Saqlain disappointed with PCB

Saqlain told a Pakistani sports channel that he was disappointed with the way things functioned in the present cricket system run by the PCB.

Saqlain Mushtaq had come to Pakistan last year with a view to settle down in his hometown, Lahore, with his family and take up a coaching role. (File photo)   -  Getty Images

Disappointed with the functioning of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) here, Saqlain Mushtaq has dropped his plans to stay and work in the country’s cricket set-up.

Saqlain said on the PTV sports channel that he was disappointed with the way things functioned in the present cricket system run by the PCB.

The cricketer-turned-coach said he had come to Pakistan last year with a view to settle down in his hometown, Lahore, with his family and take up a coaching role.

“But after working with Saeed Ajmal for three months for the Pakistan board, the things I observed and saw, I can tell you one can’t work properly and freely here and there are problems in the system,” Saqlain said.

“I am now preparing to go back to the United Kingdom with my family and resettle there. I am very disappointed,” he added.

One of Pakistan’s top spinners, who ended up with 208 test and 288 ODI wickets, Saqlain worked with Saeed on behalf of the PCB when the latter was banned from bowling in international cricket by the ICC.

Saqlain, who has worked as spin bowling coach with New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh, said he wanted to use his experience and skills to help Pakistan cricket.

“I sincerely wanted to do something for Pakistan cricket which made me what I am today. Unfortunately things haven’t worked out that way for me,” he added.

Pakistan’s cricket system and the internal functioning of the PCB has been under criticism for a while with some former players like Rashid Latif and Mohammad Yousuf refusing to work in the present set-up.

While Latif turned down the chief selector’s post, Yousuf has said he is ready to coach the batsmen but not in present set-up.

Former Test captain Aamir Sohail and Pakistan’s cricket great Javed Miandad had also parted ways with the PCB before. Both claimed they were not allowed to implement their plans for the betterment of Pakistan cricket as too many hurdles were created for them.