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    "I Feared for My Safety" : Minhaz Uddin Khan (Dhaka Gladiators Media Mgr)

    The following is a press release sent to PakPassion.net by Minhaz Uddin Khan the media manager of the Dhaka Gladiators cricket team and the individual whom IndiaTv alleged had made allegations against several Pakistani cricketers recently.

    A recent report broadcast on India TV alleging acts of corruption against some international umpires have caught my attention. Unfortunately the report has a portion where I have been shown to make 'objectionable' observations and remarks naming some Pakistani cricketers.
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    Though I have not been implicated in any degree of corruption, the report has made every effort to string together the casual remarks and project that as proof of wrongdoings of the cricketers.
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    I had visited India on invitation from the undercover reporters who had portrayed themselves as sports agents who wanted to offer endorsement, umpiring and playing opportunities for Bangladeshi players and officials in the Sri Lankan Premier League. Being a sports journalist myself and as an official of a Bangladesh Premier League team and someone with an interest in sports management, I decided to go to India after consulting some of my family members, colleagues and friends.
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    I met the reporters in Delhi in August this year. In one meeting the people who came in the guise of sports agents wanted to get information out of me which had no relevance to the purpose of my visit. I became suspicious straight away but played along and responded spontaneously to their queries as I did not know whether they were criminals or not and I feared for my safety as I was all alone there.
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    Once the meeting was over I immediately warned fellow Bangladeshis who have received similar approaches. I told them that I thought those people had dubious intentions and that they should not speak to them. They can testify to that.
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    Let me make this clear that the 'information' about the Pakistani cricketers that the Indian private channel is claiming that I had revealed has no relevance to reality. It was all bogus and part of an act which I considered necessary at that moment for ensuring my security.
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    I can say this with all honesty to the cricketers and their families that I never meant a word I said in relation to their conduct. I know most of these cricketers personally and maintain a healthy relationship with them. There is no way that these cricketers, some of whom are the heart of Pakistan cricket, can ever do things that tarnish the image of their country and family.
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    I am suffering also. By using my name deliberately to strike made up controversy the channel has done massive damage to my image and left my family embarrassed and shocked. I do now know whether I will ever manage to overcome the sadness and shock from this episode. If the reporters had even bothered to study my background a little then I am sure they would not have found it ethically and morally right to try and trap me.
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    I seek your understanding on this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    The following is a press release sent to PakPassion.net by Minhaz Uddin Khan the media manager of the Dhaka Gladiators cricket team and the individual whom IndiaTv alleged had made allegations against several Pakistani cricketers recently.
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    I met the reporters in Delhi in August this year. In one meeting the people who came in the guise of sports agents wanted to get information out of me which had no relevance to the purpose of my visit. I became suspicious straight away but played along and responded spontaneously to their queries as I did not know whether they were criminals or not and I feared for my safety as I was all alone there.......

    Let me make this clear that the 'information' about the Pakistani cricketers that the Indian private channel is claiming that I had revealed has no relevance to reality. It was all bogus and part of an act which I considered necessary at that moment for ensuring my security.
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    No offense but the part I have bolded does not make sense to me- based on current available information.

    If he is saying that he was so scared he decided to part with 'information', he must elaborate on the reason for his feeling scared, what happened to make him feel that way. Not to speak of why someone would start accusing a country's national cricketers if scared.

    I can even offer a reason- was he, as a foreigner, so scared in India, or people made him so scared, that he felt he had to speak thus of Pakistani cricketers? But, IMVHO, he needs to explain this, because his explanation does not make a lot of sense at this stage.
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    I also have another question- he met the reporters in August by his own statement. This is October. Apart from warning 'fellow Bangladeshis who had received similar approaches', had he spoken to anyone in authority to complain about this incident? The Bangladesh Cricket Board, ICC etc?

    It would be logical, no? I am an official, in this case a media manager, I am targeted by someone in a foreign country, I may have spoken some cr@p on video to escape, but then afterwards I would immediately get in touch with the powers that be to complain...BCB, ICC, etc?

