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Pakistan Cricket Board mulls age cap, post Lodha Panel impact on BCCI

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) seems to have taken cue from happenings in Indian cricket. After the Lodha panel recommended and the Supreme Court ordered an age cap of 70 for Indian board officials, cricket administrators across the border are mulling a similar change

cricket Updated: Jan 07, 2017 17:32 IST
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If the Pakistan Cricket Board brings in the age cap of 70 as suggested by the Lodha panel to the BCCI, its current chairman, the 82-year-old Shaharyar Khan will have to go. (Getty Images)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is mulling having a age-cap of 70 years for its officials and administrators afterIndia cricket board under Supreme Court directive was forced to do so.

The PCB is currently headed by 82-year-old Shaharyar Khan. The board officials are also thinking of not giving assignments to officials who will cross that age-cap.

“The board has now drawn up a shortlist of potential candidates all former test players who will be given assignments with the teams in future,” a source said.

Last year after the tour to England the board had ended the contract of former captain Intikhab Alam as manager of the senior team and with the board as he was 76.

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It appointed 68-year-old Wasim Bari as the Pakistan team manager. The source further said that it was also decided that any appointment of a former player even from the shortlist who is 60 or above will have to be ratified by the board Chairman.

The list of former players who will now be appointed as managers of various teams include Iqbal Qasim, Haroon Rasheed, Talat Ali, Moin Khan, Jalaluddin, Nadeem Khan, Iqbal Sikander.

The board has also prepared a list of coaches who will be assigned with the A and junior teams.

Meanwhile in another example of the many U-turns taken by the board, sources have confirmed that former Test batsman, Basit Ali, who was removed from his position as head coach of the women’s team and Chairman of national junior selection committee has been brought back into the fold.

“It has been decided to bring Basit back as chief junior selector just days after the Chairman sacked him for being involved in a physical brawl with former international, Mahmood Hamid at the national stadium during the national ODI Cup,” the source added.

First Published: Jan 07, 2017 17:16 IST