Pakistan news August 1, 2011

No agenda against senior players - Mohsin

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Pakistan's chairman of selectors, Mohsin Khan has denied that the Pakistan board has an agenda against senior players. Mohsin was responding to Pakistan allrounder Abdul Razzaq's comments, in an earlier interview, in which he had accused the Pakistan Cricket Board of indulging in conspiracy to keep senior players out of the national team.

It's the job of the selection committee to finalise the team," Mohsin told Express Tribune. "I don't know about any lobby and I don't feel there is any agenda against the senior players."

While senior players like Razzaq and Shahid Afridi were not included in Pakistan's squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, the selectors also chose to rest fast bowlers Umar Gul, Tanvir Ahmed and Wahab Riaz, with fringe seamers Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Aizaz Cheema and Junaid Khan making up the pace attack. There was also a change in the spin department with Abdur Rehman being rested and Yasir Shah being given an opportunity to make his international debut.

Reacting to the team selection, Razzaq had told the Urdu newspaper Jang, that "axing of senior players is not in the interest of Pakistan cricket". Razzaq alleged there was a lobby within the PCB that was misguiding the board chairman Ijaz Butt. "It's a conspiracy against the senior players," Razzaq said. "There's a lobby which is misguiding the chairman who is working sincerely for the promotion of the game. They just want to secure their position in the board and their agenda is against the interest of Pakistan cricket.

Razzaq, who last played for Pakistan when they were beaten by India in the World Cup semi-final earlier this year, said that he had "fallen victim to the conspiracies of this lobby".

"This lobby is active in slowly ousting all senior players from the team and there is one main person who is calling the shots from behind the curtain," he said.

However Mohsin dismissed the allegations and said the senior players "should not be disheartened and should work on winning their place by proving their worth in the domestic tournaments".

"The selection committee is working on a simple policy that any player who is doing well should get a chance," Mohsin said. "We just want to give a chance to the youngsters who are our future. If there was an agenda then we wouldn't have a 35-year old captain [Misbah-ul-Haq] who is also a very senior player."

The squad for Zimbabwe includes three uncapped players - top-order batsman Rameez Raja, legspinner Shah and seamer Cheema. Mohsin had earlier explained that the fresh look to the squad was an effort to blood youngsters. "We have to bring in young players along with seniors so that they could be groomed," he said.

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  • MSMAK on August 4, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Did anyone (Amit) see the two that India released recently?

  • getsetgopk on August 2, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Stark62 has a fair point. you cant have world class players whos carriers start at 27+. we should be blooding young guns at around 20 or so if not earlier. Looking forward to Cheema's bowling and Raja's batting...

  • delpihero on August 2, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Resting Umar Gul, Tanvir Ahmed and Wahab Riaz when pakistan play less cricket any how, all they end up doing is play cricket in english county so why not pick them for Zim tour, its not like wahab reiz is experienced, he needs to play the highest leval to improve and Gul needs to prove him self as a fast bowler cos he hasnt. Tanvir is not the future of pak bowling so the sooner they move on the better.

  • on August 2, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    If they are resting senior bowlers,,its a good idea coz already Zimbabwe isn't so strong team,,we must try to test our junior players and i think Misbah too should have been rested and Hafeez should have been made Captain for this series so we could get know our new talent !

  • on August 2, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    misbah is not senior player mohsin plz correct ur stats there is definitely something going against pak cricket look at shoaib malik case he is out of actio for almost 2 years look at yousuf case look at younis case razzaqs case and most recent afridi case they r all superstars and match winners pcb will have to correct itself

  • worldchampindya on August 2, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Being an Indian i loved to watch the games of Pakistan when Wasim, Waqar, Anwar, Aaqib, Afridi etc used to play..pak was having the most dangerous attack than any other team could have...it was the only team which produced the most dangerous attacking bowlers the world cricket has seen & I hoped the same will continue in the future also, but what am i seeing now is exactly opposite of the past,i dont even understand to whom the fans should blame i.e..to the board or to the players, for now i feel a kind of revolution thing should happen in the Pakistan cricket so that Pak cricket can gain those glorious days back. Best of Luck to Pakistan Cricket.

  • Mady04 on August 2, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    PCB dont know to respect the senior players............

  • on August 2, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    pcb is just trying to build up the reserves. If they had explained it well enough everyone would have understood and accepted it. A series against zimbabwe is the ideal time to expose promising players

  • muzdawg on August 2, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Just because Misbah's an old man (relatively) doesn't make him a senior player. He's been playing international cricket (inconsistently) for what, four years now?

  • HazimEjaz on August 1, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    How about the drama happened today at Trent Bridge Amit. Biggest win by a team which was down in the second innings in the history. Hats off to England. Now don't waste time following other two tests since England will tatter India and will win the series 4-0.

