Pakistan news May 8, 2014

Overlooked Mohsin slams PCB

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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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  • on May 12, 2014, 10:22 GMT

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

  • KarachiKid on May 12, 2014, 8:50 GMT

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

  • Naseer_shah 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ..

  • PlayfromDallas 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.

  • t20cric 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.

  • fayyaz03 on May 9, 2014, 15:07 GMT

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

  • Big_Chikka 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.

  • 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.

  • on May 12, 2014, 10:22 GMT

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

  • KarachiKid on May 12, 2014, 8:50 GMT

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

  • Naseer_shah 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ..

  • PlayfromDallas 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.

  • t20cric 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.

  • fayyaz03 on May 9, 2014, 15:07 GMT

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

  • Big_Chikka 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.

  • 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.

  • on May 9, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    if some one is given credit for success then he should also be named in loss. many people here mentioned test white wash of england under him. but right after that test white wash, pak was white washed in odis& lost t20s from a weaker england team.

    from the available options i think waqar is good not perfect but among the names he is best. mohsin was also made coach out of no where last time. he was selector and was named coach.

    funny part is that he was talking very nice of chairman and pcb before waqars appointment. even saying that chairman is doing good job for pak cricket.but as soon as waqar made coach, everything is wrong with pcb. typical mindset that if i am selected then everything is good and if others then its all wrong.

    terming a highly experienced and even a worldcup winning coach "so called qualified" is totally wrong of him. if winning wc & years of coaching is not qualified then what is? coaching an already setteled team for 3 tests ( winning) & 4 odi ( lost) ??

  • malik_Tahir on May 9, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    I think bringing Waqar as head coach is a good decision. Now they should appoint a good batting coach to improve the techniques of our batsmen. as far as Mohsin Khan is concerned people are saying that Pakistan beat England in tests 3-0 but they forgotten that Pakistan Lost the ODI series of that series very poorly. Now ODI Worldcup is about to start therefore, appointment of Waqar and his experience in Australian conditions will help the bowlers. I think it is a smart move by PCB.

  • on May 9, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Waqar should have not been appointed because he had resigned himself from the post earlier. Pak needed a cricketer coach but not a bowling-category coach!

  • imranmujtaba on May 9, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Waqar failed twice in the past and now given another chance! why! i hope he has learnt something from the past and we will see improve Waqar..... Waqar should only be bowling coach with Saqlain.... PCB should have given a chance of head coach to Mustaq Ahmed - who is involved with one OF THE best coaching staff in the world from last many years ..... I am surprise he was not given a chance as a head coach... Mustaq could have brought invalueable experience which could have helped Pak playersto grow .....

  • on May 9, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    I am totally disagree with the bro.who said that the coach has been selected and way is debate we have to point out there mistake been made by pcb and Mohsin&others not been treated fairly I m not against waqar he is good coach but what about Mohsin every one who is cricket lover has seen his coaching he brought pak. team on veining stage from nowhere pak . team where down depress and going nowhere they beat Eng.no1 team in world with 3/0 what more you want from him and 2nd.thing people highlight there feelings and is the only way.

  • Ramu444 on May 9, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Make Mohsin Bangladesh coah,BCB are you listening?

  • AamirAbuOzair on May 9, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Waqar has a lot more coaching experience than Mohsin. Mohsin is an excellent cricketer but he need to start his coaching carrier as a Professional Coach at the domestic level first. I am sure that both Waqar and Mohsin can work together. To be honest, I wanted to see more drastic changes in the Selection Committee and criteria. I would have loved to see a few more new faces and the best performers from U-19 team. Good to see Shoaib and Kamran out from probable 36 but we are still carrying the burden of few more!

  • on May 9, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    I would rather know if the PCB appointed Mohsin the they appoint Waqar would there be any different opinion from Mohsin ?

  • on May 9, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    I don't know if anybody has noticed in Mohsin's time Pakistan cricketers were looking dignified and respectful it reminded me of Imran era. I hope cricket wins rather personal interests

  • anver777 on May 9, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Who ever coaches, the ultimate goal is to achieve the best possible results for your country. The PAK public is without cricket for some time now & on top of it, these type of issues from PCB & past players !!!

