Lawson was dummy coach of PCB: Razzaq

New Delhi, Nov 2 (UNI) Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq's anguish at being dropped from the national squad for the inaugural ICC Twenty-20 World Cup, held at South Africa last year, is yet to simmer down.

Razzaq announced retirement soon after and joined the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

His frustration became apparent when he termed the decision of sacking Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson as a 'good decision' and then went on to say both Lawson and skipper Shoaib Malik were 'yes men' of the previous Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

''Lawson was basically a 'dummy coach' of PCB. The main problem was all members of PCB wanted a 'yes man' and showed little respect to the players. Their basic aim was to kill player power. And in Lawson and Malik, they found the right combination,'' Razzaq said yesterday.

However, he expressed hope that with Ijaz Butt being appointed the new PCB chairman, things might change for the better. But at the same time, he sounded cautious about the future of Pakistan cricket.

''PCB is a government body, whom you can't challenge. The problem is those controlling cricket in our country don't care about the players or think of chalking out plans that would revive the glorious years of Pakistan cricket,'' Razzaq said.

He is now in India playing for ICL's Hyderabad Heroes team.


Story first published: Sunday, November 2, 2008, 12:32 [IST]
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