PCB chief criticises players for heavy loss against India

Lahore, Jun 12: A humiliating 140-run loss at the hands of arch-rivals India in the ongoing triangular series in Bangladesh, has compelled the PCB chief to express his disgust by writing directly to the team management.

India posted its biggest victory over Pakistan on Tuesday at Mirpur to halt its 12-match winning streak, although 11 of those victories came against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. The heavy loss prompted Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Nasim Ashraf to send an email to team manager Talat Ali, expressing his displeasure with the performance and commitment of the players and officials.

The contents of the message were widely reported in the local media today with English daily 'Dawn' highlighting some of Ashraf's more critical words.

''Last night's performance against India in which we lost by over 100 runs was embarrassing,'' Ashraf wrote.

''It is not a question of losing a match but our overall performance and the lack of resolve and commitment bothered me.

''We were smiling and joking as if we were some junior team which was happy just to be given the privilege of playing against a top team. This has to stop,'' he added.

Ashraf was particularly unhappy with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal's performance describing it as ''pathetic'', pointing to the incident when he dropped a catch but still claimed it.

''This is unsporting behaviour but perhaps one has to give him the benefit of the doubt. But I do not want such behaviour from our players please warn everyone. We ought to be looking at playing another wicketkeeper,'' Ashraf's mentioned.


Story first published: Thursday, June 12, 2008, 14:05 [IST]
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