Pakistan news May 8, 2014

Overlooked Mohsin slams PCB


Mohsin Khan, the former Pakistan batsman, has called the procedure adopted by the PCB to hire Waqar Younis as head coach a 'total farce'.

Mohsin was among the contenders for the job, which he held briefly in 2012 when he oversaw Pakistan's famous 3-0 Test victory over England.

Last month, the PCB decided to not renew Moin Khan's contract as head coach and started the hunt for a new coaching panel. The PCB placed a newspaper advert, kept the opportunity open for 18 days for anyone to apply and appointed a three-man committee to evaluate the applications until May 5.

Mohsin and Waqar were in the race for the top role and on Tuesday, the PCB appointed Waqar, who returned for a second term after his previous stint between March 2010 and August 2011.

"They lied in their own house," Mohsin, who was rejected without interview, said. "They had said that the candidates will be shortlisted, then there will be interviews but they trashed the whole process and made fun of everything. They threw dust in everyone's eyes. There were no criteria. I was a deserving candidate but I was getting messages that the whole process was a total farce."

There was a perception that the board was already in contact with Waqar and that he was the only one in line for the job. Though Waqar's appointment was made official only on May 6, his name was unofficially doing the rounds before the deadline for candidates ended.

"They should have picked whoever they wanted as coach and appointed him but they should not have made a fool of the others. It happened before as well before the Asia Cup and World T20. It happened to Waqar as well at that time. Without any process they made Moin Khan coach. Moin is like my younger brother, but that was also not correct. PCB is not their personal property; it is the board of 180-190 million people of Pakistan. They spoiled two years of the team by bringing a so-called qualified coach (Dav Whatmore). They threw dust in the fans' eyes. They have played with Pakistan's name, with its respect."

Mohsin was the chief selector in 2011 when Waqar quit after his first stint as head coach and the PCB was forced to go with the former as interim coach before he was replaced by Whatmore in March 2012. Though Mohsin was given a makeshift role, he wanted to carry on in the job but the then chairman Zaka Ashraf opted to engage Whatmore instead.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Mohsin had what Pakistan needed: ability to motivate. Waqar does not have this

  • Owais on May 12, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    In Pakistan record does not matter thats why Mohsin was not selected.

  • Naseeruddin on May 10, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Mohsin should not compare himself with Waqar Younis .... Waqar younis has a big international exposure ... PCB should give a a bone of Job to Mohsin then he will quite forever ...

  • ESPN on May 9, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    Pak strength is bowling , so they needed a bowler coach , so it's ok decision , Was or waqar only were best options.

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    All I can say Mohsin - As an employer you don't always interview candidates you want to hire. Its your right to apply for a position .. and thats the bottom line ..

  • Yasin on May 9, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Mohsin is right on the money. Intikhab and Zaheer forgot that they are servant of the nation and cannot humiliate others by over stepping their power. Do we have any code of conduct for this violation? At this stage at least a formal apology to Moshin & other candidate is required. Intikhab saying "Candidate was selected on merit" To Intikhab & Zaheer, Mohsin is not complaining Waqar's qualification he is complaining about the procedure through which candidate was selected? Moreover, if intikhab thinks it is about candidate's qualification not about his own action than he is not even qualified to select coach. On what ground Zaheer & Intikhab was given the job to find coach, is there a procedure Intikhab & Zaheer are bound to follow? If code of conduct was violated then what will be the charge against them? It'll be good if we held them accountable and clear the air before the WC & other important matches starts. PCB must follow code of conduct to the fullest to counter any violation.

  • asad on May 9, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    What Mohsin is saying is true so I don't understand all the hate he's getting. He's not angry that he didn't get picked but he's angry that the coach was not selected fairly. I don't understand why he bashed Whatmore though cuz I think the main reason Whatmore did bad was because of all of this hatred he was getting and the fact that everyone made a big deal about him not being a local coach. I think Waqar is a better coach than Mohsin but its true that they should have been selected fairly.

  • Fayyaz on May 9, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    They should have contacted Andy Flower or Justin Langer or Michael Bevan

  • Naveed on May 9, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    while i rate waqar as a champion, i to this day have never understood the reasons for mohsin's departure after a successful series? totally agree the cricketers under mohsin seemed to be playing for the country and looked to have discipline too. great shame that a coach who is also formerly a respected player should be mad eto feel this way. look at gooch in england, total opposite. the board should have made clear their reasoning.

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Its pretty clear that Mohsin is frustrated which is why he's taking a dig at everyone including Whatmore. Pakistan did not do well under Whatmore but Whatmore as a coach over the years has tasted quite a bit of success including a World Cup win. Mohsin with only one meaningful series win and that too against a side that cant play spin to save their lives is behaving as if he's the best coach out there. Why not remind him that under him Pakistan got whitewashed by England in the odis which took away the joy of the Test series win. This was the same England side that failed to win a single odi in India. All those supporting Mohsin just because of that one series win need to understand that it was the combination of Waqar and Misbah that lifted the side. Mohsin just came out of nowhere and took all the credit for the success the seeds of which had been sown by Waqar and Misbah.

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