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    What can the PCB learn from the BCCI?

    Indian cricket continues to thrive and improve.

    Their First-class system is robust and is producing world-class cricketers.

    At junior levels players are being developed and nurtured properly.

    Indian cricket is in a good place, what can the PCB and Pakistani cricket learn from the BCCI and Indian cricket?



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    Is it a question of finances which stops PCB from developing better quality players?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Is it a question of finances which stops PCB from developing better quality players?
    NO. In that case England would have won 9 World Cups & Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay combinedly may be one. And, most of African nations wonít have even qualified for WC.

    Finance definitely is an issue - but that doesnít explain the decline. Yes, we can say with the political & financial reality AFGs canít bevome a top 3 team in foreseeable future, because they have to built everything from scratch.

    The problem is somewhere else, for which finance indeed has a minor impact, but the core issue if far away from financials.

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    PCB has much to learn from BCCI.
    PCB should learn to tour only when the top two batsmen are suspended by the host board.
    PCB should learn how to win the lottery like the BCCI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warcry View Post
    PCB has much to learn from BCCI.
    PCB should learn to tour only when the top two batsmen are suspended by the host board.
    So India refused to tour Australia before?

    Quote Originally Posted by warcry
    PCB should learn how to win the lottery like the BCCI.
    Yea, they won a lottery and it's solely due to that lottery that they are in the position they are in today.


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    Great thread, especially for someone like me, who isnít an expert on this topic. Hoping to know a lot from this thread.

    E.g. Why has PCB not been able to harness the potential of the large home audience? (Not having home ground is one factor)
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    PCB can learn just 2 things from BCCI (BCCI may not be perfect but surely professional in both these aspects)

    1. It should have a professional selection committee which should overlook the groups and select the best talent. I think there is a huge element of players for this camp and that camp. Initially to have neutrality selectors from other countries oblivious to camps can be selected

    2. Fewer domestic teams with a program to identify local talent. Something similar to done by BCCI which identified the likes of orthodox technique guy like Dhoni from a traditional non cricket state like Bihar/Jharkhand

    In a crux there still will be corruption in BCCI but for the above two has been mostly kept aloof from this corruption

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    Another question that comes to mind is why media has an influence on PCB in terms of player and management selections? I donít know any TV channel/media pundit having any influence on BCCI.
    Yet you see YK, Hafeez and others arguably through silent or loud means get into the team via the media.

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    Saj,

    I dont feel PCB can learn anything from BCCI:

    - The terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricketers, pretty much sealed Pakistan's fate, PCB is a victim of this.
    - Lack of matches international matches in Pakistan without proper local 'hometown' support has reduced interest in cricket as a whole in Pakistani I feel.
    - I just don't think matches being held in UAE is doing Pakistan good, it is better than nothing I guess. I feel if Pakistan play their home games in ENG, it maybe better, due to better facilities, wickets, stadiums and crowd support etc..

    I personally hope somehow someway Pakistan come back to full strength like in the 90s and early 2000s, it would be a crying shame to see Pakistan become another Bangladesh....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Indian cricket continues to thrive and improve.

    Their First-class system is robust and is producing world-class cricketers.

    At junior levels players are being developed and nurtured properly.

    Indian cricket is in a good place, what can the PCB and Pakistani cricket learn from the BCCI and Indian cricket?
    The bigger issue is do they even want to learn ? Lets just say that it is not even an option for Pakistan to learn anything from India in any aspect of life. Be it sports, science, technology, arts , entertainment etc etc etc. The reverse is also true to an extent. This is how it works in our part of the world. Sad reality.

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    Get better coaches at junior level. Too many of our explayers don’t want to do a Dravid type roll. Rest is kind of knee jerk I would say. Did we have threads like this when India was beaten in South Africa and England?

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    If Pakistanis can get over their ego's then there is a lot to learn. Even though Wasim Khan's inclusion will help to get us there one day (if he remains there).


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Is it a question of finances which stops PCB from developing better quality players?
    Not just finances though- nearly Everyone​ in the PCB sees the PCB as a meal ticket. The selectors attitude is a disgrace, they never watch domestic cricket, they see some T20 cricket or look at scorecards on cricinfo and they pick the team. The FC system is an absolute shambles- played by poorly paid players, on poor wickets with little incentive. We have committees glore and they are nothing more than pointless waffle shops.

    We need 7 FC teams based around the provinces with 2 each from Punjab and Sindh, and one from each Baluchistan and KP. The 7th team would led by a senior pro like YK and it would be a hybrid of recent U19 players and unidentified talent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romali_rotti View Post
    Saj,

    I dont feel PCB can learn anything from BCCI:

    - The terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricketers, pretty much sealed Pakistan's fate, PCB is a victim of this.
    - Lack of matches international matches in Pakistan without proper local 'hometown' support has reduced interest in cricket as a whole in Pakistani I feel.
    - I just don't think matches being held in UAE is doing Pakistan good, it is better than nothing I guess. I feel if Pakistan play their home games in ENG, it maybe better, due to better facilities, wickets, stadiums and crowd support etc..

    I personally hope somehow someway Pakistan come back to full strength like in the 90s and early 2000s, it would be a crying shame to see Pakistan become another Bangladesh....
    No international cricket at home is a major problem but I feel the PCB could have and still can do a lot to improve their situation and give their cricketers a better chance to succeed in international cricket.



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    Need to learn the art of making money and then using that money for the betterment of Cricket

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    More than anything, learn from South Africa who went through Appartheid

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    PCB needs to see how BCCI improved under guys like Jagmohan Dalmiya. Use these ways toget financially stronger.
    Then PCB needs to work on domestic structure. Domestic pitches needs a overhaul , they need to be consistent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Indian cricket continues to thrive and improve.

    Their First-class system is robust and is producing world-class cricketers.

