19 September, 2020

Deepening Crisis

The aftermath of the Lord's defeat claims Pakistan's cricket board

Deepening Crisis

It was a tiny detail that made the differenceóonce the World Cup was in Steve Waugh's hands rather than in Wasim Akram's that day at Lord's, it was certain that Pakistan cricket had to undergo radical surgery. It wasn't a fitting way in which to cleanse the game of all its undesirable elements but perhaps, given the labyrinth of favours and intrigues at both the board and government level, it was the only one.

President Rafiq Tarar, patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board (pcb), suspended the board on July 16 and set up a two-member ad hoc committee comprising Mujeeb-ur-Rehman and Javed Zaman. No one doubted that Pakistan's loss in the World Cup led to the decision. The suspension of the pcb was the second this decade. The first was in January '94 after a change in the government. Rehman is the brother of the powerful Saif-ur-Rehman who heads the Accountability Cellóthe one behind the cases lodged against former PM Benazir Bhutto.

Rehman's not known to be a cricket follower and spends much of his time in Islamabad running the...



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