LAHORE - Two former Pakistan cricket captains and two former Test cricketers have welcomed the decision of the apex court for appointing new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) from the regional cricket bodies to stream line the affairs of cricket right from basics to top level. 

“There is a dire need to appoint a good cricket administrative from the regional cricket bodies and a right candidate can be picked from them to address the problems our cricket has been facing at many levels,” said two former captain Inzamamul haq and M Yousaf along with two former Test cricketers Saeed Anwar and Saqlain Mushtaq in a joint statement here on Monday.

They said the detailed judgment of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) is in right direction that the new PCB chairman be appointed from regional bodies and have a good cricket background being a former first class or Test cricketer.

They were of the view that regional cricket bodies were the nucleus of the cricket and there were good administrators who had been serving the regional cricket bodies since long and among the best suitable for the PCB high slot is former Lahore City Cricket Association (LCCA) president Khawaja Nadeem Ahmed who has vast experience of cricket handling.

“Khawaja Nadeem is attached with the game for nearly three decades and he has good leadership qualities besides being a former first class cricketer and under his dynamic leadership, the LCCA has gained the status of a role model body,” they added.

They said the experiment to appoint non-cricketers as the head of the PCB had brought adverse impact on the overall cricket of Pakistan and urged the government to take this aspect into consideration before appointing the new chairman. The group of former Test cricketers said Nadeem brought in necessary experience of good governance of cricket.

They said the biggest issue, which Pakistan cricket had been facing, was the resumption of international cricket in the country, besides revamping domestic cricket structure. “At this stage when foreign teams are not visiting Pakistan owing to security concerns, we can concentrate on overhauling our domestic cricket structure by making it more competitive which will help new talent to polish its skills and to become quality cricketers in near future,” they added.

“To execute all these measures we need a good administrator to run the affairs of the PCB and it is the only way to bring improvement in our overall cricket,” they concluded.