Pakistan’s former Test captain, Younis Khan criticized the authorities for their plan to finish departmental cricket from the domestic set up.
Younis, while talking to the media in Karachi, said that many people including cricketers, coaching staff and groundsmen will lose their jobs in the result of this decision.
“Finishing a department means making more than a dozen people unemployed,” Younis said.
Pakistan’s T20 World Cup winning captain said that last year he made efforts to convince the management of the United Bank Limited (UBL) to not dissolve their team.
“Last year I met UBL’s management in England to convince them to reverse their decision but disbanding their team was their last option. Now another renowned department, HBL has decided to exit from departmental cricket,” said Younis who is concerned about domestic cricket.
It is pertinent to mention here that the HBL on Wednesday released an official statement in which they decided to demolish their cricket team in order to expand their interest in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The news hit headlines as many renowned players lost their jobs. But the bank assured to support all their cricket team members.
Younis Khan, who is the highest run-scorer for Pakistan in Tests with 10,000+ runs, asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to frame a backup plan before immediately eliminating departments from the domestic structure of the country.
Earlier, the PCB had a meeting with their patron-in-chief, Prime Minister Imran Khan who asked them to prepare a domestic plan excluding departments’ role completely to help regions become the main force.