  • Sir_Ivor on May 9, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    It is a disappointing that Mohsin has missed out. He seemed good for Pakistan dapart from beibg very dignified in the way he conducted himself. Waqar is of course very good as well. It is just that he has to settle in with the team.

  • Kavum on May 9, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    Seems like PCB is somewhat like SLC and Zim Cricket. At least Waqar is a world renowned player and should have some good insights. However his man-management skills may be under question. As a nice bloke and a sporting competitor he has few equals. Perhaps he will ride with with the visiting team on their bus to the ground?

  • on May 9, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    "so-called qualified coach" - ha ha.... ha ha ha ha

  • on May 9, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Calling Dave Whatmore so -called qualified is quite pushing it.He coached Sril-lanka to a World Cup title.

  • tanweeralam on May 8, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    That is truth about pcb. This time for good or bad only time will tell

  • siabbasi on May 8, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    A coach has been selected and put in place.

    Why debate on how it happened?

    Rather we should talk about how it should end well for all of us.

  • Taimor-016 on May 8, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    I really feel for Mohsin Khan. He is spot on here with whatever he has said. It's not just people like Mohsin who are honest with and in Cricket. There are many domestic players who are waiting for their respective chances to play at international level. But these politics in the management has caused so much trouble. I'm not against Waqar as being coach or Moin being a selector. The only problem is that there's no honesty left and decisions at merit have also been stopped since long time.

    I simply hope and pray that Pak plays well in near future inshallah.

  • Desihungama on May 8, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    I understand and I am certain many coaching candidates in other countries are also overlooked and they also let out their frustrations out in the open but what I don't understand is why these types of news associated with Pakistan Cricket are published on Cricinfo whereas these types of news from other countries are not. Do you mean to tell me that out of 20 odd cricket playing countries, there was not a single soul frustrated with local hiring process and vented out in public? Hard to believe this. Very hard to believe it.

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  • Desihungama on May 8, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    I understand and I am certain many coaching candidates in other countries are also overlooked and they also let out their frustrations out in the open but what I don't understand is why these types of news associated with Pakistan Cricket are published on Cricinfo whereas these types of news from other countries are not. Do you mean to tell me that out of 20 odd cricket playing countries, there was not a single soul frustrated with local hiring process and vented out in public? Hard to believe this. Very hard to believe it.

  • Taimor-016 on May 8, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    I really feel for Mohsin Khan. He is spot on here with whatever he has said. It's not just people like Mohsin who are honest with and in Cricket. There are many domestic players who are waiting for their respective chances to play at international level. But these politics in the management has caused so much trouble. I'm not against Waqar as being coach or Moin being a selector. The only problem is that there's no honesty left and decisions at merit have also been stopped since long time.

    I simply hope and pray that Pak plays well in near future inshallah.

  • siabbasi on May 8, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    A coach has been selected and put in place.

    Why debate on how it happened?

    Rather we should talk about how it should end well for all of us.

  • tanweeralam on May 8, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    That is truth about pcb. This time for good or bad only time will tell

  • on May 9, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Calling Dave Whatmore so -called qualified is quite pushing it.He coached Sril-lanka to a World Cup title.

  • on May 9, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    "so-called qualified coach" - ha ha.... ha ha ha ha

  • Kavum on May 9, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    Seems like PCB is somewhat like SLC and Zim Cricket. At least Waqar is a world renowned player and should have some good insights. However his man-management skills may be under question. As a nice bloke and a sporting competitor he has few equals. Perhaps he will ride with with the visiting team on their bus to the ground?

  • Sir_Ivor on May 9, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    It is a disappointing that Mohsin has missed out. He seemed good for Pakistan dapart from beibg very dignified in the way he conducted himself. Waqar is of course very good as well. It is just that he has to settle in with the team.

  • anver777 on May 9, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Who ever coaches, the ultimate goal is to achieve the best possible results for your country. The PAK public is without cricket for some time now & on top of it, these type of issues from PCB & past players !!!

  • on May 9, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    I don't know if anybody has noticed in Mohsin's time Pakistan cricketers were looking dignified and respectful it reminded me of Imran era. I hope cricket wins rather personal interests