Pakistan in West Indies 2011 May 3, 2011

Mohsin Khan threatens to resign

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Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's chief selector, is on the verge of resigning from his post after differences developed with fellow selectors over the selection of the 15-man squad for the Tests against the West Indies.

Khan, who was appointed ahead of the World T20 last year, has given an ultimatum to the PCB to resolve the matter by lunchtime Wednesday, otherwise he will announce his stepping down later in the afternoon. "I will make an important decision regarding my future tomorrow [Wednesday]," Khan told ESPNcricinfo. "There have been issues over the selection of this squad and they need to be resolved. I have told the board about it."

Though Khan refused to go into details, ESPNcricinfo understands there were differences over at least a couple of the selections, one of which is believed to be that of wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal who was surprisingly overlooked. Mohammad Salman, who has been impressive behind the stumps in the ongoing ODI series, is now set to make his Test debut in the two-match series that starts on May 12.

But questions were asked over Akmal's exclusion, especially given his impressive performances with the gloves in the four Tests he played since debuting against South Africa last year. It is not currently clear who signed off on Akmal's exclusion ultimately. Only the chairman of the board has the authority to select or axe a player over and above the head selector, but the relationship between Ijaz Butt and Khan remains trouble-free.

Both of Khan's direct predecessors, Iqbal Qasim and Abdul Qadir, were scathing in their criticism of the non-selection of Akmal. "After his brilliant wicket-keeping in New Zealand where he took eight catches in a Test last year, Adnan deserved a place in the Test team. It is total injustice against a youngster," Qasim said. "I don't know what type of rebuilding they [selectors] talk about when they eliminated a deserving youngster."

Another former selection head, Salahuddin Ahmed, expressed concerns over the continued non-selection of Danish Kaneria, who has yet to be cleared by a board integrity committee following his entanglement - and eventual clearance from - a spot-fixing case in Essex last year.

There is a distinct possibility that a few long-term differences of opinion with other members of the selection committee are also at play behind the decision; the committee has two other full-time members in Mohammad Ilyas and Azhar Khan, and two co-opted members in Farrukh Zaman and Asif Baloch.

If Khan does ultimately step down, he will be the fifth chairman of selectors to do so under the tenure of Butt, following Salahuddin, Wasim Bari (who was an interim option), Qadir and Qasim.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Hassan.Farooqi on May 5, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    @@hajmal43: You got to be kidding. If Salman was selected because he was born in Karachi (although he is Punjabi and lived and played for Punjabi teams), then why not a better keeper called Sarfaraz, who was born and raised in Karachi and plays for Karachi? Also, what about Fawad Alam the most successful batsman in Domestic cricket who is also born an raised in Karachi? If Fawad was punished for discipline i.e. being late due to making tea, then what about Umar Akmal who pretends to be sick when Kamran is not picked?

  • on May 4, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    I think Hanif Mohammad, Sarfaraz Nawaz, Javed Miandad, Abdul Qadir,Inzamam-ul-Haq,Saeed Anwar Mudassar Naza select one of them. Javed Miandad is best for coach.

  • shamlaatu on May 4, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    In a way it's good that we are testing Salman as it will keep Adnan Akmal on his toes if he ever tries to indulge into 'Akmalism' politics into the squad. Also, Cricket is now being played at an astronomical amount and the players are injury prone more than ever before. We are leaning towards a baseball type rotation of players to protect players from injury and provide their bodies with appropriate rest, so it wouldn't hurt to have a backup ready not only for the wicket keeper but all other specialists in the squad.

