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Bridging The Gap
National cricket: need to re-form the team
  Monday 20 December, 2010
National cricket: need to re-form the team

IT is the dream of every young cricketer to play in the World Cup for his national team and represent his country at this international forum. For months and years this youthful enthusiastic cricketer practices assiduously and painstakingly, struggling to achieve that desired goal, and ultimately makes himself worthy of being part of the national team by his excellent performance at the domestic as well as at international cricket; but painfully, just when he is about to fulfil his dream, he is told he cannot be part of the national team because of some wild unproven accusation by a newspaper that he was involved in a match fixing of ‘no-balls’ with a match-fixer agent.

Taking the case of young Muhammad Aamir, a budding and promising young bowler, whom a person like the legendary Imran Khan, who was himself a great bowler of his time, rates him better than the legendary bowler Wasim Akram, and Wasim Akram himself said that at Aamir’s young age, he is better than what I was.

A valuable asset of the national team like him is left in the lurch with mental torture without proving his guilt. The tactic of
delaying the decision is not understood. Is it really so difficult to produce witnesses against him and prove him guilty or not guilty?

What takes them so long? Or, is it a devious underhand move by some interested influential parties to keep him and another excellent fast bowler Muhammad Asif, equally a talented cricketer, to be kept away from their national team?

Nothing as yet has been proved against them, but even if there is something proven, it would be rather cruel to ban and
exterminate them from playing for their national team in the World Cup, which would not only be a harsh sentence for the young promising players, but also a loss and punishment for their country.

Of course, their guilt, if proven, should not go unpunished. They should be heavily penalised ‘monetarily’ to the maximum, rather than banning them from playing for their country at this mega event. This would be rather unfair, cruel and irrational.

Besides the case of the above two bowlers, it is not understood how the wicketkeeper captain could be responsible for the ‘no-ball fixing’? Furthermore, if there is nothing established against former captain Shoib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Danish Kaneria, who have lately shown excellent performance at the national cricket tournaments, why have they been ignored and not considered to be included as probables in the team for New Zealand, as well as, for the World Cup.

Should not the PCB consider these facts seriously in national interest and do their utmost to fight the battle for these young promising players who are assets of the country.

The PCB and the ICC are requested to fairly reconsider this important matter and speed up their decisions.

A.H. ALIANI

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