Communication gap between PCB and team comes to fore again

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2007, 10:06 AM IST

Karachi, Jan 24: The lack of coordination between the Pakistan team management and the Cricket Board came to fore once again when skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq and PCB made different statements regarding the inclusion of seamer Shabbir Ahmed in the squad.

Inzamam yesterday told a news agency in Port Elizabeth that Shabbir was going to join the team as a replacement.

But when contacted in Lahore, PCB Communications Director Dr Ehsan Malik said no decision had been taken on sending the seamer to South Africa.

"The selectors are still discussing the replacement and no final decision has been taken as yet," he said.

Last month Shabbir completed a 12-month ban for having an illegal bowling action.

But the communication gap between the board and the team management is not a new thing.

The first example came two weeks ago when PCB Chairman Dr Naseem Ashraf decided to rush fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar to South Africa for the second Test as a replacement to injured pacer Umar Gul.

Akhtar had played just one domestic match and the selectors and team management had insisted that he was not match fit to be picked for the Test series.

But nontheless the Board sent him and after making a stunning comeback, Shoaib broke down with a hamstring injury which forced him to fly back home.

While Director Cricket Operations, Saleem Altaf, said in Lahore that Shoaib and Gul were returning home, Inzamam, after the Test, said that no such decision had been taken.