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Cricket illiterate Zardari ruining Pak cricket: Imran Khan

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Lahore, Feb.3 (ANI): Blaming the lack of professionalism for the national team's poor performance in the recent past, former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has called on for an overhaul of the country's cricket administration.

While describing the whole system as being flawed, Khan blamed President Asif Ali Zardari, who is the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) patron, for much of the damage.

"The tragedy of our cricket system and governance is that it has been run on ad-hoc basis and that is causing all the problems. What do you expect when President Zardari himself knows nothing about the ABC of cricket and he is chief patron of the board," Khan said.

"President Zardari has a personal liking for Ijaz Butt that is why he will never remove him as chairman of the board," the legendary fast bowler added.

Commenting on the frequent changes in captaincy of the national team, Khan said the practice is not new in Pakistan cricket, adding that the whole system requires major changes.

"This culture of changing captains frequently is nothing new and nothing will improve unless we improve and change our basic structure and system of governance of cricket," The Nation quoted Khan, as saying.

He also rejected reports about fissures in the national squad.

"The fact is that the Australians are a very good side. In the longer version of the game they will win but when we play T20 cricket, Pakistan will win and this is because of difference of approach," Khan said. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 13:35 [IST]
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