Pakistan cricket a modern day tragedy

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As much as everyone is now looking forward to the Ashes, it is impossible not to reflect rather mournfully on a summer which has sullied cricket's reputation.


The allegations levelled against certain members of the Pakistan squad have put the game in disarray, and the comments made by PCB chairman Ijaz Butt have only compounded the problem.


Frankly, it is not on for Butt to have come out with the statements he has made, and if there is not a full and unreserved apology then the ECB have every right to distance themselves from Pakistan in the future.


There was a lot of cynicism in the crowds throughout the one-day series, and the fact that these investigations take so long to be concluded only makes matters worse.


The PCB have come under intense scrutiny of late, and it is quite obvious to everyone that Butt has reacted defensively, and he had no right to deflect the attention on to the England players.


The fact that they are now looking to take legal action against Jonathan Trott for his confrontation with Wahab Riaz is yet another sad example of the desperate lengths the PCB are sinking to.


There is clearly a few bad eggs in the Pakistan set up, and the reputation of England's players has been unfairly sullied in a way which is entirely inappropriate for a senior administrator within the game.


ECB chief executive David Collier has already made it clear that if Butt does not apologise the relations between the two countries will be soured.


Pakistan are now at real risk of becoming the pariahs of the game, and they could quite easily be excluded from international cricket through a lack of invitations to play in other countries.


The fact is the ECB extended the hand of friendship to their Pakistan counterparts in hosting the series with Australia earlier in the summer: what has since followed will have left a very sour taste in the mouth.


Messrs Collier and Clarke are proud men and, after what has happened this summer and Butt's comments, Pakistan cannot expect to receive any favours or assistance from the ECB under their leadership.


Butt has completely abused his position of responsibility to blurt out unfounded statements, and in that way he has proved himself a liability in the role.


Pakistan could potentially become the outcasts of world cricket, and there is every argument to say that they should be taken out of the international schedule until they get their house in order.


The Pakistan situation can easily be viewed as a modern day tragedy, with such a cricket mad country suffering appalling leadership and all within a messy structure: it is very sad to see.


The shame of the situation is that such a talented group of players will be effectively alienated from the world scene.


There has been a constant stream of controversy which has followed the Pakistan side around wherever they have gone in recent years, and this is the culmination of those problems.


England thoroughly deserved to clinch a series victory at the Rose Bowl and, in a bizarre kind of way, the tense, ill-tempered finale to the summer will have provided the perfect preparation for this winter's Ashes.


As everyone turns their attention to what will be an enthralling series Down Under there will be sheer relief that the focus will be firmly on the cricket at last, but also a tinge of sadness at Pakistan's rather tragic plight.


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