LAHORE: The process to elect the new chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is yet to commence here as no official notification has been received from the Board’s patron in chief, Prime Minister Imran Khan, about his two nominees for the Board of Governors.
Though the Prime Minister nominated ex-ICC president Ihsan Mani as one of the two nominees for the chairman’s post, soon after his predecessor Najam Sethi resigned last week, the premier has yet to send the names of Mani along with another nominee in the Board of Governors which is the electoral college for electing the new chairman.
Meanwhile, acting PCB chairman, Justice (retd.) Afzal Haider, who is also chief election commissioner of the PCB, stated in a brief press release on Friday: “The Election Commissioner will work to hold free and fair election of Chairman PCB. Once the election commissioner receives nominations from the Prime Minister, and after the formation of Board of Governors (BoGs), the chief election commissioner with deputy election commissioner Ahmed Shahzad Farooq Rana, will announce the schedule of election of Chairman PCB next week.”
Zakir Khan returns as Director International Cricket.
Moreover, the acting PCB chairman also issued the orders of appointing Zakir Khan as Director International Cricket. Zakir has been a close friend of Imran Khan and for that reason he was not the favourite of previous two chairmen – Shaharyar M Khan and Najam Sethi. But instead of terminating his services, they both sidelined Zakir as OSD. The former pacer has been drawing his salary for the last four years while sitting at home.
However, now Zakir has returned with full powers on the post which was rendered vacant after Director Cricket, Haroon Rasheed was sent to Karachi recently as Director Domestic Cricket cum in charge of the Karachi High Performance Centre. Previously, Haroon was in charge for both domestic and international cricket.
Meanwhile, a brief ceremony was held at the PCB on Friday in the honour of outgoing chairman Najam Sethi. The PCB, however, did not issue any official statement on the send-off ceremony.
Originally Published in Dawn, August 25th, 2018.