PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf to get absolute power under amended consitutition

The move to amend the PCB’s constitution has been made in order to bring it in line with the ICC directives © Getty Images

Karachi, Feb 20, 2013

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has been handed absolute power in the recently-amended constitution of the board, as reported by the country’s media.

The details of the amended constitution, which were approved by chief patron Asif Zardari, are yet to be made public. However, reports suggest that it will give Ashraf unlimited powers.

The move to amend the PCB‘s constitution has been made in order to bring it in line with the ICC directives.

A report says that in the new constitution sitting Chairman, Ashraf will hold the post until 2017.

The procedure for his selection will be that the chief patron will nominate a two-member committee to recommend Ashraf’s name, which will than be ratified by the General Council members, including representatives of the regional associations and departments.

“Basically, it will be a selection and not an election.”

The chairman in the new constitution also has complete powers to appoint the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial officer and takes decisions on the captain, coach and team issues without seeking approval from the General Council as is the case in the existing constitution,” one report said.

It claimed that the new constitution will strengthen Ashraf’s position in the board.

Until now the Patron in Chief directly appointed the chairman of the board without having to consult anyone.

Former players have been criticising the system of governance in the board for years now, with the ire mainly directly towards the chairman for running a one-man show.