The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has served a legal notice to the International Cricket Council (ICC), questioning the proposed amendments to the ICC constitution, as per reports in the Daily Times. The amendments provide for autonomous functioning of national cricket boards without any interference by the government.
According to the legal firm representing the PCB, DLA Piper UK LLP, such provisions constitute unfair practices as per Section 184(1) of the B VI of the Business Companies Act 2004 (the B VI Act). PCB has threatened legal action if ICC decides to implement these proposals.
The ICC amendments have also made free elections mandatory for members of the executive body or outside nominees to cricket administrative bodies.
Such provisions, if implemented would call for the exit of PCB chairman, Ijaz Butt, says Zakir Husain Syed, sports administrator and sports analyst. It would also mean withdrawal of the practice of President of Pakistan acting as the appointing authority to PCB.
The other national cricket boards that are likely to protest this amendment are Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, since they are structured on similar lines.