PCB dissolved by Pakistan Prime Minister as Interim Committee takes control

As the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, dissolved the governing board of the Pakistan Cricket Board, the cricket world raised an eyebrow and thought here we go again.

Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A five-member interim management committee (IMC) is now in place to run cricket in Pakistan made up of the PCB’s acting chairman Najam Sethi‚ former chairman Shahryar Khan, former players Zaheer Abbas and Haroon Rasheed and former team manager Naved Cheema.

The IMC, as directed by Sharif, was given powers to elect a chairman and chose Sethi. He will represent Pakistan at the International Cricket Council board meeting on 18 and 19 October in London.

The IMC, says the press release issued by the PCB will, “ensure that PCB remains enabled to continue to perform day-to-day domestic and international functions for the promotion of the game and in line with the directions of the court.”

The Islamabad High Court had made a judgement on a constitutional writ petition challenging the election of the previous PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf. Ashraf was suspended and replaced for 90 days by Sethi and a deadline of 18 October was set for the PCB to hold elections for a chairman. This deadline was not complied with partly due to a refusal by the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold the elections.

The impression to the outside world is that Pakistan cricket does not help itself. Perhaps this is the start of a new era.

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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