Calcutta, May 22: Chief selector Wasim Bari’s suggestion that Bishan Singh Bedi be invited to work with the emerging spinners is unlikely to be accepted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in the near future.
Bari, it may be recalled, went public with his thoughts less than a fortnight after the tour by Team India (which ended on April 17) and the iconic left-arm spinner said he had “no problems” sharing his art — provided, of course, the PCB invited him.
In fact, Bedi added he would propose that the PCB also consider inviting Erapalli Prasanna. That opportunity, though, probably won’t come very soon and the Spin Twins won’t be heading across the border.
Bedi, by the way, was the India captain during Revival Tour No.1 (1978-79)
“There’s been an informal discussion on Bari’s suggestion, but we haven’t decided whether somebody from overseas should work with the young spinners. Moreover, our academies’ programme is in progress and ought not to be disturbed,” PCB chief executive Rameez Raja told The Telegraph.
The academies’ programme is going to continue till August.
Incidentally, according to the Lahore-based Rameez, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan is of the opinion that any invitation will have to be routed through the concerned board, not sent individually.
A matter of protocol that.
“Obviously, getting Bedi over is going to help but, among other things, we must first have enough quality to place before somebody of his stature… Then, (national selector) Iqbal Qasim has offered to work with the emerging spinners and Abdul Qadir could be tapped as well,” Rameez, a former captain, continued.
Meanwhile, Rameez informed only the Team India “concept” was being borrowed and that Inzamam-ul Haq won’t actually be leading Team Pakistan.
“The idea is largely to emphasise unity and we may draw inspiration from the (1992 World Cup’s) ‘Cornered Tigers’ theme as well… The next couple of weeks could see something in place,” Rameez pointed out.
Significantly, Shaharyar is understood to have formally clarified this week that the PCB “won’t” be advertising for a professional CEO.
Hopefully, now, sections of the Pakistan Media will stop their virulent anti-Rameez campaign.