Pak cricket to undergo a major facelift: Ashraf

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Abu Dhabi:Bruised and battered Pakistan cricket is all set to undergo a major facelift, PCB chairman Naseem Ashraf said promising that the team would figure in the top three in next few years.

Pakistan cricket hit a low recently after their annihilation in World Cup which was followed by the mysterious death of national coach Bob Woolmer. A PCB commission set up to probe the flop show recommended, in its report, sweeping changes in the team as well as the establishment.

''I will not be commenting on the PCB Commission's finding that blames Inzamam-ul-Haq for the World Cup debacle. But I can assure you that every aspect of that report will be taken into account and all recommendations will be honoured and implemented,'' Ashraf said in an interview to Gulf News.

''There will no longer be any graded payments based on seniority but only on performance and the whole team has promised us that they will extend full support to new skipper Shoaib Malik,'' he said.

''When I walked in today, everyone tells that this is a new-look team. Every one is hungry for success, training hard and the change is visible,'' he said and added that PCB had told Malik not to worry about results.

Ashraf said the PCB was not looking for big names to coach Pakistan.

''We are not looking for a big name. Many have applied and by July 1, we will not only name a coach for the national team but also for the A team, under-19 and the Academy,'' he said.

''Within the Board also, corporate management techniques will be applied and we will deal with the players like professionals. We have earmarked over a billion rupees for development of grounds for first class cricket. Young players can learn to dive and field well at that level itself.''


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