Monthly Archives: April 2014

Abolishment of departmental cricket not favorable move: Zaka Ashraf

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: Former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Zaka Ashraf has rebuffed the proposal of diminishing the role of departments in the domestic circuit of Pakistan and said that any hasty decision, in this regard, would have adverse impact on country’s cricket structure. “This is not the time for such changes. The departments have great contribution to the development of cricket in the country. Abolishment of departmental cricket would be disastrous”, said Zaka Ashraf, while talking to this correspondent, for News One TV.Image

As per media reports, the Pakistan Cricket Board is contemplating a radical change in its domestic cricket structure which would see the abolishment of departmental cricket. According to the proposal, the departments and banks, instead of fielding their own teams, should take over sponsorship/management of a region which would play the first class tournaments.

Zaka Ashraf further said that if the change in the structure was imperative even then it should not be finalised without having deliberation with all the stakeholders. “Before reaching the final decision, the PCB management should hold consultative meetings in all regions and call a meeting of departments as well for thorough deliberation on the matter”, said Zaka Ashraf.

“However, I am not in favour of this modification”, concluded the former chairman.

Sethi admits ECB’s annoyance over Latif’s appointment

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi has admitted that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was seemingly unhappy over Rashid Latif’s appointment; however he handed over the post of chief selector to the former Wicket-keeper, who, according to him, failed to figure out the range of the key post. “I nominated Rashid Latif as Chief Selector despite common knowledge that his support of Danish Kaneria’s case was not appreciated by the British cricket establishment”, said Najam Sethi while talking to this correspondent for News One TVImage

“If he had accepted the post he would have been a deterrent to corrupt elements in Pakistan cricket because of his power as Chief Selector to blacklist potentially corrupt players from national team”, added Sethi

Najam Sethi feels that Rashid Latif failed to understand the scope and power of the chief selector. “He [Latif] agreed initially but then changed his mind, maybe because he didn’t understand the potential power he could have wielded in the crusade against corrupt players. I am sorry he decided not to serve as Chief Selector”, concluded Najam Sethi.

Earlier, Rashid Latif stirred afresh controversy by stating that he was given a cold shoulder by the PCB to avoid annoyance of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). He added that, during a meeting at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore in Feb 26th, 2014, the chairman, Najam Sethi informed him about ECB’s reservations over his stance on Danish Kaneria. “In the meeting, I was informed that the PCB might be having problems with ECB if I would take over as the head of PCB’s Anti corruption. I was told that, as a result of my appointment, England would probably not play with Pakistan in the future”, claimed Latif in an email to media.

On the other hand, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has out-rightly refuted the claim of interference in PCB’s affairs. “There was no substance to the suggestions or allegations”, maintained Colin Gibson, the ECB’s Director of Communications, in an email.

In a separate conversation with this correspondent, Latif also expressed reservations over PCB’s reported readiness to handover some important slots to ‘tainted’ former players in the near future. “One of the other reasons of my hesitation, was PCB’s reported willingness to offer important jobs, within the board, to some tainted former players”, said Latif

“Nobody follows the zero-tolerance policy. The ignorance towards Justice Qayyum inquiry report and the recent handling of Muhammad Amir’s case are prime examples”, added Latif.

“Not just the PCB but the BCCI president N. Srinivasan also snubbed the verdict of the Supreme Court and attended the ICC meeting which was a violation of the ACSU code. The ICC should also share the blame here”, mentioned Latif.

“Only Danish Kaneria is being pressed in the name of zero-tolerance and that’s amazing”, concluded Latif

Saqlain bowls ‘doosra’ to ICC

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: The inventor of the mystery ball, ‘Doosra’ Saqlain Mushtaq has said that, due to his technique, he never felt any difficulty in managing the away going delivery; however declined to comment on the official rules, in this regard, saying that it was the job of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the matter. “It [Doosra] can be delivered with the normal bowling action as well, but the bowlers, these days, have to better their techniques and work harder on it to attain perfection”, said Saqlain Mushtaq, while talking to this correspondent. Image

“Doosra” is a delivery, from an off-spinner, which drifts away, after pitching, instead of coming in to a right-handed batsman. Under the ICC regulations, a bowler is allowed to flex the elbow, of the bowling arm, at an angle of 15 degrees while delivering the ‘Doosra’.

