I'm being blamed for Pakistan's defeat against India, says bemused Imran

Published: April 1, 2016
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Screen grab of PTI chairman Imran Khan addressing a presser on April 1, 2016.

Screen grab of PTI chairman Imran Khan addressing a presser on April 1, 2016.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has lamented that he is being blamed for advising the national team ahead of the clash with India during the World T20 match in Kolkata.

“My advice to the team is being blamed for the defeat [against India],” Imran said while addressing a press conference on Friday.

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In a ‘leaked’ report submitted to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s fact-finding committee on Friday, team manager Intikhab Alam said Imran’s advice to the team “never allowed the possibility of defeat enter their consciousness”.

On March 19, India beat Pakistan by six wickets in a high-voltage World T20 match held at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Imran, a former captain of the Men in Green, had given a morale-boosting talk prior to the game on an invitation from skipper Shahid Afridi, advising the players to stay positive till the last ball was bowled.

Alam also said that Imran was “not too familiar with the demands and tactics employed in this condensed, post-modern format of the game.

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Imran further said Najam Sethi will not retire from his position even if everyone else [responsible for the defeat] tendered their resignations.

“On one end, we have Najam Sethi while at the other end we have Shaharyar Khan,” Imran said holding those at the helm of the affairs for the team’s crashing defeats in Asia Cup and World T20.

Intra-party elections

Meanwhile, the PTI chairman said they decided to conduct direct elections in the party after learning from their own mistakes, and followed a US-British like electoral system.

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Tasneem Noorani, the party’s chief election commissioner, asked us to hold intra-party elections through mobile phones and we accepted, Imran said, asking “how can elections be held through mobile phones.”

The cricketer-turned-politician also criticised party dissident Justice (retd) Wajeehuddin Ahmed, saying he decided to nullify elections on just three to four petitions [against it].

On March 26, Noorani resigned from the post after developing differences with the party chairman.

Similarly, Justice Wajihuddin basic membership was suspended “over his insistence to discuss the party’s internal matter publicly and maligning some senior party leaders”.

While criticising Najam Sethi, the PTI leader said, “With such nepotism taking place with Najam Sethi made the Executive Committee Chairman, I suggest that [Prime Minister] Nawaz Sharif and Najam Sehti be made openers in the team,” Imran remarked during an informal talk prior to the press conference relating to the intra-party elections.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Ashraf P
    Apr 1, 2016 - 7:23PM

    He advised the team not to score over 130 runs.Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Apr 1, 2016 - 7:32PM

    He is the only guy who was there and created a scene with akmal and afridi. The clip is evidence enough to implicate imran for this fiasco.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Apr 1, 2016 - 7:41PM

    Need to establish a high-level subcommittee to look into who is blaming who ?! Looks like being blamed these days has become a point of pride ! Carry on, IK…Recommend

  • M.S.
    Apr 1, 2016 - 7:44PM

    If Pakistan had won then credit had gone to you too. Stay away from these street kids in future. Recommend

  • abdullah
    Apr 1, 2016 - 8:07PM

    He advised to afridi that incase if kholi is not getting out.start a dharnaa.and afridi couldnt do it.so we lost to india.And now he has taken a UTurn that its not because of him we lost.he is a loser himself what else can he do.Recommend

  • Ghostrider
    Apr 1, 2016 - 8:15PM

    If he can come in politics then why politicians cannot go in cricket. Such a stubborn person , no common sense, he asked afridi to bat at no. 3 because he did same in 92 wc. Both afridi and niazi are stupid.Recommend

  • curious2
    Apr 1, 2016 - 10:28PM

    Imran, a former captain of the Men in Green, had given a morale-boosting talk prior to the game on an invitation from skipper Shahid Afridi, advising the players to stay positive till the last ball was bowled.
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    Meanwhile the Chairman of the Cricket Board was making disparaging comments and promoting doom/gloom. I’ll take IK’s approach everyday and Pakistan should consider finding another Chairman of the Cricket Board.Recommend

  • Match referee
    Apr 1, 2016 - 11:00PM

    They are trying to please their employer and hide behind a clueless Patron. The blame game has virtually exposed this bunch of nincompoops.Ban all for life.Recommend

