Chief Selector PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) Inzamam-ul-Haq’s resignation have raised many concerns.
In a surprising turn of events, Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former captain of the Pakistan cricket team and current Chief Selector, announced his resignation from the position amid allegations and criticism surrounding his involvement in a players management company. This decision comes at a critical moment for the Pakistan cricket team, as they face an uncertain future in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
The Controversy about Inzamam
The controversy surrounding Inzamam’s resignation stems from allegations that he is a partner in a company responsible for managing players. Geo News reported that this management company has been registered with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), and Inzamam’s involvement has raised questions about a potential conflict of interest.
Speaking on the matter, Inzamam stated, “People speak without research. Questions were raised on me, so I decided that it was better I resign”. He emphasized that he had no direct involvement with the player-agent company and urged the PCB to conduct a thorough investigation.
The Role of the Management Company
Geo News reporter Sohail Imran shed light on the company’s role, explaining that it primarily focuses on negotiating player contracts, securing roles in advertisements, and turning athletes into brand ambassadors. Imran also highlighted the perceived influence of such management companies in player contracts and how they can shape the relationship between players and the PCB.
Key Players Linked to the Company
Imran revealed that several top players, including Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, are associated with this company, raising concerns about favoritism and conflicts of interest within the selection process.
This controversy comes at a time when the Pakistan cricket team is facing criticism for their underwhelming performance in the World Cup, and the PCB is embroiled in a separate controversy following the leaked private conversation between PCB head and skipper Babar Azam.
Inzamam’s Willingness to Cooperate
In his statement, Inzamam expressed his readiness to cooperate with any investigation initiated by the cricket board. He stated, “People are making statements without any research. I told the PCB to carry out investigation. I have no relation with the player-agent company”.
PCB’s Response: Establishing a Fact-Finding Committee
In response to the allegations and concerns, the PCB has established a five-member fact-finding committee to investigate potential conflicts of interest in the team selection process. The committee will submit its findings and recommendations promptly.
It remains to be seen how Inzimam’s resignation will impact the Pakistan cricket team and the ongoing World Cup campaign. His departure from the role of Chief Selector leaves the team and the PCB with significant decisions to make regarding the selection process and the management of player contracts.
Inzimam-ul-Haq’s resignation marks a turning point in Pakistan cricket, as the controversy surrounding his association with a player management company raises questions about the transparency and fairness of player selection and contract negotiations. The PCB’s fact-finding committee will play a crucial role in determining the extent of any conflict of interest and its impact on the national team.