CRICKET KARACHI CONTINUES TO FALL DOWNWARDS
Karachi,once a gateway for cricket in Pakistan continues to fall apart as the main source of talent “The Club Cricket” is now more notorious than ever.
As the previous setup was already rotten and in disgust as only major zones like Zone 1 and Zone 6 got the the attention whereas the other 5 zones were left aside like they were not the same blood as them.
Now,with a new setup in which departmental cricket is basically finished and the 16 regional teams are reduced into 6 teams from all over Pakistan,club cricket’s role is now more crucial than ever as KCCA the mother authority of all club cricket in Pakistan is to set regular tournaments and matches as per order by PCB but their sluggish act continues and contributes to the downfall of Karachi cricket .
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My sir Illyas Khan, (a first class cricketer who was a not even a step but a toe way to play for Pakistan but got denied and was a victim of nepotism)told me countless times that once upon a time all eleven players in the Pakistan team used to be from Karachi and they all rose up from club cricket and still played for their club till their eventual end and club cricket was the main source for selection in Pakistan but slowly the weight shifted towards regional cricket which made club cricket an epicentre for lack of natural talent in the current Pakistan team from the Karachi region.
As per the new setup, the rumours I’ve heard from very credible people and officials are that now each zone will only have 12 top teams and no more than that and that the club cricket(country wide) will have more budget than the PSL and Karachi is to get just a little less than half to spend on it ( which is still massive) raises a big question.Where will the money go? Will the authority spend it for the right reasons or will they fall towards using it for their own benefits and ultimately falling into the biggest problem in Pakistan.Corruption!
Well we can all hope for the best in the field of cricket specifically in Karachi and hope that one day club cricket will retain its forgotten status until then we will all have to wait as the pandemic is still upon us and we must ensure our safety in order to bring success and pride towards this journey.