At the heart of the bitterness is the fact that Sarfaraz and Rizwan have been made de facto representatives of regions.
The tournament has been a constant fixture since 2015, overcoming obstacles such as finances and even the coronavirus pandemic.
Out of 100-plus cricketers expected to take part in the tournament, a select few may be worthy of extra attention.
This is probably the first time ever that the PCB has adopted a one-size-fits-all approach.
A series of unfortunate events all happening in the same campaign have caused just about the perfect storm for Quetta.
A poor average accumulated over 26 games, 10 months of cricket cannot be a dry patch. This is something else.
Pakistan's thumping victory over Bangladesh on Friday went in vain as the team bowed out of the World Cup.
Imad and Wahab's performances stood out.
These three deserve a mention: Shaheen Afridi, and Babar Azam Sarfaraz Ahmed.
One has to ask: is this the real Pakistan or was it the one that got blown to smithereens by India last week?
The team seems to be frozen in time while others progress.
This was a classic Pakistan performance but the kind that doesn't elate you.
Unpredictability and inconsistency mixed with flashes of brilliance are the hallmark of both these sides.
No one wants to be a 'mope' but what do the fans do when their team relies on luck rather than concrete homework.
One of the Kings' best performers could be unknowingly exacerbating the team's problems.
The capital city side has defeated its port city rivals in each of their last three matches.
Who is to blame for the Punjab franchise's consistent failures?
Men in green and yellow set to face each other in second T20I tonight in Dubai at 9pm PST.
Insipid start, inspired finish, low crowds, Sri Lanka's regression and more.
The Tigers have the chance to win their first major trophy today by pulling off an upset against the champions.