Whites~~ dominance in ICC should be ended: Akram

Published: Thursday, December 8, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram has criticised the International Cricket Council for what he calls the dominance of "whites" in the game's governing body run by former cricketers, who made little mark in their professional careers.

"I am against ICC. The reason is it's run by all the "goras" (whites). Passion is here (in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), money is here and talent is here. All the cricketers who get retired after playing two matches...they work for ICC. From Pakistan, Sri Lanka, nobody gets there (to ICC)",he said.

That's why, he said, he is always keen to help cricketers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, who seek out tips and help from him to improve their skills.

Akram also appeared to see coach Greg Chappell's role in Sourav Ganguly losing his job as skipper. Right now, the Indian team has a problem, he said.

On the Ganguly issue, he said, "Coach (Chappell) took everything. He (Chappell) is there to help the skipper, not sack the skipper. That's what his job is".

Speaking in general terms at a promotional meet here last night, where he responded to questions from the audience, Akram said that the job of a coach is to help the captain and always be behind him. "He (coach) is the captain's help; not to be in front of the captain".

He said pressure builds up on both sides of the border much before India-Pakistan series commences. "The Ashes series (between England and Australia) is no comparison", he said.

Akram said India-Pak series evokes tremendous excitement and so much interest that sometimes even office functioning in many parts of the two countries comes to a standstill; while during the Ashes series, people might only be glued to their television sets.

On Pakistan's prospects in the 2007 world cup, following the recent string of victories, Akram was tongue-in-cheek. "In India and Pakistan, we don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. The World Cup is in 2007".

"There are a host of possibilities before the big event. There are chances of Inzamam-ul-Haq and the coach being sacked and change of (Pakistan Cricket) Board. It's too early to say what will happen", a broadly-smiling Akram commented, evoking peals of laughter in the packed hall.

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