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Umar Gul joins revamped PCB cricket committee, Iqbal Qasim to chair the panel
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Umar Gul joins revamped PCB cricket committee, Iqbal Qasim to chair the panel

Umar Gul, Wasim Akram, Urooj Mumtaz and Ali Naqvi will be part of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) cricket committee. PCB CEO Wasim Khan and PCB's Director, International Cricket. Zakir Khan will serve as co-opted members.

The committee will hold meetings on a quarterly basis and the former Test spinner Iqbal Qasim will chair the revamped group.

In the previous cricket committee, Misbah-ul-Haq was an integral member who had to resign after the previous coach Mickey Arthur was sacked and Misbah was then subsequently hired by the PCB as the head coach and chief selector of Pakistan national team. 

Mohsin Khan worked as the chair of the committee in the previous setup but he stepped down from his position in June 2019.

Also Read: Misbah resigns from PCB Cricket Committee, applies for Pakistan head coach job

Iqbal Qasim has played 50 Tests and 15 ODIs and will lead the panel that also comprises legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram, who captained Pakistan team, was also part of the 1992 World Cup-winning side and is now a famous voice in cricket.

Moreover, the chief selector of women's cricket, Urooj Mumtaz and former Test cricketer Umar Gul have been roped into the newly formed committee. 

The members will discuss issues surrounding Pakistan cricket and pass on their recommendations to the PCB chairman after mutual consensus.

The committee members will share their input regarding many matters ranging from domestic cricket, national team affairs to the state of high-performance centres and ground conditions. 

The committee will have the powers to summon personnel from any concerned department for reporting purpose and as part of the evaluation process.

PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “I welcome all the distinguished members in this PCB Cricket Committee and look forward to working with them. I am delighted we have been able to put together a wide-ranging, knowledgeable, experienced and respected group whose commitment and involvement in the game is second to none.

“These members are representatives of all key stakeholders within the game. More importantly, and in line with our policy, they are completely independent, which, in turn, will assist the PCB management to further improve the health of the game in Pakistan.”

“I am pleased the PCB has considered me for this important assignment and will try to utilise all my cricket and corporate experience and knowledge in the successful delivery of my responsibilities," said Iqbal Qasim.

“The PCB Cricket Committee comprises members who are avid followers of the game, are on top of all matters related to the game in Pakistan and, therefore, with collective wisdom, will make recommendations that will help the PCB to improve its strategic direction.

“The game belongs to the people of Pakistan and we all are equal stakeholders in this. I think anyone who thinks can make a positive and meaningful contribution to Pakistan cricket, should come forward and play their active part.”

The details of members:

Iqbal Qasim has represented Pakistan in 50 Tests and 15 ODIs in which he took 171 and 12 wickets.  He also bagged 999 first-class wickets in 246 matches that he played from 1971 to 1992. Iqbal is no alien to PCB roles and has been part of the administration in several setups before. He has worked as team manager and chief selector with the PCB.

Ali Naqvi played five Tests and 115 first-class matches, amassing 242 and 5,881 runs, respectively from 1997 to 2011. He is currently the member of the PCB Elite Panel for Match Referees. Ali thumped a century on his Test debut against the Proteas in 1997 in Rawalpindi.

Umar Gul has worn the Pakistan team jersey in 47 Tests, 130 ODIs and 60 T20Is from 2003 to 2016 in his illustrious international career. He plucked 163, 179 and 85 wickets, respectively. The pacer is still an active player in domestic cricket and recently snapped up six wickets in five matches for Balochistan. Furthermore, in the recently concluded National T20 Cup, he took four wickets in seven matches.

Urooj Mumtaz is a popular figure in women's cricket and is a renowned cricket expert. She played one Test, 38 ODIs and nine T20Is from 2004 to 2010, taking 2, 36 and six wickets, respectively. She led Pakistan in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 in Sydney and currently serves as the chair of women’s selection committee and the acting head of the PCB’s women’s wing.

Wasim Akram is arguably the best swing bowler of all time. He is an ICC Cricket Hall of Famer. He exhibited his brilliance in 104 Tests and 356 ODIs in which he shed 916 wickets and accumulated 6,615 runs. After his retirement from international cricket in 2003, he embarked on cricket commentary career and has worked for many channels as an expert.