PCB’s ban: Pakistan Cricket in a Sorry State

Pakistan has not been pitching in for being the host country for international cricket since quite some time now due to frequent terrorist threats serious security issues. If this isn’t enough setback there’s yet another stab on the country’s world image. Confirming reports of internal strife in the team, submitted by the inquiry committee, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) along with recommendation from President and Chief patron of the board, Asif Zardari, slammed an indefinite ban on Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf and arduous fines on a few players.

“The decision has made Pakistan cricket a laughing stock in the world” were the words of the former captain and member (Inquiry Committee), Wasim Akram, who feels heavy fining is a much better and intelligent way to penalize the players found guilty. With the cricket World Cup 2011 round the corner, the absence of these important players in the game is feared to prove expensive for the Pakistan cricket.

Care to ponder why this happened? Was the conscious selling of a disastrous performance greed or need for the team players? In either case, they weren’t fair to their portrait of a superstar that their loving fans carry. Sportsmanship has been mockingly pinched again. Shamelessly, challenging the honors of the country’s ethics yet once more, the idols to millions of admirers have done it yet again. Meanwhile, the PCB isn’t having a picnic. News flooding with conflicting views to the decision from everywhere possible make some more ruckus allowing the critics to pose a satirical tongue-in-cheek and enjoy the show.

You’ll never choose a white sheet of paper if it had even a tiny inkblot. Then, would you pick the sheet with blotches. It’s quite this case here. We very well remember Afridi’s ball tampering controversy, Shoaib Akhtar into misbehavior with members of opposite teams, Sri Lankan team under fire by 12 gunmen in Lahore and more stories. It’s sad how we have difficulty remembering the grand triumph of the Pakistan team in the recent T20 World Cup.

Think about the general Pakistani public. Out there, they face eyes that look down at them as forgers/ terrorists/ liars, basically a disturbing element. To silently gulp down that public perception is genuinely painful, more when a person bearing this is innocent. Where it’s reasonable to believe that letting truth prevail, the authorities have followed the scales good enough; but it’s tragic on part of the young and fresh minds of the children of Pakistan who look up to this sport passionately. Playing sports is the best way of to learn some very important lessons that classrooms and books fail to teach. Sportsmanship, courage to accept defeat, loyalty, hardworking attitude, team spirit, honesty to work and you can just name so much that the young generation can learn from playing sports. But the air in Pakistan today is discouraging and negative; de-motivating their youngsters to get their hands soiled in a sport that’s so stuck in controversies rather than some serious gaming.

Justified? Perhaps, it has just as many justified defendants on both pans of the balance making an absolute turmoil out of the whole case.

Karnika Palwa

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