Time to take rapid decisions to save cricket: Bari

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    AFRIDI Youngsta Beauty

    Jan 31, 2010
    LAHORE: While advising Iqbal Qasim to withdraw his resignation as chief selector in larger national interest, Wasim Bari, the Chief Operating Officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Tuesday advocated giving chances to juniors, after national team’s abject show Down Under, saying it’s time to save cricket.

    Bari said though he has no role in the selection matters, he would suggest giving chances to juniors in the forthcoming two-match Twenty20 series to be held in the UAE on Feb 20-21.

    Bari, a former Test wicket-keeper, who was also appointed as head of the six-member committee appointed to evaluate the national team’s pathetic show in Australia, said it was time to take serious steps to save cricket.

    “The weaknesses and flaws of some of the national team players have surfaced clearly in Australia,” Bari said at the Lahore airport where he had gone to receive the national Under-19 team which returned from New Zealand after finishing as runners-up following the loss to Australia in the World Cup final.

    “It is not easy to replace the seniors but now it is time to take decisions on a fast-track to save cricket,” Bari stressed, adding the coach, captain and manager would be summoned separately.

    He said the evolution committee would complete its recommendations by the end of this month. However, he was not committal to say if the report would be made public.

    “It is up to the PCB chairman to take a decision as the committee will only make its recommendations,” he expressed.

    As the evolution committee mainly consists of PCB employees and close friends of the PCB chairman, very few are expecting any fruitful results form its effort.

    Besides Bari, the other employees on the six-member committee are NCA Director Haroon Rasheed, and Director International Cricket Zakir Khan, while former manager of the national team Yawar Saeed, PCB legal attorney Tafazzul Hussain Rizvi and a Governing Board member named Wazir Ali Khoja.

    However, Bari dispelled the impression that it was a friendly committee, and claimed that three (Yawar, Wazir and Tafazzul) were outsiders.

    One of the members on the condition of anonymity, however, told Dawn it was not an independent committee.

    “As Yawar has recently been with the national team as manager, he must be having a soft corner for any player. And similarly, other employees on the committee including myself have been dealing with the same players in different capacities. So, they can’t work independently,” the member stated.

    Meanwhile, Bari advised Iqbal Qasim, who has resigned as the chief selector in the wake of the national team’s appalling performance in Australia, to withdraw his resignation in the larger interest of national cricket.

    “We have to defend the World Twenty20 title in [in the West Indies] April for which we have to field a strong team. And Iqbal has the ability to do the job in the best possible manner,” he said.

    Iqbal, however, has already declined to accept the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt’s advice to withdraw it.

    Bari stated that under unfavourable circumstances the team management had to appoint Shoaib Malik as captain for the one-off Twenty20 International against Australia, saying unluckily Shahid Afridi had been banned as a result of a ball-tampering incident.
  2. Disco Lemonade

    Disco Lemonade Design Artist

    Dec 17, 2009
    ahahaha.. Wasim Bari, our savior. Bari should be the last person asking other selectors to give chances to the youngster, Infact, he should be the last person to be talking about selection! we got out of the first round of two worldcups under him! Oh well,

  3. HashiBaba

    HashiBaba Talented

    Dec 24, 2009

    Merc you KOd Bari there. Totally.
  4. Big Daddy

    Big Daddy Emerging Player

    Dec 21, 2009
    So saeed is a middle order batsman hence he doesnt get a chance but obviously bhajna is an opening batter hence his weight is measured in a different shade. right with u bari.
  5. Wasim

    Wasim Smooth Operator

    Jan 20, 2010
    Bhanje-o-damad ki maari, team humari, ay Wasim Bari,

    Series hari, match saari, bari bari.

    Intikhab kaa intikhab bee kuchh ajab hay yaro,

    Team planning: Bindu Khan aur paratha nihari.

    Aur aap ko salam to Australians bhee kurte hain, Yousef,

    Hussey kee hussey nikaalee jub aap ne us kee century sanwaari.

    I just came up with that :p
  6. Mercenary

    Mercenary The Lone Wolf

    Dec 17, 2009
    That's very good Wasim.

    As for Bari, well he talks a different game to the one he actually plays. He reminds me of Rameez Raja who is always talking about what the PCB needs to do and how they need to think longer term but Rameez never did any of that when he was the Chairman himself.

    Sometimes I think these guys just talk like this to get a certain job with the PCB and then when they get the position they just sit in there chair and go to sleep. Then when they wake up they raid the safe and take the days takings home with them.

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