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    January 12, 2006

    Wasim Akram to be banned from playing over-40 cricket?

    In a shocking admission, Justice Malik Mohammad Qayyum, who recommended that Wasim Akram never be allowed to captain Pakistan again due to his involvement in the match-fixing scandal, admitted that he had been lenient on Wasim Akram because of a curious affliction, hero worship.

    Extracts from his report indicate that instances such as Wasim Akram's dramatic late withdrawal from the crucial World Cup 1996 quarter-final against India at Bangalore were among evidence cited as proof that Wasim wasn't totally clean.

    It is unknown as to what prompted him to come out with this statement now. It is safe to assume that Akram, who retired after the 2003 World Cup (tributes from Mike Selvey and Gideon Haigh) and is now a popular TV commentator in the Indian sub-continent, will not be playing tests or one-dayers any more. Given that Wasim Akram turns 40 in three months time, the honourable judge's noble intention was almost definitely to ensure that he wasn't allowed to play in any over-40 form of cricket, including book cricket.

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    The ICC should set up its own investigative agency(not that 1-man commission they formed a few years ago). Too much of autonomy is given to the boards in these matters. When will the ICC command the kind of respect they should?

    "We conducted an investigation and cleared our players". Now have'nt we heard that one before?

    By Blogger Srini at the Movies (12-Jan-2006, 3:46:00 PM)  

    The ICC is as inept as they get. They don't have any powers to enforce decisions. Several boards and players got away with the line you mentioned "We conducted an investigation and cleared him". Then again, the ICC is more concerned with ensuring bowlers appeal than take a stand on match-fixing, Zimbabwe etc.

    By Blogger Jagadish (12-Jan-2006, 6:32:00 PM)  


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