Mohsin won`t be left jobless: PCB chief

Karachi: PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf has assured that interim coach, Mohsin Khan, will not be left "jobless" even if the board decides to replace him.

"We appreciate his contribution and we always praise his good work. Even if we decide to replace him as coach he will not be left jobless, as we will utilise his expertise in other assignments," said Ashraf.

Mohsin reportedly avoided meeting Ashraf in Dubai, as he was unhappy with reports about the board wanting to replace him with Australian Dav Whatmore after the current series against England.

The newspaper reported that Mohsin apparently was upset with the board for the way it was treating him and had avoided meeting the chairman while he had an interaction with the players in the stadium.

Mohsin also didn`t attend the official dinner hosted by the PCB chief for the national team, the report said.

Ashraf, however, denied Mohsin had any grievances with the board over the coaching issue.

"I don`t think he is upset with us. He didn`t come to the dinner because he was not feeling well and had informed us about this. As it is, any decision about who should be the coach is entirely up to the board chairman," he said.

The former Test opener has guided Pakistan to series win over Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England in the last four months and is understandably upset that despite his results the governing body has been negotiating with Whatmore, who is scheduled to reach Lahore later this month to apparently sign an agreement with the PCB.

The chairman, meanwhile, confirmed that he had a one-to-one meeting with captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, in Dubai in which the senior player informed him about the problems faced by the players and also requested him to increase salaries of players in the new central contracts.

"Misbah conveyed some issues to me which I have assured will be looked into when I get back to Pakistan. He also requested that the board should give increments to the players which we will look into before awarding the central contracts," Ashraf added.

The PCB, due to its financial condition, has not given any increments to players for the last few years and Ashraf said any decision on giving cash bonuses to the team for winning the Test series against England would also be taken after the series.