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PCB chief to appoint two eminent cricketers as advisers

LAHORE: Taking note of an alarming situation which sees no cricketer in its Board of Governors (BoG), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has allowed chairman Shaharyar Khan to appoint two eminent cricketers as advisers who can be invited to the BoG meeting when required.

The move came after the PCB’s 37th BoG meeting in Lahore on Tuesday which saw no cricketer present for the first time in its history after former Test spinner Iqbal Qasim was withdrawn by his parent body National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) following his retirement.

“In order to seek expert cricketing opinion where required, the BoG authorised the chairman to appoint two eminent cricketers as advisers to the chairman. These advisers may also be invited to the BoG meetings for soliciting expert opinion on cricketing affairs, as and when required,” a short PCB news release issued after a marathon BoG meeting states.

The BoG was also informed that the final plan of action for holding the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be presented in the next meeting.

The PCB is trying to hold the league either in the UAE or Qatar in February next year but it hasn’t been able decide a final venue as it is facing different problems at the two venues.

“Mr Najam Sethi, Chairman Executive Committee, briefed the Board of Governors about developments related to the Pakistan Super League. He informed the Board that the final plan of action for PSL will be presented in the next meeting,” the news release said.

“In addition, Mr. Sethi also informed the Board of Governors about the new domestic structure and the franchise model for regional teams. Members of the BoG appreciated the efforts of PCB management to improve the quality of domestic cricket. It was hoped that, under the new model, player remunerations and job prospects will improve further.

“Chairman Shaharyar Khan briefed the Board of Governors about developments at the ICC Annual Meeting (held in Barbados in July this year). He informed the BoG about discussions held with heads of various cricket boards with regard to inviting more teams to play in Pakistan.

“The PCB Chairman also laid out his vision to improve the organizational efficiency of PCB. Best management practices need to be incorporated in order to ensure optimum level of efficiency.”

The meeting started with a minute’s silence in memory of the Punjab home minister late Col (R) Shuja Khanzada, who was martyred in a bomb blast in his native village near Attock, the other day.

“The Board of Governors constituted a coordination committee for finalizing the PCB Strategic Plan. The committee will be chaired by Mr. Zafar Mehmood, member BoG and Chairman Wapda. The committee will present its recommendations in the next meeting after consulting various stakeholders,” the news release added.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) president Professor Ijaz Ahmed Faruqi initially boycotted the meeting in a protest against the PCB’s decision of allowing only one team of its region to play in the national events but later joined it.

Apart from Faruqi, Sethi and Zafar, Chairman Cricket Committee Shakeel Ahmed Sheikh, IPC secretary Ijaz Chaudhry, PCB COO Subhan Ahmad and CFO Badar Manzoor Khan were also present.

Also present were Gul Zada of Peshawar region, UBL’s Mansoor Masood Khan, Maj Naeem Gillani of Rawalpindi region and Amjad Latif from SNGPL.

In a brief chat with reporters following the meeting, Shaharyar disclosed that the PSL “might be deferred till May because of non-availability of venue” and hinted that the UAE is the more likely of the two venues.

“The BoG also discussed the proposed Indo-Pak bilateral series in detail,” he added.

The series is scheduled to be held in the UAE in December this year, but it is still waiting for a green signal from the BCCI.

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