LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has launched initiatives to boost and further develop cricket in the lane structure under which divisional U-19 and senior tournaments have been introduced which will be between the levels of the City Cricket Association and the Cricket Association.
Divisional tournaments will provide opportunities for promising cricketers to cultivate their talents and for players struggling in the first class and second XI to regain their rhythm and form. Each cricket association will have four divisional teams. Divisional senior teams will compete in three-day double-round tournaments and U-19 teams will compete in one-day tournaments.
A cricket club structure based on three tiers has been introduced to ensure that cricket continues to grow at grassroots level and players aspiring to step up to the next level have plenty of opportunities to prove their mettle. The clubs, based on their performance in the last season, will be divided into three divisions with the promotion and relegation system. The clubs will play at least seven games each in the summer and winter leagues.
PCB – High Performance Director Nadeem Khan said: “We had a series of fruitful discussions with the Chief Executives of all the Cricket Associations and it makes me very happy that we were able to reach consensus on a way forward. and a basic structure that will further strengthen our cricket. Our vision is to eradicate the open try system because no player can establish their credentials in a few balls or overs. To assess a player’s talent and provide them with the desired resources to develop in terms of skill and fitness, it is important that we have an appropriate structure at all levels of the game.”
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