Karachi:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is inviting former cricketers to return to the field by considering various roles, including as match officials in the 2020-21 domestic season.
“While this opens up career opportunities for retired players as umpires or match referees, this also sets a pathway for them to become international match officials by climbing up the ladder after honing their skills at different rungs of domestic structure,” PCB said.
Presently, only Aleem Dar represents Pakistan in the ICC’s elite panel of match officials and has grown into one of the most respected, valued and admired match officials on the international circuit.
Ahsan Raza, Shozab Raza, Mohammad Asif Yaqoob and Rashid Riaz Waqar are in the ICC’s international panel. While there is no Pakistani in the ICC’s elite panel of match referees, the international panel includes Mohammad Anees and Muhammad Javid Malik.
PCB says creation of these opportunities is in line with the its strategic decision to increase the involvement of former players in the domestic cricket set-up and to train and develop the local talent in all facets of the game.
The opportunities as match officials have come after the PCB recently encouraged former cricketers to apply for various coaching roles in the High Performance Programme. PCB is looking for former international cricketers or first-class cricketers with a minimum of 75-match experience with a PCB Level-II accreditation.
Separately, the PCB is also planning to loop in former international and first-class cricketers in media roles as it is planning to live-stream and televise domestic matches. These roles may potentially include commentary and studio shows.
“Pakistan cricket has produced some of the great cricketing minds and it is time we utilize them. A cricketer understands nitty-gritty of the game and with proper training can play a big role in elevating the standards as a match official,” said Nadeem Khan, Director High Performance Center.