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Shahryar Khan undecided on continuing as PCB chief

Shahryar Khan undecided on continuing as PCB chief
Shahryar Khan term ends in August 2016.
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Shahryar Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has stated that he is yet to decide if he will continue in the role when his term ends in August.

Khan, who previously served as the PCB chief in 2003, was appointed for another term as the chairman of the board in August 2014 for a two-year period.

A former diplomat, Khan revealed that he initially was interested only in a one-year term but accepted to come on board for two years at the request of Najam Sethi and the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

“Mind you I have taken no final decision as yet on whether I will step down or continue but when I was initially appointed as chairman, the patron in chief gave me a two-year tenure which ends on August 20th.

“I lead a quiet retired life and I enjoy teaching assignments.

“I didn’t need this job as I had already headed the board and I don’t take any salary.

“But two years back when cricket matters had gone to the Supreme Court the prime minister and Najam Sethi told me to come in and I initially agreed only for a year.

“But they told me I should be there for at least two years as one year was not enough to get things done.”

Furthermore, Khan was disappointed at the PCB being blamed for the poor performances of Pakistan in the recent past and feels that the players and the coaches are the ones who need to deliver the results on the field.

“It is disappointing and drags you down that every time the team does not do well the knives are out for the board officials.

“If anything after the World T20, Sri Lanka who were the defending champions, Australia and England should all have been more disappointed than us at not performing well in the event.

“But in Pakistan the board is held responsible for everything.

“We can only make the best appointments of technocrats the rest is up to them we can only facilitate them and we have been doing that regularly.

“If the team is not performing, how can you hold board officials responsible for something the players and coaches are supposed to deliver.”

Citing his advancing age as a factor, Khan added that he will take a decision after returning from his annual vacation in England.

Nevertheless, Khan admitted that Pakistan cricket needs to improve to be on par with other teams and is confident that the recent changes in administration and team management will bring good results.

“I can take the pressure but obviously at my age it becomes exhausting for me.

“But it is my earnest desire to see things improve in Pakistan cricket to see our team doing well and most of all to see us resume bilateral cricket ties with India. These are challenges for me.

“I will be going to England for my annual vacation and will come back fresh and then take a decision whether I should continue or not when my term expires.

“There is no doubt we have fallen behind other cricket nations and we need to make up time.

“We are confident that with a new management set up in the team, new selectors and administrative changes in the board’s cricket department things will improve soon.”

Pakistan won only 18 out of the 45 One-Day Internationals since the start of 2014 and they are currently ranked ninth in the format.

During the same period in the Twenty20 International format, Pakistan played 28 matches and won just 13 games and are currently in the seventh spot following the annual update of the rankings.

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