Friday, December 16, 2011

Taskforce to look at domestic cricket in Pakistan

A taskforce has been formed by the Pakistan Cricket Board as the body looks to improve domestic cricket in the country.

The new team will undertake a review of the current structure of the game in nation, its strength and weaknesses and then make its recommendations after two months. Those who bet on international cricket will be keeping an eye on things.

It will feature a number of faces already linked to the administration of cricket in the country, with former Pakistan captains Javed Miandad, Intikhab Alam, Zaheer Abbas and Moin Khan involved.

Ex-players Sarfraz Nawaz, Iqbal Qasim, Imtiaz Ahmed and Zakir Khan are also involved, with the latter being director of Pakistani domestic cricket.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Nawaz said: "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."

He added the fact that the taskforce was made up of ex-pros means that everyone involved will understand the way in which the game works and as such should be able to identify the flaws which are stopping the development of world class players.

Nawaz also stated that the PCB had "invested a huge amount in domestic cricket" but it still was not a "quality" product.

Despite the fact he seems convinced that the domestic game needs to be changed in some way, the recommendations the taskforce makes to the PCB will not be binding so it could be that the body's work will be in vain.

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