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PCB committee reviews domestic cricket

PCB committee reviews domestic cricket

LAHORE: The PCB Cricket Committee met at the Gaddafi Stadium here the other day and took decisions on issues relating to domestic and regional cricket, a PCB press release issued on Friday stated.

Chairman Shaharyar Mohammad Khan was a special invitee in the meeting attended by a good number of people who have been dealing with national and international cricketing affairs like head coach Waqar Younis, spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed, chief selector Haroon Rasheed, director domestic Intikhab Alam, NCA bowling coach Mohammad Akram, NCA game development director Aizad Syed and three others including Shahid Aslam, Shafiq Ahmed and Saqib Irfan.

The meeting was chaired by Cricket Committee chairman Shakil Sheikh.

“Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis gave detailed briefing on a string of meetings and interactions that he had with regional coaches during the just-concluded Haier National T20 tournament.

“Waqar gave most cogent proposals with regard to sharing the thinking of national coaches with regard to present and future demands of Team Pakistan,” the press release stated.

“The PCB chairman appreciated and agreed to the proposal, which was adopted by the committee,” the press release added.

Moreover, the committee resolved to weed out malpractice and corruption at the regional level. It decided that a more accurate age-verification process shall be introduced in age-restricted tournaments.

“The names of selection committees for all regions for the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy were also approved. To eliminate extraneous influences, it was decided that all selected teams shall be approved by the chief selector,” it was further decided.

The Committee also decided to review salary and allowances of regional coaches and trials to select the regional teams for the upcoming Quaid-i-Azam Trophy will be held on three days starting on Oct 1.

Before finalising regional teams, fitness level of all players will be assessed. Initially, it was decided that a player should have to prove 40 per cent fitness and in coming years this percentage will be increased gradually.

The committee also clamped a ban of three years on already suspended match referee Mujahid Jamshed for his remarks against chief selector Haroon Rashid.

The PCB chairman and the entire Cricket Committee appreciated the befitting organisation of the National T20 tournament. It was apprised that the tournament grossed the highest revenue ever from the gate money in a domestic event apart from helping discover new talent for Pakistan.

Published in Dawn, September 19th, 2015

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