Government intervention: PCB to challenge ICC on amendment

Board likely to start legal action against the constitutional change.

Fawad Hussain August 02, 2011


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to take on the International Cricket Council (ICC) on its constitutional amendment which blocks political or government intervention in the cricketing matters of its member boards.

The PCB legal team is currently busy devising a plan on challenging the ICC on the amendment which, if implemented, will have a profound impact on the board as the country’s president is its chief patron. The PCB had objected to the amendment but was left with no choice but to accept it after all ICC members agreed to the change.

However, the PCB, which had announced that it will meet government dignitaries to explain the amendment, now has no such plans.

“We have no such plans,” a PCB official told The Express Tribune. “We’re busy in preparing a legal case against the amendment. We’ll finalise it in a month’s time and then go to court.”

The PCB official went on to explain the reasons behind the board’s decision.

“The PCB is directly dependant on the government for a lot of issues. So to implement such a change will be impossible for us.”

The PCB had also indicated the same view in its response to the Pakistan Task Team’s (PTT) report on cricket in the country.

“The circumstances in Pakistan are unique and cricket requires government support without which international cricket may not be able to return to Pakistan,” the PCB had stated. “Having the president as patron of the PCB adds tremendous value and comfort.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2011.


King G | 12 years ago | Reply

Amendment has passed. So PCB will never get favor from any court of the world. We have seen in past that PCB’s officials eat 100 onions and same quantity of shoes on their backs and then act on what the other said.

ahmed juneid | 12 years ago | Reply

Reason why PCB is challanging ICC is because PCB wants to run its affairs like a ministry.They want to employ people of their liking.Chairman is apointed by P.M of his own choice.Then the chairman employes selection committee, manager etc of his own liking and the circus goes on.In this way these people does not like an independent body to sit in their office and rule the roast.

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