KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed former captain Zaheer Abbas as Sialkot Stallions’ manager for next month’s Champions League in South Africa.
Abbas replaces Col Naushad Ali who was, in turn, appointed in place of Naeem Akhtar.
Sialkot, the seven-time national twenty20 champions, will become the first domestic side of the country to take part in the competition. While there was no confirmation from the board, Sialkot region president Zulfiqar Malik said he was informed of the decision by senior domestic official of the board, Zakir Khan.
“It is a decision taken by the PCB committee comprising Javed Miandad, Intikhab Alam and Zakir Khan,” Malik told The Express Tribune from London. “I’ve was given the confirmation by the PCB. Previously, the region made these decisions but we have been told that it is now under the PCB’s domain since the team will go for an international tournament.”
Meanwhile, the PCB’s decision to remove Sialkot’s regular manager Naeem irked the region’s officials and players who have termed it damaging for the team ahead of the tournament.
Malik reiterated the request to take Akhtar as an assistant manager.
“Abbas is a respected figure and we have no issues with him. But we feel the team needs Akhtar and we request them to appoint him as an assistant manager.”
Published in The Express Tribune, September 7th, 2012.