    At junior levels players are being developed and nurtured properly.

    Indian cricket is in a good place, what can the PCB and Pakistani cricket learn from the BCCI and Indian cricket?
    Pakistan first need a Lord MacLaurin type of character with license to completely reorganise domestic cricket and professionalise every aspect of the board.

    Then they need a Duncan fletcher type of coach who can identify and fast track talent while working directly with regional boards. Then get the regions more tightly involved in player development

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Need to learn the art of making money and then using that money for the betterment of Cricket
    Basically this. Cricket is a hugely popular sport in Pakistan, it should be self-financing like football is in England. The domestic game seems to be divorced from the public and I feel that is where the BCCI has succeeded while Pakistan has stagnated. Imran Khan said it when he was a player, domestic cricket is about regions not banks or airlines.


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    Pakistan's lack of institutes is what is the biggest problem for decades.

    Just having an NCA in Lahore they've thought that is all that is needed in the country and everyone will be coming out from there.

    Pakistan's cricket culture has been dying for a good few years now too where even T20 matches the recent one that was in Pakistan even had a number of empty stands so people's interest in the sport is at a very low point.

    Pakistan needs to invest in specialist training centres across the country and build institutes where players from all backgrounds and all ages come and learn everything there is about cricket and that includes even fitness and diet and what they're weakness and strengths are.

    I don't think this is something that will ever happen but surely they do have the money to do something in that regard even if it isn't at that giant scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romali_rotti View Post
    Saj,

    I dont feel PCB can learn anything from BCCI:

    - The terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricketers, pretty much sealed Pakistan's fate, PCB is a victim of this.
    - Lack of matches international matches in Pakistan without proper local 'hometown' support has reduced interest in cricket as a whole in Pakistani I feel.
    - I just don't think matches being held in UAE is doing Pakistan good, it is better than nothing I guess. I feel if Pakistan play their home games in ENG, it maybe better, due to better facilities, wickets, stadiums and crowd support etc..

    I personally hope somehow someway Pakistan come back to full strength like in the 90s and early 2000s, it would be a crying shame to see Pakistan become another Bangladesh....
    Spot on! Brilliant post, if young kids can’t go to their local stadium and watch their countries players play against international opposition how are heroes going to be created?

    Kids watch a match and go to the street to replicate their heroes performance, there is a lot of work to do but this is one of the main reasons Pakistan is failing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    No international cricket at home is a major problem but I feel the PCB could have and still can do a lot to improve their situation and give their cricketers a better chance to succeed in international cricket.
    I feel playing home games in ENG would help develop better players for Pakistan due to the quality of the wickets, however that needs to be worked out between PCB & ECB etc....


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    Quote Originally Posted by iPakistani View Post
    Spot on! Brilliant post, if young kids can’t go to their local stadium and watch their countries players play against international opposition how are heroes going to be created?

    Kids watch a match and go to the street to replicate their heroes performance, there is a lot of work to do but this is one of the main reasons Pakistan is failing.
    The big question is, how can international matches be brought back to Pakistan ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Romali_rotti View Post
    The big question is, how can international matches be brought back to Pakistan ?
    Control terrorism which we have controlled to a great extent. British Airways returning to Pakistan is big news...

    Hopefully cricket will return in 2020 if not in 2019

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Indian cricket continues to thrive and improve.

    Their First-class system is robust and is producing world-class cricketers.

    At junior levels players are being developed and nurtured properly.

    Indian cricket is in a good place, what can the PCB and Pakistani cricket learn from the BCCI and Indian cricket?
    BCCI is not a perfect organization. But the one thing I would humbly suggest - strong domestic associations within the BCCI compete against each other in the cricket domain and spur improvements. PCB will be going down the wrong path if it tries to implement top-down solutions in order to "fix" domestic cricket. For eg. In India, historically Mumbai Cricket has always been in and around the top dogs. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu cricket have come a LONG way over the years and made a lot of improvements within their scope.

    Its glaringly obvious that PCB badly needs to revamp and revitalize the quality and structure of its FC cricket. But as an outsider, my 2 cents are that Pakistanis are always drawn hypnotically to the 'strongman' i.e. central authority to kick butt and hammer things into shape. In reality, institutions don't work and get strong that way, its always organizations and structures that are designed well, empowered at lower levels, and have self-correction built-in, that are more likely to suceed over the long-term.

    All of this requires money as well, and let's be blunt about it, PCB is not in the healthiest shape financially due to a number of reasons. But sooner or later, whether its months down the road, or years, eventually PCB is bound to cash in on the biggest windfall on the cricket circuit eventually. And its important that it has the proper structures and systems in place by then. Or else....

    The problem is that to design and implement a proper FC system with empowered leadership at lower levels - would mean a reduction of power and benefits to a bunch of entrenched 'camps'. So how likely is real change to happen? Only time can tell.
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    Pcb can not improve until the international cricket fully back to Pakistan

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    Can PCB move entire PSL to Pakistan and dump all foreign players who don't come. Initially a lot of these guys won't come but when they see others playing for a year or two then they can come. It's worth trying.

    Also invite associate nations to Pakistan and let there be more A tours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny_majoka View Post
    Pcb can not improve until the international cricket fully back to Pakistan
    It's a cop out dude, one doesn't improve like this

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    Not much to learn. BCCI also has its own limitations. PCB should follow the template set by ECB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balthazar View Post
    Not much to learn. BCCI also has its own limitations. PCB should follow the template set by ECB.
    Yes how to bankrupt organizations under you, screwup interest in the game, no one better than ECB to learn that from.

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    Run PCB like a business and not on emotions and egos.

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    To improve anything, the first thing they need to do is to get rid of Shakeel Shaikh, Haroon Rasheed, Zakir Khan, Rana brothers and all other babas older than 65+.

