The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to restrict foreign trips of its officials, ahead of the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in England and Wales.
According to Daily Express, the Chairman Ehsan Mani-led administration is keen on putting a lid on foreign trips, in order to avoid unnecessary expenditure.
The board had also adopted a similar policy, during the HBL Pakistan Super League season four, earlier this year.
It must be noted that, during the 2015 ICC World Cup, a number of PCB officials, which included the Board of Governors (BoG) members, toured Australia and New Zealand along with their spouses. These trips were fully-financed by the PCB and cost the board millions, in terms of business class tickets and other allowances.
Interestingly one BoG member, during the previous World Cup, declined the tour offer but, despite this, his share of expenses was debited from PCB’s accounts and included in the latest audit report.
Sources also stated that PCB had conveyed this decision to its members, before the BoG meeting in Quetta. Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq is keen on visiting England, during the World Cup, but no final decision has been taken on this yet.
Director Media, Samiul Hassan Burney, has also set a new precedent by sending Media Manager Raza Rashid, alongside the national team to England.
Also Chairman Mani and Managing Director Wasim Khan are only likely to witness few matches, during the ICC meeting in July.
PCB has instructed players to remain ‘vigilant’ in England too;
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has strictly instructed its players to remain vigilant, during their prolonged stay in England and Wales, ahead of the upcoming England series and 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.
According to source the PCB is keen on ensuring that players are not embroiled in any controversy, bearing in mind prior precedents of spot-fixing, ball-tampering and various other unpleasant incidents.
The players have been told to avoid meeting and exchanging gifts with strangers and take permission from Team Manager, Talat Ali, before leaving the hotel, while also informing the security officer Major (retd.) Azhar. Squad has also been advised to travel in groups rather than on an individual basis.
The English media tends to be on the lookout for negative stories relating to Pakistan cricket, so it is only fair for players to stay cautious and avoid unnecessary activity.
The squad has also been asked to limit use of social media and their activity there should only reflect praise for fellow team members.
It must be noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan also laid emphasis on staying disciplined, during his meeting with the 2019 World Cup squad members, at his Bani Gala residence, before team’s departure for England.
(With input from Express Tribune / APF / Cricket Pakistan)