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Who needs morality? Its the defense of the weak

By Fareeha Qayoom

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s Shahzad Roy said in his famous song “Laga Rah,” “Sharif Aadmi wo hai jis ko moka nahi mila,” (Translation: a morally upright man is actually a man who didn’t get an opportunity!) – I agree. We are all a bunch of hypocrites. It’s rampant. It’s a disease. We all suffer from it. “Do as I say, not as I do.” We all forget actions speak louder than words. We are not fooling anybody except ourselves with our day-to-day self-centered and selfish behavior. (Yesterday, Afridi was caught red handed tampering with the cricket ball. His explanation? Everybody does it!) He is just a symptom of the general malaise afflicting Pakistan (and the world).

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We might pay lip-service to honesty, values and ethics. But morality is an abstract concept to majority of us and it only applies to other people. When it comes to us, everyone should behave justly, honestly and morally with us but we can behave as we please.

Let me give you an example – a friend of mine is getting pushed around by her mean boss. She is good at her work and she delivers. She, poor girl, wants fair treatment at work. She’s not getting it. It’s not her work. She is not playing the game of politics well. You have to be diplomatic and play the submissive, little girl and do what you are told to get ahead. You have to let the boss shine and you have to let him take credit for all your good work and let him pass all his mistakes on to you as yours. If you don’t, your days are numbered. Besides, losing the politics of the game, there are too many strikes against her – a. she is a woman. b. she is a confident woman which she projects by her demeanor and clothes and c. she is vocal. In fact, she is fending off backstabbing co-workers all the time. She told me, “It’s not fair!” I agree. The funny thing is, if the same thing happens to her boss, he will not be thinking, “just desserts, I deserved this.” He will be thinking and saying, “It’s not fair.”

We were driving around Liberty Square, Main Gulberg while we were talking. Then, I had to take a u-turn. The correct way is to go through the traffic circle. She told me to take a u-turn regardless of the correct way. I just looked at her. She was talking about fair-play on one hand and she was urging me to break the traffic rules because everyone does it on the other. There was a traffic policeman there too. We got away with it because everyone does it apparently, she assured me and we won’t be getting a (traffic violation) ticket and the policemen also turn a blind eye because they are used to this strange behavior. It’s like an unwritten rule. I didn’t like it but I did it her way under protest. I told her, “at least I know what I am doing is wrong.” She just laughed. Yes, she was right; we didn’t get a traffic ticket.

That started me thinking…prior to this incident, I had been talking to Faheem on Facebook. Here’s an uncensored (and unedited) version of that conversation. The context is IPL, India vs. Pakistan’s official behavior and a TV program. However, the reason I am sharing this conversation here is because it finally struck me that to majority of us, morality, ethics and values don’t seem real. They are indeed just abstract concepts. Without values, ethics and high morals, the society degenerates into anarchy. The only rule of survival is that of fittest…the fittest might not be the best of humanity, they are the survivors and for them the end justifies the means. They will do anything no matter what to survive.  There are no scruples. Such people don’t understand morality. Its about winning by fair means or foul. When such people reach the top, obviously, more power means more corruption. No wonder, they say absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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Faheem

“Well Fareeha. It has become the nature of our nation to blame the rivals. When we know that they are our rivals and being a rival they have every right to plot against us. If they have remained successful, consider that you lost the battle in Cricket Diplomacy. Why to weep over it, why show anger? Why can’t we believe in self criticism? So, that we could know our weaknesses and by knowing them, we could remove that.
But unfortunately Fareeha, we come on air, criticize the enemy and feel that we have fulfilled our duty. This is pathetic. We need to be true to ourselves and our generation and our media too should become a bit pragmatic now. What do you think?”

Fareeha

“Hmmm I think we should stop being Ostriches…India can never be Pakistan’s friend. This is the realistic view of the situation and all bilateral negotiations should proceed from that reality. Can there be Peace with India? Maybe; however, we need to stop playing on back foot; stop being so defensive. Indians do a good diplomatic backstabbing all the time, we should learn from the pro and do a bit of our own. Playing fair with an opponent who thinks its okay to behave like a thug and bully because she is bigger, richer and more popular will not win us any brownie points. Besides, the audience is already on her side so there is no point trying to engage her on equal footing. The world already wants us to admit India is bigger, better and therefore, the natural leader and spokesperson for this region….they are all biased. They are not interested in fairness. Only mantra “Might is Right” – law of the jungle. Survival of the fittest…Long live Darwin! :)”

Faheem

“Fareeha, try to understand me. It’s not being fair. It’s about being weak and considering that we are. An enemy has all the right to back stab. Plus we are not an equal footing as far India is concerned. Whatever the world wants, the fact is that they are bigger, rivals and bias too.
We have to seek our weakness and have to work out, who stops us from back-stabbing them? Come on let’s play on front foot. Might is right is the Mantra of the whole world. Who stops us from getting mighty? If we are bigger, more intelligent, more honest and still being backstabbed, it means that we are badly mistaken. Something is terribly wrong in us. Plus how can we talk about fairness? Pakistan in 62 years has never been fair with itself. Why should we make this so called “fairness’ a lame excuse of our weak diplomacy, our lesser commitment with the nation, our lesser conviction, lesser professionalism?
We have to be pragmatic now. We already have wasted 62 years and so many generations. We the corrupt of the corrupt must not take “fairness’ as a ride. I can easily challenge, that their not even a single institution in Pakistan who is fair. Just tell me one. So, let’s revise ourselves. Let’s come out to of the fake dream, that we are fair and let’s take the bull by the horns.”

Fareeha

“Hmmm. so you also subscribe to the viewpoint – might is right. Turn the other cheek. Let them slap you on the other one too. That’s one solution.

In that case, you are not talking about survival – you are talking about death. Let’s get eaten. Why are we even trying to defend ourselves? Let’s merge with India! Let the weak die. Unfortunately, I personally believe in ethics. Just because you are bigger doesn’t give you the right to pick on someone smaller…your solution means we all become Indians, assimilate in the dominant society and become Hindus to be someone …like your Sikh forefathers did – they converted to Christianity to get land and grants from the British Raj. You told me that yourself! :)”

Faheem

“Yes, I told you. Learn from this experience. Your personal ethics stand nowhere. Let’s talk as a nation. We are living in a world of terrorism. Read my comments again. It’s about how to fight a stronger enemy. We have to be mighty or following your code of ethics, we certainly will assimilate in the Hindu Dominant Society as we did in case of Terrorist Afghanis.
I don’t understand how do you get an idea of merging with India??? It all about knowing our weaknesses to fight a strong enemy. We didn’t consider Afghanistan strong, we made a mistake. We didn’t consider Afghanistan an enemy and here lies the blood of thousands of Pakistanis. The only point is to know what you really are. This is the only way; we can calibrate our strength and combat a strong, spreading enemy.
I hope it’s clear now.”

Fareeha

“Well, you talk the good talk but it’s hardly doable. How do you become stronger as a nation? You need action. In the right direction. For action, you need leaders, for leaders, you need education in all spheres of life. Unfortunately, you need ethics and strong moral fiber. There can be no social justice without it; if there is no social justice, then might is right; its anarchy, which is happening right now. This is the way it is. Capitalists think money is god. Secularists think majority is god. Pakistanis are just confused and direction-less. Since our educated are clueless too…all we can do is talk. While corrupt leaders loot the country and sell us out to anyone interested in buying a piece of us. 🙂

By the way, where did I get the idea that we should merge with India you ask – this was natural progression from your idea that we should understand India is bigger, stronger and richer and we should stop beating ourselves against the wall. Stop wasting our time. Obviously, when you don’t have minimum deterrence in place, India will invade you and take you over…They are not interested in you. They are interested in your land and resources. In other words, it’s all about money! 😉

Ps I am done with all this serious talk…I am going to listen to some music…”

Faheem

“Na na. By that I meant is quite clear that we should organize ourselves and should take the enemy seriously. Plus let me tell you that not all 160 million people are just talking. There is a majority which is working too. May be I’m talking on their behalf too, having my own point of view. Anarchy is already there since the beginning of our country and from the same time, People’s Democratic parties are already fighting against them, with clear vision and data. Here I must correct one term that Seculars only say that State should have no religion, while the Democrats consider the majority a god. One more thing that needs to be cleared is that there are two sectors of education.
1. Academics
2. Street wisdom
Fareeha, to gain street wisdom, you only have to realize the sufferings of the people and have to be one of them and you can be on the path of street wisdom. Academia is an added factor to growth and change now coming to the bottom line; we don’t have to invade India to make a visible victory. We only have to be economically stronger than them and not just a few elites, but the nation as a whole. I’ll refer to the Era of Caliph Haroon ur Rasheed, when Baghdad was the wealthiest most and the most well governed Caliphet. What did they do? They just did a few things.
1. Made them economically strong, instead of invading.
2. Made house of wisdom.
3. Provided justice to their people.
And you can see that no such governance came into existence after that in whole of the world.
I hope I’m clear now.”

Fareeha

“Appreciate your viewpoint. Like I said, you talk the good talk. 🙂 By the way, secularists and democrats behave the same way technically – they make the laws based on what the majority thinks and votes for and religion or ethics or morals is not a factor in their decisions. That’s all I meant. So yes, as you said, I stand corrected, for secularists and democrats – majority is god. 🙂

Two, as you said, my personal belief doesn’t matter in the discussion – since you subscribe to “might is right” anyway, since the majority of the world agrees with you too, hence, anarchy and wars – I don’t know why you are arguing for social justice and ethics – that is a minority view and doesn’t matter in the larger scheme of things. Anarchy is the order of the day and it’s all good since majority thinks it’s good.

