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    PJL 2022 - Pakistan set to launch world's first international cricket league for juniors

    The soft launch of the Pakistan Junior League (PJL) took place today when the Pakistan Cricket Board released the Request for Expressions of Interest for various available rights relating to the Twenty20 competition, which is scheduled for October this year.

    The PCB is requesting expression of interests from the interested parties for the following rights:

    i) Title Sponsorship
    ii) Live-Streaming
    iii) Category Sponsorships
    iv) Team Franchises


    PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja: “I am thrilled and excited that after days of hard work and planning, we have today released the Expression of Interest document for the Pakistan Junior League, the first-ever international league of its kind in the world, the first edition of which we plan to organise this year in October.

    “This will be a city-based league with players to be selected through a draft system involving international age-group cricketers. The PCB will create an environment of brilliance with legends and icons of this game sitting in player dug-outs in the roles of mentors and coaches, and broadcast coverage from the top draw.

    “A young apprentice can be moulded into a genius with right environment, which we intend to create in this format.

    “The PJL integrates very nicely with the PCB Junior Pathways Programme in which the PCB, through strategic partnerships, have provided contracts to 100 best cricketers who will now receive coaching from foreign experts, education at five-star institutions and monthly stipends of PKR30K each.

    “Initiatives like the PJL are all about creating opportunities for cricketers, identifying the talent, nurturing them into world-class players and closing the gap between domestic and international cricket.”


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    Will this work? Smart idea or a gimmick? Will this provide an input to PSL's emerging category?


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    Why is there an obsession with T20 cricket in Pakistan.

    Other formats seem to be there just to make up the numbers.

    Priorities need to change.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Why is there an obsession with T20 cricket in Pakistan.

    Other formats seem to be there just to make up the numbers.

    Priorities need to change.
    That is where the world is heading Saj. Unfortunately the future of cricket is T20.

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    It feels like a gimmick to me.

    All the best though.
    Last edited by sweep_shot; 16th April 2022 at 02:00.


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    Streaming and sponsorships will give an opportunity to eye early talent. Pakistan desperately need youngsters to come through so some extra exposure to youth level cricket can only be a good thing imo.

    The biggest problem is you are going to have 19 year olds masquerading as U-15's which makes life much more difficult for selectors, talent spotters and the legitimacy of the tournament as a whole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Why is there an obsession with T20 cricket in Pakistan.

    Other formats seem to be there just to make up the numbers.

    Priorities need to change.
    Test cricket will unfortunately die one day or become a 3 team cup played by the big 3.

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    I dont understand why anyone would want to invest in a project like this. Especially when you will only be able to keep your talented players for a year or so before they move on.

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    To be honest, U19 cricket is very boring. You have unpolished cricketers trying to have a go at the bowlers. You could be at 50 for none and be all out in less than 100. Its very unpredictable and raw form of the game.

    Fans will be having a go at alot of the players if this happens

    It would had been better if it was a 40 over league for youth cricketers.

    For a u19 t20, how are you gonna scout overseas players? There arnt many hitters in this age group.

    What about players who play slow and steady. If they dont perform in this t20 format they will never make it to the top level because t20 hacks would get media and our attention and they will get selected kn domestic teams at senior level..

    This ia such a flawed idea... What is the goal here, to make money or to develop talent?

    This reminds me of the Hong Kong crixket sixes. Basically, the overseas teams used to send raw young hitters to this 2 day tournament to have a go.
    Post 2010s, the league failed to get sponsors.


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    Who is gonna sponsor this?

    Bank of punjab, molty form, qarshi jame sheeri?


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    Tackling age fudging should be a massive precursor to start this league. Otherwise you will have the Afridis and Waqars of today's generation get free places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    Who is gonna sponsor this?

    Bank of punjab, molty form, qarshi jame sheeri?
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    Yes, lets teach the young batsmen to only play T20 batting where it is all about playing one way. Lets not teach them how to play long innings, something they wonít obviously learn in T20 cricket.

    Also, lets teach the bowlers to only bowl four overs. Lets not teach them to work on their fitness so they can bowl long spells.

    Pakistan is the most T20 obsessed nation and that is pathetic. They have completely abandoned other formats to focus mainly on T20. And despite their pathetic obsession with T20, they have only won one T20 World Cup.

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    A very useless idea

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    Why shoot it down without trying?

    Lets see how it pans out, what interest we get from sponsors etc


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    The cricketing side of the game has gone for a toss, its all about financial side of the game. Hence, there is a lot of emphasis on T20 only.

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    Is PJL (Pakistan Junior League) the worst cricket idea you've ever heard of?

    How on earth is this tournament going to succeed??

    Or actually, how is it even going to survive??

    Their basic arent any u19 superstar players, these u19 players are still developing. Plus the u19 star players are already gonna get selected for IPL, like Dewald Brewis.

    There are basically few entertaining Pakistan u19 players.

    Plus this is extremely damaging to Pakistan Cricket. But let's be honest, the majority of Pakistan fans care about PSL more than international cricket. This tournament will make things worse.

    This is awful to see, really, hoping Shehabz Sherif gets rid of Ramiz Raja.

    I highly doubt many people will even bother watching this, there is little attraction in the National t20 and Pakistan Cup.

    Such a bad idea. Ramiz Raja really should be sacked.


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    So you seriously think that any upcoming under 19 talents will get picked in PSL? Think again. As long as crocodiles like Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Hafeez are playing PSL, the under 19 and over 19 talents will be sitting there being the best water boys of this world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Why shoot it down without trying?

    Lets see how it pans out, what interest we get from sponsors etc
    Absolutely! Its not as if the world will end if PJL is not a success.

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    Let me reiterate I've nothing personal against Ramiz Raja, but I warned folks when he was appointed, having heard his punditry for years, that he has a tendency to promote his pet projects without thinking through the logic.

    EXAMPLE 1: Ramiz (since he mindlessly repeats everything Imran says) believes there's no role for international coaches and favours appointing consultants on short-term basis.

    He doesn't understand in the modern era coaches are essential and not Intikhab Alam-esque glorified cheerleaders anymore. Do you think top teams like Australia or the IPL franchises just spend millions hiring coaches for fun ? They play a key role in talent ID, developing gameplans and relieve the workload on captains with media management.

    EXAMPLE 2: The drop-in pitches fiasco. Borne out of Ramiz's obsession with everything Australian, what he didn't understand is Australia use drop-ins at multi-purpose venues where they stage other sports.

    We don't use our stadiums for other purposes than cricket. They are incredibly expensive to store and maintain. Now realising this, he's done a U-turn.

    EXAMPLE 3: The PJL. Can someone explain why, when franchises have struggled to break even on PSL franchises, they would invest in PJL franchises ? How will they get a return on investment ?

    Why would TV companies fork out for a competition where the cricketers are complete unknowns with no name value whatsoever ? The standard of cricket will also be inferior to the actual PSL, because the cricketers aren't fully developed. Why pay for a pale imitation of the real thing ?

    We ALREADY HAVE regional Under-19 tournaments - invest in coaching and facilities in them instead ! Only the Junior Contracts are a great intiative.

    One wonders what Faisal Hasnain even does ? We hear nothing from our CEO while Ramiz behaves like an Executive Chairman. He even tells Babar Azam what to do ! Please Ramiz, just focus on day-to-day administration and delegate everything else - PCB is not your personal plaything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topspin View Post
    Test cricket will unfortunately die one day or become a 3 team cup played by the big 3.
    Well it will if we the PCB keeps on dangling the carrot of T20 cricket to youngsters.

    Already far too many young cricketers are just obsessed with playing in the PSL with the other formats an afterthought.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Let me reiterate I've nothing personal against Ramiz Raja, but I warned folks when he was appointed, having heard his punditry for years, that he has a tendency to promote his pet projects without thinking through the logic.

    EXAMPLE 1: Ramiz (since he mindlessly repeats everything Imran says) believes there's no role for international coaches and favours appointing consultants on short-term basis.

    He doesn't understand in the modern era coaches are essential and not Intikhab Alam-esque glorified cheerleaders anymore. Do you think top teams like Australia or the IPL franchises just spend millions hiring coaches for fun ? They play a key role in talent ID, developing gameplans and relieve the workload on captains with media management.

    EXAMPLE 2: The drop-in pitches fiasco. Borne out of Ramiz's obsession with everything Australian, what he didn't understand is Australia use drop-ins at multi-purpose venues where they stage other sports.

    We don't use our stadiums for other purposes than cricket. They are incredibly expensive to store and maintain. Now realising this, he's done a U-turn.

    EXAMPLE 3: The PJL. Can someone explain why, when franchises have struggled to break even on PSL franchises, they would invest in PJL franchises ? How will they get a return on investment ?

    Why would TV companies fork out for a competition where the cricketers are complete unknowns with no name value whatsoever ? The standard of cricket will also be inferior to the actual PSL, because the cricketers aren't fully developed. Why pay for a pale imitation of the real thing ?

    We ALREADY HAVE regional Under-19 tournaments - invest in coaching and facilities in them instead ! Only the Junior Contracts are a great intiative.

    One wonders what Faisal Hasnain even does ? We hear nothing from our CEO while Ramiz behaves like an Executive Chairman. He even tells Babar Azam what to do ! Please Ramiz, just focus on day-to-day administration and delegate everything else - PCB is not your personal plaything.
    With regards to the PJL, the BCCI is already thinking of an IPL for Women Cricketers and U19 Indian Cricketers next year. Given the poor standard of our U19 and Womens Cricket, such a competition will not be a bad idea to uplift standards. Even if we can discover a few good U19 players who can feed the PSL and the Pakistan team then nothing wrong with it.

    Ramiz is doing his job by thinking out of the box and coming up with new ideas to uplift Pakistan Cricket. He is not stubborn and has done the right U turns after receiving the right information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Well it will if we the PCB keeps on dangling the carrot of T20 cricket to youngsters.

    Already far too many young cricketers are just obsessed with playing in the PSL with the other formats an afterthought.
    Why do PPers have so much condescension towards T20 cricket. Amongst the public it's the most popular format and generates the majority of the income in cricket worldwide.

    Personally I couldn't care less if Test cricket was to die out and ODI cricket was limited to World Cups, etc.

    The PJL sounds like a great idea and we might even find some stars for the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka81 View Post
    Why do PPers have so much condescension towards T20 cricket. Amongst the public it's the most popular format and generates the majority of the income in cricket worldwide.

    Personally I couldn't care less if Test cricket was to die out and ODI cricket was limited to World Cups, etc.

    The PJL sounds like a great idea and we might even find some stars for the future.
    The current generations do care about test cricket. But i very much doubt if that would be the case in 20 years. Playing a game for 5 days non stop, 7 hours a day will sound hugely impractical to the next generation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    With regards to the PJL, the BCCI is already thinking of an IPL for Women Cricketers and U19 Indian Cricketers next year. Given the poor standard of our U19 and Womens Cricket, such a competition will not be a bad idea to uplift standards. Even if we can discover a few good U19 players who can feed the PSL and the Pakistan team then nothing wrong with it.

    Ramiz is doing his job by thinking out of the box and coming up with new ideas to uplift Pakistan Cricket. He is not stubborn and has done the right U turns after receiving the right information.
    I'm all for out of box thinking but some basic logic has to be applied to these ideas too.

    I reiterate, when PSL franchises are struggling to break even then how will PJL attract return on investment in a competition where players are unknown entities ?

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    I doubt a PJL will happen if RR is replaced. Good thing though, we're not at the stage yet. PSL should be the league that's promoted

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    PCB, PSL franchises again at odds
    Team owners have issues over newly announced Junior League, accounts

    KARACHI:
    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises are at odds once again over two matters.

    The relationship between the stakeholders improved after the new financial model was accepted. The threat of going to court was averted, but the disagreements have once again been flared over PSL-like Pakistan Junior League and delay in finalization of accounts.

    According to sources, the announcement of Pakistan Junior League by the PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja was not well received by the franchise owners.

    Owners have opined that holding other events with the PSL will damage the brand. They were also not taken into confidence while announcing Junior League.

    Initially, it was decided to raise the concerns in the meeting with PCB chairman but now franchisees will send a joint letter. Previously, PCB supported a private league where a major sponsor bought a team while another sponsor also got associated.

    Franchises believe that if the same happens in Junior League and many such events take place, the popularity of PSL will also decrease.

    On the other hand, the board has not been able to finalise the accounts details of the fifth and sixth editions of PSL. Raja also stated that a single franchise has made a profit of Rs90 crore from the seventh edition but this was deemed incorrect by the franchise owners.

    They opined that since accounts have not been finalized, how come one can know the details of receiving such a large amount of money.

    Lahore Qalandars COO Sameen Rana was contacted on these matters from Dubai on which he said. "The proposal of Junior League was not well received by the owners. The reports of non-finalization of PSL 5 and 6 accounts are also correct. PCB will have to do something very soon."

    Meanwhile, the PCB spokesperson has asked to revert after contacting concerned officials. The correspondent will soon publish PCB's position when the answers will be received.
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    As per some media reports, PSL franchises are not happy with the Junior Leagues proposal as that could dilute the interest in PSL. Also not happy that Ramiz didn't consult them on this proposal.

    Are these guys ever happy?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    As per some media reports, PSL franchises are not happy with the Junior Leagues proposal as that could dilute the interest in PSL. Also not happy that Ramiz didn't consult them on this proposal.

    Are these guys ever happy?
    Not sure PSL owners have any business having any issues if PCB engages in other events. They are business partners, not life partners for Gods sake.

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    Anything that gives young players the oxygen to show case their talent can only be a good thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    As per some media reports, PSL franchises are not happy with the Junior Leagues proposal as that could dilute the interest in PSL. Also not happy that Ramiz didn't consult them on this proposal.

    Are these guys ever happy?
    How would a Junior league dilute the PSL? Idiotic statement

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    As per some media reports, PSL franchises are not happy with the Junior Leagues proposal as that could dilute the interest in PSL. Also not happy that Ramiz didn't consult them on this proposal.

    Are these guys ever happy?
    PCB should tell the Franchise owners to take a hike. They are dictating too much too the PCB for my liking.

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    Also the fears and allegations of canabalization are unfounded. The city based teams that will be sold in the PJL will not be named after the PSL franchise teams in the PSL. Also the sponsors interested in the PJL are not involved in the PSL as of now. If anything the PJL can likely feed into the PSL going forward.

