PCB Chairman Consults Ex-Players on Cricket Revamp Strategies

Tue Jul 09 2024
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LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Mohsin Naqvi held a meeting with selected former Pakistan cricketers and discussed player development strategies aimed at enhancing domestic cricket and boosting the national team’s performance.

They discussed fitness assessments and analyses of player performances in the recently ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. PCB COO Salman Naseer, Director of High-Performance Nadeem Khan, Director International Usman Wahla, Director of Domestic Cricket Operations Abdullah Khurram Niazi, Analyst Bilal Afzal, and other PCB officials were present on this occasion.

Former cricketers included Abdur Rauf, Aamer Malik, Asim Kamal, Azhar Khan, Azhar Mahmood, Basit Ali, Haroon Rashid, Ijaz Ahmed, Intikhab Alam, Iqbal Qasim, Mohammad Sami, Rashid Khan, Saleem Altaf, Saleem Yousuf, Salman Butt, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sadiq Mohammad, Shafiq Ahmad, Shafqat Rana, Sikander Bakht, Wajahatullah Wasti, Yasir Hameed, and Yasir Shah attended the meeting.

Key outcomes of the meeting included plans to enhance domestic cricket infrastructure, including first-class matches and Under 19 tournaments.

It was agreed to increase the number of matches during the summer season, alongside the winter season, and to establish PCB-managed academies in various cities. Former players highlighted the need for improved coaching standards at both domestic and grassroots levels.

Chairman Mohsin Naqvi was commended for his initiatives to improve cricket in Pakistan, with assurances that the suggestions put forth by the former players would be implemented. Naqvi emphasized ongoing consultations with former players to continue advancing Pakistani cricket, pledging comprehensive efforts to elevate the game’s standards across the country.

Naqvi stated, “The PCB’s focus will prioritize enhancing first-class cricket and Under 19 tournaments. We are exploring venues in northern areas like Abbottabad and Hunza to schedule more matches during the summer season. Improving coaching standards to international levels and enhancing pitch quality are also top priorities for us.”

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