ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) governing board members in the 36th meeting GB meeting have decided to appoint Wisal Durrani as scrutiny committee chairman to conduct scrutiny of the registered clubs of the Rawalpindi District Cricket Association (RDCA).

The governing board members took this decision seeing various violations of PCB scrutiny procedure and PCB constitution in the Rawalpindi division.

The source have confirmed that it was long-anticipated and awaited move, as last time RDCA’s affiliated clubs scrutiny was conducted in 2012, but a lot of complaints were registered with PCB regarding biased and one-sided scrutiny by the same old people who are sitting at the helm of Pindi cricket affairs for the last two decades. A lot of bogus clubs were inducted by Ashraf Qureshi and Masood Anwar and genuine clubs were denied from their right of voting in the district and regional elections.

The elections had been due in Rawalpindi District and Regional Cricket Associations since 2010, but after reports of gross irregularities and concerned parties. It was decided to seek the court’s help but the scrutiny and election process still lingered on.

After taking serious notice of the situation, PCB governing body members scrapped the 2012 scrutiny and appointed Wisal Durrani to conduct fresh scrutiny. The clubs are directed to submit their Clubs Information Data Performa (CIDP) by July 10.

Talking to The Nation, a reliable source confirmed that governing body members took strong notice of the RDCA situation and assured the fresh scrutiny would be conducted in free, fair and transparent manner so no one could raise eye-brows and justice would be provided to all the stakeholders and genuine clubs and players would take benefit.

“The scrutiny will be conducted according to new law introduced by the cricket management committee, which include model constitution of the clubs, districts and zones. After the submission of the scrutiny papers, the concerned persons will visit Rawalpindi to physically inspect about the existence of the clubs, thoroughly check and verify their documents, players registration, scorecards and their participation in the RDA organised tournaments,” the source concluded.

DCA Rawalpindi provisional committee chairman Asif Zaheer will ensure the CIDP forms must be available to all the registered clubs. The clubs will ensure the CIDP's will be submitted along with a fee of Rs 200 to Asif not later than July 10. Only those clubs will be entertained who submit their Performa through Asif.

It is pertinent to mention here that the opposition group claims that they enjoy the complete backing of the majority of registered clubs, but present group keep on delaying tactics. This is quite childish stance by the group led by Ashraf Qureshi and Masood Anwar, as during Zaka Ashraf tenure, Masood was calling all the shots in Pindi and he was enjoying countless powers. Masood went from door to door and tried to muster support for their presidential candidate, but after failing in doing so, an ad-hoc committee was appointed in both RDA and Rawalpindi Region. The elections of both district and region were time and again delayed just because of rival groups were battling it out in the courts.

Now it is hoped the long-awaited election of Rawalpindi District and Regional Cricket Association will be held in near future and Rawalpindi will get elected representatives, who can plead their case, as Rawalpindi players are facing countless difficulties and there is no one who may fight for their just rights.