Lahore, Apr 11: The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to release two of its long-serving employees - former Test players Haroon Rasheed and Agha Zahid, in order to overhaul the National Cricket Academy and domestic set-up in the country.
The PCB said it would not be renewing the contracts of Haroon and Zahid. ''Chief curator Agha Zahid and Haroon Rashid, Director - Domestic Cricket, will leave the Pakistan Cricket Board when their contracts expire on April 30 and May 31 respectively,'' PCB said in a statement on Friday. Haroon was re-employed in April 2017. Prior to his reappointment, Haroon had served the PCB in various roles including chief selector, Pakistan senior and junior national teams’ coach and manager, head of youth game development and acting head of the National Cricket Academy.
Agha Zahid had joined the PCB in 2001 after retiring from first-class cricket in 1992-93. PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said the board will now use this opportunity restructure the National Cricket Academy and domestic cricket to create a different and streamlined high performance structure that serves the game and its cricketers in a more seamless way.
''Among many areas, the new system will focus on coach education and the assessment and retraining of our current elite coaches, in addition, the improved streamlined system will enable us to further bridge the gap between domestic and international cricket,'' Khan said. Ali Raza Siddiqui, who has been Agha Zahid’s deputy for the last two years, will take over the role in the interim period, while the restructuring process of the two departments will commence from next week. (UNI)