PCB Board of Governors meeting held

Karachi: The 37th PCB Board of Governors meeting was held on Tuesday (August 18) at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore with Chairman Shaharyar M. Khan presiding over the meeting.

The meeting was attended by Najam Sethi, Chairman Executive Committee, Zafar Mehmood, WAPDA, Shakeel Ahmed Sheikh, Chairman Cricket Committee, Gul Zada, Peshawar Region, Mansoor Masood Khan, UBL, Professor Ijaz Ahmed Faruqi, Karachi Region, Maj (R) Naeem Gillani, Rawalpindi Region, Amjad Latif, SNGPL, and Ijaz Chaudhry, Secretary IPC. Subhan Ahmad, COO, and Badar Manzoor Khan, CFO, were also present.

The meeting started with a minute’s silence in memory of the late Col (R) Shuja Khanzada.

Chairman Shaharyar M. Khan briefed the Board of Governors about developments at the ICC Annual Meeting. He informed the BoG about discussions held with heads of various cricket boards with regard to inviting more teams to play in Pakistan. “I am very hopeful that more teams will tour Pakistan fairly soon,” he said.

The PCB Chairman also laid out his vision to improve the organizational efficiency of PCB. “Best management practices need to be incorporated in order to ensure optimum level of efficiency,” Shaharyar said.

In order to seek expert cricketing opinion where required, the Board of Governors authorized the Chairman to appoint two eminent cricketers as Advisors to the Chairman. These advisors may also be invited to the BoG meetings for soliciting expert opinion on cricketing affairs, as and when required.

Najam Sethi, Chairman Executive Committee, briefed the Board of Governors about developments related to the Pakistan Super League. He informed the Board that the final plan of action for PSL will be presented in the next meeting.

In addition, Sethi also informed the Board of Governors about the new domestic structure and the franchise model for regional teams. Members of the BoG appreciated the efforts of PCB management to improve the quality of domestic cricket. It also was hoped that, under the new model, player remunerations and job prospects will improve further.

The Board of Governors constituted a coordination committee for finalizing the PCB Strategic Plan. The committee will be chaired by Zafar Mehmood, member BoG and Chairman WAPDA. The committee will present its recommendations in the next meeting after consulting various stakeholders.