The PCB has restructured Pakistan’s domestic Twenty20 Cup into an arrangement that consists of eight teams rather than 18. The previous plan, which had been set up for more than a decade, was city-based; the new arrangement will include the top seven grade one regional teams from last season, and the top regional team from grade two.
The city-based plan was a characterizing one of the tournament, with Sialkot Stallions being a noteworthy feeder of T20 players to the national set-up, alongside Faisalabad Wolves. Likewise, the city-based arrangement started competitions and enthusiasm for the event with no significant advertising. The fundamental thought is to make it more spirited and this model is all the more commercially suitable, said Shakeel Sheik – the head of domestic cricket committee.
We were playing with excessive number of teams in past and due to this reason the quality factor was suffering. However, now with having less number of teams we can improve the quality and this new plan is getting more attraction regarding sponsorship and is more powerful to manage for long.
In the forthcoming season, the matches will be played at two venues with the group stage at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from 25 August and the last stage at Multan Cricket Stadium. The final of the National T20 Cup will be played on 16 September. The timing of the matches stands odd as Pakistan’s limited-overs team will be in England and all the top cricketers will be away. We have permitted the sides to choose their national cricketers once they come back and they will be included in the last phase of the competition, Sheik said. We are really attempting to discover a window for the National T20 Cup and this accessible window is the one and only we can use.”
The PCB has also discarded the conventional selection system for the competition, presenting a draft procedure as an alternative. The teams’ regional heads, the head coaches of the regions, and the specific skippers were included in different rounds to select their 15-man squads. A second draft will take place before the semi-final round as, according to the PCB, the top limited-overs players will come back by then and can be selected by the top four teams.