CAS rejects WADA appeal over Pakistan Fast Bowling Duo

July 2, 2007

LAUSANNE, Switzerland: World sport’s highest tribunal has rejected an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency to reinstate a ban on Pakistan cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Monday it has no jurisdiction to rule in the dispute between WADA and the Pakistan Cricket Board, which overturned Akhtar’s one-year ban and Asif’s two-year ban for doping.

The decision means the two fast bowlers can continue to compete in matches. They tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in October.

CAS said it reached its conclusion “with some considerable regret.” The PCB’s statutes would have to contain a direct reference to the tribunal for it to be able to act in the case, CAS said.

With this decision – a chapter of doping has finally (hopefully) closed for Shoaib Akhter & Muhammad Asif – both bowlers missed ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in which Pakistan suffered a humiliating loss from cricket minnows Ireland, which followed the tragic death/murder of their coach late Bob Woolmer.

Courtesy: International Herald Tribune

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It happens only in India

April 4, 2007

Once cricketers were ranked as gods and cricket as religion “Cricket is our religion – Sachin is our god”. But now a village court (panchayat)  has banned Cricket in 25+ villages of Haryna District. 

Daily Telegraph Reports

It may have the status of a religion across India, but a small village has banned cricket in response to the country’s dismal performance at the cricket World Cup this year.

The decision by the Uchana council in Jind district, some 120 miles north west of New Delhi, is also supported by 27 surrounding villages that are considering imposing their own embargoes.

Village elders, infuriated with India’s failure to make even the last eight in the tournament in the West Indies and frustrated by the media coverage of the country’s failing cricketers, announced yesterday that anyone opposing the ban would face being ostracised socially.

“We believe cricket is as bad for society as a disc jockey. A wise man once said that cricket is not our sport. We should race and play football and volleyball,” the council’s secretary, Jogi Ram, said.

In the conservative Haryana state, DJs are associated with western licentiousness and frowned upon by elders in rural areas.

Other council members declared that the restriction would be no great loss as cricket was not India’s national game.

Locals privately concede that their principal reason for the ban was the poor overall performance of the star India batsman Virender Sehwag, who comes from their part of India and had enjoyed iconic status before the World Cup debacle.

Upon returning from the West Indies last week along with the rest of the Indian team, Sehwag and his colleagues were given a police escort home for protection against angry and disappointed fans.

The homes of all the cricket team have been given armed guards by the respective state governments after scores of incensed fans destroyed the home of wicket keeper Mohinder Dhoni in eastern India following India’s surprise loss to Bangladesh in its first match on March 18.

Another Report by ibnlive

Jeend (Haryana): India’s performance in the World Cup has left many disappointed. But a village in Haryana has gone a step further and imposed a blanket ban on cricket.

 

The children in Jeend may just be playing their last game of cricket. Call it a fallout of India’s World Cup debacle or disillusionment with the sport. The Uchana village Panchayat in Haryana’s Jeend district has decided to ban the game.

 

The Panchayat’s decision to boycott cricket also has the support of 27 other villages. The village elders say it’s no great loss as it’s not even the country’s national game.

 

“We all have taken this decision and those who go against it will have to face social boycott. We have enshrined this in the Panchayat records of 28 villages,” Tewa Singh, the head of Dadan Panchayat says.

 

“We believe cricket is as bad for society as a DJ (disc jockey) is. A wise man once said that cricket is not our sport. We should race and play football and volleyball,” says secretary Jogi Ram.

 

The Indian team’s performance at the World Cup may have been the last straw, but most of these villagers want other games lost in the shadow of cricket to be given their due. And the decision to ban cricket doesn’t seem to have upset the children either.

 

“If our elders don’t play we also wont play,” Sanjay, a resident of the village, says.

 

“We will stop playing it. We will play kabaddi, football, volleyball and wrestle instead,” Pankaj, another resident, adds.

 

And even though a reshuffle is on the cards for the Indian team, in this part of the country it’s not just a few players who are facing public anger but the game itself seems to have fallen from favour.


Doping or Fitness? – Pak Pace Duo out of World Cup

March 2, 2007

Shoaib Asif

News of Pakistan’s Pace Duo, Shaoib & Asif getting out of World Cup Squad is a  Chapter closed? or a prologue of another mysterious, typical pakistani styled play – Courtesy Pakistan Cricket Board.

Whether the End or the Begining – Brutal time will unfold itself in future – BUT It certainly has jolted already shaken and jarred Pakistan Cricket Team.

“Ambitious” Pakistan cricket team for World CUp 2007 has already been struck by harsh, barbarous, cruel and vicious (whatever you name it) arrows/bullets/missiles of doping & fitness – All Rounder Abdul Razzaq is already out of the squad.

