Aqib left out of touring party

Coach Aaqib Javed and Assistant Manager Shahid Aslam dropped from management team for Zimbabwe tour.

Express August 04, 2011


Following Intikhab Alam’s removal as team manager, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the team management for the tour of Zimbabwe sans assistant coach Aqib Javed, a go-to guy for the younger members of the squad.

While Alam was replaced by governing board member Naveed Akram Cheema, Waqar Younis was named as the sole coach of a squad that comprises young inductees, including inexperienced fast-bowlers. Aqib, according to the PCB, will be staying back to perform his duties at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

“Aqib’s omission is not a huge thing,” a PCB spokesperson told The Express Tribune. “He’s not employed by the PCB and his services are needed more at the NCA. The management is announced on a tour-by-tour basis and this time Aqib isn’t part of it.”

Meanwhile, the PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt lauded Alam for a ‘commendable job’ following his replacement as team manager, adding that ‘his experience is always a great help and being the director game development, he is needed in Pakistan to execute these plans’.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2011.