RAWALPINDI - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad has held senior players responsible for unproductive environment of the dressing room in the past.

Talking to The Nation Monday, Subhan said the arrival of new head coach Mickey Arthur had helped redressing this problem and the dressing room was now more disciplined. “The PCB will never compromise on discipline and a very clear message was given to those, who had spoiled the peace and harmony of the dressing room. Those, who will not follow discipline, will be left out without any delays,” he said.

The PCB COO termed team work, induction of young blood and head coach Micky Arthur’s inspirational tactics behind Pakistan cricket team’s superb performances. “The experience and youth of the team jelled well and absolved the pressure as per requirement. Pakistan team was going through transitional period and it was quite expected the green caps would struggle before producing results, which are now coming thick and fast. We were quite sure that the boys would deliver at the top and it was only a matter of time, when they would start to produce what was expected from them.

He termed all-rounders Imad Wasim and M Nawaz more effective than off-spinner Yasir Shah in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) saying they are future of Pakistan and have bright future ahead. “We will be taking Yasir in the Test series against Australia. Yasir has been much effective in Tests than ODIs, where we will go with promising all-rounders Imad and Nawaz.”

He said Pakistan team did really well in England under highly tough conditions and then beat the West Indies all hands up first in the T20 Internationals and inflicted whitewash against the World T20 champions, which spoke volumes about the players’ ability and coaches’ efforts.

“A few people asked me that world class spinner Yasir Shah was sitting on the bench and almost two similar players Imad Wasim and M Nawaz are in the playing XI, my answer was very simple. They are better than Yasir as both, despite having similar action in batting and bowling, are doing wonders for the national team,” he added.

To a query regarding early debut of Imad could help Pakistan well, Subhan replied: “Yes, it was highly injustice with Imad, who is a complete cricketer. He is not only a thorough gentleman, highly educated, down to earth, but also a natural all-rounder, so should have made international debut with the green caps much earlier. But it is past now and I personally think, Imad has a bright future ahead.”

When asked between Imad and Nawaz, who deserved to earn Test cap first, the COO said: “In my personal opinion, Imad has bright chances of making Test debut for Pakistan team, as he is a complete package and can bat at any given number, excellent fielder and a team man. His left-arm spin bowling can provide national team timely breakthroughs.”

Subhan was informed that the recently-concluded National T20 Championship should have been conducted at the Pinid Stadium for a number of reasons, as it was a crowd puller, had excellent pitches and ideally located. About this, he said: “Actually in the past, majority of events were conducted in Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and other cities. It was need of the hour to involve other major cities and provide locals an opportunity to watch their favourite players in action.”

He appreciated Rawalpindi crowd and termed it a hub of cricket playing and loving people. “The national cricket team has a very busy schedule for the next one-year and the PCB is striving to improve the national team’s performances.”

“Pakistan team has taken giant strides despite the fact the country has been facing complete international cricket isolation for the past seven years and still we managed to become number 1 Test playing nation in ICC test rankings, which is a huge achievement and skipper Misbahul Haq and each and every member of the national team deserves all the credit. We are on right track and time is not far when Pakistan cricket team will lead in all the three formats of the game,” Subhan concluded.