PCB want to en­cour­age our team, not ma­lign it: Sha­har­yar

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Pak­istan's suc­ces­sive de­feats against New Zealand and Eng­land in the T20 con­tests have set the alarm bells ring­ing in the crick­et­ing quar­ters here with the all-im­por­tant World T20 now just weeks away. How­ever, the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) is re­luc­tant in tak­ing any dras­tic steps at this junc­ture.

PCB chair­man Sha­har­yar M Khan, talk­ing to me­dia af­ter in­au­gu­rat­ing the Be­nazir Bhutto Women Cricket Tour­na­ment at the Bagh-iJin­nah ground here on Mon­day, said: "I have no se­ri­ous con­cerns over the team's per­for­mance against New Zealand but some lit­tle changes may be made. In fact, we want to en­cour­age our team in­stead of bring­ing them down. "When­ever we play out­side the coun­try it is a dif­fi­cult propo­si­tion for us. In Eng­land and New Zealand we face a lot of prob­lems due to the seam­ing con­di­tions," Sha­har­yar said. "In­dia, too, have lost matches to Aus­tralia in Aus­tralia.

"Wins and losses are part of the game. In to­day's ODI against New Zealand, we got their six wick­ets for just 99 but their lower or­der bats­men did a very good job, so it is all part of the game," the chair­man said.

He also de­fended T20 cap­tain Shahid Afridi. "We have made him cap­tain till the World T20 and we will stand with him."

How­ever, the Pak­istan think-tank must be quite wor­ried over the World T20 prepa­ra­tions af­ter the suc­ces­sive T20 se­ries de­feats to Eng­land and New Zealand.

When asked that tainted medium fast bowler Mo­ham­mad Amir had raised doubts by bowl­ing his first de­liv­er­ies as wides in the T20 and ODI against the Ki­wis, the chair­man said: "Ev­ery bowler bowls wide de­liv­er­ies, you should also see that he has taken three wick­ets in to­day's match."

When asked if con­stant fail­ure of Pak­istan's open­ing pair could make way for an­other tainted player, Sal­man Butt, the chair­man said Aamir had set­tled well in the team and now both Sal­man and Muham­mad Asif could also make a re­turn if they per­formed well in do­mes­tic cricket. He said the 'big three' for­mula of the ICC had been crit­i­cised world over and Pak­istan also con­sid­ered it as non-demo­cratic. "It is bet­ter if they change that," he said.

Sha­har­yar, how­ever, re­fused to com­ment on the fate of leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah who is pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended by the ICC for test­ing pos­i­tive in the dop­ing test. "The ICC has heard PCB's ap­peal on Yasir and it has in­structed us not to give any com­ment in the case," he said.

To a ques­tion, he said Pak­istan would al­ways in­sist upon In­dia to ac­cept the PCB as the host when­ever their govern­ment al­lows the In­dian cricket team to re­sume the bi­lat­eral se­ries with Pak­istan.

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