ICL: Indian Cricket League

Curse Of Adhocism Ends

Written by F Mirza on September 1st, 2007   (378 views)

At last after more than eight long years, president of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf, who is also the chief patron of PCB, has approved the constitution of Pakistan Cricket Board. In the coming few days, adhocis will be vanished from the board.

No one, in his right mind, can term adhocis as any thing even remotely viable and justifiable. Organizations and institutes, if run democratically, can produce good results and only democratised institutes look plausible. In the adhocism, all the authorities converge to a single person, who can do anything at his will without any accountability.

In the Nawaz Sharif’s era, on 17th July 1999, adhocism was implemented in the cricket board, and Mujeeb-ur-Rehman (chief executive Redco Group) was appointed as the first chairman of the adhoc committee. Mujeeb-ur-Rehman was the brother of Saif-ur-Rehman, who was then federal minister and an active Muslim League leader. After the Nawaz Sharif’s departure, former secretary agriculture Doctor Zafar Altaf was brought to chair the adhoc committee for sometime, then came General Tauqeer Zia, who worked as the chairman of PCB for considerable time. Tauqeer Zia was also helped by Ramiz Raja, who was the chief executive.

From all the chairmen, Tauqeer Zia relatively did some good deeds. He gave vision 005. He also tried, though bit lamely, to strengthen the cricketing infrastructure in the country. He also solidified the financial position of PCB by making pact with sponsors and Ten Sports. He also gave grant of 1 Crore Rupees to Pakistan Hockey Federation, which was very weak at that time, and that enabled hockey team to take part in the Olympics. But he failed to promote cricket at the grass root level. He also failed to make the team dynamic, and team lost the world cup miserably.

Then came Shaharyar Khan, who was also a very close friend of president. He was also a senior officer at foreign office. He also tried to introduce some fresh ideas, but he was naturally weak, and as a result, player power got new life, and team was entangled in the menace of internal politics. Tussle of Shaharyar and Shoaib Akhtar is very famous. After the Oval fiasco and conflicts with Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shaharyar had to leave the chairmanship with heavy heart. Then Dr. Nasim Ashraf came and took the top office of PCB.

Dr. Nasim Ashraf tried to bring in discipline in the team, but in the presence of player power and a stubborn captain Inzi, he failed. After the doping scandal, ignominious defeat in world cup, death of Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer, and now ICL, and futile promises of PCB constitution, Nasim Ashraf isnt one of the most favourite personalities of Pakistani fans. Now after the implementation of constitution, Nasim Ashraf has got to work professionally and try to create a harmony between the players. He also needs to address the problems of the players, while discouraging the player power. Most importantly he needs to start a nation-wide campaign of talent hunt.

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