Thursday Jun 20 2019

Former PCB Chairman Najam Sethi says Pakistan team under clouds of uncertainty

Former Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi. Photo: AFP

LONDON: Former Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi feels that the current Pakistan team is under clouds of uncertainty and players feel threatened about their future.

Speaking to Geo News in London, Sethi said the current management of PCB isn’t supporting the way it should be.

“Everyone is disappointed at the way team has performed in the World Cup but one shouldn’t press the panic button,” he said.

“The PCB isn’t supporting the team and management the way it should be. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, coach Mickey Arthur and at least two other players are insecure about their future,” Sethi said, adding that it is the job of the board to keep the team united.

He also criticised PCB for issuing a statement on the team’s performance mid-tournament, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan should not have given guidance in public.

“No matter how much cricket one has played, a prime minister shouldn’t be saying things to a captain publicly. If he had to say anything to him, he should have conveyed to him privately,” Sethi said.

“It brought Sarfaraz in unnecessary pressure and criticising for not listening to the advice,” he added.

Sethi went on to add that the cricket committee’s statement before the tournament has also damaged the team environment.

The former chairman added that players have now hired PR agents to stay connected at the power corridors.