Lahore: Former Pakistan cricketer Mudassar Nazar was appointed as the director of the National Cricket Academy has said that his biggest task as NCA director will be to fix the broken cycle of development as it is clearly haunting Pakistan cricket and not helping in moving forward. Nazar has been appointed as the director for NCA for a period of three years during which he will look to revive the Pakistani cricket system and take it to new heights.
“I might have been away from Pakistan cricket but, in the last eight years, I have always been the true ambassador of the NCA,” Nazar, who is also part of the PCB’s cricket committee, said on Thursday during a press conference at Gaddafi stadium Lahore (quotes via ESPNcricinfo). “I was approached many times in the past but it didn’t work out, but my eyes have always been here. We all know the system was made and it was broken, and now they intend to revive and I realised that now they are serious and [will] work towards development. So I am here.
“The cycle of development is very important and, due to many reasons, it easily disintegrated twice in the last 14 years, which has cost [Pakistan cricket] five to ten years. I don’t know what the reasons were. They may be financial or whatever the circumstances were, but now my biggest task is revive this cycle and make a plan to speed up this process of development so that we can cover up the lost time.
“I will be reviving the NCA as it was earlier, and there is no rocket science in it,” Nazar said, about his plans to correct the system. “The plan is there, as the academies will have their role from top to bottom. It will similarly will be expanded from the NCA to the regional academies, age group [cricket] will come under development, the A team will be developed with emerging players and all the 16 regional academies will start functioning from August 1. So this cycle will be alive and running in due course.”
Mudassar Nazar played 76 test matches and 122 ODI matches for Pakistan and has served as the director of NCA before as well in 2006. He has coached the Pakistan cricket team in 1993 and 2001 and also did a stint as coach of Kenya cricket team in 2005.