KARACHI: Reiterating his age old stance, former coach and chief selector Mohsin Khan lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for ‘ignoring deserving local candidates’ for the post of head coach.
Addressing a hastily arranged press conference at his Karachi residence, the former Test opener who coached Pakistan in eight Tests — winning six, drawing two — in a hugely successful but brief stint during the 2011-12 season claimed that the coach hunt committee that comprises of legendary cricketers Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja is ‘too junior’ to interview Mohsin for the slot left vacant after Waqar Younis’ resignation last week.
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“I categorically state that I won’t be interviewed by my juniors; both cricketers in the committee started their careers towards the end of mine. If I apply I will address my application to the chairman only,” he said.
Mohsin has been a severe critic of PCB policies ever since he was unceremoniously dumped as head coach after a long and draining series against England in the UAE four years ago.
While under him, Misbahul Haq’s team whitewashed the then world number one in the longest format, before Mohsin’s charges were handed out a sound beating in both ODI and T20I formats — 4-0, 2-1. Mohsin believes that there was a conspiracy that led to his ouster.
“We did fantastically well against England in the Tests, after that a conspiracy was initiated to remove me. You can see how the move destroyed Pakistan cricket since my replacement Dav Whatmore and Waqar both did nothing for our cricket; in fact we have been left in a state of absolute shambles,” he lamented.
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Mohsin minced no words in his criticism of foreign coaches since he feels that the so-called ‘high profile’ or certified coaches are only interested in filling their coffers.
Meanwhile, the 61 year-old confirmed that he has turned down the offer of heading the selection committee that was made to him by senior PCB officials recently since he feels that selectors play a restricted role after teams are handed over to captain and coach.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2016.
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