KARACHI: The new constitution of the country’s ruling cricket body will see the Board of Governors (BOG) getting more share in power than its predecessors in recent times.
Since 1996, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been governed by four different constitutions, with the latest to come in effect through the elections for chairman of the board.
As per the verdict by the Supreme Court (SC), the elections for the chairman will be conducted by the election commissioner, and a caretaker chairman who will take office in seven days’ time.
The new chairman will be elected from a 10-member BOG and the elections for the post will be observed by an election commissioner and according to the constitution, the PCB chairman will be in power for three years and can be elected for a maximum of two terms.
The BOG will comprise four members from regional teams and four from the departmental teams, while the remaining two will be nominated by Patron PCB Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Outgoing chairman Najam Sethi is one of the members of the BOG appointed by Sharif. Speaking to The Express Tribune, a PCB official termed the constitution democratic.
“Even the two member Supreme Court bench appreciated the new constitution,” he said. “The BOG is more powerful now and the chairman can be ousted through a simple majority.”
Earlier, Sethi had declared the new BOG a watchdog on the chairman.
“The new chairman will not have the clout of the years gone by,” said Sethi. “Every important decision will be monitored by the body and if the chairman fails to act in the interests of the game, he will be sent packing.”
General Body to assist BOG
The 27-page charter further explains that besides the BOG, a General Body would also be in place.
The General Body will include the chief operating officer, chief financial officer, president or head of each full and associate member and a representative from the women’s cricket department.
After Sethi’s decision to withdraw from the process, the board awaits a nomination from the patron and the candidate picked by PM Sharif is likely to be elected as Sethi’s long-term replacement.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2014.
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