not the end
change in PCB constitution
Do not mess around with the much-maligned Misbah
The unflappable temperament and calm approach of Pakistan’s Test and ODI
captain are great assets not only as a skipper but also as a batsman
In the 373
official Test matches spread over 61 years Pakistan have been led by 30
captains out of the 213 players who have represented the country at that
level. Statistically Rashid Latif with a success rate of 66.66% is at
the top of the pile. Misbah-ul-Haq with 45% wins is only behind Waqar
Younis (58.82%), Salim Malik (58.33%) and Wasim Akram (48%). Before you
start wondering where all this is taking us I am trying to make a point
that Misbah is not one of the worst or defensive captains we have had.
By the way Imran Khan has a win percent of 29.16, Abdul Hafeez Kardar
26.08; Miandad and Mushtaq Mohammad with 41.17 and 42.10 are way ahead.
Just to end this point and leave you to draw your own conclusions
Intikhab Alam the main force in the PCB for a number of years has a win
rate of 5.88 percent — he captained Pakistan 17 times with a solitary
win. Pakistan’s win percentage in both ODIs and Twenty20s is much
higher than in Tests and as such it is hoped that the team will perform
significantly better in the forthcoming encounters. All these figures
which “stand to this day...” can be verified from the records “to
witness if I lie....” as Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay would have put
Now for the much
trumpeted age factor which is being sounded for some time. According to
the authorities of cricket in Pakistan (PCB) Misbah is a late bloomer.
They gave him a Test debut at the age of 27 and an ODI debut a year
later. Then dumped, only to resurrect him half a decade later. During
the interim period he performed creditably on the domestic scene. He was
consistently among the leading scorers with an average of around 50.
When the Twenty20 came on the scene he was chosen to play in the
inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 and performed with distinction. The
so called “tuk tuk” batsman smashed three sixers in the final
against India. He was a member of the team captained by Younis Khan
which won the coveted title two years later against Sri Lanka at
Lord’s in England.
If we take a cursory
glance at Misbah’s performance with the bat in all three formats of
the game it will be revealed that he is almost at par with the former
captain and leading batsman Younis Khan and also the future aspirant to
the stewardship of the Pakistan team Mohammad Hafeez. Misbah averages
43.19 in Tests with a strike rate of 40.74, 41.24 in ODIs (strike rate
73.54,) and 37.52 Twenty 20s (strike rate 110.20). Younis is better in
Tests average (over 50) but lower in ODIs and Twenty20 (32.08 and 22.10
respectively). Hafeez lags behind Misbah in all three formats averaging
35.12, 27.28 and 23.17 respectively) but has slightly better strike
rates of 53.55 and 114.16 in Tests and Twenty20s but is slower in ODIs
We must not forget
that Misbah was handed over the captaincy of Pakistan when the team was
in tatters after the shameful incident on the England tour of 2010 when
three of the leading players — the
captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir
were hauled up on criminal charges by the Metropolitan Police, tried at
Southwark Crown Court and sentenced to varying jail terms and ban on
cricket by the PCB and ICC.
To his credit Misbah
united the team, moulded it into a Cracker Jack unit and above all
produced positive results. Of the seven series before the South African
safari Pakistan had not lost any. They had won five — against New
Zealand, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and England which was 3-0 clean
sweep. They drew two including one against South Africa. With three Test
losses Misbah’s record is somewhat soiled as now he has led Pakistan
20 times; won 9; lost 4 with 7 drawn. I must hasten to add that Pakistan
are no strangers to being clean swept (I refrain from using the
“colour code” for obvious reasons). Since 1999/2000 this is the
fifth time that they have met this fate. It has happened four times
against Australia in Australia when they lost 0-3
in each series — for those of you who may be interested the
Pakistani captains on those trips were Wasim, Waqar, Inzamam and Yusuf;
the Australians were led by Steve Waugh and Ponting. And now against
South Africa. In all fairness they have been defeated in this manner by
No 1 ranked teams and led by Misbah clean swept a No 1 ranked team a
year ago when they downed England 3-0 in our adopted “home grounds”
in the UAE.
Misbah also became
only the second captain after Moin Khan to lead Pakistan to an Asian Cup
triumph and title.
