PCB chief approves plan to promote domestic cricket
LAHORE: (Suno News) Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Mohsin Naqvi has given approval to a plan aimed at promoting quality domestic cricket, and emphasized the need for strengthening the game in the country.

 Chairing a meeting regarding domestic cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Gaddafi Stadium on Monday, he said that under the approved plan, various tournaments would be organised from the club level to the national level.

During the meeting which lasted for three hours, domestic cricket structures of various high-performing cricket nations were reviewed.

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The PCB chairman directed that promising players must be groomed professionally and stated that excellent coaches should train the new talent to enhance their skills. Performance, fitness, and merit will be the key criteria for advancing players, he maintained.

The chairman also highlighted the need for urgent efforts to unearth new talent at the grassroots level. He reiterated that investment in new talent will promote cricket at the grassroots level and yield positive results.

Besides Mohsin Naqvi, also PCB Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salman Naseer, PCB CFO Javed Murtaza and directors of International Cricket, High Performance Centers, Domestic Cricket, PSL, Commercial, and other relevant PCB officials attended the meeting.

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The participants also decided to improve the standard of coaching in the upcoming domestic cricket season and to review domestic contracts. A master coach will be appointed to train domestic cricket coaches. It was also discussed that players must participate in domestic cricket tournaments to be considered for the national team selection. Furthermore, the selection criteria for the national team will be strictly based on performance and fitness showcased in the domestic events.

The meeting also decided to adopt zero compromise policy on merit, performance, and fitness. The meeting decided to hold tournaments for all three formats of the game to promote quality domestic cricket in the 2024-25 season.