Published: May 31, 2020 5:56:56 pm
The outgoing head of Pakistan’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore, Mudassar Nazar has admitted that he couldn’t achieve the goals he had set for himself for the event of the sport within the strife-torn nation.
“I couldn’t do the development work that I wanted in the last four years at the academy,” he mentioned.
“Yes we did construct two excessive performances centres in Multan and Karachi. But I wished to arrange extra such centres in different cities. Perhaps one purpose for that is the monetary well being of the board.
“I also wanted to do more development work but I couldn’t do it properly. But if I look back at my four years then I am proud to say that when I took charge there were no proper programs at the NCA.”
Three of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s long-serving former Test gamers, Mudassar, Haroon Rasheed and Agha Zahid spent their final day on the NCA on Sunday as the board ended their companies in an effort to restructure and convert the academy right into a High Performance Centre.
Mudassar, who has shut ties his former Test captain and now Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, insisted that he had by no means tried to benefit from his friendship with the nation’s premier throughout his stint on the NCA.
“I have never tried to take advantage of my relationship with Imran because that is not the way I work nor will I ever do it in future,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he’s happy with the work he had carried out on the NCA.
“I am proud of the under-13 talent hunt and development program I started as head of the NCA. It has given us some very fine talent.”
He mentioned kids like Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Muhammad Hasnain had benefited from the academy.
“I am also proud to see other youngsters like Muhammad Musa, Rohail Nazir and Haider Ali also in line to play for Pakistan and that makes me feel proud.”
Mudassar, who was a key member of the Imran Khan-led Pakistan crew within the 80s, performed 76 Tests and 122 ODIs for his nation.
The former all-rounder mentioned it was unfair to focus on the NCA for its efficiency each time.
“I was always surprised that whenever the board was criticised the NCA and its staff also came under fire. It is easy to criticise anyone sitting outside without knowing the true facts of what is happening inside,” he mentioned.
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