Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Imran Khan: The Hypocrisy and the Greatness

After a few jibes from my beloved co-authors of the rickshaw, I finally am getting around to blogging again, but - more than guilt - what got me to blog was an article I read in the paper the other day, which got my blood boiling. I simply HAD to write about it. The one and only Imran Khan the other day was reported in Dawn News, saying Pakistan should wait on hearing the verdict on Asif and Aamer to see if they would be able to participate in the upcoming World Cup. The article is fairly innocuous, and was only really an after-thought in the side of the paper, not headline news or anything. However, it caught my eye and drew my fury. Imran Khan, the supposedly ‘clean’ politician, who has built his utterly unsuccessful political career by taking the high road, is implying that we should welcome back these two bastards with open arms as, “without these two bowlers, our attack is not potent.”

To quickly re-visit the issue of spot-fixing, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that the 3 players currently under investigation are about as innocent as O. J. Simpson. The only thing that remains to be seen is how harsh the ICC wish to be. In a previous article, I called for jail time for all those involved, though that is unlikely bans seem a certainty at this point. And hopefully this isn’t the PCB style ban which lasts about as long as the attention span of a 2-year old. Yet despite this, Mr. Khan is willing to overlook how these two bowlers shamed the nation and went against everything Pakistani cricket should stand for so that we have a more ‘potent’ bowling attack.

Of course, Imran Khan is not alone in his sentiments and even I will admit that it would be awesome to watch them bowl again. Let us not, however, forget the fact that Aamer and Asif disgraced the nation by participating in unlawful activities to indulge their own personal greed. I can’t think of anything more un-Islamic two representatives of the ‘Islamic Republic of Pakistan’ can do.

Now here is what really gets me. Of all the people to be guilty of this oversight, Imran Khan should be the last one. Over the last couple of years, he has become less of a politician and more of a stand-up comedian. All he can ever talk about is Zardari’s corruption. Granted, there is probably no one as corrupt and un-qualified to run a country as our current president, but harping on about it hasn’t done anyone any good. 2 years on and Mr. Zardari sits very comfortably in his home on Constitution Avenue while Imran Khan becomes even more irrelevant on the political scene. I remember one particular talk show where Imran Khan was on alongside a young representative of PPP and Mr. Khan put the simple question to the youngster of how Zardari is the second richest man in Pakistan without ever having worked a day in his life. The young man tried to reply but before he could get two words in, the arrogant ass that is contemporary Imran Khan interrupted him. He seemed so utterly overwhelmed and amused that anyone could even think to defend Zardari. Instead of allowing the guy to trip and fall on his own, Imran Khan decided to hog the limelight and his point was lost in satiating the demands of his burgeoning ego.

I’m rambling on here about my many grievances with Imran Khan but the point is: for a guy who claims to be honest and ridicules others for not being so, it is the height of hypocrisy to be suggesting that Aamer and Asif be considered for team selection. He should instead be condemning their behavior so as to discourage future generations of Pakistani cricketers from going down the same path that Salim Malik, Ata-ur-Rehman, etc. and many others have walked.

The saddest part about Imran Khan is that he truly is a misguided great man. No matter how much stupidity he seems to display he will in my mind - as well as the mind of others - be remembered foremost for his contributions to Pakistan, which include winning a World Cup, building a free cancer hospital, and a university in Mianwali. He was also at the forefront of the flood relief efforts and he is one of - if not the most - trusted figures as far as charity work/philanthropy goes. If I had a million dollars to give to charity, I would give it to Imran Khan. I say all of this not as an afterthought but as a reminder of how great Imran Khan can be, and how hurtful and disheartening it is to see him spend his days doing stand-up comedy of how his dog is insulted by the comparisons to Zardari.


  1. But I though Imran was the only hope and he would get Altaf Hussain too?

  2. it doesn't matter what you think and what they did. If they do not get life bans/any bans and are by some miracle proven innocent, should they not be allowed to play? I think its just logical to at least wait and see what the outcome is.

  3. To be fair, Dawn reports Imran Khan as saying, "we must wait for the verdict on the two bowlers." So I guess in context he wasn't being completely hypocritical.

    His statement does, however, reflect another, perhaps more important failure of his: his inability to judge people and the ramifications of recruiting the wrong people in an organization. We've seen him fill PTI with the wrong people and thus condemn it to failure. Now he wants to bring back Asif, whose involvement in shady activities in the past render him the worst possible selection choice for Pakistan cricket (edging out Malik and Farhat). Sure, Asif will get you short-term results but at the expense of long-term success. So even though the statement may not be an indicator of his hypocrisy, it does paint an accurate picture of his leadership skills.

  4. ...but completely agree with your sentiments on the comedy routines: no class.

  5. The three cricketers need to be proven guilty. Not innocent. Tho I have a feeling ICC doesn't follow the general guidelines of hearings when it comes down to subcontinental teams.
    Tho, if they're proven innocent then they should play. Just cus you think they've done it doesn't justify their non-involvement in the team. Let's not forget that Aamer took 6 wickets that day after bowling that no-ball and even though Asif didn't take any wickets that day he was quite a threat and provided the right pressure at the other end. If they were trying to put themselves over their country they wouldn't be charging in on the 4th day of a test match of the 3rd test match of a series (I might have the stats wrong about the game). I'm not saying they're innocent, I'm just saying that there isn't any evidence that they tried to lose us the game. They gave a total of 3 runs and 3 extra balls. Yes its not acceptable but I think going and calling them bastards is a little overboard.

    Also, Emad, Imran Khan is a horrible politician, but let's show some respect where it is deserved. Let's not question the man's leadership skills. He is a world class leader. Sure Asif will give u some trouble, but Imran has never played with him or has never come to cricket camps. His statement says that they should wait till the results of hearing to make a decision for the team. that is all.

  6. Khurram, I could not disagree more. You say 3 runs is not that important in the grand scheme of things? It is not about 3 runs, it is about the principal. This is the exact justification politicians use for corruption. 3 runs out of 300 is say 1% which is not a huge number, but it is a factor nonetheless, matches have been won by less. Politicians when brokering big deals also take commission, normally a bit more than 1% but not much more. The point here is that the person is so involved in the unlawful activity and their own greed that they do not notice the system crumble around them. In the case of cricket, we have accusations of Afridi being forced out because he would not oblige, a wicketkeeper being sent home despite saying he can play and then they same poor chap having his whole family threatned so he runs off in the middle of a tour. This is all a result of the Pakistan teams interactions with people like Mazhar Majeed. It is not about the 3 extra runs those two gave away, its what it stands for. It stands for the fact that the Pakistan cricket team can be bought for the right price.

    And in the case of Imran Khan, he is a world class leader on the cricket field, but in over a decade of Tehreek-e-Insaaf all he has to show is one lousy seat in the National Assembly, not exactly world class leadership if you ask me.

  7. Shazil, dude get a life!1

  8. imran khan said we should "WAIT FOR THE VERDICT".he didn't say that asif and amir should not be punished even if they are guilty.honestly people....this is pointless criticism on imran.go find some valid point to criticize,otherwise don't waste your time on posting crap.

  9. Well "Blue Rickshaw" maybe you should read more carefully. Like "ninasabin" said, the quote was "We must wait for the verdict".

    The principle is "innocent before proven guilty".