Sarfaraz Ahmed and Babar Azam to take cost of Pakistan home sides

Sarfaraz Ahmed (Sindh), Babar Azam (Central Punjab), Shan Masood (Southern Punjab), Imad Wasim (Northern), Mohammad Rizwan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Haris Sohail (Balochistan) will lead six provinces in a brand new, streamlined home season set to start subsequent week. The welcome prospect of Pakistan’s elite gamers collaborating within the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy – from September 14 – is partially offset by the discount within the variety of gamers who can name themselves first-class cricketers this season: 96, down from 256 final season.

In keeping with the PCB’s new mannequin, every of the six associations may have a pool of roughly 35 gamers, break up in half between first-class and non-first-class classes. In all 192 gamers might be provided a year-long contract (in every province Pakistan’s centrally contracted nationwide gamers resembling Sarfaraz, Babar, Haris and others, don’t receives a commission the provincial contract charges), with half taking part in first-class cricket and the opposite half taking part in three-day video games, which do not have first-class standing, for his or her affiliation’s Second XI.

The outdated mannequin, which included 16 regional and departmental groups taking part in first-class cricket, was formally scrapped by the PCB final week.

On condition that division sides have lengthy employed the nation’s finest gamers – as a result of they’ll afford to pay extra – a big majority of the 192 gamers chosen are those that have been taking part in for division sides final yr; most of the gamers who populated the regional sides final yr do not make the reduce. Performances from the final three years of first-class cricket, the final two years from Listing-A cricket, and the final 4 years of under-19 cricket have been considered earlier than the squads have been named.

The dimensions of the change means, inevitably, there might be questions requested of alternatives throughout the squads. As an illustration, Imad has been made captain of Northern regardless of not being a daily red-ball cricketer. His final first-class recreation was two years in the past and he is performed simply 5 video games for the reason that begin of 2015.

And although the PCB has discovered a strategy to accommodate home veterans with little hope for Pakistan call-ups – resembling Mohammad Sami and Aizaz Cheema – by placing them in as taking part in mentors of the province’s Second XI facet, it has determined that Sohail Tanvir, one other white-ball specialist, warrants a spot within the Northern facet. Tanvir might be 35 in December and has performed eight first-class video games since 2014.

Each squads – the First XI and the Second XI – for every affiliation was finalised by a three-member panel comprising of Misbah-ul-Haq, Rashid Latif and Nadeem Khan. The provisional squads record was put collectively earlier by the ex-selection committee members – Tauseef Ahmed, Wajahatullah Wasti and Wasim Haider – and the current junior choice committee – Saleem Jaffer, Arshad Khan, Rao Iftikhar, and Taufeeq Umar – alongside the regional coaches.

Explaining the thought course of behind the alternatives, Rashid Latif mentioned emphasis was placed on youth, and on legspinners since “now we have to start out trying to find the replacements of Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan from right now”. “We most well-liked gamers in early 20s who’ve proven enchancment,” Latif mentioned. “Those that have gotten a bit outdated and have had their performances go downhill have been let go, which was a tricky determination.

“There is perhaps questions on why there are solely 4 native gamers within the First XI and ten within the Second XI groups from the Balochistan Cricket Affiliation. The aim behind making the decision is to groom these gamers. In the mean time, there are 44% native gamers within the facet. Nadeem Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and I’ve beneficial the PCB to have 90% native gamers within the Balochistan sides by creating the sport there.”

Final yr, 69 first-class video games have been performed. Underneath the brand new construction, this season there might be 31 first-class video games, and 16 T20s and 31 one-dayers. The squad for every of those codecs might be chosen from inside the prolonged squad. The home season begins on September 14, with the first-class groups and Second XIs taking part in concurrently.

The Second XI’s model of the nation’s premier first-class match, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, will embody 30 three-day group matches, with a four-day last contested at Karachi’s State Financial institution Stadium from November 26.