  • Kalim23 on May 4, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    I dont know if selectors give any importance to the last first class tournament Faysal bank Pentangular cup of this year. The 2 batsmen of the tournament Fawad Alam & Sarfaraz Ahmed were not considered at all by the selection committee. Also the media in Pakistan is not saying any thing about these 2 most deserving players. Fawad Alam scored 534 runs in 5 matches with 2 centuries & 2 fifties with an average of 76.28 & SR of 85.69. He was the only batsman to score 2 centuries in the tournament. While Sarfaraz Ahmed score 493 runs in 5 matches with one DOUBLE century & 3 fifties with an average of 164.33 & SR of 67.90. He was the only batsman to score a DOUBLE century in the tournament. Sarfaraz Ahmed is also a very good wicket keeper. Oh selectors please give the right to the deserving players by selecting them in the National team.

  • poderdubdubdub on May 4, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    PCB must be the most laughed at board in the world. Adnan Akmal deserves to be retained, good with gloves and a prolific bat. Salman was very poor against Bishoo.

  • on May 4, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    @Muhammad Amin Khalil you have given ten new names not even one can be accommodated in the current line up. It is one thing to perform in the domestic circuit and another to continue to do so at the international level, still they may be able to make it to the top level but right now is not the time. This squad is the best we could have had. Yes Taufiq Umer does seem to be an odd choice but that is it everyone else has earned his spot in the side. Adnan Akmal is no Adam Gilchrist so its nothing to get angry over, its good that we are testing new keepers. Adnan got 4 tests his keeping was ok, his batting was not maybe Salman will do better we have to try new ones to replace Kamran..I also would not want Mohsin Khan to retire but he really shouldnt be making so much fuss in the first place. The squad is the most sensible one and was kind of obvious. Its not like they have dropped an obvious choice.

  • MuhammadArsalanHaider on May 4, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    @hajmal43 correct yourself M Salman is not from Karachi, Yes he was born in Karachi, but he is punjab based, he has never played for Karachi nor Sindh, he has played all his cricket for Faisalabad and Punjab and Federal Areas.. So Stop this talk of Regional Favoritism.

  • on May 4, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    I think Adnan deserves his place in the team but even he is not picked up,this does not mean the end of the world.....salman is with the team and he knows the conditions of WI better than Adnan!So there is no point to give resign.....this will be a totally amateur decision if this happens.........Posted by Talha Shahzad

  • rjmajid on May 4, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    umer amin should have been selected after his good domestic performance and specially when there is no left hander in middle order he is the perfect and automatci choice. but you need cricketing mind and not political to consider such critical things...

  • mhijaz on May 4, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    why every body forget that if in nextmatch they dont take umar in 11 then adnan can have also find some pain in some where :)

  • Hassan.Farooqi on May 5, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    @@hajmal43: You got to be kidding. If Salman was selected because he was born in Karachi (although he is Punjabi and lived and played for Punjabi teams), then why not a better keeper called Sarfaraz, who was born and raised in Karachi and plays for Karachi? Also, what about Fawad Alam the most successful batsman in Domestic cricket who is also born an raised in Karachi? If Fawad was punished for discipline i.e. being late due to making tea, then what about Umar Akmal who pretends to be sick when Kamran is not picked?

  • on May 4, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    I think Hanif Mohammad, Sarfaraz Nawaz, Javed Miandad, Abdul Qadir,Inzamam-ul-Haq,Saeed Anwar Mudassar Naza select one of them. Javed Miandad is best for coach.

  • shamlaatu on May 4, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    In a way it's good that we are testing Salman as it will keep Adnan Akmal on his toes if he ever tries to indulge into 'Akmalism' politics into the squad. Also, Cricket is now being played at an astronomical amount and the players are injury prone more than ever before. We are leaning towards a baseball type rotation of players to protect players from injury and provide their bodies with appropriate rest, so it wouldn't hurt to have a backup ready not only for the wicket keeper but all other specialists in the squad.