Three, I never said we should invade India, I said, we need to keep minimum deterrence in place so India doesn’t invade us. No one will raise an eyebrow if they decide to do so…since might is right. They are bigger, richer and better!

Four, you have to face it; the educated Pakistanis are all talk, no action. We wouldn’t be having so many problems if they were capable of doing something instead of just talking about it. Implementation is the problem – not the five year plans!”

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There ended our discussion with no winners on  either side. I actually agree with Faheem on many counts. However, for me, there is no difference between individual or collective behavior; its groups of individuals who make up the collective anyway. However, my only real point of difference with him is, I believe in doing the right thing regardless. This might be a politically incorrect view and not a very street-smart behavior. I might be a minority of one. However, I don’t believe in hypocrisy. If ‘might is right’ then why do we crib and complain when the boot is on the other foot? (When the mighty take advantage of us?) As they say, if you are going to live with the sword, you will die with the sword too. Some call it Karma.

As citizens of Pakistan, we behave as if ‘might is right” when it’s a question of someone weaker than us, its apparently okay to take advantage of them,  however, when we are the weak party, and someone stronger than us takes advantage of us, we want justice! There is no consistency of behavior. We behave badly because everybody behaves badly and its the norm. But when its our turn to take it, no matter how many times we have dished it out, we cry “its not fair!”  That’s no excuse.

You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Either you believe in one thing or the other…you can’t have it both ways. Most Pakistanis believe in having it both ways. They can exploit the weak (as individuals) if given an opportunity,  however, when its their turn to get squeezed; they want to be treated fairly.

We need to draw a line somewhere. What do we believe in as individuals and as a collective society? Are we for morality or not?

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. There can be no double standards; one standard for you and other standard for others. You have to judge the merits of both sides of any question with the same yard stick.

Either you believe there is a God and he is watching you at all times and there will be accountability or you don’t believe in God and the last day, whatever you do is acceptable as long as the majority thinks it’s acceptable. Even cannibalism can become acceptable in certain circumstances if the majority thinks its expedient and it fits the circumstances of the given moment in time. Remember Lord of the Flies? It might be fiction but the lessons apply to real life.

Only the fit can survive in such narrow framework. The weak get eaten. Why defend the weak? After all, they deserve to get eaten. Its a dog-eat-dog world.

Who needs morality? It’s the defense of the weakball
Photo by cwgreeny
as Faheem said.

Unfortunately, only God help you if you happen to be in minority on any question and in the right morally because the majority will be too busy beating you into the ground. Its sad. Its unfortunate. Its true. Our newspapers are full of such horror stories.

I believe it was Mark Twain who said: “ Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship God, and over these ideals they dispute—but they all worship money.”

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

119 Comments

  1. fareeha says:

    Feb 1st 2010 – Monday –

    Afridi’s justification – “everyone does it.”

    We all tamper: Shahid Afridi

    * Robert Craddock and Richard Earle
    * From: Herald Sun
    * February 02, 2010 12:00AM

    PAKISTAN allrounder Shahid Afridi said yesterday he was “embarrassed” about his bizarre ball-chomping episode in Perth on Sunday night, before making the extraordinary claim that every team in world cricket tampered with the ball.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/we-all-tamper-shahid-afridi/story-e6frf9if-1225825680351

    Malik to lead Pakistan in Australia T20 match
    Monday, 01 Feb, 2010
    KARACHI: Pakistan said on Monday that sacked captain Shoaib Malik would return to lead the team’s Twenty20 match on tour in Australia after star all-rounder Shahid Afridi was banned in a ball-tampering row.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/18-malik-to-lead-pakistan-in-australia-t20-match-am-06

    Feb 2nd 2010 – Tuesday –

    Ball-tampering fiasco
    Dawn Editorial
    Tuesday, 02 Feb, 2010
    Just when we thought Pakistan cricket had hit rock bottom, along comes another shocker. No, this time round it wasn’t spineless batting, appalling captaincy or dreadful catching that made the nation hang its head in shame. No less a person than Shahid Afridi, Pakistan’s stand-in ODI skipper who has been in the team longer than any other current player, chose to tamper with the ball in Perth by gnawing on it.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/14-balltampering-fiasco-220-zj-01

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  2. fareeha says:

    Israeli Officers Reprimanded Over Gaza War
    Israel Claims Two Officers Reprimanded Over Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza

    By SIMON MCGREGOR-WOOD
    JERUSALEM, Feb. 1, 2010

    Israel continues to battle what Prime Minister Netanyahu has called the “Goldstone effect”, referring to the UN-sponsored Goldstone Report published last September which accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes during Israel’s military campaign in Gaza launched in December 2008. Today reports say that the Israeli military has reprimanded two senior officers for firing white phosphorous shells at a UN warehouse during the Gaza war.

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/israeli-officers-reprimanded-white-phosphorus-gaza-war/story?id=9715446

    Last update – 10:54 02/02/2010
    Report: UN evidence counters Israel’s account of Gaza war
    By Haaret Service
    Tags: Israel news, Goldstone report
    Remains of aircraft bomb disproves army’s claims that tank shells detroyed flour mill, The Guardian says.

    Israel’s account of its conduct during the Gaza war was challenged on Monday after evidence emerged apparently contradicting one of the army’s key findings, The Guardian reported
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1146968.html

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  3. Endemic problem of child labour
    Sunday, 31 Jan, 2010

    THIS is apropos of the letter ‘Child labour laws should be monitored’ (Jan 28). Pakistan is signatory to the ILO Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (No. 182); ILO Forced Labour Convention (No. 29); ILO Abolition of Forced Labour Convention (No. 105) and UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; but still, the problem of child labour is escalating.

    Article 11 of the Constitution of Pakistan also prohibits all forms of forced labour and trafficking human beings.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/letters-to-the-editor/endemic-problem-of-child-labour-110

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  4. fareeha says:

    Certainly not cricket
    Published: February 2, 2010

    SWISS tennis great, Roger Federer won his fourth Australian Open which became his 16th Grand Slam title. And this is just one of his many remarkable achievements which have combined to make him an all-time tennis great. Cool under pressure, Federer has always been the gentleman sportsman so rare to find today with the multibillion dollar business sports has become.
    And in such contrast to our sportsmen who show indiscipline and a boorishness that is an embarrassment not just for them but for the nation as a whole. Now we need to add to that an open incident of ball-tampering – also seen as plain cheating – that Shahid Afridi displayed in Australia on Sunday. With a couldn’t-care-less attitude and knowing full well that the cameras would be focused on him, he disgraced Pakistan by biting the ball and then declaring that he was trying to “help” his team. How was he helping them by cheating? This reminded one of an earlier incident some time ago, also involving Afridi where he walked on to the pitch and scruffed it! Here is an example of bad sportsmanship and indiscipline that has destroyed our cricket today. Afridi, hero to so many Pakistani cricket fans, is sending all the wrong signals to the young and easily influenced youth in Pakistan today. It is time to rid ourselves of all the cricket team and officials and start afresh so that all the bad eggs can be rmoved and a clean start can be made. We already have the Under-19 players to build on but if the old corrupt foundations remain, the new edifice will also be tainted.
    Like Pakistan, India also suffers from the indiscipline and politicisation of sports. So we are seeing Shahrukh Khan being threatened by Shiv Sena merely because he spoke in favour of the Pakistani cricketers. With sports being destroyed in the subcontinent, one can only look with admiration at sports’ greats like Federer and look back at a time when we also had our sporting greats who gave us our moments of international sporting glory.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Opinions/Editorials/02-Feb-2010/Certainly-not-cricket

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  5. Education and values
    By Ayesha Siddiqa
    Friday, 05 Feb, 2010

    A year ago, some of my old classmates from Lahore’s Cathedral High School tracked me down through the Internet. I can’t be grateful enough for this wonderful invention in communications, and the patience of this crazy bunch that wanted to travel back through the time tunnel.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/14-ayesha-siddiqa-education-and-values-520-zj-08

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  6. fareeha says:

    ‘Charges against Dr Aafia biased’

    ISLAMABAD: Legal experts on Thursday termed as biased and partial the opinion of a New York jury that found Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist, guilty of attempted murder charges on all seven counts listed in the complaint against her. She was tried on the charges of trying to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan on July 28, 2008. However, the jury did not find her guilty on any premeditated murder charge. According to her lawyer, Siddiqui could be given a sentence of up to 35 years. Commenting on the jury’s opinion, noted lawyer Muhammad Ikram Chaudhry said it was a case of no evidence and Aafia could not be charged and sentenced. Condemning the jury’s opinion, he regretted that an innocent citizen of Pakistan was being sentenced for something she did not do. He said the jury’s opinion indicates that its members are biased against Pakistanis. He said the decision was a slap on the US’ so called independent and impartial judicial system. He said the government of Pakistan must play its role to save the life of its innocent citizen. Prominent lawyer and constitutional expert Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim said Dr Aafia was more qualified in her field of profession than any US citizen, as she had studied neuro sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “How is it possible that she had any links to Al Qaeda or the Taliban?” he said. He said the allegations levelled against her were unbelievable, asking how an “extraordinarily intelligent and enlightened lady could do the things she is being accused of”. He said he was shocked to hear about the jury’s opinion. “How can a weak lady attack US soldiers”, he said, adding that an impartial commission should be constituted – consisting of impartial jurists from Pakistan and other countries – to probe the whole episode. He said Dr Aafia’s abduction from Pakistan by US agents and detention by US soldiers at the Bagram airbase prison in Kabul from 2003 to 2008 along with her two children was shocking. Senior lawyer Akram Sheikh said the whole episode seemed to be “cooked”. Many other legal experts expressed similar views on the issue and termed the allegations against Dr Aafia as baseless. masood rehman

