LAHORE - The Management Committee (MC) members has unanimously endorsed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi's request to the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Cooperation (IPC) to promulgate the new democratic PCB constitution at the earliest and subsequently conduct the elections without delay.
This was stated by PCB spokesman after the sixth meeting of the PCB Management Committee (MC) held here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday under the chairmanship of Najam Sathi. Shaharyar M Khan, Shakil Shaikh, Zaheer Abbas, Iqbal Qasim and Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad attended the meeting.
After a new national government took office in 2013, Ashraf fell out of favour. He lost his post for a third time after a Supreme Court order last week which restored Sethi, an appointee of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The case will be heard at length in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The board chief consulted the members about the court’s hearing and also got the trust in this regard. He was assisted by COO Subhan Ahmed and legal adviser Salman Naseer.
“The management committee members also took note of the outstanding arrears of approximately Rs 20 million detailed in the internal audit report for the period Zaka Ashraf was PCB chairman and authorized current chairman Najam Sethi to inquire into the matter and make an attempt to enforce recoveries,” he said adding the committee would attempt to recover the sum.
The internal audit report shows several unaccounted ticket purchases during Pakistan's 2012-13 tour of India and during the Champion's Trophy in England in June last year. "Tickets worth of 759,047 rupees ($7,600 dollars) were bought by the PCB and there is no record of whom they were given to. Another 2.5 million rupees ($25,000) were spent during the Champions Trophy 2013 on tickets, again without records of the beneficiaries," he stated.
“The committee members also unanimously approved health insurance and benefits to board's contractual employees. These are currently only available to permanent employees of the PCB,” he added.
An update on the current legal position of the PCB was also provided to the committee members.