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The 70th Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was convened here on Saturday. Details of PCB Domestic Contracts 2022-23 where announced on Saturday and are available on the corporate website, while some of the other matters discussed are below:
Pakistan Junior League
The BoG endorsed complete ownership of the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Junior League (PJL) by the Pakistan Cricket Board, providing PCB the chance to present to the world and to all its commercial partners that the event has a high value as well as long term development benefits for not just the future of cricket in Pakistan but also for young cricketers.
The BoG supported the concept of the league, which revolves around creating an environment and opportunity for future generation of cricketers, building brands and assets as part of PCB’s strategy of self-sustenance and aligning such first-of-its-kind event with the PCB Pathways Programme.
The BoG emphasised on the smooth execution of the event delivery and advised the management to proactively explore commercial opportunities and unlock property options to strengthen the PJL brand further.
The first edition of the Pakistan Junior League will be played in Lahore from 6-21 October. Over 160 foreign cricketers had expressed interest to participate in the inaugural tournament, of which 24 foreign players from nine cricket boards were joined by 66 local players in the player draft that took place on 8 September. The six participating sides are: Bahawalpur Giants (Imran Tahir, mentor; Gordon Parsons, head coach), Gujranwala Giants (Shoaib Malik, mentor; Ijaz Ahmed, head coach), Gwadar Sharks (Viv Richards, mentor; Mushtaq Ahmed, head coach); Hyderabad Hunters (Daren Sammy, mentor; Abdul Razzaq, head coach), Mardan Warriors (Shahid Afridi, mentor; Abdur Rehman, head coach) and Rawalpindi Raiders (Colin Munro, mentor; Roby Radford (head coach).
The BoG also approved:
- Installation of hybrid pitches similar to ones being used at six England Test centres and the ECB’s National Performance Centre. A pitch each will be laid at the National Stadium, Gaddafi Stadium and National High Performance Centre, while the remaining 27 pitches will be laid at the other active club and first-class venues. Each hybrid pitch has a lifespan of more than 10 years and is easy to maintain
- Playing Conditions, Suspected/Illegal Bowling Action and Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel for the PJL which shall be applicable to the upcoming tournament as well
- Amendment to Model Constitutions for CAs and CCAs by removing management rights and veto powers of the Principal Sponsors in respect of certain appointments within the CA/CCAs. Updated CCA/CA Model Constitutions will shortly be available at the PCB website, under Documents/PCB Model Constitutions
- Regulations on the sanctioning of private cricket events in line with the ICC Regulations on the Sanctioning of Events and Player Release (approved in April 2022) which provide exclusivity and responsibility to each National Cricket Federation to retain control over cricket matches and events played within its territory. PCB’s Regulations relating to Sanctioning of Private Cricket Tournaments will be uploaded under Documents at the PCB website
- Committee compositions which will be available at PCB’s corporate website