In a case od apparent high-handedness, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has slapped Pakistan team coach Waqar Younis for making public comments about the failure of the Board to name a captain of their 15-member World Cup squad.
Waqar, joined in the chorus of other ex-cricketers who also questioned the delay, but merely said that naming a captain would "have been better" as not doing so "would lead to issues".
"We have issued Waqar a notice asking him to explain his comments on the captaincy issue since he is under contract with the PCB," the board's media manager Nadeem Sarwar told PTI. He stated that under PCB's media policy all team officials and players were obliged to avoid giving statements that questioned or negated the policies of the board.
In recent times, the PCB has adopted a new media policy for players and officials and has come down heavily on any contraventions. The new guidelines also limit direct interaction between the team and journalists with a preference for the use of press releases.
The delay in naming the captain was criticised by several former cricketers and ex-selectors. the dount gave way to speculation that Misbah-ul-Haq could take over the one-day leadership from Shahid Afridi, who has been the captain in the limited-overs formats. Since Salman Butt's suspension following the spot-fixing controversy, Misbah has sparked a resurgence as the Test captain, leading Pakistan to a draw against South Africa and a series win in New Zealand.
Before leaving for New Zealand, Afridi said he was not worried about the position. "I am not worried about the captaincy, it never worries me," he said. "I have never run after the captaincy in my entire career."