Pakistan have a talented bunch of cricketers, but their performances in the recent past have been less than satisfactory. They lost to England and New Zealand in 2015 and 2016 respectively in coloured clothing, and were poor in the Asia Cup as well. Pakistan were then dumped out of the 2016 World T20 from the Super-10 stage. Fingers have been pointed towards the captain Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younis for such a dismal performance on the big stage.
To make the situation worse, Afridi was also criticised for making comments on being loved in India and people from Kashmir coming out and supporting the Pakistan team, which was criticised by BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur.
However, former cricketers like Javed Miandad and Shoaib Akhtar believe the root of the problem lies in the people, who are involved in running the Pakistan Cricket Board. Akhtar even felt that people involved with Pakistan cricket are worried about money alone.
It has become a norm for the PCB to hold emergency meetings after dire performances to analyse the situation, but Miandad feels they are pretty pointless.
"Every time we do badly in a big tournament, the board carries out this charade of appointing a probe committee," Miandad told Press Trust of India.
"Why should I go running to attend their meetings on a call from a secretary. I have already said what I had to say in the media. First and foremost the top people in the board should step down."
Pakistan's participation in the World T20 was not confirmed until the very last minute due to security reasons, and while that might have affected their preparations, their performances were pretty poor. They only won one match, against Bangaldesh, and lost three -- to archrivals India, New Zealand and Australia.
Such results have disappointed cricket fans in Pakistan, which can be understood from team's hostile reception at the Lahore airport.
Another former Pakistan cricketer, Imran Khan, believes that politics and cricket cannot go hand in hand and he offered his opinion on how to reform cricket in Pakistan via a number of tweets.
The reason cricket has, unlike elsewhere, failed to become an institution in Pak is because here PM appoints PCB Chief.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 27, 2016
Here is my strategy for reforming cricket in Pakistan: One: to make cricket an institution we have to insulate it from political pressure.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 27, 2016
Two: Despite an abundance of talent, our players lack temperament & technique, leading to performance inconsistencies.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 27, 2016
Three: rather than wasting money on senseless expenditures, we badly need more cricket grounds.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 27, 2016