Pakistan cricket will be affected by discipline issues: Ijaz Butt

Ijaz Butt had earlier claimed credit for abolishing player-power in Pakistan team during his tenure as the chief Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Lahore: Aug 1, 2012

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt fears that indiscipline and division in dressing room is likely to come back again in Pakistan team.

“I`ve heard that discipline issues are creeping up in the team again. I took strict action against the players involved, but now they re being recalled that may create a similar situation again,” Butt was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.

“For instance, the decision to recall Kamran (to the national squad for the 2012 World Twenty20), who was sidelined during my tenure because of indiscipline, is a strange one. When he was dropped after poor performance in a Test against Australia, Umar feigned injury to protest against his brother s omission. We took strict action against both and such decisions helped us curb player-power,” he added.

“Even if we persisted with them because of their ability, we kept a strict eye on them. Now, with the same people in the squad, it may give birth to groupings once again,” Butt said..

Butt had earlier claimed credit for abolishing player-power in Pakistan team during his tenure as the chief.

During Butt s tenure, PCB handed out several bans and fines relating to discipline and underperforming issues, including the action against seven cricketers.