Prime Minister Imran Khan has rejected the PCB's revamped domestic cricket model, reportedly making it clear that departments cannot have any role.
According to ESPNCricinfo, Khan, who is also the patron of the PCB, directed the board to rework the structure to include just six provisional teams - two from Punjab, and one each from Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan, modelled on the Australian Shield Cricket structure.
Under the PCB's suggested model, a PCB team worked out a plan to reduce the number of domestic teams in the system, but kept the departments alive, making them a sponsor of the proposed eight regional teams.
Imran has remained a vocal advocate of a domestic structure based on regional teams since his playing days.
There are currently 16 teams playing in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy - eight from the regions and eight departments.