KARACHI Former first class and club cricketers have flayed criticism in electronic and other media who were engaged in sustained campaign to run down national cricket system. A former first class cricketer Nadeem Yousuf has expressed shock and disbelief at the way some of those who recently in private TV channel programme had criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board and said those people were part of the PCB until the disastrous tour of Australia. Talking to TheNation from UAE, the USA-based cricketer said, Monday, players like Imran Khan and Zaheer Abbas, who started their cricket career by getting employment in Dawood Engineering and later working with PIA, were shutting the doors of employment on younger generation by arguing that departments should not be allowed to play in domestic cricket. When it was their turn, they played for department who gave them lucrative employment but when it was the turn of others, they were speaking against the same system which threw to them the financial life line, he said. The middle or lower middle class youth want to ensure their financial future by getting employment to play any game in which they excel and it also helps their families, he said and added If there is no career opportunities, there will no be no sportsmen at least in this part of the world. Asking players to play on contract was unfair. Why would a young person sacrifice his youth playing on contract? What would happen when he was told that his services were no more required? For those players, who had powerful and prosperous back ground, it was easy to deliver sermon. He said there was nothing wrong with the domestic cricket system in Pakistan. It was the same system which produced players like Imran Khan, Fazal Mehmood, Hanif Muhammad, Asif Iqbal, Javed Miandad and many others. The only difference now was that the time tested successful system had been ignored. The grass root cricketers were produced at club, school and college level. As now that the cricket associations were getting weaker day by day with same old individuals continuing to dominate them for decades, the interest in club cricket was going down. Similarly there was hardly any school and college cricket. Revive the old system and the game would be back on track. He said he was shocked to see those players - who had introduced player power - were talking against it. The players playing in English County cricket in mid sixties and seventies created the monster of player power. There was league between the Pakistan players playing in country cricket and only those players were in Pakistan team who listened to them and followed them. He said it was not for the first time Pakistan had done poorly on a foreign tour when they lost Test and ODI series to Australia. There were a number of occasions when Pakistan had performed poorly in the past but it was ignored because those involved in poor performances had connections and support of player power. He said demanding resignation from the PCB officials was no solution to the problem faced by Pakistan cricket. It was autocratic and dictatorial power of those who were inside or outside the board that had done more damage to the sport. Captains had been autocratic and behaved like dictators and there was no accountability for them in the past. In the madness to criticise Pakistan cricket, the people forgot it was Pakistan which had introduced new concepts in the international cricket and those concepts have now became part and parcel of global cricket. It was Air Marshal Nur Khan, a new person to cricket and Arif Ali Khan Abbasi, who brought world cup out of England and made it a global property. It was these two administrators who introduced neutral umpire system and match referee system when no one could even dare to talk about them. He said he did not believe that positive changes in Pakistan could only come through suggestions from former Test cricketers. The Test cricketers were not the only wise persons around, there were a number of stake holders in the game who have better ideas than them and those could do more good to the game. Input from every stake holder was important and not only from Test cricketers to bring positive changes in Pakistan cricket, he added.