Ex-Pak captain hits out at PCB on coach

Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai: Former Pakistan captain and coach Intikhab Alam has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for going in for a foreign coach, saying most of the boys would find it difficult to communicate with him because of language barrier.

''Most of our players have problem with the English language - vital for communicating with a foreign coach,'' he told 'Gulf News'.

Observing that the PCB's lack of prudence had been detrimental to Pakistan Cricket, he also elaborated on some other reasons to strengthen his point that a foreign coach would not be successful in Pakistan.

''Different culture, different lifestyle and different food habits,'' could be some of the hurdles coming between a foreign coach and the Pakistani players, he said.

Alam said, ''Personally I feel there is no reason to have a foreign coach for the Pakistani team, we have done well with the Pakistani coaches in the past''. It was beyond his comprehension why the PCB was chasing foreign coaches, he added.

Alam said the hiring of a foreign coach also involved a huge cost. The job could be offered to some past Pakistani players who might be finding it difficult to make their two ends meet, he added.

He also felt that there was no continuity in Pakistan cricket even as he accused the PCB of lacking any policy on the matter concerning team selection. ''They (PCB) pick some players too early and dump some prematurely,'' he added.

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