Pakistan cricket in fresh turmoil as keeper, coach left out
Pakistan left out coach Intikhab Alam and wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal from its 14-man side to face England in two Twenty20 matches.cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2010 00:06 IST
Pakistan left out coach Intikhab Alam and wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal from its 14-man side to face England in two Twenty20 matches.
There is speculation Alam will be sacked over Pakistan's humiliating series whitewash in Australia last month, but a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official denied he had been dismissed.
"Alam is not sacked," PCB chief operating officer Wasim Bari said. "There is no decision on Alam's future as yet, but it will be taken subsequently," he added.
PCB has ordered a six-man evaluation committee to look into why Pakistan was routed in Australia, summoning Alam, team manager Abdul Raqeeb and captain Mohammad Yousuf to appear for questioning on Friday and Saturday.
Chief selector Iqbal Qasim has already resigned following the defeat in Australia, refusing to reverse his decision despite a request from the PCB.
A panel of four selectors, without any chief selector, chose the team, said Bari. Shoaib Malik, sacked as captain in January last year, will lead the team in the Twenty20 matches, to be played in Dubai on February 19 and 20.
The team will be managed by Yawar Saeed, who relinquished his post after the Champions Trophy in October last year. Saeed replaced Raqeeb who managed the team on Australia tour.
Ijaz Ahmed, who coached Pakistan junior team in the Under-19 World Cup, will be the batting and fielding coach.