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Senior PCB officials keen to get rid of ageing players

Senior officials in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are planning to get rid of aging players from domestic cricket.

According to Daily Express, official believe that cricketers aged over 35 years are still in the thick of things in domestic cricket and are not allowing new talent to come forward.

Director of domestic cricket Haroon Rashid presented an incomplete — two to three slides — presentation in PCB’s governing board meeting in Lahore. In his report, he suggested that PCB should get rid of aging players.

On this occasion, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani suggested that these cricketers should be bought towards fields like coaching, umpiring, refereeing and pitch curating.

Interestingly, in recently concluded Quaid-e-Azam trophy, Rashid himself handed the trophy to Habib Bank Limited captain Imran Farhat — who is 36-year-old — who was the second highest run-scorer this year with 744 runs.

Farhat’s teammate Abdur Rehman,38, took 46 wickets this season, which is the second most while Aizaz Cheema — who turned 39 this year — was the highest wicket taker this season with 56 wickets.

Furthermore, Rashid, 65, also suggested that they want to make a new system where both departments and regions can work together — a suggestion which was unanimously approved.

However, three new committees will be formed, who will give their suggestions on departments role, financial model, structure and others.

Sources from inside the board told that they have agreed to organise a first-class tournament featuring eight regional teams. They also came on the same page to make departments sponsors. However the final decision will be made when new Managing Director of PCB Wasim Khan takes charge — in February next year.

Now-a-days Pakistan Cricket Board is currently busy in to convince Cricket Australia to visit Pakistan.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to renew talks with Cricket Australia to play at least two one-day internationals in Karachi next year.

Cricket Australia (CA) have reportedly softened its stance on a possible tour of Pakistan after being approached by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

According to Sydney Morning Herald, CA are in discussion with PCB for a one-day tour. “We are in ongoing discussions with the PCB about the one-day tour in March next year. We recognise the PCB and the Pakistan government are taking every step to improve the security for touring cricket teams and we’ll continue discussions with the PCB, with the safety and security of Australian players and support staff being our number one priority,” a CA spokesman said.

A five-match ODI series is scheduled between Pakistan and Australia from March 19-31 in the United Arab Emirates.

The two teams will face each other again at the end of October, when Pakistan will play a series of two Tests and three T20Is down under.

Pakistan’s plan would be to host the opening two matches against Aaron Finch’s side, with the remaining three in the UAE.

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