Misbah, Hafeez, Rashid keep opposing each other during high-profile PCB meeting

Domestic season 2023-24 is expected to start on September 1

July 31, 2023
Misbah-ul-Haq (L), Mohammad Hafeez (C) and Rashid Latif (R) - PCB

Misbah-ul-Haq, the current cricket committee's chief in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), chaired a high-profile meeting in Lahore which was attended by former captains Rashid Latif, Mohammad Hafeez, board's COO Salman Naseer, and director of domestic cricket Junaid Zia. 

The upcoming domestic season, as per the 2014 constitution, was at the top of the discussion during the meeting. 

Sources told Geo News all three former captains couldn't come on one page related to the inclusion of regional teams and the use of Duke balls during the domestic season. 

The cricket committee's head Misbah said eight regions should be included in this year's domestic season. Hafeez and Rashid both disagreed with Misbah and gave their opinion. Hafeez said six regions whereas Rashid said 16 regions should play in First-Class cricket this year. The former wicketkeeper also emphasised the inclusion of Sialkot region in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. 

Meanwhile, all three former cricketers raised concerns over the purchasing of Duke balls. 

According to the sources, the cricketers aren't in favour of using Duke balls. They want Kookaburra balls in domestic cricket. 

In reply, Zia told them that the Duke balls have already been purchased and they can't be returned as they were made especially on demand. 

Sources also said that the board's COO Naseer was silent majority of the time during the meeting. 

It must be noted here that the new domestic cricket season is expected to start on September 1 with Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. Pakistan Cup one day will also be played simultaneously as the tournament is likely to begin on September 6. 

Initially, eight regions and as many departments will participate in the season.