THE CHIEF SELECTOR OF PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM MOHSIN KHAN takes an easy route of escapism by shifting blames on the captain and the coach. How often do we see that man staggers through life yapped at by his reason, pulled and shoved by his appetites, whispered to by fears, beckoned by hopes, small wonder that what he craves most is self forgetting. What Mohsin Khan is forgetting is when he was not the CS, he used to openly and blatantly criticize the selectors, coach, managers and even players and that was so easy to do so while sitting in a comfortable room surrounded by cameras and you know you are on a TV talk show.
The irony is man seems to escape himself in myth and does so by means at his disposal. The lies and the inaccuracies in passing those judgments (while you are on a TV talk show) gives some kind of sweet comfort. Whereas, the truth is when you have to deal with those forces against whom you are passing that judgment especially when your own livelihood is at stake, then you try to sugarcoat and mince words, shift blames, make others responsible or at least try to drag them into the mess which you are responsible of creating it and then you try to escape from it. It is like that when we travel we are in search of distance, but distance is not to be found, it melts away and escape has never led anywhere.
Not only Mohsin Khan, we have seen in the past and it is not just the selectors but others too behaving in similar way, they all act and behave like, His Master’s Voice puppy. The recent statement given by Mohsin Khan to the media that he is not alone in selecting this team but, Afridi and Waqar Younus were also in it and it was a joint decision. We all know how the joint decisions are taken when there is nepotism and regionalism, there are letters of recommendation, telephone calls from ministers, senators and VIP’s pressurizing the selectors to choose a team from the list that has been provided to them. It is then these spineless selectors have to come up to the media and speak the truth by saying: “This is not the team that I want to select. Or, these are not the players who should be included in the squad, but we are being pressurized by so and so…” This is the truth, the problem is they cannot handle the truth.
Afridi is known for taking emotional and erratic decisions whether he is a captain, player or has a say in selection and they all make fun of his decision making, so why give that much importance to his say now? Waqar, they all say that he was a good bowler but, not a captain material or a strategist. He could be a good bowling coach but, he was not a batsman and he knows nothing about batting and to have his say in team selection especially in choosing batsmen is ridiculous and laughable at those who consider him as fine decision maker or selector.
On the contrary Mohsin Khan was a good batsman, he was in the team when Imran Khan was his captain, he must have learnt a lot from him, over the years he has matured not only as an individual who has experienced life but, as an ex-player who can observe the batting techniques of other players and their performance better than a lay person or a bowler. Imran was not just a bowler he was an all-rounder and as a captain he is so far the best Pakistan has produced but, neither Waqar nor Wasim could match his abilities. I am saying this because there is a general misconception that a good bowler is also a good captain. Wrong.
It was very shocking to see how Mohsin Khan is now trying to cover his back by shifting blames on Afridi and Waqar knowing that they can’t do anything to him personally, whereas if he has spoken a word against Ijaz Butt or named the ministers, senators and those who pushed their son-in-laws or nephews or the henpecked husband, he would have been in trouble. Basically Mohsin Khan attempted to hide the dirt under the carpet but, he did not realize that someone could beat the carpet and create a cloud of dust and make him difficult to breathe.
Mohsin still did not mention anything about recalling Younus Khan and Fawad Alam while both of them are in the UK and are playing domestic cricket there. Both of them are in good form and shape and have scored decent runs in a few matches they have played. And, both of them are a 100 times better than Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik. More than 90% of the population of cricket watchers in Pakistan agree with this but, no one is doing anything to bring back Younus Khan and Fawad Alam and this is called inherited congenital blindness where the iris is so rudimentary that it appears to be absent, they cannot see the most obvious things, this kinda blindness is found mainly in animals, mostly among cattle. But, is there any doubt that Ijaz Butt & Co., may not have inherited it from the cattle?