a London-based free lancer, is a world class Cricket Writer and
Broadcaster. He did his Masters in Journalism from London School of
Journalism. A through professional, Qamar is passionately engaged with
the cricket writing and broadcasting for over 30 years. Qamar is one of
three cricket writers and broadcaster who have the credit of covering
over 300 test matches and all the one-day matches (592) so far held
around the world. Others two are including world famous Ritchie Benue,
former Australian captain and John Wood Times correspondent. Tired with
every day traveling, Qamar worked for Times, AFF, BBC and large number
of dailies and satellite channels. Originally, Qamar hails from
Hyderabad, Sindh. In his early days, he captained Sindh team in the
Quaid Azam Tropy in 1961. He had been the coach for Holland team.
a rich cricket background with international exposure, what are your
comment about the arrival of Indian team in Pakistan and the matches
between the two traditional cricket rivals?
forthcoming cricket series to be played between India and Pakistan will
be an international event and hopefully the world would enjoy exciting
matches between the two cricket giants. The importance of this
forthcoming series to be played in Pakistan can be adjudged that the
world satellite channels are rushing to have broadcasting rights from
BCCP. The economic side of the cricket is reflected in the fact that the
host country of the forthcoming series should earn around $20 million by
selling the coverage rights to the satellite channels. The series is
much waited by the cricket fans because a very little cricket has been
played between the two countries since 1989 because during that period
only three test matches were played in India. Earlier there had been no
cricket between the two countries during 1960 and 1978. This gap has
generated much excitement not only in Pakistan but all over the world.
would you rank the present team and the stature of the players in
QAMAR: To tell
you the truth, the existing stuff is far from the class of game earned
by Pakistani team in the past.
should be blame for bringing deterioration in the team?
are number of shortcomings on the management side as well as on the part
of the players. The cricket in Pakistan is badly suffers from the lack
of a system. The selectors are ineffective and have no say to assert.
Another grey area in Pakistan cricket is the frequent change of the
policies with the change of the government. Whenever there was any
change in the government the cricket board also goes with the
government. At least sports should be exempted from the politics if we
have to earn respect in the world. Take example of India where an
elected board governs the cricket affairs and continue to work for its
term irrespective to the change in the political affairs. Pakistan lost
a number of players having world class potential and talents due to poor
selection and politics which is an ugly aspect of the cricket here. Loss
of Shahid Afridi is the glaring example of the poor selection system in
Pakistan. Afridi having great potentials had earned a place for himself
as a thrill provider all over the world. This boy should have been given
more time to mature and to become an asset for Pakistan team. This is
not a single case but is the only example of such cases where we lose
match fixing has become a common affairs in the cricket world. What is
the truth behind stories of match fixing and involvement of certain
Pakistani cricket in that scandal?
is always something even behind the rumors. As far as the allegation of
match fixing was concerned, one should always keep in mind that a lot of
money has flooded in this game especially after phenomenal growth of
one-day matches. The money corrupts people and at least 50 percent of
such stories are based on truth. However, sometime there are some
unfounded allegation just destroy the game and the players.
The first victim of the match fixing charges was a
journalist. He was Rama Swami Mohn, the correspondent of India's leading
newspaper Hindu. All the charges of match fixing were proved against,
the management tried to clip his feathers by asking him either to sit on
the desk or resign. He went for the latter option and resigned.
one-day match craze which opened doors for huge money in the game has
taken over the test cricket which is feared to phase out gradually from
fact, one-day cricket has not only destroyed the beauty of the game and
also responsible for damaging the real skill of the game. The world
cricket is not producing world class batsman or even bowlers due to
short temperament of the game. The one-day trend is not only causing
frequent injuries to the players but have various social implications.
This is also responsible for other social ills such gambling and match