Jagmohan Dalmiya saved Shoaib Akhtar’s career from ending in 2000-01, claims former PCB chief
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Updated: April 17, 2020 8:31:02 am


India, Pakistan, India vs Pakistan, Pakistan vs India, Ind vs Pak, Pakistan cricket team, India cricket team, pakistan cricket, india cricket, india vs pakistan cricket, cricket news, cricket Shoaib Akhtar bowling motion had come below scrutiny in 1999. (Reuters/File Photo)

Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Lt General (retd) Tauqir Zia on Thursday revealed that Shoaib Akhtar’s career would have been over in the early 2000s had he not discovered assist from the late ICC chief and former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya.

Akhtar’s bowling motion had come below scrutiny in 1999 with most ICC members then elevating voice towards it, deeming it to be unlawful. However, the Rawalpindi Express had then discovered nice assist from Dalmiya, who served because the ICC’s president from 1997 to 2000.

“Jagmohan, who had been president of the ICC and was an influential voice, supported us a lot in the Shoaib Akhtar bowling action case. He took a stand for us despite the ICC members insisting that Akhtar’s bowling action was illegal,” Zia was quoted as saying by PTI.

“But due to the stance taken by Dalmiya and myself the ICC eventually conceded that Akhtar had a medical flaw in his bowling arm since birth which gave him hyper elbow extension and he was allowed to play on,” he added.

Zia additional claimed that a number of Pakistani cricketers below carried out in the course of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2003 on account of faction among the many teammates.

The report talked about that Zia throughout an interplay with the GTV News Channel had then requested the crew’s chief selector Wasim Bari to drop stalwarts like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Saeed Anwar from the World Cup squad.

Pakistan had then didn’t progress to the Super Six stage of the match held in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

“After the World Cup I was very disappointed with the way the players had performed because it was the best possible side we could have picked for the World Cup,” Zia mentioned.

“I was hearing about these groupings and differences within the team even before the tournament and I suspected some of them under-performed because of their conflicts,” he mentioned.

Waqar, who led the Pakistan aspect in the course of the match failed to seek out assist from few members of the squad. “I had wanted to make Wasim captain for the World Cup but many people in the board opposed this and even the ICC had its reservations because of the fixing inquiry reports,” he mentioned.

The former chairman mentioned that after the World Cup he sat down with Bari. “I told him now is the time to free Pakistan cricket of Wasim, Waqar, Saeed and some others. We then made Rashid Latif the captain and asked him to build a new team.”

Zia additionally identified that they’d dropped senior gamers equivalent to Shoaib Akhtar and Inzamam-ul-Haq from the crew so {that a} new outfit could possibly be constructed.

“I thought Rashid did a good job and for a while it appeared we were rebuilding the team, but circumstances led to other things.”

with PTI inputs

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