London: Former Pakistan cricket captain turned politician Imran Khan has said that cricket in Pakistan is run on an ad-hoc basis and the reason behind it is that the Chairman of the Cricket Board is appointed and liked by the President of Pakistan, which according to him is the only qualification of the Chairman.
"The aim should be to make Pakistan cricket an institution - this is what needs to be done. Cricket in Pakistan is run on an ad-hoc basis and the reason why it`s ad-hoc is because the Chairman of the Cricket Board is appointed by the President of Pakistan and the only qualification of the Chairman is that the President of Pakistan likes him,” a website quoted Khan, as saying.
“The Chairman is no longer accountable to anyone as long as the team keeps winning. If the team is winning, the Chairman can then claim that he`s succeeding and if the team loses then he changes the captain and that is why we get so many frequent changes in captaincy. Pakistan cricket needs to be democratic and it should have elected Associations and no place for sponsors. No sponsors should be able to field their team. This only happens in Pakistan, nowhere else does this happen," he added.
The legendary all-rounder and captain of the 1992 World Cup winning team and a veteran of 273 matches for Pakistan; made his comments during a visit to the UK.