Alam says Pakistan cricketers "mentally retarded": report
Pakistan cricket on Saturday was hit by yet another controversy with media reports claiming former coach Intikhab Alam called the national team members "mentally retarded" while deposing before the inquiry committee probing the disastrous tour of Australia.
Dawn newspaper carried excerpts from the findings of the inquiry committee that was formed by Pakistan Cricket Board to look into poor performance of the team in Australia and reports of infighting in the team.
According to the excerpts, Alam who was sacked after the Australia tour, told the committee that he felt "they are mentally retarded people."
"They do not know that they are representing the country. They don't know how to wear their clothes and how to talk in a civilised manner," Intikhab told the committee members when he appeared before them in early March.
The newspaper reported that in the committee findings, Intikhab also spoke about the bad toilet habits of the players.
The committee after hearing the officials and players who went to New Zealand and Australia, recommended indefinite ban on former captains Younis Khan and Muhammad Yousuf and imposed 12-month ban on Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved besides fining them Rs 2 million each.
The committee also fined Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal Rs 3 million each and Umar Akmal Rs 2 million.
Six of the players have appealed against their penalties while Yousuf has announced his retirement from international cricket and didn't appeal.
When contacted, Intikhab at first outrightly denied the remarks attributed to him in the report. "I don't recall using these words at any time, my observations were purely cricketing based," he said.
But when pressed, Intikhab said although he couldn't recall his exact words but he would get back after having another look at his tour report and tapes of his statement before the committee.
PCB lawyer Tafazzul Rizvi was obviously upset with the leakage of the inquiry committee findings.
"It is strange that for last two months the Board had the inquiry committee report and findings but its details were not revealed at any time.
"But as soon as the copies were given to lawyers of the players they are coming out, it does make you think about these things," Rizvi said.
He pointed out there was immense pressure on the Board to release the report but it didn't do it.