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=201025\story_5-2-2010_pg7_34

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  7. Double click: Politics of disaster
    By Maheen A. Rashdi
    Sunday, 07 Feb, 2010

    The Haiti disaster and the resulting outpouring of grief, assistance and financial backing have dominated the past weeks’ news reels. As relief poured in from almost every corner of the world, terrifying stories of mass deaths and heroic rescues by aid workers simultaneously took lead space on all media outlets. Reports of how people’s pleas for rescue could be heard for days from under the rubble till their faint voices finally quietened, must have made the hardest of hearts shed tears. We saw that by the end of two weeks, Haitians had already buried about 150,000 people — most of them in mass graves.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/19-double-click-politics-of-disaster-hh-11

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  8. Reality bites
    Posted by Sohaib Alvi on 02 3rd, 2010 | Comments (56)
    I once wrote that Shahid Afridi is possibly the only cricketer in history who is dangerous for both sides in the same match. He is potentially the finest leader along with Younis Khan that we have ready at present (Salman Butt remains the longer term hope). He has also developed into arguably the finest spinner, if not the finest bowler, in one-day cricket. Even his batting has started to utilise brain in addition to brawn.

    http://blog.dawn.com/2010/02/03/reality-bites/

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  9. Law vs justice
    By Maheen A. Rashdi
    Sunday, 14 Feb, 2010 | 10:02 AM PST |
    While legislations increase, legal outlines become more stringent and those dispensing law rapidly increase the size of their fraternity; justice still remains as elusive as ever.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/in-paper-magazine/magazine/12-law-vs-justice-420–bi-08

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  10. Senators suggest five-year ban for Afridi
    By: Abdul Jabbar Faisal | Published: February 16, 2010
    ISLAMABAD – Senator Tariq Azeem Khan suggested in the Standing Committee on Sports that all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi should be banned for five years from international cricket as his (Afridi) act humiliated the whole nation in the cricketing world.
    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Sports/16-Feb-2010/Senators-suggest-fiveyear-ban-for-Afridi

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  11. Morality and atheism
    Irfan Husain
    Wednesday, 17 Feb, 2010

    Consider this demographic projection for the UK, and ponder its implications for a moment: within five years, the majority of babies will be born to unmarried parents.

    However, before you put this down to yet another example of Western immorality, just remember that all these babies will have the same legal rights as those born to married couples.

    This trend is part of the wider decline of marriage as an institution. According to a recent study, the figures for people getting married in Britain is at its lowest ever since these statistics began to be compiled nearly 150 years ago.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/12-morality-and-atheism-in-an-uncertain-world-720–bi-05

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  12. Autism, religion and conversion
    By Jawed Naqvi
    Thursday, 18 Feb, 2010

    There are many excellent reasons for young hearts to seek love outside their religious confines. That is what sages like Bulley Shah are believed to have encouraged.

    In Delhi, more than half the journalists — Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs — I know have married someone not of their religion and I think that is a great cosmopolitan attribute to flaunt.

    Unlike the couples one is familiar with, there are those men — usually Muslim men — who would marry their sweethearts only if they would agree to change their religion. In other words, they could fall in love with a Hindu or a Parsi woman but considered her religion to be unacceptable.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/12-autism-religion-and-conversion-820–bi-04

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  13. Getting away with murder
    By Mahir Ali
    Wednesday, 24 Feb, 2010

    …The majority of commentators were divided between hailing the operation as a shining success and lamenting it as a relatively botched effort in which the murderous mission was accomplished at the cost of leaving behind CCTV footage that captured the assassination squad’s movements. One or two warned that Mossad may have erred in tangling with one of the Arab world’s most efficient police forces. That such actions are liable to further diminish the already remote prospects for a peaceful settlement barely occasioned any comment, quite possibly because no one seriously expects any meaningful movement beyond the status quo in the foreseeable future.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/13+mahir-ali-getting-away-with-murder-420-za-01

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  14. Education and learning
    By S.M. Shahid
    Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010

    “Frankly speaking, education is a racket,” said Babboo.

    “You have a knack of passing sweeping judgment on just about anything under the sun. Please spare education, at least!”

    “But, can’t you see how education has been turned into a sure-shot way of minting money? No matter what the state of the national economy, or the galloping recession, or even the deteriorating law and order, you couldn’t go wrong if you opened a school or, better still, a coaching centre. You are all set to become a rich man.”

    “Some people do take education as a business opportunity and venture into the profession as entrepreneurs rather than as educationists, magar sub ko aik lathi se naheen hankna chaheeye,” I said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/s-m-shahid-education-and-learning-130

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  15. Hypocrisy is not a Pakistani trait only…UK society suffers from it too…

    ‘Hypocrisy’ of speeding middle-class motorists
    Speeding motorists are hypocrites guilty of “middle class anti-social behaviour” who believe they can get away with breaking the law, one of the country’s longest serving chief constables has claimed.

    By Richard Edwards, Crime Correspondent
    Published: 10:26PM BST 08 Aug 2010

    Julie Spence, the outgoing head of Cambridgeshire police, says drivers consider speeding as acceptable and change their minds only if they lose a child in a road accident.

    In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, she claims that the biggest problem perceived by the public in her county is speeding drivers in rural areas and illegal parking by parents outside schools.

    “Speeding is middle-class anti-social behaviour,” she says. “People think we should be able to get away with it. They wouldn’t tolerate lawbreaking by somebody else but they do it themselves without thinking.

    “It all seems OK until something tragic happens, like their child dies because of a road traffic accident.”

    Mrs Spence, 55, says that while anti-social behaviour is usually defined as rowdy youths or vandalism, “for too many it is the antics of drivers who refuse to accept that speed limit signs apply to them.

    “Driving without care or consideration for other road users is probably among the worst kind of anti-social behaviour in its truest sense, because serious offenders can, and do, kill,” she says.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/7933703/Hypocrisy-of-speeding-middle-class-motorists.html

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  16. The holy impulse that can lead to dinner with a despot
    Celebrities are prepared to risk their reputations to be pictured in the company of greatness, says Boris Johnson
    By Boris Johnson
    Published: 6:34AM BST 09 Aug 2010

    Poor old Dawkins. Poor old Hitchens. You know who I mean: the writers who make a mint with those blockbusters proclaiming that God is dead. They yearn for a human race composed entirely of scientific rationalists, and look at what they get.

    You can mock the tenets of Christianity, you can drive people out of churches, you can claim that religion is bunk. But you will never eradicate the superstition in the human heart. Even in this supposedly godless age, we have a deep need to categorise things as holy or unholy; and if you want to understand how the search for holiness still drives our simple souls, look at the magnificent photo that appeared in the paper the other day.

    A bunch of global celebrities has converged at a dinner party in Pretoria, way back in 1997. There is Mia Farrow, mother of 15, ex-wife of Woody Allen and André Previn, an actress most famous for giving birth to the devil in Rosemary’s Baby. There is Pakistani cricket legend and statesman Imran Khan and his gorgeous wife Jemima, top Chinese actor Tony Leung, and the sensationally gifted record producer Quincy Jones and his wife.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/borisjohnson/7933991/The-holy-impulse-that-can-leadto-dinner-with-a-despot.html

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  17. comment: There’s something about Zardari
    Basil Nabi Malik

    Benazir Bhutto may have been the daughter of the east, but President Asif Ali Zardari is definitely the punching bag of the east, west and every other location in this world. Whether it be his chateau in France, his Swiss accounts, his supposedly ‘undemocratic’ statements, President Zardari is getting a good dose of ‘reality’ wherever he goes.
    At the core of these recent assaults on the ‘honourable’ presidency is the fact that the people in Pakistan, including the various institutional players in the nation, tend to portray the president as a predatory character appearing out of thin air to loot and plunder the land and make the lives of the innocent and helpless Pakistani miserable. He is depicted as an individual born and bred in a bubble devoid of any connection to the moral ethics of the average Pakistani, and is censured, ridiculed and embarrassed for his alleged corruption and greed.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/39621/there%E2%80%99s-something-about-zardari/

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  18. Match-fixing allegations hit England v Pakistan Test at Lord’s

    Man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers over no-ball deliveries during current Test at Lord’s
    Ben Quinn
    guardian.co.uk, Sunday 29 August 2010 00.10 BST

    England’s Test match against Pakistan was embroiled in scandal last night after police arrested a man reported to be at the centre of a huge match-fixing ring. Play is due to resume at Lord’s today overshadowed by allegations that several members of the Pakistan team were involved in cheating during the game.

    The News of the World alleged that two bowlers, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, delivered three deliberate no-balls against England on Thursday and Friday – in line with the predictions of an alleged middle man in London who met undercover reporters posing as members of a gambling cartel.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/aug/29/match-fixing-allegations-england-pakistan

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  19. England beat Pakistan but betting scandal takes gloss off Lord’s win

    Vic Marks at Lords
    guardian.co.uk Sunday 29 August 2010 18.07 BST
    The Long Room was eerily silent. As Mohammad Amir set out for his innings the members, sprinkled around on their high chairs neither applauded nor jeered as the 18-year-old, the precocious hero of 24 hours previously, made his way through the hallowed portals to the crease.