  • Kalim23 on May 4, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    I dont know if selectors give any importance to the last first class tournament Faysal bank Pentangular cup of this year. The 2 batsmen of the tournament Fawad Alam & Sarfaraz Ahmed were not considered at all by the selection committee. Also the media in Pakistan is not saying any thing about these 2 most deserving players. Fawad Alam scored 534 runs in 5 matches with 2 centuries & 2 fifties with an average of 76.28 & SR of 85.69. He was the only batsman to score 2 centuries in the tournament. While Sarfaraz Ahmed score 493 runs in 5 matches with one DOUBLE century & 3 fifties with an average of 164.33 & SR of 67.90. He was the only batsman to score a DOUBLE century in the tournament. Sarfaraz Ahmed is also a very good wicket keeper. Oh selectors please give the right to the deserving players by selecting them in the National team.

  • poderdubdubdub on May 4, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    PCB must be the most laughed at board in the world. Adnan Akmal deserves to be retained, good with gloves and a prolific bat. Salman was very poor against Bishoo.

  • on May 4, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    @Muhammad Amin Khalil you have given ten new names not even one can be accommodated in the current line up. It is one thing to perform in the domestic circuit and another to continue to do so at the international level, still they may be able to make it to the top level but right now is not the time. This squad is the best we could have had. Yes Taufiq Umer does seem to be an odd choice but that is it everyone else has earned his spot in the side. Adnan Akmal is no Adam Gilchrist so its nothing to get angry over, its good that we are testing new keepers. Adnan got 4 tests his keeping was ok, his batting was not maybe Salman will do better we have to try new ones to replace Kamran..I also would not want Mohsin Khan to retire but he really shouldnt be making so much fuss in the first place. The squad is the most sensible one and was kind of obvious. Its not like they have dropped an obvious choice.

  • MuhammadArsalanHaider on May 4, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    @hajmal43 correct yourself M Salman is not from Karachi, Yes he was born in Karachi, but he is punjab based, he has never played for Karachi nor Sindh, he has played all his cricket for Faisalabad and Punjab and Federal Areas.. So Stop this talk of Regional Favoritism.

  • on May 4, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    I think Adnan deserves his place in the team but even he is not picked up,this does not mean the end of the world.....salman is with the team and he knows the conditions of WI better than Adnan!So there is no point to give resign.....this will be a totally amateur decision if this happens.........Posted by Talha Shahzad

  • rjmajid on May 4, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    umer amin should have been selected after his good domestic performance and specially when there is no left hander in middle order he is the perfect and automatci choice. but you need cricketing mind and not political to consider such critical things...

  • mhijaz on May 4, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    why every body forget that if in nextmatch they dont take umar in 11 then adnan can have also find some pain in some where :)

  • on May 4, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Haven't seen the test squad but Pakistan have to give guys like Umar Amin, Azar Ali and Shafiq plenty of opportunities - they are star players. Shame Adnan didn't get selected but hopefully they'll get it right soon. Same problem with the Aussies, plenty of talent around but the right blokes aren't getting selected. Posted by shamlaatu on (May 03 2011, 22:56 PM GMT)

  • AmjadZork on May 4, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    I say they should sack Ijaz Butt........... i know dats not gonna happen as long as his pal Zardari is in the Office.

  • goliwala on May 4, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Pakistan has, as we say it in US, "too many chiefs and not enough indians." Every one is a khalifa. they need to learn to work together and think about the country, not themselves.

  • on May 4, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Well i think Adnan akmal should have retained as he was in the winning series of newzealand.... in test matches u should not have to introduced young players ...unless and until they get some experience in shorter formats...Salman is a good keeper...but his batting has not clicked yet...on the other hand adnan akmal has played 4 intenational test matches...n in those 4 matches ..pak won 1 n drawn 3 test matches...

  • on May 4, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    if mohsin resigns some news we hear that illyas may be the next chief selector and this might be another imran farhat show because illyas is father in law of imran farhat. i suggest to mohsin that please do not resign because if you resigns than situation may got more worse than it is now because than it should be illyas and company. i criticize the critics of mohsin because he selected the teams of pakistan when they are in match fixing scandal and other more problems. in his reign as selector pakistan won test & odi series in nz won odi series in wi drew level against sa. as a pakistani fan i am really worried by the selection snubs like babar azam, nasir jamshed, khurram manzoor, adnan akmal, anwar ali, mohammad irfan, raza hasan, usman qadir, ramiz aziz, azeem ghumman, all of them are real pakistan team that should be playing in the international arena right now but i am afraid that if ijaz butt remains in pcb these world class players may not get any chance in life time.

