Ex-cricketers want Mani to dispose off dead woods

Former cricket legends wanted Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani to get rid of dead woods in the board occupying important slots and damaging cricket for years.

Former ICC president Zaheer Abbas said Mani’s vast experience of cricketing affairs at different designated posts would help boom Pakistan cricket and it will surely enter into a new era of achievements.

Zaheer said the political influence that helped a few inefficient people remain glued to their posts was spoiling cricket and their removal was imperative to revolutionize the structure and overcome drawbacks.

He hoped Ehsan Mani’s first priority would be to assign important responsibilities to honest and competent genuine cricketers, who he said, “are familiar with the game’s affairs”.

Responding to a question, Zaheer said Mani must bring in his own team of professionals to guide him on cricket. “If any person stays somewhere for too long then politics get involved and same is the case with the PCB employees,” he added.

The spin wizard Abdul Qadir endorsing Zaheer Abbas’s concern said PCB officials including Manager Domestic Cricket, Chief Operating Officer and Director Cricket Operations were since long running the affairs but their performance was questionable as team’s ranking was declining in international rating day by day.

Qadir said, “these officials for the last 15 to 20 years have been filling their own kitties and their contribution to national cricket was “sheer enjoyment of perks and privileges.”

Batting legend Javed Miandad suggested forming a think tank comprising former cricketers to identify grey areas and formulate a comprehensive policy for a sustainable achievement.

Miandad also stressed the need to improve cricket structure at regional and district level because it was the nurturing phase from where international standard’s cricketers make a headway to the national team.

Speaking about the Asian Cup to be held in the UAE from September 15, Zaheer Abbas said teams of India and Bangladesh will give Pakistan a tough time in the mega event.

“Pakistan still has bright chances of winning the extravaganza because UAE pitches are no stranger to our players. It is their home ground and we can expect Pakistan to bring the cup home,” he said.

Abdul Qadir criticizing PCB’s holding of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Quaid-e-Azam Cup One Day in a consecutive time frame, said it was totally out of context as a player cannot focus on two formats of the tournaments and a due break was necessary to acquaint players with the environment.

“Earlier this one day cup was held in December but I cannot understand the brains behind PCB for holding this tournament in September along with Quaid-e- Azam Trophy,” he said.

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