Sensing a change in the top management of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the former chief executive of the board Arif Ali Khan Abassi on Wednesday urged the government in waiting to empower the regional associations which, he said, are the actual stakeholders of the game in the country.
“Only replacing the PCB chairman, which looks ominous, will not serve the purpose,” he said. It will be a mere eyewash”, Abbasi told this correspondent.
“The General body of the regional associations should elect an executive council of 12 individuals to call the shots.” The former cricket board chief executive was of the opinion that the patron should appoint the PCB chairman as usual.
“Since all the general body members can’t meet frequently, therefore the executive council should be given the mandate to assemble 5-6 times in a year to run the affairs”, the former PCB head opined.
Abbasi also called for a separate mechanism for the Pakistan Super League (PSL). “The PSL is purely a commercial venture which should operate independently with a competent businessman as it’s head,” he concluded.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to award central contract to 33 players in five categories with a 25 per cent increase in their monthly stipend.
The list of new central contracted players will be announced probably by next week after completion of the necessary procedure. Besides the players, 10 best umpires — included six on the ICC panel of umpires — and three referees would also get central contract, Dawn learnt on authority.
The list of players was finalised by a four-member committee comprising of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, head coach Mickey Arthur, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmad and PCB Director Cricket Haroon Rasheed.
The committee met here the other day and sent its recommendations to PCB chairman Najam Sethi for the final approval.
Moreover, the annual ceremony of awarding the awards to the best players, referee, umpire, curator/groundsman will be held in Karachi on Wednesday.