Mohammad Irfan too good for PCB; signs MOU with Kolkata Nightriders

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Mohammad Irfan too good for PCB; signs MOU with Kolkata Nightriders  

Defending champions of T20 world cup were dramatised with the officially ruling off both youngster Umar Gul and Yasir Arafat. Due to injure of the two picked up during the ongoing training session camp in the Caribbean. Chairman Pakistan Cricket Council (PCB) Izaj Butt clarifies on the issue of the replacements done by Captain Shahid Afridi and Coach Waqar Younis. The two had replaced them with fast bowler Mohammad Sami and debut Mohammad Irfan with the consent of the team selector Mohsin Khan. Mr. Khan told the press,” In mutual agreement with captain and coach, we have decided that we will not take chance with half-fit players”. He later confirmed this to Cricnfo when he said, “we have approved the names of Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Irfan”, in which he specified that approval had been given.

Mohammad Irfan is the tallest first class cricket in Pakistan. He is 6 foot and 10 inches tall. He has proved to be an excellent left armer. After his recent performance in the developing Srilanka tour 2009, he has proved to himself as well the selector of his credentials. But before he could have been properly channelled into the Pakistan team he was referred by Wasim Akram to the Kolkata Knight Riders. Even though, veteran fast bowler Aaqib Javed also made the same suggestion to the PCB. Who saw him bowling at Lahore and was enthused by his talents. Irfan has been offered a one year contract worth $75,000 plus another $2,000 for every game he would play. His contract still needs to be approved by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He made his first class debut in 2009 by playing for Khan Research Laboratories. His bowling started off as economical but as his game progressed he took 9 wickets in one test match.

The enthused youngster was overridden by the decision taken by the Chairman PCB Izaj Butt. Who found his call-up in the T20 World Cup to be violating procedures? And yet again, on call from Indian Premium League (IPL) and Irfan responding to the offer has deeply hurt the feelings of Izaj Butt. Since Mr Butt believed the youngster should have informed him first. Irfan is not an international level player. And no cricketer is above the PCB. Irfan not involving PCB into the deal meant slapping the integrity and dignity of PCB and Chairperson MR Butt. Mr Butt felt Irfan’s decision referred him being better than the rest of the lot.

The truth is simple; the youngster was referred by the cricket bowling living legend Wasim Akram. And he was able to sign of a deal before anyone else could put their hands on him. Irfan is lucky to be notified be Akram who is well respected in Indian cricket and media. And just for this reason Kolkata Knight Riders did not really wanted Irfan to be a national level player. Just Akram’s word was more than enough for them to buy young Irfan.

This decision making process is not so shocking once one is aware of Pakistan and her politics. Great talents have been wasted and dismantled over the years by this nation. Irfan is just lucky to have experienced what can or will happen, if he becomes part of the cricket fraternity. Players such as Azhar Mahmood who were not given what they actually deserved. Mahmood has played almost 5 years in the English county. And a few years back one could see every now or than Mahmood bowling for Pakistan. The new Imran Khan of Pakistan was his title given by the South Africa, in Pakistan tour of South Africa in 1997. But due to his inconsistent playing on and off for the country. Mahmood like any other clever person decided to stick with county cricket. Thus, Pakistan cricket like always is based on chance and luck rather than technique and professionalism.       


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