Monthly Archives: July 2014

Latif terms revamped domestic structure ‘old wine in new bottle’

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: The former Pakistan captain, Rashid Latif has lambasted the new domestic structure, recently unveiled by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), as a tried, tested and failed setup. According to the former wicket-keeper batsman, nothing will change positively until domestic players aren’t handsomely paid. “In 2011-12, Javed Miandad introduced the same system, but it failed to produced the desired results. Unless, the PCB pump-in considerable amount of money, the state of Pakistan’s domestic cricket will never improve”, said Rashid Latif, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.

ICC should look into the 2009 county match.

To have an idea just check on the earnings of domestic players in England, India and Australia”, added Latif.

The PCB recently revamped the domestic cricket structure by combining the department and regional teams in one first-class tournament. Twelve departmental and fourteen regional teams will participate in a two-tier competition – the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Top departments and regions will play in Gold while the remaining in the Silver league. After the season, the relegation mechanism will push two teams to the lower division – silver – and subsequently two silver teams would be promoted to the top tier – Gold.

“I am not in favour of merging departments and regions in a domestic event, there should be separate tournaments for both”, opined Latif

Commenting on the newly drafted constitution of the PCB, Rashid Latif questioned the democracy in the document as claimed by the cricket board. “Still the patron has the control over the board’s affairs. Why only ten individuals, including two nominees of the patron, decide about the chairman? this is not democracy. The General Body, of all departments and regions, should elect the chairman of the board”, said Latif

“Why do we compare the PCB with topnotch Cricket boards? Corruption and abuse of power is rife in the PCB hence it should not be compared with the cricket boards having a proper hierarchy and system”, concluded Latif




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


Era of uncertainity in PCB over: Najam Sethi

Muhammad Asif Khan

KARACHI: The chairman of the interim management committee (IMC) of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi, while welcoming the Supreme Court verdict, hoped that the direction set by the apex court had indeed put an end to the ambiguity over the PCB affairs. “The Supreme Court has decided all the petitions and now Zaka Ashraf has no role. Elections for the PCB chairman will be held within 30 days after the appointment of the election commissioner. As soon as the election commissioner is appointed, I and the IMC would go home. I have no intentions to contest for the post of chairman.” said Najam Sethi, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV NS

“The elections will be held under the amended PCB constitution, which was not only approved by the SC but also was described as a truly democratic document”, added Najam Sethi

The Supreme Court of Pakistan, on Monday, directed the PCB to conduct an election for the chairman’s post. The SC also directed the incumbent chairman Najam Sethi to continue until the appointment of an election commissioner and an acting chairman.

The PCB matters entered the courts after the elections of the chairman, under Zaka Ashraf, were held in May 2013. Later, as a result of High Courts’ verdicts & Government notification, Sethi and Ashraf have had multiple terms as PCB chairman. The matter was brought to the Supreme Court lately by the Government and PCB.

On a question Mr. Sethi denied the introduction of a powerful post in the amended constitution. “There is no powerful Managing Director coming in, in fact the powers of the chairman have been curtailed to empower the Board of governors. The chairman can now be dismissed through two-third majority votes”, stated Najam Sethi

Najam Sethi hoped the affairs of the Pakistan Cricket Board would be streamlined after the upcoming elections, added that the BoG would keep a strict check on every move by the executive [the chairman].

“The verdict of the Supreme Court has put a lid on the musical chair and now the PCB would usher into an era of stability”, hoped Najam Sethi

“I have had a word with the team management as well and have assured them of a much stable time in the offing”, concluded Sethi.



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