LAHORE; Federal Law Minister Farooq H. Naek on
Sunday suggested for setting up a five-member high powered
cricket committee to streamline the working of Pakistan
He was addressing a news conference after a meeting with
former test cricketers including Pakistan captains, Ramiz
Raja, Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar and Mushtaq
Ahmad. The meeting continued for almost one hour in which
former masters of the game gave useful suggestions for the
betterment of cricket and lifting Pakistan out of present
crisis in which foreign teams have refused to visit Pakistan
owing to security concerns.
The Federal Minister said there is dire need to have
such a powerful committee to guide Chairman of the Board on
important issues and to have a major role in decision making.
“It was very good meeting in which the former test
cricketers expressed their concern over the downfall of the
game and the situation we are facing in which foreign teams
are not visiting Pakistan and all these circumstances show
that Pakistan cricket is following a downward trend and
greater efforts are needed for putting it back on the road of
success,” he asserted.
Farooq H. Naek said in the set up of PCB its Chairman
enjoys all the powers and that is why a constitution committee
was set up to curtail these powers.
He said the high powered committee can play a vital role
in balancing these powers and it can also be helpful in
extending cooperation to the Governing Board.
“Only those should be selected for the committee who
have played at least fifty test matches so that they should be
able to understand cricket affairs and matters in a better way,” he added. He said that the high powered committee should be appointed for
at least two to three years and its main responsibility should
be to have good coordination with the PCB Chairman.
He also pointed out that our domestic cricket also needs to be
overhauled and only solid efforts can address this problem.
Answering a question,he said the new chairman of the
PCB will be appointed soon. He said that former test
cricketers have suggested to form a World XI to arrange a tour
to Pakistan to hold matches at different centres.
“There is a dire need to better the image of the
country and such a series can do a lot for proving that
Pakistan is a suitable country for international cricket matches,” he added.
“In the present circumstances it seems that Pakistan
cricket is gradually finishing because of lack of
international activity and it is our collective duty to bail
out our cricket from this crisis and former cricketers can
play a big role in this regard,” he said.
To a question he said a suitable and knowledgable
person will be sent to Dubai for representing Pakistan in the
ICC meeting being held from October 14-15.
Ramiz Raja said that there is no hidden agenda in this
meeting and they have come forward to save and serve Pakistan
Inzamam-ul-Haq said that the ban on those players who are
playing in Indian Cricket League should be lifted and they
should be allowed to play cricket home and aborad.
Wasim Akram said that former test cricketers should be given their due
role in the PCB and it should be headed by a former test cricketer
and on the adminstration and marketing side corporate professionals
should be appointed.
He said that India has benefited from the services of
former test cricketers to promote cricket and ss such a set up
should also be followed in Pakistan.