    A lot of these Franchises complaining about losses in the PSL are actually lying and they are significantly profiting from the PSL directly and indirectly. It's about time the PCB put its foot down with the Franchises and remind them that at the end of the day the PSL is the property of the PCB.

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    Why dont the franchises invest in this league also?

    Could be good for their growth.

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    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the franchises of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) are in conflict once again over two issues.

    After the new financial model was approved, the stakeholders’ relationship improved. The possibility of going to court was dodged, but tensions have flared over the Pakistan Junior League, which is similar to the Premier League, and the delay in clearing accounts.

    The introduction of the Pakistan Junior League by PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja was not well greeted by franchise owners.

    Other events with the PSL, according to the owners, will harm the brand. They were also not taken seriously when the Junior League was announced. Initially, it was decided to bring up the concerns at the PCB Chairman’s meeting, but now franchisees will send a united letter.

    PCB previously backed a private league in which a large sponsor purchased a team and another sponsor became involved. Franchises feel that if the same thing happens in the Junior League and there are many such instances, the popularity of the PSL would suffer as well.

    The board, on the other hand, has yet to finish the accounting for the fifth and sixth editions of the PSL.

    Ramiz Raja also claimed that a single franchise profited PKR 90 crore from the seventh season, however, the franchise owners refuted this claim.

    They argued that since the accounts were not closed, how could anyone know the specifics of receiving such a big sum of money.

    Sameen Rana, the COO of the Lahore Qalandars, was contacted about these issues from Dubai, and he responded: “The proposal of Junior League was not well received by the owners. The reports of non-finalization of PSL 5 and 6 accounts are also correct; PCB would have to do something very soon.”

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    In fact the PSL franchises should be undertaking the junior league team ownerships as "minor league" teams to groom the talent.

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    Huge Respect to the PSL franchises for not liking this PJL, this is the worst idea ever.


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    Following an overwhelming and encouraging response from potential sponsors, partners and entrepreneurs to the Request for Expressions of Interest, the Pakistan Cricket Board today released further details in relation to the inaugural Pakistan Junior League Tournament.

    Six city-based franchise teams will participate in the 19-match competition from 1-15 October at the Gaddafi Stadium, with the participating players to be selected through a draft system and each dug-out to boast an iconic player who will serve as the team’s mentor or coach.

    As a next step, the PCB will now initiate a bidding process after Eid Al-Fitr for live-streaming rights. This will be one of the several rights that will be up for grabs as the PCB remains committed to working closely with all stakeholders in an effort to take Pakistan cricket forward.

    This will be the first 20-over league of its kind in which local under-19 players will integrate with foreign players to share dug-outs as part of their learning process and improving cricket skills, share knowledge and build towards their future bonding.

    As part of the concept, each foreign cricketer will be allowed to have a parent accompany them, with the cost to be picked up by the event organiser or his franchise.

    The Pakistan Junior League concept syncs well with the recently-launched PCB Pathway Cricket Programme. Through this initiative, the cricket board and its strategic partners – including the BRB Group and Engro Corporation – have agreed to provide 100 best teenagers with monthly stipends of PKR30,000 each, scholarship at a premier educational institution, free cricket gear and equipment, and high performance coaching at the state-of-the-art National High Performance Centre from the leading and highly-qualified international coaches.

    PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja: “I am delighted, encouraged and motivated by the response we have received as the Pakistan Junior League’s Request for Expressions of Interest.

    “This feedback has strengthened my belief and confidence that we have a huge appetite for cricket and a strong commercial market, which is keen, eager and happy to partner with the PCB on its projects of introducing new properties so that we can strengthen ourselves financially and commercially, and the return on investments are shared with all cricketers.

    “Following the success of the HBL Pakistan Super League and the ever-improving reputation of the PCB, the potential sponsors have shown excitement and expressed their interest in the city-based Pakistan Junior League in their endeavour to play an important role in helping the PCB to create an environment of brilliance by providing a clear pathway to the talented youngsters, which, in turn, will fortify our bench-strength and produce new national stars and heroes.

    “Commercial partners and sponsors are the life-blood of our sport and organisation. In this background, I am grateful and thankful to all those who have expressed interest in acquiring various rights for the Pakistan Junior League. I remain optimistic and confident that we will succeed in forming a strong relationship that will produce dividends and developments for Pakistan cricket.”


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    Bad idea. Junior level is the best time to groom a youngsterís skills for the long format. Even in franchises usually itís the well rounded all format players or players who have potential to play all formats or seasoned domestic players seem to do well.

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    Anything that receives an excessive amount of criticism in Pakistan usually has to be pushed and persued and in the end it ends well.

    The PJL is the best way to upgrade our U19 Cricket and bring it up to international standards and to improve Pakistan's performances at the U19 international level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Anything that receives an excessive amount of criticism in Pakistan usually has to be pushed and persued and in the end it ends well.

