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August 21, 2019

PCB forms experts panel to finalise association sides for domestic season


August 21, 2019

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), as part of an agreed process, has constituted a three-member independent panel of experts to review and finalise the six association sides that will participate in the domestic cricket season 2019-20.

According to the PCB, the three-member panel comprises former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, former left-arm Test spinner Nadeem Khan and former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif. “The panel will meet at the Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday (tomorrow) after which the six teams will be announced next week with details to follow in due course,” the PCB said on Tuesday.

“The provisional sides were prepared by Tauseef Ahmed, Wajahat Ullah Wasti, Wasim Haider (all members of the former selection committee), Saleem Jaffer, Arshad Khan, Rao Iftikhar, Taufeeq Umer (all members of junior selection committee) and Akram Raza, Azam Khan, Ijaz Ahmed Junior and Raj Hans, who had taken into consideration the performances of the players in the previous season and their future prospects,” the Board explained.

It said that the independent panel would finalise 32 players for each association. These players will be offered domestic contracts by the PCB for a 12-month period and recommend names of the captains for the first and second XIs.

“The PCB has constituted a panel of highly respected cricketers to assess and review the balance, composition and strength of the six sides to ensure there remain no gaps. The knowledge, expertise and experience of these three cricketers with regards to domestic cricket is second to none as they are actively involved in the process in one way or another,” PCB CEO Wasim Khan said.

“With the void of a current national selection committee, the PCB drew on the knowledge of former national selectors, the current junior selection committee and coaches to select the provisional squads,” he said.

“To ensure we are ready for the start of the new season in September, this initial process was required to ensure we keep moving forward positively in the interim period until the cricket associations are fully operational and functional,” he was quoted as saying.

“Bringing in an expert independent three-member panel to critique and sense check the provisional player lists will support our ongoing pledge to remove any claims of nepotism or favouritism through a merit-based and transparent process,” he said.

“I want to thank all members for their hard work in putting together provisional squads and confident that the critical and objective review by the independent experts will further enhance and strengthen the integrity and credibility of the teams, the PCB and its domestic events.”

Meanwhile, Rashid Latif thanked PCB for considering him for the task and vowed that he would do his best to ensure fair selection.

He said he look forward to making a meaningful contribution in consultation with his colleagues. “We all need to see a highly competitive and strong domestic cricket structure, in which there should be cut-throat competition. This is the only way we will be able to narrow the gap with international cricket. . . selection of players and team combinations is a critical element,” Rashid said.

“Pakistan boasts some very exciting and talented cricketers and we will try our best to provide a good and equal balance across all sides so that every match counts and each performance is valued,” Rashid said.

The associations will participate in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy first-class competition, National T20 Cup and Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament. The 2019-20 season will run from September 12 to April 24.

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