One of the strongest teams of the domestic circuit the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) have decided to dissolve their cricket team and they will not be a part of Pakistan’s domestic structure from now onwards.
According to the official statement released by the bank on Wednesday, HBL want to invest more in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) being its title sponsor.
“To continue to invest in HBLPSL, and in the larger interest of Cricket in Pakistan, HBL will redeploy its valuable resources from other avenues. This reinvestment will be partially achieved by parting ways with departmental cricket,” the statement said.
HBL, who has been a part of domestic cricket since long, will look after the interests of its cricket team members in line with its policies. “HBL remains indebted to the players of the HBL cricket team who over the years have served the cause of cricket in Pakistan so admirably,” the official press release said.
Pakistan’s top players remained the part of their team including Javed Miandad, Mohsin Khan, Abdul Qadir, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Ahmed Shehzad and many more.
Their current squad was comprised of players like Imam ul Haq, Umar Akmal, Fakhar Zaman, Faheem Ashraf, Imran Farhat, Umar Gul, Abid Ali, Imran Farhat, Abdul Rehman, and Junaid Khan.
HBL is the reigning champion of the biggest first-class tournament Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Quaid-e-Azam One Day Cup.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had a meeting with country’s Prime Minister and their Patron-in-Cheif Imran Khan to discuss different matters including domestic cricket. Mr. Khan asked the board to develop a domestic structure excluding the departments to boost up the status of regions.