Cricket: Target smaller teams instead of begging the big boys, says Shaharyar

Published: April 20, 2012

“Our cricket fraternity was delighted by the news of the tour." PHOTO: AFP

“Our cricket fraternity was delighted by the news of the tour." PHOTO: AFP Desperate times have called for desperate measures from the PCB but the efforts seem to be going in vain. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Following the postponement of the Bangladesh tour, former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan wants the current setup to bring in lower-ranked teams to the country instead of urging Test nations to tour.

“It is very unfortunate that the postponement came after the confirmation,” Shaharyar told The Express Tribune. “Our cricket fraternity was delighted by the news of the tour.

“There must be some political influence behind the decision but whatever it is, it is a huge setback for Pakistan because the deadlock would’ve been broken by this tour and bringing in teams like Sri Lanka was next in the PCB’s plans.”

Shaharyar, also a former Pakistan diplomat, advised the PCB to focus on the lower-ranked teams now.

“We should start from the lower-ranked teams. The PCB must focus on inviting associate members or other club-level teams to play with our second string sides. It should host such teams on regular basis and by doing that repeatedly, with success, a soft impression will definitely be created which will start attracting top teams.

“At the same time, international players from other games like hockey, tennis and boxing should also be invited by their bodies. I don’t see the drought ending without this process taking place, especially after the postponement of Bangladesh’s tour.”

‘PPL to have no impact’

The former PCB chairman also warned that the proposed Pakistan Premier League (PPL) will not serve the purpose the board wants it to and will have no impact on international cricket’s resumption in the country.

It will, Shaharyar added, only quench the thirst of fans in Pakistan who have been starved of live cricket action.

Meanwhile, Shaharyar also dispelled the impression that PPL will help the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.

“It may be a cricket treat for our fans but it will have no impact on bringing international teams here. At the moment, no current top player will tour Pakistan even for a huge amount.

“The PCB will only succeed in roping players who have passed their prime or are retired cricketers and their participation will not make any difference to what the PCB actually wants to achieve.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • adam khan
    Apr 20, 2012 - 2:43AM

    like allways bengalies are traitors bk stabbers am not suprised not 24get india is playing a major role in this who are clearly involed in match fixings them selves

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  • SaudiRules
    Apr 20, 2012 - 3:56AM

    “Shaharyar, also a former Pakistan diplomat, advised the PCB to focus on the lower-ranked teams now”
    So lower ranking team’s players arent worried about getting blown up? What kind of idiotic statement is it from a former diplomat?On the lighter side, have Imran khan travel,stay with the visiting foreign team and let IK be an umpire during the game. The talibans wont dare to attack lest IK gets injured.:D

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  • yajsingh
    Apr 20, 2012 - 8:55AM

    @adam khan What nonsense? Why would any team or person for that matter come to a place where law & order doesn’t exist, Karachi was burning the other day, Shia’s are murdered in broad day light, Baloch are claiming they aren’t pakistanis, Ahemehdiya mosque is blown-up every now & then, Hindu’s & other minorities never find justice and top that with every suicide bomber – literally, anywhere in the world – has a Pakistani connection.
    Truth is even many pakistanis don’t wish to be identified with present day Pakistan.
    Btw, if you ever happen to go to US or Canada, don’t be surprised to find pakistanis calling themselves as Indian Muslims.Recommend

  • WoW
    Apr 20, 2012 - 9:11AM

    Pakistan is still begging?

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  • Adam
    Apr 20, 2012 - 1:58PM

    @yajsingh:
    I am Pakistani living in Canada and like myself all other countrymen are proud to call thmeselves as PAKISTANI…Recommend

  • ozair mustafa
    Apr 20, 2012 - 2:20PM

    I think its good suggestion, perhaps PCB should induct Mr Shaaryar Khan as an adviser , it would be immensly helpful.

    No use blaming Bangla Desh our main failure has been unable to stop attack on Sri Lanka team
    with no one taking responsibilty of the lax attitude.We are suffering because we did not take the security seriously back then.

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  • S.F.Ali
    Apr 20, 2012 - 2:59PM

    I think he is right that PCB should contact associate team to play in Pakistan. Afghanistan is always ready to play in Pakistan. Teams like Ireland, Afghanistan,Kenya and many more will be happt to play iin here. I think they shoud ask Zimbabwe as well.

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  • malik
    Apr 20, 2012 - 3:03PM

    What he means is that, Pak should invite teams from Papua New Guinea, Somalia, Kenya and Afghanistan… These guys cannot talk about security situation in Pakistan. Anyways, since they play for lower ranked teams, their lives are not that precious.

    Moreover, being lower ranked teams, it is their duty to show the world that Pak is fit for holding international matches !

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  • S.F.Ali
    Apr 20, 2012 - 3:08PM

    @ yajsingh & adam khan: I am not targeting anyone here but we all know that BCB was ready for the tour but at the last moment their court jump into the scene.

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  • vasan
    Apr 20, 2012 - 3:35PM

    Adam Khan : Can u sleep without India coming in your dreams/nightmares ?

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  • Pungi
    Apr 20, 2012 - 3:42PM

    What nonsense…who is begging? Inviting them to tour Pakistan doesn’t mean begging…afterall they were going to get money for that not us..!!

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  • Buck
    Apr 20, 2012 - 6:41PM

    Who is lower ranked than Bangladesh ? :P

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  • Enough BS
    Apr 20, 2012 - 7:22PM

    @SaudiRules: What does Imran Khan have to do with this? Do you know the definition of “nonsense”? I think that definition applies to your comment..

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Apr 21, 2012 - 10:10AM

    Shaheryar Sb, Bangladesh is a low rank team. And PCB should go for PPL. Let the world know we can stand ourself and prosper without the help of any foreigner.

    Lets stop looking at the world in every expect of life…

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  • Apr 23, 2012 - 5:31PM

    we afghani are ready to play cricket in pakistanRecommend

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