Karachi: HEC women cricket team coach Irfanullah Khan alleged Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Women Wing General Manager Shamsa Hashmi of being biased against players who have not played for SAGA and ZTBL.
The former first-class cricketer Irfanullah Khan said that Shamsa had been promoting players in Pakistan cricket team on the basis of personal liking and disliking.
Irfan also alleged that coaches and selectors were only dummies and it was Shamsa, who call the shots. “She does whatever she wants, may it be kicking out the most deserving player from the national team,” Irfan accused.
“Shamsa and national skipper Sana Mir are ruining the cricket in Pakistan because of their favouritism,” Irfan added.
“The only players selected in the team belongs to their lobby, whether they perform or not. It seems like whoever leaves SAGA or ZTBL doors of national team are shut on those girls. Several deserving players have been kept out while the underperformers continue to enjoy joyrides on different tours,” he said.
Irfan stressed that the women cricket in Pakistan has been made a laughing stock by the current management of women wing as they have been selecting player for the camp and national duty on the basis of their performance in private tournaments such as recently concluded SAGA Cricket League.
He also mentioned the names of players, who have been called for the national camp without any performances for Pakistan and Pakistan A. Those players include Omaima Sohail, Muneeba Siddiqui, Nida Dar, Saniya Khan, Diana Baig, Nain Abidi, Ramin Shamim, Nahida Bibi and Rabia Shah.
According to Irfan, the above mentioned players even failed to perform in recently concluded SAGA Cricket League but since they play for ZTBL and SAGA, which are led by Sana Mir and Shamsa respectively, they were given an easy ticket to the camp while deserving performers like Hafza Amjad, Bakhtawar Iqbal, Sumaiya Siddiqui and Waheeda Akhtar were ignored.
Irfan pointed out that the soon Pakistan would be participating in World T20 in few months time whereas for the last two years not a single domestic T20 event had been staged.
“It looks some kind of a joke that we will be playing in World T20 within few months and PCB women wing has not arranged a single domestic T20 tournament in last two years. They have been wasting millions of rupees in the name of training camps evident from what happened with the camp in Abbottabad. The Abbottabad camp spending should be audited by PCB to know the truth,” he signed off.