    Amir was escorted by a green-blazered MCC official, clutching his walkie-talkie earnestly. Reg Dickason, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s security chief, looked on grimly. Nothing would be left to chance today and there was no way that Amir was going to lose his way out to the middle in the manner of David Steele on his 1975 Lord’s Test debut, when he mistakenly descended an extra flight of stairs to end up in the toilets.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/aug/29/england-pakistan-lords-win

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  20. Police question Pakistan sportsmen over fixing allegation
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    August 29, 2010 — Updated 1816 GMT (0216 HKT)

    London, England (CNN) — British police questioned four members of the Pakistani national cricket team after allegations surfaced that gamblers fixed part of a match against England, the manager of the Pakistani team said Sunday.

    They arrested a different man in connection with the allegations late Saturday.

    The investigation comes after a British tabloid newspaper reported that two Pakistani players deliberately bowled “no balls” — a foul — while playing against England in London last week.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/08/29/uk.cricket.scam/?hpt=T1#fbid=l0aoxZ4hovN&wom=false

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  21. Suspect bailed in Pakistan ‘betting scam’ scandal
    Monday, 30 Aug, 2010

    LONDON: The man at the centre of an alleged betting scam involving the Pakistan cricket team was out on bail Monday as police, governments and authorities probed the scandal rocking the sport.

    Mazhar Majeed, 35, was released from custody having been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers, following a newspaper’s claim that he took money in return for exact details on no-balls in the Lord’s Test match between England and Pakistan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/12-police+question+pakistan+team+over+matchfixing+reports–bi-04

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  22. Pakistan team not institutionally corrupt: official
    Sunday, 29 Aug, 2010

    LONDON: Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed denied Sunday that cricket in his country was riven by corruption in the wake of claims players had taken part in a betting scam in the Test match against England.

    Asked if the British newspaper claims against his team proved that Pakistani cricket was “institutionally corrupt”, Saeed told Sky Sports: “I would not like to say that. This is the first time I’ve been the manager and we’ve been involved in such a thing.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/06-pakistan-team-not-institutionally-corrupt-official-rs-01

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  23. How low
    BY FAROOQ NOMANI ON 08 30TH, 2010 | COMMENTS (94)

    Yesterday I was preparing to write about the shame of our feeble capitulation in both innings of the fourth test.

    Tonight, I would give anything if that were the only form of embarrassment we had to suffer at the hands of our team – but it isn’t. An abject defeat would be too easy a let-off. Our team couldn’t resist dragging a country’s reputation through the mud as the icing on the cake.

    http://blog.dawn.com/2010/08/30/how-low/

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  24. Pakistan must stick with England tour urges Khan
    August 30, 2010 — Updated 1747 GMT (0147 HKT)

    (CNN) — Former captain Imran Khan says Pakistan should not abandon their tour of England despite allegations that members of their national team were involved in a betting scam.

    Cricket legend Khan told CNN that he was “shocked and embarrassed” by the scandal which has left preparations for the team’s upcoming one-day international series with England in disarray.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/08/30/cricket.betting.scandal.imran.khan/?hpt=Sbin#fbid=l0aoxZ4hovN&wom=false

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  25. Imran Khan fears for cricket in Pakistan

    By Shahid Hashmi (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    KARACHI — Pakistan cricket great Imran Khan on Monday said the sport was headed for crisis with the careers of top players in jeopardy over their alleged involvement in a gambling scam.

    Seven members of the Pakistan team are facing a police investigation over claims they colluded with a middleman in a the scam during their England tour, in a sting by a British Sunday tabloid.

    The scandal has cast a pall over the national sport, which has been dogged by “fixing” allegations since the 1990s as well as charges of ball-tampering.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i-4m52eTwU7AILRTvUhvasSlIBvA

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  26. Appropriate punishment if charges proved: ICC
    Tuesday, 31 Aug, 2010

    LONDON: The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption unit has been asked to submit a report within the next three days on an investigation into alleged corruption within the Pakistan team.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-appropriate-punishment-if-charges-proved-icc-180-rs-04

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  27. FIA to probe match fixing charges
    Monday, 30 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: A two-member team of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will be heading to England in the next couple of days to probe allegations of match fixing against its country’s cricketers.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/12-fia+investigators+to+probe+match+fixing+charges–bi-06

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  28. Lawmakers demand cricket board quit
    Monday, 30 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary sports committee in Pakistan on Monday asked the government to dissolve the country’s cricket board in the latest corruption scandal to hit the sport.

    Seven Pakistan national team players are facing a police investigation over a match-fixing scandal which surfaced on Sunday in British tabloid the News of the World.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/12-lawmakers+demand+cricket+board+quit–bi-02

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  29. Pakistan leave for Taunton as inquiries continue
    Monday, 30 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: Pakistan cricket team left their London hotel on Monday, and were on their way to Taunton, where they will play a Twenty20 tour match against Somerset ahead of the limited-overs series against England.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/07-pakistan-leave-for-taunton-as-inquiries-continue-ha-04

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  30. Celebrities weigh in on cricket scandal
    Shock and dismay has set in for fans of the Pakistani cricket team over allegations that members of the team are involved in spot-fixing.
    The news — which broke in the early hours of Sunday — elicited an instant outpouring of anger online, with fans tweeting and blogging their immense disappointment in the team and pondering on the ramifications of the scandal.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/44483/celebrities-weigh-in-on-cricket-scandal/

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  31. PCB may take News of the World to court
    LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) legal adviser Tafazzul Rizvi has expressed his disappointment at the way British police reacted to the spot-fixing allegations and confirmed that the board is prepared to take legal action against the News of the World.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/44560/pcb-may-take-news-of-the-world-to-court/

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  32. 82 matches to be investigated in wake of spot-fixing scandal
    LONDON: British newspaper Telegraph reports that more than 82 international cricket matches will be investigated amid allegations that a London businessman has been running a multi-million-pound match-fixing racket.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/44373/suspicion-falls-on-80-matches-players-passports-may-be-revoked/

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  33. Revealed: management’s thumbs-up
    KARACHI: In a shocking revelation following the spot-fixing allegations, the Pakistan team management has conceded to The Express Tribune that it had no problems with the players interacting with the alleged bookmaker Mazhar Majeed who was arrested and later released on bail.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/44774/revealed-management%E2%80%99s-thumbs-up/

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  34. LHC issues notice to PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt
    Tuesday, 31 Aug, 2010

    LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday issued a notice to PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt in the case regarding the accusations of match-fixing against Pakistani cricketers.
    The court adjourned the hearing of the case till September 7.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/04-lhc-notice-to-ijaz-butt-qs-04

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  35. British paper calls for Pakistan to be sent home
    Tuesday, 31 Aug, 2010

    LONDON: The sister newspaper of the tabloid which made the betting scam allegations engulfing cricket called on Tuesday for Pakistan to be sent home from England.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/19-british-paper-calls-for-pakistan-to-be-sent-home-hh-05

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  36. Pakistan will not drop players without proof: PCB
    Tuesday, 31 Aug, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will not suspend any players being investigated for alleged corruption without proof of wrongdoing, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt says.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/19-pakistan-will-not-drop-players-without-proof-pcb-hh-04

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  37. The ‘fake sheikh’ who shook cricket
    Tuesday, 31 Aug, 2010

    JOURNALIST Mazhar Mahmood, the whistle-blower whose report about alleged betting in the Lord’s Test match has raised a storm in the cricketing world and embroiled the Pakistani team in a scandal, is reputed for his expertise in exposing the behind-the-scenes activities of celebrities.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/the-fake-sheikh-who-shook-cricket-180

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  38. Ehsan Mani calls for swift action on scandal
    Monday, 30 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: The former head of cricket’s governing body on Monday called for swift action over match-fixing allegations involving the game’s top national players.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/45-former-icc-chief-calls-for-swift-action-on-scandal-bh-14

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  39. Suspend Pakistan cricket, says Malcolm Speed
    Monday, 30 Aug, 2010
    SYDNEY: Former ICC boss Malcolm Speed said Monday there was a compelling case to suspend Pakistan from world cricket after explosive match-rigging allegations hit the national team.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/07-suspend-pakistan-cricket-says-malcolm-speed-ha-02

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  40. Spot fixing latest threat to game’s integrity
    Sunday, 29 Aug, 2010

    LONDON: Spot fixing has emerged as the latest threat to the integrity of cricket after the match-fixing scandal which rocked the game 10 years ago.

    British police arrested a 35-year-old man on Saturday on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers after a newspaper report that Pakistan pace bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif had bowled three deliberate no-balls in the fourth test against England at Lord’s.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/08-spot-fixing-latest-threat-to-game-s-integrity-ts-03

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  41. Angry Pakistanis pelt donkeys in protest at fixing
    Monday, 30 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: Protesters in Lahore slapped donkeys with shoes and pelted them with rotten tomatoes on Monday to vent their anger at the latest Pakistani cricket fixing scandal.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/12-angry+pakistanis+pelt+donkeys+in+protest+at+fixing–bi-01

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  42. MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2010

    Gutted!
    Long-time readers of this blog would know that it’s been a while since I last posted anything about cricket. In fact, my last cricket-related post was all the way back in May, which was right after the leakage of the inquiry committee hearings into our humiliating tour of Australia, and even that was about the alleged hygiene of the cricketers. Simply, I saw no point in endlessly moaning and whining about their abysmal failures as sportsmen and the even more abysmal state of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s management.

    http://cafepyala.blogspot.com/2010/08/gutted.html

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  43. comment: The unbearable lightness of Pakistan cricket
    By Kamran Abbasi
    Monday, 30 Aug, 2010

    There are moments of shame and moments of sadness. This is both. “How can I tell my seven-year-old son that his idols are cheats?” asks a Pakistan cricket fan on Twitter. Indeed, the stars of Pakistan’s present and future have been caught up in a scandal that is delivering the final humiliation to a cricket team that has lurched from disaster to disaster for several years.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/the-unbearable-lightness-of-pakistan-cricket-080

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  44. Pakistan Cricket Crisis: Reid Calls for Ban
    By Nicholas McLaughlin
    Epoch Times Staff

    The Pakistan cricket team is embroiled in spot fixing allegations in their recent match against England at Lords, the home of cricket.

