Pakistan news June 19, 2013

PCB in turmoil after chairman's suspension


The crisis in the PCB surrounding the suspension of Zaka Ashraf as chairman is having its deepest impact on the team's tour of the West Indies in the middle of July, starting with the memorandum of understanding between two boards and the selection of the team. It has also led to a delay in the PCB budget this year that, among other things, could affect salaries and player contracts.

The suspension of Ashraf has also led to an impasse in the board, with officials saying it is not possible for key decisions to be signed, be it the MoU with the WICB or the search for the home broadcasters. Ashraf's suspension is now being argued in the Islamabad High Court, which on Wednesday once again ordered the government to name an interim PCB chairman within three days and report on the next hearing on June 24.

In a third hearing of the judicial petition against the PCB's new constitution, the court decision left the board's major activities on hold. This uncertain status at the top could make its first dent at the ICC's annual meeting next week, as Pakistan along with other Full Members are due to give their response to the ICC guidelines about decreased government interference in cricket administration.

The PCB constitution allows its chairman near-absolute powers, making it almost a one-man show. Under the PCB constitution, the PCB chairman is also the chief executive officer and every major decision needs his approval - effectively giving the post of chief operating officer very limited powers.

The PCB was undecided about who will represent them at the conference, starting June 25. In 2011 the ICC had given a two-year deadline to the member boards to democratise their constitutions and remove government involvement in a bid to improve governance. Even though the ICC had relaxed its clause about the role of governments and the PCB tweaked its constitution slightly under Ashraf's chairmanship, the current situation is bound to raise concerns.

When Ashraf became the first incumbent elected president for another four-year term in May, it was the first such appointment under the new constitution. The IHC, however, ordered Ashraf's suspension, citing the election process "dubious" and "polluted".

The court, however, had not suspended the new constitution. The petition against the PCB was centred on the amendments made in it, especially those pertaining to the election of the chairman.

A government lawyer Irfanullah informed the IHC that former Pakistan captain Majid Khan was among three candidates for the role of acting chairman, and their names have already sent to the Prime Minister - who will make a final call. The commentator Chishty Mujahid and former chief of the Federal Board of Revenue Mumtaz Haider Rizvi are the other candidates.

The revised constitution also restructured the composition of the board of governors. The new 14-member body included five regional representatives selected on a rotation basis, 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 three recommended by the chairman in consultation with the President of Pakistan. The term of each member was to be one year, but large regional associations like Lahore and Karachi along with Sialkot, Faisalabad and Multan are keen to have a permanent role on the board.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    My friend we should give a chance new blood. Give them confidence not for one or 2 matches. Nasir jamshid and Ahmed Shehzad opening pair will be classic 3-Khurram manor or umer Akmal 4- Azhar Ali 5-Asad shafiq 6- Mohammed Rizwan wk 7- shahid afraid 8- Saeed Ajmal 9- junaid 10-irfan 11- Ehsan adil.

    Ahmed Shehzad ,Azhar Ali has quality to bowl as well. Sharjeel haris Sohail and Shoaib Masood and Hamad azam stay with team

  • Taqi on June 23, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    Mr. Irfan if you think that this was the best 11 then let them play against the following 1 Ahmed Shahzad 2- Shaarjeel Khan 3- Khurram Manzoor 4- Azhar Ali 5- younus Khan* 6- Fawad Alam 7- Shahid Afridi 8- Akber ur Rehman 9- Anwar Ali 10-Sarfraz (wkt) 11- Zulfiqar Babar 12- Shahzaib Hasan 13- Harris Sohail 14- Tabish Khan/ Sadaf Hussain. You will see the good difference. Pakistan should always have a team to take place of an non performing player.

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Yasir Arafat should play in place of Shoaib Malik..I stongly feel Shahid Afridi should be appointed as Captain as Misbah is still learning how to lead from the front whereas Afridi has loads of experinece in his baG..Imran Nazir and Nasir Jamshed sould be the opening pair and let Hafeez bat at no. 3...Pakistan should not let go of hands of Abdur Razzaq as he would come good in times of batting disaster..That's how my team would look like as given .Now it seems as if Pakistan has turned into a very well balanced team. This is my humble appeal to PCB form a team that looks somewhat like this: 1.Imran Nazir. 2.Nasir Jamshed. 3.Mohammad Hafeez. 4.Umer Akmal 5. Shahid Afridi. 6.Misbah Ul Haq 7.Yasir Arafat. 8.Whab Riaz. 9.Sayeed Ajmal. 10.Mohammad Irfan. 11.Junaid Khan. And on last thing I must say,since Kamran akmal is not performing on a consitent basis, we need to look for batsman who can keep wickets. I think Umer Akmal can keep wickets as he did few matches as far as I remember.

