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PCB clips Shoaib's wings

cricket Updated: Apr 28, 2007 18:02 IST

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Determined not to let the "Inzamam Culture" plague the team anymore, Pakistan Cricket Board has clipped new captain Shoab

Malik's wings, stripping him of the discretion to have a final say in team selection while on tour.

A well-informed source in the board said that PCB had learnt its lesson well after the experience with Inzamam-ul Haq, who enjoyed supreme power in the selection of a touring squad or playing eleven.
Accordingly, it has been decided that the selection commitee would make the final call while picking a touring squad or even the playing eleven, the source said.

"When Inzamam was the captain, the selectors could give him their input and views on selection matters but he had the final say and veto power in these matters," one source disclosed.

PCB's ad-hoc committee, when it approved the appointment of Shoaib Malik as captain, decided that the team should get rid of "Inzamam Culture" as it had created a lot of problems and headaches for everyone including the selectors.

"The committee also felt that it had led to Inzamam unbridled powers in the team and a lot of faux paus in selection matters which only got worse in the presence of a weak chief selector like Wasim Bari," he said.

The source disclosed that the committee had also reached a concensus that Inzamam should no longer be entertained although he desired to continue playing in Tests after retiring from one-day internationals and stepping down as captain.