Former Pakistan cricketer Iqbal Qasim chaired Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) cricket committee's second meeting of the year to discuss the affairs of domestic cricket. The chairman presided the meeting via video link.
The members deliberated over the procedure of appointing and monitoring six cricket associations as well as establish an evaluation basis for the high-performance coaches.
The chairman of the committee, upon the recommendation of all stakeholders, decided to devise a sub-committee that will work together with the newly appointed PCB's high-performance director, Nadeem Khan, to elucidate criteria and performance metrics for the coaches.
There was a discussion regarding the participation of departments in the domestic tournaments for the 2020-21 season.
It is pertinent to mention that the departmental sides were scrapped from the system and were absorbed into the associations. However, there have been talks to increase the departments' role in competitions of late.
“The agenda for the quarterly meeting was in line with areas that required discussion and to get engaging feedback from all members of the Cricket Committee. On department cricket in 2020-21 season, it remains a work in progress and the committee will shortly forward its thoughts to the management," said Iqbal Qasim.
Iqbal Qasim was appointed as cricket committee director in January following the incumbent PCB's Chief Executive Wasim Khan's resignation from the chairman position.
Urooj Mumtaz - who is also Pakistan women's team selector - Ali Naqvi, Umar Gul, and Wasim Akram are part of the committee alongside two co-opted members.
Iqbal believes the introduction of the emerging and elite category in domestic cricket will improve the quality of cricket and motivate the youngsters to strive.
“The PCB Cricket Committee was overall satisfied with the PCB Men’s Central Contract 2020-21 list and was impressed with the concept of the Emerging Player’s Category as well as an elite category in domestic cricket in which leading performers, who are unable to break into the central contracts, will be included.
"This will further motivate the youngsters and help uplift and improve the quality of our domestic cricket," Iqbal said.