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ARTICLE: Pakistan in Zimbabwe Jan/Feb 1995 (G.Dean), 5 Mar 1995

Pakistan in Zimbabwe: a tour dogged by controversy
- Geoffrey Dean

PAKISTAN's tour of  Zimbabwe  resembled a cricketing   soap opera
that not even the most imaginative scriptwriter could have dreamt
up. A new  story or a controversy  seemed  to arise almost  every
day: which is the most remarkable is hard to say.

Was it Zimbabwe's first  Test win? Was  it  their selection  of a
black cricketer  for the first  time in a Test,  who subsequently
became the first bowler  to be called for  throwing in a Test for
32 years? Or was it the revelations that each Pakistan player had
been obliged before the tour to take an oath on the Koran that he
would not accept bribes? Or perhaps it  was Salim Malik's feat of
becoming the first captain to win a  three-Test series on foreign
soil after losing the first Test?

Then there  was   the incident  in  the Bulawayo   Test, when the
Zimbabwean umpire, Quentin Goosen,  was called a "cheat" by Wasim
Akram  - this on  the  same  day that  Zimbabwe made  accusations
against  the Pakistanis of ball    tampering and non-stop  racist

Without doubt the most unbelievable  story was Malik's accusation
in the third Test that umpire  Ian Robinson had tampered with the
ball when the Pakistanis were fielding. Then  came a tied one-day
international, and the sensational announcement by two Pakistanis
in their  cricketing   prime that they  were   retiring  from the
international game.

'I never believe whatever Sarfraz says'

Amid  all  this came news  from Australia  of bribery allegations
against Malik.     The  Pakistani captain's   performance  at the
ensuing press conference indicated  either untapped acting talent
or complete innocence. Inevitably he claimed the latter.

Then  came more 'throwing'   allegations by Sarfraz  Nawaz, a man
taken seriously   by  few in the world's   cricketing fraternity,
notably the  beleaguered Pakistani tour  manager, Intikihab Alam,
who retorted with the  memorable words: "I never believe whatever
Sarfraz says."

On the first  day of a tour  expected to be quiet and  relatively
un-newsworthy, events  at  the  picturesque Harare South  Country
Club, during a warm-up game, were anything but. Alistair Campbell
said he overheard Aamir  Sohail   exclaiming to umpire Goosen   -
"open your ****ing  eyes" - after  he deigned  not to  call Henry
Olonga for chucking in his first over.

The  square-leg umpire, Essat Ahmed,   later  did so after  being
confronted  by Sohail and   Saeed Anwar. Olonga, the  first black
cricketer to play a Test for either Zimbabwe or South Africa, was
adjudged to have thrown a delivery in his eighth over - the first
bowler to   be  so condemned  since  the Australian  Ian  Meckiff
against South Africa in Brisbane in 1963.

The Test   series    could  not   even  get   underway    without
controversy.  Malik   won  the toss  after   calling  'bird', for
Zimbabwean coins have the Great  Ruins on one  side and a bird on
the  other. The watching match referee,  Jackie Hendriks, was not
happy, however,  with Malik's call  and ordered a  re-toss, which
Andy Flower won. He batted, as Malik would have done, and rescued
his side from 42 for three with a brilliant hundred without which
Zimbabwe would never  have gained their  first win  in their 11th

The highly  improbable  innings victory was  fully deserved  by a
team   who are improving with  every  Test, and are a competitive
one-day force. The problems that  beset the tour lasted until the
end. Pakistan vice-captain  Rashid  Latif, alleged by Sarfraz  to
have accused nine  team-mates of 'throwing' the Johannesburg Test
in    January,  announced his    retirement   from  international
cricket. So did Basit Ali.

Both claimed  burn-out were their  reasons, although  many do not
believe them.


President's XI 301-4 dec & 143 lost to Pakistan 327-6 dec & 119-3
by 7 wickets.

First Test:  Zimbabwe 544-4  dec  bt Pakistan   322 & 158   by an
innings and 64 runs.

Second Test: Zimbabwe 174 & 146 lost to Pakistan  260 & 61-2 by 8

Third Test: Pakistan 231 & 250 bt Zimbabwe 243 & 139 by 99 runs.

First  one-day international: Zimbabwe   219-9 tied with Pakistan
219 all out.

Second  one-day international: Zimbabwe  209-5  lost to  Pakistan
210-6 by 4 wickets.

Third one-day international: Zimbabwe 222-9 bt Pakistan 148 by 74

Source :: The Electronic Telegraph (
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