Former captains blast PCB for poor management during England tour

Last Updated: Oct 02, 2010, 20:56 PM IST

Lahore: Former Pakistan Test captains, Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja, have slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for its poor management during the England tour.

Akram said that he would not blame the players for the mess which had been engulfing the national team, as there was a clear lack of leadership in the PCB, a newspaper reported.

"I don`t see lack of leadership in the national team but in the cricket board," Akram said.

Pointing out that the PCB knew how tough an England tour usually was, he opined that the board should have been prepared to deal with any eventuality, and should also have told the team management to be ready for such a situation.

However, Akram praised ODI and Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi, saying that he had proven himself to be a good leader by pepping up the team in very trying circumstances.

“He picked up the team’s morale when the English media was after us and he did a good job of it,” he said.

Ramiz also noted that whenever Pakistan toured England, controversies were created by the media, therefore the PCB and the team management should have educated the players about how to be prepared for such situations.

“Unfortunately the opponents of Pakistan cricket had been waiting for a long time for a controversy like spot-fixing to come about and they are now taking full advantage of it in trying to damage our cricket,” he claimed.

Raja also praised Afridi for improving the dressing room atmosphere and lifting the team’s spirits to do its best for the country under very difficult circumstances.

Former captain and senior batsman Younus Khan was of the view that the western media wanted to give the impression that the future of Pakistan cricket was very bleak and dark.

“They don’t realise this but Pakistan cricket’s future is bright but the board also has to take steps to ensure that people don’t lose interest in the sport like it has happened with other sports,” he said.

ANI