Pakistan’s former Test cricketer Javed Miandad criticized authorities for heading towards dissolving departmental cricket completely.
“Departments support players financially and polish their skills,” said Miandad while talking to the media at the Karachi Press Club on Saturday.
He said that players find it easy to support themselves financially while playing for departments. “Finishing departments means disturbing plenty of players’ families,” said Miandad.
Miandad, who was the member of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup winning squad, adviced the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to strengthen regions so that players can move towards them.
“Regions must be strong enough to back players with best possible facilities,” he said.
“In our time, the regional system was strong enough to produce quality players,” recalled Miandad.
The legendary batsman said that if departments will not provide jobs to the players then it will demolish the status of domestic cricket. “Departments should rethink about this matter as it will harm the entire cricket structure,” he said.
On the other hand, former hockey Olympian Islahuddin and legendary squash player Jahangir Khan also opposed the decision to dissolve departments.
Jahangir thinks that dissolving departments will not only effect cricket but all other sports in which departments play an important role. “Departments are the backbone of the structure of our sport and they play an important role in developing it,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Prime Minister of Pakistan and Patron-in-Cheif of the PCB Imran Khan asked the cricket board to develop a domestic structure based on just regions.
One of the renowned departments Habib Bank Limited (HBL) immediately dissolved their cricket team and players including Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan and many others lost their jobs. The United Bank Limited (UBL) had already finished their cricket team in 2018.