Islamabad: Former Pakistan cricket team captain and ex-chief selector Inzamam ul Haq has publicly criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and its leadership, led by Zaka Ashraf, for what he perceives as an inadequate response and mishandling of his resignation. Inzamam expressed his frustration with the PCB, accusing them of evading responsibility and failing to engage in discussions with him.
Inzamam revealed that he had offered to cooperate with the board through his lawyer, who had sent emails stating, “Summon us if you need us,” but received no response from the PCB.
The former chief selector tendered his resignation on October 30 amid allegations of a “conflict of interest.” It was disclosed that he had a partnership in Yazoo International Ltd, a players’ management company owned by Talha Rehmani, which represents several top Pakistani cricketers, including Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
In response to these allegations, the PCB established a five-member inquiry committee to investigate potential conflicts of interest in team selection.
Inzamam expressed his disappointment, revealing, “I found out through the TV that my resignation was not accepted. The board officials did not inform me of the non-acceptance of my resignation, and now they are trying to save face.” He clarified that his resignation was unrelated to the team’s performance in the World Cup.
In addition, Inzamam criticized PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, claiming, “The board’s chairman was appointed for four months, and now an additional three-month extension has been granted. During such extensions, efforts are made to shift blame onto others. A person tries to save himself, saying that it’s not his mistake.”
Inzamam also highlighted the PCB’s failure to acknowledge his role in resolving the long-pending central contracts issue, despite his significant contribution.
In response to Inzamam’s emails, the PCB acknowledged their receipt and confirmed that they would respond in due course. They clarified that Inzamam is currently suspended, and a final decision regarding his retention or dismissal would be made after the completion of ongoing investigations. Until the investigation concludes, he will not be allowed to assume his duties.
The PCB emphasized its respect for Inzamam as a prominent cricketer and noted that their investigations are conducted with integrity. They reiterated that Inzamam’s resignation was not accepted out of respect for him.
Regarding Inzamam’s comments about Zaka Ashraf’s extension as interim board chief, the PCB stated that the tenure extension was a matter of personal opinion and assured that no changes had been made.
The PCB reaffirmed its unwavering commitment and support for the Pakistan cricket team and its management, irrespective of the team’s performance. Furthermore, they advised Inzamam to refrain from making comments about ongoing investigations, as his case is currently under review.