Pakistan cricket has probably seen the biggest positive change in the last couple of weeks as the Cricket Board (PCB) has revamped the domestic structure. Former and current Pakistani players applauded the efforts of PCB and backed up the new domestic structure.
Azhar Ali, Pakistan’s Test batsman, feels that the new domestic structure will make the cricket in Pakistan more exciting to watch by adding quality into it. “The new domestic system will be very exciting; cricket would be very competitive and the quality will improve. Players would have to produce their A-game all the time since there won’t be any easy games or opposition on the offer.
“The good thing about well-balanced teams is that it will make the competition tough for all involved which means all the players involved would have to be on their toes throughout. The system is based on the quality of performance only which is really exciting for all of us.” Azhar added.
Shan Masood, Pakistan’s opening batsman, with the experience of 112 First-Class matches at his back also commended the new domestic structure. He feels that the new model focuses on the quality rather than quantity. There will be no easy games and the competition will be sky-high.
Fawad Alam, the player with the highest First-Class average in Pakistan, backed up the reformed domestic framework. “It’s a new system and hopefully it would be good for cricketers and Pakistan cricket.
It will take time to grasp it properly as a player. I feel we will get familiarized with the system in the first season and then provide our feedback on what are the areas where improvements can be made. All in all, it is a positive development which will hopefully bring rewards in the long run for Pakistan cricket.” Fawad expressed his thoughts.
Veteran cricketer, Rashid Latif and cricket commentator, Bazid Khan emphasized on the pitches in the domestic circuit and the quality of umpiring. They said that the standard of the pitches should improve which will enhance the quality in the domestic games making them more watchable. The other point they added was the scrutiny over the umpiring. Umpiring has been a concern in Pakistan’s domestic cricket. These factors will play a key role in taking Pakistan’s domestic model to a whole new level.