ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Pakistan's poor show down to coaches, says ex-PCB chief

Pakistan have had a miserable run in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 as they have already been knocked out with one match to spare © Getty Images

Karachi: Jun 14, 2013

A former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief has said that the team’s coaches are responsible for their poor show in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in England.

Taking away the blame from the national selectors, Khalid Mahmood said the coaches needed to be questioned on the Pakistan team’s show, adding that selectors did not have that many options for the team, the Express Tribune reports.

Holding the coaches entirely responsible for the team’s failure, Mehmood further said that as nobody applauds the chairman when the team wins, similarly, the PCB chief and selectors should not be answerable for the team’s poor performance.

Despite the poor show, it seems as if no one wants to take responsibility after a selector said that there were hardly any flaws in team selection, adding that Imran Farhat won his place by performing well in South Africa and in domestic cricket.

The selector further said that Shoaib Malik’s experience was required in the absence of seasoned campaigners including Younus Khan and Shahid Afridi, who were dropped after demands from Misbah-ul-Haq, adding that the captain had also faith in Malik.

On the selection of Kamran Akmal, the selector said that unfortunately, there is no other better wicket-keeper option, although he admitted that Akmal’s batting credentials are better than his keeping abilities.

The selector further said that all-rounder Abdul Razzaq did not give any proof of his form and fitness as he stayed away from domestic cricket despite repeated calls for participation, for which the selectors snubbed him.

However, suspended PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, distanced himself from the team’s pathetic show, saying that that the individuals on the field were responsible for their show in the ongoing tournament.