Now, Alam cries wolf over 'smear campaign' against him

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Lahore, Sep.8 (ANI): Pakistan cricket, it seems, is no different from the country's politics, as after former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's allegations that a 'smear campaign' had been initiated by certain political quarters to malign his image, coach Intikhab Alam has alleged that he too is being targeted by a similar drive.

Alam alleged that there was a certain lobby who wants him to step down, but he has vowed to continue to 'serve' Pakistan cricket come what may.

"These people, this lobby is running a campaign against me and trying to pressurize me. It is sad but I am not going to back down. I have been given a responsibility and I will fulfill it till the board chairman has confidence in me," The Daily Times quoted Alam, as saying.

Alam said he does not have to prove his coaching credentials to anyone, as Pakistan has succeeded in various international tournaments under his guidance.

"Pakistan has won two World Cups under my supervision and I was even invited to Indian Punjab to coach their team that reached the final in one season. No one should question my coaching credentials. I don't think age is a bar to doing anything positive and constructive as long as one is fit and running around," he added.

It may be recalled that former Test opener Aamir Sohail had recently accused Alam of fanning intrigue and groupings within the team.

Sohail, who resigned from the National Cricket Academy's (NCA) Director post recently, also criticized PCB chairman Ijaz Butt for the 2011 World Cup hosting fiasco, saying the latter has no idea about tackling issues at international forums. (ANI)

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