Tamil Diplomat

Imran laments Pakistan structure, blasts Board

Legendary allrounder accuses PCB of nepotism and bemoans state of game in his home country

World Cup winning captain Imran Khan has blamed “nepotism” at board level and the poor structure of domestic cricket for Pakistan’s slide to No.8 in the world ODI rankingsAnd he says they need to learn from Australian cricket if they want to return to their former glories.Pakistan suffered a comprehensive 3-0 series loss to Bangladesh this week, capped off by an eight-wicket thrashing in Dhaka on Wednesday.

He said the cricket-mad nation of 182 million people had always been able to produce talented players, but the problem lay in a failure to properly nurture their ability.”Pakistan’s cricket will not improve as long as there are people in the cricket board who have come through nepotism and without any merit. Sadly the people in our cricket board don’t have any knowledge of cricket,” the 62-year-old said.”I never thought Pakistan would lose to Bangladesh 3-0 and drop to number eight in the ODI Rankings.

“Based on my 21-year experience of playing cricket I know that no country in the world has cricketing talent as good as Pakistan.”I am not saying it because I belong to this country. Even players like Sir Viv Richards used to say same thing about Pakistan.