~~PCB chief must quit for chaotic NZ tour~~

Published: Saturday, April 7, 2001, 22:30 [IST]
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Islamabad: A former top Pakistani sports administrator has demanded that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Lt. Gen. Tauqir Zia, step down and accept responsibility for the country's disastrous New Zealand tour. Half a dozen players including Wasim Akram and Abdur Razzaq were dropped during the New Zealand tour due to injuries and Pakistan lost the One-day contest 2-3, while drawing the Test series 1-1. "It is unheard of that half the team is unfit and Tauqir should accept total responsibility for this," Khan said. He said Zia had totally been on the wrong track and had clearly failed to produce positive results. "We have fallen so far behind that we will have to get modernized on all aspects including technique, training healthcare and preparation of pitches." "When there is a high rate of unfitness, sickness, laziness and team morale is low, it can only be the basic responsibility of the person heading the institution," Nur Khan, who headed the then Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan (BCCP) from 1980 to 1984, told the Dawn daily. Other than cricket, Khan also excelled as an administrator while heading the hockey and squash federations. "We are today worse than ever before," he said. Pakistani cricket is reeling from inner conflicts even as Waqar Younis leads the team in the triangular series in Sharjah. Sri Lanka and New Zealand are the other participants, with New Zealand having replaced India that has opted out of the tournament. Terming the New Zealand tour as "chaotic," he said, "No one knew what the manager and the captain's roles were, it was an indication that there was no management." Khan strongly defended the players and said the practice of the management to blame them for the ills afflicting the sport was wrong. "Who is more important, the players or Tauqir?" he asked. The former administrator also rapped the New Zealand tour manager whose report was leaked to the press before the team arrived back, making certain that Javed Miandad's days as coach were numbered. "A manager appointed only for one tour commenting on the players and the coach and blaming the seniors is not on." This was for the second time in two years that Miandad had to leave. He had left before the 1999 World Cup as players revolted against him. This time too Miandad's share in the prize money became the bone of contention. Khan dismissed the idea of removing senior players and inducting new ones as "nonsense." "You just can't do without the senior players. A person like Wasim Akram is one of the exceptional players of this era. He obviously has his weaknesses but it was the management's job to nurture him like an outstanding horserace. "He should have been the captain today had he been handled intelligently. But he observed that the "unstable management" wasn't allowing players to flourish. "Destroying the career of a player is the easiest thing to do. All you have to do is not to select the player. The job of the management should be to protect the players from weaknesses that are bound to be there," said Khan, who was once the president of the Pakistan Hockey Federation during the 80s when the national side had all major title in its bag. "Coaching is a very specialized job and whosoever the Pakistan Cricket Board decides to bring in, should not be allowed to experiment and learn at the cost of the Pakistan team." He said it was about time that the management learnt to accept responsibility if the team did not perform. "In any institution the key man responsible is the CEO, but in our country unfortunately he has always got away scot free," he said.

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