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Abdul Qadir. -File photo by AFP

LAHORE: While the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is still taking its time on issuing a show-cause notice to all-rounder Abdul Razzaq for his outburst against T20 captain Muhammad Hafeez, it has reacted rather swiftly in serving one to legendary leg-break bowler Abdul Qadir who is now an employee of the PCB.

Qadir was charged for violating the Board’s policy while giving out critical comments against the Pakistan team on a private TV channel during the recently concluded T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, well informed sources told Dawn.

Interestingly, the PCB has given permission to a few Test cricketers to speak to the media, despite their being on the Board’s payroll, but with the condition that they will not criticize the national side for any of its performances.

However, the sources said that Qadir, known for always speaking his mind, was penalised for criticising the national team on the channel in his candid analysis during the mega event.

On the other hand, the PCB officials are still waiting for a go ahead from the high-ups on whether to issue a showcause notice to Razzaq.

A frustrated Razzaq had hit back at captain Hafeez for not including him in the team which played the semi-final of the World Cup against Sri Lanka.

Hafeez had allegedly preferred all-rounder Sohail Tanvir over Razzaq for the key game which Pakistan lost.

Before the start of the semi-final, some private TV channels had also reported that Hafeez was not even ready to accept the team management decision which was also favouring Razzaq.

The team management during the World T20 comprised head coach Dav Whatmore, manager Naveed Akram Cheema and selector Saleem Jaffar.

Comments (12) Closed

Iqbal Oct 09, 2012 11:17pm
Well no matter how bad your team performs you shd never critizse them in the media. Pakistani ppl if you cannot support your team when they loose you should not support them when they win.
liaquat Oct 09, 2012 05:17pm
This aatitude of Hafiz shows, that inspite of managements advice to include Razak in Semi final, his willful thinking and preferring Tanvir over Razzak was not in the spirit of the game but Hafiz' own liking and disliking of players and this thinking is not in the national interest to win a game with fair captaincy. Hafiz thinks he is Imran or Miandad He is an average player and he should stay in his limits and above all national interest shoul come first
s.m.mustafa Oct 09, 2012 04:50pm
hafeez is just like a dictator. its wakeup time for pccb to control hafeez otherwise he could be out of hand. pccb should show him the door and also drop him from the team. then he could realise that country is first not his ego. board should issue a show cause notice to hafeez for teams debecle in the semi.
Khan Oct 09, 2012 01:59pm
Is there freedom of speech in Pakistan any where. One should be able to talk his mind out as long as it does not hurt unjustifiably to others or it is hurting national interest.
junaid Oct 10, 2012 01:34pm
All captains want to win the championships. But they also lose matches due to wrong selections sometimes. In my opinion Razzaq was a much better choice then S.Tanveer. but that is something team management and PCB should look into. Razzaq's criticism sounds valid because team lost the match. But on the other side of the coin if we had won the match no one ( including Razzaq ) would have dared criticize the captain. In the end all is 'all is well that ends well'.
khurram khan Oct 09, 2012 02:29pm
Sohail performed really well in the SF. So, i am not sure why Razzaq has been crying. He should be kicked out from the team. He should have respected captain's decision.
Umar Oct 10, 2012 06:55am
Abdur Razzaq made 22 runs in the prior match against Australia. Had he played that semi final against Sri Lanka, those 22 runs could have turned the match in favour of Pakistan as Sohail Tanveer did nothing in batting. Razzaq's bowling record is also good against Sri Lanka.
Faisal Oct 10, 2012 06:52am
If the team is losing, then does PCB still want experts on their payroll to praise the team's losing performances? it is beyond me....We are in such state because of not respecting our legends,
Topa Oct 10, 2012 04:17am
A former selector, cricketer and commentator has every right to express his opinion and raise questions whose answer are not clear. Why was in form player who had strong performance against Australia dropped in a crucial must have match of a world cup seminfinal especially when the team lacked experienced high strike rate middle order batsmen? What was the logic and rationale behind the captain of the Pakistan cricket team to not select an in form all rounder and continue with out of form spinning all rounders who did win Pakistan any matches?
Sherry Oct 10, 2012 03:56am
Its a myth that Sohail Tanvir is a bowler. He is just a useless bloke who along with Pakistani selectors think he can bowl. In reality he just throws the ball from one end to the other aimlessly and without any purpose.
Aayan Oct 09, 2012 01:16pm
Sohail Tanveer is not an allrounder. Only Razzaq is. So Hafeez preferred to pick a bowler over an allrounder
Saeed Oct 10, 2012 12:07am
He is on pay roll of PCB . His first duty to follow the instruction . Otherwise resign and say what ever he want to say.