Pakistan news November 15, 2012

Peter Moores to review Pakistan's domestic structure

The Pakistan Cricket Board has sought an independent review of its domestic cricket structure, appointing the former England coach Peter Moores in a consulting role. Moores, on a two-day visit, is expected to submit a comprehensive report to the PCB in the next 10 days.

The PCB had invited Moores to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore along with former captains Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Aamir Sohail, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad and Intikhab Alam to discuss ways to improve the structure and functioning of domestic cricket and the role of the national and regional cricket academies in the country. This is the second instance during the ongoing tenure of current chairman Zaka Ashraf that the PCB has sought recommendations on domestic cricket, after an earlier a task team recommended sweeping changes, which were not implemented over feasibility issues.

Moores, who coached Lancashire to the County Championship title last year, will now help prepare a plan for the PCB to implement. "I know Pakistan has produced so many talented players and I came here to see where things are at the moment and if I can help in any way to move things forward it would be great," Moores said in Lahore.

"It's really interesting to put together the views of some of the great players like Miandad and Waqar. I will see what I can add to the structure, suggesting something that will work well for everybody."

The Pakistan domestic structure has undergone changes almost every two years in the past decade, with regional and departmental teams in the mix. Though the task team did recommended changes to the structure earlier this year, the report never came up and was buried citing most of the recommendations were 'not feasible'.

Moores, 49, made comparisons with the English system. "The system doesn't look particularly different (compared to England). I need some time to find out what is going on," he said. "I can't say that I have the answer because that will obviously come from the people who work here. Every country wants a strong domestic structure in place. What I can see is the great desire to keep Pakistan cricket improving."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    really appreciable Zaka is. But I feared soon he will be replaced If a new Govt. would be elected after March'13 election. Hoping to see international matches again in Pakistan

  • adeel on November 16, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    this is good news. pak domestic structure needs overhaul 10yrs ago! i hope part of the recommendation would be to improve the quality of the pitches in pak. pak always produces fast bowlers and this will help them not only with fast bowling but batting will benefit too. finally, pcb should get out of this fantasy that having a foreign coach is a good thing. hire a local coach (mohsin was doing a splended job) and pcb will also save some money!!

  • ABDUL on November 16, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    The domestic cricket structure in Pakistan will have have to be zonel, because travelling in pakistan is difficult due to the poor infrastructure with the top four sides playing their semi finals in Karachi and Lahore and the final may be one year in Karachi and the next year in Lahore. The interesting aspect of all this is what role is Dave Whatmore playing in this restructuring. I somehow think his days are numbered and may be Peter Moores will be asked to be the next coach of Pakistan in the near future.

  • Imran on November 16, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    I am pleased the way Mr zaka is going. He is far sensible than two alien before him mr Butt and naseem asraf. It might take some time but we are aheading in right direction. Thanks to Moores and rest of legends to be a part of it.

  • Michael on November 15, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    "Moores, who coached Lancashire to the County Championship title last year, ..." ... and to relegation this year ...

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    its all ok hope 2 see gud cricketers coming out of the system as british indian i think zaka ashaf is doing tremondous job i think he is the best pak can get ... as a cricket fan always want pak 2 play decent cricket and for decent cricket u need decent domestic cricket way 2 go zaka ashraf....

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