Players must play domestic cricket and represent Pakistan

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According to Mohammad Hafeez, the Director of the Pakistan Cricket Team, the first priority of the Green Shirts should be to represent Pakistan and play domestic cricket rather than taking part in different competitions.

Recently, the Pakistan Cup and the ongoing National T20 have been skipped by the all-rounder Imad Wasim due to his desire to play in the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament, which starts today.

It was later announced that he would be retiring from cricket, while pacer Haris Rauf has not been given an NOC and has been asked to play in domestic tournaments instead of playing in the Big Bash League (BBL).

There has been a lot of discussion regarding the red-ball cricket issue in Pakistan and Hafeez made it clear that certain decisions would be taken in order to ensure the future of Pakistan cricket.

“We need to prioritize representing Pakistan, and playing domestic cricket in Pakistan should also be placed at the top of our priorities,” he said. In a press conference ahead of departing for the Australia Test series, Hafeez said that red ball cricket is the most important game in Pakistan, but a growing number of players have decided they do not want to play red ball cricket anymore.

As part of our effort to bring back focus, we are going to take some measures. Maybe some people will feel that the measures we are taking are harsh, but this is the only way to save Pakistan cricket,” he concluded.

Our strategy is that we will promote players who play redball cricket and give them maximum opportunities as long-form cricket polishes your basics, and the strategy we have is to promote players who play red-ball cricket well until we are able to play any cricket at all. “We need to bring back those players who have strayed from this path so that they can improve their game again,” Hafeez said.

As a result, he said that the PCB will soon make public the rules concerning NOCs that consider the workload of players.

The FTP of all three formats is taken into account when you are offered a central contract, which means that players are available for Pakistan if they receive central contracts. We do have leagues as well, but we saw a lot of talk during the World Cup about fatigue among players due to heavy workloads.”

It is our priority to ensure that Pakistan’s priorities are considered in the NOC policy for the T20 World Cup going forward. In order to ensure fit players, we must manage workloads,” he said.

Hafeez, on the other hand, showed high praise for Babar Azam’s contributions to the Pakistan cricket team.

There is no doubt that Babar Azam has made tremendous contributions to Pakistan over the years as a batter. Not being the captain will relieve him from being under pressure. Captaincy adds pressure to a cricketer and if someone denies that, they are wrong,” he said.

The amount of pressure on Babar will ease with some time, and I think he will be able to improve his performance even more. He has already made excellent contributions to the Pakistan cricket team, and I think he will continue to contribute to Pakistan’s success,” he said.

That news provided by timenews.

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