PCB prefers to do away with the blame game

Published: Thursday, June 17, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Unable to find a scapegoat for the recent Test and One-day series losses to India, with coach Javed Miandad and chief selector Wasim Bari refusing to take the blame, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) committee washed its hands off the whole affair.

The advisory council of the PCB has sought better co-ordination between the team management and the selectors to not only ensure better results but also to do away with the blame game that usually follows a debacle.

"Basically the advisory council members, after getting a complete briefing from coach Javed Miandad and chief selector Wasim Bari, were not satisfied with the fact that until now no one could be pinned down to take responsibility for the defeat to India," a PCB source said.

The source disclosed that during the meeting Miandad had made his position clear that he did not have absolute authority and could only advise people in his current position while the chief selector said the responsibility of playing the final eleven rested with the captain and coach.

"After listening to Miandad, Bari and the Board chairman Shaharyar Khan, one of the council members noted that in the present situation it was obvious that no one was owning up for the result of the India series," he said.

"The consensus was that regardless of a win or a loss, there should be better co-ordination between the team management and selection committee so that strategies can be better formulated and be more fruitful while somebody should be held responsible for the results," the source added.

The council members included Lt General Arif Hasan, president of the Pakistan Olympic Association, Ali Raza, president of National Bank, former Test captain Hanif Mohammed, Moin Afzal, former finance secretary and principal of Atchison College.

The advisory council is now due to meet in Karachi on June 16 when it would ask the Board officials to submit a final presentation on the proposed domestic structure.

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