  • MSMAK on August 4, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Did anyone (Amit) see the two that India released recently?

  • getsetgopk on August 2, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Stark62 has a fair point. you cant have world class players whos carriers start at 27+. we should be blooding young guns at around 20 or so if not earlier. Looking forward to Cheema's bowling and Raja's batting...

  • delpihero on August 2, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Resting Umar Gul, Tanvir Ahmed and Wahab Riaz when pakistan play less cricket any how, all they end up doing is play cricket in english county so why not pick them for Zim tour, its not like wahab reiz is experienced, he needs to play the highest leval to improve and Gul needs to prove him self as a fast bowler cos he hasnt. Tanvir is not the future of pak bowling so the sooner they move on the better.

  • on August 2, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    If they are resting senior bowlers,,its a good idea coz already Zimbabwe isn't so strong team,,we must try to test our junior players and i think Misbah too should have been rested and Hafeez should have been made Captain for this series so we could get know our new talent !

  • on August 2, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    misbah is not senior player mohsin plz correct ur stats there is definitely something going against pak cricket look at shoaib malik case he is out of actio for almost 2 years look at yousuf case look at younis case razzaqs case and most recent afridi case they r all superstars and match winners pcb will have to correct itself

  • worldchampindya on August 2, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Being an Indian i loved to watch the games of Pakistan when Wasim, Waqar, Anwar, Aaqib, Afridi etc used to play..pak was having the most dangerous attack than any other team could have...it was the only team which produced the most dangerous attacking bowlers the world cricket has seen & I hoped the same will continue in the future also, but what am i seeing now is exactly opposite of the past,i dont even understand to whom the fans should blame i.e..to the board or to the players, for now i feel a kind of revolution thing should happen in the Pakistan cricket so that Pak cricket can gain those glorious days back. Best of Luck to Pakistan Cricket.

  • Mady04 on August 2, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    PCB dont know to respect the senior players............

  • on August 2, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    pcb is just trying to build up the reserves. If they had explained it well enough everyone would have understood and accepted it. A series against zimbabwe is the ideal time to expose promising players

  • muzdawg on August 2, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Just because Misbah's an old man (relatively) doesn't make him a senior player. He's been playing international cricket (inconsistently) for what, four years now?

  • HazimEjaz on August 1, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    How about the drama happened today at Trent Bridge Amit. Biggest win by a team which was down in the second innings in the history. Hats off to England. Now don't waste time following other two tests since England will tatter India and will win the series 4-0.

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    sadly Pakistan cricket is finished.... and the reason is their own board itself ...we the pakistani fans hate you PCB!

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Razzaq is trying to get chairman's sympathy and avoiding the notice by the board by having soft comments for him. Fact is that all the board especially chairman are dumb. This man mohsin used to be a showbiz person and out of nowhere he was made chief selector. As far as i remember, only cricket related thing he done in last 20 years before becoming chief selector was commenting in sahara cup in 96 and doing some talks on ptv. All the board is stuffed with the most ineligible people. The man who played two icc events and led Pakistan to top four of both tournaments is unfit and a replacement is misbah the guy who led "India" to final in world cup. Policy is beyond me. Firstly Malik is out and razzaq is in, now its vice versa. Can someone understand this board and selectors?

  • on August 1, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    @amit..... well its nice to see a light drama after the voilent horror show "The massacre at trent bridge".....we saw some fast bowler kind of ppl bowling at less than 80.. a spinner in PK openning th bowling...sone tail enders beating the hell out of the best team in the world ... and mocking million dollars investment of MRF pace acedamy......Mr. Sunil Gavasakar and Rabvi shahstri crying loike babies on one un sportly run out...so its good 2 have a drama of country who spen 20 times as less than u on his crcket team and still they r better if u play with us in any other condition anywhere other than ur home grown condition

  • Zahidsaltin on August 1, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Mohsin Khan, be ur own man that u never been. Just tell me which of the 4 bowler on tour to Zimb can bowl with more speed than Razaqs. All of them are 127k bowlers. Why them?? Why adnan and why not Sarfraz. Can u are ur boss justify why? Why Imran farhat if so then why not all the other discarded and failed players like Faisal Iqbal be given 100th chance as in the case of Ilyas' son. And that too against Zimb, so that he can score runs BUT god is great and u will see him failed again even in Zimb.

  • on August 1, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    @ Amit You dont have to wait for other countries dramas, just worry about your own.... I must remind England won 319 Runs ................Tooo much!!! 2-0 Keep watching series boss!!!

  • CharlesCrasto on August 1, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Amit Rathi, as harsh as your comments may seem, I fear they may ring true!!!!

  • jazee on August 1, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannJHANT--totally agreed.