  • hajmal43 on May 4, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    It is surprising to see Slaman name instead of Adnan Akmal who was so impressive in NZ in his last test .The selectors were in favour of Salaman inspite of his poor batting in ODI in WI but he was given selection because he is from Karachi and most of selectors are Karachi based and are biased.It is unfortunate that many players like Faisal Iqbal are given so many chances because of their links with former test cricketers and because he is from Karachi.

  • katandthat3 on May 4, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Haven't seen the test squad but Pakistan have to give guys like Umar Amin, Azar Ali and Shafiq plenty of opportunities - they are star players. Shame Adnan didn't get selected but hopefully they'll get it right soon. Same problem with the Aussies, plenty of talent around but the right blokes aren't getting selected.

  • shamlaatu on May 3, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    I am not sure why Mohsin Khan is getting so hyper and emotional if it's between Adnan Akmal and Salman? We have seen Adnan Akmal and now let's see how Salman performs, it doesn't mean end of the world for anyone of them. However, what does concern me is the presence of Taufeeq Umar in the squad. He is with the ODI squad since day one in St Lucia and having a joy ride in Caribbean. What's the point of bearing his travel and lodging expense when he is not playing any ODI but is traveling with the ODI squad? And more over, how a typical domestic macho who is a tried and tested failure in the international arena is persisted with in the Test squad? Why not give equal or at least half the number of chances to Khurram Manzoor or any other youngster as they were given to the likes of Imran Farhat, and Faisal Iqbal ?? What's so special about Taufeeq Umar one wonders?

  • on May 3, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    I have a question. I remember Adnan keeping well... Then why was Salman introduced in the first place? He was 30, he never played an international match before. And you had Adnan waiting!

    Now after Salman's good performance, it definitely creates question marks.

    1 - Should we go ahead with the winning team? They are playing as a team and winning the matches without any problems...

    2 - Salman is 30 and Umar has performed very well in test match, and if sooner or later we are gonna add Adnan - then why not now?

    Both points are valid, it is just that PAK makes things difficult for themselves.

    And yaa, I agree with Dani Maz, change this pic...

  • likeintcricket on May 3, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    We have seen what Umer Akmal did when it comes to dropping kamran. I have learned from the news that Kamran is trying to come back as a specialist batsman. One can imagine what could happen to the dressing room when two brothers (Adnan & Umer) are playing together. The will surely try to get their senior brother in the team. That will create a brother power in the dressing room and Captain and Coach will become helpless again. Since Umer & Co are so unprofessional I don't wanna see them playing together again. Salman's glove work is very good so he is an automatic choice as a keeper. I don't know why Pakistani's always try to be in the news all the time. This side is selected for two Test matches only and there is no point for Mr. Mohsin to act so unprofessionally.

  • Zahidsaltin on May 3, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Salman, Hamad, Tanvir and Junid are all far from being up to the standards of international games. Adnan/Sarfraz, Razaq, Talha and Khalil are better choices on these spots. It's a waist to go after 130 km bowlers, find some 140+ and develope them in the process. Usman Sallahdin, Navid Yasin and Fawad have potential.

  • Zahidsaltin on May 3, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT MOHAMMAD ILYAS must be making problems with demands to select his son-in-law Imran Farhat otherwise him making problems in other selection matters. But yes Adnan Akmal deserves to be selected.

  • asim229 on May 3, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    There is not much of a difference in the capabilities of Adnan Akmal and Salman. If I had to pick one I would pick Salman because it will discourage the politics in the team caused by Akmal brothers.