  • Azi
    Apr 1, 2016 - 11:01PM

    People have a habit of blaming others for things they cant understand or control to vent out their frustration. Its the easy way out while keeps your actual insecurity hidden within.Recommend

  • imran ali
    Apr 1, 2016 - 11:03PM

    before you were blaming everybody..Recommend

  • Kaleem
    Apr 1, 2016 - 11:22PM

    Oh my goodness..what is IK’s fault? Poor guy just motivated our team members, and now he has to face the events. This really indicates that no one should do a single good deed to the current board or its evil patrons. Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Apr 2, 2016 - 12:19AM

    My advice to the team is being blamed for the defeat [against India],” Imran said while addressing a press conference on Friday.

    If not you Sir, who else is then responsible for the fiasco, certainly not the Sharifs who have not the faintest idea about sport, let alone cricket? Be a sportsman and admit your fault.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • a
    Apr 2, 2016 - 1:06AM

    @abdullah:
    he won the world cup as captain, not a loserRecommend

  • a
    Apr 2, 2016 - 1:11AM

    @moderators, please don’t publish my previous commentRecommend

  • Vham
    Apr 2, 2016 - 1:55AM

    Why are we obsessed with loss to India. We also lost with Australia, whom India had won against. We also lost to BD in Asia cup, again whom India had defeated. Aren’t those two losses a level lower than loss to India?Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 2, 2016 - 2:22AM

    @Kaleem:
    @curious2: Professional players who are paid in millions are not given morale boosting speeches anywhere in the world. Imran gambled and lost. If our team had won, he would have taken full credit and might have appointed Afridi his successor. Now I know, God has done a great favour to us.Recommend

  • Nael
    Apr 2, 2016 - 3:50AM

    A week ago 70 people lost their lives. The headline today is not about the investigation or about the people who lost their lives or the people in hospitals. Its about a stupid cricket match and a vain politician. We hew and cry about how the west ignores our tragedies but it seems to me that they are just following on from our example.Recommend

  • Azi
    Apr 2, 2016 - 4:54AM

    Not sure how he is to blame even if he advised since its really up to the sportsmen out there in the field to make final judgement. And his advise doesn’t really enable a player or team to perform poorly or superbly. You people seriously need to stop attacking anyone you can just because you don’t like his face/ stance/ or popularity be it negative or positive. Its one of the many reasons this country is in such a crisia right now. That is, we take it as a duty to shame anyone within our country or nationality we can while worshipping other nationalities. Recommend

  • Prada
    Apr 2, 2016 - 7:46AM

    Mr.Khan, you did give the team wrong advice.
    You told them to play good, fearless cricket. That is not something they are used to doing.Recommend

  • Vaibhav
    Apr 2, 2016 - 8:43AM

    ..disgusting…. No one in Pakistan is interested to know the real cause………..everyone is only thinking about defeat frm india………India is not the best team of the tournament…….only half of the Indian team played well rest are useless………Recommend

  • Apr 2, 2016 - 10:48AM

    Please read this carefully. This is a fact. And comes from someone who was there when the talk was made.

    Imran Khan gave them a pep talk, a positive one. He said that since it had been raining the night before and on the day as well, that they needed to have a look at the wicket and see if they wanted to go with four fast bowlers. He did not tell them to do it, he just said consider the possibility after looking at the wicket. As far the batting order, he told Afridi that you can also rotate the batting order and come up, if you think the situation demands it and if you think it is suitable as a captain. He presented it as an option and not something that should be or must be done unless the situation demanded it, or the captain felt it was the right thing to do.

    What did these guys do? They played four fast bowlers and completely screwed the batting order. That’s not what Imran Khan told them to do. He said listen, here are your options, consider them taking the conditions in to account and then see what should be done according to what your strategy is. Afridi completely misunderstood it and went blindly in with four fast bowlers without paying much heed to the wicket. He also promoted himself instead of Hafeez (who had scored a lot of runs in the last couple of matches).

    This is stupidity on the part of Afridi and the management. Nothing to do with Imran Khan.Recommend

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