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Late ICC chief Jagmohan Dalmiya took a stand for Shoaib Akhtar in 2000-01

  • 16 Apr 2020 21:50:08

A previous director of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has uncovered that had it not been for the assistance reached out by the late ICC boss Jagmohan Dalmiya, quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar's vocation would have finished in 2000-01. In 1999, the International Cricket Council had told the PCB that speed vendor Akhtar's bowling activity was under investigation. Previous BCCI boss Damiya, one of India's greatest cricket managers, filled in as the ICC's leader from 1997 to 2000.

"Jagmohan, who had been leader of the ICC and was a persuasive voice, upheld us a great deal in the Shoaib Akhtar bowling activity case. He stood firm for us in spite of the ICC individuals demanding that Akhtar's bowling activity was illicit," Lt General (retd) Tauqir Zia, who headed the PCB from 1999 to 2003, said.

"In any case, because of the position taken by Dalmiya and myself the ICC inevitably surrendered that Akhtar had a clinical blemish in his bowling arm since birth which gave him hyper elbow expansion and he was permitted to play on," he included.

Zia likewise said that a few players may have failed to meet expectations in the 2003 World Cup due to factionalism inside the group around then.

He said on the GTV News Channel that he had asked then boss selector Wasim Bari to drop stalwarts like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Saeed Anwar from the group after the World Cup.

Pakistan neglected to fit the bill for the excessively six phase of the World Cup in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

"After the World Cup I was frustrated with the manner in which the players had performed in light of the fact that it was the most ideal side we could have picked for the World Cup," Zia said.

"I was catching wind of these groupings and contrasts inside the group even before the competition and I associated some with them failed to meet expectations on account of their contentions," he said.

Waqar captained Pakistan in that World Cup and all through the occasion, there were reports about him not getting support from certain players.

"I had needed to make Wasim commander for the World Cup however numerous individuals in the board contradicted this and even the ICC had its reservations in light of the fixing request reports," he said.

The previous administrator said that after the World Cup he plunked down with Bari.

"I revealed to him right now is an ideal opportunity to free Pakistan cricket of Wasim, Waqar, Saeed and some others. We at that point made Rashid Latif the commander and requested that he construct another group."

Zia called attention to that they had additionally dropped senior players, for example, Shoaib Akhtar and Inzamam-ul-Haq from the group so another outfit could be fabricated.

"I thought Rashid worked admirably and for some time it showed up we were modifying the group, yet conditions prompted different things."