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    Should National T20 Cup be double round robin on a permanent basis?

    Listening to Nadeem Khan and also some players who played in National T20, the double round robin format was really appreciated.

    Nadeem Khan said that it allowed players to play their natural game from the start while in single round robin sometimes they had to be bit more conservative sometimes due to the limited opportunities. It also allowed young players to get many more opportunities to express themselves against some top players and that is how domestic cricket supposed to be I think.

    What do you guys think? Also can the National one day cup be played in the similar format or it will be too much to replicate in 50 overs cricket and single round robin is enough for that?

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    Yes. Same with Pakistan Cup.

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    I personally feel that this is a good idea however the ODI tournament should always have the double robin format so that the ODI cricket is also developed. We have to remember that PSL also has 6 teams with double robin format so if the domestic calendar has ample space aftet the double robin ODI tournament, PSL and Quaid-e-Azam trophy then they should make it permanent.

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    Changes For Next National T20 Cup?

    I feel this was a great tournament and the standard apart from fielding was great. The double league format allowed teams to give chances to youngsters. However i feel to further improve the tournament i would like the following changes for next year:

    1) Every team should have an emerging player like PSL

    2) At least 6 players or majority must belong to the region which they represent as this will increase intensity and rivalry

    3) An award for highest strike rate of the tournament

    4) Highest position in the table should have a second bite at the cherry like PSL Robin round

    5) Have speed guns and an award for fastest delivery bowled 🔥

    6) If possible have home and away system and work on stadiums

    @Saj Can you send suggestions to Wasim Khan?
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    Add your suggestions in this thread and I will send them to Wasim Khan.



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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    Yes. Same with Pakistan Cup.
    Quote Originally Posted by DandyFellow View Post
    I personally feel that this is a good idea however the ODI tournament should always have the double robin format so that the ODI cricket is also developed. We have to remember that PSL also has 6 teams with double robin format so if the domestic calendar has ample space aftet the double robin ODI tournament, PSL and Quaid-e-Azam trophy then they should make it permanent.
    I also think good amount of List A (50 overs) cricket is required. One thing to consider is that Pakistan Cup in double round robin format will require much longer period and part of the calendar as it will not be possible for players to play so many consecutive games which is possible in T20 cricket and also not possible to organize to many double headers. However, if PCB can give it enough part in the calendar than double round robin will be pretty good.
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    Yes I think all the domestic competitions should be double round robin.

    You get a better sense of who the most consistent performers are over 10-12 matches and it gives a chance for coaches to test bench strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    I also think good amount of List A (50 overs) cricket is required. One thing to consider is that Pakistan Cup in double round robin format will require much longer period and part of the calendar as it will not be possible for players to play so many consecutive games which is possible in T20 cricket and also not possible to organize to many double headers. However, if PCB can give it enough part in the calendar than double round robin will be pretty good.
    Pakistan Cup should be in April, where the rest of the world is playing IPL, so I don't think length of the tournament is really an issue, as it will definitely be shorter than the IPL which is like 7 weeks.

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    Some good suggestions. For the 2nd point, I think quite a few regions already had around 6 players from their region, for some regions like Balcoshitan it might no be possible to have 6 players from the region currently (The had 3-4 I guess in the squad). For no 6, logistics can be a problem in such a fast tournament with so many double headers.

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    Broadcasting quality needs to be psl level. More in depth camera work, Hawkeye, ball tracking, speed guns, on field commentary. Better seasoned commentators like Aamir Sohail should be bought into the fold as well

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    Broadcast quality and graphics need to improve quite a bit.
    And plz have proper Urdu commentators. There's no point of having Urdu commentary if they're gonna say stuff like "good field placements" etc. Try to make playing kits look decent. They're really dull atm with all sorts of colour clashes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Broadcasting quality needs to be psl level. More in depth camera work, Hawkeye, ball tracking, speed guns, on field commentary. Better seasoned commentators like Aamir Sohail should be bought into the fold as well
    Bruh nowhere in the world are there Hawkeye, DRS, and speed guns for a domestic tournament. You're expecting too much.

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    Balance the teams. KPK was loaded with international players. It was not fair.

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    I watched the youtube pcb stream which no doubt improved over time apart from disappearing some times. No idea what happened to PTV official stream as it was saying subscribe to cricwick not sure if its been hacked or if that was legitamate.

