LAHORE: Newly appointed Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Mohammad Khan said Wednesday that each department of the PCB would be strengthened in line with the norms of professionalism, specialization and integrity. “Merit-based selection of players at every level and continuity of the reform process will be ensured and serious efforts will be made to revive international cricket in Pakistan,” Shaharyar said while presiding over a meeting of the Board of Governors at Gaddafi Stadium. The meeting was attended by Subhan Ahmad, Badar M Khan, Amjad Hussain, Intikhab Alam, Zakir Khan, Brig (r) Sajid Hameed, Syed Badar Refaie, Haroon Rashid, and Colonel Mohammad Azam Khan.
While outlining a broad framework for PCB, Shaharyar stressed the need to develop cricket at school level and expressed concern over lack of cricket fields in majority of schools across Pakistan. He said he had decided to take up this matter with the federal government to make a policy decision to make it mandatory to have sports grounds in every school. The PCB chief urged Alam, who is director cricket operations domestic, to develop a plan to strengthen school cricket based on international models. “There is a dire need to impart coaching at youth level, especially for players between the ages of 14-18 years,” said Shaharyar. He directed Alam to make arrangements accordingly.
On the issue of return of international cricket to Pakistan, he said: “PCB needs to make provisions to have ‘A’ teams and Under-19 teams from Australia, New Zealand and other countries to visit Pakistan. We must also take necessary measures to have international teams visit Pakistan.” The PCB chief directed the senior management of the PCB to ensure “zero tolerance against illegal betting and match-fixing as enshrined in the new constitution of the PCB.”
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