What is Behind Smoke Screen?


What is Behind Smoke Screen?

My point is that Pakistan’s representation in Big Bash T20 Tournament was already limited to only three players and due to PCB inconsistent and inapprehensible policies two key players of Pakistani Team have been deprived of playing with international stars Nothing could go wrong if these three well-recognized players enter in Pakistani team without playing domestic tournament and attending national training camp, as there are plenty of examples in PCB’s history when players were selected in national team without playing even a single domestic match.

 

 

The Pakistan Cricket Board had allowed, after an earlier refused permission, three Pakistani Cricketers Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Akmal to play in Australia’s Big Bash Twenty20 competition following a request from Australian cricket authorities. In fact, PCB permission was conditional, as according to Nadeem Sarwar, spokesman of PCB,  “We will allow these players to go to Australia at the end of our Twenty20 tournament around December 8, the players will have to return for the national camp for the Indian tour.” Pakistan will play India in two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals from December 25 till January 6th 2013. PCB already knew that (with its consent and permission) Shahid Afridi had been due to play with Sydney Thunder. Saeed Ajmal signed for Adelaide Strikers and Umar Akmal for Sydney Sixers and at that time IndoPak series was not finalized but the PCB ordered them to participate in a domestic Twenty20 event and join the training camp being used to check players ahead of the limited-over series against archrivals India.

 

 

But what resulted after the u-turn from PCB?

 

 

Shahid Afridi cancelled his contract with Big Bash expressing his willingness to play the domestic T20 series to recapture his lost form once he had long time ago. Sydney Sixers cancelled contract with Umar Akmal because he had a contract of five matches but he was only allowed to play one or two matches by PCB decision. Same situation was with Afridi with availability of only one or two matches so he preferred not to go to Bash T20. So far Ajmal’s contract is intact, meaning that Australians have great interest in his presence despite few matches he may play. Regardless of internal issues and problems of PCB, my point is that Pakistan’s representation in Big Bash T20 Tournament was already limited to only three players and due to PCB inconsistent and inapprehensible policies two key players of Pakistani Team have been deprived of playing with international stars.

 

 

Nothing could go wrong if these three well-recognized players enter in Pakistani team without playing domestic tournament and attending national training camp, as there are plenty of examples in PCB’s history when players were selected in national team without playing even a single domestic match. In Big Bash their participation and possibly good performance could bring a good name for Pakistani Cricket and could open doors for other Pakistani Cricketers in international cricketing circuit. Such participations in international tournaments, not only bring wealth to cricketers but also a brand-building opportunity of their country and public relation opportunities in different circles. Everybody knows that Australian Board is unhappy with PCB after such decisions. PCB itself intends to organize a Premier League in Pakistan and approaching foreign cricketers to come Pakistan and play Premier League but such fickle-minded decisions will certainly not help PCB to carry out its assignment successfully being making other boards unhappy.



Syed Shahzad Alam

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  • S Nasrullah

    Principles and Planning have never been the forte of the PCB and consequently all their actions, tragic as they are, are essentially trivial and tentative.
    Pakistan is under clutches of an octopus set of rulers that spell doom and destruction. Their random and ruinous selection of PCB hierarchy has caused inestimable damage to the class and career of many present and potential talented players.
    A change is round the corner and the wind of popular will shall obliterate the vestiges of the corrupt past to usher in a new era of sincerity of purpose and energize the merit to prevail. What cannot be cured must be endured!!

    • Anonymous

      Agree