Calls for PCB disbandment following video leak
Karachi: The Parliamentary Standing Committees on Sports have suggested disbandment of the Pakistan Cricket Board and appointment of an ad-hoc committee to run game in the country after a leaked video exposed the strife and politics within the team.
Iqbal Muhammad Khan, who heads the National Assembly Committee, said PCB has made a mess of cricket affairs in the country.
"I think Ejaz Butt should step down honorably and the government should appoint an ad-hoc committee to put cricket matters back on track," he said.
Ghaffar Qureshi, who heads the Senate Committee, said he would call for the holding of a joint parliamentary session of both the committees to probe into cricket matters and discuss the leaked video recordings.
"We will have a joint session soon in which all Board officials, players and former and present team officials will be summoned," Qureshi said.
The Senator said he also supported the appointment of an ad-hoc committee by the PCB chief patron -- President Asif Zardari.
"It is obvious from the video recordings just what shape Pakistan cricket is in and I think it is time other people were given a chance to run cricket affairs. This board has failed to control things," he said.
The NA committee has already summoned players and officials next week for a hearing which is expected to provide fireworks since players who have spoken against each other in the video recordings will attend the hearing side by side.
The Board is also due next week to announce the squads for the Asia Cup and tour to England.
The video recordings of the PCB enquiry committee highlighted differences among the players, ineffectiveness of the team management, involvement of the PCB officials in team politics and fresh suspicions about the match-fixing.