Accusing Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) under Nasim Ashraf's regime of misusing funds, former captain Javed Miandad has asked new Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to institute a probe into the financial affairs of the Board and punish those found guilty.
By virtue of being the chief patron of PCB, the President appoints its chairman and other key officials, and Miandad said Zardari should order an inquiry into the board's affairs in the last two years.
"He (Zardari) is the chief patron and he should order a thorough investigation into the misuse of the board's funds and hold the guilty people accountable," Miandad said.
"Pakistan Cricket Board has been damaged mostly because non technical people with no cricket background were handed the reigns by the previous government.
"Pakistan cricket needed to undergo a radical overhaul if it was to be put back on the right track," he said, adding that Zardari was the right man to clean up the cricket affairs.
Miandad also accused former PCB chief Ashraf of nepotism by way of creating posts in the board for his relatives and friends.
"I never heard of the post of chief operating officer. There were chairman, secretaries and chief executive, but never a COO. Such a post has been created to accommodate friends and relatives by Ashraf," said the former captain.
Sources said Zardari is likely to ask the Sports Ministry to take some far reaching decisions in the cricket set up.
Speculation is also ripe that Zardari, a keen follower of the game, might opt for someone close to him as PCB chairman though the Sports Ministry has been saying that an ad-hoc committee will be appointed for three months.