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.