Cricket: Moin backs change in Twenty20 captaincy

Published: May 9, 2012
“There should be a change in the Twenty20 leadership.” PHOTO: AFP

“There should be a change in the Twenty20 leadership.” PHOTO: AFP

“There should be a change in the Twenty20 leadership.” PHOTO: AFP Mohammad Hafeez is set to lead Pakistan’s Twenty20 team as the selectors and the board make important changes ahead of the 2012 World Twenty20. PHOTO: AFP

As speculation heats up on the Twenty20 captaincy debate ahead of the Sri Lanka tour, former captain Moin Khan has backed the idea of a change at the helm, terming the move vital in the team’s interest.

According to reports, Mohammad Hafeez is set to take over from Misbahul Haq in Twenty20s with the latter, however, keeping his place in the Tests and One-Day International sides.

“There should be a change in the Twenty20 leadership,” Moin told reporters in Karachi. “But Misbah must be retained in the remaining formats because the team has done well under him.”

Former captain Shahid Afridi was another contender to take over from Misbah in the shortest format.

Meanwhile, Moin, who was speaking on the sidelines of a seminar on match-fixing at the University of Karachi, felt that the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) education programme, that was launched after Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were caught in the spot-fixing scam, was not performing up to the mark.

“The PCB programme is not doing its job. They are not arranging programmes for youngsters who need to be educated.”

To a query, the former captain said that Amir should get support from the PCB as he serves his five-year ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“Let him finish his punishment. If the PCB pardons him before that it will not leave a harsh example for the upcoming youngsters.”

Amir, the youngest of the disgraced trio, also drew support from the PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf who, on various occasions, termed the ICC ban against the fast-bowler harsh.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 9th, 2012.

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