    The PJL is the best way to upgrade our U19 Cricket and bring it up to international standards and to improve Pakistan's performances at the U19 international level.
    Lets do this - nothing to lose.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Anything that receives an excessive amount of criticism in Pakistan usually has to be pushed and persued and in the end it ends well.

    The PJL is the best way to upgrade our U19 Cricket and bring it up to international standards and to improve Pakistan's performances at the U19 international level.
    this is the general point most ppl are missing, its not a new tournament per se, its rambos attempt to professionalise the under t20 matches which happen anyway.

    i dont understand the criticism, it might not work, but it wont be any worse than the current under 19 set up, which is a pretty scatter gun affair at the moment.

    will be interesting to see how foreign under 19 players are scouted, most ppl dont even have any idea of most of the local under 19 players beyond their districts.

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    I think this will serve well as feeder for senior leagues. For eg. u19 world cup brought Dewald Brevis into limelight but U19 WC isn't every year.

    Not sure if it makes busines sense though. U19 WC gets the hype it gets is mainly because Indians, Pakistanis take it seriously, I've seen a lot of fans from ROW don't even care about the results or names. Maybe it might work locally for Pak if they market it right. Still hard to see this be a profitable venture.

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    Great idea. Let's improve the poor standard of junior domestic cricket.

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    Ramiz is coming out with great ideas and properties i.e. stadium naming rights, PSL U19 team rights, PSL U19 broadcasting rights. He is diversifying the PCB rather than relying on the status quo, this is what he is there for, to make dynamic decisions. Good Luck to him. He is showing his knowledge of Cricket Broadcasting in the last 20 plus years.

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    For those claiming there is no market for this in Pakistan, around 24 corporate sponsors have expressed their interest for sponsoring the tournament, buying teams and 3 existing PSL franchises have expressed interest in buying the teams.

    Ramiz and the PCB knows what they are doing here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    For those claiming there is no market for this in Pakistan, around 24 corporate sponsors have expressed their interest for sponsoring the tournament, buying teams and 3 existing PSL franchises have expressed interest in buying the teams.

    Ramiz and the PCB knows what they are doing here.
    T20 and high Strike Rate cricket is the future. Its important for us to develop U19 players that can play aggressive shots with confidence.

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    Even if we get a couple of young batsmans come through, it will be worth it. What we can't have is mickey mouse age verification, needs to ensure the players are U19, not U25

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    Not completely on board with this idea but this could turn out to be a master stroke in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Ramiz is coming out with great ideas and properties i.e. stadium naming rights, PSL U19 team rights, PSL U19 broadcasting rights. He is diversifying the PCB rather than relying on the status quo, this is what he is there for, to make dynamic decisions. Good Luck to him. He is showing his knowledge of Cricket Broadcasting in the last 20 plus years.
    Agreed
    A good CEO knows how to diversify sources of revenue while building a strong "product" pipeline for future.

    Ramiz is trying to do both. Not saying he'd be successful in every idea but hey at least he is trying out NEW ideas.

    It's bound to happen that some will work some won't. Just like any business.

    What you don't want from your CEO is that he/she stops experimenting. When an organization stops experimenting with new ideas that's the start of its demise (e.g Blackberry or RIM in late 2000s - used to work there 2008-2010 & I can tell you that the leadership weren't interested in trying out new ideas and hence the downfall of a successful company)

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    I think this will help improve Pakistan's power hitting issues they've had for years by giving young players to work on this at an early age.

    Should be a great way for Pakistan to identify great young talent at an early age and put in the necessary time & investment to properly develop them.

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    Salman Butt:

    "In recent times, during school championships, there were players who did not belong to schools and were actually outsiders and yet were playing in the tournament"

    "PCB is planning to hold Pakistan Junior League based on T20 format for that age group which has a World Cup of 50 overs in the international arena. There will be only a couple of players who will reach the level of PSL through the Pakistan Junior League"

    "Pakistan Junior League will become a reason for the decline of skills and fitness of budding cricketers due to cricket based on four overs only. This will restrict the abilities of budding cricketers who will only prefer T20 format in their careers later."


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Salman Butt:

    "In recent times, during school championships, there were players who did not belong to schools and were actually outsiders and yet were playing in the tournament"

    "PCB is planning to hold Pakistan Junior League based on T20 format for that age group which has a World Cup of 50 overs in the international arena. There will be only a couple of players who will reach the level of PSL through the Pakistan Junior League"

    "Pakistan Junior League will become a reason for the decline of skills and fitness of budding cricketers due to cricket based on four overs only. This will restrict the abilities of budding cricketers who will only prefer T20 format in their careers later."
    Salman Butt likes to criticize and whine about everything. I stopped listening to him ages ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Salman Butt:

    "In recent times, during school championships, there were players who did not belong to schools and were actually outsiders and yet were playing in the tournament"

    "PCB is planning to hold Pakistan Junior League based on T20 format for that age group which has a World Cup of 50 overs in the international arena. There will be only a couple of players who will reach the level of PSL through the Pakistan Junior League"

    "Pakistan Junior League will become a reason for the decline of skills and fitness of budding cricketers due to cricket based on four overs only. This will restrict the abilities of budding cricketers who will only prefer T20 format in their careers later."
    He is stating nonsense like this tournament will be held year round and the young players will play nothing but T20. At the grass root levels, generally the focus is on more FC & List A formats. Introducing a T20 tournament in an effort to get them up to speed on modern cricket and improving their power hitting ability isn't a bad idea.

