“The way Pakistan cricket team has played is shameful”: Zaheer Abbass

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KARACHI: On Saturday, President of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Zaheer Abbas, stated that Pakistan cricket is lacking in professionalism when it comes to playing on the worldwide platform and need to progress immediately.

Speaking to the media at the final of the KCCA President Cup at the National Stadium, the former Pakistan captain tinted on bringing radical alterations in national cricket to bring it at parity with the game in other countries.

I think it won’t be appropriate to deplore the standard of our cricket in general. At the international level Pakistan are definitely in dire need of improvement. In recent times, the way we have played is just shameful. This is not the way we play. The one key reason of this drawback is that there is a distinct lack of professionalism in our domestic set-up. This system is supposed to act as the breeding ground but it is not doing enough to uplift the standard of cricket compared to other nations.  – Zaheer commented.

Zaheer moreover stated that whoever is chosen as the head coach to fill the emptiness left by Waqar Younis’ resignation will have a tough time lifting the national side’s performance. “I don’t think we need to really have a coach for the Pakistan team,” said Zaheer while commenting on the topic in a lighter vein. “But it won’t matter much whether the guy hired is a foreigner or one of our own. The mindset is the key and that has to change.”

Whether we should have a foreigner as coach is something which can only be answered by the hiring authority. At this point in time, I don’t want to create any controversy by giving my opinion. Some people won’t like what I would say, Zaheer said.

Zaheer said he won’t be running after the post of PCB chairman when his tenure as the ICC president, a ceremonial assignment, ends this year.

This is news for me because I’m hearing from you people that I’m in the run for PCB [chairman]post. I have just returned after the ICC World Twenty20 in India and have not been in touch with the politics of Pakistan cricket in the past couple of weeks,” said Zaheer. “Anyway, if you have any confirmation about this then please also let me know as well.

 

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