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PCB Cricket Committee recommends return of departmental sides
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PCB Cricket Committee recommends return of departmental sides

The Iqbal Qasim-chaired PCB Cricket Committee has discussed the possibility of reintroducing departmental teams in Pakistan's revamped domestic structure.

The 2019-20 season of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy featured six region-based cricket teams with Central Punjab eventually winning the inaugural edition of the competition under its new format.

The new structure had come into existence following the approval granted by the federal cabinet for the amendments to the PCB constitution last year in August.

After lengthy deliberations regarding the efficacy of the renovated system, the PCB Cricket Committee comprising of Wasim Akram, Umar Gul, Urooj Mumtaz, Ali Naqvi, Wasim Khan and Zakir Khan (both co-opted members) are trying to find an additional window to squeeze in another tournament.

"The cricket committee recommended the PCB should explore a window in the 2020-21 domestic cricket to slot in a tournament for the departments," the PCB's statement read.

"In this relation, Director – Domestic cricket operations, Haroon Rashid, has been requested to look into the potential window in the next season and update the cricket committee at the next meeting, which is expected in April."

Prior to the domestic structure revamp, the number of teams in Pakistan's domestic circuit was as high as 16.

The decision to reduce the number of domestic sides received substantial pushback from the relevant stakeholders but it was ultimately implemented on the orders of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Another topic of discussion that dominated this year's first PCB Cricket Committee meeting was the issue of No Objection Certificate (NOC) for players regarding participation in foreign leagues.

In the PCB Board of Governors meeting earlier this month, it was decided that centrally contracted players can seek clearance for up to a maximum of three ICC-approved foreign leagues compared to two competitions in the past.

"The committee supported the revised NOC policy, while requesting that the PCB should fully and strictly follow it to ensure that Pakistan’s elite cricketers continue to give precedence to domestic tournaments above all else," the PCB added in its statement.

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