Faisal Iqbal slams PCB after coaching snub, accuses them of favoritism
"I thought Naya Pakistan would be full of merit, but nothing has changed here!"
Published - Sep 6, 2019 11:27 am | Updated - Oct 2, 2019 8:45 pm
Former Pakistan batsman Faisal Iqbal has launched a scathing attack towards Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after their decision to hand dual roles of the head coach and chief selector to Misbah-ul-Haq. Days after parting ways with Mickey Arthur, PCB roped in their former skipper and handed him the two big roles. Unsurprisingly, the move has drawn mixed reactions as usually two different individuals take charge of these two important posts.
However, Faisal Iqbal is upset with for a different reason altogether. The former international batsman is upset because he did not get any post in the team’s coaching setup. Faisal took to Twitter to take a dig at the cricket board as he expressed his displeasure over not getting the chance.
Using various hashtags, Faisal delivered his message saying that he was neither included in the domestic team nor as a player or mentor nor given a coaching assignment. Not only that. Faisal also accused PCB of favoritism, saying that there are different laws for different people and merit has become a joke in Pakistan.
“I thought Naya Pakistan would be full of merit?? But nothing has changed here!” tweeted Faisal.
I Thought #NayaPakistan ???????? Would Be Full Of Merit?????? But Nothings CHANGE Here! #PakistanCricket #NotPickedAsMentorPlayerDomestic #NotPicketAsCoachDomesticInternational #FavoritismInAppointments #DifferentRules4DifferentIndividuals #BiasTreatmentFromYears #MeritIsAJokeInPakistan
— Faisal Iqbal???????????? فیصل اقبال (@FaisalIqbalCric) September 4, 2019
Faisal, who played for Pakistan between 2001 and 2010, had applied for two posts – Pakistan’s batting coach and regional coaching positions.
New coaching setup for Pakistan
Pakistan, meanwhile, will be hoping that their fortunes change under the legendary Misbah-ul-Haq. The former Pakistan skipper will be the head coach of the side while legendary pacer Waqar Younis will be the bowling coach of the side. Pakistan have endured a terrible year on the field this year.
The year started with a poor tour of South Africa where they lost all the three series. Just days after that, they suffered a humiliating whitewash at the hands of Australia in UAE before England thrashed them 4-0. Their performance in the World Cup was not good either as they exited at the group stage. The Men in Green did win their last four games in the tournament but the poor start saw them finish fifth and miss the semifinal due to poor net run-rate.