Pakistan news August 18, 2013

Will continue with criticism - Moin


Moin Khan, the newly appointed manager of the Pakistan team for the Zimbabwe tour, has said he will not refrain from criticising the team but will provide his inputs in team matters whenever necessary. He also said he would not compromise on discipline in his effort to maintain team unity.

"Criticism is natural when the performance isn't good and if he [Whatmore] is still [not performing] I will keep on doing it," Moin told reporters at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. "Now that I am the manager and head of the selection committee on tour, I will interfere in every aspect, but only when things are not going according to the plan. Being a [former] cricketer, you will obviously see me on the ground mixing with the boys, but I will only interfere if my input is required."

Moin, who has made media appearances as a cricket expert, stated that the only motivation behind his views was the betterment of Pakistan cricket. "The major reason for the criticism (in the past) is to improve things and, being a Pakistani and former captain, it's my moral duty to give constructive criticism," he said. "In the past, at any media forum, I only made constructive comments so that people with whom I do not communicate directly can know of my concerns."

Expressing confidence in the team selected to face Zimbabwe over August and September in two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s, Moin added there will be repercussions if the players did not maintain proper conduct while on tour.

"I think it's the best team and from what I have observed, all the players are sensible," he said. "There is a need for creating a sense of responsibility among the players. We understand they also need a comfortable surrounding but I will not compromise on discipline. There are lines drawn, which every player has to keep to and follow accordingly. I will not tolerate any violation.

"What we want is to get the best performance out of this team. There are certain rules according to which things will be tackled."

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

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  • Immad on August 20, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    So there comes Mr Yes man of Waseem Akram and Co to ruin some respectability instilled by ex-manager Mr Cheema,Whatmore, Misbah and other players. He is known for developing grouping in the team and his statement tells the sorry state of his mindset. Be ready fans for disturbances in team spirit and camaraderie.

  • Owais on August 20, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    He deserves that role!!! I must say sooner or later Moin Khan will be the next Coach for Team Pakistan!!! He should be with the team for the long run like for 4,5 years at least!!! Good luck Moin Khan, Our team needs you and now its time for you to deliver! Best wishes for you and Team Pakistan.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket is all about flamboyance, exuberance, passion and talent. If the team management could have them stay focused on the task, they could beat anyone in Cricket. Selection Committee is making some very deranged selections, wow! Farhat, Iqbal, Khurram Manzoor and Wahab Riaz. Even the most magnanimous fans of Pakistan Cricket believe there is something terribly wrong. Is the Selection Committee being paid for selections?

  • Muhammad on August 19, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    So finally we got the right man for the right department.... Now we can say the things will be improve

  • Avais on August 19, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    What kind of statement is that ? totally uncalled for, not a very professional statement. First he was the one who selected Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal, Riaz and now Sarfaraz for the tour and now threatening to cross his boundaries and to interfere with Whatmore's work. I might not be the biggest fan of Whatmore but the man is trying hard to improve Pak cricket and deserves some professional respect. I used to have a lot of respect for Moeen Khan but this is a very disappointing statement.

  • umair on August 19, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    mion and dave, clash of titans in zimbabwe !

  • Android on August 19, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    @stark62, you really need to follow up on cricketing news, because if you did you would know that Moin Khan was dismissed by Supreme court of Pakistan as a selector before the selection was made . So he played no role on the selection of the team to Zimbabwe. He was later announced as an temporary manager of the team. Thanks.

  • aziz on August 18, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Moin Khan and Dave Whatmore cannot work together for long.

  • Stark on August 18, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    This guy needs to be fired immediately!!

    Who in their right mind, would select someone like Farhat, Iqbal and Riaz?!?!

    On top of that, he selects a guy who averages 34.82 in FC after 56 matches and has only made 3 centuries.

    You don't see guys like Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting or even our very own, Miandad with a FC average below 50.

  • Farhan on August 18, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Finally a fine decision by PCB. He can make an impact. Common Moin do whatever it needs to restore our pride.

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