Cricket is one of the sports which is loved and passionately played by people across Pakistan and now Green shirts have become a mark identification of Pakistan on International level. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) takes the responsibility to oversee it and make it more better. But in recent past the disinterest of PCB towards domestic cricket has become a serious concern.
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (Q.T) is a first-class domestic cricket competition in which different teams from different regions participate. The rationale of organizing such events is that good players could be identified for International cricket. In a recent meeting of the PCB board of governors one member suggested that Quaid-e-Azam Trophy should be banned. This remark has struck people at their hearts because on one hand it shows the incompetency and non-serious attitude of people at the helm of Pakistan International cricket.
And secondly such decisions if decided can snatch the right from cricket-passionate-people to be a part of Pakistani cricket team because in other words banning such events means that PCB will have arbitrary powers to select the players and given the socio-political ambiance we are living in, it is pretty sure that such selection would be based on favoritism, personal acquaintance or on some other biased ground.
Events like Q.T serve as a nursery for future cricketers who will represent Pakistan Just like a student union at universities which provide the basic ground to enter in politics. We cannot expect someone to perform extraordinary without playing domestic level cricket.
In the meeting the marketing team of Q.T was also criticized for not being able to gather more sponsors. And it is the prime duty of marketing team to sell such event which unlike PSL are infamous but the marketing team seems to be more interested in taking abroad trips or staying idol in offices. It also came in news later on that PCB chairman Najam Sethi made the head of marketing his personal secretary providing him a back door to escape the opposition.
PCB should focus more on domestic cricket because it is how new talent can be found through a transparent way. And marketing team should be made more efficient and effective so that in future less marketing may not be a reason to abandon domestic cricket.
MediaBites Editorial: Mudabbir Ali & Imran Malik
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