PCB acts on ICC threat, forms panel to check player integrity

Karachi: Acting on the ICC threat to impose sanctions if robust anti-corruption measures are not put in place, Pakistan Cricket Board has constituted a special six-member committee to conduct background checks and verify integrity of players before they are considered for any national team.

Zakir Khan, a senior PCB official and a member of the committee, today said it had been tasked to keep a close watch on activities of all players, officials and even board employees as part of the new anti-corruption measures.

“The committee will check on the background and disciplinary record of players in international and domestic cricket and clear them for selection,” he said.

Zakir said the committee, formed on the recommendations of ICC’s special task force on Pakistan cricket, would also play its role in keeping domestic cricket free of corruption.

“We have a broad based agenda and our main purpose is to ensure anti-corruption measures are effectively implemented and in future our cricket does not face the same problems it faced in England,” the former test fast bowler said.

All the members of the committee headed by PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt are board employees.

It includes director domestic cricket operations Sultan Rana, chief selector Mohsin Khan and security specialists in the board, Colonel (retd) Waseem Ahmed and Major (retd) Khawaja Najam.

Strangely, the PCB has also avoided using the services of its director general cricket Javed Miandad despite recent instructions from the government that Butt must utilise the former captain’s expertise in a better manner and give him more powers.

The ICC has given the PCB 30 days time to improve its administration and show serious intent in enforcing anti-corruption measures after the spot fixing scandal rocked the Pakistan team in England.

The ICC special task force in a teleconference with Ejaz Butt was today given the additional task of supporting the PCB in improving its administrative and governance structure.

Zakir also said that the board was working on setting up its own anti-corruption unit soon to also monitor domestic cricket matches.

The committee is expected to be given formal approval by the governing council of the board when it meets on November 1 in Lahore.