Imran Khan, the Pakistan prime minister and patron of the PCB, has rejected the board’s new proposed home cricket mannequin, insisting that departments shouldn’t have any position within the recreation.
The PCB put collectively a mannequin through which division groups comparable to HBL, WAPDA and PIA would stay related stakeholders alongside regional sides – though initially even the PCB had determined to strip departments of their enjoying rights. However this concept was knocked down by Imran, who doesn’t need departments within the system in any capability. He has as an alternative directed the PCB to remodel the construction to incorporate simply six provisional groups – two from Punjab, and one every from Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Imran was a robust advocate of a home construction with solely regional sides for a lot of his enjoying profession, enamoured particularly by the Australian Protect Cricket construction. There are numerous now – as there have been then – who consider such a mannequin will work in Pakistan, the place the inhabitants is almost 9 instances that of Australia. The prime minister believes that the sizeable expertise within the nation should not be allowed to go to waste, with it being the PCB’s accountability to offer a conducive surroundings for that expertise to flourish. He was additionally involved in regards to the exodus of cricket expertise over time.
With all this in thoughts, a PCB process staff labored out a plan to cut back the variety of regional groups within the system, but additionally stored the departments alive, making them sponsor of the regional groups and in impact, giving them a big position within the home circuit.
A presentation on the brand new mannequin was ready by Haroon Rasheed, the PCB’s director of home cricket. A staff of PCB officers then known as on Imran for a briefing. Whereas the mannequin got here near what Imran had requested for, the position of the departments in any capability was immediately dominated out.
The proposal was based mostly on a construction that included eight regional groups, both from a metropolis or from a province, whereas the varied departments like HBL, WAPDA and PIA – lengthy the spine of Pakistan’s home cricket – had been constituted to finance every area. The thought behind this proposal was to make every area self-sufficient, with funding from each the PCB in addition to the departments.
The PCB confirmed such a gathering had taken place, however sought to downplay any rift between the prime minister’s aims and the PCB’s, telling ESPNcricinfo they’d been continuing in accordance with Imran’s directives.
There are at present 16 groups on the home circuit enjoying within the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy – eight from the areas and eight departments. The brand new mannequin aimed to chop down the variety of top-tier groups to simply eight, with solely the regional sides allowed to play first-class cricket.