The current debate in Pakistan and the big hoopla created by the ex-cricketers of Pakistan that, the bureaucrats should be replaced by technocrats at the PCB hierarchy because, according to them the technocrats are more competent and capable in understanding the game better than the bureaucrats! The way they are hammering it over the head of the Chairman and the Selectors of the PCB is exactly like the proverbial expression, ‘strike when the iron is hot’ because at the moment the team is not performing well and going through so many crisis. So this is the best time to unleash everything against the PCB Chairman and the selectors and take advantage of the situation and grab the bull by its horns.
There are two aspects to it, all that glistens is not gold and, all is not that bad when it ends bad. Generally there is this notion that, ‘all is well that ends well.’ But, I am using it in the negative sense to prove that if something bad happens that is not the end of the world. At the moment, the PCB Chairman and the selectors are appearing to be in a dire straight but, its not a total disaster or the end of the world. Besides, they are not the only culprits to be blamed for these disasters, the players themselves, the coach and the captain are equally and in a way more responsible for these disasters.
Most ex-cricketers of Pakistan are claiming that the CEO of the PCB should be an ex-cricketer. In their own view they consider themselves as “The Technocrats” and they call them ” The Bureaucrats.” And, they believe that those have played cricket at international level are best suited for these jobs. To understand as to who would be better for the future of Pakistan cricket, one needs do some research and spend sometime in facts finding and then let people think, evaluate and decide as to who is right and who is wrong? And who would be better suited for this post?
A lot has already been, said, talked and written about the PCB Chairman that he is incompetent and blah, blah. Whereas, his credentials proves him to be a very competent person for the job and also the fact that people have not viewed his achievements in a realistic manner, instead they have tried to ridicule him by citing or relating to non-cricketing affairs and tragic issues that have happened during his tenure and which are gripping at the moment.
A week or so ago it was highlighted on this blog by khansahab that non-cricketing issues such as the death of Bob Woolmer or, Shoaib and Asif’s drug issues or, Asif Dubai arrest or, his current drugs ordeal and his addiction to drugs or, prior to DNA’s taking up the office Younus Khan’s refusal to accept the role of captaincy or, Daryl Hair’s conspiracy at the Oval or, a few other instances has no relevance to cricket and got anything to do with the competence of DNA. These things may also have happened whether a technocrat or a bureaucrat heading the organization. And khansahab’s point is very valid and needs to be viewed pragmatically and judiciously but, not emotionally and narrow mindedly before coming to the conclusion that everything that went wrong is because of the Chairman and he is to be blamed for it. No, that is wrong. Why should a single person be blamed for every single fiasco? Especially since it is not related to game, but due to the player’s own personal problems.
Therefore, for some people to quote or to say that all this embarrassing incidents happened during the tenure of DNA and he has brought a lot of shame and disgrace to the country is very easy. What has he done? And what can he do? Like it has been said on this blog before “you cannot put a leash 24/7 on your players to control them.” These players are not only responsible adults but, they are also the ambassadors of the country and they should know how to behave especially in public. It is not the PCB or the Selectors are at total fault but, the players themselves who are involved in this are wrong. They know that they have the backing from very senior government Ministers and Senators and they think that they are “above the law” and they have the license to do anything and they can get away after doing anything. And it has been proved that the Ministers and the Senators have supported them openly through the media. Lets not get into that detail again, as it has already been covered to a great extent in the previous thread.
The focal point of this thread is to see whether our so-called ex-great cricketers are that competent and capable of running a multi-million dollar organization? Do they have the credentials to justify with their academic qualifications as well as professional background to substantiate their claim that they are good? One also needs to see how many ex-cricketers around the world are heading their cricket boards and selection committees. Also, one needs to compare their personal profiles with that of Pakistani ex-cricketer’s profiles purely on professional basis and not for name sake like, Sunil Gavaskar of India for example. One needs to compare apples with apples. Gavaskar cannot be compared with Aamer Sohail, it will be an insult to Gavaskar. Besides, Gavaskar is not the CEO of the BCCI. But, Aamer wants to be. Wasim Akram was a great bowler, but does he qualify for that job? Certainly not, and neither Waqar Younus who is another great bowler.
Once you start comparing the profiles of the Pakistani players with any of the players from other countries who are involved in some sort of process or in the selection committee or in the board of cricket of their country, you will find their academic qualifications, their professionalism and their credentials are much better than any of the Pakistani ex-players barring Imran Khan. This repeated requests from different segments in different blogs that Imran Khan should be made the Chairman of the PCB is only a dream. Because, Imran in his career is way above this position. He can only be the patron in chief of cricket once he becomes the Prime Minister of Pakistan and thats a big IF and a separate issue altogether and must be left for discussion for some other time.
