Pakistan news May 31, 2011

PCB to discuss WI tour report with Waqar

ESPNcricinfo staff

The PCB has requested national coach Waqar Younis to return to Pakistan after the Ireland tour, instead of going to Australia, to discuss manager Intikhab Alam's report on the West Indies tour. Waqar was supposed to go to Australia to see his wife, who is unwell, but has been asked to return to Pakistan if her illness is not serious.

"We want to discuss in detail the report of manager Intikhab Alam on the tour and if Waqar comes here it will help us discuss the report in a better way," Subhan Ahmed, CEO of the Pakistan board told reporters in Lahore.

There has been speculation over differences between Waqar and Shahid Afridi, and matters apparently came to a head during Pakistan's recent tour of West Indies, where Afridi was the captain for the limited-overs leg of the tour. Afridi was reportedly unhappy with what he saw as Waqar's interference in selection; one report claimed Afridi almost walked out of a selection meeting ahead of the fourth ODI against West Indies and had to be persuaded by Intikhab to come back.

Afridi hinted at these differences upon his arrival from the West Indies for which he was issued a showcause notice by the PCB and subsequently was replaced as Pakistan's ODI captain for their tour of Ireland. Afridi pulled out of that tour and has since announced his "conditional" retirement from the international game, as a mark of protest against the way he has been "humiliated" by the PCB. However, Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman said that there were "solid reasons" for the removal of Afridi as ODI captain and the board would take appropriate action after submission of the tour-report after the conclusion of the West Indies tour as well as deal with Afridi's showcause notice.

Former Pakistan cricketers have criticised the board's handling of Afridi. "This is a mistake of [the] PCB administration. Afridi never took any names while he criticised the policies and board took note of that. Why [is] no one in the government taking notice of PCB's actions of last three years?" Moin Khan told AFP. Wasim Akram agreed that the board had been unfair towards Afridi, but said the captain should not have gone public with the team's issues. "As Pakistan captain, Afridi should not have made his differences with [the] coach public and should have solved them without coming to the media," he said. "But the PCB has also not tackled this fairly."

Subhan said that Afridi would not be part of the meeting and added that the PCB would first discuss the report with the team management.

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  • Khizr on June 2, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Waqar Bhai, you are a sportsman, a successful cricketer and you know better that in the game of cricket, the captain needs to be respected and involved. I am sure you did your best but somehow there was communication gap between you and Afridi. if egos can be put aside, both of you are on the same side and both of you know that. As Munna Bhai would have said, Use jaadu ki Jhapi, and move on. Cricket fan's life is too short to be wasted in these distractions.

  • Raj on June 1, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Very simple. Mr. Butt should be eliminated from PCB. He himself is the core of all problems which have been going on in Pakistan Cricket. Its about time that Pakistan Government should sack Mr. Butt to save Pakistan Cricket.

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Now the time has come to take notice how is PCB run.Everything is done from One person Mr.Ijaz Butt why all past legend cricketers are watching what happening to paksitan cricket.I am 10,000 thousands miles away in usa worried about paksian and pakistan cricket.I have played the best cricket of my life time gone through from bottom to up.I seen it all there is soo much ego/hatered/arrrogant and they don't accept as a nation Paksitan everything is city where you belong to rather think as a paksitani.My personnel experence in paksitan cricket from 1975 to 1988 that if you belong to certain city you will always get advantage whether you born outside the city.Time now to wake up and build pakistan cricket by every one from past to present cricketers and administration.Give respect to everyone rather then thinking where he is come from.We all immigrant from india nobody can get credit or rights to that paksitan belong to them.A wise man can see from the bottom of well than a fool can fr up.

  • Amjad on June 1, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    @ Muzzaffar Khokhar - Nice one... Ijaz Butt a direct clone of Mr Zardari or maybee the cloned Mr Zardari on you minus the waistline. hahahaaaaaa.... Well said...

  • faisal on June 1, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Pakistan has to decide who is worse.

    A undisciplined, perpetually immature and histrionic captain who lead from the front (as a bowler) in the recent world cup, or... A coach who is an ex-great however has a record tainted by the worse controversy to ever hit Pakistan cricket (and cricket in general)… Match-fixing…

    If I were to chose (due to a sad lack of better choice) between volatility/ indiscipline and gross corruption, I would go for the former…

    In either case the Chief and Patron of the PCB have got to go…please!!!

  • Masud on June 1, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    It is better to declare a Marshall law in Pak cricket board by Army and Army should take over the charge from I Butt. Waqar should also be removed from the coach as of Justice Qayuum's advice? Appoint Kapil Dev as a coach to run Pak team. This will be good kick to India as India is ignoring Kapil Dev.

  • Masud on May 31, 2011, 23:59 GMT is OK. It is Pakistan nothing is stable there as of cricket's mind. I don't bother of it..Afridi can play IPL now...

  • Dummy4 on May 31, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Umm well i can definitely say the "whole nation is not behind" Afridi.It is important to always hear both sides before coming to a conclusion.Though Afridi has played many match-winning innings he has also time and again got out due to rash shots......Considering the ego of a star player like Afridi, i wont be suprised if Ijaz Butt is correct this time around.

  • Dummy4 on May 31, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    This is a brave stand from Afridi and correct one too...shows he is not afraid of loosing power, or contract... Coach has nothing to do with selection ..he should only give advise and let captain pick his team...This is again old Pakistani cricket politics that has been troubling Pakistan cricket for so long..

    In addition Afridi is a honest captain who has no room for match fixing and there may be some black sheep's who may be getting impacted under his leadership.

    Lastly, this BUTT guy, can someone show him the door ? It will be a tremendous favor to Pakistan cricket ..It unbelievable how he has been surviving all these years.

    Good luck Afridi with your brave stand. Whole nation is behind you.

  • Zia on May 31, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    All other reasons aside, team discipline etc., Afridi's performance has been on a serious decline and I would question his merit to be on the team. He is a rash playerwith no sense of responsibility or discipline. He should have been sacked, but he has the Pak media and the public in a spin so they are blind to see his weak performance. I don't know the internal politics, but Waqar has done remarkably well since taking the team over, in tests and ODIs. Credit should go to him for the recent successes.

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