Pakistan manager exposes rift in team

Published: Sunday, April 1, 2001, 22:00 [IST]
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 Karachi: The Pakistan cricket team is plagued by a serious rift between coach Javed Miandad and senior players currently on tour in New Zealand, a newspaper said on Sunday quoting a secret report from the team manager. Faqir Aizazuddin's report to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which was leaked to the daily 'Dawn', admitted serious differences between the coach and the players. "Although Miandad wanted to combine the players' efforts, talent and experience, the senior members of the side gave little thoughts to his words," the report said. New Zealand secured its biggest-ever Test victory on Friday when it crushed Pakistan by an innings and 185 runs at Hamilton, to level the three Test series one-one. "Players thought Miandad had negative perception and wanted to oust them from the team," the paper quoted manager Aizazuddin as telling the Board. The PCB's advisory council is due to meet on Tuesday to announce a new captain and discuss the squad for a tri-series starting in Gulf emirate of Sharjah on April 8. Aizazuddin said the differences between Miandad and senior players continued "beyond repair limits" as the tour of New Zealand progressed. "Miandad was forced to talk to PCB chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia and offered to return middle of the tour but was asked to stay back," the report said. In his report, Aizazuddin, himself a first class cricketer, termed the current wicket-keeper-skipper Moin Khan a poor captain, the paper said. "Khan lacked initiative and was uncomfortable with the administrators of the game," he writes. "Khan is sure that his career is over." The manager also lashed out at legendary pace pacer Wasim Akram and suspected that he feigned injury to return home last week. "Akram at times played irresponsible cricket and has to change his attitude," he said. But he praised Akram's pace partner Waqar Younis as "honest and cooperative with everyone." Aizazuddin also believes injured opener Saeed Anwar's career is over. "Anwar has been physically hampered and knows his career is over." The manager also came down hard on popular all-rounder Shahid Afridi, another opener Imran Nazir and all-rounder Abdur Razzaq. "Afridi and Nazir do not want to learn while Razzaq was irresponsible in his batting," he said. The team manager's report will come up for discussion at PCB advisory council meeting next week, the paper said. Copyright AFP 2000  AFP

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