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    BCCI grows richer with new sponsor deal

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    BCCI is good at pushing for better deals on all avenues of revenue. This $46 million is small change when compared to the $2 billion IPL or the $1 billion international broadcast deals. But they still make the effort to squeeze better deals no matter how small the avenue of revenue.

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    Clearly not this!

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    After captain Virat Kohli voicing his concern over BCCI’s scheduling, former legend Sunil Gavaskar has questioned the need for the India A team to be touring New Zealand at the same time as the senior side, saying it should not be the case with the Ranji Trophy being on. With ICC Cricket U-19 World Cup already going on, Gavaskar believes this kind of schedule will leave a negative impact on India’s premier first-class competition – the Ranji Trophy.

    The former India captain also pointed out that ‘A’ team of other countries do not tour when their top domestic tournament is going on. He also added that why such tours are not organized when IPL is being played. “Burnout is a word that was bandied about quite a lot at the start of the century but as soon as the IPL took off nobody, especially the so-called protector of cricketers rights FICA (Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations) has uttered the word again. That the national championship doesn’t mean much has been clear for a few years now that the IPL is here and it’s been emphasized once again by the way the Ranji Trophy has been devalued with the best talent out of the country,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-day.

    “One can understand the national team being out as it’s a bilateral commitment in line with the ICC FTP but to have the India A team also out touring at the same time means that most Ranji Trophy teams are well below strength,” Gavaskar added.

    Gavaskar added that with the U-19 World Cup also underway in South Africa, the Ranji teams are deprived of their promising players also as they strive to make it to the knockouts.

    “There is the ICC under-19 World Cup going on too, so a host of promising youngsters who bring in excitement and fresh energy and outlook are not playing the national championship at a time when their state teams need them to qualify for the knockouts.

    “The argument that having an A team touring the country where the national team is playing makes it easy for any replacements who will be ready and acclimatised if needed by injury to the senior team, is a specious argument,” added Gavaskar.

    The original ‘Little Master’ gave the example of other teams not doing the same, adding why no teams are sent abroad during the IPL.

    “Look at the programme of the A teams of other countries and you will find that they tour overseas only when their domestic season is not on. How come there is no ‘A’ tour or under-19 tour during the two months of the IPL?

    “I may be old fashioned in thinking Indian cricket is a sum of club, schools, college junior cricket, corporate cricket along with first-class cricket of course. There are also the fans, the media, the corporate sponsors who have made Indian cricket what it is. It is the solemn duty of the administrators to nurture all this for the Indian national team to continue to be the magnificent team it is today and always,” he said.

    Gavaskar also praised the Virat Kohli-led side for adapting so quickly in New Zealand despite flying in late just after the home Australia ODI series.

    India have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match T20I series and next play on Wednesday in Hamilton.

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    Disagree with Sunil Bhai.

    Nothing wrong on India A tour and Under 19 world Cup schedule.

    If you see Ranji Trophy, most of the Karnataka folks are playing for A tour and National team which will give chances to next level of players.

    IPL is our Pride event. Most of the Ranji players are picked by the IPL teams.

    How can we expect them to tour other nationals.

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    How to be a competent cricket board.


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    How to monetize and market cricket. Pakistan honestly should be the second biggest market for cricket by now but unfortunately due to security problems and management incompetence we have to beg Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to tour. Hoping in the next 5 years we get our house in order, fix our stadiums and bring our cricket to the 21st century inshallah.

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    First of all the whole logic of an A side is to groom players for international, these are players who have mostly proven that they can handle domestic cricket and are being groomed for future national team roles, roles where it is far more beneficial to them to face similar talent from other countries than just letting them play same ranji opponents.

    Also u19 wc is played by most played by most players once in their life time, if a team can't qualify for knockouts without a 16-17 year old, it doesn't deserve to qualify anyway.
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    This is my first post on the website even though I have been visiting this to read.

    Here are my observations--

    - Misbah has been given too many responsibilities. The role of the head coach and chief selector are two distinct functions.
    - A head coach role should be focused on working with the national team to train, strategize and prepare the team for international matches
    - Selectors and chief selector(s) role is to spend more time watching domestic games, identifying talent and devise a plan to bring them on board

    Also, he serves as a coach for Islamabad United. This is a huge conflict of interest. BCCI does not allow any support staff from the national team to be associated with IPL. What precludes Misbah from favoring players from his PSL franchise.
    - PCB needs to identify a coach like Dravid work with the next generation of players. Most of the former players spend more time in media criticizing every decision of the team. Someone like Rashid Latif who is very down-to-earth does not have any ego and is more concerned about the game that should be made to take over a role like Dravid.

    - Former coach/selector(s) (e.g. Inzaman) should be barred from making public comments in the media for 1 year after their tenure. These people should allow the existing staff to take time to gel as a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjahmed23 View Post
    How to monetize and market cricket. Pakistan honestly should be the second biggest market for cricket by now but unfortunately due to security problems and management incompetence we have to beg Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to tour. Hoping in the next 5 years we get our house in order, fix our stadiums and bring our cricket to the 21st century inshallah.

    This is the misconception people from other countries have. But for people who follow the game closely in India know that BCCI has not done a great job of monetizing and marketing cricket. BCCI went with the flow and tried to put processess in place but it has failed to market Cricket. All the work is being done by broadcasters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Indian cricket continues to thrive and improve.

    Their First-class system is robust and is producing world-class cricketers.

    At junior levels players are being developed and nurtured properly.

    Indian cricket is in a good place, what can the PCB and Pakistani cricket learn from the BCCI and Indian cricket?
    One point many people miss about BCCI is that it has tried to involve all the stakeholders involved with the game when it comes to improving the state of the game in the country irrespective of the differences they share. For outsiders like me, it seems PCB struggles to get all the stakeholders especially players on the same page

    Lots of informal mentoring happens as well. Examples Abhishek Sharma and Shubhman Gill at Punjab with Yuvraj Singh, Priyam Garg with Raina, Ashwin is currently at playing for Tamil Nadu. All Mumbai players regularly catch up with Tendulkar. Anil Kumble is always around for leg spinners like Chahal, Shreyas Gopal. Rahul Dravid is at NCA.

