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?

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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 :)

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