The squads:

Balochistan Cricket Affiliation

Second XI: Akbar-ur-Rehman (c), Akhtar Shah, Atif Jabbar, Awais Zia, Dawood Khan, Fahad Iqbal, Gohar Faiz, Gulraiz Sadaf (wk), Haseeb Azam, Jalat Khan, Mohammad Junaid, Nazar Hussain, Rameez Raja (from Pishin), Shehzad Tareen, Taimur Ali, Usama Razzaq

White-ball specialists: Akif Javed, Ibtisam Sheikh, Mohammad Talha

Teaching workers: First XI: Altaf Jaffery (supervisor), Arshad Khan (head coach), Shoaib Khan (assistant coach); Second XI: Raj Hans (supervisor and head coach), Aslam Sheikh (assistant coach)

Central Punjab Cricket Affiliation

Second XI: Ali Waqas (c), Abdullah Shafiq, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Aizaz Cheema (mentor), Ali Zaryab, Asad Raza, Atiq-ur-Rehman, Ayaz Tasawar, Bilawal Iqbal, Farhan Khan (wk), Irfan Niazi, Mohammad Akhlaq, Mohammad Ali (from ZTBL), Raza Ali Dar, Suleman Shafqat, Zahid Mansoor

White-ball specialists: Nasir Nawaz, Nauman Anwar, Usman Qadir (topic to availability)

Teaching workers: First XI: Khalid Niazi (supervisor), Ijaz Ahmed Jr (head coach), Samiullah Khan Niazi (assistant coach); Second XI: Naveed Anjum (supervisor and head coach), Akram Raza (assistant coach)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cricket Affiliation

Second XI: Khushdil Shah (c), Ahmed Jamal, Akbar Badshah, Arshad Iqbal, Asad Afridi, Asif Afridi, Atizaz Habib Khan, Azizullah (from Peshawar), Gohar Ali (wk), Irfanullah Shah, Khalid Usman, Mehran Ibrahim, Mohammad Mohsin Khan, Mohammad Naeem (from FATA), Sajid Khan, Samiullah Jr

White-ball specialists: Imran Khan Jr, Mohammad Arif, Mohammad Mohsin

Teaching workers: First XI: Farrukh Zaman (supervisor), Kabir Khan (head coach), Wasim Haider (assistant coach); Second XI: Riffatullah Mohmand (supervisor and head coach), Sajid Shah (assistant coach)

Northern Cricket Affiliation

Second XI: Faizan Riaz (c), Ali Imran, Hasan Raza, Jamal Anwar (wk), Naved Malik, Raza Hasan, Salman Irshad, Sarmad Bhatti, Shadab Majeed, Shehzad Azam, Shoaib Ahmed Minhas, Syed Tauseeq Shah, Umair Khan, Umair Masood (wc), Usama Mir, Zeeshan Malik

White-ball specialists: Mohammad Amir, Sohail Akhtar, Zaid Alam

Teaching workers: First XI: Shakeel Ahmed (supervisor), Muhammad Wasim (head coach), Manzoor Elahi (assistant coach); Second XI: Tahir Mahmood (supervisor and head coach), Saeed Anwar Jr (assistant coach)

Sindh Cricket Affiliation

Second XI: Mohammad Sami (captain and mentor), Rameez Raja Jr (vc), Adeel Malik, Ahsan Ali, Ammad Alam, Ashiq Ali, Ashir Qureshi, Danish Aziz, Ghulam Muddasar, Hassan Khan, Jahid Ali, Mohammad Suleman, Mohammad Waqas, Rumman Raees, Saad Khan, Saifullah Bangash (wk)

White-ball specialists: Abrar Ahmed, Ahsan Jamil Mirza, Shahnawaz Dahani

Teaching workers: First XI: Rashid Khan (supervisor), Azam Khan (head coach), Umar Rasheed (assistant coach); Second XI: Tauseef Ahmed (supervisor and head coach), Shaukat Mirza (assistant coach)

Southern Punjab Cricket Affiliation

Second XI: Naved Yasin (c), Salman Ali Agha (vc), Ali Usman, Anas Mustafa, Ataullah, Maqbool Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Ali Khan, Mohammad Basit, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan Jr, Mohammad Mohsin (from Lahore), Mohammad Umair, Mukhtar Ahmed, Zeeshan Ashraf, Zia-ul-Haq, Zulfiqar Babar (mentor)

White-ball specialists: Ali Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sadaif Mehdi

Teaching workers: First XI: Shahid Butt (supervisor), Abdul Rehman (head coach), Zahoor Elahi (assistant coach); Second XI: Sajjad Akbar (supervisor and head coach), Javed Hayat (assistant coach)