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    Instead of best keeper award have young emerging player or best young player.have speed guns

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    Also having live stream that's only couple balls behind and not 1.2 balls behind

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    For me the key ones would be:

    Tournament and cricketing aspects

    1) Both National T20 and Pakistan Cup should be double round robin.

    2) National T20 should definitely have playoffs like PSL rather than semis leading upto final so that table topper can get well deserved two opportunities in this unpredictable format.

    3) There should be atleast one nutritionist (I think there is lack of emphasis) involved with all the 6 regions. As all the players will be spending a long time with their teams it would be the key to guide them during that time and also provide them recommendation for the off time.

    4) There should be fielding coaches with the teams too. Ideally a batting and bowling coach as well (Unless one or both areas are expertise of Head and assistant coach)

    5) There should be some recognition and maybe financial reward for the coach who produces most debutants for National team in one cricketing season

    6) Some young and upcoming international coaches can be invited to intern and get experience in Pakistan's domestic structure

    7) One top U19 regional performer for each region can be invited to the dressing room for few matches so he can experience that rush and intensity at the top level


    Commercial and Broadcasting aspects


    1) There should definitely be speed guns involved (If PCB is doing the production they can probably do one time investment and buy the equipment) as it adds a lot to the value.

    2) From commercial and broadcasting angle all 4s and 6s can be sponsored and can have something like the truck in PSL

    3) There can be sponsored mini games around the field just like in PSL (When crowds are allowed)

    4) DRS and Hawkeye can be introduced if possible (Both the things can have sponsors)

    5) Discussions should be held with PTV so that they can produce the HD output which PTV is producing

    6) There can be official live screening of some matches on screens in some markets and malls

    7) There should be more aspects of the cities where the tournaments take place should be shown including the tourism as well as food
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Add your suggestions in this thread and I will send them to Wasim Khan.
    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ataullah View Post
    I feel this was a great tournament and the standard apart from fielding was great. The double league format allowed teams to give chances to youngsters. However i feel to further improve the tournament i would like the following changes for next year:

    1) Every team should have an emerging player like PSL

    2) At least 6 players or majority must belong to the region which they represent as this will increase intensity and rivalry

    3) An award for highest strike rate of the tournament

    4) Highest position in the table should have a second bite at the cherry like PSL Robin round

    5) Have speed guns and an award for fastest delivery bowled 🔥

    6) If possible have home and away system and work on stadiums

    @Saj Can you send suggestions to Wasim Khan?
    Following on from some really good suggestions here, I'd have the following:

    a) Atleast two emerging players in the line up and three in the squad. The emerging player is defined as somebody who hasn't played for Pakistan and is under 24. Also, there should be substantive evidence to back their selection, to reduce favouritism.

    b) Have a separate 'Fielding points table'. The first in this separate table gets two points and the second one point. The points are awarded for percentage of chances taken, for direct hits in tight runs, for run outs on tight runs and also for boundaries saved. Use prize money to incentive good fielding. Money plus points will make coaches prioritise fielding.

    c) Have a strong directive to give priority to white ball specialists over test specialists (e.g. Asad Shafiq).

    d) Incentivise better fitness levels by having teams do period fitness tests and get rewarded for minimum average squad fitness.

    e) Review the commentary team to see who fits best.

    f) Consider having an 'All Star' game day ahead of the playoffs. E.g. Punjab Vs Rest of Pakistan. The two most successful coaches in the league format can pick their teams based on the best players from three teams each. Side competitions like fasted bowl competition (avg over three deliveries) can be done, along with a six hitting competition. This works better when crowds are there plus can also be used for the PSL.

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    There were lots of umpiring howlers and blunders. I think 3rd Umpire should be involved more and every team should be given chances for reviews.

    Fielding standards were at best not upto first class standard. Teams with substandard fielding should be penalised.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Add your suggestions in this thread and I will send them to Wasim Khan.
    Thatís fantastic. If possible Iíd like to see the following:
    1. Upgrade in technology (speed guns, at the very least, and if possible then ball tracker, DRS as a few umpiring decisions were a little fishy and batsmen really looked like they wanted to review).

