Former Pakistan cricket captain M Yousaf has stressed upon taking practical decisions for bringing overall improvement in cricket instead of setting up probe committees after the national team’s early exit in the mega event.
“The committees were formed after Pakistan teams failure in 1999, 2003 and 2007 world cups which gave their recommendations for bringing improvement but nothing was done to implement their recommendations and suggestions and that is why our cricket is facing a lot of problems till today,” he told the reporters on Wednesday after putting up his suggestions to the PCB fact-finding committee which is probing into teams debacle in Asia and World Cup.
“Now the stage has come that we should come out of it and take some practical measures for revamping our cricket,” said the former batsman.
He said change of team captain, coach and manager was not going to make any difference and called for changes in the PCB hiring ‘new brain’ to run the board on professional lines to meet modern day challenges of the game.
Yousaf said it was vital for the betterment of cricket that difference between domestic and Test cricket should be minimized.
“After every defeat or debacle, team captain, coach or other officials are fired but no one talks about problems in the PCB. Whenever the team faces a setback in a major tournament, its responsibility is to fix on its captain, coach or other team officials but those who are the running the board are not asked about it and they do not face threat.”
The former captain said that the PCB needed fresh blood and such talented individuals who had positive thinking and better understanding of the game.
“Those, who are running the board for decades, failed to bring any improvement as far as promotion of cricket was concerned and they should not be part of the board anymore in the larger interest of cricket,” he added.
Yousaf suggested that the academies set up in different cities under the banner of the PCB be handed over to the former Test cricketers to horn the skills and talent of the young cricketers. He also gave various suggestions for strengthening the base of the domestic cricket and emphasized the need to increase the match fee of the cricketers in domestic tournaments.
To a query, he said the apologies sought by head coach Waqar Younis and team captain Shahid Afridi were not going to serve any purpose as drastic measures needed to be taken to revamp cricket and to bringing improvement in the performance of the national team.
Replying to a query, he said that he could have expressed his regrets not to appear before the committee but knowing his responsibility as a former captain and a diehard lover of the game, he gave useful suggestions and recommendations in the backdrop of team’s dismal performance in the World T20.