The Australia, England, South Afric a and New Zealand cricket boards are upset at the ICC decision to hold the Champions Trophy in Pakistan. They point to the unsatisfactory law and order situation and the danger it poses to the lives of their players. But is this anger and disappointment solely because the Champions Trophy is being held in Pakistan or are there other reasons behind their frustration and resentment? Consider for instance that perhaps for the first time the power to decide how and where cricket should be played - which for many years the 'white cricketing nations' considered their sole prerogative -  has been snatched from them and now rests firmly in black and brown hands. It would take some time for them to get used to this changed reality. Actually this was imminent ever since India stood up to Australia, in 2007-08, threatening to go to the extent of abandoning the tour and the abject manner in which the Aussies wilted. Sri Lanka under Arjuna Ranatunga had shown the way even earlier by going off the field when Muralitharan was no-balled. Pakistan not taking the field at the Oval was bad judgement. The real question is have they accepted this situation gracefully? Sadly the answer has to be in the negative. Contrary to the general impression those nations are not the best of losers and are given to whining and cribbing just like those whom they criticise for unsporting behaviour. Take the case of reverse swing and the allegations leveled against Pakistan. But now these white nations have mastered the art and it is perfectly legitimate with English commentators who now even  bemoan the lack of fitness of a bowler like Simon Jones. But coming back to the argument about the law and order situation, has England forgotten that cricket was played with gay abandon even as the Irish Republican Army threatened mayhem? The IPL in India went ahead with the match in Jaipur the day after a bomb blast and an Ashes Test continued after bombs went off in the London underground. That said, Pakistan must provide, no matter what it takes, a secure and serene atmosphere so that the players can concentrate solely on the game. Is the PCB upto this task? There is nothing so far to suggest that it is not as the high profile tours in the last four years have been incident-free. They should still seek assistance from appropriate agencies. Nothing should be left to chance. Those entrusted with this responsibility must be appointed on merit and merit alone. A lot is at stake and there is no room for complacence. If Pakistan is to remain on the cricketing map of the world it must not fail in organising the Champion Trophy in a secure and befitting manner. It can be done and it must be done.