The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Ramiz Raja as its 36th chairman today. Raja, who was already most anticipated for the post, has now taken over Ehsan Mani’s regime officially.
In a mandatory press conference Raja held as a ‘new chairman’, he emphasized on development of the domestic cricket structure for Pakistani youth creating better and vast opportunities for the raw talent to bloom themselves up.
Focusing on U19 cricket, he said that PCB will soon be operating a U19 T20 league, just like Pakistan Super League (PSL) and other T20 tournaments allowing young cricketers to meet their goals and polishing their talent further.
Raja believes that the ‘quality pitch’ is what integrally modifies a player hence, one of the delighted developments will be re-doing the pitches for developing a player. Moreover, he has announced an increment of PKR 100,000 for 192 domestic cricketers with central contracts 2020-21.
This means that domestic men’s cricketers in the 2021-22 season, which begins with the Cricket Associations T20, the Second XI competition, from 15 September at the Quetta’s Bugti Stadium, will now earn between PKR140,000 to PKR250,000 per month, which is an increase of 250 percent for the players in the D category, the lowest category.
Sticking to the motive of preparing a polished domestic cricket structure in Pakistan, the newly elected promising chairman has announced progressing High-Performance Centers in interior Sindh and Balochistan.
“We need to develop an environment in which we generate professional cricketers at a young level. This will help the HBL Pakistan Super League franchises as well, who are on the lookout for youngsters. I would like the former greats to coach them. We need to give a push to the age-group cricketers so they can excel in the sport from the early age.”