By Ehsan Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)
The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Rameez Raja, has credited skipper Babar Azam for the recent resurgence of the national team, describing him a much improved leader.
“We are here to facilitate him in leading from the front, instead of hiding behind the coaches. He has developed of late as an outstanding captain who has been able to lead by example and motivate his teammates to express themselves fearlessly. He has been instrumental in bringing about positive changes on the field resulting in a well-knit combination which is good enough to challenge anyone. We will continue to back him for achieving the desired results,” the former Pakistan captain declared while talking to the media corps in Karachi on December 22.
“We have obviously been disappointed by the lack of crowd interest in the recently concluded T20 home series against the West Indies. In future we would persuade the cricket boards the world to send their best available outfits to Pakistan as the depleted teams don’t generate the kind of interest which is generally expected in international matches. We will request the authorities in Australia, England and New Zealand to ensure their full strength squads for touring Pakistan later this year ,” he added.
“We feel that our Junior Contracts and Cricket Foundation initiatives will now play a decisive role in ensuring that raw talent from even the remotest and less privileged of areas in Pakistan reaches its full potential. Through these and various other initiatives, including an all-Pakistan Talent Hunt Programme, we aim to unearth the hidden talent and provide them absolute clarity at a very young age that the PCB will back, support and provide a clear pathway through which they can embark on their journey of representing Pakistan at an international stage,” he continued.
Meanwhile the West Indies will play three Twenty20 Internationals in the build up to the HBL Pakistan Super League 2023. The West Indian team has already confirmed to play ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs in June 2022 to make up for the postponed December 2021 matches due to an increased number of Covid-19 cases in their side.