Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has initiated consultations with former Test players in a bid to address the national team's lackluster performance in the ongoing World Cup taking place in India. Ashraf met with Pakistan chief selector Inzamam ul Haq, as well as former players Muhammad Yousuf and Aaqib Javed in Lahore on Tuesday. Furthermore, he plans to seek guidance from cricket stalwarts including Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saqlain Mushtaq, and Umar Gul to gain insights on how to move forward.
To ensure a comprehensive approach, the PCB aims to engage the expertise of former players, who have represented Pakistan in various capacities. The idea is to leverage their wealth of experience to develop the current members of the Pakistan team in all aspects of the game. "In this way, we hope we can produce players in all departments of the game that can serve Pakistan well in the future,” stated Ashraf.
The PCB's efforts to seek advice from former players is not uncommon, as previous heads of the board have undertaken similar initiatives to demonstrate their commitment to the improvement of Pakistan cricket. Nonetheless, many cricket analysts and some former players remain skeptical about the effectiveness of such measures. They argue that cosmetic steps may not yield meaningful results, especially considering that the future of the current cricket management committee beyond November 4 remains uncertain.
In addition to consulting with veteran players, Ashraf also highlighted the National Cricket Academy's plans to organize a specialized camp, featuring top talent from the domestic circuit. The objective of the camp is to nurture these players and prepare them for the international stage, with the aim of bridging the gap between domestic and international cricket.
Time will tell if the involvement of former players and the upcoming specialized camp will positively impact Pakistan's cricketing prospects. The PCB's focus on utilizing invaluable experience from former players demonstrates their commitment to uplift the national team's performance and create a strong pipeline of talent for the future. However, it remains to be seen whether these efforts will translate into substantial improvements in Pakistan cricket.