    2. The suggestions I made on another thread with regards to fielding, particularly a fielder of the match award (not just fielder of the tournament) to incentivize better performances. I also think there is scope for partnerships with gyms/fitness centers across the country, one for each of the 6 regions, where PCB exchanges free marketing on player t-shirts in return for their top fitness coaches.

    3. Ramp up the commercial aspect with ads on YouTube, in addition to potential licensing deals with Willow/CricketGateway etc. The number of viewers for a domestic tournament was phenomenal and this can translate to increased revenue sums for the PCB.

    4. Not sure if the winning coach is financially rewarded. If not, would like to see them given a reward.

    What went right this year:
    1. Keep the two-leg system where all the teams are in the same place as it allows double headers every day - this increased the intensity of the format a lot and the fast-paced nature really built momentum for the tournament. Also seems like players bonded really well. This is preferable to a home/away system as that means more time traveling and less time working on your game.

    2. Keep the scheduling such that the second XI tournament happens simultaneous to the first leg, and players can then be called up during the first XI mid-season break - this adds excitement and novelty to the second half, and reinforces the self-correcting nature of the system.

    3. Commentators Tariq Saeed and Sikandar Bakht were fantastic. Sana Mir was a gem.
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    1. Improve production quality, simple things like choosing different colors for run rate and Manhattan charts instead of two shades of green for both teams
    2. Some type of limit or requirement of increased lower age team members
    3. Some kind of draft approach that better balances teams. E.g. northern and kp were loaded with pak intl team experienced players as opposed to cp sp baluchistan and sind.
    4. Make full recordings available after live stream ends. One had to wait for highlights for long time on YouTube.
    5. Consider 1 foreign commentater if possible, anyone like even Pommie Mbangwa, Kumar Sangakara, or others. Perhaps for second round and finals.
    6. Mandatory fitness, fielding and catching camp for all first, second xi and under 19 players. Can be done on rotational basis one week per team. Maybe even invite and pay someone like Steve Rixon, Jonty or whomever we can afford for couple of those days to teach the right techniques and also train the trainer to train our coaches, etc.
    7. Better monitoring of over rates, Wasim was really highlighting this as a big difference. It also reflects poor fitness standards.
    8. Introduce additional awards, like best emerging batsman and bowler can only be given to someone not yet played in national team or maybe under 5 games played. Also highest impact player calculated by product of average and strike rate
    Positives:
    1. Overall very impressive tournament, can't recall when was last time I followed one of our domestic tournaments so closely
    2. Must continue live stream on YouTube
    3. Sana and Marina were good additions
    4. Logistics seemed well managed
    5. The optio. To select from 2nd xi after rou d 1 was good must be persisted. Maybe even a trade option
    6. Pitches were overall very good and credit to ground men for managing them greatly for such busy scheduling. They should be rewarded.
    7. Good to see some of the performances having better hitting ability, more power hitting than we may have seen in the past, also some more players playing ramp shots, reverse sweeps.
    8. Good mix of experience and youth to provide support and mentoring. Better than before.

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    Bring in the technology like DRS

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    Please please please, get some actual commentators. Surely there are some young guys from radio industries who are confident, have great vocal chords, and can have interesting banter and commentary.

    Why does it have to be former players who have never mastered english or even urdu??

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    Some of these expectations are absurd. No country has DRS or a speed gun in their domestic tournaments.

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    Allow each team to have a 1 or 2 guest player from other countries.

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    The fielding was awful and when I say awful, I am being generous. So my suggestion is that for the betterment of PK cricket that each player is given a rating for runs saved and misfielded. A table will reward and shame the good and bad fielders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellipsism View Post
    Some of these expectations are absurd. No country has DRS or a speed gun in their domestic tournaments.
    They do in the UK.

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    This irrelevant tourney should be held when senior team is on international duty so more youngsters get a chance this tourney also meant the 4 day competition starts 3 weeks later with many test stars missing out on action due to being involved in zim series

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellipsism View Post
    Some of these expectations are absurd. No country has DRS or a speed gun in their domestic tournaments.
    Well I m for the technology. That LBW against Talat (not given off Imran Khan Sr) almost cost KPK the championship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Add your suggestions in this thread and I will send them to Wasim Khan.
    Please keep boundaries at minimum of 80 or 85 meters

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    1. Boundaries to be slightly bigger, please no top edges sixes.

    2. Production was excellent but Rawalpindi ground looked in bad shape. please better outfield so players could actually dive.

