Sports: Cricket: Sarfraz asks top politician to also serve real cricketMay 14, 2013
Karachi: The pioneer of reverse swing Sarfraz Nawaz on Tuesday said that the top politicians including the expected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif profusely used cricket terms in their election campaigns and it was now time that they should also serve real cricket.
“Cricket has been badly marred due to corruption by Pakistan Cricket Board PCB chief. I request the expected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to also look into the matters of real cricket after abundantly using cricket terms in his election campaign,” Sarfraz Nawaz told PPI.
Nawaz Sharif, the leader of PMLN was expected to face touch challenge from iconic Pakistan’s former cricket team skipper Imran Khan, the chief of PTI. However, PMLN managed to win majority seats and is expected to make the next Pakistan government.
Nawaz Sharif himself is a cricket fan and facing bitter rivalry with former skipper Imran Khan, both the party heads immensely used cricket terms in their public talks against one another.
Sarfraz Nawaz, who is also a cricketer turned politician, said that it was now the duty of Nawaz Sharif to take steps in order to lift cricket.
“When Nawaz Sharif comes in power, he should remove PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, who has tried to fool others by having him elected as PCB chairman for four-year term in controversial elections. The elections were only a trick to fool the public,” Sarfraz said.
The PCB elections have been challenged in Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and also in Karachi by former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif.
Meanwhile, Sarfraz also criticized recently announced central contracts for cricketers.
Sarfraz said that top performers, who represent Pakistan in all the three formats – Tests, ODIs and T20s should get the top category central contracts.
However, PCB has awarded top category central contracts to Shahid Afridi, who has retired from Tests and Younis Khan who has retired from T20 cricket. Skipper Misbahul Haq, who also has retired from T20 format, got the top ‘A’ category contract.
Sarfraz said that the players who play in two formats should be given ‘B’ category contract while who features only in one format should get ‘C’ category contracts.