In 2011 the
Australia-based Waqar Younis a former captain, coach and “toe
crushing” fast bowler, and now a respected analyst and commentator,
had this to say about Misbah’s captaincy and I quote (words in
parenthesis and italics mine); “I have to give full credit to Misbah
as he has stabilised the team and leads from the front (I wonder if
teams can be or have been led from the middle or back!!). His
performance is also outstanding. He makes the boys feel comfortable and
relaxed so they actually enjoy their cricket. He is mature and willing
to listen....” (maybe “listens very nicely but does
precisely what he wants...” to misquote Henry Higgins. That is
probably the secret of his success!!)
Misbah’s records and
performance speak volumes for themselves. The age factor is a non
starter as long as he remains fit. This also applies to Younis Khan and
any other player anywhere. Both Imran and Miandad played for Pakistan in
their 40th year, as have a few others for their countries — Tendulkar
now about 40, Bobby Simpson who was 42 when he played for Australia, and
Brian Close of England who was 45 when he played his last Test match.
Check the ages of Frank Woolley, Wilfred Rhodes, Miran Bux and Don
Bradman and you may be able to appreciate this better. There are others
who can easily make this list. It is fitness and form that must be the
prime factors. Misbah and Younis today are in better shape and physical
condition than some of our players in their early and mid twenties.
temperament and calm approach are great assets not only as a captain but
also as a batsman. He has abundance of patience which was demonstrated
in his two centuries each spanning 400 minutes against India in Tests.
It is his attitude, dignity and quiet authority which make him an
outstanding leader. He is not flamboyant nor an extrovert. At times you
hardly notice him on the field. He lets every one go about their tasks
and only intervenes when
Maybe a degree in Management which he possesses has helped him manage
the players better.
What have to be
checked and tackled by the PCB and tour management are the rumours that
there is disunity in the team. Misbah had meticulously and laboriously
built a unified unit. Now it seems he is seeing the citadel crumble.
This is dangerous. In fact some say he is fearful that if this trend
continues the results of the up coming ODIs in South Africa may be on
the same pattern as the tests. I shudder to contemplate.
I will leave you with
the words of the genius American poet Mattie Stepanek who was born in
1990 and died in 2004 of a crippling disease but in spite of his illness
wrote six books of poetry and 1 of essays each making it to the New York
Times Best Sellers List: “Unity is strength... when there is teamwork
and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” He was saying
nothing new. Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had stressed the motto of
unity, faith and discipline, and more than a couple of thousand years
ago Aesop had said “United we stand; divided we fall.”
The point I am trying
to stress is if a child can say and understand this why can’t we.
recently-concluded Test series against South Africa was the first one
for Azhar Ali in which he seemed to be consistently failing. He managed
just one fifty in six innings, scoring only 133 runs at a poor average
He had been making
significant contributions since he made his debut against Australia in
England in the summer of 2010, which is why he has a healthy average of
42 in Tests.
Asad Shafiq, who made
his debut later in 2010 against South Africa, did score a century and a
half century during the series, managing 199 runs, but his average of 33
was also not hugely impressive as he failed to score big on four other
But the biggest of all
failures during the Test series was that of Mohammad Hafeez, who managed
only 43 runs in six innings, at an average of 7.16. Twice did he get
dismissed without scoring. Even Saeed Ajmal had a better average of 13
as he scored 68 runs in six innings.
Taufeeq Umar, who had
to come back from South Africa because of an injury, has also not been
batting well. He scored just one fifty in the three match Test-series
against Sri Lanka last year. Before that, against England, too, he
scored just one half century in six innings.
So is it time for our
selectors to start their quest for a reliable opening pair afresh? Not
yet, I believe. All the four players mentioned above plus Younis Khan
and Misbah-ul-Haq have given Pakistan their most decent performances
since 1990s when we used to have a solid batting line up in the shape of
Saeed Anwar, Aamer Sohail, Inzamamul Haq, Ijaz Ahmed and Saleem Malik.
The selectors must not
do anything which might prove destructive in the long run. The current
batting line up deserves more chances. We must not forget that they were
facing the world’s best pace attack in their own backyard.
Dale Steyn, Vernon
Philander and Morne Morkel are among the five best fast bowlers in the
world today together with Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Their failure
against debutant Kyle Abbot in the third Test can be attributed to the
psychological trauma they had suffered because of the defeats in the
first two Tests.
The South African pace
attack has destroyed all batting line-ups in the recent past including
that of Australia. They dismissed Australia for 47 in November 2011,
didn’t they? The Aussies had Watson, Ponting, Clarke and Hussey, but
the only ones to enter double figures were their No 9 and 11.
