Javed Miandad, a legendary Pakistan cricketer, has spoken out against the previous government’s intention to eliminate departmental cricket, claiming that it will encourage local cricketers to rig matches for financial benefit.
According to Miandad, the existing domestic cricket setup has robbed cricketers of their financial security, and they will look for other ways to make up for their losses. He predicted that cricketers will be more enticed than ever to make money through unlawful means, thereby lowering the country’s domestic cricket standard.
The cricketers were financially and mentally happy with the departmental domestic cricket setup, according to the former captain, but the previous government’s decision to remove the system in favour of regional teams has left the local players hungry.
According to the 64-year-old, regional domestic cricket works in countries like England, Australia, and New Zealand because cricketers are financially stable and can play the game without worrying about feeding their families.
The batter encouraged Pakistan’s current Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, to restore the country’s departmental cricket system as quickly as possible.
Miandad went on to say that Pakistan cannot disregard regional cricket entirely since it plays a vital role in the cricket ecosystem. He suggested that the PCB’s new leadership, helmed by former captain Ramiz Raja, should strive to develop a system that allows both departmental and regional teams similar opportunities.
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