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.
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