LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to appoint former Test batsman Basit Ali as the coach of national ‘A’ team which is scheduled to tour England in June-July this year.
According to reports coming out, Basit’s name is being considered as the head coach. However, Basit’s recent performance as chief selector of the national junior team, which failed to click in the Junior World Cup, left a lot to be desired.
Basit, of late, has been quite critical of the PCB policies and one cannot help notice once again that the Board is keen to tame all such opposition by assigning some or other duties to them.
Instead of making equal spendings on the A and Junior teams by hiring the services of specialist coaches, the PCB continues to take matters lightly when it comes to supporting the game at the grass root level.
On the other hand, India has hired the services of their big gun from the past Rahul Dravid for their junior team, while Cricket Australia has also engaged Greg Chappell in the past for the junior teams to groom them.
A PCB official said Basit was a good coach as he had proved it in the past too and it was a wrong decision of the PCB to hand him the duties of chief selector in the past.