Back to the opportunists who are trying to ‘strike when the iron is hot’ only to take advantage of the public sentiments and gain public support and grab an opportunity to mint some more money by claiming that the bureaucrats are ruining the game in the country hence they should be replaced by ex-players because, they are the ones who are most suitable for this job. I think it is time for us to make these players realize that we have already seen a few ex-cricketers who have ruined the PCB before and are again aiming high by riding on public sentiments. They should be shaken up and made to realize that their role is not in the PCB, they are needed in the academies at the grass root level, to train the youngsters and not the national side. Nor to come near the coffers of the PCB to smell the dollars and put the future of Pakistan cricket at stake or at the anvil of risk and gambling with their sinister motives, evil desires and bad intentions.
Why do they have to come and train an adult who cannot shorten up his run up. Or, who cannot change his bowling action now. Or, who cannot improve his footwork now. Or, the one who cannot correct his stance behind the wickets and drop catches frequently and misses stumping chances. They must go and teach the young ones at the National Cricket Academy where the under 14 to 19 are desperately in need of them. They should teach them and correct them at that impressionable age where they are willing to change. Those kids would love to see their heroes coaching them in real, whom they idolize but, never get to see them in real life. This is the best thing that could happen if they really want to be respected and do something good for the country rather than trying to get into the helm of the world of money and fame.
Why is that only Aaqib Javed after his retirement from international cricket has taken the trouble of training young kids at his academy in Sheikhupura? Why are people laughing and making fun of Shahid Afridi when he talked on Nadia Khan show that when he retires, he wants to open a similar academy in Karachi, what is wrong with that? He is not aiming for a bureaucratic post under the disguise or pseudonym of the word technocrat. I think this is exactly what they all need to do – coach the under 14 -17- 19 whatever and that is where a technocrat is needed not in managing one of the richest organization of the country.
Without a university degree in finance or business administration and, with poor and pathetic communication skills, with such dud looks and dimwit expressions combined with arrogance they think they are the most suited people for that job? They don’t even deserve the job of a clerk. Therefore, people like Salim Altaf should consider themselves as extremely lucky to be one of the directors of the PCB.
First, they grabbed this opportunity to become a TV commentator and the way they talk is pathetic and disgraceful. Initially all these ex-players were invited as guests and expert commentators to express their views, somehow we were able to bear and digest their crap, but now they have become the main commentators and their chronic persistent verbal diarrhea combined with their bad English and senseless blabbering is unbearable.
If you look at the past, most of the good commentators were not ex-greats. From Pakistan people like, Omer Kureshi, Jamshed Marker, Iftikhar Ahmad, Chisti Mujahid etc., and from England Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Brian Johnston are a few examples. After Richie Benaud, the trend has changed, the ex-cricketers started to takeover this job from the non-cricketers. As long as the standard of commentary is good it is acceptable. But, the Pakistani commentators are pathetic. In Pakistan, who is the culprit who encouraged sub-standard TV / radio commentary? It was Majid Khan when he was heading the PCB and when he was The Controller of Sports of Pakistan Television (PTV) he was known to be rude, arrogant and even threatening to almost everyone.
Here is a quote from Daily Dawn which appeared after the ugly incident of Mohammad Ilyas another rude ex-cricketer, father-in-law of Imran Farhat, shouting and yelling and throwing tantrums in public at Shahida Shoaib a senior PTV producer over a petty matter whereas she was trying to be extremely polite but, Ilayas was at his best in demonstrating his cheapness in public. Like a few months ago he did the same when Farhat was not selected. Here, is the quote which confirms Majid’s stubbornness, his biases and his narrow minded approach: “During his time as The Controller of Sports, despite severe criticism on the standard of commentary and expert comments made by some of these players on the PTV team, Majid has stubbornly refused to change his policy even if it means that viewers are being deprived of a chance to listen to seasoned cricket commentators like; Omer Kureshi, Chishty Mujahid, Hasan Jalil etc.”
Majid couldn’t survive long enough to represent the PCB or as the Controller of Sports of Pakistan Television PTV. Neither Aamer Sohail the once chief selector and both of them are now eying for the post once again, seemingly they are more arrogant now and their ultimate motive is to make more money and promote regionalism, jingoism, nepotism, favouritism as Majid’s vested interest is in getting a berth for his failure son Bazid Khan into the national side as a permanent fixture in the team, whether he scores or not is another matter.
The conclusion is: “None of the ex-cricket players are capable of handling the job of a CEO or the Chairman of the PCB, their role is in the cricket academies at the grass root level, they should go and train them at the various regional level and the PCB should allocate a certain amount of fund and not just a fast bowlers club fund but, for the over all improvement of cricketing facilities and in providing the basic infrastructure with adequate cricket grounds and proper training staff and if these players are paid, they should be accountable to the PCB and they must report the progress rather than pushing their candidate for selection. The selection committee should be independent and whatever 15-16 players are chosen, then the captain and the coach should decide about the playing XI.”
It is up to you to agree or disagree with these views but your views will be published uncensored provided they are presented in a civilized and appropriate way.