    3. pitches looked cemented. please please better pitches with extra bounce.

    otherwise the tournament was great.. First time I followed any domestic tournament so close. please tell Wasim Khan it was job well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xoib View Post
    This irrelevant tourney should be held when senior team is on international duty so more youngsters get a chance this tourney also meant the 4 day competition starts 3 weeks later with many test stars missing out on action due to being involved in zim series
    This 'irrelevant' tournament is how selectors can gauge whose ready for international and A team call ups. And that can only happen if youngsters play against international players . The tournament also needs to be played at the same time every year to build s brand and fan base. So no, not 'irrelevant' at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asifp View Post
    Balance the teams. KPK was loaded with international players. It was not fair.
    So players should not play for their regions even if they are from there just because the teams are unbalanced? Hope this doesn't happen.

    I'm genuinely curious as to how you think teams are unfair when they are playing for their own province. It's a regional tournament and therefore increases competitiveness too. Will ruin the entire point of a regional domestic T20 competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellipsism View Post
    Some of these expectations are absurd. No country has DRS or a speed gun in their domestic tournaments.
    They actually do in county, but even looking beyond that, why canít we look one step beyond? Clearly the PCB are commercializing this tournament, and having speed guns is one of the best investments you can make from a marketing point of view. You will routinely get speeds of 150+ between Rauf, Naseem, Wahab, and Hasnain.

    This adds to brand development, both of the players and of the tournament. The marketing team can then cash in with interviews done with each of these players and that will attract letís say 10% more eyeballs than before. Further, it will give more credence to the tournament as a whole even to non-Pakistanis. Pace is pace, and everyone wants to watch good pace.

    Speed guns are actually one of the most cost effective investments PCB can make right now.

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    Please let's avoid too much tinkering with the format or introduce PSL style gimmicks. This is not franchise cricket.

    I love that the players are mostly playing for their local regions so let's not go down the road of drafts. This was a great tournament that needs only minor tweaks:

    1) Push the boundaries as far back as possible - on those big Indian and Australian grounds at the WT20 top edges won't be flying for six.

    2) PCB needs to urgently review the fielding standards because it was schoolboy standard. Introduce a best fielder prize and ensure NHPC are overseeing the domestic fielding coaching.

    3) Ensure the YouTube stream is available at the start of matches and is a live broadcast not a delayed one, otherwise overseas viewers cannot tune in. The graphic fonts weren't always easy to read.

    Otherwise don't fix what's not broken !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    They actually do in county, but even looking beyond that, why canít we look one step beyond? Clearly the PCB are commercializing this tournament, and having speed guns is one of the best investments you can make from a marketing point of view. You will routinely get speeds of 150+ between Rauf, Naseem, Wahab, and Hasnain.

    This adds to brand development, both of the players and of the tournament. The marketing team can then cash in with interviews done with each of these players and that will attract letís say 10% more eyeballs than before. Further, it will give more credence to the tournament as a whole even to non-Pakistanis. Pace is pace, and everyone wants to watch good pace.

    Speed guns are actually one of the most cost effective investments PCB can make right now.
    And assuming that the speed guns used in the PSL are PCB property, it's just a case of reusing your own property!

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    Use regular sized boundaries , halc of the sixes would be caught out.

    Spread out the tournament even more , make use of sialkot ground. The hub of sports good manufacturing in pakistan.


    It is either a heartache or a headache ..Argh relationships.

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    The boundaries should have been slightly bigger, minimum 70 meters

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    @Saj if u can ask regarding renovation of Arbab Niaz Stadium Peshawer. Work stopped recently due to lack of funds. Will it be ready for next PSL?
    Why are seats not installed in Rawalpindi stadium?
    Are other stadiums going to be upgraded and if yes which ones?
    Thanks

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    Bigger boundaries.
    No club cricketers as skippers like Saad Nasim.
    Better Outfield the Pindi one was awful no wonder our fielding doesn't improve. Another Rumman Raees incident is waiting to happen there.
    Better commentary was awful listening to Sikandar bhakt and the ladies along with Sheazar mohammed. Forgot about Wasim Akram the guy was an embarrassment seemed like he didn't want to be there and then his evil eye took out Akif Javed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellipsism View Post
    Some of these expectations are absurd. No country has DRS or a speed gun in their domestic tournaments.
    Some National T20 cup editions had speed guns previously. There have been speed guns in Vitality T20 blast as well as white ball competition of 6 domestic SA franchises and these are the only ones I have seen in recent times which I can remember. I think there would many many more examples in other domestic setups as well.

