Boycott's appointment foolhardy say former Pak cricketers

Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: Geoff Boycott is to coach at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) academy in a 15-day assignment for 30,000 pounds ($44,960) - an appointment that has sparked controversy. Influential Pakistan newspaper 'Dawn' on Monday described PCB officials as "spendthrifts", while criticising the decision to appoint former England opener Boycott. "No cricketer in the world is worth that much money for just 15 days. I don't know what they (PCB) saw in him which, they couldn't see in their own players," former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Mohammad was quoted as saying in the paper. Intikhab Alam, another former Pakistan captain, said, "If the PCB wants to pay such a huge amount to Boycott, then good luck to them. It doesn't make any sense to me at all." PCB chairman Tauqir Zia defended the appointment, saying the investment would pay off if Boycott rectified the techniques of three to four batsmen. A date has yet to be set for Boycott to start the job. (c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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