Finally stability at the PCB

Off-field, too, Khan would have to play his diplomatic card astutely, ensure Indian cricket board fulfils its promise

Editorial August 20, 2014

Expectedly, Shahryar Khan has taken over as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after a unanimous election to the post through the support of the Board of Governors.

The 80-year-old veteran diplomat is now saddled in his second stint at the helm of the governing body of the game in the country.

Mr Khan who first served as chairman in a three-year stint that started in 2003 has already declared that he wants to bring stability to the board.

While consistency in Board’s leadership is surely welcomed, Mr Khan’s indication of sticking out with Misbahul Haq as captain all the way to the World Cup next year has got tongues wagging.

Pakistan was rolled over quite comfortably by Sri Lanka in the two Test match series that ended on Monday.

A first-ever whitewash against the spirited Asians, it seems, has failed to ring alarm bells. Misbah, who did a stellar job with the national team after taking over as captain in 2010 all the way till the England Test series whitewash in the UAE in 2012, has become stagnant and rigid in his game plan.

The 40-year-old failed to inspire his team with the bat in Sri Lanka too — a trait that had been a constant since 2010.

In his first press conference after taking over, Mr Khan termed the Sri Lankan result an aberration, but the fact remains that Pakistan has not won a single Test series since the England win. The national team’s poor run in the longest format is poignantly reflected by their sixth ranking.

Off-field, too, Mr Khan would have to play his diplomatic card astutely and ensure that the Indian cricket board fulfils its promise of playing a financially lucrative bilateral series with Pakistan next year.

The PCB’s management is heavily relying on Mr Khan’s track record of successfully arranging two tours of India during his earlier stint (2004 and 2006). But with the ongoing political turmoil it is a little early to predict what the future holds for Indo-Pak cricket and a lot will depend on how the new chief steers the PCB ship.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2014.

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Anjaan | 7 years ago | Reply

Cricket can not be seen in isolation from the current state of India Pakistan relations ... regardless of what the new PCB chief has in his mind, until the masterminds of the Mumbai massacre are brought to justice in Pakistan, Pakistani cricketers have no chance in Indian IPL ... the people of India will never play cricket with Pakistan, when they know that terrorists are being trained and sent in India to kill innocent civilians ... !!

Dilip | 7 years ago | Reply

There is AT LAST some hope for Pakistan cricket, after the recent ridiculous flip-flops that had reduced whatever was left of it to a joke! This person Mr. Shahryar Khan -- one of Pakistan's last proper diplomat (evidence: his impeccable handling of Pakistan's England tour of 2006) -- is now saddled with an onerous task. Even at the age of 80 yrs (when normally any man like him would only be interested in the "great/grand-children business") to come to Pak cricket's assistance is laudatory to say the least! Even as an Indian, I wish him my sincere good wishes that he is able to do his bit... at the very least, the game of cricket deserves it! LONG may he live...!!

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