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    As speed guns are under discussion. This is national T20 cup from 2012 on some deliveries.

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    It was a much better tournament than usual - May be in future they should enforce teams to reduce average age. However, age is something I am losing interest for PAK cricket - being youngsta beauty shouldnít give one some extra privilege- at the end of the day I saw a T20 tournament where the oldest team won, the best player is almost 31, officially ... the MoTFinal is a guy almost 40, again officially. And the other team that made the Final against all odds was brought there by a 33 years old PAK discard, then by a 31 years old captain who isnít even considered for LO squads. PAK youngsters also has a responsibility to keep their stake higher. Being young gives an opportunity to learn & demand; itís not a privilege for some entitlement. Apart from Shaheen ....... not sure if rest showed more talent or numbers.

    Coming to the PAK Cup, which I believe is much more important that this PSL audition cup and it must be arranged double league so that players have enough games under their belt.

    Only issue is that itíll take longer to arrange double league List A tournament than PCBís likings and PAK players might miss the royal events at UAE T10, Hong Kong Sixers, Toronto summer trip, KL five a side .... even Uganda blast ....

    It can be managed though in few ways, but at the end, they canít put two games everyday for two weeks.... thereíll be multiple games in a single day & there will be gaps after every round - so no game in every day. Otherwise, itís possible to arrange that tournament with 6 teams in double league in 23 days.

    6 teams 30 games in three different venues, each playing 10 - thatís 10 rounds. Three games a day, followed by one rest day needs 19 days for 10 rounds - SFs on 21st day, Final on 23rd. If they want to give players a little more rest, may be 2 days rest in 6 rounds, making it 29 days. If they want 2 days gap in every round & KO, it takes 35 days.

    If they want to keep one game every day, still possible in 35 days, with minimum one day break between back to back games for every team. 30 games in 30 days, SF on 33rd, Final on 35th.

    Best is probably 2 games a day with one Day (9am start) & one D/N (3pm start) schedule. That gives almost 14 hours of non stop cricket and fans missing very little for over lapped games - in any case theyíll watch it on tv mostly. That takes about 29 days to complete league stage, then 6 days for KOs, this time two SF in two days - 32nd & 33rd day; Final on 35th or 36th day from time zero.

    The amount of time & importance PCB gives to National T20, if they give a fraction of that for the premium List A tournament of domestic season, PAKís ODI show will improve. Last I recall, for the audition of 2015, PAK cup was arranged three weeks before the cutoff date for finalising squad ..... and players travelled via bus/train and stayed in academy hostel or some thing.... not to mention the quality of wickets or broadcast. I hope, this time itíll be better, at least Aga Zahid is relieved of his pain.

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    Thanks for all the ideas.

    I've sent them to Wasim Khan today.



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    Dear Saj

    Many thanks for taking the time to collate the below feedback on the NT20.

    I have copied in our domestic and commercial teams into this.

    Many of the areas are already being covered or we have plans to. This was our first season with this, at this scale of broadcasting and logistics.

    Thanks again.

    Best wishes

    Wasim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Dear Saj

    Many thanks for taking the time to collate the below feedback on the NT20.

    I have copied in our domestic and commercial teams into this.

    Many of the areas are already being covered or we have plans to. This was our first season with this, at this scale of broadcasting and logistics.

    Thanks again.

    Best wishes

    Wasim
    Congrats, and keep shining.


    Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Dear Saj

    Many thanks for taking the time to collate the below feedback on the NT20.

    I have copied in our domestic and commercial teams into this.

    Many of the areas are already being covered or we have plans to. This was our first season with this, at this scale of broadcasting and logistics.

    Thanks again.

    Best wishes

    Wasim
    Great work @Saj Can u post the email you sent to Wasim Khan also?

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    Fantastic, thank you Saj bhai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Dear Saj

    Many thanks for taking the time to collate the below feedback on the NT20.

    I have copied in our domestic and commercial teams into this.

    Many of the areas are already being covered or we have plans to. This was our first season with this, at this scale of broadcasting and logistics.

