Monthly Archives: September 2014

Latif boycotts Pakistan cricket over Younus snub

Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: Irked over the exclusion of Younus Khan from the ODI squad, former captain Rashid Latif has threatened to boycott Pakistan cricket until the “injustice” with the senior batsman is not addressed adequately. “Younus Khan left the Sri Lanka tour due to his nephew’s demise. He should be the automatic choice for series against Australia but was unjustly snubbed.  I failed to understand the logic behind this decision by the selection committee”, said Rashid Latif
“I think he (Younus) was doubly hurt, first he had a tragedy at home followed by this treatment from the selectors.  I am utterly disappointed and have decided not to watch or comment on the upcoming series”, added Latif
The Pakistan cricket selection committee, led by Moin Khan, last week, announced the ODI and T20 squads for the series against Australia.
“Younus Khan is amongst the fittest in the team and if he was dropped on recent performance then who else is the consistent performer in the current team?”, asked Latif
“We don’t have sufficient back pool and handful of youngsters available, need a person like Younus to guide them. He is the only one around who is respected and who can impart like none other”, opined Latif.
Latif feels the chairmain, chief selector and coach should look into this mater urgently to avoid the adverse effect. “The impression is that the rift between Younus and Sheharyar Khan in mid 2000 cost the senior batsman.  The PCB chairman must come out clear on the matter to kill this perception”, said Latif.
“Being former cricketers Moin Khan and Waqar Younis must understand player’s sentiment.  They must take a step to resolve it ASAP”, concluded Latif

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


Latif irked at ignoring Imran Khan from WC trophy engagements

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI:  Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has criticised the Pakistan Cricket authorities for snubbing the former great, Imran Khan while celebrating the arrival of the World Cup trophy to Pakistan. “Pakistan won the only World Cup under Imran Khan, this is a fact and nobody can take this credit away from him. Snubbing Imran Khan, from the event, for whatever reason is unfortunate”, said Rashid Latif while talking to this correspondent for News One TV. IK

Pakistan won the world cup in 1992 under Imran Khan who is now a political figure and a bitter rival of the ruling party. It is widely believed that Imran Khan was not taken aboard due to his ongoing rift with the incumbent Prime Minister, who is the patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board as well.  Imran Khan has been on a sit-in for more than a month in Pakistan capital, Islamabad, demanding resignation of the Prime Minister.

During its stay in Pakistan, the World Cup trophy spent a day in Lahore where, apart from a ceremony, captain Misbah-ul-Haq had a photo session with it. Later in Karachi, former captain Javed Miandad was given an opportunity to pose, with the trophy, before the mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan.

“Misbah and Javed Miandad are respectable cricketers and were indeed rightly chosen for the honour, however, nobody was more deserving than Imran Khan in this regard”, added Latif.

“The trophy should have been sent to Imran Khan for the similar ritual but the authorities failed in this regard. It will go down in history as a great discrimination, I am afraid”, concluded Latif.

The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak374

Sethi dispels impression of a ‘dummy’ PCB chairman

Muhammad Asif Khan

Karachi: The former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi has dismissed the impression that, in the presence of a powerful executive committee, the post of the chairman had become ceremonial. “The Chairman and Board of Governors are all powerful as per the constitution. I have not even spoken to the Chairman or najam sethibeen in touch with him, yet the PCB is fully functional and everyone is reporting to Chairman”, maintained Najam Sethi, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.

Sethi, last month, was named the chairman of a powerful three-member Executive Committee to control cricket affairs. The committee also includes chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad and chief finance officer Badar Khan. The Sethi-led committee will take most important decisions concerning administration and finance.

“Like the other Committees, the Executive Committee will operate under the instructions of Chairman and BoG to implement their decisions effectively on a day to day basis”, clarified Sethi


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