Instead of waiting till the last moment – PCB sould have prepared its team well in advance  to play championship without their main battery. A badly moralled team has departed for the Caribbean.

Uncertainty about these electrons of Pakistan Cricket Team has ended now. Team management now comes to know that they’ll have to play worldcup without their narcotized bowlers.

Had it been clear earlier – team management, poor bulky Inzi, aged and senesced Woolmer would have devised a better strategy. But as they handeled their doping matter – they handeled this matter in a pathetic, ill-managed, poor, Ghattya manner.

Opposition teams would certainly be more than happy that they won’t be facing bullets, snaky red cherry and toe crushers.

If this had to be the fate of Asif & Shoaib – what was sense in setting up an appellate court tribunal and getting them cleared of doping charges – what did we get by getting humiliating critique of WADA, ICC, International Media, Court etc.

Would PCB again do something which is beyond anyone’s imagination – They’ll wait for the nandrolone to drain out of their bodies with another diuretic or by natural healing process like Arq e Bazuri (herbal syrups) and would call them to the World Cup – anything can happen!

Let me share a few couplets from one of my all time favorite poem.
What we call the beginning is often the end
and to make and end is to make a beginning.

The end is where we start from.

And every phrase and sentence that is right
(Where every word is at home,
Taking its place to support the others,
The word neither diffident nor ostentatious,
An easy commerce of the old and the new,
The common word exact without vulgarity,
The formal word precise but not pedantic,
The complete consort dancing together)

Every phrase and every sentence is an end and a beginning,
Every poem an epitaph


Bret Lee out of Worldcup

February 23, 2007

Australian pacer Brett Lee has been ruled out of the World Cup with an ankle injury and his recovery is expected to take up to three months.  Stuart Clark has been called to replace one of the fastest bowlers of cricket history.

Trefor James, the team doctor, said Lee would be unable to bowl for two to three months. “Brett has injured the ligaments in his left ankle and after further review by orthopaedic surgeon Kim Slater, Kim has advised me that the injury has not improved,” Trefor said.

Australia’s first game of the World Cup is on March 14 against Scotland and the squad is also waiting on the fitness of Andrew Symonds. Symonds had surgery on his arm before the CB Series finals and hoped to make a mid-tournament entry.

Australia would also be missing the services of Adam Glichrist in initial stages of the tournament – Gilchrist would be with his wife – who is expecting a baby.

This is a big blow to the confidence of World Champions – who has already suffered their humiliating defeats in their ODI Cricketing history.


ICC Cricket Worldcup 2007 – Schedule

February 13, 2007

ICC Cricket Worldcup 2007 - Matche Schedule


Team Pakistan – Worldcup 2007

February 13, 2007

According to sources of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), selection committee has finalized the squad, which included five batsmen, three all rounder, one wicketkeeper and six bowlers.The world cup team includes Imran Nazir, Muhammad Hafeez, Inzamamul Haq, Younis Khan, Muhammad Yousuf, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afiridi, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhter, Muhammad Asif, Rana Naveedul Hasan, Umer Gul, Rao Iftikhar and Danish Kaneria whereas Muhammad Sami and Shahid Nazir would be stand-by players, sources added.

  1. Imran Nazir
  2. Muhammad Hafeez
  3. Inzamamul Haq
  4. Younis Khan
  5. Muhammad Yousuf
  6. Kamran Akmal
  7. Shoaib Malik
  8. Shahid Afiridi
  9. Abdul Razzaq
  10. Shoaib Akhter
  11. Muhammad Asif
  12. Rana Naveedul Hasan
  13. Umer Gul
  14. Rao Iftikhar
  15. Danish Kaneria

I guess the selectors have picked the best possible combination atleast on papers available to them.

 Arguablly, instead of Danish Kaneria – I guess Left Arm Spinner Abdur Rehman would have been a better choice.

In wicket-keeping department I am sure Zulqarnain Haider is a much better wicket keeper –

Shabbir Ahmed should have been picked instead of Rao Iftikhar –

Muhammad Hafeez’s place in the side is also a question mark, Azhar Mehmood might have been a better choice?


Team New Zealand announced for ICC Worldcup Cricket 2007

February 13, 2007

Kiwis also announced their squad today.

Containing

  1. Stephen Fleming (c)
  2. Shane Bond
  3. James Franklin
  4. Peter Fulton
  5. Mark Gillespi
  6. M. Mason
  7. Brendon Mcullum (wk)
  8. Craig Macmillon
  9. Jacob Oram
  10. J. Patel
  11. Scott Styris
  12. Ross Taylor
  13. D. Tuffey (making a comeback after 2 years of injury)
  14. D. Vettori
  15. Lou Vincent