With Imran Khan coming into power, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to see major restructuring, starting from the Chairmanship to the structure of domestic cricket in the country.
Imran Khan took oath as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 18 where the members of 1992 World Cup winning squad met with Khan at the President House. Khan talked about his plans to introduce major changes in the country’s cricket governing body.
Imran has had his differences with the Chairman PCB, Najam Sethi and has multiple times stated that he is not fit to head the organization. This might well be the very first change that the newly sworn-in PM makes. According to rumors, former ICC President Ehsan Mani is a strong contender for the post.
Khan is also not a fan of the departmental form of domestic cricket and believes that the regional cricket, with six teams participating in the domestic circuit, can produce the much-needed talent. Former pacer, Aaqib Javed supported the idea of regional sides, however, suggested increasing the number of teams to 8. He added that regional sides gather a lot more support from the locals as is evident with the Quetta Gladiators which has amassed huge support from Balochistan.
While others supported the idea, Javed Miandad, Abdul Qadir and Moin Kahn were reluctant to show their faith in the proposed changes, saying that it will hurt the players financially. The players make their living from the jobs offered by the departments, however, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has changed the scenario which has made a reputation of producing starts in a short span of time.
Imran Khan being an athlete himself, would have his eyes on the other sports as well. Hockey is another sport in dire need of his attention and massive changes are required to bring back the reputation Pakistan once had at the global stage. Khan was grieved at the disappointing performance put in by the athletes at games like Olympics, Asian Games etc.
It would be interesting to see what plans Khan makes to strengthen the governing bodies and produce talented individuals in all games.