Sheharyar Khan, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board
(PCB), who is keen to bring home the glittering World Cup 2007, wants
business community to play an effective role in the grooming of the
team purely on professional lines.
The PCB Chairman has urged the businessmen to come
forward and work for the promotion of Pakistan's cricket team, which
has brought laurels for the country a number of times in the past.
Sheharyar Khan was speaking at a LCCI meeting
recently, which was also addressed by the LCCI Acting President Sohail
Lashari. Executive Committee members Mian Shafqat Ali, Yousaf Shah,
Faisal Iqbal Sheikh and Mian Mehmood were also present on the
The PCB Chairman said that it is high time that the
business community should join hands with the cricket board in its
effort to put up a strong team for the 2007 World Cup.
He said that Pakistan Cricket Board is trying its
level best to bring in more talent but without the help from business
community it would be near to impossible.
The Chairman said that the PCB is going to set up a
Talent Hunt Camp by the end of this month, which is a dire need of the
hour, as Pakistan does not have a good test team. Pakistan needs to
develop good cricket grounds, as at the moment there are only three
grounds of international level while India has 27 grounds.
The PCB was endeavouring to bring professionalism
in the team at all levels, which is a prerequisite for a team of
The PCB Chairman paid rich tributes to skipper
Inzamamul Haq, ranking him "a world class cricketer" having
a decision power especially during crucial moments.
He defended the appointment of Bob Woolmer as coach
of Pakistani team, saying that after his induction the national team
saw a big change as the team is now more disciplined.
LCCI Acting President Sohail Lashari observed that
cricket diplomacy has done miracles in this part of the world and the
business community would be extending all help for the promotion of
cricket in Pakistan.
He said that Lahore's businessmen would not stay
behind in PCB's pursuit to improve cricket in Pakistan.
He said healthy business ties cannot be developed
and improved to the best until and unless an environment conducive for
fraternity and brotherhood is developed with our overseas and
cross-border business partners. It is the exchange of literary,
cultural and sporting activities that create an environment of mutual
understanding and goodwill, which is the essential pre-requisite of
growth of international business. "We as Pakistanis are proud of
being the member of elite club of test-playing nations. It is the
glamour, charm and charisma of our cricket heroes, which has enchanted
cricket-loving crowds domestically as well as across the globe,"
He said that cricket assumes a significant place in
Pakistan's sports history as this was the first sport in which the
newly born independent state made its debut at the international
level. Way back in 1948, through the efforts of late Mr. Justice A. R.
Cornelius, rightly dubbed as the Father of Pakistan's cricket, the
West Indies Team touring India was invited for detour of Pakistan.
Under the leadership of late Mian Muhammad Saeed, Pakistan put up an
impressive show in the first-ever-unofficial test played on the
picturesque Bagh-e-Jinnah ground in Lahore. Skipper Muhammad Saeed
scored a century in that match which concluded as a draw. In the
winter of 1951-52, Pakistan staked a claim for full-fledged membership
of International Cricket Conference when under the captaincy of late
Abdul Hafeez Kardar Pakistan defeated the touring MCC Team by 4
Sohail Lashari said that in the first official
series played in India, Pakistan defeated India in the second test at
Lucknow by an inning, which justified Pakistan's hard-won official
test status. Pakistan has come a long way since attaining official
status in 50's. Today, it is rated among the top cricket playing
countries of the world. This rating was won by some of the greatest
players born in this part of the sub-continent such as Fazal Mehmood,
Imtiaz, Hanif Muhammed, Kardar, Saeed, Burki, Mushtaq, Asif, Zaheer,
Majid, Imran Khan, Sarfraz, Qadir, Waseem Bari, Waseem Raja, Miandad,
Mudassar, Waseem Akram and a host of other luminaries who played for
Pakistan at the highest level and won honours for their motherland.
The graph of Pakistan's cricket started showing an appreciable height
when Imran Khan, one of the greatest all rounders born in this part of
the world, took over the reins of captaincy. His charismatic
personality and shrewd leadership gave a new vision to the Pakistani
team to play and win under pressure as Pakistan's cricket reached a
climax when it won the World Cup in Australia in 1992, which made
every Pakistani's head high.
He said Pakistan's cricket got a saviour in the
form of Mr. Sheharyar Khan who strived hard to win back the glory and
pride of Pakistan. His inspirational leadership has transformed a
relatively younger but highly talented bunch of individuals into a