Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board, Ehsan Mani said that international cricket will return to Pakistan later this year when the country will be hosting the matches of the Asian test championship against Sri Lanka in September this year and Bangladesh in January /February next year.
“These are very good news for Pakistan cricket and it will herald the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan,” he said.
Ehsan Mani said the ICC test championship is spanned over two years and will end in year 2021.
“We will host Lankan team for two test matches of this inaugural edition of the event in September then our team will be flying to Australia in October/November for one day and night and one day test of the championship,” he said.
Talking about the domestic cricket, Ehsan Mani said that six provinces will replace the regional and departmental cricket teams in the proposed new domestic structure to help produce quality cricketers on pattern of cricket Australia and England.
“We have proposed the representation of six provincial teams in the recommendations made in the PCB constitution which has been sent to its Patron, Prime Minister of Pakistan and Inter Provincial Coordination Ministry for approval,” he told newsmen.
He said the proposed new domestic structure aims at establishing the domestic cricket on solid lines creating equal opportunity for the youth of the country to showcase their talent and to play their role in the overall development of the game besides making the base of the game stronger.
Mani said: “The proposed domestic cricket structure has been divided into six provinces, which include Northern Areas, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Central Punjab, Southern Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh.