Ex-Pakistan cricket team captain and former chief selector Inzamam ul Haq slammed the Zaka Ashraf-led Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday, accusing the board’s top executive of avoiding responsibility and mishandling his resignation. On October 30, the former star cricketer resigned as chief selector following “conflict of interest” allegations that he was a partner in Yazoo International Ltd, a players’ management company owned by Talha Rehmani that represents Pakistan’s top cricketers. It includes Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Inzamam ul Haq slams Zaka Ashraf-led Board
Following the discoveries, the board appointed a five-member inquiry committee to look into the team selection process and conflicts of interest. Inzamam complained about the PCB’s lack of reaction to his email. Adding that his lawyer had emailed the board and asked, “Summon us if you need us.” But there had been no answer.
“I found out through the television that my resignation had not been accepted.” “The board officials did not notify me of their refusal to accept my resignation. And now they are attempting to save face,” he added.
“[The] board’s chairman was appointed for four months, and now an additional three-month extension has been granted,” he said of Ashraf. Attempts are made during such extensions to deflect blame onto others. A person tries to defend himself by claiming that it was not his fault.”
Inzamam also remarked that if the team is underperforming. He is willing to accept blame and will not try to avoid it.
“After Pakistan lost some World Cup matches, the PCB could have sent a message of ownership to the chief selector and captain.” This statement would have given the squad confidence. Bbut instead the board formed a committee to probe me,” he added.
He also claimed that the board’s top executive should have given him credit for resolving the four-month-old core contracts issue.
Thus, PCB stated in a statement that they have received Inzamam’s confirmation email and would answer with certainty.
“The PCB is investigating the conflicts of interest, and Inzamam is currently suspended.” Once all investigations are completed, the PCB will decide on whether to retain or dismiss Inzamam. Thus, he will not be allowed to take charge until then,” the board added.
“To put it mildly, we have given everyone a free hand and made no changes.” No cricket board in the world would betray its team. Whether or not the team performs well. “The board stands behind the team,” the PCB statement stated, assuring the team and management of its unwavering commitment and support.
“It appears that Inzamam does not wish to continue his employment. “Because his case is under investigation, we cannot say much more [and he, too, should refrain from making such comments about the investigations,” the board said in a statement.