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Wasim calls for stability in board

11 February, 2014

LAHORE: Pakistan's pace legend and former captain Monday calls for stability in the management of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the betterment of the game.

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During an informal talk on sidelines of a book launching ceremony, Wasim said the instability in the board and power game for holding the PCB chief's slot was making Pakistan a laughing stock at the international arena.

He said there must be an end to this game as it was harming the performance of the players too. "A team cannot perform without a strong and stable leader. The inconsistency in the performances of Pakistan team in recent times is the result of the instability in the PCB. The uncertainty in the management is confusing the players and they are not able to perform according to their potential."

Wasim refuses to comment on the removal of PCB chief Zaka Ashraf saying "I don't know the legal aspects of the decision and not acquainted with the notification so I cannot comment on it." But the legendary bowler said such politics of power game was unfortunate and causing harms to Pakistan cricket.

Wasim stressed the need of immediate appointment of coaches for the Pakistan team. Pakistan are without head coach after the end of the contract of coach Dav Whatmore and Wasim was the part of a coach committee formed by Zaka Ashraf who had recommended the names of six candidates for three available coaching positions on Sunday. But with the departure of Zaka, the matter of coaches appointment seems to be lingered on.

Wasim said a coach needed time to gel in with the players and get best out of them. "With Asia Cup starting in March and World T20 in April, it is of utmost importance to appoint coaches immediately. Any delay in the process would harm the chances of Pakistan in these events." Wasim said that when the International Cricket Council was going through a transitional phase, it was important to have a stable PCB chairman to safeguard the interests of Pakistan cricket. "There must be a PCB chief who has two to three years tenure and full mandate to work for the cause of the game and the interests of the country. If the current fight over PCB chief's slot continues, it would leave long lasting harmful impacts and Pakistan would continue suffering both on and off the field in future."

Courtesy: The Nation