Miandad backs move to appoint paid selectors

Published: Friday, September 2, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:As the national selection committee met in Lahore on Thursday to finalise the team for the home series against Australia 'A' side, former Test captain Javed Miandad backed the move by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appoint paid selectors.

The selection committee was meeting in Lahore under the chairmanship of former captain Wasim Bari to discuss the teams for the Australia A series and other practice games leading up to the home series against England.

Miandad, a strong critic of the Board on its failure to force England to play a Test in Karachi, said the idea of having paid selectors had been floated during the tenure of Lt. General (retd) Tauqir Zia.

"It's a good concept that nowadays cricket is an industry and you need full-time paid professionals to do certain jobs. The days of having honorary selectors are over. But the bottom line is how much authority the Board is willing to invest in even the paid selectors," Miandad questioned.

Bari, who holds a senior management position in the national airlines, has been serving as a selector since 1998 with only a break of around ten months in 2003 when he was replaced by Aamer Sohail after the disastrous performance in the World Cup.

The rest of the current selectors including Iqbal Qasim (National Bank) and Ehteshamuddin (PTCL) are also employed.

The PCB, recently, during an Ad-hoc Committee meeting, decided to have full-time paid selectors but officials say it is not clear when this new policy will be implemented.

However, Miandad felt whenever it is done it would be a move in the right direction but added that the Board also needed to invest more faith and authority in the selectors.

"We need to follow the example of other countries who are doing well at present. We need to give the selectors the authority to select the playing teams obviously with the feedback of the captain and the coach. But the final decision should be made by the selectors.

Miandad, who has remained Pakistan coach thrice, said such a move would also allow the captain and the coach to concentrate completely on getting the best out of the selected players on the field.

At present, the Board follows a policy of the selectors finalising a squad of 14 or 15 for tours, home series and matches but the final eleven is picked by the captain and the coach.

Miandad said he also favoured an increased pay scale for the captain as an incentive as he was the one who was responsible for the teams good and bad performances on the field. "The captain needs to be paid extra as an incentive. This way even he would do his best to get the best out of the players and the best results."

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