PCB plans to restructure NCA, domestic cricket as old guns leave

KARACHI (PPI): After several top officials from domestic cricket set to leave Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) soon, the board now plans to restructure National Coaching Academy and domestic cricket to create a different and streamlined High Performance structure.

Chief curator Agha Zahid and Haroon Rashid, Director – Domestic Cricket, will leave PCB when their contracts expire on 30 April and 31 May, respectively. Director Academies Mudassar Nazar has already announced that he would not be looking for an extension to his contract, which expires in May. “On behalf of the PCB, I want to sincerely thank Haroon Rashid and Agha Zahid for their hard work and services over a vast number of years,” PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said.

“With Mudassar Nazar having already announced his departure in May, the PCB will now use this opportunity to restructure the NCA and domestic cricket to create a different and streamlined High Performance structure that serves the game and it’s cricketers in a more seamless way,” Wasim explained the board’s future outlook for the domestic cricket and NCA.

“Amongst many areas, the new system will focus on coach education and the assessment and re-training of our current elite coaches; in addition, the improved streamlined system will enable us to further bridge the gap between domestic and international cricket.”

Haroon had served the PCB in various roles including chief selector, Pakistan senior and junior national teams’ coach and manager, head of youth game development and acting head of the National Cricket Academy. Haroon was re-employed in April 2017.

Haroon said that he would now be now focusing on other priorities in life and would try to spend some quality time with his family. “In my latest stint with the PCB, I was particularly pleased with the way we planned, implemented and delivered the new but highly successful and competitive domestic structure within a very short span of time.

This was a result of a complete team effort and I thank all my colleagues who got behind the new structure and supported me,” he said.

“While I will continue to follow Pakistan cricket and pray for its progression, I will now focus on other priorities in life and try to spend some quality time with my family.” Agha Zahid had joined the PCB in 2001 after retiring from first-class cricket in 1992-93.

“I had an excellent time with the PCB in the past 19 years, in which I oversaw the preparation of pitches that produced stars who continued to keep Pakistan at the top of the cricket pedestal.

Obviously, the role had its own challenges and sometimes my team and I were at the wrong end of the stick. But overall, I had a highly satisfying time. I want to thank all my staff and colleagues and wish Pakistan cricket continues to move in an upward direction,” Agha Zahid said.

Ali Raza Siddiqui, who has been Agha Zahid’s deputy for the last two years, will take over the role in the interim period, while the restructuring process of the two departments will commence from next week.