PCB rubbishes Mohsin Khan’s allegations on Waqar Younis

Officials express disapproval with former head coach in press conference.

Our Correspondent May 09, 2014
The PCB, during the press conference, said that Mohsin’s reaction was clearly unexpected due to his reputation of being ‘sensible’ amongst the cricket fraternity. PHOTO: PCB


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has responded to Mohsin Khan’s allegations regarding the board’s appointment of tainted players, stating that such accusations were not communicated when Mohsin worked with Waqar when he was head coach of the national team.

PCB Chairman Najam Sethi, principal advisor Zaheer Abbas and Intikhab Alam staged a press conference in Lahore in order to refute the claims put forth by Mohsin.

“It is easy to point fingers but he didn’t raise the same issues when he was previously working with Waqar,” said Alam, who is PCB’s Director of Domestic Cricket and was one of the members of the coach hunt committee.

“Mohsin should not have said such things in protest because it is not the right thing to do. There are always ups and downs in cricket and one must adhere to the decisions.”

Alam said that they had set a 15-day period to receive applications, and the committee had continuously discussed all of them as they came in, instead of reviewing them all at once after the cut-off date.

He said that all the three committee members, including Moin Khan and Haroon Rasheed, unanimously agreed and proposed Waqar’s name for the coaching position because of his ability and felt that he was the most suitable candidate.

Mohsin can go to court, but we won’t: Abbas

Abbas expressed grief over the press conference, stating that it was not suitable for him to say such things as Mohsin is known to be a sensible person in the cricketing fraternity.

He elaborated that relatively unknown applicants are interviewed, with other exceptions being times when the PCB is unclear of the candidate’s views and strategies, but holding interviews with known personalities like Mohsin and Waqar was not deemed necessary.

Commenting on Mohsin’s statement of going to the court, he said: “Mohsin is the pride of our nation. If he wants to go to court he should, but we won’t adopt a similar approach.

“He shouldn’t have reacted like this because he is a sensible person and one must not protest on everything. If he had reservations we would have spoken to him.”

Zaheer further added that the blame game is not the right way to move forward; they could, but will not, adopt a similar approach even whilst knowing that Mohsin was instigating national players to lobby for his appointment.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2014.

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Asif Sufi | 7 years ago | Reply

Zaheer Abbas, Inti and the others are a waste of time. They are NOT lateral thinkers and will do Pakistan cricket NO good. Just wish, somehow Imran Khan could run PCB!!!!

Dominic | 7 years ago | Reply

Guys like Intikhab Alam, Zaheer Abbas, Zakir Khan, Shakeel Sheikh, Najam Sethi, etc are old furnitures with no creative brain powers to run the Pakistan Cricket Board. We need honest Ex-Players to run the cricket board, like Rashid Latif, Amir Sohail, Mohammad Yusuf. Imran Khan or Majid Khan should be made the Chairman of PCB. There will never be a fair merit selection in PCB as long as there are corrupt employees like Intikhab Alam and so called old Furnitures like Zaheer Abbas running the day to day affairs of PCB with a puppet in Najam Sethi. I totally agree that Mohsin Khan should approach the Courts, as it is these institutions which can be a fair decision on how to run the PCB.

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