Karachi:Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Ejaz Butt has urged the media and people of the country to cast aside all controversies and support the national team when they defend the Twenty20 World Cup title in West Indies.
"The media focus too much on creating controversies or issues. At times even the minor issues are blown out of proportion," Butt said on Thursday.
"The national team is now going to the West Indies for an important assignment and I think the media and the people need to support it completely," he added.
Butt said that he had a lot of faith in the Pakistan team and it was capable of bouncing back from recent problems like the disciplinary actions against some players.
"The PCB is supporting the team in every way and backing it to do well but the team also need complete support of the media and public of the country. The players tend to perform above themselves when they get support from their people and their media," Butt said.
Butt's remarks came after controversy over the method of selection to replace injured Umar Gul and Yasir Arafat.
While the captain and coach in consultation with chief selector Mohsin Khan announced Muhammad Sami and rookie pacer Muhammad Irfan as replacements, Butt stepped in and approved the selection of Sami and left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman.
Although Butt officially stated that Irfan could not be picked since he was not in the provisional 30-member squad, he was upset with the coach for having announced the replacement without his approval.
"Irfan couldn't be considered because under ICC regulations teams can only replace injured players those already named in the provisional squad," he said.
The PCB Chairman also made it clear that no national selector would be accompanying the team to the West Indies as a member of the tour selection committee.
"It has been decided that the captain, coach and manager would form the tour selection committee," Butt said.
The Twenty20 World Cup will be held from April 30-May 16.
Butt refused to go into the details of the ICC executive board meeting held in Dubai earlier this week and stated that all matters discussed were confidential.
But sources said that he was pleased with the insistence of the ICC that India has to fulfill its obligation of playing a bilateral series with Pakistan before commencement of the new Future Tours Programme in 2012.