Miandad questions new constitution

Advocates appointment of experienced administrator.

Emmad Hameed July 21, 2014

KARACHI: Following the promulgation of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) new constitution, former Test captain Javed Miandad said he is unsure about its effectiveness in both the short and long terms.

The new constitution gained approval during a hearing of PCB cases in the Supreme Court on Monday.

“One doesn’t know what exactly is going to be implemented,” Miandad told The Express Tribune.

“There is no guarantee that a suitable candidate will take over even after the elections. At the moment, the PCB is in dire need of a chairman who has a sound reputation locally and internationally.”

Miandad added that the only solution for the predicament is the appointment of an experienced administrator as the chairman of the PCB.

“The board must have a capable administrator or a former cricketer with a proven track record, otherwise the management crisis will only deepen,” said the former PCB Director General.

Miandad, who featured in 124 Test matches, added that the management crisis in the board has adversely affected the game.

‘Reorganisation at provincial level needed’

The veteran batsman also felt that a new system facilitating cricket at the provincial level needs to be introduced.

“We have four provinces in the country, the surplus earnings of the PCB should be distributed equally between them,” said Miandad.

“The regional and district system encourages corruption. At the provincial level, the chief ministers should ensure accountability of all officials besides distributing the finances to run the game smoothly.”

Miandad, who also coached the national team in three different tenures, feels that the traditional nurseries of the game – Karachi and Lahore – have failed to produce quality players lately.

“The grounds and academies in the major cricketing centres lack quality, most of the playgrounds have been destroyed. The PCB must also try and redeem itself following this alarming situation”.   He concluded that he is available to serve Pakistan cricket, provided he is given due respect and recognition that his stature demands.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2014.

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