    The spirit of cricket has been tarnished in the latest scandal involving a number of Pakistan cricketers and alleged match fixer and middleman Mazhar Majeed.

    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/41967/

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  45. comment: Pakistan’s Final Ignominy?
    A cricket match fixing scandal reflects a corrupt national culture.

    By SADANAND DHUME

    On Sunday, England’s cricket team thrashed Pakistan in a test match played at the game’s most hallowed venue, Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. The Pakistani side suffered its worst defeat in the South Asian nation’s 63-year history. But for the fans watching at home, this was the good news.

    The bad news: A British tabloid apparently proved what some have long suspected, that Pakistan’s cricketers are up to their eyeballs in the murk of illegal betting. News of the World (owned by the parent company of this newspaper) sent undercover reporters, posing as front men for a “Far East gambling cartel,” to meet a fixer who claimed that seven Pakistani players were on the take. The reporters set up a sting operation in which they paid £150,000 ($232,000) for two of the country’s leading bowlers to throw no-balls (a kind of foul ball). Screaming headlines and dimly lit undercover video completed the disgrace.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703369704575462402001726436.html

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  46. Pakistan trio facing axe from tour after crisis summit with PCB
    • Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Amir summoned
    • More arrests made over money laundering links
    Owen Gibson and David Hopps
    guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 31 August 2010 23.17 BST

    The three Pakistan players at the centre of a betting scandal will travel to London for a summit meeting on Thursday that is likely to see them dropped for the rest of the tour. The Pakistan captain, Salman Butt, and the bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif will be brought before the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Ijaz Butt, the country’s high commissioner and lawyers.

    It also emerged yesterday that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs made three arrests on Sunday in connection with a long-standing investigation into money laundering, believed to be centred on Croydon Athletic, the Ryman League club owned by the man at the centre of the News of the World sting, Mazhar Majeed.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/aug/31/pakistan-players-summit-meeting

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  47. Kieswetter to play as batsman only in Pakistan T20s
    (AFP) – 11 hours ago
    TAUNTON, England — England World Twenty20 winning wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter is set to play as a batsman only in the upcoming two T20s against Pakistan, it was announced on Tuesday.
    Kieswetter was one of the stars in England’s World Twenty20 winning campaign in the Caribbean earlier this year where he both opened the innings and kept wicket.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jRM7IVgF7n5QJvH_750tkf_CvTtw

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  48. New Zealand state betting agency to take bets on Pakistan tour matches
    By The Associated Press (CP) – 5 hours ago
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s state betting agency will accept wagers on cricket matches during Pakistan’s December tour despite match fixing investigations into the Pakistan team.
    Totalisator Agency Board chief bookmaker Mark Stafford said the New Zealand TAB would continue to offer a range of betting options on Pakistan’s one-day matches in December, including on the number of runs scored in the first over and the number of sixes hit in a match.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5iEpXUAExLvm6xZcjNbM_pUpDaN7g

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  49. comment: I delivered that no-ball
    BY GUEST ON 08 31ST, 2010 | COMMENTS (50)

    The misfortune of Pakistan is that its tragedy appears as farce.

    Over the past few years, our screens have been awash with images both gruesome and depressing in equal measures. And they have been punctually followed by television anchors and television politicians blaming India, Israel, CIA, NASA and any other bogeyman you can think of – as long as the perpetrators weren’t one of us.

    Each time, amidst the despondency, I would find myself laughing at such incredulous claims. When, I would wonder, will such people face up to the brazen facts?

    Over the past 48 hours, one of the greatest passions of my life has witnessed a sickening turn of events.

    http://blog.dawn.com/2010/08/31/i-delivered-that-no-ball/

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  50. comment: Cricket in turmoil
    Dawn Editorial
    Tuesday, 31 Aug, 2010

    Cricket can be a source of joy, therapy even, in a country like Pakistan that is perennially beset by myriad traumas. Floods are wreaking havoc across four provinces, militancy is ravaging parts of the north-west and the majority of the population is enduring a life of grinding poverty. But despite these grave troubles, millions of Pakistani cricket fans continue to follow the national team irrespective of how it is faring on the field.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/cricket-in-turmoil-180

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  51. Butt, Amir, Asif to meet PCB chief, high commissioner
    Wednesday, 01 Sep, 2010

    TAUNTON: The three Pakistan cricketers embroiled in spot-fixing allegations are to leave the squad on Wednesday to face their cricket chief and government authorities, de facto sidelining them from the team.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/07-butt-amir-asif-to-meet-pcb-chief-high-commissioner-ha-01

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  52. Pietersen tweets his anger over England omission
    Tuesday, 31 Aug, 2010
    LONDON: A post on Kevin Pietersen’s Twitter account has said the batsman has been dropped from England’s Twenty20 and one-day international squads for the forthcoming series against Pakistan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/08-pietersen-tweets-his-anger-over-england-omission-ts-01

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  53. Younis Khan accuses British paper of defamation
    Tuesday, 31 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan cricket captain Younis Khan Tuesday served a legal notice on British newspaper The Daily Telegraph for linking him with a spot-fixing scam involving seven national team players.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/sport/45-younis-khan-accuses-british-paper-of-defamation-bh-15

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  54. From bad to farce! Now ball cheat Shahid Afridi leads tarnished Pakistan
    Last updated at 11:59 PM on 1st September 2010

    The biggest irony of this whole sorry Pakistan affair is that Shahid Afridi suddenly appears to be a paragon of virtue, riding in on his white charger to rescue the team. The reality is slightly different.
    This is the man who took advantage of the chaos during a Test in Faisalabad in 2005 caused by an exploding gas canister on the boundary edge to scuff up the pitch with his studs.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-1308095/Paul-Newman-Now-ball-cheat-Shahid-Afridi-leads-tarnished-Pakistan.html

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  55. Pakistan cricket trio are unlikely to face criminal charges
    • Butt, Asif and Amir should escape criminal charges
    • ‘Spot-fixing’ players set to face officials tomorrow

    Owen Gibson
    guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 1 September 2010 22.00 BST

    The three Pakistan cricketers at the centre of a global storm over betting allegations are highly unlikely to face criminal charges, legal experts said today.

    The Test captain, Salman Butt, and the pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, left their base in Taunton this morning for a Kensington hotel ahead of a pivotal meeting in London tomorrow with the Pakistan high commissioner, the Pakistan Cricket Board and lawyers. Informal talks continued at the hotel where the three players are staying, with officials from the PCB, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the International Cricket Commission and the high commission involved.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/sep/01/pakistan-cricketers-betting-scandal

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  56. Ban Pakistan trio if guilty of fixing: Warne
    (AFP) – 3 hours ago
    SYDNEY — Three Pakistan cricketers should face a life ban if they are found guilty of being involved in a betting scam, Australian leg-spin great Shane Warne said on Thursday.
    Captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, currently on tour in England, have been summoned to London to meet the Pakistan Cricket Board chief and the country’s ambassador to Britain.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jFw1kfLwmSrfBAIDulzBEuQ-1Tog

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  57. ICC suspends Pakistan trio under anti-corruption code
    Friday, 03 Sep, 2010

    LONDON: The International Cricket Council said on Thursday it has charged Pakistan’s Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif with various offences under its anti-corruption code.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/pakistans-butt-asif-aamer-suspended-by-icc-jd-01

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  58. Police to quiz accused trio, criminal charges unlikely
    Friday, 03 Sep, 2010

    LONDON: British police were expected on Friday to quiz the three banned Pakistan cricketers embroiled in an alleged betting scam as the sport’s world governing body was to explain their charges against them.

    Test captain Salman Butt, plus bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, were expected to be questioned over the scandal that has rocked the cricket world, after they were sanctioned by the International Cricket Council.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/07-british-police-to-quiz-accused-pakistani-trio-ha-07

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  59. Lawson sympathy for Pakistan players

    Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has thrown his support behind the current squad by claiming they may have been forced to get involved in ‘spot-fixing’.

    Pakistan’s current tour of England is in question after allegations in the News Of The World that seven members of the team – including captain Salman Butt, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and star bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer – were involved with illegal betting syndicates.
    http://orange.cricket365.com/Story/0,18086,6659_6350145,00.html

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  60. Aamer, Asif axed from awards list: source
    Saturday, 04 Sep, 2010

    KARACHI: Embattled Pakistan bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, currently embroiled in a corruption storm, have been dropped from the International Cricket Council’s annual awards list.

    “The pair’s nominations have been withdrawn and the jury has been informed,” an ICC spokesman confirmed to AFP without giving further details.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/aamer-asif-axed-from-awards-list-source-jd-01

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  61. England leave Pakistan in a spin

    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    CARDIFF — Pakistan got back to playing cricket on their scandal-hit tour of Britain as they were held to 126 for four in the first Twenty20 international against world champions England on Sunday.

    Off-spinner Graeme Swann led England’s attack with two wickets for 14 runs in his maximum permitted four overs.

    And with Michael Yardy returning figures of one for 21 it meant England’s eight overs of spin yielded three wickets for just 35 runs.

