Lahore, Nov 1 (UNI) Stung by Javed Miandad's public criticism attributing inconsistent selection policies for Pakistan's home series loss against South Africa, selection committee chairman Salahuddin Ahmed has shot back by questioning the former captain's integrity and charging him of indulging in nepotism when at the helm of affairs.
''Why should the selectors be blamed for the defeats against South Africa. Miandad's constant tirade against the players, the selectors and the board officials shows a negative mindset,'' he was quoted as saying by The Dawn.
Salahuddin said the selectors invariably picked the best available players and why was the hue and cry made out when Pakistan lost to the number two side in the world.
''Miandad always indulged in nepotism. During his time, he used to muster support for his younger brothers and now he is doing the same for his nephew (Faisal Iqbal).
''Once he refused to lead a cricket board President's XI in a tour game at Rawalpindi just because his brother Anwar was not selected in the side. In fact, Abdul Qadir had to lead the team after Miandad pulled out at the last moment. Where was his 'patriotism' then?'' asked Salahuddin.
''On another instance, when I was the KCCA chief selector, he used outside pressure to press for the inclusion of his youngest brother Sohail (who had not played a single match that season) in the Karachi team for the under-19 final. But we never succumbed to his tactics.
''And now he is doing the same just because his nephew had to make way for Mohammad Yousuf for the Lahore Test against South Africa. The critics and the fans will confirm that Miandad hadn't uttered a single word till the time Faisal was in the side.'' The chairman of the selectors said Miandad's outburst had put his integrity under spotlight.
''On several occasions in the past, the top officials of the cricket board have generally been unhappy with his behaviour. Thrice he (Miandad) was the national coach and each time his tenure ended in acrimony. That clearly suggests that his man-management is extremely poor,'' said Salahuddin.