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Highlights since July 2023

Restoration of the domestic structure according to the PCB Constitution of 2014

Chairman PCB Management Committee, Mr Zaka Ashraf succeeded in restoring the structure of domestic cricket in accordance with 2014 PCB constitution. The latest domestic season is set to bring more competition and quality cricket with enhanced earning opportunities as eight regional sides and eight department teams will be competing in separate first-class tournaments. This will ensure that the regions and departments play on a level playing field by utilising the best available talent.

Emerged victorious in the Emerging Asia Cup (Pakistan Shaheens) and the PAK v SL Test Series (2-0)

This year saw the Pakistan Shaheens clinch victory at ACC Emerging Teams Cup. Pakistan Shaheens defeated India A by 128 runs in the final to claim the title. Pakistan also reined victorious in their Test tour of Sri Lanka winning their first Test series since November 2021.

Involved cricketers in cricketing matters, such as the selection committee and cricket technical committee

The PCB appointed former cricketers in the selection process and key management roles. The board appointed veteran cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq as Chairman Selection Committee. Former captains Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah-ul-Haq were also involved in the process of restoring domestic structure as part of their roles in the Cricket Technical Committee.

Restored the pension of former cricketers and resolved their issues

Chairman PCB Management Committee Mr Zaka Ashraf met former cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz and resolved the outstanding matters over his unpaid ex gratia payments since January 2017. The Chairman PCB Management Committee reinforced the board's commitment to former players who he felt under no circumstances should be left neglected.

Rebranded grade-II four-day event as Hanif Mohammad Trophy

In a tribute to one of the pioneers of the early era of Pakistan cricket, the PCB named the grade-II four-day tournament as Hanif Mohammad Trophy to be contested by 10 regional teams from the 2023-24 domestic season. This was another step by the PCB to honour and recognise the services of the legends of the game, and ensure that their efforts continue to be remembered.

Up to 90 women's domestic contracts offered for the first time

Out of 90, 74 women cricketers were awarded 11-month domestic contracts, the first of its kind in in women’s cricket. Among the 74 players, 59 players belong to emerging U19 categories while 14 players have already represented the Pakistan women’s team at the senior level. The contracts were conferred on players who had displayed remarkable performances in the domestic, U19 and international levels.

Awarded 360 domestic contracts to players

As many as 360 cricketers representing 18 regional teams were offered domestic cricket contracts for the 2023-24 season. The structure, which is divided into seven categories, offers players enhanced earning opportunities because of the inclusion of department teams. Players have been awarded domestic contracts that include 20 players from category A+, 30 in category A, 30 in category B, 30 in category C, and 30 in category D, 50 in category E, and 170 slotted in category F.

Pakistan regained the No.1 ODI spot in ICC rankings

Pakistan men’s cricket team regained the No.1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings after claiming a 3-0 series whitewash over Afghanistan in August 2023. Pakistan had earlier surged to the No.1 spot on 5 May 2023 for the first time after earning a 4-0 lead over New Zealand in the five-match series but lost the top ranking following a defeat in the final game.

Brought back the Asia Cup to Pakistan after 15 years

Pakistan successfully hosted the first multi-nation tournament on home soil since the 2008 Asia Cup after staging four Asia Cup matches in Lahore and Multan. Pakistan had the privilege of holding the glitzy Asia Cup opening ceremony at Multan Cricket Stadium, featuring fireworks and performances from renowned artist Aima Baig and Nepal singer Trishala Gurung.

20 women's players were awarded central contracts for a period of 23 months

20 women's players were awarded central contracts for a duration of 23 months, commencing 1 August 2023 to 30 June 2025. There was a maximum of 32 per cent increase in the monthly retainers of the players, 100 per cent increase in match fees in ODI format and 50 per cent increase in T20I format. Four players were given contracts for the first time.

Pakistan women won the T20I series against South Africa 3-0 for the first time

Pakistan Women secured a remarkable 3-0 T20I series win over South Africa in Karachi. They became the first Asian team to complete a whitewash over South Africa Women in T20Is. Pakistan’s victory was built around a team effort under the leadership of Nida Dar, playing her first series as full-time captain of the side. This marked the fourth time that Pakistan Women completed a 3-0 series whitewash in a bilateral series.

BCCI delegation visited Pakistan for first time since 2008

Chairman PCB Management Committee Mr Zaka Ashraf took a positive step in improving ties with the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) by welcoming BCCI President Roger Binny and Vice-President Rajeev Shukla to Lahore during Asia Cup 2023 and hosted them at the Governor’s House in Lahore.

Strengthened relationships with the government

The PCB has strengthened relationships with the government of Pakistan, resolving several outstanding issues and reaching consensus on matters of mutual interest. Pakistan Cricket Board Management Committee Chairman Mr Zaka Ashraf also met with Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi at National Cricket Academy, where the latter reiterated full support to the PCB for the promotion of sports activities, including cricket, in the country.

Up to 202% increase in men's central contracts

The PCB implemented an unprecedented increase in the men's central contracts. The PCB successfully negotiated a three-year central contract deal with the players that will run from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2026. After reviewing the contracts list finalised by the Najam Sethi-led management committee, new management committee under its chairman Mr Zaka Ashraf decided to add five more players to the list. As per the new contracts list, as many as 30 cricketers were offered a momentous deal which includes a portion of ICC revenue. The players have been divided into four categories with significant increases in monthly retainers; 202% for Category A (3 players), 144% for Category B (7 players), 135% for Category C (4 players) and 127% for Category D (16 players).

Blind Cricket Team awarded cash prizes

Mr Zaka Ashraf, Chairman Management Committee PCB, hosted Pakistan Blind Cricket team at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore to honour the team winning Gold medal at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games 2023, held in Birmingham. In recognition of their remarkable success, Mr Zaka Ashraf, presented the team with cash prizes as a token of appreciation and encouragement for their continued dedication to the sport.

One-Day cricket clinic held at Gaddafi Stadium

The Pakistan Cricket Board arranged a one-day cricket activity at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore to encourage representative of all sections of our diverse Pakistani society to pick up the game. The activity aimed to provide an opportunity for promising young players to hone their skills, receive coaching from renowned coaches, and experience the facilities available to top cricketers of Pakistan.

Sri Lanka U19 toured Pakistan for one four-day and five one-day matches

Sri Lanka U19 team toured Pakistan to play one four-day match and a five-match one-day series from 15 to 31 October 2023 at National Bank Stadium, Karachi. Saad Baig-led Pakistan U19 defeated the visitors by nine wickets in the four-day game while Sri Lanka U19, captained by Sineth Jayawardene, clinched the one-day series 3-2.

Pakistan hosted West Indies Women A and Thailand Women Emerging for bilateral fixtures and tri-series

Pakistan Women A hosted West Indies Women A and Thailand Women Emerging in Lahore for bilateral fixtures against the two teams and a T20 tri-nation series. The matches took place at two venues in Lahore – Ghani Glass Institute and Gaddafi Stadium – from 24 October to 11 November. Pakistan Women A first played a three-match one-day series against West Indies Women A, which the visitors won by a margin of 2-1. The T20 tri-series was won by Pakistan Women A, who defeated West Indies Women A in the final by eight wickets. Shawaal Zulfiqar was named player of the series for leading the batting charts. Pakistan Women A then swept the two-match T20 series against Thailand Women Emerging with Omaima Sohail bagging the player of the match award in both games.