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PCB is at it again…

If you are looking for some fun factor in world cricket, you gotta keep up with Pakistan Cricket Board’s movements, official press releases and announcements. It is such a clear case of foot in mouth disease that at times it is sad and funny in the equal measures.

Their very recent and very graphic announcement is just another example. Showing the great transparency that it is not often applauded for – PCB declared that Shoiab could not be part of t20 squad as he had genital warts. Talk about confidential information and rights of privacy.

PCB is not making any friends by their stance on WC 2011 either. They have decided to legally challenge the ICC’s decision to exclude Pakistan from hosting the WC matches. Their point – if you cant grant Pakistan their share of matches – move the WC to another country and let it come back to Asian sub-continent in 2015. Great logic this – if I can’t have it, I won’t let you have it either. The sensible option of hosting the 14 matches at a neutral venue does not seem to be catching PCB’s eye.

It is quite funny when they point to security conditions in India and Srilanka to justify their arguments. What the learned people at PCB do not seem to understand is the seriousness of a terror attack where an entire cricket team was targeted and the established fact that they failed to provide the necessary security arrangements to the only team that willingly took the risk. Instead, they are pointing fingers at the security conditions in Srilanka along with India. What a return favor!

And the entertainment never ends, PCB’s handling of Mohammad Yousuf and his taking refuge to ICL, trying to move back to mainstream to get an IPL contract, unable to do so, going back to the ICL fold is a hilarious episode.  Another funny move was to ban Pakistani cricketers from taking part in IPL 2 in India. Note the twisted logic here – we are too cash-strapped but we wont let our players make a good living by taking part in cash rich tournament either. 

It is not surprising that Javed Miandad finds it very disappointing – when Pakistan’s domestic t20 team is not invited to the Champions league. Yes, the same Mr. Miandad who thought IPL was a joke, and India was very unsafe for cricketers. He doesn’t want to miss this joke, obviously 😉