PCB unveils revamped domestic season schedule – Newspaper

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday revealed a completely renovated 2019-20 national cricket structure, while stating that the new system will produce quality cricket players that will show consistency.

The PCB also announced that it would decentralize the powers, currently held by it, to the cricket associations.

However, by limiting first-class competition to only six provincial teams and eliminating the previous event of 16 teams, several contentious decisions have been made.

The central Punjab, which has been the center of the Punjab, has three major regions: Lahore, Sialkot and Faisalabad, but collectively they will form a single first-class team. According to the last census, these three regions among them have a population of 50-60 million.

In contrast, the South Punjab team, which has a total population of almost half of Central, will also have a team from the Multan and Bahawalpur regions, which do not boast of having won important titles in the past. It is known that initially there was a proposal to include Faisalabad in the Southern Province to maintain a balance.

In addition, Lahore, the second largest city in the country after Karachi, can form three teams for the cricket association championship between cities, reducing it from the original six. According to the existing system, Lahore has three zones and each one has to deploy two teams. Each area of ​​Lahore has 40-50 registered clubs, while the total number of clubs in three zones is 132.

Surprisingly, the PCB has chosen to consider a city association that has a minimum of 12 clubs. But he did not set the maximum number of clubs. For that reason, small cities with only 12 clubs are considered equal to cities with 40 or more clubs.

The national structure was announced by the chief executive of PCB, Wasim Khan, at a press conference at Gaddafi Stadium after the president of PCB, Ehsan Mani, informed the meeting about the benefits of the new structure.

Ehsan said cricket should be everyone's first priority. But he was disappointed that a lobby had moved to the Lahore High Court to stay against the recently amended PCB constitution.

"The movement of this lobby has even threatened the start of the domestic system, for this year, but they went to play with the game in their own interest," he said. “The new system is being introduced to produce quality cricket and, for that reason, some strict decisions have been made. This new system will bring quality in Pakistan's cricket. "

However, when it was noted that an injustice had been committed with the formation of Central Punjab, there was no satisfactory response from the PCB panel, which included the controversial domestic cricket director Haroon Rasheed, in addition to Ehsan and Wasim.

Ehsan said that the PCB had unnecessarily centralized cricket and that it wanted to decentralize by giving cricket associations powers to operate independently. He said in this regard that he would also like to deliver the PCB-owned stadium in the country to the major cricket associations.

To a question, Ehsan said after decentralizing the powers of the associations, the PCB could pay more attention to improve cricket infrastructure.

Under the new system, cricket between clubs in each city will form a team that will compete in the championship between cities. The best players of the second level will form the respective provincial teams to compete in first-class events of the three formats from which Pakistan teams will be chosen.

However, during the briefing, not a single word was said about the format of the women's cricket.

When asked about it, Haroon said that a decision had also been made.

According to the formation of the new provincial cricket associations, Sindh comprises Karachi, Hyderabad and Larkana. The weakest area in terms of cricket activities, Balochistan comprises Dera Murad Jamali and Quetta.

Southern Punjab Cricket Association includes Multan and Bahawalpur, while the Central Punjab Cricket Association is made up of Faisalabad, Sialkot and Lahore.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cricket Association includes Peshawar, FATA and Abbottabad and, similarly, the Northern Cricket Association comprises Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Azad Jammu Kashmir.

And these six provincial organizations will have the affiliation of 90 cities. On the players' income, it has been decided that 32 centrally contracted players who are not PCBs will receive annual national contracts in each cricket association and will participate in first-class, non-first-class tournaments, List & # 39; A & # 39; and T20 for a season.

Cricket associations will also be free to select players outside the group of 32 players hired with pay per game.

Each of the national players hired will receive monthly retainers of Rs50,000 and it is anticipated that a high performance player will earn between Rs2 million to Rs2.5 million per season in terms of assignments, match rates and cash prizes (details will be announced in due course).

Each cricket association will have a support staff for players that will include head coaches, batting coaches, bowling coaches, field coaches, coaches, physiotherapists and video analysts to take care of first class, second XI, U-19 , U-16, U -13 high performance equipment and programs.

There will also be three selectors working with a cricket association each.

Initially, the PCB will finance all the activities of cricket associations and, over time, sponsors will be hired to handle their affairs on their own.

Dates of the event:

Pakistan's 2019-20 cricket season will begin on September 14 with the first round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the country's leading first-class tournament.

A total number of 31 games will be played, including the final, and each team will play 10 games, at home and away, based on a double round robin.

With the start of the World Testing Championship, red ball cricket remains a main objective. The context behind the new programming will give players the opportunity to present their claim and equip themselves for the pressures of the Test Championship.

Meanwhile, Kookaburra balls would be used in all these tournaments.

Event Dates

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (four-day first-class games with a five-day final):
First phase: September 14, September-October 8; Second phase: from October 28 to December 13.

National U19 tournament (three days and one day): from October 1 to November 12.

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (2nd XI, three-day games with a four-day final):
First phase: from September 14 to October 10; Second phase: from October 28 to November 29.

Twenty20 National Cup (the first and second XI will run simultaneously):
October 13-24: the first XI will compete in Faisalabad and the second XI in Karachi.

Pakistan Cup (one day) (the first and second XI will run simultaneously):
March 29 to April 24, 2020.

Posted on Dawn, September 1, 2019

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1502917/pcb-unveils-revamped-domestic-season-schedule

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