    All the ex cricketers take lot of pride in developing and supporting junior cricketers coming up the ranks in their states barring few states such as Hyderabad and Delhi

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    I think PCB often tries to go for short-term solutions instead of long-term. This is where BCCI has been ahead over the past decade.

    BCCI has both long-term and short-term visions. They know how to groom players. That is what PCB is missing.

    To be fair, all subcontinental boards are corrupt/mismanaged but BCCI is just ahead of other boards in terms of competence and management.

    BCCI also has much higher revenues and that always helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Indian cricket continues to thrive and improve.

    Their First-class system is robust and is producing world-class cricketers.

    At junior levels players are being developed and nurtured properly.

    Indian cricket is in a good place, what can the PCB and Pakistani cricket learn from the BCCI and Indian cricket?

    Search google maps for "Wentzville USA"

    And then zoom out.
    It will point to a small town in the middle of nowhere.

    And here is what's happening in this small town.









    The IT engineers from India who work here in the local firms, have gotten together to create a cricket setup for their kids.

    They have hired,
    1 - A certified level 3 coach from Australia
    2 - A Certified level 3 coach from England
    3 - And three coaches from Ranji trophy. One of them has coached Tendulkar.

    These guys have spent over US$700,000 to buy the ground, imported cricket pitch mats, equipment, and 5 batting cages from UK.

    The 50 odd kids that you see here are all local born Americans of the Indian origin.

    And Gosh, I wish if you guys could see how do these kids bat in the nets and in matches? You'd feel like everyone is a small Tendulkar.
    The footwork, the backlift, the head position, the stroke making, the focus, and the dedication,.... absolutely solid.

    They are getting a professional training, coaching, diet, exercise and cricket teaching.

    And again, this is happening in the middle of nowhere.
    Imagine what's happening in the major American cities like Chicago, New York, Miami, Orlando, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego etc?

    If I am not too off, you should be able to find at least 1000 registered cricket teams and very active cricket clubs in USA.
    I won't be surprised to see that in near future, more domestic cricket is played in USA than in England.

    So these kind of training camps are running almost everywhere in the U.S., and it looks like within 20 years, USA will produce a cricket team that will be quite tough to beat. And almost all team members will be American born Indians.

    THIS is what you call dedication and love of the game. PROPER PLANNING AND RESOURCES PUT TO WORK WITH INTELLIGENT AND FUTURISTIC VISION.

    There is not a SINGLE Pakistani kid in this setup, even though enrollment is open to all.

    The question is, did BCCI do anything to promote this in Wentzville USA?
    The answer is, Zilch.

    So to answer the OP, the key to BCCI's success is this great amount of enthusiasm (up to the point of insanity) of cricket in Indians.

    The example above is an Indicator.
    We see that away from home, yet these Indians who are more academically inclined and they are in professions OTHER than cricket, have created a cricket heaven for themselves and their future generations.

    And when you compare this with the recent crowd turnout in the Pak vs Bangla T20 series, you can clearly feel the interest in cricket is greatly lost among Pakistani public. I mean, even BBL looks to have better crowd turnout.

    The question then is, why Pakistani public has lost so much interest in cricket?

    The answer is, we hardly have any Pakistani superstars and megastar cricketers in the international scene anymore.

    And this crazy fan following has also helped BCCI to tap on the business aspect of it, and earn billions of dollars. This gives BCCI a clear advantage on PCB.

    So, if PCB wants to attempt to fix this, they MUST start promoting a very well organized cricket at school level.

    Indian school level cricket is all where the magic starts to happen.

    PCB needs to cut the cost or pork barrel projects and the huge payroll, perks, lavish meetings etc for the 900+ employees, and invest in Jr. cricket.
    Train the kids and pick the top talent and turn them into international level megastars.


    Wentzville


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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorblind Genius View Post
    Search google maps for "Wentzville USA"

    And then zoom out.
    It will point to a small town in the middle of nowhere.

    And here is what's happening in this small town.









    The IT engineers from India who work here in the local firms, have gotten together to create a cricket setup for their kids.

    They have hired,
    1 - A certified level 3 coach from Australia
    2 - A Certified level 3 coach from England
    3 - And three coaches from Ranji trophy. One of them has coached Tendulkar.

    These guys have spent over US$700,000 to buy the ground, imported cricket pitch mats, equipment, and 5 batting cages from UK.

    The 50 odd kids that you see here are all local born Americans of the Indian origin.

    And Gosh, I wish if you guys could see how do these kids bat in the nets and in matches? You'd feel like everyone is a small Tendulkar.
    The footwork, the backlift, the head position, the stroke making, the focus, and the dedication,.... absolutely solid.

    They are getting a professional training, coaching, diet, exercise and cricket teaching.

    And again, this is happening in the middle of nowhere.
    Imagine what's happening in the major American cities like Chicago, New York, Miami, Orlando, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego etc?

    If I am not too off, you should be able to find at least 1000 registered cricket teams and very active cricket clubs in USA.
    I won't be surprised to see that in near future, more domestic cricket is played in USA than in England.

    So these kind of training camps are running almost everywhere in the U.S., and it looks like within 20 years, USA will produce a cricket team that will be quite tough to beat. And almost all team members will be American born Indians.

    THIS is what you call dedication and love of the game. PROPER PLANNING AND RESOURCES PUT TO WORK WITH INTELLIGENT AND FUTURISTIC VISION.

    There is not a SINGLE Pakistani kid in this setup, even though enrollment is open to all.

