PCB needs to utilize Wasim Akram more in order to move forward


Islamabad: Former Pakistan fast bowler and coach Waqar Younis has urged the PCB to effectively utilize the nation’s legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram and use his experience to good effect for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.

“I have stated this fact in my recommendation reports to the Pakistan Cricket Board,” he said in an interview with PakPassion.net.

“You need a cricket committee who make the cricketing decisions. What’s happening is that all of the decisions are coming from the board of governors and there are no cricketers amongst them,” he said.

“Our cricket committee needs to have eight to ten top quality cricketers as their ideas can be beneficial to the PCB and Pakistan cricket’s future.”

“I gave PCB the names of people who should be on the cricket committee, but instead they have brought in Iqbal Qasim and Nadeem Khan who played cricket so long ago and are not really in touch with modern day cricket.

“I have nothing against these people but we need to move forward,” he said, adding that cricketers like Wasim Akram, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Ramiz Raja should be given more responsibility.

“Wasim needs to be utilised more by the PCB for suggestions and ideas, and to help Pakistan cricket move forward,” the former skipper said.

“Things are moving forward. Mudassar Nazar is there now and he will do a good job with the academies and we have to be patient,” he said.

Pakistan’s domestic structure has always been under the scrutiny due to lack of quality cricket and the fact that not many world class cricketers are coming up. He pointed out the example of South Africa who, despite being away from international cricket for a fairly long time, resurfaced on the international horizon with the same impact and a lot of credit goes to their domestic cricket for keeping them going during that tough time.

“Look at the example of South Africa which was out of international cricket for many years. I remember going to South Africa for the first time in 1994 and when playing against them I felt like this nation had never been away from international cricket. This was due to a strong domestic cricket structure that produced excellent cricketers,” Waqar said.

On Pakistan’s new coach Mickey Arthur Waqar said that he needs time to prove his credentials and nothing should be expected very soon.

“Everyone has to give Mickey some time and not expect too much, too soon,” he said.