    I don't understand why he's even given a platform to speak to be honest.

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    Not a bad idea, youngsters need motivation to perform and exposure. Ideally should have been a longer version tourney, like 40-50 overs but its hard to attract sponsors for that.

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    PCB: U19 City Cricket Association tournament schedule announced

    • Tournament provides opportunities to teenagers to impress selectors and coaches ahead of the inaugural Pakistan Junior League

    Lahore, 2 May 2022:

    Ninety-three sides will be in action across the country in the U19 City Cricket Association Tournament 2022-23 from 21 May to 4 June. The 50-over tournament has been designed to provide young players with an opportunity to not only impress the selectors for the upcoming PCB U19 three-day and one-day tournaments, but it will provide them a chance to feature in the inaugural Pakistan Junior League which is all set to take place in Lahore from 1 to 15 October.

    According to the event format, each City Cricket Association, depending on the number of cities in that association, will be split into groups with each Cricket Association to ultimately have a champion.

    Balochistan comprise 13 City Cricket Associations, Central Punjab 16, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 19, Northern 11, Sindh 17 and Southern Punjab 14. However, and as per past practice, the three Lahore Zones will have two sides each, which takes the grand total of sides participating in the tournament to 93.

    Balochistan, Northern and Southern Punjab CCAs have been split into three groups each. The three table toppers will compete in a triangular series and the side with most points will be adjudged winner.

    Teams in Central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh will be divided into four groups each. Each Cricket Associations’ group leaders will play knockout rounds to determine a champion side.

    The tournament will be covered digitally and with the live scores available on CricHQ.

    The squads of all the 93 sides will be announced in due course.

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    This has got to be one of the most downright idiotic ideas ever imagined by anyone in Pakistan cricket. I had no idea that it had been announced back in September. And ofcourse its comes as no surprise that, that deluded fool PRaja is behind this.

    U-19 players should be playing as much FC cricket as possible so they can develop their basic skills more and more. They should not be focusing their game on T20 cricket at a time when they haven't even properly learned to play cricket in the first place.

    Getting a chance to play in the PSL is one thing but making a separate league for them is an utterly idiotic idea because it tells them that they don't need to focus on the technical aspects of the game and can just focus on shortcuts that bring you success in T20 cricket.

    If there is any doubt in anyone's mind that Ramiz Raja is completely out of his mind and does not understand a single thing about cricket, this should be the full-stop.

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    You are actually killing the passion and hunger which young players have to represent their country at highest level.

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    In an interview, Shahid Afridi has expressed his willingness to buy a U19 team!

    “I have spoken to a couple of friends about it because I don’t know how much it will cost. But I’m very interested in sharing my experience with the youngsters by becoming a part of the Under-19 PSL. I would be very happy to share my ups and downs with the younger generation"


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    The 50-over CCA tournament has been designed to provide teenage cricketers with an opportunity to impress selectors ahead of the divisional tournament and PCB U19 three-day and one-day tournaments.

    The performers will also get a chance to get selected in the inaugural edition of Pakistan Junior League, the player draft for the league is expected to take place in August. The tournament is scheduled to take place in Lahore from 1 to 15 October.


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    According to reports, PCB have appointed former Test cricketer Nadeem Khan as the director of the Pakistan Junior League (PJL)


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    Pakistan Junior League (PJL) Mentors announced

    In todays press conference by Ramiz Raja he announced that Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Darren Sammy will be the mentors in the dugout. While Javed Miandad would be the roaming ambassador of the league.

    Top U19 cricketers from Pakistan and around the world are expected to be part of the league.

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    They have to get a good set of players if they want this league to be watchable. I sincerely hope the scores aren't between 90-120 and the league is entertaining.

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    Karachi, 29 June 2022: Pakistan Cricket Board today confirmed Daren Sammy, Javed Miandad, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik as mentors of the inaugural Pakistan Junior League, which will be held in Lahore in October this year. Miandad, who played in six World Cups from 1975-1996, will be the league mentor, while Afridi, Sammy and Shoaib will be the team mentors.

    The four stalwarts share six major world titles, 1,559 international matches, 43,057 runs and 992 wickets between them. Sammy and Shahid were team-mates in the Peshawar Zalmi team in 2017 when the team in yellow won the HBL Pakistan Super League at the Gaddafi Stadium.

    Javed Miandad will be involved as an overall mentor, assisting the mentors of the six sides and the players during the tournament.

