First-class cricket helps produce talents and builds a player from the scratch. But Pakistan legend Wasim Akram pointed out the difference between measures Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) have taken to develop FC cricket in their respective countries.
The Indian cricket board had a far-sighted approach and has continued to develop cricket at the grass-root level. They have been benefited with a plenty of talents coming to represent the national team too. The prestigious tournament like Ranji trophy has still kept domestic players in focus with many trying to give their best to make a return or earn a call-up in the national team.
The Pakistan cricket board, on the contrary, have a poor FC cricket structure. They have not developed much in the past few years, although the situation has started growing better in the past few years, it is still to show result.
Wasim Akram points out measures taken by PCB and BCCI to develop FC cricket
“Whoever came to the cricket board, he came with a short-team goal. There was no fixing of First-Class structure. What’s been going on for the last 30 years, they did nothing different from it. So that is the reason. There’s plenty of talent in Pakistan. The FC structure has now finally changed but you still need 3-4 years for it to show results,” Wasim Akram pointed out.
“What did India do? The money generated by the IPL, invested whole-heartedly in First-Class cricket. They changed the FC structure, the pay structure, everything. They brought in professionals – they have the best physios and trainers in the world. Former Indian cricketers have become good coaches themselves. They then in turn have employed individual coaches, which is the need of the hour. So that is where the difference is,” he added.