Culture of infighting in Pak cricket must stop: Mudassar Nazar

Saturday, March 13, 2010

ISLAMABAD - Backing the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision of banning senior players and imposing hefty fines on some of the others, former captain and coach Mudassar Nazar has said that the culture of infighting in the national squad must stop.

Nazar, who is currently working for the ICC as one of the coaches at their Global Cricket Academy in Dubai, blamed dressing room politics for Younis Khan’s sudden resignation from captaincy in November last year.

Younis had stepped down ahead of the New Zealand tour last year following match-fixing allegations levelled against him by the chairman of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Sports Jamshed Dasti.

“The real reasons were more “close to home” and involved team mates plotting against him,” Nazar, the veteran of nearly 200 international matches, said.

“Never mind the politicians suggestions of match fixing, it was his team mates that made Younis’ mind up to resign as captain. The damage to Younis was done in the dressing room and not in the corridors of power. This whole culture of infighting has to stop,” Nazar told

He also asked the PCB to make the enquiry committee’s report public, based on which it imposed hefty fines and ban on players.

“The report should have been made public, because as things stand, we are all unsure of why exactly the likes of Yousuf, Malik, Rana and Younis have been punished,” Nazar said. (ANI)

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