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A verbal war: The untold stories of Pakistan Cricket

 

Former T20 captain Shahid Afridi, while responding to a question, said “money has always been an issue for Javed Miandad”. The all-rounder was talking to journalists in Karachi at the book launch ceremony of sports journalist Saleem Khaliq, when a reporter mentioned it to Afridi that “Javed Miandad has said that Afridi wanted farewell game only for money”. To this Afridi responded saying, “money has always been an issue for Javed Miandad”. He went on to say that “it doesn’t suit a legendary cricketer like Miandad to pass such irresponsible comments”. Afridi said people loved him a lot and it doesn’t matter to him much whether he gets the farewell game or not. Both the cricketers should have realised the consequences of hurling such allegations on each other publically. The way such stories are blown out of proportion should have served as a warning on how to respond to such verbal attacks. Moreover, considering the seniority of the two players, professionalism and basic decency is expected from both of them. Even if one of them had crossed the line, the other’s response could have been a measured one. Secondly, the silence on the part of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is perplexing, especially when Najam Sethi had said that Afridi would get a proper farewell. Furthermore, Afridi is still a centrally contracted player, and the contract terms demand permission from PCB for any interview. A response in this regard might have helped the situation. Furthermore, as Miandad himself has served in the PCB in different positions, he should have been more careful with his words. Lastly, Pakistan has seen many a bad day off the field. From Justice Qayyum’s report to the infamous incident of 2010 spot-fixing, much has been lost off the field already. While the issue of match-fixing is grave, and there should be zero tolerance for it, players — both current as well as retired — should exhibit mature behaviour, the first step of which is not to air any ‘dirty laundry’ in public. It is imperative that such accusations, whether true or not, must be checked by the PCB. And it must not be forgotten that this kind of uncouth behaviour of name-calling and allegations would only harm the already tainted reputation of Pakistan’s cricket, without bringing any good to any of the two involved in the verbal spat. 

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