By sending a large contingent comprising of three separate teams, one each for Tests, ODI’s and Twenty20 matches the PCB has succumbed to a foolish proposal by Chief coach Dav Whatmore. The T20 squad comprises of 16 players which is the normal composition of a team touring a foreign country. Added to it is the ODI squad of 9 players and the Test matches squad of 7 players, making a total of 32 players. Further adding to it 8 officials who accompanied the team raised the total strength of the contingent to 40. During my life long affiliation with the game I never heard of ‘such a big cricket procession visiting another country for a single series. It is, however, great to find an entry into the Guinness Book of records but simply disgraceful as far as the game of cricket is concerned. What really haunts me is the fact as to how could Whatmore forget that his own board i.e Cricket Australia experimented forming different teams for different versions of the game way back fifteen years, failed in their effort and abandoned the plan for being impracticable. Sending such a big cricket contingent abroad is tantamount to make a joke of Pakistan’s cricket.
Lahore, June 2.