It should also be kept
in mind that it was about after 20 months that Pakistan were playing
Test cricket outside Asia. Such a huge gap has to have its impact.
Besides, it was not
just poor batting that cost Pakistan the series. The bowlers didn’t do
well either. Umar Gul, our most experienced pacer, managed just five
wickets from two games. Saeed Ajmal, who has been the main wicket-taking
bowler for Pakistan for over two years, performed admirably in the
second Test, but got almost nothing in the first and the third.
So it will be prudent
not to touch the batting line up when the selectors draw up the team for
the next Test series. They have to keep faith in the boys.
Asad Shafiq (left) and
and fans were hopeful about Pakistan’s chances in the recently
concluded Test series against South Africa, expecting bowlers to play a
crucial role in winning a Test series for the first time on the South
All were confident
that their pace battery consisting of Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Muhammad
Irfan, Rahat Ali and Ehsan Adil with the help of spinners Saeed Ajmal
and Abdul Rehman would be able to contain the experienced Proteas
Pakistan’s best available bowlers, but the result proved that talent
alone is not enough to beat the world number one team.
Pakistan are no longer
the force they used to be in the late eighties and early nineties.
People fail to realise that matches are won through better techniques,
spirit and team effort.
But more than the
failure of bowlers it was our batting which disappointed the nation. The
conditions in South Africa are always difficult for Pakistani batsmen as
they are not used to playing on hard and grassy pitches. The lack of
experience of playing on different pitches and poor selection of shots
against swinging and rising deliveries can be attributed as the root
causes of Pakistan’s humiliating 3-0 defeat in the Test series.
performance of the batsmen created pressure for the bowlers due to which
they could not deliver the goods.
Now the Test series is
over, the second Twenty20 International is being played today and five
One-day International matches are ahead.
Some players have
joined the team for these limited-overs games, but they have very little
time to adjust to the difficult conditions.
Khan, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat and
Akmal brothers have vast experience of international cricket, but to
beat South Africa on their home ground they will need to produce
Before this One-day
International series, 57 matches have been played between the two teams.
South Africa have a clear edge with 38 wins, while Pakistan have been
successful only 18 times.
Surprisingly, in first
10 One-day Internationals Pakistan dominated with 7 wins, but the
winning ratio changed afterwards drastically. From January 1995 to May
2000, Pakistan failed to win even one of the 14 ODIs played against
South Africa’s 392/6
at Centurion in February 2007 is the highest total between the two
teams. Pakistan’s best has been 351/4 in Durban in the same season.
Pakistan were bowled
out for just 89 at Mohali in 2006, while South Africa’s lowest ODI
score against Pakistan was 101 at Sharjah in 2000.
Pakistan’s win by
182 runs at Port Elizabeth in 2002 is the biggest victory between the
two teams, while South Africa beat Pakistan by 164 runs at Centurion in
all-rounder Jacques Kallis is the most successful batsman with 1,217
runs in 40 matches at an average of 43.46 with one hundred and 10
For Pakistan former
middle-order batsman Muhammad Yousuf is still the highest run-getter
with 1116 runs in 34 ODIs, averaging 34.87, including 2 centuries and 9
Former Pakistan opener
Saleem Elahi played the longest ODI innings (135) at Port Elizabeth in
2002, while Daryll Cullinan’s 124 in Nairobi in 1996 is the best score
from any South African batsman against Pakistan.
skipper Waqar Younis took 58 wickets in 32 matches at an average of
24.89. Makhaya Ntini is the most successful South African bowler against
Pakistan with 49 wickets in 25 appearances, averaging 20.24.
Wasim Akram’s 16-5
in East London in 1993 is the best ODI bowling performance for Pakistan,
while Ntini is just behind him with 21-5 in Mohali in 2006.
pace at which the game is played these days means the visitors would
have evaded immediate proper scrutiny of their prowess in the Test
rubber. Still, here are some facts to test your patience.
Stats prove Pakistan
have a serious case for not having foreign coaches. Since 1999, it has
been at the receiving end of five whitewashes: Richard Pybus (0-3
Australia in Australia, 1999); Pybus again (0-3 Australia in UAE,
2002-3); Pybus again (0-2 South Africa in South Africa 2002-3); Bob
Woolmer (0-3 Australia in Australia 2004-5) and Dav Whatmore (0-3, South
Africa in South Africa 2013).
registered two first ball ducks and two other single digit scores for a
round tally of 43 in six innings (the lowest by any Pakistani Test
opener for a six-inning run — astonishingly, he scored only five off
Dale Steyn, who removed him four times), and still had the audacity to
say there was nothing wrong with his technique. Led by Saeed Ajmal (68)
who scored more than him, three other bowlers and a failing keeper also
had better batting averages than the opener.
