LAHORE - Ignoring recent orders by the government on not to buy new vehicles, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is in the process of purchasing two luxury vehicles with a total cost of Rs12.5 million for the use of higher officials.

Sources in PCB told APP on Wednesday that the order for the vehicles has been placed and delivery is expected soon.

A purchase order worth Rs7.5 million has been placed to buy a Honda jeep for Chief Operating officer Subhan Ahmed and a Toyota jeep worth Rs five million for Director General PCB Javed Miandad.

The purchase of these latest vehicles is in clear violation of government policy and defies the order of the newly appointed interim chairman Najam Sethi, who had urged the PCB financial advisors to cut down on expenses in the board’s annual budget, which is to be presented either by the end of this month or early next month.

“There is no need to buy such costly jeeps which will put the already financially crippled PCB under further burden,” said an employee of the board seeking anonymity.  The employee said the purchase of these vehicles at a time when the government has imposed a ban on buying new vehicles shows that PCB authorities are not bothered to abide by government orders.

“We appeal to the interim chairman of the PCB to look into the matter and stop the purchase of these jeeps immediately as it will put extra financial burden on the funds of the board. There are many new cars already available in the PCB fleet that are not currently under the use of any higher ups and that can be given to the concerned officials of the PCB for whom the new jeeps are being bought,” the employee added.