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PM Kakar Explains PCB Management Committee Extension

PM Kakar Explains PCB Management Committee Extension

PM Kakar Explains PCB Management Committee Extension

PM Kakar Explains PCB Management Committee Extension

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  • PCB Management Committee extended 3 months for ICC World Cup 2023.
  • Focus on governance, chairman’s election; no policy decisions.
  • Zaka Ashraf faces misconduct allegations.
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Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has announced an extension of three months for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee led by Zaka Ashraf. This decision was made to ensure that the performance of the Pakistan cricket team in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023 in India remains unaffected.

“We don’t want to take any such step which will affect the performance of the Pakistan team,” Kakar stated during an informal chat with reporters in Islamabad. He also highlighted that a new elected government is expected to take charge in three months, at which point it will be their responsibility to manage cricketing affairs in the country.

The federal government approved this extension under Rule 16(j) of the Rules of Business, 1973, and Article 48 of the PCB Constitution, 2014. The primary task of the Management Committee during this extended tenure is to finalize the board of governance (BoG) and conduct the election of the PCB chairman at the earliest.

However, it’s essential to note that the extended Management Committee is restricted from making policy decisions or high-level appointments. The extension is capped at three months, as per the official notification issued by the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC).

Zaka Ashraf took over as the chairman of the PCB Management Committee earlier this year, replacing Najam Sethi. Notably, the decision to extend his tenure comes amidst allegations of flagrant misconduct and unconstitutional decisions leveled against him by a member of his own Management Committee, Zulfiqar Malik.

Malik raised these allegations in an email addressed to Ashraf and the Management Committee, according to ESPNcricinfo reports. The situation is expected to evolve as the Management Committee continues its responsibilities in the coming months while the Pakistan cricket team competes in the ICC World Cup 2023.

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