Former Pak players demand for a cricketer to head PCB

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Lahore, Sep 16 (UNI) Former captain Ramiz Raja has put forward legendary all-rounder Imran Khan's name for the post of new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and said only a cricketer could run the board effectively.

Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, Ramiz said ''The PCB needs a fair leadership to fight the case in the ICC in a more solid manner as the previous management had been taking many U-turn, as there was no consistency in their policies.'' He also said a fair leadership by pleading the PCB's case in a strong way at the ICC level could deal with the current problems the Board was facing in shape of foreign teams reluctant to come to Pakistan due to security reasons.

He also pointed out that no one has the right to sack speedster Shoaib Akhtar from the team if he proves his fitness.

Meanwhile, another former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam endorsed Ramiz's views and urged the cricket board to appoint a new chairman ''as soon as possible'' in order to salvage the Pakistan team's international season.

''It's been almost a month now that the Pakistan Cricket Board is without a chairman, it's absolutely imperative for the president to announce the chairman as soon as possible,'' Intikhab said yesterday.

Nasim Ashraf stood down as PCB chairman on August 18, hours after the resignation of president Pervez Musharraf, who was also the patron of the PCB.

New president Asif Ali Zardari, now patron of the PCB, is yet to decide on who will replace Ashraf and there has been little speculation on prospective candidates in the domestic media.

''Whosoever is appointed, he must have some experience and a recognisable figure in the cricketing fraternity,'' Intikhab opined.

''It will save precious time of getting along with the officials of other cricket boards,'' he added.

Intikhab further said the PCB should take a leaf out of Indian Board's book when it comes to arrange the annual schedule.

''India have beautifully designed their international calendar, they played against Sri Lanka last month, the Australians are coming there in October, while they will also play against England at home before coming to Pakistan,'' Intikhab noted.

The PCB is still hopeful that the West Indies will travel to Pakistan after playing three One-day Internationals in Dubai.

''If the series against the West Indies could not go ahead we would have only few Twenty20 international matches against Sri Lanka, Canada and Zimbabwe in Toronto and three ODIs against the West Indies,'' Intikhab said.

''That's why the only option our cricketers have is that they should not skip the domestic cricket this season for preparation of the series against India,'' he added.

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