Cheema’s retention for future depends on Zimbabwe tour performance: PCB sources

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sources said on Thursday that if the newly-appointed team manager Naveed Akram Cheema performs well during the forthcoming Zimbabwe tour, then he may be retained for future assignments as well.

Pakistan team will leave for Zimbabwe in the last week of August and will start the tour with a two-day warm-up match against Zimbabwe XI from August 28 and will play one Test, three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20s on the tour.

“Cheema is an experienced person but managing the national team is a serious job,” quoted official sources of PCB.

“Obviously maintaining discipline would be his main responsibility and he’d be given guidelines on several sensitive topics.

“Given what has been happening with the team in the recent years, people expect a scandal every time and it’s the manager’s main duty to avoid that from surfacing. It`s a tough job for the new manager but if he performs well, he may be retained for future assignments,” the source said.

Pakistan cricket was brought to the surface during the West Indies tour earlier this year when then-captain Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younis developed serious differences over team selection with the all-rounder even walking out of team meetings.

With memories of the mess still fresh, the PCB has decided to hold pre-tour lectures to avoid such issues cropping up in the future and has also decided to include the new manager in the lectures.

“Cheema will also be given instructions during the lectures. All members of the team management will be reminded about their domain and will be informed of the repercussions if they cross them. During the lectures, every individual will also be handed instructions on how to deal with the media.”

The sources added that the lectures were likely to take place during a conditioning camp prior to the squad`s departure for Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, the newly-appointed manager was hopeful of performing his duties with success and without any more controversies.

“It`s a tough job but it`s not impossible to achieve success,” he said while hinting that he will warn the players of strict and prompt action for any wrongdoings. “Problems do exist but if the players are aware that there will be an instant action against them for any wrongdoing, they will avoid such acts.”