The average opening
stand was only 12.58 and the collective average of the openers just
16.13 which is the second lowest (min. 20 innings) since 1970!
averages were topped by pedestrian bowler Tanvir Ahmed (54) and the
bowling by suspect opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez (5 for [email protected])!
While the Proteas were
running through Pakistan’s top order, innings after innings,
Pakistan’s top bowlers were struggling to dislodge even their lower
order. South African bowlers Robbie Peterson (37.66), Vernon Philander
(32.33) and Dale Styen (27) had comparable batting averages to
Pakistan’s top three willow wielders: Imran Farhat (36.50), Asad
Shafiq (33.16) and Younis Khan (30.66)! —K.R
registered two first ball ducks and two other single digit scores for a
round tally of 43 in six innings
Tom, Dick and Harry had predicted Pakistan would be looking down the
barrel of a pace gun in South Africa, it was generally assumed they
would not necessarily need a pacemaker to ward off the blues.
In the end, Misbah’s
misery men didn’t even have the heart — or stomach — for a fight,
save for one aberration in the second Test on a Newlands track that had
considerably eased out.
However, there, too,
the visitors contrived to fritter away a hard-earned advantage by first
allowing Robbie Peterson, who had by then forgotten how to bowl to get
away with murder with the bat, before themselves losing their marbles in
the decisive third innings when perhaps, another 50-odd runs could have
made all the difference.
The last six wickets
fell for 22 and the familiar collapse was triggered by skipper
Misbah-ul-Haq’s wild sweep, which ended in a top-edge taken behind the
wickets. South Africa of course, is hardly a happy hunting ground for
Misbah in terms of finishing off the meal ticket.
The no-brainer was
reminiscent of the fatal Marillier shot he had attempted against India
in the final over of the inaugural T20 World Cup final in 2007. To give
the devil his due, Misbah was man enough to admit his poor stroke took
away from all the hard work put in by Saeed Ajmal, and before him the
only Pakistani partnership of merit put together in the series by Younis
Khan and Asad Shafiq.
However, nothing can
take away from the complete management failure in preparing the team for
this much billed defining tour for Pakistan cricket. The challenge of
facing the world’s best outfit in their back alley required not just
serious analysis but also some mettle out-of-the-box.
A lot is being said
about the wet tennis ball theory. One can recall how Imran Khan made
effective use of the ploy on cement tracks ahead of the 1988 West Indies
tour and got his batsmen to sweat for days under the wringer before they
set sails for what was then billed as the clash of titans — Khan’s
Pakistan vs Sir Viv’s West Indies in the latter’s feared den.
Not afraid of throwing
his best for a cockfight, Khan publicly spoke of how the only, but
significant, missing link in Javed Miandad’s grand résumé was a
Caribbean cruise. Miandad responded by scoring one ODI and two
back-to-back Test hundreds against the best pace attack in the world.
No such luck a quarter
of a century later with decidedly much more regimented coaching staff,
physical trainers, nutritionist, masseur, data analyst, psychologist and
what have you.
Even though at the end
of the day, it is down to the professional players to mind their
business, the spectacular slide raises serious questions about Dav
Whatmore’s form. Was he lulled by the formbook on familiar territory,
away from the heat you encounter on seaming, bouncy pitches in the
‘white’ arc of the ICC?
Since he enjoys a
reputation on the international circuit, and has, as a professional
coach been there and done it, he has a serious case to answer for
failing not only to prepare the team, particularly at the cerebral level
or employing innovative methods to meet the challenge.
Of deep concern is the
utter lack of consistency, especially among the senior players. This is
compounded by poor fitness and indiscipline. There are no signs of
benchmark for individual performance and growth either. Setting goals
for Pakistani players is all the more important given how temperamental
some of them are — the ones who take their place for granted.
Consider: Taufeeq Umar
and Haris Sohail had to be sent home before they could feature in any
consequential tie. The latter’s selection is mired in controversy with
reports that Misbah insisted on his inclusion. Then, the ageing Tanvir
Ahmed, whose friendly medium is hardly the stuff of dreams, and Rahat
Ali, who is not cut and dried for this level despite his expensive
six-wicket haul in the last Test, were sent in as reinforcement.
