Thursday, October 6, 2022

PCB: Six Cricket Association squads confirmed

Must Read

Cricket Canada: Saad Bin Zafar named Captain for Canada’s Malaysia bound national men’s cricket squad!

Photo Credit: Cricket Canada Canada’s National Selectors have named internationally famous all-rounder Saad Bin Zafar as captain for the Canadian...

Cricket Australia: Australian men’s squad for the Dettol T20 Series against England

Photo Credit: Cricket Australia Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Swepson and Nathan Ellis return to the Australian men’s...

IG PCA Men’s Team of the Year revealed

Photo Credit: Professional Cricketers' Association Men’s Team of 2022 announced according to PCA MVP Rankings. The 2022 IG PCA Men’s Team...

Photo Credit: Pakistan Cricket Board

  • Complete squads attached here; captains and final lineups to be announced closer to events proper, which include National T20 Cup, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament
  • Player categories of domestic contracts to be announced in due course
  • 11 members of ICC U19 World Cup 2020 included in the squads; average ages of the sides are Balochistan 27, Central Punjab 26, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 26, Northern 25, Sindh 25 and Southern Punjab 26
  • Six coaches and Director HP – Nadeem Khan, to hold media conference today at Far End, GSL, at 1530; strict Covid-19 protocols will be followed
  • Urdu version of the media release is attached here

The Pakistan Cricket Board today announced the six Cricket Association squads for the 2020-21 domestic cricket season, which will commence on 30 September with the National T20 Cup. First round of the event will be played in Multan, while the final round will be held in Rawalpindi. Complete season schedule will be announced in due course.

The 12-month contracts will run from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021.

The squads were finalised by the six Cricket Association coaches who took into consideration performances of the last two seasons, retained maximum players from the 2019-20 season without reshuffling the squads too much and, where possible, provided opportunities to the centrally and emerging contracted players to represent their Cricket Associations.

This has been done to ensure sense of ownership and pride amongst the players representing their Cricket Associations, which, in turn, will further enhance the involvement of the fans and cricket followers, and provide more balance to the six sides to make the forthcoming season more competitive than 2019-20.

As such, the selectors have retained 158 players who were offered 2019-20 domestic contracts and have included 34 new players, including some who represented Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020.

Each Cricket Association squad will comprise 45 players – 32 players with domestic contracts, supported by 13 additional players – and the PCB centrally and emerging contracted cricketers, belonging to their respective regions.

The coaches will finalise the playing lineups for the events proper (National T20 Cup, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Pakistan Cup One-day Tournament) in due course following discussions with captains and vice-captains, who will also be confirmed at that stage.

Players with the seasonal contracts will be eligible to receive match fee, daily allowances and other related benefits, wherever applicable.

The six head coaches have also finalised their squads with the vision of nurturing up and coming cricketers.

In this relation, 11 teenagers who participated in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup earlier this year, have been selected.

They are Abdul Wahid Bangalzai (Balochistan); Irfan Khan Niazi, Qasim Akram and Fahad Munir (all three Central Punjab); Mohammad Wasim jnr, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Amir Khan and Mohammad Abbas Afridi (all four Khyber Pakhtunkhwa); Mohammad Huraira (Northern) and Aamir Ali and Arish Ali Khan (Sindh).

The coaches, who are also members of the national selection committee, have also followed the PCB’s policy of investing in the future as average age of the Balochistan side is 27, followed by Central Punjab 26, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 26, Northern 25, Sindh 25 and Southern Punjab 26.

Balochistan First XI Head Coach Faisal Iqbal: “The selection of the squads was based on a thorough assessment of the players based on a wide-ranging selection criterion. I want to thank the coaches of the Balochistan second XI and U19 teams along with the first XI assistant coach, who all played a vital role in the selection of this squad. I am confident the Balochistan squad will impress and prove to be a real competitive unit across the three formats. We have given opportunities to the local talent from the province and the performers have been given their due. The squad is well-balanced and full of exciting players.”

Central Punjab First XI Head Coach Shahid Anwar: “We have a big talent pool and some of the biggest names of the domestic game are once again part of the side which has established a legacy by the triumph in last year’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy first-class tournament. This year we have picked some exciting players including Pakistan U19 performers, who will be groomed with an eye for the future.”

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa First XI Head Coach Abdul Razzaq: “I am fully satisfied with the selection process, which was made on the basis of a comprehensive and an all-encompassing selection criteria. My squad has a great blend of youth and experience and my aim would be to provide them all the support and encouragement they need to play to their best potential. Like the rest of the squads, I also have some exciting players who can be real assets for Pakistan cricket in due course.”

Northern First XI Head Coach Mohammad Wasim: “Northern played some exhilarating cricket last season and we made some innovative plans that brought us success in both the shortest and longest format. I have retained the core of the players who served the squad well and have added young blood with an aim of developing more top quality players who can not only serve us but can also graduate to the highest level of the game.” 

Sindh First XI Head Coach Basit Ali: “Sindh squad is a well-rounded one with some of the biggest names of the province, proven domestic performers as well as young players that have an abundance of potential. I look forward to a hugely exciting and competitive domestic season where both our red-ball and white-ball squads can play the kind of cricket that is on modern lines and in sync with the approach of the Pakistan team management.”

Southern Punjab First XI Head Coach Abdul Rehman: “I have focused on building a squad that is full of young and exciting players backed by experienced and proven performers of the domestic arena. My aim is to groom players who can serve Pakistan cricket across formats at the senior level. I feel my squad has the depth and quality to play an attractive brand of cricket with an eye both on success and development of players.” 

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

become a cricexec insider!

Join for free and get:

  • The cricexec “daily briefing” newsletter
  • Exclusive industry reports
  • Invitations to industry events
  • Early access to industry job postings
  • Many other benefits!

Latest News

Cricket Canada: Saad Bin Zafar named Captain for Canada’s Malaysia bound national men’s cricket squad!

Photo Credit: Cricket Canada Canada’s National Selectors have named internationally famous all-rounder Saad Bin Zafar as captain for the Canadian...

Cricket Australia: Australian men’s squad for the Dettol T20 Series against England

Photo Credit: Cricket Australia Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Swepson and Nathan Ellis return to the Australian men’s squad for the first match...

IG PCA Men’s Team of the Year revealed

Photo Credit: Professional Cricketers' Association Men’s Team of 2022 announced according to PCA MVP Rankings. The 2022 IG PCA Men’s Team of the Year has been...

Melbourne Stars: Faltum named WBBL|08 captain

Photo Credit: Melbourne Stars The Melbourne Stars have appointed Wicketkeeper-batter, Nicole Faltum as captain for WBBL|08. Faltum replaces Meg Lanning who will continue her period of...

Peshawar Zalmi emerges as the most successful commercial entity of PSL as per YouGov Sport’s media evaluation report on PSL 7

Photo Credit: Peshawar Zalmi According to YouGov Sport, a global sports, sponsorship, and entertainment research company, Peshawar Zalmi emerged as the most successful commercial entity...

More Articles Like This

Cricexec Newsletter