Sethi admits to ECB reservations over Latif appointment

KARACHI: The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi, has admitted that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was unhappy over Rashid Latif’s appointment as chief selector.
Responding to Latif’s claim that the PCB was swayed by ECB’s stance, Sethi said he had offered the post to the former captain despite those reservations.
“I nominated Rashid Latif as chief selector despite common knowledge that his support of Danish Kaneria’s case was not appreciated by the British cricket establishment,” said Sethi in an interview.
“If he had accepted the post he would have been a deterrent to corrupt elements in Pakistan cricket because of his power as chief selector to blacklist potentially corrupt players from the national team,” added Sethi.
Sethi felt Latif had failed to comprehend the scope and power of the chief selector.
“He [Latif] agreed initially but then changed his mind, maybe because he didn’t understand the potential power he could have wielded in the crusade against corrupt players. I am sorry he decided not to serve as chief selector.”
“This meeting was held in the chairman’s office at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on Feb 26, 2014 between 3.00pm and 4.00pm,” continued Rashid.
—Agencies