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PCB to part ways with stalwarts Haroon Rasheed, Agha Zahid in domestic set-up overhaul
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PCB to part ways with stalwarts Haroon Rasheed, Agha Zahid in domestic set-up overhaul

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to release director of domestic cricket Haroon Rasheed and chief curator Agha Zahid as part of its restructuring process aimed at revamping the National Cricket Academy and related departments.

Rasheed, a former Test player who retired from the game in 1985, has been associated with the PCB in various capacities before his reappointment in his current role in 2017.

He has previously served as the Pakistan senior and junior national teams' coach and manager, chairman of the selection committee, head of youth game development and acting head of the NCA.

His existing contract expires at the end of next month while the PCB will bid farewell to Zahid on April 30.

“In my latest stint with the PCB, I was particularly pleased with the way we planned, implemented and delivered the new but highly successful and competitive domestic structure within a very short span of time," Rasheed said in a statement.

“While I will continue to follow Pakistan cricket and pray for its progression, I will now focus on other priorities in life and try to spend some quality time with my family.”

The PCB has already relieved chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed of his services whereas director of academies Mudassar Nazar has not sought an extension to his contract.

The exodus of some of the senior members in the PCB's administration indicates a shift towards inducting young blood into the set-up, in line with PCB CEO Wasim Khan's vision.

“On behalf of the PCB, I want to sincerely thank Haroon Rashid and Agha Zahid for their hard work and services over a vast number of years," he was quoted as saying in the PCB press release.

“With Mudassar Nazar having already announced his departure in May, the PCB will now use this opportunity to restructure the NCA and domestic cricket to create a different and streamlined High Performance structure that serves the game and it’s cricketers in a more seamless way."

"Amongst many areas, the new system will focus on coach education and the assessment and re-training of our current elite coaches; in addition, the improved streamlined system will enable us to further bridge the gap between domestic and international cricket," he added.

Although there is a complete halt of professional cricket in the country, Ali Raza Siddiqui replaces the outgoing Zahid in the interim period before the PCB finds a suitable candidate to fill the vacant position.

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