Najam Sethi © Getty Images
Najam Sethi was one of the parties involved in making the decision © Getty Images

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to appoint Aizad Sayid, a person who has never played a Test for the country, as the development director at the National Cricket Academy, has sparked a debate.

The PCB last week appointed Sayid as the game development director at the NCA even though he is primarily a businessman with just a keen interest in the game. This is the first instance where a person who never played a Test has been given the responsibility. A senior official of the PCB defended the decision to bring in a businessman, saying no well known former cricketer applied for the position.

“It is strange but Aizad was the best choice for us. He has knowledge of cricket administration and headed the ad-hoc set up in the Lahore Region Cricket Association for us,” the official said. The businessman was picked after being interviewed by PCB chairman Shahryar Khan and PCB Governing Board’s executive committee chairman Najam Sethi.

Former Pakistan Test captain Rashid Latif said if it was true that no former cricketers had applied for the post then the PCB needed to review its relationship with the ex-players. “It is an indication that many former players perhaps don’t have confidence in this set-up and that feeling needs to change for the good of Pakistan cricket,” Latif said. Sayid formed his own team — Sayid Paper Mills — which used to take active part in Grade-2 non-first class competition and Ramazan tournaments.