    Thanks again.

    Best wishes

    Wasim
    Keep the good work up

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    Quote Originally Posted by ataullah View Post
    Great work @Saj Can u post the email you sent to Wasim Khan also?
    Hi Wasim

    Our readers always like to provide ideas and suggestions for domestic tournaments. I've collated them for future National T20 Cups and thought I would send them through to you.

    Of course I appreciate that some of them might already be in your plans and others might not be possible.

    Hope the list is of some use to you and your colleagues.

    Regards

    Saj

    Format of tournament/All star games

    1. National T20 Cup be double round robin on a permanent basis
    2. National T20 should have playoffs like PSL rather than semis leading up to a final so that table topper can get well deserved two opportunities in this unpredictable format.
    3. If possible, have home and away system and work on stadiums
    4. Consider having an ‘All Star’ game day ahead of the playoffs. E.g. Punjab Vs Rest of Pakistan. The two most successful coaches in the league format can pick their teams based on the best players from three teams each.
    5. Side competitions like fastest ball competition (avg over three deliveries) can be done, along with a six-hitting competition. This works better when crowds are there plus can also be used for the PSL.
    6. Keep the scheduling such that the second XI tournament happens simultaneous to the first leg, and players can then be called up during the first XI mid-season break - this adds excitement and novelty to the second half, and reinforces the self-correcting nature of the system.


    Pitches/Boundaries/Ground Quality

    1. Push the boundaries as far back as possible - on those big Indian and Australian grounds at the WT20 top edges won’t be flying for six
    2. Rawalpindi ground looked in bad shape - better outfield needed so players could actually dive.
    3. Pitches looked cemented. Better pitches with extra bounce needed.


    Awards

    1. There should be some recognition and maybe financial reward for the coach who produces most debutants for National team in one cricketing season
    2. Have speed guns and an award for fastest delivery bowled
    3. An award for highest strike rate of the tournament
    4. Award for best coach


    Fielding standards

    Have a separate ‘Fielding points table’. The first in this separate table gets two points and the second one point. The points are awarded for percentage of chances taken, for direct hits in tight runs, for run outs on tight runs and also for boundaries saved. Use prize money to incentive good fielding as money plus points will make coaches prioritise fielding.


    Fitness of players

    1. Incentivise better fitness levels by having teams do period fitness tests and get rewarded for minimum average squad fitness.



    Team Selection/Coaching

    1. Have a strong directive to give priority to white-ball specialists over Test specialists for Nat T20
    2. At least two emerging players in the line-up and three in the squad. The emerging player is defined as somebody who hasn’t played for Pakistan and is under 24. Also, there should be substantive evidence to back their selection, to reduce favouritism.
    3. At least 6 players or majority must belong to the region which they represent as this will increase intensity and rivalry
    4. There should be at least one nutritionist involved with all the 6 regions. As all the players will be spending a long time with their teams it would be the key to guide them during that time and also provide them recommendations for the off time.
    5. There should be fielding coaches with the teams too. Ideally a batting and bowling coach as well (Unless one or both areas are expertise of Head and assistant coach)
    6. Some young and upcoming international coaches can be invited to intern and get experience in Pakistan’s domestic structure
    7. One top U19 regional performer for each region can be invited to the dressing room for few matches so he can experience that rush and intensity at the top level


    Broadcast Related

    1. Broadcasting quality needs to be PSL level - more in-depth camera work, DRS, Hawkeye, ball tracking, speed guns, on-field commentary. Better graphics and fonts needed.
    2. Better seasoned commentators like Aamir Sohail should be bought into the fold as well
    3. Better quality Urdu commentators who provide real insight
    4. Commercial and Broadcasting aspects
    5. From commercial and broadcasting angle all 4s and 6s can be sponsored and can have something like the truck in PSL
    6. There can be sponsored mini-games around the field just like in PSL (When crowds are allowed)
    7. There can be official live screening of some matches on screens in some markets and malls
    8. There should be more aspects of the cities where the tournaments take place should be shown including tourism as well as food
    9. Ensure the YouTube stream is available at the start of matches and is a live broadcast rather than delayed.



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    Amazing list and suggestions all round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Hi Wasim

    Our readers always like to provide ideas and suggestions for domestic tournaments. I've collated them for future National T20 Cups and thought I would send them through to you.

