Published On: Sat, Apr 30th, 2016

Amir Sohail believes misdemeanor is not surprising


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Amir Sohail, the ex-Pakistani cricket team captain, considers that misdemeanor by players all through the ongoing Pakistan Cup is not surprising as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) itself is working in a disorganized manner.

The 49-year-old stated that “I want to start with this very unfortunate aspect of Pakistan cricket which seems to have reared its ugly head in the shape of issues related mainly to Umar Akmal’s current situation and also in part with Ahmed Shehzad’s misdemeanor,”

He continued as, “What you have seen or heard from Faisalabad will become commonplace when a player feels that he is bigger than the game,” he further added that “Umar and others are drawing their inspiration in such matters from the very chaos that is visible in the way the PCB is run, so in a way such behavior is almost expected.”

Amir also stated on Test expert Younus Khan leaving from the tournament quoting poor umpiring levels.

Amir questioned as, “What must he be going through in his mind that he has to take such a drastic action?” Amir stated, “He has taken a stand on what he deems to be a problem with Pakistan cricket. What he is saying in a way is that enough is enough and I have had it with watching Pakistan cricket being run in this unprofessional way.”

He further stated that though Younus’ quitting was not correct but the PCB should have listened his point of view rather than releasing a show-cause notice to him.

Amir continued by saying that “And yes, the manner in which he has selected to articulate his aggravation may not be perfect but rather than slapping him with a show-cause notice, would it not be a better strategy by the PCB to heed him and understand the basis of his grievance?”he added that “We have now seen the outcome of the whole process and PCB’s confusion in its decision-making process is there for all to see.”

Amir told Ramiz Raja and Wasim Akram, who are now looking for a head coach may not be ideal for the job of selection.

Amir explained that “I must say, when I hear the noise around this topic, it does make me smile and I will tell you why. The fact is that no one, and here I include the two gentlemen who have been tasked to find the perfect candidate for the position of head coach for Pakistan, really knows what they want or expect from the coach,”

He quoted as “So let’s forget the local versus foreign coach question now and ask this very fundamental question; what is it we need the head coach for? We are told that the purpose of the coach is to help device strategy and polish finished products of Pakistan’s domestic system. We all know that is simply not true. Pakistan’s domestic players need work on their techniques and the coach should be hands-on enough to work on these issues with players.”


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.