The Pakistan Cricket Board has failed to convince the regional cricket associations in the country to alter the format of the four-day Pentangular Cup in order to make it more competitive. Due to the lopsided nature of some of the results in the previous edition - particularly in matches involving under-strength teams like Balochistan and NWFP - the PCB had suggested to split all 75 players into five evenly-matched teams but the proposal was rejected.
In another development, the one-day version of the Pentangular Cup has also been scrapped as the board does not have a budget allocation for it. With India due to tour the country for a three-Test and five-ODI series in January-February 2009, the PCB has decided to hold the Pentangular Cup ahead of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan's premier domestic tournament.
Sultan Rana, the PCB director of domestic cricket, said another meeting with the regional heads is scheduled for October 4. "Hopefully, all five teams will be announced soon after the meeting," Rana told the Dawn. The Pentangular Cup will also start from Oct 22 instead of Oct 21.
The five teams in the series are Punjab, Sindh, Federal Areas, Balochistan and NWFP.