LIKE other sports in Pakistan the possibility of the demise of cricket is now staring us in the face. The problems include among others, low morale among the players, lack of international exposure, a host of management problems, hesitation of international teams to tour Pakistan. On Wednesday, former cricket star Javaid Miandad resigned as director general PCB, saying that his role had been limited only to domestic cricket affairs. There should be no disputing his claim that being a world-class cricketer he could have contributed a lot to elevate the game's level. Following his departure, the board would in any case have another DG but the cricket is indeed in for a lot of trouble. Worried by the downfall of the game, Imran Khan remarked on Wednesday that the game is in as much trouble as the country. He has urged President Asif Zardari to introduce major reforms that, according to him, could prevent the game from a total collapse. His statement that the game should be constitution-based and the chairman of the board, instead of being selected by the president of the country, as is the current practice, should take office through elections appears to be a step in the right direction. President Zardari must pay heed to Mr Khan's appeal, if the situation is to be brought under control. Last year, a number of international teams, notably Australia, refused to tour Pakistan on the pretext of the security situation. Worse still, the level of the game went down considerably when the ICC did not allow the country to host the Champions Trophy. Any hope of improvement was shattered when India, citing the law and order situation, cancelled its tour of Pakistan to play the Asia Cup. As ill-luck would have it, when a neutral venue was decided, the Mumbai attacks occurred exacting a heavy toll on the game. Yet it was again Pakistani cricket that was hit hard. On Saturday our team suffered its biggest defeat in its one-day cricket history when Sri-Lanka beat Pakistan by 234 runs. Given the situation, only efforts on a war footing could restore the game to its rightful status.