The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), as part of an agreed process, has constituted a three-member panel of former cricketers Misbahul Haq, Rashid Latif and Nadeem Khan to review and finalise the six cricket association sides that will participate in the upcoming domestic cricket season 2019-20.
According to a press release by the PCB, the independent panel will meet at the Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday to finalise 32 players for each association who will be offered domestic contracts by the PCB for a 12-month period and recommend names of the captains for the first and second XIs.
The provisional sides were prepared by Tauseef Ahmed, Wajahatullah Wasti, Wasim Haider (all members of former selection committee), Saleem Jaffer, Arshad Khan, Rao Iftikhar, Taufeeq Umer (all members of junior selection committee) and Akram Raza, Azam Khan, Ijaz Ahmed Junior and Raj Hans, who had taken into consideration the performances of the players in the previous season and their future prospects.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said, the PCB has constituted a panel of highly respected cricketers to assess and review the balance, composition and strength of the six sides to ensure there remain no gaps. The knowledge, expertise and experience of these three cricketers with regards to domestic cricket is second to none as they are actively involved in the process in one way or another.
With the void of a current national selection committee, the PCB drew on the knowledge of former national selectors, the current junior selection committee and coaches to select the provisional squads. To ensure we are ready for the start of the new season in September, this initial process was required to ensure we keep moving forward positively in the interim period until the cricket associations are fully operational and functional.
Bringing in an expert independent three-member panel to critique and sense check the provisional player lists will support our ongoing pledge to remove any claims of nepotism or favoritism through a merit based and transparent process.
I want to thank all members for their hard work in putting together provisional squads and confident that the critical and objective review by the independent experts will further enhance and strengthen the integrity and credibility of the teams, the PCB and its domestic events. Rashid Latif said, I am thankful to the PCB for considering me for this important assignment and look forward to making a meaningful contribution in consultation with my other respected colleagues.
We all need to see a highly competitive and strong domestic cricket structure, in which there should be cut-throat competition. This is the only way we will be able to narrow the gap with international cricket and, in this relation, selection of players and team combinations is a critical element to that objective.
Pakistan boasts some very exciting and talented cricketers and we will try our best to provide a good and equal balance across all sides so that every match counts and each performance is valued. The cricket associations will participate in the Quaid-e-Azam (QeA) Trophy first-class competition, National T20 Cup and Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament. The 2019-20 domestic season will run from September 12 to April 24.