Mohsin Khan quits as head of Pakistan’s cricket committee

Mohsin Khan the head of Pakistan Cricket Board's cricket committee quits the position. (AFP/File)
Updated 21 June 2019

Mohsin Khan quits as head of Pakistan’s cricket committee

  • Khan has recently criticized Pakistan Team’s dismal performance in the World Cup
  • Cricket board managing director Wasim Khan will be the new head of the committee

ISLAMABAD: Former test opening batsman Mohsin Khan has quit as head of Pakistan Cricket Board’s cricket committee just four days after the national team lost to archrival India at the World Cup.
Khan, appearing as an analyst on national television, had been criticizing Pakistan dismal performance at the tournament.
The PCB issued a statement saying that during a recent meeting with the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani, Khan had “expressed his willingness to be released from his current position, which was accepted by the PCB chairman.”
Pakistan has won just one of its first five group matches at the World Cup, against top-ranked England.
A heavy loss to India last weekend likely means Pakistan needs victories in each of its remaining games, starting against South Africa on Sunday at Lord’s, to stand a chance of qualifying for the semifinals.
Former test captains Wasim Akram and Misbah-ul-Haq along with Urooj Mumtaz, ex-captain of Pakistan’s women’s team, are the other members of the cricket committee.
Mohsin Khan thanked the board for giving him an opportunity to head the cricket committee and said his “services are always available for Pakistan cricket at a suitable position in view of my past record.”
He was previously head of the selection committee and also coached the national team.
PCB managing director Wasim Khan will be the new head of the cricket committee as the cricket board plans to carry out robust review of national team’s performance over the past three years.


Pakistan’s fastest man shares recipe for success and delicious pulao

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Pakistan’s fastest man shares recipe for success and delicious pulao

  • Sami Ullah won the bronze medal in the men’s 100-meter race at the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal
  • He reconciles his sports career with running his father’s pulao business

PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s fastest man, Sami Ullah, who won the bronze medal in the men’s 100-meter race at the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal on Tuesday, is all into sports, but he also needs to support his family, which he does with a traditional rice dish – pulao.
“I know that I need time to practice and improve my speed, but I am also aware that my family depends on my pulao sales,” the 25-year-old athlete told Arab News during a phone call from Nepal’s Katmandu on Thursday.
The young runner’s talent has been widely recognized even before he won the gold medal at the National Games in Peshawar last month, when he completed 100 meters in just 10.64 seconds. For comparison, the record of the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, for the same distance is 9.58 seconds.

In this undated photograph, Pakistan’s fastest man weighs a pulao portion at his shop in Jamrud, Khyber district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. (Photo courtesy: Sami Ullah)

Under his coach, Muhammad Shah, who as Ullah says “polished” his skills, the runner won gold twice when he was a teenager, in the under-14 and under-19 categories. It was also Shah who kept his spirits up when Ullah thought to give up.
“I injured my foot and treatment took four years. It was a crucial point in my sports career. I was disheartened and my dream of becoming a champion seemed to me an illusion,” he said. But at that time the coach and friends came with support and infused into him new energy.
Besides the coach, there was one more very special person who made his sports career possible.
“Since childhood I’ve been assisting my father at his pulao shop,” Ullah said. While back then the father was not enthusiastic about his son’s athletic career, the young runner found a powerful supporter in his mother, who secretly gave him money to buy vitamins and other things he needed to go on.

In this undated photograph, Sami Ullah runs his father’s pulao stall in Jamrud, Khyber district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. (Photo courtesy: Sami Ullah)

Sports is his passion, but Ullah knows that he must reconcile it with running the pulao business of his father Dilawar Khan. Khan migrated from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s southern district of Bannu to the town of Jamrud in Khyber, where in a roadside restaurant he introduced the delicious pulao variant of his home region.
His father’s recent retirement, gave Ullah sole responsibility for running the shop.
While he has his eyes fixed on bigger goals and wants to wave Pakistan’s flag in international competitions, the country’s fastest man begins his day slowly with cooking utensils, a manual weighing scale, spoons and a huge pot of rice.
His recipe for success is in loving for both his father’s legacy and his own dreams.
“No doubt, it is a difficult task to keep both the family business and my personal dreams alive,” he said. But he attributes his stamina to having many responsibilities. “That’s why I love both my father’s seat and my own goals,” he said.
His recipe for delicious pulao is in proportion. He mixes 25 kilograms of rice with the same amount of meat and cooks it all in a spicy garam masala blend. The spice mix, however, shall remain a family secret.