KARACHI: Despite being an interim chairman and himself stressing on ‘lack of authority’ to take major decisions, Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) new chief Najam Sethi believes he is capable enough to keep a check on the national team’s performance by visiting the Caribbean.
Pakistan are due to contest a limited-overs series – five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20s – against the West Indies with Sethi, appointed the PCB interim chief after the suspension of Zaka Ashraf, making a visit to the Caribbean.
The announcement was made after the PCB Governing Board meeting yesterday.
“I asked the board about the pros and cons about visiting the West Indies,” said Sethi, following the meeting at the PCB headquarters in Lahore. “They said that I should go and see the team’s performance and make myself aware of the problems and issues there. Keeping this in mind, I have decided to make the trip that will last five to six days.”
Ironically, the chairman, who will make the team assessment, was unaware of his powers as he was showered with questions on the formation of the new selection committee, this year’s PCB budget or a possible change in the team management that comprises highly-paid foreign coaches.
Sethi said his role would become clearer after the court order.
“We are waiting for the detailed high court orders. I don’t want to take decisions that may get challenged. We’ll tackle these issues after my empowerment.”
On the new budget, Sethi said, “The [recent] Sindh High Court orders restrict me completely. But I’ve asked the chief financial officer to prepare a strong budget by cutting the board’s expenditure.”
However, the chairman’s announcement was not welcomed by a former cricketer.
“Will his tour be free of cost?” asked the former player. “What will be the use of his trip if his status is unclear? He’s doing what former chairmen did.”
Meanwhile, among the highlights of the meeting, a new code of conduct for the governing board members and match officials was approved.
The discussion on the sale of television rights was also
carried out and the board approved taking assistance from former International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani on an honorary basis. The discussion on improving the state of domestic cricket also took place.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2013.
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