Big­gest task is to re­vive academies: Mu­das­sar

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LAHORE—For­mer Pak­istan bats­man Mu­das­sar Nazar, who took charge as di­rec­tor of Pak­istan’s na­tional cricket academy on Thurs­day, has said that he chose to re­turn to the role to “fix the bro­ken cy­cle of de­vel­op­ment”. Nazar was NCA di­rec­tor be­tween 2006 and 2008, be­fore he quit to join the ICC Academy as a coach, a role he ful­filled for the last eight years. Nazar will head the NCA for the next three years.

“I might have been away from Pak­istan cricket but, in the last eight years, I have al­ways been the true am­bas­sador of the NCA,” Nazar, who is also part of the PCB’s cricket com­mit­tee, said. “I was ap­proached many times in the past but it didn’t work out, but my eyes have al­ways been here. We all know the sys­tem was made and it was bro­ken, and now they in­tend to re­vive and I re­alised that now they are se­ri­ous and [will] work to­wards de­vel­op­ment. So I am here.

“The cy­cle of de­vel­op­ment is very im­por­tant and, due to many rea­sons, it eas­ily dis­in­te­grated twice in the last 14 years, which has cost [Pak­istan cricket] five to ten years. I don’t know what the rea­sons were. They may be fi­nan­cial or what­ever the cir­cum­stances were, but now my big­gest task is re­vive this cy­cle and make a plan to speed up this process of de­vel­op­ment so that we can cover up the lost time.”

Sixty-year-old Nazar played 76 Tests and 122 ODIs be­tween 1976 and 1989. Be­fore he served as NCA di­rec­tor in 2006, he was also a coach at the academy be­tween Jan­uary 2001 and Oc­to­ber 2002, un­der the ten­ure of then PCB chair­man Tauqir Zia. Af­ter Nazar’s de­par­ture in 2008, a num­ber of di­rec­tors were ap­pointed to the NCA but the academy be­came largely de­funct. The de­vel­op­ment phase was put on hold as the academy strug­gled to fill coach­ing roles for all skills. The re­gional academies were also grad­u­ally ter­mi­nated due to lack of funds, and the Lahore ter­ror at­tack in 2009, in which Sri Lankan play­ers were in­jured, was an­other set­back for cricket in the coun­try.

“I will be re­viv­ing the NCA as it was ear­lier, and there is no rocket sci­ence in it,” Nazar said, about his plans to cor­rect the sys­tem. “The plan is there, as the academies will have their role from top to bot­tom. It will sim­i­larly will be ex­panded from the NCA to the re­gional academies, age group [cricket] will come un­der de­vel­op­ment, the A team will be de­vel­oped with emerg­ing play­ers and all the 16 re­gional academies will start func­tion­ing from Au­gust 1. So this cy­cle will be alive and run­ning in due course.”

One of the play­ers to train at the NCA dur­ing Nazar’s two-year stint was fast bowler Mo­ham­mad Amir and Nazar is cred­ited with help­ing the bowler re­cover from three stress frac­tures to the back in the early phase of his ca­reer. Nazar coached the Pak­istan team in 1993 and 2001, and was also Kenya coach in 2005. Dur­ing his time with Kenyan cricket he also served as di­rec­tor of the Nairobi Cricket Academy.—Agen­cies

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