    The question is, did BCCI do anything to promote this in Wentzville USA?
    The answer is, Zilch.

    So to answer the OP, the key to BCCI's success is this great amount of enthusiasm (up to the point of insanity) of cricket in Indians.

    The example above is an Indicator.
    We see that away from home, yet these Indians who are more academically inclined and they are in professions OTHER than cricket, have created a cricket heaven for themselves and their future generations.

    And when you compare this with the recent crowd turnout in the Pak vs Bangla T20 series, you can clearly feel the interest in cricket is greatly lost among Pakistani public. I mean, even BBL looks to have better crowd turnout.

    The question then is, why Pakistani public has lost so much interest in cricket?

    The answer is, we hardly have any Pakistani superstars and megastar cricketers in the international scene anymore.

    And this crazy fan following has also helped BCCI to tap on the business aspect of it, and earn billions of dollars. This gives BCCI a clear advantage on PCB.

    So, if PCB wants to attempt to fix this, they MUST start promoting a very well organized cricket at school level.

    Indian school level cricket is all where the magic starts to happen.

    PCB needs to cut the cost or pork barrel projects and the huge payroll, perks, lavish meetings etc for the 900+ employees, and invest in Jr. cricket.
    Train the kids and pick the top talent and turn them into international level megastars.


    Wentzville

    POTW..well written

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    Here in Sydney and Melbourne at the junior grade level I see lot of Indian kids playing.. I went to MCG to watch ashes test in 2017 and during lunch they introduced u-14 Victorian state team..16 players out of which 9 were Indian names.. enthusiasm in the key..2018 u19 wc captain Sanghaís parents are from my village and I have seen him play since childhood in Sydney Blacktown.. lots of parents,IT Engineers like me who did not get to play sports due to parental pressure and middle class backgrounds when move abroad want their kids to pursue sports if they have talent.. so cricket definitely is followed up to a crazy level back in India and by Indians everywhere..plus we have the numbers because of large population.I know some of my uncles who have not missed a single India match ever..and I mean ever in last 15 years.
    Hopefully I am going to be a dad soon and Iím gonna try make my kid(irrespective of boy and girl) to have a shot at cricket first. Studies can come later

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorblind Genius View Post
    Search google maps for "Wentzville USA"

    And then zoom out.
    It will point to a small town in the middle of nowhere.

    And here is what's happening in this small town.









    The IT engineers from India who work here in the local firms, have gotten together to create a cricket setup for their kids.

    They have hired,
    1 - A certified level 3 coach from Australia
    2 - A Certified level 3 coach from England
    3 - And three coaches from Ranji trophy. One of them has coached Tendulkar.

    These guys have spent over US$700,000 to buy the ground, imported cricket pitch mats, equipment, and 5 batting cages from UK.

    The 50 odd kids that you see here are all local born Americans of the Indian origin.

    And Gosh, I wish if you guys could see how do these kids bat in the nets and in matches? You'd feel like everyone is a small Tendulkar.
    The footwork, the backlift, the head position, the stroke making, the focus, and the dedication,.... absolutely solid.

    They are getting a professional training, coaching, diet, exercise and cricket teaching.

    And again, this is happening in the middle of nowhere.
    Imagine what's happening in the major American cities like Chicago, New York, Miami, Orlando, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego etc?

    If I am not too off, you should be able to find at least 1000 registered cricket teams and very active cricket clubs in USA.
    I won't be surprised to see that in near future, more domestic cricket is played in USA than in England.

    So these kind of training camps are running almost everywhere in the U.S., and it looks like within 20 years, USA will produce a cricket team that will be quite tough to beat. And almost all team members will be American born Indians.

    THIS is what you call dedication and love of the game. PROPER PLANNING AND RESOURCES PUT TO WORK WITH INTELLIGENT AND FUTURISTIC VISION.

    There is not a SINGLE Pakistani kid in this setup, even though enrollment is open to all.

    The question is, did BCCI do anything to promote this in Wentzville USA?
    The answer is, Zilch.

    So to answer the OP, the key to BCCI's success is this great amount of enthusiasm (up to the point of insanity) of cricket in Indians.

    The example above is an Indicator.
    We see that away from home, yet these Indians who are more academically inclined and they are in professions OTHER than cricket, have created a cricket heaven for themselves and their future generations.

    And when you compare this with the recent crowd turnout in the Pak vs Bangla T20 series, you can clearly feel the interest in cricket is greatly lost among Pakistani public. I mean, even BBL looks to have better crowd turnout.

    The question then is, why Pakistani public has lost so much interest in cricket?

    The answer is, we hardly have any Pakistani superstars and megastar cricketers in the international scene anymore.

    And this crazy fan following has also helped BCCI to tap on the business aspect of it, and earn billions of dollars. This gives BCCI a clear advantage on PCB.

    So, if PCB wants to attempt to fix this, they MUST start promoting a very well organized cricket at school level.

    Indian school level cricket is all where the magic starts to happen.

    PCB needs to cut the cost or pork barrel projects and the huge payroll, perks, lavish meetings etc for the 900+ employees, and invest in Jr. cricket.
    Train the kids and pick the top talent and turn them into international level megastars.


    Wentzville

    Good post but not sure what you want Pakistanis to do.

    Indian Americans are the richest ethnic group in the US.

    More money means more time for luxury and that includes sports coaching for their kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sin Nombre View Post
    Good post but not sure what you want Pakistanis to do.

    Indian Americans are the richest ethnic group in the US.

    More money means more time for luxury and that includes sports coaching for their kids.
    I am pretty sure there are plenty of rich Pakistanis in Usa settled there for a long time...do they have the same passion and enthusiasm. Itís not about money else Brazil would not have won a single world cup

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazam View Post
    I am pretty sure there are plenty of rich Pakistanis in Usa settled there for a long time...do they have the same passion and enthusiasm. It’s not about money else Brazil would not have won a single world cup
    Cricket is not a working class sport like football.

