Karachi: Within days of stepping down as the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Chief Operating Officer, Wasim Bari is back in the PCB to oversee the enforcement of the new code of conduct and anti-corruption measures in domestic cricket.
The former Test captain, who has also served as chief selector, was asked to step down as the COO after the Governing Council decided to retire all employees who had attained the age of 60-years.
“Bari has now been given employment in the board on a new contract as the service rules allow the PCB to appoint even persons above the age of 60 on contractual positions,” one official said.
He said Bari had been appointed as Director Education and Training and would be based at the National Stadium here.
“This is a new position created to implement the new PCB codes of Conduct and Anti Corruption in domestic and international cricket,” the official said.
Bari said he was happy to be serving Pakistan cricket in a new capacity.
“Cricket is facing new challenges but as a custodian of the game, we are committed to fight for its integrity and survival,” Bari said.
“Players need to be trained and educated on what problems they may face while playing at the international level. Pakistan is among the first Boards to start implementing these codes at domestic level. I am hopeful that with the right kind of awareness we will be able to overcome this global issue of corruption in Cricket,” the former Test captain said.
After being pressurised by the ICC for its lax attitude towards enforcement of anti-corruption measures the PCB has now started enforcing the code more strictly in its national team and even in domestic cricket.
“Bari has been given this assignment because of his experience and since he enjoys a lot of respect in international and Pakistan cricket,” one board official said.
He said Bari has been told to organise seminars and workshops on anti-corruption code for players and officials and start grooming and educational programs for cricketers from the domestic level.
“The purpose is that when players graduate to the national teams they know what is expected of them as ambassadors of the country,” he said.