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Action Packed Domestic Season Completed amid Covid Challenges

DOMESTIC SEASON

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going”. The following proverb is best suited to recent times when a pandemic has unfortunately affected the whole world. As a result, we have seen major sporting events being cancelled or rescheduled throughout the globe. Organizations responsible for managing those events have found it difficult to make arrangements in due time and hence, a lot of sporting activities are still at halt. In these difficult times, one organization that has stood up and should be acknowledged is the Pakistan cricket board (PCB). It’s no joke that PCB has become an example for all the cricket boards to successfully implement and organize tours and tournaments during these tough times.

As the “Pakistan Cup” comes to an end, the domestic season of Pakistan cricket is also completed. In the tough times, not only has PCB managed to organize a full domestic season successfully but also international tours and the PSL play-offs.

When the PSL play-offs and the final leg of Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan got postponed, no one would have thought that the PCB will manage things this well. But, the matter of fact is that not only has the PCB been efficient but they have also become an example for other cricket boards to follow.

After Pakistan’s tour to England, PCB announced a 5-month long schedule of the domestic season that was to commence from 30th September with the National T20 cup. keeping in mind the bio-secure bubbles and the PCR testing for each individual player and match officials, this was indeed going to be difficult. But, the Pakistan cricket board not only planned it but executed it to perfection.

The timeline of tournaments:

National T20 Cup (33 matches): The National T20 Cup was contested from 30th September to 18th October across two cities; Multan and Rawalpindi.

National T20 Cup 2nd XI (15 matches) 1-8th October (Lahore)

National U19 One-Day Tournament (31 matches) 13 October to 2 November (Lahore, Muridke, and Sheikhupura)

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 1st XI (31 matches)25 October to 5 January 2021 (Karachi)

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2nd XI (30 matches)18 October to 13 December (Karachi)

National U19 Three-Day Tournament (16 matches)5-29 November (Lahore, Muridke, Sheikhupura, Islamabad, and Rawalpindi)

HBL PSL 2020 (4 matches)14, 15 and 17 November (Karachi)

National Triangular T20 Women’s Cricket Championship (7 matches) – 22 November to 1 December (Rawalpindi)

Pakistan Cup 1st XI (33 matches) 8-31 January 2021 (Karachi)

Pakistan Cup 2nd XI (15 matches) 16-24 December (Karachi)

Pakistan Cricket Board also hosts 2 International teams during the pandemic situation. With the 1 Test match against Bangladesh couldn’t get rescheduled due to the busy schedule of the Pakistan team, PCB managed to complete the following scheduled series.

Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan (3 ODI, 3 T20Is) 30 October to 10 November (Rawalpindi)

South Africa tour of Pakistan (2 Test, 3 T20Is) 26 January- 14 February (Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Lahore)

With the timeline of all these events that were successfully held, we can conclude that the PCB has done an amazing job and the PCB hierarchy, which is often criticized for their decisions, should be given due credit for successfully implementing all the protocols of the bio-secure bubbles and managing tours that looked difficult to conduct. Well done PCB and keep up the good work!

At 24, a media graduate-to-be, @AhmedGohar_ usually rants about cricket on twitter. In my free time, I will be found covering different sports around the world.

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