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PCB forms task team to study domestic structure

Umar Farooq

December 14, 2011

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Intikhab Alam, Pakistan's team manager, at the stadium, Pakistan v South Africa, 5th ODI, Dubai, November 8, 2010
Initkhab Alam is set to don yet another cap in Pakistan cricket © AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has formed a task force to advise the board on how to improve domestic cricket in Pakistan. The team will study and review the existing structure of domestic cricket, consider its weaknesses and strengths and will make recommendations within two months. The recommendations of the team, though, will not be binding on the PCB.

The team is made up of familiar names in Pakistan administration: former Pakistan captains Javed Miandad, Intikhab Alam, Zaheer Abbas and Moin Khan, and former players Sarfraz Nawaz, Iqbal Qasim, Imtiaz Ahmed and Zakir Khan, who is director of domestic cricket in Pakistan. Alam, who has been both a coach and manager of the national side and is now both the director of international cricket for the PCB and director of academies, will be chairman of the task team. Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan captain, was also approached to be a part of the team but declined because of other commitments.

Some of the members of the team have questioned why it has only been given a recommendatory role.

Nawaz said the team members would use their experience to determine why Pakistan's domestic cricket was not producing more world-class cricketers. "The board want our input and we are ready to use the best of our experience to give them that. It is their responsibility to either implement it or not," Nawaz told ESPNcricinfo.

"There is definitely some problem with our existing domestic structure that is hampering the quality of our players. We have to sit down and discuss it right from the start. All the members of the team have rich experience of playing the game. Most of the members have played ample first-class cricket in different eras and understand the structure. I think the quality is missing and that is why we are not producing world-class cricketers. So we have to sit and pen down the differences in the structure of domestic cricket over the years and look for flaws that need to be fixed to get back the quality we had on our circuit."

The structure of domestic cricket in Pakistan has seen several changes over the last six decades. The period from 2001 to now has been the most inconsistent, with changes made every two years. The present structure starts with the inter-district Under-19 tournament, then has the inter-district senior championship followed by the National Under-19 event. After that there is the Patron's Trophy grade II and then the country's premier first-class event the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. The format of QEA has remained intact from last season, with 22 first-class teams - both regional and departmental outfits - competing in a two-league structure. The one-day tournament is the next event, followed by the Pentangular Cup: a first-class tournament among provincial teams and sometimes featuring a combination of provincial teams and top teams from QEA - again an inconsistent format. The season ends with the Twenty20 Cup played among all the 13 regional teams.

Nawaz said the returns the board were getting from domestic cricket were not equivalent to their spendings. "The PCB has invested a huge amount in domestic cricket but the output isn't a quality one," he said. "Most of our current players aren't in the same class as Wasim [Akram], Javed [Miandad] or Waqar [Younis]; they end up playing a maximum of two years of international cricket. We want to produce players who can play international cricket for at least five to ten years on their own abilities.

"We will be studying the structures of most of the successful playing nations and will come up with feasible and the best recommendations for domestic cricket. After that it is the PCB's responsibility to take up our suggestions and implement them."

Iqbal Qasim, who is now head of sports for the National Bank of Pakistan, also said there were faults in Pakistan's domestic cricket. "It's a good sign that the board have at least realised there are flaws and the system requires evaluation," Qasim told ESPNcricinfo. "Every member in the body has huge experience of domestic cricket and I hope the team can come up with the best recommendations that are helpful for Pakistan."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by dmqi on (December 15, 2011, 21:15 GMT)

The first thing to do is to give a permanent break to Intikhab Alam from all duties. He is too old for this job. He did not do a good job for many years in the recent past, so Pakistan had all those terrible situations in the dressing room and outside. He should retire and write a book that may help cricketers.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

I'm kindly requesting the PCB to remove Mr.Inthikhab out. And take W.Akram or J.Miandad in. With that only we can improve Pakistan Cricket. Thank you!

Posted by aamerahmad on (December 15, 2011, 11:38 GMT)

I think domestic cricket should be played as regions not departments cos why would some one will support wapda or PIA, so the department should sponsor the regional teams and they can also give employment to players and in return players can have their logos on their kits and playing instuments, I think this is the only solution to the problem and it doesnt need so many memebers in the committee.

Posted by likeintcricket on (December 15, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

Honesty and sincerity are very important in this job otherwise it is a fruitless exercise. They have formed these types of committees before but it never worked for them as these suggestions are just paperwork and money making exercise. First thing is to develop the grass root level and form school and colleges organizations. Provides incentives and better playing conditions to them. Spot the talent at this level and than work on this talent like Chinese do with their Olympic machinery. Organize the regional ( street , mohalla, neighborhood) and spot the raw talent from there. Finally overhaul the premier competition. Teams like HBL, PIA are absolutely rubbish. It should be composed of cities only which will be sponsored by Businesses like HBL's Karachi, PIA's Lahore and player's are hired on contract basis not as a permanent employee otherwise relatives always gets in them. It should be on two grade level with 5-6 teams only and than provide them with cash incentives and environment.

