Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that it will contest the petition filed by former captain Rashid Latif who has called for reforms to the board, stressing the need for elections rather than appointment of officials. According to a statement, Latif filed the petition against the PCB for the betterment of cricket.
It said that the PCB constitution must be overhauled to allow it to operate ``in a fair and transparent manner`` and provide for the election of officials, including the chairman, reports The Express Tribune. The chairmanship is currently a political appointment by President Asif Ali Zardari. The process has been strongly criticised by experts and former players, including Imran Khan.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had last year directed member countries to free themselves of government interference by June 2013 and to ensure that presidents of cricket boards are elected. Pakistan opposed the ruling, saying it needs government support to develop the game and ensure security as it tries to revive international cricket, which was suspended after the Sri Lankan team was attacked in 2009. "Latif is convinced that the powers assigned to the patron of PCB are in complete disregard and violation of the constitution as they smack of non-transparent and discriminatory approach. The blatant and admitted failure of the government to amend or pass a new constitution in accordance with the directives of the ICC is a clear cut and flagrant violation," the statement further said.