Monthly Archives: October 2013

Mohsin Khan lends support to dejected Younus

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: Former Pakistan Cricket chief selector, Mohsin Hassan Khan has put his weight behind veteran batsman Younus Khan and said that the former captain should not be dropped from the one-day squad against South Africa. “Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq are the two fittest players in the team and apart from these two we don’t have a dependable batsman in the line-up either. As long as he [Younus] is fit he should be considered for selection.” said Mohsin Khan, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.Image

“If I was the chief selector, I would not have dropped Younus from the one day squad, instead would have spoken with him about his priorities. The management should talk to senior players and devise a mutual strategy regarding their careers” added Moshin Khan, who held the position of the chief selector in the recent past.

On a question, Mohsin Khan admitted that Younus Khan had not been performing well at the shorter format, however added that a player of his stature should be given a respectable sendoff. “His immense experience should be fully utilised to groom the youngsters. We do have talented backup players but they require temperament to excel. The selectors should have spoken with Younus about their future plans. I think he deserves this much of respect”, said Mohsin Khan, who was Pakistan’s head coach before Dav Whatmore.

The former opener also commented on the recent administrative turmoil at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), adding that sincerity was the only perquisite for any business to flourish. Upon a query, Mohsin Khan said that it would be an honour if his name was forwarded for the post of the PCB chairman in the upcoming elections. “If I am given the honour of serving as Chairman, I would certainly bring about the change”, hoped Mohsin Khan.

“In the past as regional general manager, chief selector and head coach, I tried to discharge my responsibilities with utmost honesty and I’ll continue doing so if entrusted with an even greater responsibility”, concludes former opener Mohsin Khan, who played 48 Test matches for Pakistan from 1977 to 1986.


The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif


Amir’s early return to set wrong precedent: Arif Abbasi

Mohammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: The banned left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir has the weight of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) behind him however the former chief executive, Arif Ali Khan Abbasi minced no word in criticising the PCB for setting a wrong precedent. “I see it as yet another glaring omission and it will open a Pandora’s box, the others will also say that if Amir was allowed than what about them, and then the PCB would have no leg to stand on”, said Arif Abbasi while talking to this correspondent for News One TV. Image

The PCB, reportedly, is in pursuit of getting Mohammad Amir’s five-year ban reduced and will seek advice from the Queen’s Counsel in England in that regard.

Earlier, the caretaker chairman of the PCB, Najam Sethi also discussed the issue in an ICC meeting during which the apex body did express readiness to constitute a committee to look into the matter. “They [ICC] must have been amazed that this is a cricket board which is willing to support a convict”, claimed Abbasi

“This is indicative of the fact that you were a bent cricket board which was willing to forget and forgive those who had not only betrayed their board but the country, fellow players, spectators and the opposition as well”, added Abbasi

Abbasi also ruled out a concession for Amir in view of his young age. “Why should they be given a leniency, what have they done to deserve that, and to say that the person was young is an accident of birth only”, mentioned Abbasi

The paceman, Mohammad Amir, was banned after being found guilty of spot-fixing in the infamous Lord’s Test against England in 2010 along with Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt.

The former chief executive also touched upon the case of Danish Kaneria and claimed that it was a fitting case for the PCB to take up as apparently there is no proof against the banned leg-spinner. “Everybody wants to forgive a culprit but nobody wants to even sympathise with a person like Kaneria. There is seemingly no proof against him, if they have found proof than he [Kaneria] should be treated the way the other three but if there is no proof than you have a chance of winning that case”, mentioned Arif Abbasi

“Has he been written off just because he is Hindu, that’s disappointing”, concludes Arif Abbasi


The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif

Latif slams ACSU, reveals names of top bookies

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: The former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has once again come down hard on the Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC), saying that the unit had not been able to serve the purpose for which it was formed in the early 2000. “Lectures, showing videos and burdening the players with strict vigilance mechanism and that’s it. The menace could not be curbed by such practices. To me they [ACSU] is in disarray”, said Latif while talking to this correspondent for News One TV. Image

“The ACSU seems clueless”, said Latif who added that the top world book-makers were neither mentioned by the ICC nor by the anti corruption unit.

“Pick a list of twenty top bookies around the World, and you will find most of them from India but during lectures, to the players, the ACSU only shows the picture of Annu Bhat”, mentioned Latif, who is considered as the whistleblower against the match fixing in mid 90s.

“Danesh, Shoban, Vinod, Manoj Dubai, Jeeto, Pinky, Naveen Sachdeva Tinko, Jeeto, Manoj, Bharat Club, Ashok,  Ramesh, Ravi Kumar, Jainty, Mama, Rakesh, Kothari, Mukesh Dilli, Mukesh Gupta and Ashok Calcutta”, the list of top bookies revealed by Latif who further said that two of the list – Pinky and Jeeto – were murdered while Sachdeva Tinko was arrested by the CBI.

Annu Bhat is the man dubbed as an Indian booker, during the inquiry into spot fixing by the ECB, which led to a lifetime ban on Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria.

“If Annu Bhat was as dangerous as was presented by the ECB or the ICC, then why he hasn’t been arrested as yet. Probably he [Annu] was ICC’s informer but I am not sure about it either.” Latif said

“Why the CBI, which nabbed a few bookies in India recently, didn’t even mention Annu Bhatt in its report”, Latif asked


The writer is a Pakistani journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets at @mak_asif