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PCB should not beg Cricket from others:Former Pacer Shoaib Akhtar

Lahore: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has said that Pakistan Cricket Board should not beg other cricket playing nations to come to Pakistan and help reviving cricket here rather. The board should improve its domestic structure and utilize its assets to generate finance to boost first class cricket.
This will surely boost the players’ morale and performance and help producing a great number of brilliant players who will help earning good name for the country.”
He added that this step would help strengthen the domestic structure and when a board has the best domestic structure, it has ample number of world’s best players who can represent the country at international level and can bring laurels for the country.
The PCB should use its building for commercial purpose and generate money from there and then utilize these funds on domestic structure in a transparent way.
Citing example of Cricket South African, the fast bowler said that when Protease were banned by International Cricket Council (ICC), they never thought about revival of cricket but stressed upon strengthening their domestic structure and gradually, they build it and the best of proof that was when they returned to international cricket, they qualified for the World Cup semi-final. What is the comparison between domestic level team and international level team but the Protease proved that they focused on domestic cricket and made it one of the bests.
We should wait for the right time as the security situation here is not up to the mark and if God forbid any mishap happens, it will throw us far behind and as we are already isolated from international cricket so this would add fuel to the fire and we will be totally isolated which is very dangerous for our cricket. So it is better to stay away and wait for the right time instead of taking risk,” he claimed
Talking about T20 format, Akhtar said that Twenty20 cricket had caused immense damage to Pakistani cricketers and affected their techniques and posing fitness problems to them.

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