PCB writes letter to departments

Najam Sethi sent the letters

By Web Desk
January 23, 2023
WAPDA Cricket Team - PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has written a letter to departments, seeking their interest in the revival of departmental cricket in Pakistan. 

According to Shakil Sheikh, a member of PCB's management committee, chairman Najam Sethi has sent letters to 27 departments. 

"Big Step - Revival of Departmental Cricket! Chairman PCB Najam Sethi has written letters to heads/incharge of 24 departments seeking their consent for their departments' participation in PCB-organized revived domestic structure," he revealed on twitter. 

Departmental cricket's revival was on cards after PCB's 2014 constitution was said to be restored on the directives of the Prime Minister (also patron-in-chief of PCB) late last year. 

Some of the prominent departments, who have been sent letters for participation in the PCB Domestic Season 2023, include: Ghani Glass, Income Tax, K-Electric, Karachi Port Trust, Khan Research Laboratory, National Bank of Pakistan, Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), Omar Associates, Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan International Airlines, Port Qasim Authority, Pakistan Television Corporation, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), Pakistan Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL).

Last December, PM Shehbaz appointed a 14-member committee under the leadership of two-time chairman Sethi to revoke the 2019 constitution. The management committee was given 120 days to work on their mandate. 

One of Sethi and company's biggest decisions was to bring in former all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi as interim chief selector just for ODI series against New Zealand. Haroon alongside Abdur Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar Anjum was part of the interim selector committee. 

After the New Zealand series concluded, PCB reportedly wanted Afridi to continue but the former all-rounder refused a permanent role due to personal commitments.

Hence, Sethi appointed Haroon as the permanent chief selector on Monday.