Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has landed in a fresh set of controversy in the wake of players allegedly going behind their back to talk to Imran Khan, the nation’s Prime Minister. Pakistan coach and chief selector Misbah-Ul-Haq, Test skipper Azhar Ali, and senior player Mohammad Hafeez approached Imran Khan for bringing back departmental teams in domestic cricket. The same has not gone well with the PCB.
According to trusted sources, PCB CEO Wasim Khan will meet the three players on Monday to express their concerns over their decision to speak to Imran Khan against a policy decision. Imran Khan called Misbah, Hafeez, and Azhar following their request to talk to him about their troubles that arose from the closure of departmental teams in the domestic circuit.
However, Imran Khan brushed their concerns aside, claiming that having only six provincial first-class teams are enough and will continue moving forward. The 1992 World Cup-winning skipper mentioned that one would have to wait to witness the results. The PCB CEO and chief revealed to be unhappy with the players going against a policy decision of the board and address the same to the Prime Minister.
PCB CEO and Chief were present in the meeting with Imran Khan and the trio: Reports
It is understood that Wasim Khan and the Chief Ehsan Mani were part of the meeting that panned out with Imran Khan. Yet another source claims that the trio kept the board informed of their move to speak to Imran Khan.
The source stated that all three expressed their views time and again about the eradication of the departmental teams in domestic cricket. It remains in doubt as to how would the Prime Minister agree to meet with Misbah, Hafeez, and Azhar without keeping the board in the loop or even meet in their absence. Pakistan recently toured England where the tourists lost the Test series and drew the T20s. The men in green are likely to play against Zimbabwe next.
“The trio had time and again made it clear to the board officials they were not in favour of the scrapping of departmental teams in domestic cricket. How is it possible that the Prime Minister who is patron in chief of the board would agree to meet with Misbah and company without first the board being made aware of this and secondly how did the two senior PCB officials also attend the meeting?” the source mentioned as quoted by Outlook.