Monthly Archives: June 2014

PCB document reveals “discrepancy” in central contract formula

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), last week, awarded central contracts to players, however the announcement attracted a lot of criticism, specifically over the demotion of former captain Younus Khan. The relegation of Younus Khan made the process even more dubious, in view of a document exchanged between former designated chief selector, Rashid Latif and director game development Haroon Rasheed in March this year, a copy of which is obtained by this correspondent. Image

The PCB awarded category ‘A’ to five players including Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, and Junaid Khan.

However, the document dated March 11th, 2014, reveals that Rashid Latif and Haroon Rasheed were mutually agreed to award category ‘A’ six players including Younus Khan. The remaining five were the same as mentioned in the PCB list.

Moreover, in the category ‘B’, the former designated chief selector and Director Game Development proposed the names of Umar Gull and Ahmed Shehzad only.

The PCB awarded category ‘B’ to Younis Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, and Umar Gul.

As per the March document, the category ‘C’ included Asad Shafiq, Umer Akmal, Soaib Maqsood, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Bilawal Bhatti, Azhar Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Adnan Akmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Talha, Abdur Rehman, Nasir Jamshed and Anwar Ali.

Total 22 players were short-listed by Latif and Rasheed, with no mention of the category ‘D’.

The PCB, on the other hand, awarded category ‘C’ to Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Nasir Jamshed and Abdul Rehman, and placed sixteen others in category ‘D’ which took the final tally to 31.

The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif


PCB source denies ‘powerful MD’ slot in proposed constitution

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: Refuting media reports about the proposed constitution, a reliable source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) claims to have drafted a ‘democratic’ structure to run the board’s affairs transparently in the future. “There will be no post such as Managing Director in the upcoming set-up. In fact, all department representatives, elected regional presidents, on the Board of Governors (BoG), will elect the chairman freely”, said the source privy to the development, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.Image

“The BoG will have ten representatives from regions and departments for two years by rotation”, the source added

In May last year, the former PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf, held an election to get elected for four years. The exercise was widely criticised as dubious because two members of the BoG were included in the four-member nomination committee for the Chairman’s election.

On the mandate of various positions in the cricket board, the source said that the Chairman, BoG and COO etc would have the same powers as in the earlier constitution, however the chairman could be removed democratically by the vote of no-confidence in the BoG.

On a question the source expressed the confidence that the International Cricket Council would in fact be more satisfied “with the constitution which is more democratic then ever”