Pakistan reappoints Alam as cricket team manager
Pakistan today re-appointed veteran former captain Intikhab Alam as team manager to replace Yawar Saeed who stepped down after the troubled tour of England marred by spot-fixing allegations.cricket Updated: Oct 07, 2010 20:56 IST
Pakistan today re-appointed veteran former captain Intikhab Alam as team manager to replace Yawar Saeed who stepped down after the troubled tour of England marred by spot-fixing allegations.
The 68-year-old Alam was seen as the likely candidate to replace Saeed, who was blamed for not being able to handle the off-field problems on the tour of England which ended last month.
The controversy centred on Test captain Salman Butt, and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, who were provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over newspaper reports claiming they were paid to bowl no-balls in the Lord's Test against England in August.
Scotland Yard raided the team hotel in London and interrogated the three players on two occasions, without leveling any charges. A fourth player, Wahab Riaz, was also questioned later.
The ICC also launched a separate inquiry after being tipped off by British tabloid newspaper The Sun that Pakistan's scoring pattern in the third one-day against England at The Oval on September 17, was pre-arranged with bookies.
The recent allegations and investigations have heaped greater demands on the post of manager, with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hoping Alam's experience will help him handle the spotlight.
"Alam has been appointed team manager," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman Nadeem Sarwar told AFP, without giving any details.
The PCB also announced a 15-man squad for the two Twenty20 and five one-day matches against South Africa to be played in the United Arab Emirates later this month.
The team will also play two Tests, the squad for which will be announced later.
Alam said he is looking forward to taking responsibility for the team.
"It's a tough job," Alam told AFP. "I will make sure that all goes well and I manage to keep the image of the team better and it goes up."
Alam has held the post of manager and coach on several occasions since retiring as player in 1976 and was the manager-coach when Pakistan won the 1992 World Cup in Australia.
He was again coach in 2000 before being sacked mid-way in the home series against Sri Lanka. He returned as coach in October 2008 for another stint as replacement for Pakistan's Australian coach Geoff Lawson.
That tenure also ended acrimoniously after he was replaced by Waqar Younis following Pakistan's winless tour of Australia earlier this year, a visit also marred by disciplinary problems.
Alam accused players of being involved in match-fixing during team's narrow defeat in the Sydney Test. He also reportedly called the players "retarded," a statement he later denied.
Alam, a leg-break bowler, played 47 Tests and four one-day internationals for Pakistan.