PCB seeks views of governing body on ICC amendment
Karachi: The PCB has not yet thought of challenging the ICC amendment, which blocks political or government intervention in the affairs of the member cricket boards, instead it has sought views of its governing body members on the issue.
"At the moment there is no plan to legally challenge the amendment. We have in fact asked our governing body members to give their views on the two main issues of the amendment made by the ICC which is free elections and government interference in cricket matters," a PCB source said.
The source pointed out that the two main points of the ICC amendment were that there should be free elections in the Board with no member or official being appointed by any government or political person and the government having no say in matters like management, administration, selection etc.
"We are studying how far is it possible for us to implement the amendment recommended by the ICC because of the different cricket culture and environment of Pakistan," the source said.
The governing body members include two former Test captains Javed Miandad and Intikhab Alam and representatives of five regions.
The PCB had initially legally challenged the ICC move to make the constitutional amendments but than held talks with the ICC.
The source said as soon as the governing body members and legal experts gave their views on the amendment the PCB would than set up meetings with government functionaries and the chief patron of the board to move forward.
The ICC has made it binding on all member boards to implement the constitutional amendment in the next two years after which any board failing to comply could face suspension and severe sanctions.
The cricket community in Pakistan appears to be split over the issue with one supporting it and saying the board should be run on democratic lines while another lobby believes the amendment can`t work in Pakistan cricket because since independence it has a system that has worked well and produced results.
"If the ICC amendment is implemented it will have a profound impact on the board as the country`s president is its chief patron. The PCB had objected to the amendment but was left with no choice but to accept it after all ICC members agreed to the change," a former test player said.