PCB writes to seek departments’ interest in domestic cricket season

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday, formally wrote to the 27 leading departments in a bid to seek their interest in participating in the upcoming Domestic Cricket Season 2023-24, scheduled to commence in August.

According to the PCB, the cricketing governing body dispatched letters to the leading departments on behalf of the chair of the Management Committee Najam Sethi to confirm their participation in the domestic cricket season, while also ensuring maximum coverage and publicity through the traditional and new media.

“The letters were dispatched to the departments on behalf of Mr Najam Sethi, Chair of the PCB Management Committee, in accordance with the PCB Constitution 2014 and on the specific instructions of PCB’s Patron, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who is keen to see the return of the department to play their integral role in the growth and development of Pakistan cricket,” said PCB in a statement.

“In the letters, the PCB has not only invited the departments to confirm their participation in the upcoming season at their earliest convenience that can help them prepare the season’s calendar, but have also encouraged to set up strong cricket sides, assuring them maximum coverage and publicity through the traditional and new media,” the statement added.

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).

It is pertinent to mention that the chairman of the PCB management committee Sethi formally approved the notifications for the restoration of Departments/Services Organisations, Regions and District/Zonal Cricket Associations under the PCB Constitution 2014, earlier this month.

Following the approval, the upcoming edition of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy will feature 16 regional cricket associations, while eight departments will partake in the Patron’s Trophy during the 2023-24 season, beginning in August.

Furthermore, Grade-II, 50-over and 20-over events will also be organised for the regional and departmental sides during the 2023-24 domestic cricket season, whose details will be announced in due course.

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