PCB urged to declare separate regional status for Peshawar

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

PESHAWAR: The Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was on Monday urged to declare separate regional status for Peshawar because of its growing population and emerging bunch of cricketers of international repute.

The demand was made through a unanimously adopted resolution at an emergency meeting of the Peshawar District Cricket Association (PDCA) held here on Monday with its President Asghar Ali Khan in the chair.

The meeting was attended by Secretary PDCA Hanif Shah, Senior Vice President Asif Nadeem, Vice President Ubaid Usman, Joint Secretary Haris Fawad, Treasurer Asif Khan, members of the Executive Committee Muhammad Nazir, Alam Zaib and Shakeel Ahmed and representatives of all the clubs affiliated with the district.

The resolution urged Chairman PCB Dr Nasim Ashraf to announce a separate status for Peshawar like other big cities — Karachi and Lahore. “There should be a separate team looking after the growing population and the performance of the district in the field of cricket,” the resolution stated.

The meeting expressed grave concern over the decline in the performance of the Peshawar team in domestic cricket and demanded of the Chairman to intervene in order to safeguard the image of the district.

Peshawar have twice won the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and remained runners-up twice besides winning the one-day cricket trophy, under-19 and Senior Inter-District Tournament and produced prominent cricketers who are serving the country in the cricketing world.

If the required steps were not taken the standard of cricket in Peshawar district would further decline, the resolution added. Karachi and Lahore have two teams each and Peshawar is the third big city but it has only a single team due to which deserving players could not find places in the final 11-member team, it added.

The city has also rendered its services as far as promotion of the game is concerned and produced players like Younis Khan, Yasir Hameed, Umar Gul, Maazullah Khan, Farrukh Zaman, Zakir Khan, Arshad Khan, Kabir Khan, Wajahatullah Wasti, Fazl-e-Akbar, Akhtar Sarfraz, Wasim Yousufi, Riaz Afridi, etc.

Likewise three players in the present national team also hail from the district like Younis khan, Umar Gul and Yasir Hameed. Similarly, there are three players in the Under-19s squad including Jibran Khan, Rahatullah and Adil Amin and one Zohaib Khan is in the Pakistan A side.

It is difficult during the selection to ignore players from Charsadda, Dir, Swat, Nowshehra, which are currently part of the region, for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. Such quota system approach was also damaging the image of Peshawar.

The meeting also questioned the merit policy prevailing in the selection of the team and awarding of class system to the players. They urged the PCB to constitute a probe committee to review awarding A, B and C class to the cricketers in NWFP as currently the names of deserving players of class A were included in class C and class C players were given the status of class A which is not fair according to the merit policy of the PCB. The meeting hoped that Chairman PCB would look into the matter and would give due heed to the demand made by the members of the PDCA.

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