Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was unhappy with Misbah-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, and Mohammad Hafeez meeting Prime Minister Imran Khan and discussing the restoration of departmental cricket without their consent.
According to the sources, PCB’s high-ups will meet head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and Test skipper Azhar Ali next week. Both will be inquired about their meeting with the premier.
Remember, Misbah and Azhar accompanied Mohammad Hafeez who took time from PM Khan to discuss resumption of departmental cricket. Meanwhile, PCB’s chairman Ehsan Mani and CEO Wasim Khan also met Patron-in-Chief – PCB to discuss cricket related matters. Under PM Khan’s supervision, PCB and Pakistan Television (PTV) also signed a broadcast deal worth US$200 Million.
However, PM Khan was unconvinced for the restoration of departmental cricket and explained the importance of a new domestic system, based on just six regional sides, to the cricketers. PCB’s Patron-in-Chief showed confidence in restructured domestic system and said it will produce quality players in near future.
“I tried to explain Misbah, Hafeez, and Azhar that when there is competitiveness, best players emerge from that system. Australia is the most successful team in the world cricket and produces the best cricketers just because of the system,” PM Khan shared while addressing to a broadcast deal ceremony between PCB and PTV.
It must be noted here that PCB dissolved departmental cricket last year on the special directives of PM Khan. The decision followed closure of major departments and plant of players and officials lost their jobs. Former cricketers and cricket experts criticized the new domestic system consists of just six regions.