Posted by fqr65 on (December 15, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

Such a long committee will not serve the purpose except will waste the time. PCB should look to take positive steps by taking concrete steps and don't do the same mistakes of Ijaz Butt tenor. Committe should be of maximum 3 persons . ( One experience ex- test player, one current first class player having experience of over ten years and one technical member of Karachi or Lahore ground ) They have to give their expert advice to Director and Chairman PCB. One major problem in PCB , they normally select committee at their own will instead of going to establish qualifying criteria for such committees. We have lot of experts available in Pakistan and definitely we need some fresh faces. Without taking anything away from the selected committee members, we need fresh ideas for the betterment of cricket. Please change the think tank of PCB for the improvement of cricket in Pakistan otherwise change of chairman will not serve the purpose. ...........

Posted by fqr65 on (December 15, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

I don't think, such a long list of committee would bring any productive change in the domestic structure. Its again time wasting activity. Without taking anything from these members past track record. The current board should have formed the committee of maximum three person ( one ex- test player, having experience of playing cricket in different countries, one current active first class player with experience over 10 years and one technical staff member from any city). Each member to give his report directly to Mr.Alam and Chairman to decide. The selection of member could be done through election and not on personal liking or disliking. You need to improve cricket in Pakistan then , one should take fresh start .

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

when Intikhab Alab is there i think no improvement in Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by itshashim on (December 15, 2011, 5:46 GMT)

I dont know why Intikhab Alam keeps on getting all good positions in PCB since 1982 despite being highly controvercial. Really doesnt make sense

Posted by cisco420 on (December 15, 2011, 2:43 GMT)

What ever this whole team will find out, I can tell everyone in 2 mins. Bring competitive cricket to schools and colleges and worldclass players will start coming out. Same thing goes for hockey, soccer or any other sports.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2011, 1:31 GMT)

Its good sign Pakistan become good team very soon

Posted by DrAtharAbbas on (December 15, 2011, 0:27 GMT)

There are two opposing points of view: Regional cricket: departmental cricket OR a mix of them. Regional cricket supporters say: why would someone watch PIA playing Wapda. It must be Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad etc. the regions. The departmental teams cricket supporters say: players need to be employed by someone, otherwise they are in trouble. Both are right. Even a mix is tried. It did not work. All regional sports in the world are teams representing a region to get the public support and a financer to make it work. In Pakistan that can be achieved by departments financing a region. It can be for example Lahore-PIA, instead of Lahore Ravi, Or Karachi NBP. IF anyone from task committee is reading this comment. Please give it a consideration. It can combine positives from both regional and departmental cricket systems. Fans will have a team to cheer, players will have salaries. This system can make everything work.

Posted by USAPakCricFollower on (December 14, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

It is a good step. PCB should alwasy be looking for improvement. But the premise is incorrect. The players they named as examples i.e. Akram, Miandad, Waqar are all products of the same flawed system of the past. As well the same flawed system has produced recent players like Asif and Amir who could have gone on to be great had it not been for their extra curricular activities. Last but not least the current Pak team isn't bad either - what they needed was stability and good leadership and Misbah has provided that, again a product of the domestic cricket system. So don't be disrespectful of the current players, while seeking to still improve.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2011, 22:03 GMT)

I am kind of furious why Wasim Akram stay away from anything with PCB or Pak cricket?

Posted by   on (December 14, 2011, 21:04 GMT)

Same old faces where is the young blood?

If you need to get a complete picture you must involve the youngesters who have first on experience of the systems. These familiar faces are around for long long time and hard to believe that they have not recommended what they will be recommending in next 2 months.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2011, 20:45 GMT)

Thats a good step in right direction. @Khaqan I went to a school. I know there method of teaching and now after going through this system, I have ideas how to improve it. It is same with these cricketers, they are the products of this system but they must have more ideas that how to improve it.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2011, 20:11 GMT)

This is really comical! Yes it is a step in the right direction but haven't all these names been part of the previous administrations? All of the players named above played under the same structure which now PCB is expecting them to revolutionize. How about thinking outside the box PCB and bringing in some young talent and not recycling through the same mundane names? Since when having played cricket makes you an expert in organization? Don't people go to school for that kind of stuff, oh wait people go to school to become President and Chairman of Boards as well but that pre-requisite seems to be missing from top down all the way down to this panel.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2011, 19:54 GMT)

there are some people , whose presence will never make progress Pakistan Cricket those are Intikhab Alam, Wasim Bari, Col Naushad, Ilyas etc.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

Good News for Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by shehzaad on (December 14, 2011, 18:06 GMT)

Good to see Javed Miandad and Sarfraz Nawaz on the same committee. Now *that's* progress.

Posted by Stark62 on (December 14, 2011, 18:03 GMT)

What a difference the removal of butt has made!!!!

Posted by C.W.Beer on (December 14, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

welcome to post Ijaz Butt era......wt is ths with PCB nwdays..... They are shockingly taking sensible decisions one aftr the othr... Whch is grt... I hope ths committee recommends gd report.... Want to see pakistan counted among the best sides in the world(i am an Indian bt wnt the gd oldn days of indo - pak cric back)... Keep it up PCB.... U hv gt grt tlnt... All you nd is to tk cre of tht talent......

Posted by indrabi on (December 14, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

This is good for future....

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