ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi believes heartthrob all-rounder Shahid Afridi is an asset of the team, saying if Misbah-ul-Haq gets injured or is out of form than he is the best choice for the captaincy.
Talking to a private news channel, Najam Sethi said questions were raised regarding Afridi’s batting, but his bowling is outstanding. “If Afridi bats with responsibility, he can win the match on his own,” he said.
When asked that you have named Misbah the captain till the World Cup 2015, Sethi said if Misbah gets injured or is out of form within that time limit than Afridi is the best choice for the captain’s armband.
Sethi said the board will constitute a Cricket Council of the Elders consisting of former cricketers so that their advice can be taken in matters for the betterment of the game.
Sethi said he wants help from former cricketers to improve the standard of the game domestically. “Haroon-ur-Rasheed has been appointed to improve our domestic cricket and the said cricket council will help him with their advices in improving the game at domestic level,” he said.
Speaking about the Director General Javed Miandad’s resignation, Sethi said in the PCB’s constitution there is no post of DG and in the board nobody was reporting to Miandad but to the Chief Operating Officer. “Miandad wants a job in the management, but we can give him a job related to the cricket,” he said adding that fate of DG whether to accept his resignation or otherwise would be discussed in the meeting later on.
Sethi said he had told Misbah and Muhammad Hafeez to make good performances in the Aisa Cup and the Twenty-20 World Cup at Bangladesh. “They (Misbah and Hafeez) have to make Pakistan win mates now, so that I can put forward our stance in front of the ICC with dignity,” he said.
Commenting on the Selection Committee, Chairman said when he took over, he hardly had time, so he appointed the current selection committee. “Chief selector Azhar Khan has ensured me that he will be accountable of the team’s failure. If results don’t go our way, he had vowed to resign,” he said.