‘PCB is wasting Abbas by nominating him to ICC President job’
Pakistan great Javed Miandad has questioned the nomination of former Test captain Zaheer Abbas for the ICC Presidency, saying his expertise would be of no use in a ceremonial post.
“My only contention is that while it is an honour for Zaheer but is he the right man for this position?,” Miandad asked.
“I can’t understand why Najam Sethi had last minute change of mind and talked about sending a former player for this purpose,” the former test captain said.
“I personally feel the ICC President’s job was the right one for Najam Sethi as it is a ceremonial post and has nothing to do with cricket,” Miandad said.
Miandad who has also thrice remained head coach of the national team felt Zaheer Abbas should have been given a job by the PCB where his cricket expertise would come into play. “In the ICC in a ceremonial post he will be wasted,” he added. Sethi, a former PCB Chairman, last week announced he was withdrawing from the nomination for ICC President as sent by the PCB to the world body.
Sethi took the line that since the ICC would be honoring former greats by making them President from 2016 onwards it was better they started the trend this year.
Sethi asked the PCB to nominate a former player in his place and the PCB announced Zaheer Abbas as their replacement.
Miandad said Zaheer was an icon in world and Pakistan cricket and the PCB should be utilizing him in an influential position.
“I just get this feeling the PCB has sidelined Zaheer for one year as there was pressure on them to give former greats more responsibilities in the board,” Miandad said. He said Pakistan cricket was facing problems because instead of having former greats like Zaheer or Majid Khan as Chairman or Chief Executive of the PCB, non-technocrats were calling the shots in Pakistan cricket.
Miandad, who himself worked in the PCB for nearly eight years as Director cricket, complained he was not given the authority and power he required to do something.
The former Test batsman also alleged that Pakistan cricket was going backwards because there were two groups working in the board, one loyal to existing Chairman Shaharyar Khan and the other to Najam Sethi. Interestingly, Khan two days back told a media conference in Karachi that the board had made it clear to Sethi that once he started working as ICC President he would have nothing to do with the PCB.
There should be a players body in Pakistan cricket: FICA
The Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) has again advised the Pakistani cricketers to form a players association in their country, saying it will benefit them. "It is unfortunate that until now Pakistani cricketers have not formed their own association although now in many cricket playing <g data-gr-id="60">counties</g> players have bodies to represent them and fight for their rights," FICA Executive Chairman Tony Irish told said. "Even now although they don't have <g data-gr-id="57">a association</g> and are not linked with us they benefit from us," Irish said.
PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan this week was clearly upset with the FICA stance on the Zimbabwe team?s tour to Pakistan where it had advised the Zimbabwe players not to tour Pakistan because of security issues. But Irish explained that while they had all <g data-gr-id="55">sympathies</g> with the PCB and Pakistan for not being able to host international teams for such a long time but the ground reality was that conditions and environment in Pakistan were still not safe for touring sides.