In the hour of its latest infamy, the easy temptation to bury Pakistan cricket is too great. Even former ICC CEO Malcolm Speed contends that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), having become home to vested interests and sick with venality, is incapable of curing itself and punishing its culpable cricketers. The prognosis has prompted some to suggest that the only acceptable moral response from Pakistan would be a ban of its team from international cricket till it furnishes proof of redeeming itself.
But more considerate voices, emanating also from Australia, advise restraint. Former captain Mark Taylor says that a ban would be too harsh; Geoff Lawson, the former Pakistan coach, says that would be akin to throwing out the baby with the bathwater; Matthew Hayden believes that “we need to just sit back, make investigations in the fullness of time”. That would appear to be the prudent choice.