Pakistan has enough talent, need to play correct combination: Imran Khan

Published March 3, 2016
Imran Khan underscored the need to make appointments in the PCB on merit. — AFP/File
Imran Khan underscored the need to make appointments in the PCB on merit. — AFP/File

Pakistan’s legendary cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said Thursday the country’s cricket team has “enough talent” but there was a need to get the team combination right.

Khan’s reaction came after Pakistan exited from the Asia Cup T20 title race yesterday, following a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Bangladesh. Top order remained the team’s major concern.

Pakistan, after recovering from 28-4 posted 129-7, came within touching distance of victory after the 18th over, before Bangladesh reached a winning total of 131-5 and secured a place in Sunday’s final against India.

“Pakistani cricket fans anger at unceremonious exit of Pakistan team From T20 Asia Cup is understandable as our nation is oozing with talent,” Khan, who captained Pakistan to the World Cup victory in 1992, tweeted.

Khan underscored the need to make appointments in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on merit.

“This talent can only be polished if PCB becomes an institution built on merit, [including] selection of its head purely on merit,” he said.

“But how can we expect [Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif] to select PCB chief on merit when all [organisations] are being headed by people rewarded for services to Sharifs.”

On Feb 27, Pakistan had failed to put up a decent show with the bat against India as the whole team slumped to a meagre 83 all out.

Despite a fiery opening spell by Mohammad Amir, the total was too small for a solid Indian batting line-up. India had won the game by five wickets.

So far in the tournament, Pakistan has only managed to beat the United Arab Emirates on Feb 29. They play against Sri Lanka on March 4 (tomorrow).

Opinion

Editorial

Fleeting good news
Updated 03 Dec, 2022

Fleeting good news

Indeed, there is no other option to get out of the economic mess we have created in the last few years.
Battle for spoils
03 Dec, 2022

Battle for spoils

THE spectacle playing out inside a London courtroom shines a light on the struggle for control of the assets of the...
CM Bizenjo’s complaint
03 Dec, 2022

CM Bizenjo’s complaint

BALOCHISTAN Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo’s claim that his province is facing a financial crunch due to ...
Wayward ideology
02 Dec, 2022

Wayward ideology

Anyone who claims his legacy for themselves should not treat his words so whimsically.
Progressive stance
02 Dec, 2022

Progressive stance

THE timing of two encouraging developments in the fight against domestic violence in Pakistan could not have been...
China Covid protests
02 Dec, 2022

China Covid protests

PUBLIC protests are rare in China where the People’s Republic maintains order through a strict authoritarian code...