    Afridi, Sammy and Shoaib will be part of the team dug-outs in the build up to and during the Pakistan Junior League, which will be played at the backend of Pakistan versus England T20I that is scheduled to conclude on 2 October.

    In addition to the team mentor roles, the four household names will also serve as event ambassadors and will use their knowledge, influence and attraction to promote and publicise the first of its kind event.

    Three more team mentors will be announced in due course.

    PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja: “I am delighted that we have been able to attract Javed Miandad, Daren Sammy, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik as mentors for the Pakistan Junior League. Their involvement in the Pakistan Junior League will help us achieve one of our event objectives that revolves around helping future generation of cricketers to achieve the champions and match-winning approach and mindset.

    “The involvement of the four icons also confirms that we are on track for delivering a successful event that will go on to help Pakistan cricket in more than one way. Besides creating a winning environment and developing skills and temperament of the teens, we are committed to developing new properties and Pakistan Junior League is an event in that direction.”

    Javed Miandad: “I have always enjoyed being part of the coaching set-up and this opportunity provides me with a chance to return to the field, work with players with bigger objectives and help them achieve excellence. Pakistan Junior League is an exciting and unique product, and I not only look forward to making a meaningful contribution but also project this league as a game-changer.”

    Daren Sammy: “I am pleased to have been awarded with the opportunity to be involved in the inaugural Pakistan Junior League. I am fully behind the concept and believe it will assist in identifying and fast-tracking outstanding cricketers.

    “I have been part of Pakistan cricket system since 2016 and am a witness to some great local talent that has blown me away. I now look forward to working more closely with the teenagers, pass on my knowledge to them and help them fulfil their dreams of becoming international cricketers.”

    Shahid Afridi: “I am a big advocate of investing in the future. If T20 cricket is a vehicle to promote and develop cricket, and identify young talent, then we need to create opportunities and come up with novel ideas to unearth hidden talent, and ensure their skills and performances are duly noticed and subsequently rewarded.

    “Working as mentor of a side comprising teenagers will be a new experience for me. I am thoroughly excited and looking forward to playing my part in helping these energetic and skillful cricketers achieve the zenith of glory. I believe that flashing actually only happens at under 13 to 19, after that it’s amiably man management.

    “I have no doubts with the abundance of talent we have, this tournament will be able to identify, at least, half a dozen cricketers who can be nurtured and developed into star cricketers, who can then go on to shoulder the expectations and hopes of millions of cricket fans and followers.”

    Shoaib Malik: “I feel privileged and honoured to have been awarded with the opportunity to work as a mentor with one of the Pakistan Junior League sides. As someone who is actually a product of age-group cricket when I first played in the 1998 U19 World Cup, I can vouch for the importance and significance of this tournament.

    “I think the Pakistan Junior League fits very nicely in the PCB domestic cricket calendar as have 50-over and three-day cricket for the teenage cricketers. T20 cricket, which is nowadays the most popular and attractive format, will not only complete the calendar but will potentially produce three-dimensional players who can demonstrate their potential and talent to accept and adopt to the shortest format.

    “Franchise cricket always tests players to the limits and, in this background, it is even better that the skills of the players will be fully challenged, fast-tracking the very best in their careers. I believe Pakistan Junior League will prove to the cornerstone of our endeavours to once again become a force to be reckoned with across all formats.”

    The Pakistan Junior League will be played on single-league basis with the top-four sides progressing to the play-offs. The top-two sides will play in the Qualifier with the winner qualifying for the final. The losing side will get a second chance to progress to the final when it will play against the winner of Eliminator 1 between the number-three and four ranked sides.

    https://www.pcb.com.pk/press-release...l-mentors.html

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    Miandad is an old dinosaur. He always struggles to work with people. Don't see his association ending very well. I will never forgive him for sucking the PCB dry for 6 years with very little results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Miandad is an old dinosaur. He always struggles to work with people. Don't see his association ending very well. I will never forgive him for sucking the PCB dry for 6 years with very little results.
    Agree that this will not last long. Unless he has matured with age!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Miandad is an old dinosaur. He always struggles to work with people. Don't see his association ending very well. I will never forgive him for sucking the PCB dry for 6 years with very little results.
    Ramiz mentioned he will be a roaming ambassador of the league. So he is not likely going to be a mentor of any particular team.

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    Miandad and Afridi!!! I would rather have none than these 2 good for nothing.

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    Hiring big names and foreign coaches will not be cheap. Can the PCB and Franchises achieve an ROI on an U19 venture when they are complaining about not enough profits in the PSL?

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    PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja interacted with the Karachi-based former cricketers today.



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    Probably the worst choices to appoint as mentors.

    Apart from Miandad no other player is a legend for their nation. And Miandad past ventures with PCB will make sure that this will also end up in turmoil.

    Afridi as a mentor wow that absolutely pathetic.