  • Q_Man on May 3, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    If there was a debate about anyone being excluded from the team, it should be Muhammad Yousuf. Why in gods name is this man not present in the Pakistan Cricket Team. The selectors really need to get their act together and start selecting the best team possible so that we can actually win

  • mso797 on May 3, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    adnan akmal are you serious people say he is the better keeper others say salaman is the better batmans well people should realize that safraz is better at both him and monzoor should be givin a chance i get not having alam but monzoor played a brilliant innings and the dropped

  • on May 3, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    When would Pakistan stop this culture of criticism? If you have made someone the Chief Selector after all the research and merit then for God sake, let him work and evaluate him as per contract and then decide whether to keep him or not. Ok Adnan was good but what is wrong with Salman? If a system has started working then please let it work and do not criticise for the sake of scoring points only. Akmals have always been in news for all the wrong reasons. So why take risk and put another Akmal in the team when you have other option and he is travelling with the team too. I have to blame media also who just for the sake of news and controversy give air to this pointless criticism. God help Pakistan.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on May 3, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Ijazz Butt needs to be removed from PCB not selector. Seems like selectors have to follow Ijazz Butt's instructions. This will be the fifth selector/chariman under butt if Mohsin resigns. Mr. Butt needs to be thrown away. Need someone like Imran Khan.

  • KingKashi on May 3, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    I think removing Adnan Akmal is a good sign for Pakistan cricket. He is brother of Kamran and Umar Akmal which means there might be an issue once again in near future same as it happend in Australia after controverical Sydny test and secondly it happened in World Cup after New Zealand match!

    Salman is good wicket keeper and so is Adnan, both have not impressed with their batting so better is to leave any doubt in future and kick out Adnan Akmal. This will keep Umar's blood in control if not, kick him out as well but save Pakistan Cricket! there are so many talented batsmen to replace any of the current player!

    Good Luck Pakistan Cricket!

  • on May 3, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    In my opinion I think the selectors choice is correct, if the boy is doing good behind the wicket than it is his right to be given chance. Although Adnan proved himself a good keeper far better than Akmal, but there is lack of bating performance, Mr.Mohsin should not take the matter as serious, there is too much cricket now a days he may be given chance in future Mr.Khaqn re considered his decesion and not to make the cricket in desputed one

  • on May 3, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    ok cricinfo, what is with you guys choosing the worst picture taken & using it for an article?

  • on May 3, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    we're desperately waiting for the prime minister to change lol cuz thats the only thing that hasnt changed in 3 years

  • on May 3, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    YAWN!!!! Really dont care if Mohsin Khan leaves, it will be good riddance.

  • ArsalanMujahidGhouri on May 3, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    One of the Akmal's brother will soon lead the Pakistan ODi and T20i.

  • on May 3, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Yup he should stay. Selector like Mohamamd Ilyas should be kicked out IMMEDIATELY from the selection Panel. Mohsin Hassan Khan is doing fine job. Hope he stays

  • Major_Hammad on May 3, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    It's time to step down for Ijazz Butt and Mohsin khan both, both don't deserve on their posts more..... Mohsin Khan is a Dummy Selector!!!!!!!!! I will be Happy if Mohsin resigns tommorow and I will be more more Happy that day when Ijaaz Butt will resign from PCB......

  • on May 3, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    i think he is taking a wise decision and he is right , there is no point having salman( 30) years as wicket keeper in test squad , when adnan is better young cricketer than him ,on top of that wheres salman can not even hit the ball , as PCB already said we are keeping eye on the best future of Pakistan cricket it looks contradict , this is not the cricket we used to play in 80s or early 90s where we used to rely on the wicketkeeper just to catch the ball behind the stumps, batting wasn't the concern as a wicket keeper as long as he does well behind the stumps , but this modern era we want some one like who can really bat and could really make the difference behind the wicket as well , like DHONI, SANGAKARA etc.we selected a team with senior and junior combination, as we all know juniors were hardly given chances, they took usman, taufiq ahmed, hasnt played a single game yet while tour to westindies , i dont know how long Mishbah would play one day rathen than test matches,

