Pakistan news February 25, 2013

PCB amends its constitution

The PCB constitution has been amended to change the process of appointing the board's chairman and alter the structure of its governing board. The President of Pakistan, who is the patron of the PCB, still plays the central role in appointing the chairman and the incumbent Zaka Ashraf will hold office until the new constitution is implemented, which is likely to be before June 2013.

According to the 22-page document, a copy of which was obtained by ESPNcricinfo, the President of Pakistan will recommend at least two chairman candidates to a four-member nomination committee, which will evaluate them and recommend one to the board of governors, which will have to endorse the appointment unanimously. The board chairman's term has also been extended from three years to four.

The four-member nomination committee will comprise two from the board of governors and two representatives appointed by the President of Pakistan. Previously, the President had the only say in appointing the chairman.

The PCB has been criticised in the past because its constitution allowed the chairman near-dictatorial powers. The amended constitution maintains that status quo. The chairman can control and oversee income and expenditure in accordance with the budget approved by the board of governors.

The composition of the board of governors was also restructured. The 14-member body will include five regional representativeselected on basis of rotation, five representatives of service organisations and departments, two non-voting former cricketers appointed on the recommendation of the chairman and two non-voting technocrats picked from a panel of threerecommended by the chairman in consultation with the President of Pakistan. The term of each member will be one year.

The PCB is working to implement the new constitution in stages, to avoid any dysfunction in the system.

In 2011, the ICC required that its member boards become autonomous and free of interference from governments by June 2013. Removal of government interference had also been one of the Woolf report recommendations approved by the ICC. The new constitution was produced as a result of the ICC directive and was approved on February 13, vetted by the Ministry of Law on the suggestion of the PCB and ICC feedback. However, in November 2012, ICC said it was reviewing its stance against government involvement in the administration of cricket.

In Pakistan, the country's President appoints the PCB chairman and must approve the appointment of the governing board members. The President also has the power to relieve the chairman of his post.

The draft of the constitution was shared with the ICC before its finalisation and according to a PCB official most of the feedback from the ICC had been incorporated. "The ICC has worked closely with the PCB on this matter, including by reviewing the proposed constitutional provisions in respect of the appointment of the President and providing feedback to the PCB for further consideration by the Pakistan government," an ICC spokesman told ESPNcricinfo.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    This is a right step taken by PCB .. Good Job!

  • Cricket on February 26, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Yes, you are right. The 4 members practically do not any powers nor will they have the will to do anything. Also the Board of Governers has been rendered toothless by clauses 29 & 30.


  • Faizan on February 26, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    The biggest worry here is that the Patron is the President. As long as the Patron is the President, no matter what amendments you make, they are useless. The President of the country should not be involved in the game at all.

  • Abdul on February 26, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    @ Sports4Youth....What i got is..........He will put 2 names...for example 1) Zaka Ashraf 2) Ijaz Butt....AND u need to have 4 votes to Reject 1st one....which you can not have because 2 Members are from President Side which no way will vote against 1) Zaka other 2 voting members are Rubber stamps...coz even if they say doesn't matter...isn't?

  • Cricket on February 26, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Clause 30 is there just to support clause 29.

    cluase 30 says that in order to reject a candidate, the board must do so unanimously. ie all four members must reject the candidate. However, that is practically improssible. As the 2 members appointed by the Patron (President) will simply support the proposal.

    So the issue is bound to go back to clause 29, which simply states that if the board members do not concur then the candidate no.1 is deemed approved and sent to the board of Governers, who once again have no choice but have to approve the nomination.

    What a travesty. Any where else in the world, have you seen such a mockery of democracy. We can only feel for the younger cricketers and talents, their futures are so bleek.


  • Cricket on February 25, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    The beuty is in clause 29.

    "In the event the nomination committee fails to take any decision in the said meeting, the name forwarded by Patron, at serial number one shall be deemed to have been recommended to the BOG."

    So if the two members appointed by the board of governers dont concur (agree) with the two members appointed by the president, then this part of clause 29 will come into play, and since the board of governers do not have the authority to reject a particular candidate, hence the name at no.1 will stand to be appointed automatically.

    So pratically nothing has changed at all.


  • Cricket on February 25, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    @ Afaaq Khan : You got it. Now instead of directly forcing one chairman on the PCB, the president will give two options. First one will be the one that he wants to be appointed and the other one will be worst. So that you end up SELECTING the one he wants.

    The beuty is that in the 4 member nomination commitee, two will be direclty appointed by the president. Now the other two can be politically influenced, easily. Moreover, these 4 guys will do this execise once every four years, then they will be redundant. So you can evaluate their credibility, appointment etc.

    No matter what happens, You will not get a properly elected Chairman.


  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    So instead of directly appointing a Chairman. He will put two names forward? Talk about going around the bend.

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