    Did this happen? If so, we need to bring it out. If not, why the silence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cryin Out Loud View Post
    I also have another question- he met the reporters in August by his own statement. This is October. Apart from warning 'fellow Bangladeshis who had received similar approaches', had he spoken to anyone in authority to complain about this incident? The Bangladesh Cricket Board, ICC etc?

    It would be logical, no? I am an official, in this case a media manager, I am targeted by someone in a foreign country, I may have spoken some cr@p on video to escape, but then afterwards I would immediately get in touch with the powers that be to complain...BCB, ICC, etc?

    Did this happen? If so, we need to bring it out. If not, why the silence?
    Pretty much this.

    The reporting to the ACSU to realize the situation is the bit that separates the wheat from the chaff, as they say.


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    would be proud

    slightly of topic but i reckon he would make a great reporter for indiatv


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cryin Out Loud View Post
    I also have another question- he met the reporters in August by his own statement. This is October. Apart from warning 'fellow Bangladeshis who had received similar approaches', had he spoken to anyone in authority to complain about this incident? The Bangladesh Cricket Board, ICC etc?

    It would be logical, no? I am an official, in this case a media manager, I am targeted by someone in a foreign country, I may have spoken some cr@p on video to escape, but then afterwards I would immediately get in touch with the powers that be to complain...BCB, ICC, etc?

    Did this happen? If so, we need to bring it out. If not, why the silence?
    This

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    We can all criticize the manager's acts, but the fact that he came out with the facts tells me that he has character.

    May not be the best step, but not the worst (silence) either!


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    sounds like a rubbish load fo back tracking to me/ either he meant what he said and he thought it was true, but now its in the open hes concerned of the consequences, or he made things up and sensationalised things for attention. either way, if either of those two scenarios are correct, they would be indicative of an individual with no backbone, integrity, honour or dignity.

    his explanation doesnt wash at all with me.

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    I became suspicious straight away but played along and responded spontaneously to their queries as I did not know whether they were criminals or not and I feared for my safety as I was all alone there.

    Let me make this clear that the 'information' about the Pakistani cricketers that the Indian private channel is claiming that I had revealed has no relevance to reality. It was all bogus and part of an act which I considered necessary at that moment for ensuring my security.

    I can say this with all honesty to the cricketers and their families that I never meant a word I said in relation to their conduct. I know most of these cricketers personally and maintain a healthy relationship with them. There is no way that these cricketers, some of whom are the heart of Pakistan cricket, can ever do things that tarnish the image of their country and family.
    Sounds like backtracking tbh, and quite frankly doesn't make a lot of sense. Maybe he is being pressurized into claiming that his earlier statements were bogus to protect certain cricketers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by violet_may View Post
    Sounds like backtracking tbh, and quite frankly doesn't make a lot of sense. Maybe he is being pressurized into claiming that his earlier statements were bogus to protect certain cricketers.
    agree with this

    there is probably some issues regarding this. he probably noticed something fishy and there was a third party who threatened him to not say anything.

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    ^^^or maybe he`s telling the truth and the indians are lying??

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    ^^^or maybe he`s telling the truth and the indians are lying??
    to be honest i do see some sort of conspiracy by the indian media.

    The headlines where SL,PAK,BD umpires...not anyone from India. and we all know indian media will try their best to take cheapshots at other countries and this is not new

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    Quote Originally Posted by Executioner View Post
    to be honest i do see some sort of conspiracy by the indian media.

    The headlines where SL,PAK,BD umpires...not anyone from India. and we all know indian media will try their best to take cheapshots at other countries and this is not new


    didnt the same India tv did some sting operation on the Indian IPL cricketers??

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    I think it could be true. He went there thinking they were legit sports agents. His a media manager his job is to build strong relationships with such people to further the brand.

    On arriving he got spooked as things did not add up, he assumed they may be gangsters. In order to save his skin he pretended he believed they were still agents and fed them enough bogus info for them to see him as a valuable asset and not harm him.

    This sounds pretty reasonable to me. If i was in similar scenario I would not confront them and say your gangsters and criminals, as I would not know how powerful these people are, instead I would make them believe I am still happy to work for them.

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