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Aamer Sohail accuses Intikhab Alam of fanning groupism

Former captain Aamer Sohail said the current Pakistan team is a house divided and accused national coach Intikhab Alam of introducing a culture of intrigue and bickering within the side.

cricket Updated: Sep 07, 2009 11:23 IST

Former captain Aamer Sohail said the current Pakistan team is a house divided and accused national coach Intikhab Alam of introducing a culture of intrigue and bickering within the side.

In a hard-hitting interview on Geo TV, Sohail said ever since Intikhab had been made the national team coach, bickering and internal politics had plagued the team.

"I would just say that handling and coaching the Pakistan team is beyond someone like Intikhab Alam," said Sohail, who recently quit as the Director of the National Cricket Academy in Lahore after developing differences with the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Ejaz Butt.

Just two days ago, Sohail had launched a scathing attack on Butt, describing him as unfit to head the board and for making a mess of the 2011 World Cup issue with the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Sohail said he had never supported the appointment of Intikhab as coach for a variety of reasons but it was the decision of the board Chairman to bring him in.

"I have had experience of playing under Intikhab so I should know," Sohail said.

He said it was obvious there were problems in the team and Intikhab was responsible for this.

Intikhab, however, dismissed Sohail's accusations insisting it was the ranting of a jealous man.

"I don't care what anyone says. I am doing my job sincerely. I have a good relationship with the players and the board has full confidence in me," he said.

Sohail also said that Pakistan cricket affairs was in a bad state and Butt had miserably failed to handle things.

"They are wrong decisions being made in the board and that is leading to all these problems," he said.

Sohail hoped someone from the government would take note and try to set things right in the board.

He also called for the appointment of a younger man as coach of the national team which he felt had the potential to move ahead and become a top team.