ISLAMABAD – Former leggie star Abdul Qadir on Tuesday hailed the appointment of former diplomat Shahryar Khan as the new Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman by saying that board will not only get financially strong but the cricket matters will also get better.
Talking to APP, Qadir advised the chairman to bring in his expertise organizing team to improve the game in the country. "The chairman should also seek for advises from the former retired cricketers present in the country," he said. Qadir said Shahryar has a vast cricket and diplomatic experience which will surely prove as an asset to the board.
"He is an honest person and is sincere to the game," he said. Qadir said Shahryar has also headed the board before and in his tenure the board was financially very strong. "When Shahryar left the board there was almost five billion rupees in the board's kitty," he said. Qadir said he hopes that Shahryar would take such steps for the betterment of cricket which will be remembered all-time.
"Shahryar will definitely improve the position of national team in the international arena," he said. Qadir said like India the PCB Chairman should also offer stipends to the ex retired cricketers and umpires in order to remember their efforts and achievements in the game. Speaking about the Pakistan-Sri Lanka ODI series starting from August 23, Qadir said Pakistan team needs to be a match finisher.
"Players should play with confidence and courage forgetting the loss of the Test series," he said. Qadir said the Green-Shirts are one of the dangerous team of the world when it comes to winning games. "Our players need to improve their discipline and should play with commitment and dedication," he said. Qadir said with the inclusion of Sarfraz Ahmed in the Test squad the batting line-up has improved.
"Pakistan has an edge over Sri Lanka when it comes to bowling," he said.