Dr Nasim Ashraf retained for further three years

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

KARACHI: President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday retained Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf for a three-year term apart from approving six ‘technocrats’ and two former Test cricketers for inclusion in a new PCB Governing Board.

According to an official notification Ashraf, who took over as PCB chairman last September, will continue heading the Board that embraces a democratic set-up next month after almost eight years of ad-hocism.

“I hope to continue the voyage of good governance and transparency in this new set-up for the betterment of our cricket,”
“I’m honoured that the President has kept faith in me and I will try my best to serve the game during my tenure,”
he added.

Musharraf, who is the patron-in-chief of the PCB, also stamped his seal of approval on the names of six technocrats and two ex-Test cricketers, who will be a part of a 15-man Governing Board under the PCB’s new constitution.

Former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam and Ijaz Butt are the two former Test cricketers on the Governing Board which will have Ali Raza, Munir Hafeez, Moin Afzal, Aslam Sanjrani, Farooq Rehmatullah and Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Yousuf as members.

The PCB will later announce the names of the five representatives of its various regions and an official representing the affiliated departments, who will complete the Governing Board headed by the Board’s chairman.

The PCB chief said that he would try to convene the inaugural meeting of the PCB Governing Board on either November 9 or 10 at the Board’s headquarters in Lahore.

“I would want to have the inaugural meeting as soon as possible and am hoping that all of the Governing Board’s members will attend it,”
said Ashraf.

He said that during the next three years, his focus will remain on promoting cricket at the grassroots level.

“We have to have a solid base at the schools and under-19 levels if we are to excel at the international level in the coming years,”
he said.
“We are investing in grassroots cricket at the moment and will intensify our efforts in the coming years so that we can produce world class players for the future.”

He said that Pakistan need a solid bench strength if they are to compete with top class teams like world champions Australia.

Ashraf added that another important goal for the PCB is to take concrete measures to ensure that Pakistan raise the best possible combination for the 2011 World Cup. Pakistan are to co-host the World Cup with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

“The 2011 World Cup is the most important assignment for us and we will take all possible steps to raise a squad capable of winning the title.”

Pakistan, the 1992 World Cup champions, have flopped miserably in the last two editions of the tournament held in South Africa (2003) and the West Indies (2007).

Ashraf almost lost his job as the PCB chairman after this year’s World Cup debacle and it was only after Musharraf threw his weight behind him that he was able to keep what is counted among the most sought-after positions in Pakistan sports.

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