  • msidd on May 3, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    just go .....in his era our batting has gone from bad to worse and now officially we are second bangladesh when it comes to worst batting strength.for god sake bring the right seniors back (DOESNT INCLUDE YOUNIS WE ALL SAW HIS FORM IN INDIA) try S.Malik or yousuf(in test) to provide some solid support to youngster.... i appreciate the need to hunt for new talent but there is a systematized way of blending senior batsmen with young ones...I am sorry to say youngster are not going to learn anything form Afridi as far as batting is concerned EXAMPLE IS IN FRONT A.SHAHZAD...........

  • xylo on May 3, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    is this the customary-middle-of-the-series-chaos at work again?

  • on May 3, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    I hope he stays he is definitely the man pakistan want

  • on May 3, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Kick him out from Pakistan's chief selector. He who give cricket up for Indian films how he become cricket selector. Make him Actor/Actress selector

  • banter123 on May 3, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Has there been a year in which Pakistan Cricket team Captain,selector or the Prime Minister has not changed?

  • Asadpk on May 3, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    here we go again...but yes, Mohsin Khan pls don't wait, just go

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  • Asadpk on May 3, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    here we go again...but yes, Mohsin Khan pls don't wait, just go

  • banter123 on May 3, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Has there been a year in which Pakistan Cricket team Captain,selector or the Prime Minister has not changed?

  • on May 3, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Kick him out from Pakistan's chief selector. He who give cricket up for Indian films how he become cricket selector. Make him Actor/Actress selector

  • on May 3, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    I hope he stays he is definitely the man pakistan want

  • xylo on May 3, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    is this the customary-middle-of-the-series-chaos at work again?

  • msidd on May 3, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    just go .....in his era our batting has gone from bad to worse and now officially we are second bangladesh when it comes to worst batting strength.for god sake bring the right seniors back (DOESNT INCLUDE YOUNIS WE ALL SAW HIS FORM IN INDIA) try S.Malik or yousuf(in test) to provide some solid support to youngster.... i appreciate the need to hunt for new talent but there is a systematized way of blending senior batsmen with young ones...I am sorry to say youngster are not going to learn anything form Afridi as far as batting is concerned EXAMPLE IS IN FRONT A.SHAHZAD...........

  • on May 3, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    i think he is taking a wise decision and he is right , there is no point having salman( 30) years as wicket keeper in test squad , when adnan is better young cricketer than him ,on top of that wheres salman can not even hit the ball , as PCB already said we are keeping eye on the best future of Pakistan cricket it looks contradict , this is not the cricket we used to play in 80s or early 90s where we used to rely on the wicketkeeper just to catch the ball behind the stumps, batting wasn't the concern as a wicket keeper as long as he does well behind the stumps , but this modern era we want some one like who can really bat and could really make the difference behind the wicket as well , like DHONI, SANGAKARA etc.we selected a team with senior and junior combination, as we all know juniors were hardly given chances, they took usman, taufiq ahmed, hasnt played a single game yet while tour to westindies , i dont know how long Mishbah would play one day rathen than test matches,

  • Major_Hammad on May 3, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    It's time to step down for Ijazz Butt and Mohsin khan both, both don't deserve on their posts more..... Mohsin Khan is a Dummy Selector!!!!!!!!! I will be Happy if Mohsin resigns tommorow and I will be more more Happy that day when Ijaaz Butt will resign from PCB......

  • on May 3, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Yup he should stay. Selector like Mohamamd Ilyas should be kicked out IMMEDIATELY from the selection Panel. Mohsin Hassan Khan is doing fine job. Hope he stays

  • ArsalanMujahidGhouri on May 3, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    One of the Akmal's brother will soon lead the Pakistan ODi and T20i.