As for discipline,
there was Junaid Khan, who instead of building on his promise with the
cherry decided to channel it through a water scooter and not for the
first time, crashed. The team management lied about the nature of his
injury, and at the time of writing this, he was still with the boys.
Umar Gul is known to
have mood swings and there’s no skipper in the last half a decade who
has managed to push him beyond the realm of rhythm-for-form. His fitness
has been suspect for a long time, yet he continues to ride his luck
since he is the self-styled kingpin.
When was the last time
a team ventured into a Test match with three rookie pacers (Irfan, Rahat,
Adil) with two Test appearances and three wickets amongst them as
happened at Centurion?
That pretty much
summed up Pakistan’s lack of leadership, armoury and worst still,
belonging to the game at this level.
The writer is a former
editor of The News
A few days
back, the PHF secretary dropped a bombshell: “Pakistan will not be
able to send its national team for the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia
starting from March 9 and also the junior team for the under 18 Asia Cup
in Singapore in June unless the government releases the funds.”
Asif Bajwa blamed the
federal and the provincial government of Punjab. “The federal
government has not released the promised grant of 100 million rupees
while the Punjab government had also promised us 30 million rupees which
is yet to reach us.”
The present set up of
the PHF, Qasim Zia the president and Asif Bajwa the secretary, came to
the helm in late 2008. Though former internationals of repute, both owe
elevation to these offices to their political connections. Qasim Zia is
a sitting member of the Punjab assembly. More importantly, he is a
member of the central executive committee of the PPP, ruling the country
since 2008. While the man behind Asif Bajwa’s appointment is his
namesake, a very prominent PML-N politician, hailing from his home town
of Sialkot. The PML-N was the coalition partner of the PPP in centre
when the two gentlemen assumed the charge.
The PML-N has also
been ruling the Punjab province since 2008.
Hence, it is incomprehensible that the duo has not been able to
get the promised money. Throughout their tenure, Qasim and Bajwa have
been praising these governments for extending financial help to hockey.
It comes to about
Rs850 million. Now all of a sudden ‘bankruptcy’ has been declared.
It means the PHF was managing its affairs on a day-to-day basis. They
hadn’t saved anything from this Rs850 million.
The secretary has put
down the refusal of foreign teams to visit Pakistan as another main
reason for the financial crunch. Okay. But there are alternatives.
Pakistan cricket has also been facing the same scenario but the
bilateral Test and limited overs series have been held at neutral
venues. A Pakistan-India hockey contest has always been a crowd-puller,
even in Europe and the Americas.
Instead of trying to
have foreign teams in Pakistan, the PHF should have tried to arrange
Indo-Pak series in countries with large expat population from the
sub-continent. Gulf is one such market. With no Indo Pak bilateral
cricket for last many years, a hockey series would have attracted big
crowds and brought good money for the PHF.
A series with
back-to-back matches in Dubai, Sharjah and Qatar could be an excellent
money spinner. It might surprise some of us but it was in the Gulf where
prize money in international hockey was introduced for the first time.
It was Brig MH Atif,
the former secretary of the PHF, who realised that the Middle East would
soon be a major sports centre. The Pakistan-India hockey series
organised by the great visionary in Kuwait and Dubai in the mid ‘80s
were the first real international hockey activity in that part of the
Then he went a step
further. The two four-nation tournaments in Dubai and Kuwait in January
1986 were the first international hockey events to officially offer
prize money anywhere in the world.
And it was before
Bukhatir’s cricket show in the UAE.
Qatar, with world’s
fastest economic growth rate of 19 percent, is a potential gold mine for
hockey. The sport made remarkable progress in the sheikdom during last
year ó staged the first round of the World Hockey League and, in
December, hosted the very high profile Asian Champions Trophy.
For the final between
Pakistan and India, more than 7,000 fans turned up and reportedly some
paid 500 riyals to buy tickets with face value of only 10.
Away from the Middle
East, countries like England, Canada and the USA, all with large
population from the Subcontinent, also offer good opportunities.
England and Canada
have good national sides, so tri-nation series won’t be a bad idea. A
member of the PHF’s executive board told me he has already been
approached by interested Canadian parties.
