PCB forced on the backfoot

Published: Saturday, May 1, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Forced on the back foot after a medical report established an injury to speedster Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said it had "nothing personal" against the star bowler and was just trying to "set things right" by having an inquiry.

PCB CEO Rameez Raja said it was wrong to perceive that the Board had anything against the 'Rawalpindi Express' as it had "fought" with the International Cricket Council (ICC) when Shoaib's bowling action came under scrutiny.

"The Board did everything in its power to defend him and get him cleared then. The PCB has nothing personal against him or any other player," Raja said.

"But the bottomline is that if we feel and get conclusive feedback that any player is not trying hard enough or has an attitude and communication problem with the captain, then we need to see the situation in its perspective and set things right." Shoaib cited an injury for not taking the field on the third day of the Rawalpindi Test against India but batted freely on the fourth day which lead to speculation that he may have feigned the injury. The PCB subsequently set up a four-member medical inquiry panel to look into Shoaib's injury as well those suffered by four of his other teammates.

Raja also said the Board was not too interested in mere "change of personnel" in the aftermath of twin defeats to India in the recent cricket series.

"A change of personnel will count for nothing. It is the way of thinking in the team and among players that has to be changed and we are looking and reviewing on these lines.The truth is that nothing has been decided as yet on what we plan to do in the coming days. I have not had a chance to discuss this with the chairman (Shaharyar Khan) because of the death of my father, neither have I met any player."

"We have our own viewpoints about the Rawalpindi Test loss to India as well as the reasons for inconsistencies throughout the series, but so far we have not had a chance to sit down and discuss them among ourselves," he said.

Raja maintained that no decision had been taken on whether changes were needed in the team management.

"I think that Javed (Miandad) has another year of contract with us while the manager's contract has expired with the India series. All these things we will review soon. But at this stage nothing has been decided," he said.

Claiming that no decision had been taken on appointing a foreign coach, he said, "I think in some areas the weaknesses have been apparent. We are looking at having specialist support with the team but frankly speaking nothing is going to change much in the team..."

The PCB chief executive, however, said he would be seeking the opinion of such former greats like Sunil Gavaskar, Bob Woolmer, Sir Barry Richards, Sir Clive Lloyd and Greg Chappell when they come to Lahore to attend the Asian Cricket Council seminar on May 9 and 10.

"We have contacted some of these people in the past to be our national coach but nothing came through. But we are looking at some of them to give us their views on how we can improve our cricket culture and more importantly if some of them can work sparingly at our National Cricket Academy with our young players," he said.

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