Pakistan Cricket Board's Proposed Domestic Revamp Will End Department Cricket
The Pakistan Cricket Board "is developing an extensive plan to restructure domestic cricket that will see the end of department teams, who will be invited to participate in the functioning of regional teams," according to Ahad Awan of PAKISTAN TODAY. The proposal, generated by PCB Dir of Game Development Haroon Rashid, "is yet to be made public though it has been circulated among the PCB top brass." The revamp "is a step forward in allowing regional cricket to function independently and to make regional cricket self-sustaining." Players "are in line for a 100% hike in salary and funding of domestic cricket will gain three sources" -- the departments, sponsors and PCB. The plan’s premise "is that limiting the quantity of teams will heighten the quality of domestic cricket and allow regions to focus more on the players and build a viable talent pool." The proposal "reveals a new administration comprising five members: the regional president, a representative from the department, treasurer, marketing officer and one member from the PCB." The changes "are yet to be presented to the stakeholders and are currently being evaluated by the constitution committee" (PAKISTAN TODAY, 4/25).
ECB NOT HAPPY: In Lahore, Awan also wrote PCB Chair Najam Sethi has admitted that the England and Wales Cricket Board "was seemingly unhappy over Rashid Latif’s appointment" as chief selector. Sethi: “I nominated Rashid Latif as chief selector despite common knowledge that his support of Danish Kaneria’s case was not appreciated by the British cricket establishment" (PAKISTAN TODAY, 4/25).