Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has released the security manager of the national cricket team, which will board the plane for its tour of New Zealand on Saturday.
A PCB official confirmed that Major Khawaja Najam had tendered his resignation as security manager of the Pakistan team and this had been accepted by the Chairman of the board with immediate effect.
Najam was brought in as security manager of the team earlier this year and accompanied the team on all tours since the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.
“Due to the recent spate of controversies about involvement of players in spot-fixing and the Zulqarnain Haider episode, the PCB had already decided not to send Najam to New Zealand with the team,” a well placed source told reporters.
“Najam was not happy when he learnt that he was not going to New Zealand as the PCB didn’t send his passport or documents for visa processing,” the source added.
The source added that after learning about his ouster from the touring team, Najam spoke to the Chairman and told him he couldn’t continue.
“Butt didn’t hesitate to accept his resignation.”
The source also said that the PCB was unhappy with Najam’s performance on recent tours to England and the UAE in two major series and also didn’t get very good reports about his performance from the team manager Intikhab Alam.
The PCB official, however, insisted that Najam had resigned due to personal reasons.
The decision not to send a security manager with the team to New Zealand, interestingly goes against the recent reforms and anti-corruption measures being implemented by the board after the spot-fixing scandal broke out on the England tour and led to the suspension of three players, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir.
In another interesting development, the PCB has also replaced its permanent physio and trainer of the team, Dr Faisal Hayat and brought back Dr Riaz Ahmed who used to accompany the national team on tours abroad in the past.
“Apparently the board was also not satisfied with the performance of Faisal as the selectors and team management didn’t get clear pictures about the fitness of some players on recent tours, particularly senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who had to return home from the UAE in the last series without playing a Test against South Africa,” the source said.