    This was Pakistan’s first match since Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif were suspended by the International Cricket Council after newspaper allegations the trio were involved in a betting scam that saw no-balls deliberately bowled in last week’s fourth Test at Lord’s.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gldh8F5BekYRio1rHPeaLQYDAoug

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  62. Pakistan crawls to 126 against England in first Twenty20
    Sunday, 05 Sep, 2010

    CARDIFF: Pakistan struggled on a slow pitch in Cardiff on Sunday to set England a total of 127 in the first Twenty20 match.

    Umar Akmal top scored for the visitors with 35 while Graeme Swann took two wickets for 14 runs in his four overs for England.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/21-pakistan-crawl-to-126-against-england-in-first-twenty20-sk-04

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  63. Pakistan Hit With Fresh Allegations
    By REUTERS
    Published: September 5, 2010

    CARDIFF, WALES — The first Twenty20 international between England and Pakistan began as planned Sunday, despite fresh allegations in the match-tampering controversy.

    The Pakistan team held an emergency meeting after The News of the World reported that a fourth player was being investigated regarding match-rigging allegations, leading to speculation that Pakistan could pull out of the series.

    “We are going to the ground for the match, and that means the series is on,” the Pakistan manager, Yawar Saeed, told a Pakistani sports TV station.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/06/sports/cricket/06iht-CRICKET.html

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  64. Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi finally says sorry
    By Gary Fitzgerald 5/09/2010

    Pakistan’s Test opener sparks new match-fixing storm on the day that skipper Shahid Afridi finally says..

    Shahid Afridi has issued a shock apology over the alleged “spot-fixing” scandal which has rocked cricket.

    The Pakistan One-day captain said “sorry” on behalf of the three players caught up in the ugly Lord’s controversy.

    Pakistan captain Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were charged by the ICC under their anti-corruption code and provisionally suspended a f t e r a l l e g at i o n s o f deliberately bowling “no balls” in the Fourth Test.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/cricket/2010/09/05/pakistan-skipper-shahid-afridi-finally-says-sorry-115875-22538485/

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  65. Fixed Sydney Test a ‘$3m windfall for Pakistan players’
    Jamie Pandaram
    September 6, 2010

    A PAKISTAN player has claimed crooked teammates made £1.8million ($3million) by fixing the Sydney Test last January, as Salman Butt was caught with up to £15,000 of the money used in a News of the World sting to expose alleged spot-fixing during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s.

    The opening batsman Yasir Hameed inadvertently told an undercover reporter from the newspaper that Pakistan players were fixing “almost every match”.

    http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/fixed-sydney-test-a-3m-windfall-for-pakistan-players-20100905-14w9d.html?from=smh_sb

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  66. Yasir Hameed News of the World video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azwupBCQ7Ic&feature=player_embedded

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  67. Imran Khan laments new Pakistan allegations

    (AFP) – 6 hours ago

    KARACHI — Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan on Sunday called for stronger national institutions to prevent corruption scandals undermining the country’s favourite sport in the future.

    “This whole episode of cricket reflects what is happening in the country,” Khan told reporters in Pakistan’s central city of Multan during a flood relief campaign.

    “We are regarded as a corrupt country because our institutions are not strong and the same thing is happening in cricket because of ad-hocism in the game.”

    Pakistan’s spot-fixing crisis deepened on Sunday after an undercover reporter for a British newspaper allegedly caught opening batsman Yasir Hameed claiming some of his team-mates had been fixing “almost every cricket match.”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hPOtsSx7zWjAdQs8YUPYUaJX53IQ

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  68. ‘Sting cash’ found on Pakistan cricketers
    By David Bond BBC sports editor

    About £4,000 in cash, which had been paid to an agent as part of a newspaper sting operation, was found after the rooms of three Pakistan players suspected of spot-fixing in last week’s Lord’s Test were searched, the BBC understands.

    The cash was recovered after the hotel rooms of captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were searched by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Economic and Specialist Crime Unit.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11190583

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  69. Match-fixing: Yasir Hameed summoned to Pakistan High Commission

    The player, who made damning revelations about match-fixing involving the Pakistani team, was summoned to the country’s High Commission in London today.

    http://www.onenewspage.com/news/Sports/20100905/14734062/Match-fixing-Yasir-Hameed-summoned-to-Pakistan-High.htm

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  70. Pakistan batsman says players are fixing
    Sunday, 05 Sep, 2010

    LONDON: A teammate of the three Pakistan cricketers suspended on corruption charges has reportedly claimed that players on his team have been fixing ”almost every match.”

    The News of the World newspaper quotes opening batsman Yasir Hameed as saying Pakistan players are throwing matches.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/06-pakistan-batsman-says-players-are-fixing-rs-01

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  71. Afridi blasts Hameed in Pakistan corruption row
    Monday, 06 Sep, 2010

    CARDIFF: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi blasted Yasir Hameed as being mentally a teenager as the batsman insisted he was duped by a newspaper over betting scam claims which eclipsed the team’s defeat to England.

    One-day skipper Afridi tore into Test batsman Hameed, who claimed he had done nothing more than repeat the allegations of “spot-fixing” being faced by three Pakistan players.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/afridi-blasts-hameed-in-pakistan-corruption-row-jd-01

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  72. British police say phone hacking case may reopen
    Monday, 06 Sep, 2010

    LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief was under renewed pressure Monday after Scotland Yard said they could reopen their probe into a phone hacking scandal if new evidence surfaced.

    The use of phone-hacking by the News of the World tabloid was under fresh scrutiny following a story in The New York Times about the extent of voicemail hacking that in 2007 led to two journalists being jailed.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/44-british-police-say-phone-hacking-case-may-be-reopened-fa-02

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  73. If no God, then Science, Darwin’s theory of evolution, Anarchy, self-gratification and ‘might is right’, secularism etc., only get reinforced in today’s world – there is no call for organized religions, ethics, or indeed God ….

    God did not create the universe, says Hawking

    By Michael Holden

    LONDON | Thu Sep 2, 2010 9:08am EDT

    LONDON (Reuters) – God did not create the universe and the “Big Bang” was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book.

    In “The Grand Design,” co-authored with U.S. physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking says a new series of theories made a creator of the universe redundant, according to the Times newspaper which published extracts on Thursday.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6811FN20100902?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a49:g43:r1:c0.133891:b37083802:z0

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  74. comment: Relief from belief
    Farzana Versey

    Stephen Hawking is baulking at the wrong evolutionary tree. He may choose gravity over God to rationalise the creation of the universe, but how does one explain away religion? Faith cannot be exclusive of creation, and there are provisions in it for the idea of destruction as well. Elemental and human factors come together to prop up holiness.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/47277/relief-from-belief/

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  75. comment: Scraping the barrel
    By Kamran Shafi
    Tuesday, 07 Sep, 2010

    What else again, but the disgrace heaped on our country by these hoodlums who also go by the name of cricketers? How much more disgrace will be piled upon this country by these Yahoos, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), both prime collections of clowns and jokers? I mean what the devil is going on?

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/kamran-shafi-scraping-the-barrel-790

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  76. Afridi says players aware of ‘fix’ dangers
    Tuesday, 07 Sep, 2010

    CARDIFF: Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi insisted Monday his players had been educated by officials over the dangers of corruption as the ‘spot-fixing’ row engulfing his side rumbled on.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/12-afridi+says+players+aware+of+fix+dangers–bi-06

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  77. It’s up to players to stop spread of corruption: Dhoni
    Tuesday, 07 Sep, 2010

    DURBAN: Cricketers must take more responsibility for their actions to prevent the spread of corruption, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Tuesday.

    He was speaking in the light of the suspension last week of Pakistan players Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif following spot-fixing allegations levelled against them in Britain’s News of the World newspaper.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/12-its+up+to+players+to+stop+spread+of+corruption+dhoni–bi-02

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  78. No comment on new fixing claims: Yawar Saeed
    Tuesday, 07 Sep, 2010

    CARDIFF: The manager of the Pakistan team has refused to comment on the latest newspaper allegations that two of his players were being investigated for fixing in a one-day series in June.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/40-no-comment-on-new-fixing-claims-yawar-saeed-tns-10

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  79. LHC postpones spot-fixing hearing
    Tuesday, 07 Sep, 2010

    KARACHI: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday heard a petition seeking treason charges be filed against players and officials involved in the spot-fixing scandal in England.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/40-lhc-postpones-spot-fixing-hearing-tns-02

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  80. Age no defence for Aamer: Shafqat Rana
    Monday, 06 Sep, 2010

    CARDIFF: Pakistan associate manager Shafqat Rana said on Monday that teenage quick Mohammad Aamer’s age should have no effect on any possible punishment if spot-fixing claims against the 18-year-old were proved.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/12-age+no+defence+for+aamer+shafqat+rana–bi-05

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  81. ‘ICC’s anti-corruption role ineffective’
    Monday, 06 Sep, 2010

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan Test captain Rashid Latif Monday questioned the ability and willingness of cricket’s world governing body to stop match-fixing, saying tougher laws were needed to counter the menace.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/12-iccs+anti-corruption+role+ineffective+says+latif–bi-04

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  82. Pietersen fined by ECB for Twitter rant
    Monday, 06 Sep, 2010

    LONDON: The England and Wales Cricket Board says it has fined batsman Kevin Pietersen an ”undisclosed sum” following comments he made on Twitter after discovering he had been dropped from the limited-overs squads.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/12-pietersen+fined+for+twitter+rant–bi-02

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  83. Paul Collingwood praises England’s application after Pakistan drubbing
    England were impressively ruthless but the pitiful crowd and lack of atmosphere offered a telling verdict on a protracted schedule

    Vic Marks at Swalec Stadium
    The Guardian, Wednesday 8 September 2010

    Tim Bresnan, man of one of the drabbest international matches of the century, summed it all up, albeit unwittingly. He was asked, mischievously, why he had not tweeted much recently – given the pitfalls demonstrated by Kevin Pietersen and Dimitri Mascarenhas. “Nothing interesting has happened really,” said Bresnan.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/sep/08/england-paul-collingwood-second-twenty20

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  84. Afridi admits Pakistan short on confidence
    Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi admits it is difficult to raise the morale of his scandal-hit side after they were bowled out for just 89 by England in a thumping Twenty20 loss.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/09/08/3006117.htm?site=sport&section=cricket

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  85. ICC contacted Pakistan cricketers for fixing investigation before England Test
    By The Associated Press (CP) – 17 hours ago
    Pakistan’s cricketers were being investigated by the International Cricket Council for fixing in a one-day series even before their contentious fourth Test against England last month.
    The ICC suspended three players last week after charging them under its anti-corruption code but had already written to two players to ask for telephone records as part of an investigation into possible contact with bookmakers.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5hV-88yXo2LKP_bMdVAcfPte_4Wng

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  86. Future of cricket in Pakistan
    The future of cricket in Pakistan is extremely bleak.

