PCB to have a brainstorming session in June

Published: Friday, May 21, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials will have a "brainstorming" session with the team management and the selectors next month to conduct another post-mortem on the humiliating defeats to India and finalise future plans.

PCB chief executive officer (CEO) Rameez Raja said that the session had been planned for June 4.

"We will sit down and study all aspects of the Pakistan team, the recent India series, future assignments and plans for the players and so on," Rameez was quoted as saying by local daily The News.

"So far since the India series the Board has not had a chance to sit down and have a meeting with the Pakistan captain, coach, manager and the national selectors. This will be done now since the Asia Cup is due to start from July 15."

He said the suggestions and recommendations from this collective meeting would be presented to the Advisory panel for its deliberation and approval.

"We will decide at this meeting which are the players we need to call from England for the Asia Cup. Or whether the Pakistan team management is comfortable going into the tournament with back up players. The pros and cons will be discussed and deliberated in the brainstorming session," he said.

"We are keen to sit down with Inzamam, Miandad, Haroon and the selectors and analyse what went wrong in the series against India. We want to ensure the team's performance improves because we have some tough assignments coming up. We also want to discuss how to nurse the fast bowlers and how to give exposure to the reserve fast bowlers."

Rameez said he personally felt that since the Asia Cup was a very important assignment for Pakistan, given such participants as India and Sri Lanka, some players might have to be called from England for national duty.

Presently, Shoaib Akhtar (Durham), Mohammed Sami (Kent), Shabbir Ahmed and Shoaib Malik (Gloucestershire), Saqlain Mushtaq and Azhar Mahmood (Surrey) are busy in the County championship alongwith some other lesser known players like Tariq Mughal.

The CEO was confident that by first week of June the Board would have also taken a decision on the appointment of a physiotherapist and fitness trainer.

He said the views of the Advisory panel would also be very important in the future planning of the team.

Pakistan manager Haroon Rasheed, in his report to the Board, had recommended that a joint sitting should be held as soon as possible to sort out future plans as the Asia Cup was not far off.

But Rameez said there was little chance of the Board organising a long-drawn training camp before the Asia Cup.

"Given the weather conditions in Lahore we don't think it is feasible to have a long training camp. Also most of the players are busy in England. But we have to also take into account what team management and the selectors feel."

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