QUETTA (9 News) – A meeting of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Board of Governors was postponed after the members’ boycott on Wednesday.
A majority of members nullified the appointment of PCB Managing Director Waseem Khan. They also rejected a proposed change in the domestic structure as well as amendment in the PCB’s constitution.
However, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani failed to convince the members.
During the meeting, five members presented a resolution against the appointment of PCB MD Waseem Khan.
LRCA president Shahrez Abdullah Khan, RCA FATA president Kabir Ahmed Khan, KRL Director Sports Muhammad Ayaz Butt, RCA Sialkot president Muhamad Numan Butt, RCA Quetta president Shah Dost boycotted the meeting.
They said that a change in the department and regional cricket is unacceptable.
Talking to the media after postponing the meeting, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said that they would not allow anyone to hijack the agenda. “The board decisions will not be changed in this way. There should be no misunderstanding and changes will be made in the PCB,” he said.
The PCB chairman said that the domestic cricket will be changed.
Talking to the media, the estranged members alleged that the PCB chairman is wasting board’s funds worth billions of rupees. “Ehsan Mani wants to establish the dictatorship. Contradictory actions are being taken. We will not let anyone do the violation of the constitution,” he said.
PCB Chairman Mr Ehsan Mani said: “I am hugely disappointed by today’s events as I was looking forward to an interactive, productive and constructive discussion, which was aimed at taking Pakistan cricket forward.
“Yesterday, we called on the honourable Chief Minister of Balochistan and engaged in fruitful and enlightening discussions to promote cricket in Balochistan. It is, therefore, particularly disappointing that the representative from Balochistan also refused to return for the BoG meeting.”
‘We reaffirm our commitment to doing what is right for Pakistan cricket and once again becoming a strong force in the world game, and must not get derailed by personal agendas.”
RCA Sialkot president Muhamad Numan Butt said that their struggle is for the cricketers. “Where will our children play if we abolished the institutions and regions?” they said.
He said that they had not boycotted the meeting.
Balochistan CM urges PCB to take steps for promoting cricket
Earlier on Wednesday, Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Jam Kamal Khan urged Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to take steps for promoting cricket in the province and enhance talent of local players.
He expressed these while talking to a delegation of Pakistan Cricket Board led by PCB’s Chairman Ehsan Mani called on him at his office, said press release issued.
Provincial Ministers including Mir Naseebullah Marri, Muhammad Khan Lehri, Federal Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Secretary Sports and Balochistan Cricket Association (BCA)’s members were present on the occasion.
Provision of cricket activities and other matters of sports came under discussion during meeting.
The chief minister said young players could be prepared for national team when we would take measures with cooperation of PCB to establish cricket academy at district level for providing opportunities of training facilities by coaches for enhancing their talents.
Jam Kamal said incumbent government was interested in promotion of sports because we would not invest in field of sports than standard of sports could not be improved in the areas.
“Quetta Gladiator’s owner Nadim Umar and Sponsor Engro Company has promised to establish cricket academy in Quetta for encouraging local players in cricket sports”, he said.
The Chairman PCB appreciated stance of Chief Minister Balochistan for taking keen interest in sports and to promote sports activities for ensuring better future of young players.