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Pakistan PM defends decision to change domestic cricket structure

By: PTI | Karachi |

September 16, 2020 10:14:41 pm


Imran Khan has defended his resolution to alter the home cricket construction in Pakistan. (File Photograph/AP)

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday defended his resolution to alter the home cricket construction within the nation, insisting that after preliminary teething issues the brand new system will produce world class expertise.

Addressing officers of the Pakistan Cricket Board, the Pakistan Tv Company and data ministry officers, Imran mentioned that Pakistan cricket had solely achieved nicely due to its immense uncooked expertise regardless of a poor cricket system.

“I’ve satisfied with nice issue Misbah, Hafeez and Azhar (who had been among the many attendees) that the brand new cricket construction have to be allowed to develop and turn into sturdy,” mentioned Imran, the 1992 World Cup-winning captain.

Head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq and senior gamers, Hafeez and Azhar met with the Prime Minister on Wednesday in Islamabad together with PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani and CEO Wasim Khan to debate the home cricket system.

Misbah, Hafeez and Azhar had requested to fulfill with the PM. They’d earlier mentioned that the brand new system which has achieved away with departmental cricket had left many cricketers jobless and was not reduce out for the Pakistan cricket tradition.

“I advised them that each new system had its teething issues and it takes a while however I can guarantee you as soon as it’s established it can make sure the uncooked expertise we’ve in cricket will come by way of polished and groomed for worldwide cricket,” Imran mentioned.

Below the brand new home cricket construction launched final yr by the PCB on the directives of the PM, solely six provincial groups now compete in firstclass cricket and different ODI and T20 tournaments and departmental groups have been scrapped from the system.

Imran mentioned he needs to see Pakistan cricket belong the place it ought to belong as soon as its expertise is correctly groomed and there’s a system to make sure solely high quality gamers come ahead.

“I’m hopeful that we’ll have the option ready to subject a really sturdy workforce for the following World Cup and do nicely in it because of this new system,” he mentioned.

Imran had mentioned prior to now that Pakistan had a home cricket system which didn’t exist anyplace on the earth.

“Regardless of this technique we gained due to the immense uncooked expertise we’ve. Nowhere does a participant graduate straight into the nationwide workforce from junior or membership stage cricket.”

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