The Fazal Mahmood National Club Championship has been launched in some parts of the country.
A spokesman of Pakistan Cricket Board here on Friday said that the event has been launched in Balochistan and it will gain full swing across the country in the days ahead when matches will be played at club level. The initiative is engaging as many as 98 districts throughout the country, he said . Matches are currently being staged in 30 districts, the tournament is set to engage club players and aims at reviving club cricket in the country with a massive campaign which is previously unmatched.
All 98 districts would start hosting matches in the days ahead. Regarding format of the event ,he said the first stage will be the knock out stage followed by group/league matches. The third stage will be inter district matches and the fourth stage will have inter region competition. A total of 2,836 clubs in Pakistan shall showcase their skills in this year. Some 5000 matches are expected to be staged across the country, he added.
Hence at the end of the tournament there would be 98 district champions and eventually 16 regional champions. Two pools comprising of eight teams each will be formed and a national champion will emerge after the final. “The top performers in this tournament will be dovetailed into our existing inter-district (currently the only feedstock system), District/Regional (Inter-District Tournament) selection process will be based on performance, emerging cricketers will be motivated to improve their skills and fitness standards “,he said. The spokesman said this tournament will lead to far better and more transparent district selection.—APP