Senator launches PCB attack
A Pakistani senator has labelled the Pakistan Cricket Board 'incompetent' and called for a reshuffle.
Last Updated: 13/11/09 2:18pm
A Pakistani senator has labelled the Pakistan Cricket Board 'incompetent' following Younus Khan's decision to take a break as captain of the national side.
Younus will not tour New Zealand in the upcoming Test series amid reports that the 63-Test veteran had lost the confidence of his fellow players.
Mohammed Yousuf will take charge against the Kiwis in what is the latest in a series of upheavals for the Pakistan side, which has chopped and changed both captains and coaches in recent years.
And now Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, who is a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Sports, has called for the PCB to be taken to task.
"Enough is enough. The current PCB management is playing with the nerves of the nation," Mashhadi told Pakistan's English-speaking newspaper The Dawn.
"The board has distanced itself from backing Younus Khan as a captain and let player power run over disciplined initiatives.
"There is also a deficit of trust that has emerged among the team members due to the inefficient moves engineered by an incompetent cricket board."
Mashhadi also outlined his intention to raise his objections at a political level.
"I will register my protest against the PCB management on the floor of the Senate," he said.
"We will also call on President Zardari, PCB's patron, and draw his attention to the findings of the Senate committee.
"There is no constitution and no transparency at all in the PCB. The PCB management is without any vision, strategy and long-term planning needed to elevate the standard of sports and if it continues with the same pace, sports here will be a relic of the past."
Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson, meanwhile, believes the side will suffer greatly in Younus' absence, and hopes the former Yorkshire batsman will make his return to the game sooner rather than later.
"Younus has got some marvellous leadership characteristics," Lawson said.
"He is very much a statesman, in the Kumar Sangakkara mould. The integrity of the game is very important to him.
"You need strong leadership, and maybe they're not going to get it if Younus is not doing the job. Hopefully, he will be back to play in the Australian series."