Lahore December 1, 2011: The twenty first meeting of PCB Governing Board was held on 29th November 2011 at National Cricket Academy Lahore under the Chairmanship of Ch. M. Zaka Ashraf. The other members who attended were: M/s Wazir Khoja, Mir Haider Talpur, Aamir Nawab, Ch. M. Anwar, Maj Gilani, Intikhab Alam, Javed Miandad, Subhan Ahmad (COO) and Badar Manzoor (CFO).
1. The Board recorded its appreciation for the contributions made to PCB by the outgoing Chairman Mr. Ijaz Butt.
2. Chairman briefed the Board on his recent visit to UAE and his meetings with the following:
- Mr. Sharad Pawar, ICC President, Mr. Alan Issac, ICC Vice President, Dr. Julian Hunte, Chairman ICC Governance Committee. The meeting was in relation to the nomination for next ICC President. Also, discussions were held on restarting India Vs Pakistan series.
- Mr. Mustafa Kamal, President Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Discussions were held on the nomination for President of ICC and Bangladesh team touring Pakistan next year. Also discussed was a tournament between Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. President BCB invited Chairman to visit Bangladesh in December during Pakistan team’s tour to Bangladesh.
- Mr. Haroon Lorgat, ICC CEO. The meeting was held to discuss matters like the constitutional amendment, revival of international cricket in Pakistan including cricket series between India and Pakistan and improvement in the working relationship between the PCB and ICC.
- H.E Shaikh Al Nahayan, President of Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), who assured of full cooperation from his side for development and promotion of cricket in Pakistan. The meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere. The President ECB appreciated the vision of Chairman PCB to promote cricket in Pakistan.
- Meetings were held with officials of Emirates Cricket Board and Dubai Sports city including Mr. Abdurrehman Bukhatir, Mr. Khalid Zarooni, Mr. Abdurehman Falaknaz and Mr. Mohammad Redha Abdulla Abbas. The meetings were held to discuss matters like Pakistan home series being played at UAE and improvement in the facilities extended for current and future series of Pakistan.
The meetings were highly successful as could be observed from the positive media statements issued by ICC.
3. The Board approved formation of a Vigilance and Security Division in the PCB to be headed by a senior retired Police or Army official. The Vigilance and Security Division will be responsible for monitoring and managing issues related to corruption and security.
4. Creation of a new Coordination Division in the PCB was approved for better coordination with Government departments and within PCB and to bring the grievances and inputs of Regional Cricket Associations and other domestic cricketing bodies at the PCB Chairman’s level. The Division would look after functions of P.R, Protocol and Media.
5. A Benevolent Funds Policy was approved through which financial assistance will be available for people connected with cricket including players, umpires, scorers, sports journalists etc.
6. Detailed discussions were held on the amendments required in PCB’s Constitution to bring it in line with ICC’s Memorandum & Articles. Views of the Governing Board members regarding this matter were noted.
7. A presentation was given on four mega infrastructure projects currently underway i.e., Garhi Khuda Baksh stadium, Multan Cricket Academy, Karachi Cricket Academy and Pavilion Building at Pindi Stadium. The Board expressed concerns at the delay in these projects and increase in costs. A committee comprising Mr. Mir Haider Talpur and Mr. Javed Miandad was formed to visit these projects and present their report.
8. Considering there were no rules available for the Player’s Provident Fund the Board agreed to dissolve this Fund which was inactive since 2010 and to disburse all accumulated funds amongst the contributing players.
The Board appreciated the steps being taken by PCB to revive International cricket in the country and expressed confidence in the new Chairman on his vision to take PCB to newer heights.