Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Cricket Committee Mohsin Hasan Khan in his interview with local news channel denied all rifts with Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, he made it clear that the statements viral on media are “more than a year old”.
“I had given the statement regarding Sarfraz’s Test captaincy about a year and half ago. At that time I had thought that he was young, passionate and energetic so he should only be leading Pakistan in limited-overs to avoid stress,” he said. “However, now Sarfraz has seen many phases of life. He had suffered defeats in all three formats and now finally he is on a winning track.” Moreover he said that, he decided to come in PCB, only for the betterment of the cricket.
“We have big names, Wasim Akram, Misbahul Haq and Urooj Mumtaz, in our committee, whose only aim is to improve Pakistan cricket,” said Khan. “This country has given so much to us and now it is time that we should pay back. It is my humble request to all that we should play for Pakistan and not with Pakistan.”
He also praised Prime Minister Imran Khan, and said “We should give credit to Imran Khan who has appointed such a great person in the shape of Mani as the chairman of PCB. Both of them talk about accountability,” he said. “Also, I accepted the post of cricket committee chairman because I have faith in Imran Khan and Mani’s vision.”
Responding to a question regarding captaincy in the 2019 ICC World he said that “I have great respect for Sarfraz and he has the same for me. At the end it is Mani’s decision that who should lead Pakistan in the World Cup. I and my committee will just give suggestions which will be 100 per cent on merit,” said Khan.
“Departmental cricket has given us big stars in the past. They played a key role bringing Pakistan cricket where it stands right now. In our era, parents allowed their children to play departmental cricket so that they at least get a job,” he said. “We haven’t made any decision on department cricket yet. In our first meeting we had discussed some big issues and I can assure that whatever decision we will take, it won’t be without any homework and it will benefit cricket in Pakistan. This is not England or Australia where sponsors come without any institution so we have to find the best possible solution.”
While responding to question regarding calling head coach Mickey Arthur ‘donkey’, Khan clarified that “I hadn’t taken charge as the cricket committee head at that time. I don’t remember in which scenario I had given that comment and now it is in the past,” he said. “Media cannot digest seeing Pakistan progress. Whenever something good happens, they find a way to spoil the moment.”
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17 November, 2019