Karachi: Former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif has called for strict implementation of the new code of conduct recently introduced for players by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in line with the International Cricket Council’s guidelines.
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“The rules were there in the past too, but the problem is with implementation. Only this year stern actions were assured against certain players but in reality nothing happened and all players were taken back to the fold again,” a Pakistani newspaper quoted Rashid, as saying, while responding to the newly drafted rules by the PCB.
Although the PCB management is upbeat that the newly drafted code of conduct would go a long way in avoiding controversies in future, Rashid, however, is not convinced.
“Whenever a code of conduct is drafted, only players are focused. I believe manager, coach as well as other members of the management should also be told to formally accept certain rules and regulations,” he opined.
Rashid, who recently joined the Afghan cricket team as their chief coach, said that apart from the code of conduct, ‘a code of behaviour’ was equally important in modern cricket to propagate a positive message across.
“Code of behaviour includes the way to interact with umpires and counterparts on and off the field. We have distributed such regulations among Afghan cricketers and let me tell you, the response is heartening,” he pointed out.
On the formation of a local anti-corruption unit, Rashid believed it would provide the board with another opportunity to please their blue-eyed people. The 37-Test veteran insisted the corruption issue should be dealt with sincerity, as only forming a body for the same would not serve the purpose.
“Apart from including people with in-depth knowledge of the game in the proposed unit, local police stations should also be taken onboard during a domestic or international match,” he added.
While terming Younis Khan’s return to the national side a positive development, the former wicket-keeper minced no words in saying that the ongoing turmoil in Pakistan cricket had prompted the PCB chief to give him clearance.
“To me, the ongoing situation played a part in Younis’ return and Ejaz Butt made a good move. This decision will also reduce the pressure on him (Ejaz) which developed in the wake of the events unfolded during and after the England tour,” said Rashid.