Chief coach Alam unhappy over Ali’s appointment

May 22nd, 2009 - 8:34 pm ICT by IANS  

By Omar Khalid
Karachi, May 22 (IANS) Chief coach Intikhab Alam was left fuming after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointed former Test batsman Basit Ali as the national team’s batting coach without his consent.

According to sources, Intikhab is not pleased with the PCB’s decision to bring in Basit as batting coach just days before the start of the Twenty20 World Cup in England from June 5.

Another reason why he is unhappy with the move is that the appointment has been made on the recommendation of PCB’s director-general Javed Miandad, a former Pakistan captain.

Earlier, Miandad was kept at a distance from the affairs of the national cricket team and was asked to work on revamping domestic cricket by PCB chairman Ijaz Butt.

The idea of appointing a batting coach was floated by former captain Zaheer Abbas, after Pakistan batsmen failed in the one-day series against Australia in UAE from April 22-May 7. Pakistan lost the ODI series 2-3 against a second string Australian side.

The team is currently playing a series of Twenty20 practice matches in Lahore in a bid to get ready for the tournament to be played in London and Nottingham.

The England-bound players will later feature in the National Twenty20 Cup to be played in Lahore from May 25-29. The team is scheduled to leave for London May 30 and will play a couple of warm-up games against South Africa and India before the start of the biennial spectacle.

Pakistan is bracketed with host England and underdog Netherlands in Group B of the tournament.

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