    As of September 2010, no teams tour Pakistan and have not done so since March 2009, when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team and match officials. The high rate of attacks and deaths in Pakistan means that this is not likely to change in the short term. During the summer of 2010, the ICC briefly spoke about putting together a world XI to take to Pakistan to try and re-energise cricket there: this has been put on ice following the debacle of Lord’s. During 2009, 1018 people were killed in suicide bomber atrocities in Pakistan: the total number killed by terrorists was 11585.
    http://www.helium.com/items/1944817-cricket-in-pakistan

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  87. Pakistan match-fixing claims: government to investigate cricketers’ cars and houses
    The Pakistan team will have their earnings and assets examined by tax officials following the allegations of fixing during the Lord’s Test.

    By Nick Hoult and Rob Crilly in Islamabad
    Published: 7:00AM BST 07 Sep 2010

    The Pakistan Cricket Board has also been ordered to submit all expenses paid to players, selectors, coaches and managers over the same period as the Pakistani government takes its first major step to combat corruption after the suspension of three players last week for alleged spot-fixing.
    The Federal Bureau of Revenue in Pakistan has told its regional officers to collect details on bank accounts, assets, property and even cars owned by past and present cricketers who have played international cricket since 2005.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/pakistan/7985716/Pakistan-match-fixing-claims-government-to-investigate-cricketers-cars-and-houses.html

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  88. comment: Can cricket be cleaned?

    The writer is a freelance columnist and former newspaper editor
    The members of the trio, as they have come to be known, have been branded as villains. Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Amir’s names appear in many places alongside a series of expletives – and even though a brave effort continues on the part of some young fans to hold on to the belief that the cricketers could have been framed, no one is really convinced.
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/09-09-2010/opinion/3808.htm

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  89. comment: Defending the indefensible
    Cricket’s fair name has been tarnished yet again. Cricket has been shamed.
    The game of cricket used to invoke a spirit of decency, of fairness, of tolerance, of integrity, of character, of love, of human dignity. No more.
    The slurs are too deep; the wounds too grievous; the actors involved too many and too powerful.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/09-09-2010/opinion/3809.htm

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  90. comment:
    The ‘dark arts’ and the media
    By Irfan Husain
    Wednesday, 08 Sep, 2010

    After winning the third match of the Test series after two defeats, Salman Butt, the beleaguered captain of the touring Pakistan cricket team, was quoted in the Guardian as saying that he hoped another good performance would lift the spirits of the flood-affected people. I thought at the time that this showed a real concern for the plight of millions of Pakistanis, and might help with the fund-raising efforts in the UK.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/irfan-husain-the-dark-arts-and-the-media-890

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  91. Wahab Riaz to be questioned by police: PCB chief
    Thursday, 09 Sep, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board said Thursday fast bowler Wahab Riaz will appear before Scotland Yard police next week in relation to match-fixing allegations.

    Ijaz Butt said the left-arm paceman will be interrogated by police on Tuesday.

    “They want to question Wahab Riaz and we have set the date for it,” Butt told reporters in Lahore.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/07-wahab-riaz-to-be-questioned-by-police-pcb-chief-ha-03

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  92. Pakistan: Cricket players accused of corruption back in Pakistan
    According to the indictment and a video, the cricketers accepted money to play badly and lose games. Cricket is the country’s national sport. Fans protest the players at the airport, but many others speak of false charges.

    Islamabad – The three national cricket players accused of accepting money to play badly and causing the team to loose arrived in Pakistan in the early afternoon yesterday, disputed by supporters.

    http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idCategory=33&idsub=128&id=39598&t=Pakistan%3A+++Cricket+players+accused+of+corruption+back+in+Pakistan

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  93. Cricketers at centre of scandal return to Pakistan, dodging angry protesters
    The three cricketers at the centre of spot fixing allegations slipped back into Pakistan early this morning, avoiding angry scenes at Lahore airport where protesters gathered with rotten eggs and placards.

    Aoun Sahi in Lahore and Rob Crilly
    Published: 9:11AM BST 11 Sep 2010

    Team captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir were led from their plane to a waiting bus and driven away through a cargo entrance within minutes of landing.

    Their lawyers earlier said they had promised to co-operate with police investigations and would return to the United Kingdom if required.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/7995984/Cricketers-at-centre-of-scandal-return-to-Pakistan-dodging-angry-protesters.html

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  94. A callous culture
    Dawn Editorial
    Tuesday, 14 Sep, 2010

    Monday’s death of a newborn in Lahore has once again brought the abhorrent VIP culture into focus.

    News reports suggest the infant died when it did not receive medical care at the city’s Children’s Hospital. Access to the emergency section was apparently blocked because of tight security as the Punjab chief minister was visiting the facility.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/12-a+callous+culture–bi-05

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  95. Confronting hypocrisy
    By Mohsin Hamid
    Monday, 13 Sep, 2010

    The spot-fixing scandal has broken my heart. I’m a die-hard Pakistan cricket fan. Yes, I’d long heard about the corruption in our team, including by some of our greatest players in the 1990s. But I never wanted to believe it.

    So when I saw the no-ball video evidence last month, it shook me. I was disgusted by our players, and even more so by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Whether or not anyone is convicted of a crime, if the video wasn’t a fake (and there’s no reason to think it was), then it and the horrifying behaviour of our officials in response are all I need to be convinced that our national cricket administration is rotten to the core.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/op-ed-contributor/confronting-hypocrisy-090

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  96. Stern action if spot-fixing is proved: Pawar
    PTI

    It all hinges on what Scotland Yard’s probe throws up. ICC president Sharad Pawar and PCB chairman Ejaz Butt said that the ICC would be tough on any players found guilty
    The ICC today made it clear that it would not tolerate corruption in cricket and warned of stern action against players found guilty in the spot-fixing scandal which has rocked world cricket.

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/article672644.ece

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  97. Diplomat slams PCB for failing to handle spot-fixing scam
    By Imran Ali Teepu
    Thursday, 16 Sep, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Britain Wajid Shamsul Hasan has sent a communication to President Asif Ali Zardari, also patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board, informing him about the weak role of PCB management in handling the spot-fixing issue, Dawn has learnt from a senior federal official.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/sport/writes-letter-to-president-zardari-diplomat-slams-pcb-for-failing-to-handle-spotfixing-scam-690

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  98. PCB demands removal of Haroon Lorgat
    The Pakistan Cricket Board has demanded the removal of ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

    PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt has also said spot fixing allegations are a conspiracy against Pakistan’s World Cup bid.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/52559/pcb-demands-removal-of-haroon-lorgat/

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  99. Pakistan should be banned from cricket: Botham
    LONDON: Pakistan should be banned from international cricket until corruption allegations against their cricketers have been fully investigated, England great Sir Ian Botham said on Monday.

    Botham believes Pakistan should be thrown out of the sport altogether.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/52409/pakistan-should-be-banned-from-international-cricket-botham/

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  100. Conspiracy against Pakistan: PCB
    KARACHI: Miffed at the latest allegations against the team, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt has lashed out and termed it a conspiracy against the country to isolate it from international cricket.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/52145/conspiracy-against-pakistan-pcb/

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  101. Jonathan Agnew column
    By Jonathan Agnew
    BBC cricket correspondent

    The fixing scandal that has blighted Pakistan’s tour of England is absolutely dreadful for cricket. In fact, I don’t think the sport has ever faced a crisis like this.
    However, I strongly disagree with suggestions that Pakistan should be banned from competing – that simply isn’t the answer to this problem.
    Pakistan cricket has to be helped and nurtured. If it gets suspended or chucked out then one of the game’s major powers – and a nation with such talent and passion for cricket – faces a terribly bleak future.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/england/9021272.stm

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  102. N.Zealand confirm Pakistan tour
    (AFP) – 7 hours ago
    WELLINGTON — New Zealand Cricket on Wednesday confirmed Pakistan would tour later this year but admitted concerns at how the public would react to the visitors following their scandal-tainted trip to England.
    New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan dismissed a British newspaper report that sports chiefs were considering scrapping the Pakistan tour and seeking the West Indies or Sri Lanka as replacements.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jglAvddCG9h0skTfnI1wcjQHIttQ

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  103. England v Pakistan: match preview
    Read a full match preview of the one-day interntaional between England and Pakistan at The Rose Bowl, Durham on Wednesday Sept 22 2010.

