Shahryar Khan    AFP
Shahryar Khan AFP

Karachi: Faced with tremendous criticism after the poor performance of the national team in recent series, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to convene a round table conference with top current and former players to discuss the problems afflicting Pakistan cricket. The PCB said in a release on Wednesday that its chairman Shahryar Khan has called a round table conference of current and former Test players in Lahore on March 6 and 7 in order to seek their views on the improvement of Pakistan national and junior team’s performance. “A selected member of Test players will be invited to attend the conference which will be co-chaired by Inzamam ul Haq, Chief selector and Mudassar Nazar, Director Academies, Mushtaq Ahmed Head coach, NCA will be the Coordinator of the conference,” the PCB said. Abdul Razzaq: Very painful to see the present situation of Pakistan cricket

The Board said invitations would be extended to Imran Khan, Misbah ul Haq, Younus Khan, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Zaheer Abbas, Wasim Bari, Shoaib Akhtar, Aamir Sohail, Javed Miandad, Rashid Latif, Ramiz Raja, Moin Khan, Abdul Qadir, Aaqib Javed, Iqbal Qasim, Bazid Khan, Saeed Ajmal and several others. The head of the cricket committee and members of the Board of Governors will also be invited to attend the conference.

This will not be the first time such an exercise is being taken by the Board as in the past also similar conferences and discussions have been held with former players to improve the cricket structure. According to the Board, the issues that would be discussed at the conference will include improving team performance, domestic structure, improvement of pitches, coaching of national and junior teams and encouraging of foreign teams to tour Pakistan.