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How much will the cricket committee cost PCB?

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s newly formed cricket committee has raised questions about conflict of interest and excessive expenditures.

The four-member committee will assist and advise PCB chairman in relation to plans for promotion and conduct of game at all levels.

The committee will be chaired by former Pakistan Head Coach Mohsin Hasan Khan while other members include former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram and Misbahul Haq and former Women’s captain and selector Urooj Mumtaz.

According to Daily Express, each member of the committee will receive remuneration of 55,000 PKR per session, where 50,000 will be related to special allowance while 5,000 will be daily allowance.

The members will also stay in a five-star hotel while also receiving air tickets and transport services for travelling purposes.

It must be noted that PCB Chief Operating Officer (COO) Subhan Ahmed had stated during the press conference on Friday that massive amounts won’t be spent to keep the committee operational.

“The committee members won’t be remunerated with fixed salaries and only receive minimal amounts for the work they are doing,” he said.

Also there is an issue of conflict of interest as three members of the committee — Akram, Misbah and Urooj hold different designations which are related to cricketing activities in the country.

A cricket committee has been established by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Governing Board to assist and advise the chairman in relation to plans for promotion and conduct of game at all levels.

The committee will be chaired by former Pakistan Head Coach Mohsin Khan while other members include former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram and Misbahul Haq and former Women’s captain and selector Urooj Mumtaz.

The committee’s terms of reference includes formulating playing conditions for domestic matches, overseeing appointment of selection committees and national team coaches and meeting with chief selector and coach (Men, Women & Junior) three times a year,

The committee will also be responsible for reviewing plans for the development of umpires, referees and curators, receiving annual assessment of performance from management on umpires & referees, assessing quality of pitches, keeping a check on the condition of playing facilities (dressing rooms, practice facilities including net wickets) and giving views on any other matter referred by the PCB chairman.

Speaking on this occasion Mohsin Khan said that the committee will try to work for the betterment of Pakistan cricket while also ensuring that there is not favouritism.  

“We will work on the basis of merit and ensure that there is no element of favouritism in our work,” he said.

Mohsin also responded to a question about his stance on the Justice Qayyum Report — released in May 2000 regarding match-fixing — and the players named in it.

“During meeting with PCB Chairman I shared my reservations over Justice Qayyum Report but he told me that report wasn’t authentic and no decision was later made,” he said.

Meanwhile Wasim Akram stressed on the need of improving domestic cricket.

“I will try to utilise the experience I have gained from coaching and managerial work in the past 7-8 years,” he said. “We have to improve our domestic cricket by focusing on quality rather than quantity. We also have to educate players regarding how to handle media.”

Misbah-ul-Haq also expressed his concerns about domestic cricket. 

“I’m currently playing domestic cricket which gives me enough insight on the problems faced by players. I will highlight those as it’s a good opportunity for me to serve Pakistan Cricket,” he said.

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