LAHORE: Under fire for his ordinary role on the controversies-laden tour of England, Pakistan team’s manager Yawar Saeed on Friday voiced his concern about the way the International Cricket Council (ICC) sidestepped the PCB while suspending three Pakistan players over spot-fixing allegations.
“The provisional suspension of our three cricketers by the ICC, without waiting for the Scotland Yard investigation report reflects Pakistan’s friends in the ICC, compared to its rivals, are less in number,” Yawar told reporters at the Lahore airport as he arrived, one day after the Pakistan team returned home, from England.
The ICC bypassing the PCB, immediately suspended Pakistan’s Test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir after England’s News of the World carried story on spot-fixing planning for Pakistan-England third Test held in August at Lord’s.
Yawar expressed surprise that despite nothing has been proven against the three Pakistan players as yet, some sections in English media kept making allegations against them.
While saying the PCB was waiting for Scotland Yard’s final verdict, he insisted if the players were charged the board would deal with them according to its zero-tolerance policy against corruption.
Yawar, who is now most likely to end his association with the national team as manager, gave credit to the players for showing great fighting spirit in matches on the controversies-hit England tour.
Despite all problems, he stressed, Pakistan recorded victories in Test matches, One-day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals on the tour against England and Australia.
He said compared to Pakistan’s previous tours this trip to England was way too difficult.
“It was Pakistan’s toughest tour [to England] as several on and off-the-field controversies surfaced one after another. Still, our players fought hard [in the ODI series],” he said.
Yawar reckoned due to provisional suspension of the Pakistan trio by the ICC over spot-fixing, the tourists’ performance suffered setback in the five-match ODI series which was clinched by England 3-2.