  • msidd on August 1, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    WRONG MOHSIN MISBAH IS NOT A SENIOR AS FAR AS THE EXPERIENCE IS CONCERNED (AGE IS A SEPARATE MATTER) SO I DO AGREE WITH RAZZAQ COMMENTS THE BOARD IS TRYING TO INCREASE ITS GRIP ON PLAYERS THATS WHY IS REMOVING ALL THE EXPERIENCED PLAYERS

  • on August 1, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Mr. Abdur Razzaq, be prepared to get a notice from the PCB.

  • on August 1, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    well well! whether there is a conspiracy or not but it seems so - pakistan win T20 championship led by Younis Khan and soon he is gone - axed. Pakistn make the best progress in 12 years of world cup ably led and played by Afridi and see what happens next - exactly like Younis - he is out. An all who were all raise for both at time of triumph came up with issues which were not there - suddenly Intikhab and Waqar had critical analysis how bad they were - and suddenly Mohsin Khan saw the need for youngsters - GIVE us a break - mohsin waqar intikhab and Chairman - its time you all go nwhere you belong in wilderness rather just sending the palyers to wilderness

  • on August 1, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Razzaq is absolutely right !

  • Stark62 on August 1, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    I don't know why some of the senior players have been dropped because if you look at the new guys that are coming in, they are at least 27yrs+.

    Plus, some Pak fans need to learn the difference between new and young!!!!

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 1, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    It's not conspiracy Razzaq, it's incompetency. There's a vast difference.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 1, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    If Razzaq had played better at the World Cup, he would still have been in the team. The fact is there is plenty of talent in Pakistan and it's time to give some of them a chance. You can't continue persevering with aged stars without blooding youngsters or you end up with what is happening to Australia and to a lesser extent India. The only guys in the past few years who have truly been hard done by were Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, both world class batsmen messed around by the PCB.

  • MAC-Pak on August 1, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    what about players like Saddaf Hussain and Jamal Anwar and Hammad Azam and Sarfraz Ahmad. its a disgrace to see Adnan Akmal in the team and Jamal Anwar and Sarfraz Ahmad out. Also what is the point of bringing in a 31 years old seamer when you have a 21 year old waiting for a chance. Everyone is ther just to earn their benifits and is only a puppet..

  • on August 1, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    waiting for the next pakistani drama..!!!

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  • on August 1, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    waiting for the next pakistani drama..!!!

  • MAC-Pak on August 1, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    what about players like Saddaf Hussain and Jamal Anwar and Hammad Azam and Sarfraz Ahmad. its a disgrace to see Adnan Akmal in the team and Jamal Anwar and Sarfraz Ahmad out. Also what is the point of bringing in a 31 years old seamer when you have a 21 year old waiting for a chance. Everyone is ther just to earn their benifits and is only a puppet..

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 1, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    If Razzaq had played better at the World Cup, he would still have been in the team. The fact is there is plenty of talent in Pakistan and it's time to give some of them a chance. You can't continue persevering with aged stars without blooding youngsters or you end up with what is happening to Australia and to a lesser extent India. The only guys in the past few years who have truly been hard done by were Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, both world class batsmen messed around by the PCB.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 1, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    It's not conspiracy Razzaq, it's incompetency. There's a vast difference.

  • Stark62 on August 1, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    I don't know why some of the senior players have been dropped because if you look at the new guys that are coming in, they are at least 27yrs+.

    Plus, some Pak fans need to learn the difference between new and young!!!!

  • on August 1, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Razzaq is absolutely right !

  • on August 1, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    well well! whether there is a conspiracy or not but it seems so - pakistan win T20 championship led by Younis Khan and soon he is gone - axed. Pakistn make the best progress in 12 years of world cup ably led and played by Afridi and see what happens next - exactly like Younis - he is out. An all who were all raise for both at time of triumph came up with issues which were not there - suddenly Intikhab and Waqar had critical analysis how bad they were - and suddenly Mohsin Khan saw the need for youngsters - GIVE us a break - mohsin waqar intikhab and Chairman - its time you all go nwhere you belong in wilderness rather just sending the palyers to wilderness

  • on August 1, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Mr. Abdur Razzaq, be prepared to get a notice from the PCB.

  • msidd on August 1, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    WRONG MOHSIN MISBAH IS NOT A SENIOR AS FAR AS THE EXPERIENCE IS CONCERNED (AGE IS A SEPARATE MATTER) SO I DO AGREE WITH RAZZAQ COMMENTS THE BOARD IS TRYING TO INCREASE ITS GRIP ON PLAYERS THATS WHY IS REMOVING ALL THE EXPERIENCED PLAYERS

  • jazee on August 1, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannJHANT--totally agreed.