PCB appoints a retired judge in its Integrity Committee

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) included a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Jamshed Ali Shah in its Integrity Committee to ensure a transparent selection process.

An official of the PCB confirmed that Justice Shah had been inducted on the committee after discussions with the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"The PCB and the ICC task force on Pakistan jointly felt that we should have a former judge who is an independent figure on the committee which will continue to be headed by Board chairman Ijaz Butt," he said.

The official said the purpose of inducting the former judge on the integrity committee was to give it some independence and also to have legal help available as the committee would be dealing with issues of discipline and other related matters.

The PCB had constituted its integrity committee last month after the ICC gave the PCB a deadline of 30-days to reform its administration and also seriously enforce anti-corruption and disciplinary measures in Pakistan cricket.

The integrity committee, which also includes chief selector Mohsin Khan, senior board official Zakir Khan, the head of the domestic operations Sultan Rana and the security managers of the board and national team, has been tasked with the responsibility of screening all players before they are picked up for any level of national team representation.

The committee is also responsible for screening the players appearing in domestic cricket and to give clearance to the selectors about probable players.

The ICC task force had recently written to the PCB advising it to have a former judge or independent personality heading the integrity committee instead of Ijaz Butt himself.

But the board official said Butt would continue as Chairman.

"There is no doubt the importance of the committee is manifold and we are now very particular about giving clearance to players before they play for Pakistan," he added.