Saqlain Mushtaq, 37, however feels the 15-degree relaxation, from the ICC, is way too much. Citing his own example, the former off-spinner added that he used an array of muscles to deliver ‘Doosra’ cleanly. “My grip was different and I used the back shoulder muscle in tandem with the front-foot and the calf muscle to deliver the ‘Doosra’ with ease. It is not impossible to do it cleanly, but the bowlers need to practice more to reach that level”, maintained Saqlain, who claimed 208 wickets in 49 Tests for Pakistan from 1995 to 2004.

“My era was different, now, when the ICC has already relaxed the limit, we should live with it and move on instead”, concluded Saqlain Mushtaq.

BCB keen to rope-in Akram as bowling consultant

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: The legendary former captain of Pakistan, Wasim Akram will probably land in Bangladesh soon, as the bowling consult, if things worked out between him and the Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB]. According to the BCB media committee chairman, Jalal Yunus the initial contact has been made, however they are now looking forward to hearing from the legendry fast bowler. “Chairman of the cricket operations committee, Akram Khan has informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) about his interaction with Wasim Akram, on the matter, during the recently concluded World T20 cup”, said BCB media committee chairman, Jalal Yunus, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV. Image

The head of the Cricket Operation Committee is basically the in-charge of the cricket affairs at the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

“The development has not taken an official shape as yet, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board would love to have Wasim Akram in the fold”, added Jalal Yunus.

“We are anticipating a response from Wasim Akram soon, after which a formal meeting would be held.” said Jalal Yunus.

Wasim Akram, regarded as one of the greatest left-arm fast bowlers, has joined the Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders as bowling consultant.

“Due to his [Wasim Akram] busy schedule, a long-term contract doesn’t seem possible, however even a short stint before the India series would be extremely handy for Bangladesh bowlers”, concluded Jalal Yunus, who added that India are scheduled to tour Bangladesh in June, while the Bangladesh team would tour the West Indies in August this year.

 

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

Rashid Latif says “No” to PCB

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: After a month-long deliberation, over the offer made by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), former captain, Rashid Latif has refused to take on as the new chief selector. Brushing aside any friction between him and the PCB, Latif categorically added that he didn’t want to instigate a controversy with uncalled for remarks. “The PCB considered me for the important slot and I, after thorough consideration, politely turned it down”, said Rashid Latif, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.Image

“Despite all sorts of conspiracy theories in the media I firmly state that I had no rift with the PCB. I hope Pakistan cricket will flourish under the current leadership and I thank the PCB chairman for considering me for the post of chief selector”, added Latif

Last month, the Pakistan Cricket Board offered the post of chief selector to Rashid Latif, along with, Latif was also asked to look after the anti-corruption unit of the board.

On a question, Latif confirmed that he had also refused to hold any position in the Anti-corruption Unit.

“This is my first and last statement regarding the PCB. I will keep supporting all the positive endeavours of the PCB in the future”, concluded Latif

 

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

“Haphazard” decisions drag Pakistan Cricket backwards: Aqib Javed

ImageMuhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: Describing Pakistan performance in the World T20 cup as ‘satisfactory’, former test fast bowler Aqib Javed smelled a rat in Muhammad Hafeez’s call to step down as skipper. “I don’t know why he [Hafeez] resigned after just one bad match. He should not have done so. It seems that Hafeez was pressurised”, said Aqib Javed while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.

After losing to the West Indies, Pakistan failed to qualify for the semi final of the World T20 cup for the first time. Upon his return to the country captain Muhammad Hafeez, while taking the responsibility, stepped down.

The former fast bowler added that “haphazard” assessments would not work in favour of Pakistan cricket. “Such rapid changes will not work; this has been a tragedy that we get panic after every bad event and take haphazard decisions which drag us backwards in fact. In my opinion this is not the right way to go about it”, concluded Aqib Javed.