Then there is the
matter of getting domestic sponsorship. That requires astute marketing
and publicity skills. Admittedly, cricket snatches the lion’s share in
Pakistan. But other than cricket, hockey has no big rivals. Domestic
cricket tournaments in Pakistan are also getting good sponsorship. The
domestic T20 tournaments are projected over the media, luring good
audiences both on the ground and TV. Why can’t the PHF stage colourful
intercity tournaments on the same pattern?
The incompetency of
the national hockey federation has no end. Just look at the official
website of the PHF; not updated for a long time.
In short, the PHF
remained dependent on the government grants and largely failed to
generate income through other sources.
The PHF not only
failed to generate money from its own sources but also failed to utilize
properly the money showered by the government. The money lavished by the
government was also squandered ó for example, on academies. Immediately
after coming to the power, the PHF came up with the idea of the hockey
academies. It was welcomed by all and sundry. But everyone was taken
aback when the formation of no less than 18 academies was announced. The
sensible voices opined that initially only four or five academies should
have been established. Depending on their performance, the number could
be gradually increased.
intention of the PHF was to oblige its near and dear ones, who were
appointed coaches at these academies. Despite spending tens of millions
of rupees, the output from the academies is disappointing as they have
failed to produce any outstanding talent.
On the overseas tours
of the national teams, there are always a number of joy riders. The
scribe covered the 2009 test series between England and Pakistan in the
English city of Cannock for a British magazine.
The Pakistani team was
accompanied by the omnipresent secretary PHF, the full selection
committee and quite a few of the federation’s favourite journalists.
It may be mere
coincidence but the much talked about amendments in the Pakistan Cricket
Board (PCB) came just a day after Pakistan’s cricket team was
whitewashed in the Test series in South Africa.
In a country where
cricket is the most popular sport by a long way the powers that be
certainly need to do more than just amending or revising the
constitution which has currently been carried out upon the guidelines of
the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The many of the
initiatives of the current PCB Chairman, Chaudhary Zaka Ashraf,
including the promulgation of long delayed constitution, are steps in
the right direction but the uncertainty remains about the future of the
game in Pakistan because of the events of the past.
Pakistan cricket has
witnessed so many ups and downs over the years that one can’t be sure
what’s coming next. Some of the administrators succeeded in raising
the bar through visionary and decisive leadership while quite a few have
been guilty of hurting the cause of the game immensely.
The damage caused by
the immediate past chairman of the PCB, Ijaz Butt, was immeasurable to
say the least. His inconsistent policies put the Pakistan cricket in the
His successor, Zaka
Ashraf was also appointed by the same person, President Asif Zardari.
President, in his capacity of being the Patron-in-Chief of the PCB, is
the sole authority to nominate the Chairman of the Board, without
seeking any approval or may be even advice from any house or body.
Many quarters were
critical of the system of governance in the Board for decades now with
the Chairman being considered solely responsible for calling the shots,
bypassing the other stakeholders.
What about the future?
The new constitution of the PCB, to be promulgated shortly, seems to be
democratic in nature as representation has been given to the regions as
well as departments.
According to the
reports, the new law proposes the establishment of a four-member
committee created by the current chairman, which would comprise of the
President of President and cricket officials from the provinces and the
The President would
have two votes and other members of the committee would have one vote
each, according to the constitution’s provisions. The period of the
chairman’s tenure would be four years and he would only be answerable
to the President of the country.
The election of the
Chairman has to be ratified by the General Council members, including
representatives of the regional associations and departments.
The Chairman in the
new constitution will have powers to appoint the Chief Operating
Officer, Chief Financial officer and takes decisions on the captain,
coach and team issues without seeking approval from the General Council
as is the case in the existing constitution.
demand of the regions and departments is also being fulfilled in the new
the constitution as a couple of technocrats and as many former
cricketers are to be elected in the Governing Council by regions and
these are indeed positive steps and they should help in evolving a
system that would allow Pakistan to continue producing world-class
But the amendment in
constitution should be treated just as the first step. It won’t yield
results until the PCB brings in professionalism and merit becomes the
sole criterion in all selection matters. That’s how Pakistan could
turn the tables in the cricket field. Otherwise the dream of becoming
the No 1 team in the world may always remain a dream.
can’t guarantee success. Good governance is needed to put Pakistan
back on the road to glory. The PCB Chairman has to lead by example and
he has to set high standards.
There can’t be two
opinions about the enormity of cricketing talent in Pakistan. It’s the
sport in Pakistan although the country has not hosted any Test match or
One-day International since April 2009. It’s time that the people
running Pakistan cricket do their job in a professional manner.