The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has restricted for their cricketers, who are involved in some coaching role, in posting videos on Youtube concerning cricketing affairs. In light of this, their former spin-bowler Saqlain Mushtaq’s comments on MS Dhoni and BCCI in a Youtube video has stirred a controversy, inviting a warning from PCB.
Saqlain Mushtaq serves as the head of international players development at the high-performance centre.
In one of his latest videos, Saqlain Mushtaq has criticised the BCCI for misuse of former Indian captain MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni, who recently retired from international cricket, last played an international game in July 2019 and did not even bag a central contract. Saqlain believes that a player as massive as Dhoni deserves to go out with a farewell game.
A trusted source claimed that the PCB did not like one of their former cricketers, involved in a role with them, to interfere in BCCI‘s matters or an Indian cricketer’s. In the past as well, PCB advised the national cricketers to refrain from commenting on Indian athletes, owing to non-friendly relations between the two.
“The PCB was not impressed by Saqlain for over the board praise of Dhoni and his obvious interference in Indian cricket affairs when he criticized the BCCI for not giving Dhoni a proper farewell match,” the source stated as quoted by india Today.
They have to either follow terms of their contract and service rules or decide what they want to do: PCB
The apex body of cricket in Pakistan added that several former players indulged in running youtube channels; however, as coaches are not allowed to anymore. The source also underlined that they have to seek permission from the board for giving interviews too and have to adhere to all the rules mentioned in the contract.
“Many of these coaches were managing their channels on Youtube but have now been told clearly that since they are employees of the board they can’t work on Youtube and secondly even while giving interviews in the media they have to first seek clear permission from the board.
“Obviously they are employed with the board and they have been told they have to either follow terms of their contract and service rules or decide what they want to do,” the source added.