UBL likely to pull out of departmental cricket

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011

    LAHORE: The management of United Bank Limited (UBL) is considering to shut down its division of departmental cricket after which numerous cricketers are expected to lose their jobs, Pakistan Today has learnt.

    According to reports verified by multiple sources, UBL may abandon the cricketing activities at the domestic level with the players’ contracts ending in June 2018. If this is the case, the UBL team will not participate in the next season despite winning the One Day Cup for Departments 2017-18 under the captaincy Younus Khan and being the semi-finalist in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2017-18.

    Talking to Pakistan Today, UBL Head of Corporate Communications Ali Habib said, “[The] focus on cultivating talents for the national team through our cricket academy and sports complex has led us to review the efforts behind our cricket team.”

    UBL players with winner’s trophy of National One Day Departmental Cup 2017-18

    “At this moment a variety of options are being considered,” he added, confirming that the bank’s management is currently reviewing the resources spent on the participation in sports.

    Habib said that any final decision on the matter is yet to be taken, explaining that a number of options are under the consideration of top management.

    Jobs of several cricketers, including Younus Khan, Umar Akmal, Shan Masood, Rumman Raees, Sohail Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Nawaz, Mir Hamza and others may well be at stake as they are employed by the UBL on contract basis, sports analyst Mirza Iqbal Baig tweeted, adding, “UBL management has decided to close down its cricket team.”

    However, Habib maintained that the decision regarding policy review is pending and nothing can be ascertained at the moment.

    “Our commitment towards sports, as an effective element of society’s healthy development, remains as strong as ever,” the UBL’s spokesperson said.

    He further informed that the UBL Sports Complex and Cricket Academy in Karachi cultivate the nation’s young talent with the provision of cricket coaching to over 800 children. Habib stated, “We want to upgrade these facilities as a premier platform for the growth of the sport in Pakistan.”

    Meanwhile, sports writer Faizan Lakhani commented that Ghani Glass, the runner of Patron Trophy Grade-II, would replace UBL if the team formally ends all involvement in the domestic circuit.

    In 2015, the UBL team had undergone a complete revamp. Over a dozen new players had been inducted in the side with the hiring of four Test players and six other international cricketers.

  2. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    End of departmental cricket isn’t good news: Sarfraz Ahmed

    KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Team Captain Sarfraz Ahmed said that departmental cricket has played a big part for sports in the country and the news of it shutting down is not a good sign.

    The cricketer was speaking about the news of United Bank Limited finishing its cricket team.

    He said that departmental cricket should be promoted and this decision would let players face uncertainty.

    According to reports, UBL has decided to shut down its cricket team and has apprised the administration of the decision.

    PCB’s governing board member Mansoor Masood Khan said that there is no truth in this news and the administration is reviewing several options.

    Masood Khan said that it isn’t the right time for speculation and they want to expand their academy. Earlier in 1997, the UBL team was shut down all of a sudden.

    Sources said that in the aftermath of the current decision, 25 players and other employees can be affected.

    These players include Yonus Khan, Umar Akmal, Shan Masood, Romaan Rais, Saad Ali, M Asghar and Ahsaan Adil, M Nawaz, Mir Hamza, Sohail Khan, and Sohaib Maqsood are included.

    In the previous season, UBL had won the one-day tournament.

  3. HashiBaba

    HashiBaba Talented

    Dec 24, 2009
    I believe we are the only country in the world which has this silly departmental first class cricket. Best thing would be for the departments to own or sponsor regional teams. But this has been the case for decades so I think the appetite to change just isn't there.
  4. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    UBL move to disband team will discourage youngsters: Younis

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan believes that the United Bank Limited’s recent move to disband its cricket team will send discouraging signals to young and upcoming cricketers who have been aspiring to make career in the game with the support of leading outfits in domestic cricket.

    “At the UBL academy, the youngsters are training day in and day out with hopes to excel in the game,” said Younis while talking over the phone from Islamabad. “But they will feel very disappointed when the same institution disbands its cricket team.”

    “UBL is the only department with such a good set-up. Young players, at their training facility, will surely get discouraged by this move”, the former captain added. “How does it sound that ‘We will manage the cricket academy but will shut the cricket team. it doesn’t seem fair.”

    Younis said he has had a word with the UBL head on this subject and will be meeting other influential figures as well in the coming days to convince them to avert the dismantling of the cricket team.

    UBL has been a prominent department with a rich history in the Pakistan domestic circuit.

    “UBL are the reigning departmental one-day champions and have eight or nine current national players in its ranks. I hope the relevant quarters will pay heed to my plea,” said Younis.

  5. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Younis to meet Bestway Group chairman to secure bank’s cricket team

    KARACHI: Pakistan’s batting great Younis Khan will go to the UK after Eid-ul-Fitr to meet the chairman of Bestway Group Sir Anwar Pervez to resolve the issue of UBL’s cricket team’s closure, ‘The News’ learnt on Sunday.

    Bestway is a Britain-based multi-national conglomerate, having businesses in the UK and Pakistan. In Pakistan it is a major shareholder of UBL.

    Younis told ‘The News’ that he would go to UK as soon as possible to meet Anwar. Younis was appointed captain of UBL team and the bank’s brand ambassador.

    He first met State Bank of Pakistan Governor Tariq Bajwa to seek his help to rescue the team, sources said. The SBP governor assured Younis that the matter would be taken seriously and he would inquire why the team was being closed.

    Bajwa assured him that injustice to the players would not be tolerated.However, there has been no action in this regard from the central bank. Thus, Younis decided to go to UK to meet the chairman of Bestway Group.

    It is pertinent to mention here that a successful cricket academy is being run by UBL where around 800 children get coaching at minimal cost. But the closure of the team has dampened their spirits. “What message are they giving to these young cricketers? When the bank is closing its own team, what is their future,” a UBL cricketer said.

    Younis had left HBL where he had been serving for 18 years to join UBL, which had promised him that he would be tasked with building a cricket nursery following the model of a top England academy.

    As per details, the bank sponsored PCB events, including PSL and the T10 in the UAE, due to which its expenditure rose. The bank failed to market its own sports complex situated in the heart of the city at Rashid Minhas Road. The complex has facilities of lawn tennis, hockey, cricket and other sports.

    Sponsoring an event is one thing and running a cricket team quite another, said a source. UBL performed brilliantly in the recent one-day events and first class cricket. A group of Pakistan’s first class cricketers said that constructing tall buildings is no success.UBL is a big name in Pakistan sports history and has produced many world class cricketers. It built its own sports complex more than two decades ago.

  6. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    In protest: Younis Khan leaves UBL

    KARACHI : Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has left United Bank Limited (UBL) with immediate effect in protest over the bank’s decision to disband the team.

    Since retiring from international cricket, Younis has been playing for UBL in the domestic circuit but he was unhappy about the closure of the team.

    UBL will also give up its representation on Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) governing if it decides to quit domestic cricket.

    The team left the domestic arena in 1997 for a period of 15 years due to privatisation. The team resurfaced in 2011 and quickly established itself as one of the top departments in first-class cricket.

    UBL was not able to go beyond the group stages in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy during the 2017-18 season. It finished second behind Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) in Group 2 of the competition.

    Over the course of its history, UBL has won the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy quadruple times while also winning the Pentangular Cup thrice. It also has various other accolades in the limited overs format to its credit.

  7. Munna

    Munna Moderator-e-Aala

    Oct 4, 2014
    Seems like these days he's only in the news for his protests.

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