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PCB comes under ministry control

cricket Updated: Sep 21, 2008 12:15 IST
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In a stop-gap arrangement, the Sports Ministry has appointed an official to monitor the day to day affairs of Pakistan Cricket Board till a new chairman of the board is appointed.

Sports Minister Najamuddin Khan said a notification has been issued after making a minor amendment in the PCB constitution to empower the ministry to monitor the working of the board until the appointment of a new chairman by the President of the country.

"We made the amendment after getting it vetted by the Law Ministry. The amendment is a minor one which says that if the chairman of the board resigns or is removed or expires and no immediate replacement is announced, the ministry will monitor the day to day affairs and working of the cricket board," Khan said.

"We will depute an officer tomorrow and he will look into the day to day financial, administrative and cricket affairs of the board," Khan added.

PCB , however, is yet to receive the notification from the sports ministry.

"I can't comment on this until we see the notification. But yes an amendment in PCB constitution can only be made by the patron in chief. Any other amendment is unconstitutional," PCB legal counsel Tafazzul Rizvi said.

PCB, the richest sports body in Pakistan, has largely remained independent of th

President of the country.

But since the resignation of Nasim Ashraf as board chairman and a new government taking charge, the sports minister has been talking about bringing the board under the ministry's control to make it more accountable.