Sports & Games

Inzamam Lashes Out at PCB for Sacking Hafeez as Team Director

Former Pakistan captain and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for its decision to remove Muhammad Hafeez as the team director following the team’s dismal performance in Australia and New Zealand.

Inzamam, who resigned from his role as the chief selector after the World Cup last year, said that the PCB was unfair to “target” former players who were given administrative positions, while the board officials did not take any responsibility for the team’s results.

He said that he did not understand why Hafeez was held accountable for the team’s failure, while Wahab Riaz, who was appointed as the chief selector at the same time as Hafeez, was still in his position.

“Can someone explain the reasoning behind removing Muhammad Hafeez as team director but retaining Wahab Riaz as chief selector after the Australian and New Zealand tours?” Inzamam asked in a TV show.

“Weren’t both appointed at same time and given same responsibilities so why has only Hafeez been held accountable and not Wahab Riaz?” he added.

Hafeez, who was a former captain and a senior player, was appointed as the team director on a short-term basis before the T20 series in New Zealand, where Pakistan lost 1-4. His contract was not renewed after the series, as the Sports Ministry advised against it.

Pakistan also suffered a humiliating 0-3 whitewash in the Test series in Australia, where they failed to put up any fight.

Inzamam also expressed his displeasure with the way the PCB treated him and other former players, who he said deserved more respect from the board officials.

He revealed that he had a bitter experience with the previous PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, who ignored him and disrespected him over a conflict of interest issue.

Inzamam said that he was accused of having a conflict of interest as the chief selector, as he was also working as an agent for some players.

He said that he had a meeting scheduled with the PCB officials Salman Naseer and Aliya Rasheed, but Ashraf did not show up and instead called them to the academy, leaving Inzamam waiting.

“Only Aliya returned after a time and told me about the inquiry committee,” he said.

Inzamam said that he was hurt by Ashraf’s behavior and that he offered to resign and let the inquiry proceed.

He said that he had not received any outcome of the inquiry from the PCB till date.

He said that the PCB chairman was a respectable position, but the former captains and stalwarts also deserved the same respect from the board.

“Pakistan cricket cannot be run in this manner. It is time the board officials also accepted responsibility for their actions,” he said.

He also said that he never wanted to become the chief selector, as he was not involved in the team selection for the Asia Cup last year, which was done by the previous selection committee.

Back to top button