Imran Khan wants better governance for Pak cricket

Published: October 15, 2010
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Imran Khan fears fast bowlers might go the "way of the dinosaurs". PHOTO: EPA

Imran Khan fears fast bowlers might go the "way of the dinosaurs". PHOTO: EPA

KARACHI: Former Pakistan cricket team captain Imran Khan has called for an overhaul of the country’s cricket set-up after the ICC warned the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to improve its governance and enforce anti-corruption measures.

“For years now our players have been linked to corruption,” the cricketer turned politician told a private news channel on Thursday after the International Cricket Council’s warning.

“When the spot fixing allegations first came out against our players in the News of the World newspaper, the PCB itself should have taken action against the players instead of waiting for the ICC to step in,” Imran added.

The ICC suspended Pakistan test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif after the Sunday newspaper claimed they had been bribed to do spot fixing during the fourth test against England at Lords in August. The three players have denied any wrongdoing.

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt also had to withdraw allegations he made against the England team that they were involved in taking bribes to lose the third one-dayer at the Oval on September 17.

“The ICC move to warn us and put us on notice is a shameful day for every Pakistani. It is a shame for Pakistan cricket and the reason is we don’t have any cricket institution in Pakistan,” Imran said.

“Ijaz Butt’s governance has been a failure. He should have resigned the moment he apologised to the England board and withdraw his statement because they threatened him with legal action,” he added.

Imran said although the country had lots of talent, Pakistan cricket was in constant crisis because the board was not elected and there was no “meritocracy” in the cricket structure.

“Tell me in which country does the president appoint the chairman of the cricket board,” he said.

“Today we face problems because the cricket board never took action against players accused of match-fixing.

“In order to save itself and to ensure we didn’t lose key players the administrators were reluctant to carry out and complete investigations against such players,” Imran said.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Oct 15, 2010 - 12:12PM

    spot on!Recommend

  • Ali AMEEN
    Oct 15, 2010 - 1:18PM

    Poor khan and his long wish list ! Recommend

  • No BS
    Oct 15, 2010 - 2:22PM

    @ Ali Ameen

    No buddy, its poor u and me who have to suffer this embaressment of ICC kicking us out of cricketRecommend

  • arshad
    Oct 15, 2010 - 2:31PM

    This is the first time I am agreeing on what Imran Khan said…Recommend

  • Ali AMEEN
    Oct 15, 2010 - 4:17PM

    @No BS
    You’re right, its poor you and I, Imran Khan is from us as well. His voice falls on deaf ears as much as yours and mine. Recommend

  • Maitre
    Oct 15, 2010 - 6:03PM

    He is absolutely right. He has always advocated the appropriate measures in Pakistan cricket. But Mr Ejaz Butt and his team management lacked the merit to deal with spot fixing crisis. Tell me what criteria do our selectors use to select the team? They all try to appease different regional boards and teams players like ‘Fawad Alam’. The guy has no talent at all. He is a ‘thakka player’ who doesn’t have variety of shots to play at the crease. Yet he is selected because Shahid Afridi and the selctors liked him. Besides, the spot fixing trio let the whole nation down and Ejaz Butt tried to come to their rescue in giving nonsense statement against a cricketing nation which has a very good track record against match fixing (though the country’s law allows the bookies to operate freely). One can only deplore the PCB’s set-up and it’s incompetence.Recommend

  • Oct 15, 2010 - 6:51PM

    Why don’t Mr Imran do something to be the Chairman of PCB , then solve those mysteries. And Should prove that he has that ability to run any organization and have guts to run Pakistan on Right way. I hope some one will understand me…Recommend

  • Amir
    Oct 15, 2010 - 7:03PM

    Ijaz Butt should resign, shame on him and shame on PCB and the powers that be for tolerating him and most of all shame on us from letting the game in our country come under such disrepute.Recommend

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