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Shafin
June 17, 2007, 04:03 PM
Pakistan seeks foreign help
Agence France-Presse . Bhurban

Pakistan Sunday stepped up efforts to raise domestic cricket standards by seeking the participation of foreign players and making a percentage of local events mandatory for homegrown talent.
Players from India and Sri Lanka would be the main targets to join in local events, which are marred by an absence of leading home players competing in international tournaments.
‘International cricket encroaches upon our domestic events and in an attempt to make domestic cricket attractive we have decided to invite foreign players into our tournaments,’ said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf.
Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq last month urged Pakistan to raise the standard of first-class cricket, which produces mediocre players who struggle at the international level.
‘Through the central contracts given to the home players they are now bound to play in domestic events, and we will make sure they feature in at least 75 percent of these events,’ said Ashraf.
The PCB chairman warned that any player not competing in the required number of domestic matches would not be eligible for international cricket.
‘The fee for playing first-class matches will be raised and the PCB will provide money to the regions to hire cricketers,’ said Ashraf, who took over in October last year.
Some 50 million rupees (8.3 million dollars) have been allocated to attract foreign players, and to give local players a pay rise, he said.
All Pakistani players competing on the first-class level will be paid from 10,000-20,000 rupees per match, Ashraf added.
The prestigious Quaid-e-Azam Trophy will now be the only first-class tournament, featuring eight private departments and 13 regional teams, Ashraf said.
Previously departments and regions battled in separate tournaments.
The PCB also resisted calls from former greats like Imran Khan and Ramiz Raja to ban the departments.
‘Departments give economic security to the players by employing them and we hope that the steps taken will strengthen our first-class cricket, which is the first step towards getting good results at international level,’ said Ashraf.

Hope it does them some good.But first,they really really need to change the attitude of some of their players which is at best unprofessional,and also their fielding,they leak at least 20 runs per game.

source (http://www.newagebd.com/spt.html)

One World
June 17, 2007, 07:37 PM
i find it legitimate that you opened about a thread per hour since i last logged in.

Sohel
June 18, 2007, 05:26 AM
I think Pak cricket should hire Mark Shields as their PR man.

gatekeeper
June 18, 2007, 11:59 AM
I think Pak cricket should hire Mark Shields as their PR man.

........and also their Cheif of Security!!!