ISLAMABAD  - Former Test cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for an operation clean-up in the national team and the coaching staff after their flawed performance in the last Champions Trophy.
Pakistan lost all three group matches against West Indies, South Africa and India in the tournament. Pakistan couldn't last for whole 50 overs in even one match.
Talking to APP on Tuesday, Sarfraz appealed the newly-appointed PCB interim chairman Najam Sethi to abolish the current PCB selection committee and those players from the national team as they are responsible for causing damage in the recently concluded Champions Trophy. “The entire current coaching staff associated with the national team should be sacked and Pakistani coaches must be called for the job," he said.
“The PCB should bring in Mohsin Hassan Khan as coach while Jalaluddin should be kept as bowling coach as he is the only Pakistani Test cricketer who has the accreditation as both ECB and PCB level-III coach,” he added.
Sarfraz pleaded Sethi to take action against those PCB officials who had taken such decisions in the past which resulted in the downfall of the team. “Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Imran Farhat and Hafeez should be dropped from the team permanently until they show consistent performance in domestic seasons while M Younis, Ahmed Shahzad and Abdul Razzaq should be called in the team again.”
Sarfraz opted that a new vice-captain should be introduced for the West Indies tour and who should be given the captaincy responsibilities on the Zimbabwe tour. "In this way, a new captain will be groomed for the next World Cup while Misbah should be retained as captain for the West Indies tour.”
He also advised the PCB chairman to appoint a new Chief Operating Officer who is competent for that seat as the current computer operator turned COO cannot handle the cricketing matters at par. “PCB Director General Javed Miandad should get up from his seat and look onto the associations batsmen. We all need to work together for the betterment of cricket in the country,” he concluded.