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    The fact is, Pakistan has created a lot of good players. The problem is who to pick... Now, the issue becomes a problem that our management is incapable of selecting the best 11.

    If anyone is god enough to represent Pakistan on the highest level then why do we regret and cry that so n so should have been in the team....

    We played the best 11 but they did not produce their best..... Did we for once try to ask the seniors and juniors in the team individually as what was the reason of their poor performance??

    The ones who did perform, we want them out of the team......Does not make sense!!!!

  • mainul on June 22, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Khurram Manzoor and Fawad Alam are two great prospect.First Fawad Alam. He averages 41.66 in 3 tests, 37.68 in 27 ODI's and an astonishing average of 55.96 in 96 first class matches. How a brittle batting lineup of Pak can dare to keep a player like him sidelined for years!Khurram averages 40 in 107 first class matches,45 in list A.Given only 7 tests and 7 ODI's he scored 3 fifties in each format with average 29 and 33 respectively.That looks very impressive and his average will improve a lot if given consistant opportunity.I am a Bangladeshi but a lover of Pak cricket for years together.I do get shocked when i see continued corruption in team selection of Pakistan.Bangladesh fortunately has come out of it a long long way. Now players are selected totally on basis of domestic league performances and recent form.Thats why Bangladesh cricket is marching forward

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    i think umer amin is a good player, should not be blame, must giving proper chance for him. players like imran farhat ,shoaib malik and kamran can get 100 chances then why not he. PCB should given proper chance to all new player.

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    I think they made a good decision to change the chairman.after losing the champion tropy they should bring umer akmal as a wicket keeper,shahid afridi,ahmad shahzad and azhar ali if they want to get a good position in icc. in this position they should drop imran farhat shoaib malik and umer amin. they don't have any responsibility on their self when they play for pakistan . if pakistan want to be a good team they should bring the below player to team.

  • Mohsin on June 22, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    President's power to assign PCB chief is the root cause that has brought Pakistan cricket to its knees. More delay in repealing this horrible cricketing constitution in Pakistan means; gradually we will be ranked lower than Zimbabwe; at present we are not too far from Zimbabwe anyway. With this result PCB will continue to give us same old song and dance "We don't have enough talent in the country". Even though Pakistan U19 continue to perform successfully for last ten years, which proves Pakistan have plenty of talent available in its disposal. Solution to this problem starts from change in the constitution i.e. Regional cricket board needs to select PCB chief not the President of Pakistan.

  • Taqi on June 21, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    I don't know why some people are after Afridi. If you see the last series he played, he was the top scorer. He is a fighter he exactly knows how he can handle opponents. I am also fail to understand as why so much cry for Hammad Azam? He already had his chance. If you please see Akber ur Rehma he is also young and a very good fast bowling all rounder. Shahzaib, Sharjeel, Khurram Manzoor have time and again proved themselves and surely require a fair chance. Also if you see other countries, their A teams are frequently visiting other countries and they have prepared replacement for any player playing for national side.

  • F on June 21, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Pakistan in cricket is what Argentina is in soccer. Like Argentina we don't win every world cup but provide entertainment beyond imagination. Our pure love of the game and raw talent has earned kudos all over the world. In cricket Pakistan has an identity for last fifty years. People love our fearlessness and aggression.

    This present outfit is unbecoming of what Pakistan is best known for.

    Misbah batting heroics have some genuine critics. He does not take singles, can't rotate strikes, commit too many dot balls and create pressure on others. He is a total detour to what great Miandad, Salim Malik, Inzamam, Yousaf and even Younas exhibited.They all built their innings keeping acceptable run rate going and than let themselves loose against bowlers but with an ability to stay till the finish.

    Pakistan needs to go back to the s

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