Sethi holds court responsible for Pakistan loss
16 September, 2013
KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) caretaker chairman Najam Sethi feels a part of the blame for the country's cricket problems and the recent poor results lies with the courts, which have come in the way of cleaning the system.
His comments came after Pakistan were beaten by lowly ranked Zimbabwe in the second Test in Harare leading to calls for changes in the team and set-up.
The Islamabad High Court in its judgement in July restrained Sethi from exercising full authorities of the PCB chairman and directed him to hold fresh elections in 90-day time. "Why only blame the board or team. Aren't the courts also responsible for this defeat? Ask them also. I want to do things but I can't. I can't appoint a chief selector, I can't take major decisions. So what am I supposed to do? But if I get a chance I aim to set things right," he said.
Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said Pakistan cricket had hit rock bottom while former captain Rameez Raja said the defeat was frustrating, shameful and embarrassing. But Sethi lashed out at former players and the media for hounding the Pakistan team and players.
"I don't want to get into this issue of former players but some of them only criticise for their own interests. Once they get plush jobs in the board they will keep quiet but let me say this is not going to happen. The media also plays down our team's victories and blows up a defeat. Let them say what they want," Sethi said.
The PCB chief made it clear he was not going to press the panic button for the coming South Africa series. "These things happen in cricket you win and lose. But yes they are some problems in our cricket set up and I want to clean up things and also bring about improvement. But how can I do this when my hands are tied by the courts," he said.
He pointed out that Pakistan cricket for the last few years had been facing many problems due to the situation at home and because of the spot-fixing scandal. "...the internal problems in the team I don't want to talk about them but they are there. I wanted to go to the West Indies to see things for myself but the media made an issue of it so I said fine I will not go," he said.
Courtesy: The Nation