Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Atiq-uz-Zaman - who coaches Sui Southern Gas Corporation, a first-class team in Pakistan’s domestic setup – took to Twitter to express his displeasure for organising Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (QeT), country’s premier first-class tournament, from September 14.
In his tweet, Zaman revealed that his side had hired a foreign trainer to work on players’ fitness. But since the tournament is less than a month away, his players will not be able to work on the area.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had been criticised heavily for its failure to hold QeT with consistency as its schedule and structure see changes almost every year.
Unlike the domestic structures all over the world, the PCB have no policy of releasing the schedule at the start of the domestic season that further exacerbates the scenario.
Just last week the PCB had revoked No-objection Certificates of 13 players participating in the Caribbean Premier League and the County season after it announced a National T20 Cup, to be held from the end of August.
In a press release, the PCB had stated the scheduling of ICC World XI’s tour of Pakistan in mid-September to be the reason behind the recall.
The board had decided to hold the domestic T20 competition to prepare the players for the three-match T20I series against the World XI side.
On Monday, however, PCB’s newly elected chairman Najam Sethi told the reporters in a press conference that the domestic T20 competition had now been moved to the first half of November and the players will be able to join back their respective teams after attending a fitness test under head coach Mickey Arthur from August 22 till August 24.
Sethi also announced that Sri Lanka and West Indies were ready to tour Pakistan, subject to the smooth organisation of the World XI tour.
Tweeting about the return of cricket in the country, Zaman wrote: “Congratulations to the PCB Chairman Najam Sethi for his efforts to bring international cricket back to Pakistan.”