Cricket: Butt sees a return of indiscipline in the team

Questions PCB’s decision to bring back certain individuals.

Fawad Hussain July 31, 2012

KARACHI: The indiscipline and dressing-room disunity that was curbed during his tenure is likely to make a comeback in the Pakistan team, according to former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt.

Butt served as the board’s chief from 2008 to 2011 and claimed to have abolished player-power during his tenure. In his tenure, the PCB handed out several bans and fines relating to discipline and underperforming issues, including the action against seven cricketers including Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik after the winless tour of Australia in 2010-11.

Butt, while referring to Kamran’s return to the national squad for the 2012 World Twenty20, said that the players against whom the board took action in the past are being recalled and that might promote player-power again.

“I’ve heard that discipline issues are creeping up in the team again,” Butt told The Express Tribune. “I took strict action against the players involved but now they’re being recalled that may create a similar situation again. For instance, the decision to recall Kamran, who was sidelined during my tenure because of indiscipline, is a strange one. When he was dropped after poor performance in a Test against Australia, Umar feigned injury to protest against his brother’s omission. We took strict action against both and such decisions helped us curb player-power.

“Even if we persisted with them because of their ability, we kept a strict eye on them. Now, with the same people in the squad, it may give birth to groupings once again. I can’t advise the current board and it is up to them to control things in the best possible manner. All I can do is to wish the board and the chairman luck and hope that they handle it the right way.”

‘Snubbing Junaid a criminal act’

Meanwhile, the former PCB chief questioned the selection for next month’s World Twenty20, criticising the move to omit left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan.

“It was a criminal act to snub the youngster,” said Butt. “Junaid was sensational during the recent tour of Sri Lanka where our other pacers failed. He showed good signs for the future but the snub will surely dent his confidence. The chief selector (Iqbal Qasim) is a responsible person and I don’t know what kind of pressure he was under that forced him to take such an unjustified decision and ignore the talent.”

Qasim, meanwhile, had clarified the decision to ignore the left-armer, saying that he preferred Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami following a request by the team management and Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2012.


mohson rasool | 11 years ago | Reply he destroyed Pakistans credabilty all around the world he has no right to for Pakistan cricket is concerned it is none of his business and he has no right to a platform to form a judgment.Butt chaiman,Butt,Captain look where we ended up by our standards we sunk a littel deeper in that sece=pit which is Pakisean Cricket.strong text
Abdullah Shaikh | 11 years ago | Reply

Though i agree that Kamran should not be in the team, but at the same time I also find funny that now of all people Ejaz Butt is objecting to his selection. If you see closely you will find that it was under his tenure that he had given virtually a free hand to sume players as far as performance and dicipline is concerned. Kamran was dropping catches and missing stumpings since prior to 2009. Even during his last tour to Australia, Kamran had the ball in his hand but he refused to run-out Shane Watson. Shane Watson had an expression of shock on his face. These videos are still on Youtube. After that the worst perfomance in 2010 tour of England and still Ejaz selected Kamran for the World Cup 20111 and the rest is no secrect what the Akmal brothers did to the team in the World Cup. Even the Shoeb Akhtar Fiasco happened because of Kamran. No wonder Shoeb spits fire at everyone. I dont see the difference, earlier he was persistet for 3 years inspite of shoddy glove work & now he is making a comeback. In either case the result is the same, Kamran is back. And now he is a permanent head-ache for the Captain and the bowlers. The worst sufferers at his hands have been the bowlers.

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