After the Pakistan Super League T20, Pakistan’s first class domestic tournament, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy is set to introduce the Draft system to select its players.
In what will be a drastic measure, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, which is Pakistan’s four-day tournament, will undergo a huge change in that players will now be brought into the side using a system that has worked so well during the Pakistan Super League and some of the other T20 domestic tournaments around the world.
If the proposal to bring this Draft system goes through, this could be the first time in the history of domestic cricket around the world that a country’s first-class tournament will see the use of a Draft.
The tournament will continue to remain a 16-side competition. Eight of the 16 regional teams and top eight of the 12 department sides will make the final 16 teams in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy but instead of the selectors naming the regional sides, it will now be decided by a Draft.
What could now happen, subject to the PCB’s approval, is that 12 of the players in regional sides will be appointed using the Draft method and the other eight will be selected by selectors. The players for Draft will come from the four department sides who did not qualify for the Quaid-e-Azam competition.
This method has been introduced with the desire to try and make the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy more competitive.
Over the years the regional sides have been afflicted by a lot of issues which have reduced the potency of their existence. This move, which is one of the many times the format of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy has changed, has been aimed to bring in a lot more meritocracy into the system than allegedly previously exists.
More details on the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Draft will be released closer to the start of the competition. The Quaid-e-Azam schedule is yet to be released. Water and Power Development Authority will kick-start this edition of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy as the defending champions.