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'Team management failed on Oz tour'

Press Trust Of India
May 25, 2010 at 09:48am IST

Karachi: Chief operating officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Wasim Bari has admitted before a Parliamentary Committee that the team management had failed completely during the troubled Australian tour.

The former Test captain also told the National Assembly standing committee on sports at a hearing on Monday that Muhammad Yousuf had emerged as a very weak leader on the test tours to New Zealand and Australia.

Bari who headed a probe into the team's poor performances in Australia and into reports of infighting among players conceded that the players were playing for themselves and not the team on the Test tours.

Pak team management failed on Oz tour: COO

Bari conceded that the players were playing for themselves and not for the team on the Test tours.

"It was a situation that went from bad to worse as players formed groups in the team, they were tussles and ego issues between senior players while the junior players also had differences," Bari said.

The PCB official said unfortunately the team management on the tour didn't take strong enough measures to control the situation on the spot.

In March, the PCB acted on the recommendations of a probe committee that looked into the team's poor show in Australia and imposed indefinite bans on Younis and Mohammad Yousuf and 12 month ban and fine of two million rupees each on Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved.

The board also heavily fined Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal with three million rupees each and imposed a two million rupees fine on Umar Akmal for violation of code of conduct on the Australian tour.

Bari said that problems had started in the team from the one-day series against New Zealand in the UAE which led to Younis Khan stepping down as player and captain.

"Throughout the tour it became obvious that they were pressure groups in the team which didn't allow proper decision making and selection," he said.

Bari admitted that the Akmal brothers, Kamran and Umar were involved in indiscipline on the tour.

PCB chairman Ejaz Butt told the committee that he had told the management to send back the Akmal brothers from Australia but Yousuf intervened insisting that the team needed them in the one-day series.

"I had told the management clearly that if these brothers put themselves above the country they should have no place in the team," he said.

Bari said the management had at one stage wanted to send back Shoaib Malik from New Zealand but again it was Yousuf who pleaded his case.

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