- PCB revamp the domestic structure to improve the quality of first-class cricket to attain success at the international level.
- Senior cricketers applaud new structures of domestic game and are optimistic about future.
Legendary players of cricket are backing the new rules introduced by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). PCB introduces the new structure to improve first-class cricket and focus on quality to attain success at the international level.
Probably the greatest names in Pakistan cricket have now said something regarding the discussion encompassing the redo.
New system is focusing on quality: Aaqib Javed
Aaqib Javed, a former test bowler said the new system is concentrating on quality and overcoming challenges that were part of cricket.
“This new system has brought clarity, we know who all would be playing first-class cricket, and, we have also been explained in detail regarding the Second XI cricket. There is a clear pathway for the age group players with the performers graduating to the top-level. Unlike the past, the promotion and relegation would be of players not teams, which is another correct step since you need players, not teams from domestic system”, Aaqib said.
System will bring meritocracy: Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja a renowned commentator and was part of 1992 world cup team applauded PCB on the new domestic system. He is hopeful that from now on the selection will be on merit.
“It is an extremely courageous and bold move by the PCB to revamp the domestic structure. The old system was not working and its failings were visible in our inconsistent performances on the international scene”, Said Ramiz.
“This new system is very logical with emphasis on city and province based system. Going forward, it would be vital for the PCB to hire capable administrators to run the city based associations, people who don’t have vested interests or indulge in club level politics,” he said.
Quality over Quantity: Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi the former captain of Pakistan feels that this new system will bring new value to the first-class cricket and it will enhance the performance of the players as well. It will make them work hard to maintain their contracts.
“This system looks very good as it is set to promote quality over quantity. In recent years, first-class cricket was a little too easy and many first-class players were part of cricket due to the sheer quantity of games”.
He added, “With only having six teams, we will surely see a drastic improvement in the quality of the competition.,
Ease of financial burden on PCB: Rashid Latif
Former wicket-keeper of Pakistan Rashid Latif said the new system would provide more quality and curators will prepare quality pitches. According to Rashid, this new system will ease the financial burden on Pakistan Cricket Board.
“The system will take up to three years to bear fruit, once the teams are picked up by investors/franchises, the financial burden would also ease on the PCB”, said Rashid.
“I do feel there would be some teething problems yet we would fully support this endeavor while at the same time pointing out the shortcomings”, he said.
Three steps of new domestic structure
- In the first step, the 90-city cricket associations will be responsible for organizing club. While the school cricket in their respective jurisdictions and subsequently forming their city cricket teams
- Moreover, the second step, the city teams will participate in intra-city competitions within the jurisdiction of their associations
- Best performing players from the intra-city competitions form six association sides will participate in PCB-organized tournaments in third phase.