Legendary pacer Wasim Akram recently talked at length about the differences between the cricket systems in Pakistan and India. Pakistan’s inconsistency in international cricket has often meant they are perceived to be lagging behind than their counterparts.
Outlining the issues in Pakistan cricket, Akram mentioned that the administrators in the past lacked the vision and resources to devise long-term plans for the betterment of the sport. On the other hand, he remarked how the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has benefitted from a robust and rigid first-class structure allowing for the smooth development of players.
“What did India do? The money generated by the IPL invested whole-heartedly in First-Class cricket. They changed the FC structure, the pay structure, everything. They brought in professionals – they have the best physios and trainers in the world. Former Indian cricketers have become good coaches themselves,” Akram stated.