Arbitrary appointment of PCB chief will affect Pak’s performance: Mani

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2011, 11:13 AM IST

Karachi: Former International Cricket Council chief Ehsan Mani believes that the arbitrary appointment process of the PCB chairman by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari without consulting other stakeholders will badly affect the team’s performance against Sri Lanka.

Zaka Ashraf, president of the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, was appointed the PCB chairman after Ejaz Butt’s three-year tenure ended.

But a delay in issuing the notification and a pending case against Ashraf in the Supreme Court has created confusion about his future, a leading daily reports.

Pakistan is set to play a full-fledged series in the UAE, starting with the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

“The situation is beyond my understanding. There’s a degree of uncertainty and it’s not an ideal start for the new PCB chairman. This will have an adverse affect on our cricket and will hurt the team’s performance,” Mani said.

“The team management, including coaches, are confused about their future which will disturb their focus. Transparent process required for appointment,” he said.

Lashing out at Zardari, Mani said: “This process of appointment will be more destructive than the uncertainty. It has been made by the president without consulting any of the stakeholders. There are little chances of things becoming better.”

He also urged that only deserving officials should get a chance to run the PCB.

ANI