By Jahanzaib Ali
The former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Naseem Ashraf, thinks that a local coach can’t get rid of the problems in the national team.
In an exclusive chat with ARY News in Washington D.C, Ashraf expressed his disappointment over the recent performances by the national team.
“I don’t think so that a local coach will work for the Pakistan team. It seems like they are playing cricket 10 years back. Their recent performances have really made me saddened,” he said.
The ex PCB chairman praised Mickey Arthur for lifting the team’s performance during his period. “I do not agree with the management’s decision to change the coach at a time when Mickey Arthur was all set with the team,
“Mickey took the team to a high level and was handling the affairs in a befitting manner but all of a sudden they changed him, it will not work,” Ashraf maintained.
He highlighted that Misbah-ul-Haq was an excellent cricketer but it is not necessary that he will be a good coach too. “I always admired Misbah as a player but that does not mean he can be a good coach,” he said.
To a query about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s direct involvement in PCB’s affairs, Ashraf doesn’t think that PM Khan has an influence on the board’s decisions.
“PCB should stop the blame game and try to learn from their mistakes. The think tank should review their decisions and try to overcome the weaknesses,” he said.
On the other hand, Asraf termed PSL a lifeline for Pakistan cricket. “PSL is a nursery for Pakistan cricket until it is looked after weel. The board should work on the several issues related to players’ development,” he concluded.