    You either need very high participation levels or money, ideally both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Indian cricket continues to thrive and improve.

    Their First-class system is robust and is producing world-class cricketers.

    At junior levels players are being developed and nurtured properly.

    Indian cricket is in a good place, what can the PCB and Pakistani cricket learn from the BCCI and Indian cricket?
    Not alot they both are useless boards if PCB wants to learn from the best then that is ACB


    Rudi is a useless umpire get rid off him plzzzzz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sin Nombre View Post
    Good post but not sure what you want Pakistanis to do.

    Indian Americans are the richest ethnic group in the US.

    More money means more time for luxury and that includes sports coaching for their kids.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sin Nombre View Post
    Cricket is not a working class sport like football.

    You either need very high participation levels or money, ideally both.

    So the point was to highlight the extremely high enthusiasm in Indians that IMO, is the driving force behind their success.
    It was my attempt to answer the OP. I may very well be wrong.

    But there are lots of Pakistani American physicians and Engineers and other professionals who live in the same neck of the woods. And really, they don't need to reinvent the wheel. They don't need to spend $1 million to buy the land and build their own cricket academy.

    So, money is not the question here, as I stated that the participation is open to all, and it doesn't cost a lot to get your kid in, yet there isn't a Pakistani American kid in these camps.

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    Put more money into FC domestic and give more money to make a bigger pool of players that don't need 2nd jobs to support their cricket.

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    I am so happy to see this. I live in nj and I see lot of groups playing cricket in lot of grounds. Cricket is an interesting game for Desi folks as they grow up with it. India is definitely doing its part by producing super talents and NRI’s are happy to encourage thier kids to enjoy the game with them. My nephew lives in U.K. loves cricket very much like his father and makes good analysis about the players and matches, though not interested to play. I tell my sister may be he will become a cricket analyst or a umpire. I wish Indians will become more into umpiring and other technical aspects.

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    Itís to do with community spirit as well.. where ever I have travelled there is always a Bengali,Punjabi or Gujarati community centre in the suburbs..where they celebrate their culture as well as organise sports events with community fundings.. participation levels are good as well. Do Pakistanis have the the same spirit when they settle abroad..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artaxerxes View Post
    Who cares?
    fans of Indian cricket and other countries world cricket which will benefit from this when they are playing India bilateral series.

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    One team gets rolled over in 2 innings defeats in Australia, the other team a year later secures back-to-back 2-1 series victories.

    Lot to learn it seems.

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    PCB runs by leeches, unprofessional, unskilled, bias, boastful and dull people. No way we can never learn anything from them unless we get rid of them.

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    Marketing.

    Enhancing your global image.

    Selling your product to its maximum capacity.

    PCB need to do a thorough research of what The BCCI was doing around the 2006/7 time in order to ensure that all the right steps are being taken outside of cricket and not just in cricket itself.

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    Sadly the PCB is twenty years too late. The steps they are taking with the domestic cricket structure, the high performance centres, the coaches, the broadcast deals etc the BCCI took in the last twenty years and it took them at least 10 plus years to start seeing results.

    The era of Ijaz Butt, Zaka Ashraf was truly a dark age where the PCB just sat idle and did nothing whereas, being content with the way things were whereas the rest of the world was moving forward. Only now is the PCB trying to catch up at a war footing but even now there are so many impediments to large scale reform

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    If you want to be like Australia, you cannot run your cricket like Zimbabwe - Greg Chappell after the 2007 World Cup exit of India.


    If there is a better batsman than Sachin then he hasn't arrived yet: Viv Richards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Marketing.

    Enhancing your global image.

    Selling your product to its maximum capacity.
    That all comes with a strong domestic market which Pakistan doesn't have. Even if the Pakistan cricket team was successful, sponsor, advertiser and broadcast strength over there isn't what it is in India. BCCI is earning a lot more more money.

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    Is there a actual cricket system in Pakistan?

    If there is, I am curious to know about it.

    For example, India has pace academies in place for years & are now reaping the rewards.

    Eng, Aus, Ind & others have professionally run cricket boards. The PCB on a whole looks very unprofessional in itís decision making.

    Discuss

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    Quote Originally Posted by in_cutter View Post
    If there is, I am curious to know about it.

    For example, India has pace academies in place for years & are now reaping the rewards.

    Eng, Aus, Ind & others have professionally run cricket boards. The PCB on a whole looks very unprofessional in itís decision making.

    Discuss
    These things cost money and requires time to show results

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    A tours to SENA countries. It seems that India have 52 first class games in last 10 Years. Certainly helps players like Gill, Sundar, Siraj and Pant in that transition to international cricket.

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    People here calling PCB unprofessional the at the same time whine about Wasim Khan and the measures he's brought in. He's done a lot to bring the PCB to the same planet as other boards.

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    The BCCI unlike the PCB is a very professional, rules and system oriented board. No one individual is bigger than the game. The PCB moved heaven and earth to bring Mohd Amir back to the team in 2015. If someone like Jaspit Bhumra or Mohd Shami had done what Amir did in 2010, it doesn't matter how good these two individuals were and how badly India needed them, they would never play for India again, even if the bowler on the bench was not good enough, the Indians would still pick an honest but less talented bowler over a talented tainted cheat.

    The Indian selectors are also very ruthless, performance oriented and do not shy away from making tough decisions. After the 2011 ODI WC win, the Indian selectors did not waste time to drop the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and co, the moment these players did not perform well for a series or two, its not just about performance alone, the moment the selectors saw that the player in question was not operating with the same effectiveness as before, they dropped him i.e. Zaheer Khan regardless of their past performances and contributions towards Indian Cricket. Similarly the selectors privately/forcefully retired the likes of Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly.