    Malik even worse than Afridi.

    Sammy less said is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChTab View Post
    Probably the worst choices to appoint as mentors.

    Apart from Miandad no other player is a legend for their nation. And Miandad past ventures with PCB will make sure that this will also end up in turmoil.

    Afridi as a mentor wow that absolutely pathetic.

    Malik even worse than Afridi.

    Sammy less said is better.
    All 3 of them have had distinguished t20 careers. Can you name who could have been better options considering this is Pakistanís league you are talking about.

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    I think we should allow PJL to complete couple of seasons before promoting or dissing it.

    Reason being: board should be given benefit of doubt that they have done their thinking on this.

    Pakistan has non existent school cricket except adhoc. This looks like an attempt to kickstart not only interest but skill development.

    Unfortunately T20 is the format where it will gain the most momentum. Let's see where it goes. My best wishes.

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    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has offered $50,000 (Rs. 1 crore) to the mentors for the Pakistan Junior League (PJL) including Javed Miandad, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, and Daren Sammy.

    It is expected that the remaining mentors will also take home the same amount of money for mentoring their respective PJL teams.

    Thus, mentors alone will earn more than Rs. 7 crore from a 2-week event.

    When inquired about this, PCB Media Director Sami Ul Hasan said that the fees being paid to the mentors is a matter which should be only kept between PCB and the mentors. Sami refused to comment further on the matter.

    According to the details, PCB chairman Ramiz Raja's dream project PJL will start from October 1. Javed Miandad has been appointed as league's mentor whereas Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, and Daren Sammy have been appointed as the mentors of the teams.

    The PCB, however, is finding it difficult to find foreign mentors due to ICC T20 World Cup being held in the same time window as the PJL.

    The decision to bring in big names as mentors was to make the PJL more commerically viable. It will be used as a selling point to generate more interest.

    In addition to serving as the mentors, Miandad, Afridi, Malik, and Sammy will also act as event ambassadors to help promote the game and help the youngsters along the way.

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    PCB have invited young players to send in their videos for this

    "If you have special and unique Cricketing talent, share it with us!
    Get a chance to be part of the PJL."


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    PCB have invited young players to send in their videos for this

    "If you have special and unique Cricketing talent, share it with us!
    Get a chance to be part of the PJL."
    Shouldn't the u13/16 system be producing these people?


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    South Africa’s highly-rated wrist spinner Imran Tahir and New Zealand’s T20 specialist Colin Munro were today confirmed as team mentors for the first of its kind six-team Pakistan Junior League, which will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium from 4-17 October.

    Imran and Munro have joined Daren Sammy, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik who were last month named as mentors. The appointment of the sixth team mentor will be announced in due course. After the team naming rights have been confirmed, these celebrated former international stars will be allocated sides.

    Javed Miandad will be involved in the tournament as an overall mentor, assisting the mentors of the six sides and the players during the tournament.

    Imran played for Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 1998 before moving to South Africa in 2005 and making his international debut for the Proteas in 2011. The wrist spinner played in 20 Tests, 107 ODIs and 38 T20Is, taking 57, 173 and 63 wickets, respectively. In the HBL PSL, he has represented Multan Sultans (2018, and 2020 to date).

    Munro struck three T20I centuries and 11 half-centuries, including a 14-ball 50 against Sri Lanka, in a 65-match career with New Zealand. The hard-hitting batter also played in 57 ODIs, scoring 1,271 runs. The 35-year-old represented Karachi Kings in the 2019 HBL PSL, while he has been on Islamabad United’s roster since 2020.

    Imran Tahir: “Returning to Lahore for the Pakistan Junior League in a team mentor’s role is one of my most satisfying achievements as I still owe a lot to my country of birth. This is an exciting opportunity to work with emerging slow bowlers and help them develop and flourish so that they have a chance to emulate the great spinners this country has produced.

    “I am fully behind the philosophy of Pakistan Junior League as this creates a tough and challenging environment for the players with high expectations, and only those who will clear this scale will go leaps and bounds in their careers. With the amount of international cricket being played, this event will help Pakistan to amplify their pool of players, which, in turn, will increase playing opportunities and earning the prized national cap.”

    Colin Munro: “I am excited to be part of the inaugural Pakistan Junior League, which I believe will be a game-changer for Pakistan cricket. Investing in youngsters, securing the future of the game and ensuring the national side continues to move in an upward direction should be the objectives of all administrators and I think the PCB has taken a lead here by launching this tournament, which will expose the young talent to the rigours and demands of top-level cricket and help Pakistan in the longer run.

    “Working with youngsters, sharing knowledge and helping them grow in their careers is something that interests and excites me, and I am really looking forward to being a part of the Pakistan Junior League. Having seen firsthand experienced the tremendous talent at the HBL Pakistan Super League, I have no doubts the Pakistan Junior league will produce future champions of world cricket.”

    Last edited by MenInG; 29th July 2022 at 11:11.


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