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

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