Gen Musharraf continues to support Shaharyar

Published: Friday, September 30, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
Share this on your social network:
   Facebook Twitter Google+    Comments Mail

Karachi:Despite strong rumours of impending changes in the management of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), a top official said on Wednesday that the board's chief patron President General Pervez Musharraf continued to have full confidence in the current set-up headed by Shaharyar Khan.

"I can tell you this much that if wishes were horses then fools would be riding on them. Some people who have been constantly criticising the board's policies and activities are behind these rumours," Director Board Operations Abbas Zaidi said.

Zaidi, who is considered as the right hand man of Shaharyar Khan and is close to him, said he could say with certainty that no indication had been given to the current set-up by the concerned quarters of any impending changes.

"The President continues to have confidence in Shaharyar and his team and all the fuss about the board undergoing changes by October 4 is mere speculation and nothing else," he claimed.

Munir Hafiz, the Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau, whose name has been cropping up as the man most likely to replace Shaharyar Khan, himself denied a few days back that anyone from the President House had spoken to him about cricket or appointing him as the PCB chief.

Hafiz is scheduled to retire as NAB Chairman soon but said no one has asked him to take over the national cricket affairs.

There have been numerous reports in the media about impending changes to the extent that some have even reported that when Shaharyar with his team called on President Musharraf recently in Islamabad he was told to be prepared to step down in early October.

However, a cricket analyst said that it was unlikely the chief patron would go for any changes at a time when Pakistan is due to host two important series against England and India and also organise the Asia Cup.

"I don't think the timing or circumstances are there for any changes in this board at least not in the immediate future. However, if we don't fare well against England and India then obviously the anti-Shaharyar lobby would get active and can be expected to make gains in the Presidency," he said.

Zaidi also said that Shaharyar's visit to Islamabad on Wednesday was a scheduled one to deal with some important issues related to the opening of a television channel.

There has been increasing pressure and criticism aimed at Shaharyar for his insistence on shielding Pakistan's foreign coach Bob Woolmer and trying to justify the special treatment and facilities being given to him.

Write Comments