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Thursday , February 21 , 2013
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Families bear the brunt of defeat!

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has instructed its national team players to send back their family members after suffering successive defeats in the Test series, in South Africa.

According to a report, the PCB has asked the families of seven to eight players to return home by next Tuesday.

The Board had apparently allowed the players and coach Dav Whatmore to take their families to South Africa.

But following the successive defeats, the Board is having second thoughts and believes that the presence of family members is distracting the players.

The report added that while Whatmore’s wife had returned home a few days back, the players have been told that their families must return at the earliest.

“The feeling is that the players must have spent time worrying about their families and family issues instead of focusing on their game,” the report said.

This is not a unique development as in the past too such issues have been highlighted after a bad performance by the team. The debate over allowing families to go on tour with players still remains a subject of discussion in the Pakistan cricket fraternity.

Former players have criticised the team and the management for the performances in South Africa.

In fact, coach Whatmore has come under severe criticism, with some holding him responsible for the reverses.

Whatmore, a former Australian Test player who took charge of the Pakistan team in March last year, is being blamed for being passive.

“Reports that are coming in from South Africa confirm that even after some careless approach by batsmen and bowlers in the second Test in Cape Town, Whatmore has not bothered to have a talk with them and give them a dressing down.

“Normally, when a team performs as badly as Pakistan have, the coach minces no words in making it clear to the players what is required of them,” a source close to the Pakistan team said.

Not only Whatmore, bowling coach Mohammed Akram and fielding coach Julian Fountain, are also being blamed for not being tough enough with the players.

Former Test players like Rashid Latif, Inzamam-ul Haq and Mohsin Khan have said that Whatmore has been a big disappointment.

“The problem, clearly, appears to be that Whatmore is not willing to do anything which goes against what the Test and T20 captains, Misbah-ul Haq and Mohammed Hafeez, or some other senior players are thinking…,” the team source said. (Agencies)