    In the Pakistani team in comparison, you will have selectors who will give the likes of Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq a huge long rope even if they have been failing for the last 2 years and have seen their averages dip from the low-high 40's to the high 30's. A bowler like Amir is persisted with even though he has not taken an ODI wicket for 10 consecutive matches. A bowler like Wahab Riaz retains his spot after performing in One game after Five. Yasir Shah is continously persisted with and played in SENA conditions inspite of his horrendous non improving SENA record. Sure one can argue that the PCB selectors have no choice because unlike India, Pakistan is not blessed with proven bench strength but this is why you have to make these tough choices and get new blood in. I can guarantee you that the likes of Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Amir, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah would have been dropped a long time ago had it been up to the BCCI selectors.

    There is no point in talking about the finances, revenue generation aspect and how the money earned was invested back in domestic cricket, academies, grass roots. The BCCI is well ahead there whereas the PCB was forced to live hand to mouth especially after 9/11 and more so after the Sri Lankan attacks in 2009 but there is no question that the PCB and Pakistan Cricket also suffered from the outdated, stagnant leadership of Ijaz Butt, Zaka Ashraf who basically adopted the attitude "Jaisa Chal raha hai, Waisa hee Chalnay do", both these chairmen's were out of their depth as far as running the affairs of a modern cricket board was concerned. It was only under Najam Sethi's leadership that the PCB started taking steps to modernize its ways, adopt out of the box thinking but unfortunately it was a good 10 years too late and the PCB didn't have the means, resources to launch the necessary reforms in one go. Even now, the likes of Ehsan Mani, Wasim Khan are not being able to do things at the warfooting they would like because of limited finances, Covid and the need to do things gradually rather than abruptly.

    As far as the players are concerned, i will only talk about the international players but apart from Babar Azam, it is clear the mast majority of the squad are very content with where they are, no one has the vision, desire to think big. For e.g. you never see Babar Azam go like i am satisified with my performance, i am the best batsman in the team, i have done it all, he is apparently always working hard in the nets, analyzing, watching his video tapes and seeing how he can keep getting better. In contrast, compare this to the likes of Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq who just make excuses and are satisfied with where they are and what they have achieved. When it is pointed out to Amir about his poor recent performances, his first defence mechanism is to comment on the ICC rankings and he skips the question on his recent 5-10 matches where he did squat.

    Contrast this to the attitude of the Indian players who you can tell are always working on their batting, bowling skills, fielding, fitness because they know how much money, fame they are going to be losing out on if they don't measure up and they know if they get dropped from the team, another person will take the chance with both hands and they won't get a look in again. In comparison you see Pakistani players like Haris Sohail, turning out lazy af and showing zero improvement at all and getting comfortable with their spots in the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    NO. In that case England would have won 9 World Cups & Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay combinedly may be one. And, most of African nations won’t have even qualified for WC.

    Finance definitely is an issue - but that doesn’t explain the decline. Yes, we can say with the political & financial reality AFGs can’t bevome a top 3 team in foreseeable future, because they have to built everything from scratch.

    The problem is somewhere else, for which finance indeed has a minor impact, but the core issue if far away from financials.
    Cricket in not Football.

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    Nothing Pakistan at this point in time are prioritizing LOI cricket specially T20 where India has the resources to prioritize all formats.

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    Prioritise 4-day cricket and nothing else.

    Ensure players are rewarded well for playing 4-day cricket.
    Ensure wickets are good.
    Ensure that players make themselves available for 4-day cricket.
    Ensure that players have no option but to prioritise 4-day cricket.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Prioritise 4-day cricket and nothing else.

    Ensure players are rewarded well for playing 4-day cricket.
    Ensure wickets are good.
    Ensure that players make themselves available for 4-day cricket.
    Ensure that players have no option but to prioritise 4-day cricket.
    Great points, just adding to your list:

    8-10 FC games for the Shaheens arranged every year
    Mohammad Yousuf and/or a batting coach like Gio Collusi, Gary Palmer working on the techniques of every U16, U19, and Shaheens player (similar to Dravid)
    Revival of city cricket
    Revival of club cricket
    Revival of school cricket

    Thatís what we can copy from the Indian system and maybe even do it better if weíre professional enough in the implementation.

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    IMO the single biggest thing to learn for the short-term is the focus on A level cricket.

    I think PCB has to be commended for the work they have done for domestic cricket recently. Pitches are good, matches are more competitive, FC cricket has exposure and you can actually watch it on TV which was never the case before. And the old perception of guys getting selected for T20 performances is not all that true. And for that I will give just one example:

    Pakistan, India, Australia and New Zealand all played the New Year's Test. can you guess which team had the highest cumulative FC appearances among players? Pakistan.

    This shows that guys are getting selected for FC performances. Problem is not enough A cricket which pits these up and coming players with the up and coming players of other countries and hence creates the closest scenario to international cricket, without actually being international cricket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Prioritise 4-day cricket and nothing else.

    Ensure players are rewarded well for playing 4-day cricket.
    Ensure wickets are good.
    Ensure that players make themselves available for 4-day cricket.
    Ensure that players have no option but to prioritise 4-day cricket.
    IMO the single biggest thing to learn for the short-term is the focus on A level cricket.

    I think PCB has to be commended for the work they have done for domestic cricket recently. Pitches are good, matches are more competitive, FC cricket has exposure and you can actually watch it on TV which was never the case before. And the old perception of guys getting selected for T20 performances is not all that true. And for that I will give just one example:

    Pakistan, India, Australia and New Zealand all played the New Year's Test. Can you guess which team had the highest aggregate FC appearances among players? Pakistan.

