Lahore: The newly appointed head coaches of the six Cricket Associations’ First XI teams held fruitful discussion over the upcoming domestic season 2020-21.
Basit Ali (Sindh), Shahid Anwar (Central Punjab), Abdul Rehman (Southern Punjab), Faisal Iqbal (Baluchistan), Mohammad Wasim (Northern) and Abdul Razzaq (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) met Nadeem Khan, Director – High Performance, Grant Bradburn, Head of High Performance Coaching, and Saqlain Mushtaq, Head of International Player Development on Friday.
The high-profile meeting discussed the strategy for successfully conducting the upcoming domestic season. The coaches have been directed to start working on to make their squads and identify goals and objectives for the upcoming season.
Balochistan First XI Head Coach Faisal Iqbal: “It is truly an honour for me to be appointed as the head coach of Balochistan and I am looking forward to make the most of this opportunity. For me, this is not only a chance to serve Balochistan Cricket Association by sharing my knowledge, which I have gathered by playing at the highest level and through coaching stints, but also to serve my country’s cricket at large as a strong Balochistan team will benefit the whole country.
“I will strive along with the rest of the selectors to provide head coach Misbah-ul-Haq the support he needs in identifying players for the national team which is our responsibility as head coaches of domestic teams and selectors.”
Central Punjab First XI Head Coach Shahid Anwar: “My focus will be to first of all make a strategy to defend our title [champions of the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy]. Over the course of my tenure, I aim to develop players according to the goal set for us by the PCB management.
“Like the rest of the coaches and selectors, I would provide full support to Misbah and identify players that can serve our men’s national team as per the requirements and needs of the team management.”
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa First XI Head Coach Abdul Razzaq: “It gives me great pleasure that I have been given an opportunity to serve Pakistan cricket once again. My desire is to invest whatever I have learned over my nearly two-decade-long playing career with our up and coming cricketers. I want to help them out in every way possible and make things easy for them keeping in mind my experiences as an international player, who played the game for a long time at the highest level.
“We will fully support Misbah in our roles as selectors with an aim of identifying young players who can represent the national team.”
Northern First XI Head Coach Mohammad Wasim: “I want to thank the PCB for providing me another opportunity to work at this important role. There are a lot of things we achieved last year and have identified what we need to improve in the forthcoming season. We want to make sure that we continue to progress as the ultimate aim of domestic cricket is to produce players who can serve the country.
“The advantage of being a selector, while being a head coach, is that at least two selectors are watching a game.”
Sindh First XI Head Coach Basit Ali: “My focus would be to not only work for Sindh as their head coach but to keep an eye on performers who can serve Pakistan cricket. This is not only a domestic team related opportunity; I see this as an opportunity to play a productive role in our cricketing set-up.
“Our first priority would be to provide honest inputs on players to the men’s national team head coach by letting him know about the players’ potential and their physical and mental fitness.”
Southern Punjab First XI Head Coach Abdul Rehman: “Last season we tried to build a team that could not only win but also provide a path to young players. This year we strive to deliver the same while working on the areas of improvement we identified in the team and the domestic system.
“Like the last season, we will 3l continue to fully support Misbah and work closely for producing players that have the potential to play for Pakistan across the three formats. We had great coordination with him last year and hope to continue the same with the new inductees in the selection panel.”