Pakistan news June 24, 2013

Sethi aims to sort out PCB crisis


The PCB's interim chairman Najam Sethi has outlined an ambitious plan of action, including trying to get the ICC to reconsider the ban on Mohammad Amir. His short-term target, he said, would be to sort out the internal dissensions that have riven the board.

Sethi will leave for London on Wednesday to attend the ICC's annual conference from June 25 to 29.

"He (Amir) is a talented cricketer," Sethi told a press conference in Lahore. "I will request the ICC that since as he has served two and a half years of his ban, and was also jailed, to reduce his ban."

Sethi took office today and was briefed about the crisis in the PCB surrounding the suspension of Zaka Ashraf as chairman, which was affecting the team's tour of the West Indies in July, and causing delays in the annual budget. He met the selection committee and was also briefed on the financial status of the board.

"I need some time to understand the problems," Sethi said. "It was my first meeting (with the selectors) and have told them that there will be no interference from my side in selection. But, I will definitely ask questions. If my questions are hard, they have to think about it. Meanwhile, they have been given the task of selecting the ODI and T20 teams for the West Indies tour."

The PCB has been under crisis over the last month when five top regional associations - Lahore, Karachi, Multan, Faisalabad and Sialkot - revolted against Ashraf, alleging a fallacious electoral process. The five associations were dismissed by the PCB and not included in the board of governors. However, there was no representation in the board of governors from Punjab, Pakistan's largest province with 60% of country's population. The PCB instead tagged four regions - Larkana, Dera Murad Jamali, Peshawar and Islamabad in the board. The fifth was supposed to be Sialkot (part of Punjab), but since the region was disputed, it wasn't included in the board.

The dispute deepened when a writ petition was filed against the PCB's new constitution and the process of electing the chairman. The Islamabad High Court, in its first hearing, suspended Ashraf's incumbency and ordered an acting chairman to follow the PCB's day to day functioning.

"I need some time to understand the problems but the court did not suspend the constitution at all so things can move on," he said. "I am an acting chairman, and my responsibility is to resolve the problems, conduct fair and transparent elections."

Ashraf's top priority was to revive international cricket in Pakistan. However, Sethi said the chances of a revival are unrealistic unless the security situation improves in the country. "It is the matter of the national security establishment to enhance the security, but given the situation in the country, it is difficult. If terrorism continues in Pakistan, no matter how many speeches I make abroad…only if our house is in order will guests come."

Following Pakistan's poor showing in the Champions Trophy, Sethi promised accountability over any failings of the national team. Pakistan was the first team to exit the tournament after losing all three group games, to West Indies, South Africa and India.

"Although I was in charge when the team was selected for the Champions Trophy, I have asked for the report. I want to stress that in future, the captain, coach, vice-captain and the selection committee will be held accountable in case the team fails in any event."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • ju on June 29, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Azhar Mehmood is 38 years old and razzaq is 33 it is too late to call either on of them to the squad. I think we should groom hammad azam into an all rounder who is as good as razzaq or mahmood. By the way we do have good wkbatsman in our domestic cricket like sarfaraz whos knock of 46 in the final won us the asia cup and there is also muhammad rizwan who averages 44 in 1st class and over 35 in list a

  • KAMRAN on June 29, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Azhar Mehmood have been outstanding in various formats and i am sure since he said he is not planing to retire till atleast for few years thats all we need from him, his inclusion in the team will a plus point & Interesting for us to watch him play for pakistan after a while, so we will get to see something different in our playing tactics and also younger ones will learn how to fight back and win the match i want to add some more deserving players to my list for ODI,T20 & Test.i don't know where owais zia went he looked fine against australia. Hammad Azam, Anwar Ali, Asad Ali,Raza Hassan, Ahmad Shehzaad, Shahzaib Ahmad, Umar Amin, Hafeez, K Akmal,Nasir Jamshed, U Akmal, Younis, Razzaq, Azhar Mehmood, Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Gul, Riaz, Irfan.

