Akram says only new, young faces in selection committee can save Pak cricket

June 10th, 2009 - 3:54 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 10 (ANI): Legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram is sick and tired of seeing retired old men at the helm of Pakistan cricket, and is convinced that this is the right time for the younger generation to come forward in a bid to bring the sport back on track in the country.

The former Pakistani captain believes that the change of guard could start with the appointment of a “youngish” chief selector in place of Abdul Qadir, who has recently resigned from the position.

“What Pakistan need is the involvement of younger men, people in their thirties or forties who have played cricket in the modern era because they are the ones who will have the capability of make things right for the game,” The News quoted Akram, as saying.

Without criticising Qadir, Akram said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should appoint a chief selector from his (Akram’s) age bracket.

“It’s important for Pakistan cricket that the chief selector is a younger guy, who has extensive knowledge of modern day cricket. He should be fully aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the local cricketers with complete knowledge of players from rival teams.

“Selecting a balanced team is no child’s play and only a good professional can do the job,” Akram added.

It is rumoured that former Pakistan captain Aamer Sohail is likely to take over as the next chief selector.

Akram also suggested that players like Moin Khan, who are actively involved in domestic cricket, could be ideal candidates for the job.

Akram, however, ruled himself out of taking the job because of his commitments as a television commentator, but offered his services as an advisor. (ANI)

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