Committed organizers require to save Pak cricket: Intikhab Alam
akistan want to get prosperous results than only total committed, welfare-oriented persons like SPM Cricket head Aizad Hussain Sayid will be needed. There had been an unchecked downward slide in Pakistani's sport and unless concerted efforts were taken the situation would plunge to abysmal depths. Unfortunately, there is no job descriptions, accountability and Standing Operation Procedure (SOP) in various sports bodies here in Pakistan," this is stated by f ormer Pakistani skipper Intikhab Alam, who got the honor of winning ODI World Cup and twenty20 World Cup, while talking as the chief guest during final of first SPM LahoreVeterans Cricket League that saw SPM Stags outplaying Lahore Whites by 78 runs with team skipper and former ODI opener Shahid Anwar (88 runs, one wicket) getting Man of the Final Award at Model Town Whites track, Model Town F-Block.
Intikhab also presented shield to Aizad for his contribution in promoting cricket. He added that the zeal and the organizing capabilities of Aizad, alongwith Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA)'s Chief Executive Officer will enable them to overcome any obstacles and First SPM Lahore Veteran Cricket League, under Aizad, will lift Veteran cricket in Lahore and surrounding districts and remote areas.
The duo kept players of yester years engaged socially realizing that the senior cricket has more to it than cricket. The 12 editions of National Senior Cup, under Ashiq, proved that they were great occasions for players to interact with some legends of the previous generations.
He also launched a scathing attack on Pakistani players, calling them 'mentally retarded' during their miserable 2009-10 tour of Australia, where they failed to win a single match. He revealed that apart from their woeful on-field performance, the players failed to conduct themselves in a proper manner off the field as well. "I felt that they are mentally retarded people, There is a mental problem with our players. They don't know how to wear their clothes and how to talk in a civilized manner."
Meanwhile Aizad has emphasized that effective long-term plannings are being needed to develop sports in all direction at grass root level to put obstacles on a continuous slide witnessed recently in various sports and games. He added: "There is no shortage of sports talents or patrons in Pakistan. But what was needed was to collect all those interested in the promotion of sports on one platform.