The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has issued a notice to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and has asked the latter to submit the record of the employees hired for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) along with the record for broadcasting rights.
The FIA’s Anti-Corruption Cell has narrowed down its investigation which is now focused on irregularities in the PCB and the hiring of staff with exorbitant salaries.
Earlier, a PCB official had appeared before the FIA team last week and asked for more time. Senior officials of the PCB are also expected to be called for a hearing in the ongoing week.
The PCB has not submitted its records in this regard. They are expected to provide all records in the following week which will then be scrutinised by the FIA team. If irregularities are detected in the record, then a formal investigation will take place.
Later, the PCB also gave its response on the aforementioned inquiry by stating:
“Firstly, the PCB generates its own revenues and receives no grants, funds or monies from either the Federal or Provincial Governments, the Consolidated Funds or the Government or Public Exchequer. The PCB reinvested the funds it generates in the development of cricket in the country. As such, there is no misappropriation of Government Funds in PSL.”
While Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan has said that all the recruitments, made within the PCB during his tenure, are based on merit.
“I have always recruited on merit. Some people will like the people I have recruited and some won’t but that there opinion and ultimately everybody is entitled to their opinion,” he said.
He also opens up on facing criticism with regards to implementing changes within the country’s cricket.
Khan, who joined the PCB in February 2019, believes that people who can’t argue with the changes made resort to cheap shots such as personality attacks.
“We have changed the landscape of the PCB as compared to how things were run before. Inorder to change things, you have got to be bit of a disruptor and that can make you unpopular. People like status quo and when they can’t argue with the changes you have made, they turn to personality attacks because that’s their cheap shot,” said Khan while talking to PTV World.
He also brushed aside the notion that he was looking to leave the PCB in the near future.
“There have been a lot of rumours about exit strategy and all kinds of stuff. I’m firmly here as far as I’m concerned, unless I’m told otherwise by the people. I’m enjoying what I’m doing… you are going to have haters no matter what you do, whether it’s jealousy or envy,” he said.
Khan, who was awarded MBE in 2013, also urged people to come up with solutions rather than just criticising.
“Sitting outside and criticising is a very easy job. When you ask them for solutions, they look at you and say what? I can only give you problems. I always say no issues, I have always been open to new ideas and better ways to do things. I speak to a lot of ex-players to get their views about what they think is working and what isn’t working,” he said.