    By Nick Hoult, Deputy Cricket Correspondent
    Published: 6:00AM BST 22 Sep 2010

    One-day international
    The Rose Bowl, Durham
    Start: Weds Sept 22, 2.30pm
    TV: Sky Sports 1 2pm, Sky Sports HD1 2pm

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/england/8016798/England-v-Pakistan-match-preview.html

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  104. Wednesday, 22nd September 2010
    Farce added to the drama as Pakistan boss Saeed denies resignation reports

    Published Date: 22 September 2010
    By David Clough
    Pakistan’s preparations for today’s NatWest Series decider were yet again mired in controversy and intrigue yesterday.
    Team manager Yawar Saeed’s on-off resignation dominated a morning in which former International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani voiced strident criticism of Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt.

    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/cricket/Farce-added-to-the-drama.6544399.jp

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  105. comment: Tabloid drama makes ICC dance to its tunes
    By: Asher Butt | Published: September 22, 2010

    LAHORE – Pakistan team’s eventful tour of England will remain chiselled in the memories of national team players for the rest of their lives.
    Cheaters if they win, fixers if they lose, they are now wondering what to do?
    Amid all the tabloid drama that has made the ICC dance to its tunes, cricket is the ultimate loser. Though the Pakistan cricket is fast moving towards isolation, the game internationally is too dwindling into darkness. The ICC’s anti-corruption unit is only making itself a subject of ridicule by launching inquiries after every tabloid report.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Sports/22-Sep-2010/Tabloid-drama-makes-ICC-dance-to-its-tunes

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  106. England v Pakistan: sworn foes face up for one last showdown at the Rose Bowl
    Just when you thought relations between England and Pakistan could not get much worse, there is Wednesday’s decider of this fractious one-day series at the Rose Bowl.

    By Derek Pringle
    Published: 7:00AM BST 22 Sep 2010

    The World Wrestling Entertainment could not have scripted a finale better and while the squeamish may prefer to watch Jeremy Paxman grill a politician or two, this promises to be that elusive thing in sport – a grand conclusion between two sworn foes desperate not to lose face.
    The cricket public are obviously expecting something combustible, and not just the expected 80F temperature, as the demand for tickets over the past 24 hours has turned what looked a poorly attended game two days ago into a sell-out.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/england/8017009/England-v-Pakistan-sworn-foes-face-up-for-one-last-showdown-at-the-Rose-Bowl.html

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  107. Loan write-offs
    Dawn Editorial
    Saturday, 25 Sep, 2010
    THE disclosure in the National Assembly on Thursday that loans amounting to a little over Rs50bn were written off by commercial banks over the last two years was certainly distressing, but nothing out of the ordinary in Pakistan. It should be remembered that over the past 40 years, loans worth Rs256bn have been written off in this country. The latest figure was made public in a written reply to a question by an MQM lawmaker by the federal finance minister. The reply adds that over 200,000 people and companies have benefited from the banks’ generosity. The names of the banks and the beneficiaries have not been made public.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/loan-writeoffs-590

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  108. Yawar Saeed resigns as manager of Pakistan team
    Monday, 27 Sep, 2010

    LAHORE: The manager of Pakistan’s cricket team resigned on Monday, just days after the players flew home from England following controversies over spot fixing.

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt relieved Yawar Saeed of his duties at Saeed’s own request, the board said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/07-yawar-saeed-resigns-as-manager-of-pakistan-cricket-team-ha-07

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  109. Salman Butt appeals against ICC ban
    Wednesday, 29 Sep, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan test captain Salman Butt has appealed against his suspension to the International Cricket Council after being implicated in the spot-fixing scandal.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/08-salman-butt-appeals-against-icc-ban-ts-01

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  110. Ijaz Butt unapologetic upon arrival in England
    Wednesday, 29 Sep, 2010

    LONDON: Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt flew into England on Tuesday still steadfastly refusing to apologise for his role in a row over ‘spot-fixing’ that has been the talk of world cricket

    Pakistan’s recent tour of England, where they also played Australia in a neutral series, was marred by spot-fixing allegations.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/cricket/07-ijaz-butt-unapologetic-upon-arrival-in-england-ha-01

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  111. Commonwealth Games 2010: Pakistan weighlifting team threaten withdrawal after flag beaing row
    The Pakistan weightlifting team has refused to take part in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, unless they receive an apology from their spotlight-loving Sports Minister Dr M Ali Shah.

    By Jacquelin Magnay, in New Delhi
    Published: 6:57AM BST 04 Oct 2010

    Dr Shah had insistied on carrying the Pakistani flag into the Games opening ceremony at the expense of the official flag bearer, the former gold medal weightlifter Shuja-ud-Din Malik.

    Dr Shah, who also holds the post as the team’s chef de mission had a “tug of war” with Malik and would not give up the flag before the team walked into the stadium. The Pakistani team received an enthusiastic cheer from the Indian audience, who had been told the flag bearer was Malik.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/commonwealthgames/8040571/Commonwealth-Games-2010-Pakistan-weighlifting-team-threaten-withdrawal-after-flag-beaing-row.html

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  112. Pakistan 1 – 0 British tabloids
    KARACHI: Following weeks of turmoil and a string of allegations by British tabloids against the Pakistan cricket team, there came some respite for the nation when the game’s governing body cleared the Pakistan team of any wrongdoing in the third One-Day International (ODI) against England at The Oval.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/62234/pakistan-1–0-british-tabloids/

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  113. Pakistan team cleared of Oval fixing claim

    (AFP) – 9 hours ago

    KARACHI — Pakistan’s one-day captain Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younis on Wednesday welcomed a decision to clear the team of some spot-fixing claims levelled against them in England last month.

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday ruled there was no evidence of corruption in the third one-day international between Pakistan and England at the Oval played on September 17.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iBRNQGTegPlB8qGC1lpO8vuemVyA?docId=CNG.c668be9320e3376a10d767deb0b0649f.b71

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  114. Pakistan cricket under pressure after ICC warning

    (AFP) – 7 hours ago

    KARACHI — Top former Pakistan cricket officials on Saturday slammed the International Cricket Council after the sport’s governing body warned the national board needs to take extraordinary measures to avoid sanctions over alleged corruption.

    The ICC issued a strict warning to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday to implement a series of measures to solve problems faced by the country’s cricket, or risk sanctions.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g3Xn2r4mIOnTb5vAStkeQycwPvPw?docId=CNG.9062e9cf331afc10d8bd08688d8dd28b.471

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  115. Will ICC’s ‘threat’ put some sense into blundering PCB?
    By Ibrahim Farooqi
    Sunday, 24 Oct, 2010

    After a prolonged spell of gloom and disaster, Pakistan cricket finally received some positive news in the past week. First, the International Cricket Council (ICC) cleared The Oval one-dayer of any corruption or spot-fixing doubts that were cast on that game by Britian’s tabloid or gutter press early last month. And secondly, there was the welcome return of senior batsman Younis Khan to the national ranks after a seven-month ‘Butt-imposed’ exile.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/sport/will-iccs-threat-put-some-sense-into-blundering-pcb-400

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  116. Scandal saps Pakistan fans in Gulf

    By Shahid Hashmi (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    ABU DHABI — Pakistani taxi driver Kamal Shah has been part of the madding crowd addicted to international cricket ever since matches first came to the Gulf three decades ago.

    Privately he was delighted when Pakistan was forced to host matches in the United Arab Emirates, far from Islamist militants and rampant insecurity at home, because it gave him the chance to watch his idols.

    But spot-fixing allegations against Pakistan on their recent tour of England has left Shah with a bitter taste in the mouth.

    “I started hating cricket, I didn’t want to watch cricket,” the 52-year-old told AFP. “But I couldn’t resist when I heard Pakistan was playing South Africa, and bought tickets for me and my friends.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jyrbWXQourGFIAqPLrBPAQ-eAthg?docId=CNG.70d49186605692c667f186f852b87f44.321

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  117. Butt and Amir prepare for ICC appeals hearing, hope to join Pakistan team

    By Rizwan Ali (CP) – 3 hours ago

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir flew to Dubai on Friday with hopes of having their suspensions lifted, allowing them to play in the series against South Africa.

    The International Cricket Council’s code of commission board will hear appeals by the pair in Dubai this weekend.

    Butt said prior to his departure that he was innocent and hoped over the next two day things will be cleared.

    “Either you are guilty or you are not, and I am not guilty and I am sure about it,” Butt told reporters.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gtRsW3aNi3sq8MYAUGyvfNGyp5Ew?docId=4969149

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  118. ICC dismisses Pakistan cricketers’ appeal

    By Shahid Hashmi (AFP) – 7 hours ago

    DUBAI — The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday rejected the appeals of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer against suspensions for spot-fixing.

    The two, along with fast bowler Mohammad Asif, were provisionally suspended by the ICC over allegations they were involved in spot-fixing during Pakistan’s summer tour of England.

    All three appealed, but Asif later withdrew his application.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gCUxewV4YxZnDQxoSiXNlwSHpNvQ?docId=CNG.cfa2dbe7aa111720a3b408ca12e6ac0a.2b1

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  119. Why do Indian experts attack Pakistani cricketers?
    Saad Hassan Khan March 7, 2011

    Experts are supposed to be unbiased, and should refrain from making baseless judgments until they have considered all the facts. I am sorry to say that Indian experts seem incapable of doing this when it comes to Pakistan cricket.

    Cricket analysts like Navjot Siddhu and Harsha Bhogle have seized every opportunity to hurl mud at Pakistani cricketers. And the less said about the Shiv Sena, whose total political agenda seems to be centered on evoking anti-Pakistan sentiment in India, the better.

    http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/4773/why-do-indian-experts-attack-pakistani-cricketers/

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