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Mohsin Khan says he has nothing personal against Mickey Arthur

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KARACHI: Mohsin Hasan Khan’s association with Pakistan cricket has been a long and proud one. From a dashing opening batsman who scored 4586 runs in his 123 international appearances for Pakistan to the position of head coach which saw his team inflict their first 3-0 whitewash on England, Mohsin’s credentials as a Pakistan stalwart are undoubtable. After a spell on the sidelines of Pakistan cricket, recently he has been appointed as chairman of a cricket committee which has been tasked with advising PCB chairman Ehsan Mani with recommendations for improvement of Pakistan cricket.Whilst Mohsin’s role as a senior and well-established voice in the matters of Pakistan cricket has a few doubters, there have been some dissenting voices raised against him in regard to his suitability as chairman of the cricket committee based on remarks about Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed as well as comments regarding head coach Mickey Arthur.

Speaking with PakPassion.net, the former Pakistan head coach sought to clarify his stance on these issues and to correct some of the stories and rumours surrounding him. “The comments regarding Sarfaraz Ahmed not being a capable captain and that he should be replaced as Test skipper have been taken totally out of context and have been fabricated by sections of the media. I made the comment 18 months ago that it would perhaps be too much to ask of Sarfaraz to captain in all three formats and that it may be better for him and for the team to make him skipper in the two shorter formats initially and then at a later date make him Test skipper. I have absolutely no doubt about Sarfaraz’s capability and credentials as skipper and never have done, my only suggestion was to make him captain in all three formats at the right time. He is doing a fine job, and long may that continue.”

The setup of the cricket committee has been welcomed by most observers as an excellent step towards the betterment of the game in Pakistan. The importance of this committee has been highlighted by PCB chairman Mani on numerous occasions and the appointment of Mohsin demonstrates the high regard that the PCB hierarchy holds the former cricketer in. This is a fact that Mohsin was quick to highlight but also expressed his disappointment at some aspersions being cast on his character, “I’m really looking forward to working with the current Pakistan Cricket Board hierarchy as I feel they are credible and honest people, unlike the previous set-up. I will represent Pakistan to the best of my ability and will serve for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.”

The remit of the cricket committee is a complex and comprehensive one. The recommendations made by the committee if approved by the PCB chairman will have far-reaching and significant effect in the manner in which cricket is being run in Pakistan. This is a role that Mohsin is not taking lightly and as he explained, the role of the selection committee and the performance of current head coach Mickey Arthur will all be put through the scanner. “My work on the cricket committee will see that the committee members and I will scrutinise the work of Mickey, Sarfaraz and the selectors. I have nothing personal against Mickey and am prepared to work with anyone for the betterment of Pakistan cricket, but my line of reporting is into the chairman. Our remit is to ensure that improvements are made in Pakistan cricket at the international level and the domestic level.”

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