KARACHI – Renowned former Test cricketer Basit Ali has resigned as head coach of women’s Under 19 Cricket Team on Friday, PakistanTribe.com reported.
Basit was under extreme pressure after the dismal performance of the team in Women’s Asia Cup.
He then fell into a row with former cricket Mahmood Hamid who alleged him of slapping him for criticizing Basit on TV.
The incident occurred on Thursday during a one-day cricket tournament underway at the National Stadium. However, after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took notice of the incident and announced to take strict action, basit apologized and later he announced to resign.
The former cricketer went on to say that Basit Ali should be fired by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for his misbehavior and repeated reports of misconduct.
“He is ruining the image of Pakistan cricket. I request PCB to remove him. Look at the performances of our international women team and our junior teams. That is enough,” Hamid said.
However, PCB chairman Shahryar Khan met Mahmood Hamid after the incident. Slamming Basit Ali’s misbehavior, the PCB chairman said the board would take strict action against him.
“Basit should not have done this. This is extremely regrettable,” Shahryar said.
Earlier this week, Mahmood Hamid had criticised the performances of the Pakistan international women cricket team and the Under-19 team. Basit Ali is also the selector of the U-19 team
Basit first denied the report and then tendered an apology to him on live show for the ‘misbehave.’
It is pertinent to mention here that a private Sport channel of the country was excessively targeting Basit ever since he assumed charge as the head coach of U-19 women cricket team and before being selector of men’s junior cricket team.