Friday, 21 October 2011

Chaos in PCB has “gotten worse now”: Imran Khan

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which has always been in chaos, is in an even worse crisis now, former captain Imran Khan has said.

The PCB went through its darkest phase during Ijaz Butt’s tenure as the board’s chief, and his successor, Zaka Ashraf, already has pending cases against him in the Supreme Court.
“The PCB has always been in chaos and it’s gotten worse now,” The Express Tribune quoted Imran, as saying.
According to him, Pakistan cricket can only improve once the PCB is converted into an institution, with its chief being accountable for every action taken by him.
“Cricket needs to be an institution and until that happens, we’ll always have chaos. You can’t have an institution when the president of the country, who knows nothing about cricket, appoints the chairman. It’s run on ad-hoc basis and you’ll only go from crisis to crisis with that,” Imran said.
Pakistan cricket is also without a head coach, the hunt for which is in doldrums with uncertainty surrounding the board’s future. Pakistan’s chief selector Mohsin Khan was appointed the national team’s interim coach for the series against Sri Lanka.
“We were hoping to name the new coach in this month but the process has been halted for the time being…We are yet to start interviewing persons who applied for the job,” Intikhab Alam, head of the coach-finding committee appointed by the PCB, had confirmed earlier this week.
Imran said it is “pointless how you’re spending so much on the coach.”
“You need to have a proper structure in place before moving onto other things. The board is reflecting the current state of our society. You need someone to fix the structure, then have free and fair elections and form a genuine elected body. That’s how the whole cricketing world works and that’s what we need as well,” he pointed out. (ANI)

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