24 January, 2021

Hangman's Knotty Noose

Nemesis may at last be catching up with the cricketers in Pakistan, thanks to recommendations of a strong probe body

Hangman's Knotty Noose

In that wide swathe of area that we could label as the non-third world, the general trend is for a rougher brand of justice in direct proportion to the level of public acceptance. The rule seems to be: the higher the wattage of adulation bestowed on an individual by society, the more should his or her accountability be. On the subcontinent, it's just the opposite. The mean tolerance level of criminal culpability of any kind suddenly seems to have touched a new high. The fact that a sitting Lahore High Court judge has, so to say, passed a judgment against Wasim Akram and five others has neither excited Akram's fans at large nor has it moved cricket administrators to do what should have perhaps been done two years ago-enforce bans on their careers. Acceptance of verdicts should, after all, not be any less important than their passing.

In Pakistan, we are seeing-with the solitary exception of Salim Malik-the return of the tainted players to the international arena. Mushtaq Ahmed is facing a life ban but has been selected for the Australia tour. The...



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