Zaheer Abbas expressed concerns for the slide of Pakistan Team in the World Cricket and said it was hard to digest that Pakistan was going through such an abysmal state at the current moment. He stated that the country has not been producing great stars for quite a while now due to wide range of reasons such as Pakistan not been able to play cricket in their own backyard since 2009.
He said that the country that has a legacy of producing great players and does possess a great cricketing history has nosedived to lowest ebb in its illustrious history is a timely reminder that ICC and all its members must help Pakistan to get back on to being a strong cricketing nation. He said he is deeply sad that a country that has produced so many great legends of the game has subsided to low levels of mediocrity as they will now play in the qualifying rounds of event organized by ICC.The lack of role models was cited by Zaheer Abbas as one of the reasons that Pakistan Cricket is currently in a state of terminal decline. The former great batsman who was dubbed as “Asian Bradman” will ultimately relinquish his posts as International Cricket Council President on 27th July. He further stated that the absence of international cricket in Pakistan has further compounded problems for the country due to terror attacks in 2009 on Sri Lankan team bus which led them to a state of isolation in the coming years.
He felt that young players must be exposed and groomed in the right manner and not playing the Indian Premier League is also negative as they are not getting more opportunities to play top level competitive cricket. Zaheer Abbas said that he felt that the current situation of Pakistan did provide a glimmer of hope as international cricket might return in the future.
Pakistan will tour to England this summer to play four Test matches, Five ODIs and one T20 game.