Pakistan board brought under government control

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Pakistan Cricket Board has been brought under government control for the first time, until a new chairman is appointed, after the Ministry of Sports issued a notification on Monday.

Cricket was the only sport in Pakistan not under government supervision but this move by the ministry was expected after Nasim Ashraf resigned as PCB chairman last month.

"Since the board chairman resigned last month, the ministry has decided to take measures to bring cricket affairs under the control of the ministry,"

sports minister Najumuddin Khan told Reuters.

"All sports federations in the country come under our control. And we also want to have a certain level of transparency in cricket affairs as people are unhappy with the performance of the team."

Shafqat Naghmi, the PCB's chief operating officer, said he thought the board would still be allowed to look after itself other than for policy decisions.

"Apart from that, day-to-day affairs and those things which have already been approved by the board, I believe, the ministry will let the board handle them. This is my assumption,"

he said.

Currently the Pakistan president, who is also the PCB's patron-in-chief, must appoint the new board chairman but Najumuddin had previously indicated that the board constitution would be reformed and the power to appoint the chairman could go to the prime minister.

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