Pakistan’s senior all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has once again lashed out at the authorities that have introduced the new domestic structure.
According to Hafeez, departmental cricket needs to be restored again because there are more than 900 athletes waiting for their jobs to resume. He also added that he would like to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan and complain to him regarding the difficulties faced by the new crop of cricketers.
“I tried to meet the PM because I believe someone has to meet him, inform about the difficulties our colleagues in the domestic circuit are facing because of this new structure,” he said.
Hafeez added that almost 900 players and 300 support staff members have lost their jobs after the abolition of the departmental cricket.
“The real problem is that within departments, there are teams for every sport except cricket and because of that, up to 900 players and 300 supporting staff members are now unemployed,” Hafeez stated.
Due to loopholes in the new system, Hafeez also turned down the domestic deal and stated that his conscience didn’t let him accept the deal.
“Unemployment in the cricketing fraternity has increased significantly because of the new domestic structure. It is my opinion that we cannot accommodate deserving cricketers in just six regional teams. I don’t understand how a cricketer can manage the financial needs of his family from the time he starts playing at the club level until the time he will represent Pakistan,” he said.
In the end, the seasoned all-rounder quoted his own example and stated that he would have been able to play for Pakistan if he wasn’t inducted by the SNGPL team.
“You can look at me and I am a great example of how departments helped Pakistani cricketers. Back in the year 2000, I was inducted by the SNGPL. If that wouldn’t have happened, I don’t think I could’ve pursued my cricket career because I could not have afforded to buy quality equipment to compete at the highest level,” he concluded.