    Of course I appreciate that some of them might already be in your plans and others might not be possible.

    Hope the list is of some use to you and your colleagues.

    Regards

    Saj

    Format of tournament/All star games

    1. National T20 Cup be double round robin on a permanent basis
    2. National T20 should have playoffs like PSL rather than semis leading up to a final so that table topper can get well deserved two opportunities in this unpredictable format.
    3. If possible, have home and away system and work on stadiums
    4. Consider having an ‘All Star’ game day ahead of the playoffs. E.g. Punjab Vs Rest of Pakistan. The two most successful coaches in the league format can pick their teams based on the best players from three teams each.
    5. Side competitions like fastest ball competition (avg over three deliveries) can be done, along with a six-hitting competition. This works better when crowds are there plus can also be used for the PSL.
    6. Keep the scheduling such that the second XI tournament happens simultaneous to the first leg, and players can then be called up during the first XI mid-season break - this adds excitement and novelty to the second half, and reinforces the self-correcting nature of the system.


    Pitches/Boundaries/Ground Quality

    1. Push the boundaries as far back as possible - on those big Indian and Australian grounds at the WT20 top edges won’t be flying for six
    2. Rawalpindi ground looked in bad shape - better outfield needed so players could actually dive.
    3. Pitches looked cemented. Better pitches with extra bounce needed.


    Awards

    1. There should be some recognition and maybe financial reward for the coach who produces most debutants for National team in one cricketing season
    2. Have speed guns and an award for fastest delivery bowled
    3. An award for highest strike rate of the tournament
    4. Award for best coach


    Fielding standards

    Have a separate ‘Fielding points table’. The first in this separate table gets two points and the second one point. The points are awarded for percentage of chances taken, for direct hits in tight runs, for run outs on tight runs and also for boundaries saved. Use prize money to incentive good fielding as money plus points will make coaches prioritise fielding.


    Fitness of players

    1. Incentivise better fitness levels by having teams do period fitness tests and get rewarded for minimum average squad fitness.



    Team Selection/Coaching

    1. Have a strong directive to give priority to white-ball specialists over Test specialists for Nat T20
    2. At least two emerging players in the line-up and three in the squad. The emerging player is defined as somebody who hasn’t played for Pakistan and is under 24. Also, there should be substantive evidence to back their selection, to reduce favouritism.
    3. At least 6 players or majority must belong to the region which they represent as this will increase intensity and rivalry
    4. There should be at least one nutritionist involved with all the 6 regions. As all the players will be spending a long time with their teams it would be the key to guide them during that time and also provide them recommendations for the off time.
    5. There should be fielding coaches with the teams too. Ideally a batting and bowling coach as well (Unless one or both areas are expertise of Head and assistant coach)
    6. Some young and upcoming international coaches can be invited to intern and get experience in Pakistan’s domestic structure
    7. One top U19 regional performer for each region can be invited to the dressing room for few matches so he can experience that rush and intensity at the top level


    Broadcast Related

    1. Broadcasting quality needs to be PSL level - more in-depth camera work, DRS, Hawkeye, ball tracking, speed guns, on-field commentary. Better graphics and fonts needed.
    2. Better seasoned commentators like Aamir Sohail should be bought into the fold as well
    3. Better quality Urdu commentators who provide real insight
    4. Commercial and Broadcasting aspects
    5. From commercial and broadcasting angle all 4s and 6s can be sponsored and can have something like the truck in PSL
    6. There can be sponsored mini-games around the field just like in PSL (When crowds are allowed)
    7. There can be official live screening of some matches on screens in some markets and malls
    8. There should be more aspects of the cities where the tournaments take place should be shown including tourism as well as food
    9. Ensure the YouTube stream is available at the start of matches and is a live broadcast rather than delayed.
    Much appreciated for forwarding these constructive suggestions brother. It's nice to see that fans, perhaps the most important stakeholders in the game, have a voice with this PCB regime

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    Great list of suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingOfPakBreakfast View Post
    Much appreciated for forwarding these constructive suggestions brother. It's nice to see that fans, perhaps the most important stakeholders in the game, have a voice with this PCB regime
    Absolutely.

    Any ideas, suggestions, comments, do keep them coming.



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    This is pretty cool.

    The BCCI boneheads won't respond to any email.


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