KARACHI - Former head coach and chief selector Mohsin Hasan Khan Thursday called for cleansing and accountability in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). "I appeal to the PCB patron-in-chief to launch an inquiry into the affairs of the board and for presence of tainted coaching staff in Pakistan team and in Pakistan Super League (PSL)," he told reporters at a news conference held here at the Karachi Club Hall.
He said he was deeply disappointed with the affairs of the board and for hurry in launching the PSL in Doha (Qatar) next year. "The PCB should have waited for good time for launching its inaugural Twenty20 league in Pakistan instead of choosing Qatar as the venue," former Test opener stated. He praised the Pakistan Army and security forces for their sacrifices in improving the security situation and restoring peace in the country and paving the way for return of international cricket back in Pakistan.
He alleged for corruption, favoritism, nepotism and game of musical chair is being played in the PCB with changing of different posts. Without naming Wasim Akram, he referred tainted player like was appointed as the ‘PSL Ambassador’.
Mohsin, who played 45 Tests and 78 ODIs for Pakistan, said the cricket board was befooling the passionate cricket-loving with hallow statements. Mohsin had also hit out at the PCB last year after he was overlooked for Pakistan's chief coach.
He repeatedly referred to Justice Malik M Qayyum report which fined six players namely Waqar Younis and Mushtaq Ahmed following a judicial inquiry into match-fixing launched in 1998 that led to lifetime bans for Salim Malik and Ataur Rehman.
Mohsin, who guided Pakistan to a historic 3-0 rout of the then world number one side England in 2012 as chief coach, accused the PCB of inducting ‘tainted’ players. Former Pakistan captains Inzamam-ul Haq, Saeed Anwar and Akram Raza were all fined after inquiry report. He blamed the PCB top hierarchy for taking decision against the interest of Pakistan cricket which was giving bad name to the country.
Mohsin supported the role of departmental cricket in Pakistan cricket and lobby was trying to undermine its contribution. He recalled that legendary Pakistan captain and board head Abdul Hafeez Kardar launched departmental cricket which hugely benefitted national cricket.