    This shows that guys are getting selected for FC performances. Problem is not enough A cricket which pits these up and coming players with the up and coming players of other countries and hence creates the closest scenario to international cricket, without actually being international cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedwoodOriginal View Post
    IMO the single biggest thing to learn for the short-term is the focus on A level cricket.

    I think PCB has to be commended for the work they have done for domestic cricket recently. Pitches are good, matches are more competitive, FC cricket has exposure and you can actually watch it on TV which was never the case before. And the old perception of guys getting selected for T20 performances is not all that true. And for that I will give just one example:

    Pakistan, India, Australia and New Zealand all played the New Year's Test. can you guess which team had the highest cumulative FC appearances among players? Pakistan.

    This shows that guys are getting selected for FC performances. Problem is not enough A cricket which pits these up and coming players with the up and coming players of other countries and hence creates the closest scenario to international cricket, without actually being international cricket.
    Good point also.

    'A' cricket was literally forgotten by the PCB before in more recent times it's been re-launched.

    I remember asking a former PCB Chairman why they weren't organising more 'A' tours to places like England, Australia, South Africa and NZ - his reply "it costs too much".



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    PCB need to learn to invest for the long team and stop listening to misguided media and fans who want constant change to find the silver bullet.

    These is no silver bullet but acceptance of the fact what we well perform badly before a stable and confident team emerges. Learn to lose in the short term but give a fair chance for players and coaching teams to find their place and roles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedwoodOriginal View Post
    IMO the single biggest thing to learn for the short-term is the focus on A level cricket.

    I think PCB has to be commended for the work they have done for domestic cricket recently. Pitches are good, matches are more competitive, FC cricket has exposure and you can actually watch it on TV which was never the case before. And the old perception of guys getting selected for T20 performances is not all that true. And for that I will give just one example:

    Pakistan, India, Australia and New Zealand all played the New Year's Test. Can you guess which team had the highest aggregate FC appearances among players? Pakistan.

    This shows that guys are getting selected for FC performances. Problem is not enough A cricket which pits these up and coming players with the up and coming players of other countries and hence creates the closest scenario to international cricket, without actually being international cricket.
    True. Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj were picked after their consistent performances for India 'A'. They both had already been doing well in first class cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Good point also.

    'A' cricket was literally forgotten by the PCB before in more recent times it's been re-launched.

    I remember asking a former PCB Chairman why they weren't organising more 'A' tours to places like England, Australia, South Africa and NZ - his reply "it costs too much".
    Can you send a similar message to Wasim Khan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by USofA View Post
    BCCI is good at pushing for better deals on all avenues of revenue. This $46 million is small change when compared to the $2 billion IPL or the $1 billion international broadcast deals. But they still make the effort to squeeze better deals no matter how small the avenue of revenue.
    It is not only about pushing the boundary for maximizing the revenue but investing it wisely, both in the cricketing infrastructure and remunerating the players and rewarding them aptly based on their performance, keeping them motivated and encouraging the young ones to look at Cricket as a career option even at grassroots level.

    PCB, even with its limited revenue can do much better provided the corruption and the "you scratch my back & I scratch yours" mentality is weaned off. I don't think youngsters in Pakistan see Cricket as a career unless they are playing at the highest level and in order to get there will take any shortcuts, by choice or with support from like minded administrators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedwoodOriginal View Post
    IMO the single biggest thing to learn for the short-term is the focus on A level cricket.

    I think PCB has to be commended for the work they have done for domestic cricket recently. Pitches are good, matches are more competitive, FC cricket has exposure and you can actually watch it on TV which was never the case before. And the old perception of guys getting selected for T20 performances is not all that true. And for that I will give just one example:

    Pakistan, India, Australia and New Zealand all played the New Year's Test. Can you guess which team had the highest aggregate FC appearances among players? Pakistan.

    This shows that guys are getting selected for FC performances. Problem is not enough A cricket which pits these up and coming players with the up and coming players of other countries and hence creates the closest scenario to international cricket, without actually being international cricket.
    also pak ends up in this silly predicament where fringe national selections tour with the main squad, and consequently miss out huge chunks of the first class season.

    what did hussain talat and amad butt gain form touring new zealand?

    proper A cricket is must, at least 6 to 8 first class games that do not conflict with the qae first class season.

    ideally pak should have one home, and one away A series tour with 3 first class games per series a year minimum.

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    how about a split organization (or sub org).

    1. PCB Current - focus on national team, A team, and current domestic teams, selection, coach, grounds, PSL, etc.

    Their main focus should be to optimize the performance level of current international team (take us from 7th/8th to 4th/5th as best as they can), and generate more and more revenue through it to feed the PCB future org investments (e.g. through PSL, TV rights, etc.)

    2. PCB Future - focus on Schools, Club, City, U 16 , U 19 team, Academies, etc.

    PCB Future org provided vision/direction/funding/infra/coaching to produce the next set of 30-50 players that will be top class players in the next 3-10 years. For that special plans have to be made and executed over long-term.
    Things like camps for coaching the coaches of school/club level, so they can impart proper coaching to next level talent.
    Reviving proper school/club games, potentially even televising some of the key games like playoffs, or using automation/AI to generate match reports for key games that promote visibility and recognition for key performers.
    Creating environments/programs where there can be a potential future for athletes that don't have to choose the "education/regular career" path vs one in a million "international player or no career" path. e.g. through sports scholarships, or through boarding schools which take and groom 200-300 kids on 2-3 major sports e.g. squash, hockey, cricket, while still giving them good education with skills (base IT skills for e.g.) to have multiple career options or with the proper coaching/facilities out of each batch of 100 , at least 20-30 feed the regular domestic teams, u19 teams, etc.

    These are just few ideas, and i have no expertise in cricket beyond interest as a fan and playing at club level. To me the key is in taking real strategic measures and a long-term approach to developing the capability gap we have today to overcome it in 3-5 years from now. This is a standard approach that works in most corporate world scenarios.

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