PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi supports promoting high-quality domestic cricket

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Mohsin Naqvi approved on Monday the promotion of “quality domestic” cricket at all levels, calling for tournaments to be organized from the club level to the national level. This decision follows a series of disappointing performances by the national team, including a stunning super-over defeat by the United States and a six-run loss to arch-rivals India, where Pakistan failed to chase a modest 120-run target.

After rain led to a shared result in the match between Ireland and the USA, Pakistan was indirectly eliminated from the group stages of a T20 World Cup tournament for the first time in their history.

Following the loss to India on June 11, Naqvi criticized the team management and declared that the Babar Azam-led side needed “major surgery.” He also suggested it was time to consider players who have been sidelined.

While presiding over a meeting at Lahore’s National Cricket Academy, Naqvi stated, “Quality domestic cricket will be promoted at all levels.”

According to a post on the PCB Media’s X account, Naqvi emphasized the importance of providing athletes with professional grooming. “Better coaches will enhance the skills of new talent through training,” Naqvi said, adding that future opportunities for players would be based on performance, fitness, and merit.

Naqvi highlighted that promoting quality cricket would help narrow the gap between Pakistan and international cricket. “Investing in new talent will promote cricket at the grassroots level and yield positive results,” he noted.

During the meeting, Naqvi also called for the improvement of coaches in the domestic circuit and decided to revise domestic contracts. He stressed that players aspiring to join the national team must participate in the domestic circuit.

“Players will be selected based on performances and skills. There will be no compromise on merit, performance, and fitness,” Naqvi affirmed.

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