The Mushtaq Question

On 26th March, Doosra had asked this question - how come Mushtaq Ahmed went to the West Indies as the PAK team's bowling coach?

Indiatimes.com, the news portal of the Times Group in India has a report on the Mushtaq Question.

Rubbishing reports that Mushtaq Ahmed's appointment as deceased Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer's assistant was done under pressure from skipper Inzamam-ul Haq, former PCB chief Shaharyar Khan on Sunday said the leg-spinner was brought in on Woolmer's request.

Speaking to reporters after attending a memorial service for the murdered coach at Lahore, Shaharyar rejected suggestions that Inzamam forced the Pakistan Cricket Board to appoint Mushtaq.

"Inzamam didn't push for it. Woolmer told me that it would be a good idea to have Mushtaq as he had good communication skills, was a good professional and got along well with everyone. So I agreed to have him in the team," the ex-PCB chief said.

Shaharyar claimed he agreed to bring in the leg-spinner, despite his controversial past, as Woolmer felt his communication skills could come in handy while dealing with the team.

When reminded that the head of the match fixing inquiry in Pakistan had recommended that Mushtaq not be given any responsible position in the team, Shaharyar said Mushtaq was only fined for not cooperating with the inquiry.

"And before we appointed him he had been playing for three years for Sussex so obviously there was no objection to his being assistant coach or bowling consultant from any quarters," he pointed out. Shaharyar also narrated another incident highlighting the fact that Woolmer didn't have absolute command and respect in the team.

"Last year when some players were sent back from England in the series they misbehaved with Woolmer and he in turn complained to me how the players had behaved and violated the discipline of the team," he recalled.

Without naming the players, Shaharyar said just as the board decided to take action against the cricketers for their misbehavior; Woolmer called him up and told him not to do anything.

"He told me let me (Woolmer) handle the situation. I will talk to them and cool them down. Their outburst and misbehaviour was an example of their frustration and their keenness to play for Pakistan," Shaharyar said.


Shaharyar now puts the responsibility on Woolmer for bringing in Mushtaq into the picture, in spite of the Qayyum verdict.

Can a coach hire someone without the blessings of the PCB, even if it is on such pretext as "communication skills"?
PCB is the employer and one who pays the salary.

When reminded that the head of the match fixing inquiry in Pakistan had recommended that Mushtaq not be given any responsible position in the team, Shaharyar said Mushtaq was only fined for not cooperating with the inquiry.
Shaharyar cannot plead temporary insanity, can he? He was the chief of Pakistan cricket, and for him to be unaware of justice Qayyum's verdict on the match fixing/corruption - is totally unbelievable. Shaharyar, with that statement, has proved that he is completely useless and an irresponsible official.
This Commission therefore recommends that Mushtaq Ahmed be censured, kept under close watch and be not given any office of responsibility (selection or captaincy) in the team or on the board. Furthermore, he should be fined Rs. 3 lac.

Which part of that is not clear to Mr. Shaharyar? The PCB officials cannot be blamed of double standards, they have only one standard - Corrupt.
"And before we appointed him he had been playing for three years for Sussex so obviously there was no objection to his being assistant coach or bowling consultant from any quarters," he pointed out.
ECB has to answer this one. How could Sussex hire a corrupt cricketer? How could the UK government issue Mushtaq Ahmed a work permit?

I am assuming that Mushtaq Ahmed has paid the 300,000 Rs. fine. If he has paid the fine, it means he didn't challenge Justie Qayyum's findings in a court of law in Pakistan. It also means, he accepted his guilt.

The ICC, ECB and all the other high priests of the game have done nothing substantial to clean up their act. Betting, Fixing, Murder... what's next Malcolm Speed?

As the CEO of the International Cricket Council, he has to show some leadership. In the case of the two Pakistani dope cheats, ICC did nothing about it.

If Shaharyar is to be believed that Woolmer insisted on bringing in Mushtaq into the Pakistan team management, it is about time the Anti Corruption Unit of the ICC carried out some investigations to find out whether Woolmer had any dealings with the betting mafia.

he British newspaper The Guardian reported that two anonymous Pakistan players allegedly told the police that on the evening before his death Woolmer supposedly threw a Mumbai bookmaker out of his 12th floor room of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel "in a serious fit of rage".

If - a big IF - it is true, why did Woolmer allow a stranger into his room?

If no one can be ruled out as a suspect in the Woolmer murder, even Mr. Woolmer's past also have to be investigated to find the real killers.

Clive Rice says Woolmer knew a lot about fixing. Why didn't Woolmer blow the whistle?

Doosra has shown enough respect to Woolmer. It is not just Woolmer's corpse in the morgue, with him Cricket's credibility is also in the same morgue.

That he is no more, doesn't mean that we shouldn't ask difficult questions about Woolmer's involvement (if any) in the whole betting crime.

We, who play and enjoy the game of cricket, are the real stakeholders. The likes of ICC, PCB, BCCI, ECB etc do not own the game.

The game of cricket demands the truth, the whole truth.



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