Will head PCB if asked: Zaheer Abbas

ICC president says he is always available for Pakistan in any capacity

Sports Desk April 18, 2016

International Cricket Council (ICC) president Zaheer Abbas has entered the race to become Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) head after calls for removing the board's top brass post-World T20.

"I am always available for Pakistan in any capacity. My term as ICC president ends this year but even while I have the ICC post I can also head the board if required," said Zaheer while speaking to reporters in Lahore.

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Zaheer said it was possible for him to hold two positions since Indian board officials have also held an ICC and a board position previously.

"At the moment no one has approached me for any position in the PCB but yes if I am approached and invited to head the PCB I will not back down," he said.

The 68-year-old hailed Inzamamul Haq as chief selector. "Inzamam should do a good job but at the same time we need the right people in other positions as well including the most important post of head coach," he said.

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Zaheer also added that Pakistan never lacked talent but the system should be set right to avoid disappointments such as in the recent Asia Cup and World T20 campaigns. "We have to strengthen our domestic structure and also clearly designate job descriptions so that there is no confusion or meddling in other person's domain," he added.

The story originally appeared on IBNlive.com.


Sharique Ayubi | 6 years ago | Reply We can try Mr. Ehsan Mani. He has got immense experience as an administration and headed the ICC for a number of years. He knows the background of all the legislation undertaken by ICC. Has a very sound understanding of how ICC works and what cricket structure is most suited for Pakistan.
Asad Hasan | 6 years ago | Reply I feel that the following qualities are necessary for some one to head BCP: High energy Good administrator and experience in running top level organizations High integrity Unfortunately, both Zaheer, to a very large extent, and Majid to some extent, lack the first two requisites. Majid does have administrative experience, being at one time, chairman of Pakistan Steels, and from the CSS/DMG group, and also highly educated; however, he doesn't have any success stories, so to speak. Zaheer, was a failure as team captain - he was much too defensive, and just doesn't have the administrative skills necessary and required for the job. I feel the BCP should take their time and appoint some one who: i) should remain at the helm of affairs atleast for the next 5-7 years. ii) should be able to develop and design cricket academies in Pakistan from the grass root levels; i.e. has the organizational and management ability to oversee criket development at regional, club and school level iii) have the ability to withstand any politico/other pressures; and in the first place is selected on merit! is not the crony of some politician; and worse is not appointed thru nepotism. iv) preferably should have had nothing to do with the present lot of administrators, regional directors, selection committee members, and so on. If not, I am afraid we will remain in the doldrums and perhaps become worse, as in hockey.
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