It was accpeted earlier by even the malaysian testing lab that they have not carried out the proceedures to the letter chalked out by WADA (the worldwide sports doping agency) that announcement came after the banning decision.. so the descison was a suspected one… since the substance in question can also be found in the human body due to other causes (cow meat, soem energy-fizzy drinks) rather than just the increased drug intake.

    I dont think the judiciary or the system is to be blamed here.. it was done as a precautionary action and if there were any doubts in the earlier decision it has been ironed out (benefit of the doubt rule)in the appeal tribunal. I think this is how it is followed all over the world.

    I dont give a damn about what Indian media or BBC has to say about it… when it comes to Paksitan we can never expect an unbiased statement from them anyways… so celebrate!


  3. turab (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

    But KHIETTES are die hard cricket fans…….. it affects us all!!!!!!!!!


  4. Hasnain (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

    Another dubious decision from the Kangaroo Court. Mockery of justice has once again come out the winner. The absence of Shoaib and Asif clearly indicates how and when the decision was reached. Were the two bowlers not interested in the decision or was it they already knew the outcome? What boggles the mind here is why was all the drama created in the first place when they had to be acquitted. Here, would WADA (world anti-doping agency) remain mum about it and will the ICC behave like it has seen no evil and heard no evil? It is surely a black day in the history of PCB…


  5. MB (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

    Come on CY. You know very well how easy it is to put Karachi in between. Karachiites are the most crazy people when its about cricket. This good news for all of them.


  6. MB (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 1:37 pm

    “Black day or not” is another question but the interesting thing is what will be the response of ICC. And what if any tussle starts between PCB & ICC. Alternatively it would be great if they respond positively. Right now all their representative said on TV was they will look into it when they will get the report officially.


  7. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

    Friends there have been instances internationally when reputed athletes were exonerated by courts completely after being found guilty. Greg Rusedki (if i recall correctly) was cleared compleltely …so aagain ….falling prey to being overly critical of ourselves we are pointing fingers at our courts…….Guys relax and see how things develop b4 being judgmental and declaring the whole proceedings were nothing but farce! MB …now you cant blame that at KMB you try to show things as they are…at times you come dangerously close to the fine line dividing good and biased reporting….!


  8. SWA (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 5:40 pm

    One thing comes to mind: with the right influence and the right money, everything goes in this country.

    If we continue with this messed up justice system, Pakistan will soon lose credibility in everything in the world.


  9. original-anon (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 6:02 pm

    Come on MB, if Karachiites are such cricket fanatics and you so want to cater to them, where were you when the test match was being played in Karachi? Did anyone from your team bother to report on it?


  10. wasiq (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 5:33 am

    No comment!


  11. MB (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 6:51 am

    ANAON :
    You are right bro, it was indeed partly my mistake. Frankly i waited for others to write something and i did plan to go myself to enjoy the match but got ill and i hoped some one will take care of it & i had to do that Edhi post as well. We all missed it out. I dont know why others could not do it. Dr was out of Karachi. Mansoor and Unaiza are hell busy. Thats all i have about others.

    No one , inlcuding myself is thinking about a dodge that has been trying to given to the ICC. What if Asif & Shoaib ( innocently or otherwise) landed in trouble when ICC team was suppose to take the tests. They along with PCB scripted the whole drama ( which is now unfolding ) and here are now. This is again just another possibility and untill we get the truth, speculation is the only thing that will be around. And everyone will be the target of it.


  12. MB (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 8:37 am
  13. MB (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 8:40 am

    And Rameez Raja isn’t different :

    “Fingers have to be pointed towards PCB for a technical goof up “


  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 9:54 am

    MB, what Ramiz Raja mean that PCB tried to act like smart ass but got failed after putting Asif and Shoaib in Danger. Nasim is still being a moron and now saying that both can’t play for 6 months.


  15. ash (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 10:17 am

    Whatever. These guys arent murderers or rapists, if they get a light sentance i personally dont care. The ICC and PCB will have to negotiate some sort of compromise to keep this dignified for everyone.
    Why shouldnt we go to bat for members of our own team? I promise you if an australian superstar screwed up their board would try to protect them too.


  16. MB (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 8:59 pm
  17. MB (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    People do know what the deal is about :
    http://www.dawn.com/2006/12/12/letted.htm#8



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