KARACHI – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf Thursday sent clear signal to the players that he would not compromise on discipline and in imposing his authority, if needed.

The cricket boss had a hectic day here at the National Stadium where he met a number of delegations related to cricket and spent some time with them listening to their suggestions and problems. He intimately acquainted himself with the issues of cricket in the Karachi which is the southern hub of the game. The PCB chairman visited offices located at the National Stadium. He was also briefed about the progress of the second national cricket academy which is in its final stages of completion. He had a number of meetings with people related to cricketing fraternity.

The PCB chairman also met former cricketers and cricket administrators Sadiq Mohammad, Shoaib Mohammad, Moin Khan, Jalaluddin, Salahuddin, Iqbal Qasim and Abdur Raquib.

During a meeting with the PCB chief to discuss about fielding, a person said: "No matter who the Board hired, if the players didn’t want to improve their fielding there was nothing anyone could do". The person also recalled an incident when the PCB had invited South Africa’s Jhonty Rhodes for a short stint with the national cricket team but former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq had avoided attending any of the sessions, claiming he was unwell.

To which Ashraf responded curtly, saying: "If I had been there I would have dropped him." PCB once again imposed his authority, when it was pointed out that some players may not like if Australian coach Dav Whatmore is appointed as he is a hard taskmaster, saying "that is what the team needed".

"That is what we require -- a hard taskmaster -- to get the best potential out of our players because we have the potential to be among the top two teams in the world," he said. He made it clear that even if some players were not happy at Whatmore’s expected appointment they would have to fall in line with the board decision.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Karachi Press Club led by its re-elected president Tahir Hasan Khan also visited National stadium and met the chairman. They conferred Life Membership of Pakistan's oldest and most prestigious press club upon the cricket chief who had visited KPC on Tuesday to attend the Meet the Press programme of the club. On the occasion he had announced donation of Rs. 200,000 for the KPC. The PCB chief graciously accepted the honour.