At a time when the Pakistan cricket needs a new leader at the Pakistan Cricket Board, few names have been suggested by the local media they are: Zaheer Abbas, Tauqir Zia, Majid Khan, Ehsan Mani, and Arif Ali Khan Abbasi. Ehsan Mani may be the logical choice among the given names. But, we at LEGSLIP would suggest another name and that is of Kamran Abbasi, whom we consider as the best of the lot.
I have been reading Kamran’s articles on his blog from the time when he wrote on BMJ (British Medical Journal) a very interesting article about India – Pakistan cricket. And, after that he has been the author of PakSpin Blog at the cricinfo website. And he also writes in the DAWN newspaper as well . His analysis of the game in general and about the Pakistani cricket team in particular has been very good and not only that he understands the game but, he seems to have a passion for it. He also possess the qualities that are needed for a leader from the management point of view.
I don’t know much about his personal life or his educational background or the profession he is involved with, I guess he is a CEO of some pharmaceutical company that he owns or something related to the medical profession. Also, that he is a doctor, whether he is a medical doctor or holds a Ph.D it is not important. IMO, he is good enough to run the PCB and I have full confidence and faith in him that he will run it honestly, sincerely and better than ALL his predecessors (that is if he becomes the Chairman of the PCB).
It is another matter that he may not be interested in that job due to his family or business that he has in the UK (I guess?) or, he may wish to remain in the field of journalism from where he can continue to raise his voice freely and openly. I understand that running the PCB under the shadows of corrupt politicians and in the feudalistic society is not an easy job. In fact it is a very thankless job. People like Ijaz Butt with no guilt, no remorse, no conscience can stick to the job without any academic background or knowledge of the game or skills of a leader to run such prestigious organization. He is a walking talking cartoon, a buffoon, a joker and a disgrace to the nation.
It would be worth considering Kamran Abbasi as a candidate for that post. His credentials are no less than Ehsan Mani, but he definitely stands head and shoulders above the rest of the names mentioned above. Although, our blog is not that big to brag about in terms of readership but, we know for sure that some people have picked up our captions, headers and even the suggestions we made and wrote them on their blogs.
Personally, I have stopped writing on cricinfo due to various reasons such as censorship, new silly rules to express views in 1000 characters and then impartial and unnecessary editing of the comments by the ESPN who owns the cricinfo website. My associates have also stopped writing due to the same reason and we enjoy writing on our blog. Sometimes when we raise an issue, it creates ripple effects and we don’t need to mention them in detail here, because its irrelevant and the main purpose of this thread is to show our support for Kamran Abbasi.
I would like to hear the views of our readers/bloggers and I am sure they will have similar views as I have. Even if Kamran Abbasi himself declines the offer or show no interest in accepting this assignment he is not losing anything, it will be the PCB who will be at loss. We wish him good luck and best regards. This should not come to him as a surprise because, the mutual respect is always there.
Last but not the least is a message that we want to say here: IJAZ BUTT, FOR THE SAKE OF CRICKET IN PAKISTAN PLEASE GO. WE HAVE SEEN ENOUGH OF YOU, WHATEVER TIME YOU HAVE LEFT YOU SHOULD SPEND WITH YOUR FAMILY AND PLEASE SPARE CRICKET.