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End ad-hocism, govt interference in cricket: Imran

Former captain Imran Khan on Sunday called for an end to ad-hocism and government interference in Pakistan cricket which he said have been damaging the game in the country.

cricket Updated: Feb 07, 2010 20:04 IST

Former captain Imran Khan on Sunday called for an end to ad-hocism and government interference in Pakistan cricket which he said have been damaging the game in the country.

"Ad-hocism, the influence of departmental teams and the practice of the President being chief patron of the cricket board are the three major causes for our cricket problems," Imran said at a show Cricket Ka Muqadma (cricket's trial) on Geo News channel.

"Our domestic structure is still weak and one of the main reasons for our team's inconsistent performances. Unless we have only regional cricket and unless we end this ad-hocism in cricket nothing will improve," he added.

"In no country is the President head of cricket board, in no country do parliamentary committees evaluate team's performances," he said taking a dig at the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports whose chairman Jamshed Dasti was also present on the show.

Imran said Pakistan cricket's biggest mistake was changing the captains too often.

"Tell me in which country is the (PCB) chairman or captain changed if a team loses. We make this mistake all the time, but we need to improve our system. Since I retired so many captains have been changed. It has served no purpose," he said.

But former Test captains Aamir Sohail and Javed Miandad, who were also on the show, reminded Imran that in Pakistan the cricket system was different.