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    For successful team pak needs mix of talent as well as experienced and young talented players otherwise its not going to be good experience more importantly needs to see if there;s already talent being ignored for example Abdul Razzaq , Azhar Mahmood and so forth these are Good All-rounders and can easily play till WC2015 and young players can learn very much from these tested and proved performing players on any day. Dream Team in current crises would be in the playing batting order : 1)Afridi 2) Umar Amin 3) Fawad Alam 4) Mohammad Yusuf 5) Misbah 6) Abdul Razzaq (Captain) 7) Umar Akmal /Shakeel Ansari 8) Hammad Azam 9)Sohail Tanvir 10)Saeed Ajmal 11) Mohammad Irfan

    Player;s Part of the Squad Should be : Sharjeel Khan , Nasir Jamshed, Asad, Wahab , Junaid, Ahmed Shahzad , Mohammad Hafeez , Azhar Mehmood, Younis Khan , Gul

    This is called TEAM Selection , this team is mixture of new & old talent and have both good batting line-up and good bowling unit.You have Six Bowl

  • Faizan on June 28, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    My Future Pakistan Team: 1) Ahmed Shahzad 2) Nasir Jamshaid 3) Babar Azam 4) Umar Akmal 5) Hammad Azam 6) Mohd. Rizwan (WK) 7) Anwer Ali 8) Junaid Khan 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Raza Hassan 11) Mohd. Irfan. Bingo, play this team and get the results you want. We have to get rid of Mohd. Hafeez and Misbah, and groom a young captain for WC15 like Hammad Azam or Babar Azam...these guys are future captain material and are very aggressive and articulate. Also, are batting is very strong that way up to number 7 with the right balance. We got two genuine spinners and a part-timer in Babar Azam if needed. We've got our bowling resources as always..Alhamdulilah, and with Anwer Ali it even strengthens are batting line-up. So here is my say, if you've got guts PCB and Mr.Sethi play this team and see the results. Additionally, if these players don't perform, don't worship them, replace them right way with top performing domestic players.

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Pakistan team needs young blood

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    1.nasir jamshed 2.ahmed shehzad 3.zulqurnain haider 4.younus khan 5. misbah ul haq 6. abdul razzaq 7.saeed ajmal 8. junaid khan 9.m. irfan 10.zulfiqar baber 11. umar akmal 12. umar amin 13. asad shafiq 14. wahab riaz 15. m. hafeez this should be the pakistani squad for the tour of west indies.

  • ju on June 28, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    imran nazir,afridi,hafeez,misbah,malik,k.akmal,farhat should not be included in the team all of them are old and inconsistent players. Misbah is too old and he should retire before he is forced into retirement like akram and waqar were.We should look towards new players because the so called experienced players have always let us down. Players hammad azam,sohaib maqsood, haris sohail, m.rizwan and umar akmal should be given a fair chance to represent the team. I would make one of the bowlers a captain because that has worked before for pakistan

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    1.Imran Nazir 2.Mohammed Aamir/Nasir Jamshed 3.Asad Shafiq 4.Misbah-ul-Haq 5.Umer Akmal ( Try to utilize him as a Wicket Keeper Now) 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Shahed Khan Afridi 8.Umer Gul 9.Junaid Khan 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Younis Khan/Hafeez/Kamran Akmal

    Include ABDUL RAZZAQ, IMRAN NAZIR, MOHAMMED AAMIR in to the team they are talented players.

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood if still qualified for Pakistan should be part of the team with Hafeez as the captain. The other players I would include would be Afridi, Imran nazir,Mohammed Amir,Asad Shafiq, Umer akmal,Abdul Razzaq, Umer Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal,Mohammed Irfan, and a young wicket keeper batsman as well as a new young bat and a bowler should be given a chance.

  • ju on June 27, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Misbah is not a good captain he performed in a team that was not at all good . If you put 30 year old in a team of 5 year olds who would stand out. Besides asad jamshed and misbah the rest of the team stinked. If misbah was such a good captain he would rotate the strike instead he kept giving dot balls and put others under pressure he gave the strike to the bowlers. Afridi was a better captain the captaincy was taken from him unjustly after he won the series in west indies. Misbah does not put faith in newcomers rather keeps the same team so he is to blame for what happend. Afridi had the same team yet he took them to the semi final in the world cup Misbah even had better bowlers. Misbah is too defensive and has changed the team for the worse

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