Stay away from media: PCB to Mohsin

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) asked the chief selector Mohsin Khan not to address a press conference without its permission after the former opener threatened to resign from his post over differences with fellow selectors on the selection of 15-man Test squad against the West Indies.

The PCB managed to persuade Mohsin not to hold a press conference evening to outline his grievances that the Board has changed the recommended squad for the Test series in the West Indies on the suggestions of national team coach Waqar Younis.

In a press release, the PCB said that Mohsin did not get board`s approval for his planned press conference.

A PCB spokesman said that the selection of players for any series is the selector`s job but its final approval lies with the board chief.

"If Mohsin has any complaint, he can convey it directly to PCB chief," it said.

The trouble has been brewing since yesterday after Mohsin first made his views on the selected squad public.

"The squad we had sent to the Chairman for approval was changed. What I know is it was done on behest of Waqar and I don`t think the coach has any business interfering in our domain," Mohsin had said.

The board release today said that Mohsin was requested to come to the PCB headquarters to discuss the selected squad by the chairman of the board.

"He could not come due to illness of his wife. Now according to media reports, he was supposed to hold a press conference today without prior permission of PCB. This would be a violation of Code of Conduct and would be unfortunate," the release said.

The release also made it clear that selectors pick the members of the squad which is then sent to Chairman PCB for his approval.

"This is mandatory. If required, the Chairman PCB consults with the chairman of the selection committee on the selected squad and after due deliberation the squad is approved and announced.

"National selection committee and tour selection committee are two independent bodies and though, at times, they seek mutual input but in no case one can interfere in the matters of the other," the release added.

PTI