The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the Team Management for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour.
Naveed Akram Cheema has been appointed as the manager of the Pakistan cricket team. Cheema replaced veteran Intikhab Alam who has been asked to resume his duties as Director Game Development, National Cricket Academy.
PCB has also sacked assistant coach Aaqib Javed and assistant manager Shahid Aslam.
PCB chairman Ejaz Butt said that the decision was taken mainly due to the fact that Intikhab, Aaqib and Shahid were all closely involved in the NCA programs and needed to devote more time to their responsibilities at the academy.
“Intikhab Alam has done a commendable job as National Team Manager. His experience as a cricketer and as a cricket administrator is always a great help. Being Director Game Development he is needed in Pakistan to execute game development plans,” Butt said.
“As we announce the team management on tour-to-tour basis so for Zimbabwe tour, Mr. Naveed Akram Cheema is entrusted with this responsibility.”
Intikhab Alam said that he was thankful to PCB management for trusting him with responsibilities of Team Manager in the past.
“I am thankful to PCB management for trusting me with responsibilities of Team Manager in the past,” Alam said.
“At the moment my focus is the player development programs. We have started Academies program in the country which many upcoming players are attending. U16 talent-hunt program is underway in more than 45 districts throughout Pakistan and we are working on some more programs for the winter.
“While I have enjoyed working as Team Manager, I feel that I require to dedicate more time for the Academies program which we have started after a gap of some years. I wish my successor Naveed all the best in his new assignment.”
Newly appointed Team Manager Mr. Naveed Akram Cheema said, “I am grateful for the confidence reposed in me by PCB. I will be seeking advice from my predecessor Mr. Intikhab Alam, who is also a dear friend.”
“Our collective aim is to ensure that the team do well on the tour and that there is harmony and unity amongst the squad members. I will try to live up to the expectations of the Board.”
Team Management for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour
- Mr. Naveed Akram Cheema – Manager
- Mr. Waqar Younis – Coach
- Col (R) Wasim Ahmed – Security & Assistant Manager
- Dr. Sohail Saleem – Doctor cum Physio
- Mr. Saboor Ahmed – Trainer
- Mr. Umer Farooq – Analyst
- Mr. Muhammad Akhtar – Masseur