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PCB appoints Mudassar Nazar as director NCA


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday appointed former Test opener Mudassar Nazar as the director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

Chairman PCB Shaharyar M Khan, after a meeting of the PCB Ad-hoc Committee, announced this at a news conference, here on Friday. Abbas Zaidi, Director Media was also present at the occasion. The PCB chief said names of Intikhab Alam, Mushtaq Muhammad and Jalal-ud-din were considered for the director’s appointment at the NCA, adding that the Ad-hoc Committee gave its nod in favour of Mudassar.

Mudassar, 50, played 76 Tests and 122 One-day Internationals (ODIs) from 1976 to 1989. “He is the best choice among the lot and we believe he’ll be doing his best to groom the talent at an early stage,” said Shaharyar, adding that the terms and conditions and duration of Mudassar’s contract would be announced in a few days’ time.

He said the meeting also recommended that along with the NCA the regional academies should also become functional as soon as possible.

Shaharyar said the meeting did not discuss appointing manager of the Pakistan team for the forthcoming tour of England.

Answering to a question, he said, “The meeting did not discuss the appointment of a paid selection committee.”

He said the Ad-hoc Committee, in its meeting, appealed to the government for getting the control of cricket stadiums at Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar so that the matches of the 2011 World Cup could be staged at these venues. “A lot of effort is needed to upgrade the existing infrastructure in terms of increasing capacity in the stadiums besides adding facilities including laying of new pitches and installation of replay screens,” he said.

The PCB chairman said they want to install replay screens as early as possible and that they will be importing the equipment from suitable countries.

He said it was noted that there was less sponsorship for regional teams in first-class cricket because the matches were not shown on TV and that is why the business houses were less interested in sponsoring the regional teams. “Keeping in view the situation the Committee recommended that a feasibility report for setting up a cricket channel by the PCB should be prepared by mid of July,” he said.

Answering a question, he said with its own TV channel, the PCB would be able to get the sponsorships for all types of cricket activities at grass roots level.

Shaharyar said the fitness and training camp for the build-up of the Pakistan team for the tour of England would comprise two phases. The first phase which will be conditioning of players will commence in the last week of this month followed by a camp from June 9-22.

He said at the next meeting the Ad-hoc Committee would also invite national team’s coach, Bob Woolmer, chairman selection committee Wasim Bari and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq to discuss strategy approved by the PCB patron and related issues for the World Cup.

Source:The News

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