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Doha: The chairman of the independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal Mr. Michael Beloff, QC, issued an statement to the media at the end of six day hearing of the Pakistani trio. As expected the decision is again postponed or can say delayed till February 05, 2011.

 

 

Lets start from the statement of Mr. Michael Beloff:

“The tribunal has been constituted to determine charges against Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif brought under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code in relation to two Test matches played during August 2010 in the series between Pakistan and England, The Oval Test and the Lord’s Test.

“For the purposes of the hearing, the tribunal has been provided with eight volumes of written evidence and legal materials.

“The hearing itself has lasted more than 45 hours spread over six days during which the tribunal has heard oral and written testimonies and tapes, watched video recordings and listened to forensic submissions.

“Counsel for all parties have acknowledged that they have had a fair opportunity to present their respective cases.

“The ICC has withdrawn all charges against the three players in relation to The Oval Test except for one against Mr Butt.

“The tribunal has formally acquitted the players in respect of the charges which have been withdrawn. The other charges which include all those relating to the Lord’s Test remain for consideration.

“The tribunal has throughout been very conscious of the importance of these proceedings to three players and to the wider world of cricket.

“Representations have been made to the tribunal to reserve any decision on the remaining charges until it has had sufficient time to give the issue the most careful consideration and until it is able, at the same time as handing down its decision, to provide written reasons. This was not feasible within the timetable agreed for this hearing in Doha.

“The tribunal has, therefore, determined to continue its deliberations and will hold a further hearing in Doha on 5 February 2011 at which its decisions will be handed down to the parties, and any consequential matters will be dealt with.

“Until that date, all the three players will remain suspended from all cricketing activities.”

Main points of the statement:

  • The ICC has withdrawn all charges against the three players in relation to The Oval Test except for one against Mr Butt.
  • The tribunal has formally acquitted the players in respect of the charges which have been withdrawn. The other charges which include all those relating to The Lord’s Test remain for consideration.
  • Representations have been made to the tribunal to reserve any decision on the remaining charges until it has had sufficient time to give the issue the most careful consideration and until it is able, at the same time as handing down its decision, to provide written reasons.
  • The tribunal has, therefore, determined to continue its deliberations and will hold a further hearing in Doha on 5 February 2011 at which its decisions will be handed down to the parties, and any consequential matters will be dealt with.
  • Until that date, all the three players will remain suspended from all cricketing activities.

Now it means that ICC is also investigating the Oval Test (Aug 18-21, 2010) which was ended in a 4 wicket win for Pakistan. As the News Of The World also said that there was also a deal about the Oval Test but wasn’t completed. Salman Butt played a maiden over in that test which was so called predicted by Mazhar in front of the NOTW agent. That’s why Mr. Butt is also in involved in that case.

The cases against Mohammad Amir & Mohammad Asif about Oval Test are withdrawn by ICC.

The independent tribunal still need time to focus on the case. Now that is strange that everything is in front of them & they need time, the ICC Chief executive said early that the evidences are very strong. So can we say that after the hearing the evidences become week???

I agree with the one line of this statement that the lawyers of the Pakistani trio asked them to give written reasons, now these written reasons need 25 days???

And then he said this was impossible in the time frame agreed for the hearing in Doha. Then why they decided this time frame? May be to waste some more time…

Further he said that the tribunal will continue its deliberations. Again the same question, this all can be decided in 5-10 days as there are only three members.

So, on February 05, 2011, they will hold further hearing. What this mean? As the decision & the paper work will be completed before Feb. 05, they why hearing? He could say the results or just hearing. The use of ‘Further hearing’ confused the world of cricket.

In the end all these players will be suspended from all cricketing activities till the judgement date. Why cricketing activities? Now even they can’t play cricket in their house or with their friends & family members??? Are they proved guilty???

Main Reason:

In short, the complete statement of Mr. Beloff is the language of ICC. As we all know that what happened in between Asif & Butt in the hearing. The lawyer of M. Asif is the brother of British prime minister David Cameron who also know the chairman of the so called independent tribunal Beloff.

Asif cleared himself in front of the ICC that he bowled no-balls as according to the instructions of Butt (as he was captain) but he wasn’t aware of the plans of Butt. The evidences (videos) are showing truth.

Whereas Butt & Amir are standing on the point that they don’t know how the prediction of Mazhar came true. The case is now moving against Salman Butt.

This time frame (January 08, 2011 – February 04, 2011) will be used to judge the activities of Pakistani trio as the referee has rung the bell. !! Butt v Asif !!

Hope the trio will come out of this intelligent web, it is looking difficult after the proceedings. ICC is playing games, they are out of the team since August 2010 & ICC failed to decide anything in 5 months. The main purpose was to get rid of this trio as they were the shining stars of Pakistan Cricket Team.

Danger level of this trio:

Salman Butt: Maximum (99.9%)

Mohammad Asif: Below of the medium line (40%)

Mohammad Amir: Minimum (25%)

 

 

‎ICC Rules about fixing:

Failing to report an improper approach from a potential fixer: 6 month ban.
Minimum: 5 Year ban.
Maximum: Life time ban.

We have to wait for the upcoming days to get further updates as the bomb is about to blow.


Hamilton: Pakistan won the 1st test against New Zealand by 10 wickets. The test match with the flat pitch comes to an end on the ‘Dramatic Day’ (3rd Day). Pakistani team bowled out the New Zealand team in a session (3rd Session).


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The toss on the 1st day was not so important in the eyes of cricket analysts but in the end it proved that how important it was for Pakistan. On the 1st day, captain of Pakistan Cricket Team ; Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss & elected to field. It was very strange decision as the pitch was flat & it was good for batting.

