How Wasim Akram can turn around Pakistan Cricket?

How Wasim Akram can turn around Pakistan Cricket?

ISLAMABAD, Jul 8 (APP): Former head coach Waqar Younis has

urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to utilize Wasim Akram more

as his suggestions and ideas can help Pakistan cricket to move


Waqar said the key decision-makers advising the Chairman

should be former cricketers. "I have stated this fact in my

recommendation reports to the Pakistan Cricket Board."

"You need a cricket committee who make the cricketing

decisions. What's happening is that all of the decisions are coming

from the Board of Governors and there are no cricketers amongst

them," he told

"We need to give responsibility to cricketers such as Wasim

Akram, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Ramiz Raja. Wasim needs to be

utilised more by the Board for suggestions and ideas and to help

Pakistan cricket move forward," he said.

Waqar said we have to make sure our domestic structure is

improved and is of a better standard. "Look at the example of South

Africa who was out of international cricket for many years but I

remember going to South Africa for the first time in 1994 and when

playing against them I felt like this nation had never been away

from international cricket . This was due to their strong domestic

cricket structure that produced excellent cricketers".

He said our stadiums are empty, nobody is watching domestic

cricket apart from the major twenty-over tournaments. "Our cricket

committee needs to have eight to ten top quality cricketers as their

ideas can be beneficial to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and

Pakistan cricket 's future."

"I gave PCB the names of people who should be on the cricket

committee, but instead they have brought in Iqbal Qasim and Nadeem

Khan who played cricket so long ago and are not really in touch with

modern day cricket . I have nothing against these people but we need

to move forward," he said.

Speaking about the new head coach Mickey Arthur, Waqar advised

Mickey to be patient and honest. "He is an experienced coach and he

has coached around the world and that will be beneficial. I think

the Pakistan team will blossom under Mickey."

"Things are moving forward, Mudassar Nazar is there now and he

will do a good job with the academies and we have to be patient.

Everyone has to give Mickey some time and not expect too much, too

soon," he said.

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