By Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: The state of affairs at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) seems heading nowhere as Zaka Ashraf was barred, by the Islamabad High Court (IHC), to carry out his responsibilities as Chairman PCB.
Commenting on the development, a former chief of the Cricket Board, Arif Ali Khan Abbasi has expressed reservation over the ‘overwhelming’ Government interference in country’s cricket affairs. “I have had objections over Zaka Ashraf’s policies, however the treatment, meted out to him [Zaka Ashraf] lately, was also uncalled-for”, said Arif Abbasi while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
“The President is the patron of the PCB hence he should be consulted, why the government is dictating terms over the appointment of the acting PCB chairman. The recent IPL fiasco is an example. Did the India government interfere in the BCCI’s affairs?” asks Arif Abbasi, who held the post of the chief executive at BCCP [now PCB] between 1994 and 1996.
The former PCB chief also said the [PCB] constitution clearly defines the procedure to appoint an acting chairman however the lawyer’s probably had ‘failed’ to convince the IHC in this regard. “There is a clear procedure defined in the PCB constitution for the appointment of an acting chairman, however it seems that the PCB lawyers had failed to put their point across before the IHC, I am afraid”, maintains Arif Abbasi.
Responding to a query about the existing structure of the PCB, Arif Abbasi dismissed the presence of only limited departments and regions on the Board of Governors (BoG). He, in fact, added that the supreme authority should rest with the General Body.
“The existing composition of the BoG is solely aimed at buying votes to get elected. Instead, there should only be a General Body with all the departments and regions on board to review important matters”, concludes Arif Abbasi