IN a major top-level change in Pakistan cricket administration and as was being anticipated, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday nominated a 14-member management committee headed by Najam Sethi to run the affairs of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) till the elections to be held within the next four months.
Soon after the notification, Najam Sethi in a tweet made his future plans clear to revive first class cricket which he said will employ thousands of cricketers and end famine in the cricket game.
Though Najam Sethi has no cricket playing experience but the way he ran the affairs of the cricket board during his first stint in the office of chairman is still remembered and acknowledged.
He proved true that one does not need to be a cricketer to head the PCB. Pakistan Super League (PSL) was his brainchild which in fact proved to be a complete success both in terms of churning out talent as well as producing revenue.
We believe it was because of the PSL that the confidence of other cricketing nations stood restored and they have now started playing in Pakistan’s grounds.
Najam Sethi, who is set to become the next Chairman PCB, is now aiming to revive the first class cricket which we understand will provide strong foundation to our cricket.
It is only through a strong first class system, we can produce a pool of good players capable enough to represent the country at the international level.
Of late, the Greenshirts have proved their mettle well in the limited over games. They reached the final of the recently held T-Twenty World Cup.
Whilst this momentum must continue as the fifty over world cup is due next year, the new management of PCB will also have to look towards improving the performance of our team in test matches.
England just days ago inflicted an embarrassing white wash to Pakistan. We suggest that there should be different captains for all the three formats of game.
Then the squad should be selected purely on merit to ensure consistency in performance.