Lahore - The Board of Governors (BoG) members of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Wednesday agreed that Pak team’s performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 to date has been below expectation, but expressed faith, support and confidence in the side, and hoped it will utilize all their talent and potential in the remaining matches to bounce back strongly and finish on a high.

The BOG members expressed these views while discussing the performance of the team at the 54th meeting of the PCB’s Board of Governors here. The members agreed the team’s performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 to date has been below expectation, but expressed faith, support and confidence in the side, and hoped they will utilise all their talent and potential in the remaining matches to bounce back strongly and finish on a high.

The BoG had a discussion on the Pakistan cricket team’s recent performance across all formats and it was agreed, and as previously stated, following the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, the PCB will carry-out a robust review and analysis of the side’s and the team support personnel’s performances in the past three years and submit their recommendations to the Chairman and the BoG for their consideration.

On the recommendation of the PCB management, which was in line with its objective to strengthen and increase the capability and capacity of its affiliated units, the BoG principally approved the proposal to commercialise the Bugti Cricket Stadium, Quetta. It was agreed that a Working Group be set-up, which will draft and submit detailed proposals to the BoG for its approval.

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said: “I am grateful to the BoG for their support and the approval of the Bugti Cricket Stadium’s commercialization with an aspiration of becoming a world-class centre. This will prove to be a game-changer for Quetta and the region as it will generate significant revenues that will be reinvested into cricket to provide bigger and better opportunities for the whole community.”

PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan reported that as part of investing in developing and up-skilling officials, a discussion has taken place with an official of the England and Wales Cricket Board to send Pakistani first-class umpires to England to officiate in second eleven cricket in 2020.

In addition, Wasim Khan also updated the BoG that an in principle partnership had been reached with Warwickshire County Cricket Club to send young players and coaches as part of an exchange programme. Further details to follow in due course. “It is the commitment and resolve of this set-up that it will invest in developing its assets and resources. Our recent investment into our pathway cricket and a comprehensive National Cricket Academy Programme 2019-20 are an illustration of that commitment,” he said.

“Now, we are expanding our reach, and utilising our goodwill and contacts with other Boards to provide further foreign exposure to our high-performing match officials and cricketers. The PCB is confident this will contribute significantly to a stronger Pakistan cricket,” said the PCB official.

The BoG ratified last month’s approved circular resolutions and also approved the appointment of Deloitte as independent external auditors for the 2018-2019 financial year and the management’s proposed budget.

The BoG congratulated the PCB on earning the hosting rights of the ACC Asia Cup T20 2020 in September next year, and appreciated the PCB’s efforts in engaging with the ICC Members as part of their efforts for the normal resumption of international cricket in Pakistan.

Earlier, the BoG meeting started with prayers offered for former international cricket Akhtar Sarfraz and ex-Test umpire Riazuddin, who passed earlier this month.

The BoG meeting was attended by Ehsan Mani, PCB Chairman, Asad Ali Khan, Lt Gen (R) Muzammil Hussain, Kabir Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Imran Farookhi, Muhammad Ayaz Butt, Shahrez Abdullah Khan (members), Shah dost and Akbar Durrani, ex-Officio.