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Pakistan seeks English help to lift domestic cricket

November 15, 2012

PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said his board was ready to do anything to lift the game at home. -AFP File Photo

LAHORE: Pakistan Thursday sought the views of former England coach Peter Moores and a host of leading players of the past to help improve the much-criticised domestic cricket setup.

Moores held meetings with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf in Lahore along with former greats including Javed Miandad, Intikhab Alam, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Aamir Sohail and Inzamam-ul Haq.

The 49-year-old, who coached Lancashire to the county title in England last year, will now help prepare a plan for the PCB to implement.

“It's interesting to put together the views of Miandad, Alam, Waqar and others,” Moores told a press conference.

“I know Pakistan have produced so many talented players and if I am able to move things forward it would be great.”

Former greats including Imran Khan have criticised Pakistan's domestic structure for not producing world class players and the inconsistent format of the competitions.

Ashraf said his board was ready to do anything to lift the game at home.

“We have invited these experts to improve our domestic cricket,” he told AFP.

“From first-class matches to club level and to academies, we want the best system so that our national team can be among the top teams in the world.”

International cricket was suspended in Pakistan over security fears after terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore three years ago.

Former International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the international game could be revived through a Twenty20 league.

“I think if Pakistan manages to host a T20 league it can be a good stepping stone in reviving international cricket in the country,” Lorgat, whose tenure ended in June this year, told reporters.

Lorgat was in Lahore to advise the PCB on hosting the Pakistan Premier Twenty20 league in March next year.

“If international players come that, I believe, will encourage the growth of confidence in hosting cricket in Pakistan because there is no reasons why they (players) wouldn't convince the boards to tour,” he said.