PCB to revive international cricket in Pakistan: Shaharyar

LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that each department (of the board) would be strengthened based on professionalism, specialization and integrity.

“Merit-based selection of players at every level and continuity of the reform process will be ensured and serious efforts shall be made to revive international cricket in Pakistan,” he said while presiding over a meeting of the Board of Directors here at the Gaddafi Stadium.

The meeting was attended by Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad, Cricket Operations directors Intikhab Alam and Zakir Khan, Chief Finance Officer Badar Khan, Media Coordination & Implementation director Amjad Hussain, HR & Administration director Sajid Hameed, Marketing director Badar Refaie, Game Development director Haroon Rashid and Security & Vigilance acting director Mohammad Azam Khan.

Outlining a broad framework for the board, Shaharyar stressed the need to develop cricket at school-level and expressed concern over lack of cricket fields in majority of schools across Pakistan. The chairman would take up the matter with the government for a policy decision to make it mandatory for every school to have sports grounds.

Shaharyar asked Intikhab Alam to devise a plan for strengthening school based cricket on international model. “There is a dire need to have coaching facility for youth especially of 14-18 years old,” he said and advised Intikhab Alam to make arrangements accordingly.

On the issue of return of international cricket to Pakistan, the PCB chairman said that steps should be taken to arrange visits of 'A' and U-19 teams of Australia, New Zealand and other countries. He urged the PCB management to ensure zero tolerance against illegal betting and match-fixing as enshrined in the new constitution.

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