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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 decision to change the domestic cricket structure in Pakistan. (File Photo/AP)

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday defended his decision to change the domestic cricket structure 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 Television Corporation and data ministry officers, Imran mentioned that Pakistan cricket had solely performed effectively due to its immense uncooked expertise regardless of a poor cricket system.



“I have convinced with great difficulty Misbah, Hafeez and Azhar (who were among the attendees) that the new cricket structure must be allowed to grow and become strong,” 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 focus on the domestic cricket system.

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

“I told them that every new system had its teething problems and it takes some time but I can assure you once it is established it will ensure the raw talent we have in cricket will come through polished and groomed for international cricket,” Imran mentioned.

Under the brand new domestic cricket structure 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 guarantee solely high quality gamers come ahead.

“I am hopeful that we will be able in a position to field a very strong team for the next World Cup and do well in it thanks to this new system,” he mentioned.

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

“Despite this system we won because of the immense raw talent we have. Nowhere does a player graduate straight into the national team from junior or club level cricket.”

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