Former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir tears into coach Mickey Arthur

Waseem Ahmed 18/04/2018
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Former Pakistan leg-spinner and chief selector Abdul Qadir launched a scathing attack on Pakistan management and head coach Mickey Arthur in particular for its selection policies, calling the South African an “incompetent white man”.

Pakistan picked five uncapped players for the Test tour of England, overlooking batsman Fawad Alam who has been prolific in first-class cricket for years. There was no place for veteran left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz as well, whose work ethic was criticised by Arthur.

Speaking to Geo TV, Qadir launched a tirade against Arthur, saying: “You have handed over the reins to an incompetent white man who has not played Test cricket himself.

“Who is Mickey Arthur? He is someone who was kicked out by South Africa and Australia. Mickey Arthur is the one who ruined Shane Watson’s cricket. Ruined the cricket of Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal. Now he is after Wahab Riaz.

“If you hire such incompetent people… they are playing with our cricket. They are mistreating our star players. And those who perform in domestic cricket are not getting picked.”

Qadir, however, did not dwell much upon the limited overs performance of Pakistan under Arthur. The Men in Green are the No1 T20 side in the world and holders of the Champions Trophy.

But the legendary leg-spinner said while Pakistan’s performance in white ball cricket is praiseworthy, the state of Test cricket is not good following a ‘home’ series defeat to Sri Lanka. Pakistan are currently ranked seventh in Test cricket.

“Looks like we are making Test team from T20s. It’s unfortunate. Then might as well end the (domestic) Quaid-e-Azam trophy,” he added.

“The sent players to T10 League (in UAE). They took those players out of first-class cricket and took $400,000 for it. So what is left? What will youngsters learn? Test cricket is at the bottom. I praise the performance in T20s. But if you start making Test teams out of T20 cricket, it’s not right.”

Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had earlier stated that the Test team for the tour of England was picked keeping next year’s World Cup in mind.

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Younis Khan drops out of coaching course after PCB fail to make proper arrangements

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The former Pakistan stalwart is the news once again.

Former Pakistan stalwart Younis Khan is the news once again after a rather unusual development at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) at Lahore.

Younis, who is Pakistan’s top run-getter in Test cricket, was supposed to undergo a level three coaching course at the NCA but then decided not to after being asked to sleep in a room belonging to a top Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official.

Younis had reportedly been invited to undertake the course by PCB themselves at no cost.

The 40-year-old explained his grievances in a video message he posted on Twitter on Monday.

“An important announcement – leaving back for Karachi without doing the PCB Level III course due to the reasons stated in the video message below,” Younis wrote.

“I am Younis Khan and I am at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore currently. As you all must have heard, I was supposed to undergo a Level III coaching course in Lahore. However, it is my bad luck that there is no information available once I have checked into the academy,” the former Pakistan man said to start his message.

“I was sent an email by the PCB telling me it would be an honour for them if I could undertake this course at the academy. Even I was very motivated to come here and improve my cricket knowledge and skills.

“But right now, I am at the room of a senior official. He is not present but I have been told to sleep in his room for tonight before other arrangements are made tomorrow.

“However I have decided to return since I do not think I should undertake a course where I have been treated like this and told to use someone’s elses room. Hence, I will not be undergoing this course.

“As you can see, the official’s belongings are there in the cupboards. I do not want to use a senior official’s room in his absence. It would be an embarrassment for Younis Khan to do so.”

Younis had retired from all forms of cricket last year after notching up 10,099 runs in Test cricket.

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Pakistan pick five uncapped players for England tour but no place for Fawad Alam

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Pakistan selectors overlooked 32-year-old batsman Fawad Alam despite strong domestic form as they picked five uncapped players in the 16-man squad for their Tests against Ireland and England starting next month.

The five include openers Fakhar Zaman, 28, and Imam-ul-Haq, 22. Batsmen Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali, and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf are the other three uncapped members of the squad.

“The World Cup next year is in England. So we’ve decided to call up several young players to give them exposure to those conditions,” chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said at a press conference.

“This is a great opportunity for us, particularly our batsmen, to gain experience in this conditions.”

The left-handed Alam has consistently been one of the highest run-scorers in Pakistan’s domestic cricket and now has 10,742 first-class runs under his belt. His average from 145 games is 55.3 which comfortably the best in Pakistan’s recent history. Alam last played a Test in 2009 and his last ODI was in 2015.

Earlier, Pakistan suffered a major setback last week when ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah was ruled out of the tour with a hip bone fracture.

Shah was replaced with teenager Shadab Khan, who has only played one Test.

“Yasir’s absence is a big loss for us,” Haq said.

“If we look at his numbers for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan. He was our strike bowler. He played a big part in all the games we won.”

Haq said selectors had tried strengthen the side’s batting, which was weakened after the retirement last year of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.

Mohammad Amir will lead the pace attack, for which Rahat Ali was recalled, but there was no place for Wahab Riaz.

Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain, is the only specialist wicketkeeper in the squad.

Ireland will play their first-ever Test against Pakistan from May 11-15 in Dublin. Pakistan will then play two Tests against England – at Lord’s (May 24-28) and Headingley (June 1-5).

SQUAD:

Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Sami Aslam, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Saad Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Abbas

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