LAHORE - Pakistan cricket team outgoing manager Naveed Akram Cheema has said that the tour of West Indies was his last assignment as he will not be able to continue due to his official assignment as a public servant.

“It was my last assignment as a manager of the Pakistan team and now I have been assigned new responsibilities in the federal government which I will be resuming shortly,” he said here on Thursday.

Cheema said he enjoyed his stint with the national team and he was thankful to all the players who extended all-out cooperation on and off the field. "It was a unique experience to work with the team as a manager during the past two years and during my tenure, no major issue of indiscipline surfaced as far the national team was concerned as all the players followed my directions regarding disciplines during a number of events abroad,” he added.

He said his services were available for his country and if the PCB re-called him in the line of duty, he would be there to play his role for the betterment of the national team.

Cheema pointed out that when he took over as manager two years before, the team's morale was down due to spot-fixing scandals and other issues. “With my managerial skills, I was able to infuse new confidence in the players through my day-to-day interaction with them on different issues and all these efforts bore fruit as all the players followed the discipline on and off the field in true letter and spirit," he added.

He said he was fully satisfied with the discipline of the team and he was confident that the new manager would not be having any problem regarding discipline. “I had a uniform policy on discipline which was equally applicable on all the senior and junior players of the team and no relaxation was given to any player as far as enforcement of discipline was concerned,” he said.

He wished the team good luck in its upcoming assignment of Zimbabwe tour and hoped that the team would maintain the flow of consistency by producing positive results which were achieved during the West Indian tour.