 

Day 1:

According to the decision of Pakistani captain, Pakistani team came into the ground to bowl out the Kiwi’s batsmen. Tim McIntosh & Brendon McCullum were the opening batsmen from the New Zealand side.

The first wicket went down at the score of 9 in 2nd over when McIntosh got out. It was the 1st wicket for Tanvir Ahmed.

After that Brendon McCullum & Martin Guptill started playing beautiful shots. The Brendon McCullum wasn’t given out by the umpire Rod Tucker who was umpiring in his 9th match.

The dangerous man McCullum went out after scoring 56 runs. After that wickets started falling.

The key man for Pakistan was Abdur Rehman who was threatening Kiwis batsmen. The decision of the Pakistani captain was looking great as 7 wickets of New Zealand were down at the score of 177 in 64.5 overs.

Then the young batsman Williamson started building partnership with new batsman Tim Southee. It was shocking moment for Pakistan as the lower order was hammering them. Younis Khan got a difficult opportunity but failed to catch Kane Williamson after the ball deflected off Adnan Akmal’s gloves.

At the end of the day, the score of New Zealand was looking good then it was. Still 3 wickets were behind & Williamson & Southee were on 44 & 56 respectively. The score was 260/7 in 90.0 overs.

 

 

2nd Day:

On the 2nd Day, Pakistani bowlers were looking fit & the New Zealand batsmen were looking to score more runs. But in the play of just 7.5 overs, the complete New Zealand team got out with an addition of 15 runs. Williamson got 2nd Fifty of his career.

When Pakistani team came out for batting, they were thinking of setting big target. They received a shock when Mohammad Hafeez got out in the 1st over. Then Taufeeq Umar & Azhar Ali tried to build a partnership.

On the score of 72, Azhar Ali got out at the ball of Martin. In the addition of 35 runs, Pakistan lost its two more wickets. Now the Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq was on the crease with unexperienced Asad Shafiq. Both tried to play a sensible innings.

The captain of New Zealand team, Daniel Vettori wasn’t looking good but he bowled his overs. The solid rocks (Misbah-ul-Haq & Asad Shafiq) were annoying Black Caps.

Before the end of play, Asad Shafiq completed his 2nd Fifty. Then Misbah-ul-Haq started playing aggressively against Kiwi’s bowlers. He played two beautiful sweep shots to complete his Fifty.

At the end of the day, Pakistan was on 235 with the loss of 4 wickets in 80 overs. Asad Shafiq was on 74 & Misbah-ul-Haq was on 50.

 

 

Day 3:

On 3rd day, both sides were looking confident. After the addition of 21 runs, well settled Asad Shafiq & Misbah-ul-Haq got out. The the new branch of Akmals, Adnan Akmal started building partnership with Abdur Rehman. All the frustration was for New Zealand. Both were hitting all around the ground.

At the score of 332, Pakistan again lost well settled Adnan Akmal & Abdur Rehman.Then Umar Gul & Tanvir Ahmed came in to keep the scoreboard ticking. Both played aggressively.

At the score of 367, all 10 wickets of Pakistan were down but all of them played well. New Zealand was not expecting this sort of performance from the lower order of Pakistan. New Zealand was trail by 92 runs.

The lead of 92 runs taken by Pakistan build pressure on the Kiwi’s batsmen. The opening wasn’t good enough for New Zealand as the 1st wicket went down at the score of 36 runs. The McCullum was given out by the umpire which wasn’t out.

After that wickets kept falling. The key bowlers for Pakistan were Wahab Riaz & Abdur Rehman. On one side New Zealand batsmen were facing spin & on the other hand they were facing high quality of fast bowling with great pace over 140km/h.

With this mixture of bowling & great traps, Kiwi batsmen failed to survive. Wahab Riaz for the first time bowled a spell of 11 overs with a great pace. Then Pakistani captain appointed Umar Gul to get rid of the tail & the plan again worked.

Chris Martin who was playing his 60th test succeeded in scoring century of his runs in test career.

The complete New Zealand team was bowled out at the score of 110 runs in a session (3rd session). Brendon McCullum was the man with the highest score of 35. Pakistan was just 19 runs behind the victory.

Taufeeq Umar & Mohammad Hafeez came in to score the winning runs for Pakistan. Both played nice & beautiful shots. At the 3rd ball of the 4th over, Taufeeq Umar got a thick inside edge at the ball of Southee which was comfortably taken by Young but umpire Daryl Harper refused to shook his finger up.

At the very next ball, Taufeeq Umar played a beautiful straight drive & scored the winning runs. It was a very wonderful moment for Pakistan.

The match was over on the 3rd Day. Everyone was saluting the Pakistan Cricket Team.

 

 

 

Result: Pakistan won by 10 wickets.

Man Of The Match: Abdur Rehman (Pakistan) {6 wickets in a match}

 

 

 

Difference between Pakistan Cricket Team & New Zealand Cricket Team:

Pakistan Cricket Team:

  • Won the toss & chose the right decision.
  • Tight Bowling.
  • Great Batting.
  • Sharp Fielding.
  • Played the game according to their plan.
  • Mentally prepared.

 

New Zealand Cricket Team:

  • Lost the toss.
  • Batsmen failed to stand on the crease & poor selection of shots.
  • Bowlers failed to stop the flow of runs & to put pressure on the opposition batsmen.
  • Played the game without any proper plan.
  • Mentally not prepared.

 

     

    Hope New Zealand will figure out their problems & will bounce back. Pakistani eyes are now on the series win as this will be the 1st series win after the 2006/2007 test series win against West Indies. So, All the Best to Pakistan.