Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal and pacer Wahab Riaz criticized authorities for dissolving departments from the current domestic structure.
“Departments are the financial support for us. Through it, we run our homes hence finishing departments means disturbing thousands of people,” said Kamran Akmal while talking to the media in Lahore.
Kamran thinks that finishing departmental cricket will affect the quality of cricket in the country. “Departments polish the skills of players and help them show their real strength,” he said.
The 37-years-old cricketer said that it is impossible to successfully run a domestic structure based on six regions in a 22-million population country. “Players will not get ample chance in a six-region domestic structure,” he said.
On the other hand, Wahab stressed upon the need to not dissolve departmental cricket. “The competition level is strong in departmental cricket which helps players to grow as a strong unit,” he said.
The left-arm pacer said that the board should promote departmental cricket and take regions along with it to frame a strong domestic structure. “In my opinion, departments and regions should be on one page for the betterment of cricket in Pakistan,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the former captain and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to build a domestic structure based on just regions.
This decision created a disturbance among the departments and two renowned departments UBL and HBL dissolved their cricket teams.