Sub Committee to draft new PCB constitution
ISLAMABAD: A sub-committee will prepare the new draft constitution of Pakistan Cricket Board. This was decided at the meeting of PCB Constitution Committee, chaired by the Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Farooq H. Naek, here on Thursday.The meeting was held to consider various amendments required in the PCB Constitution 2007 and to restructure the domestic cricket system. “The PCB constitution will be enforced after approval by President Asif Ali Zardari who is the Patron-in-Chief of PCB”, Law Minister Farooq H. Naik told reporters after the Constitution Committee meeting. The meeting, which continued for four and half hours, was attended by Federal Sports Minister Pir Aftab Shah Jilani, PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt, former PCB Chairman, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Tauqeer Zia, Chief Operating Officer of PCB, Salim Altaf, newly-appointed Director General Javed Miandad, national captain Shoaib Malik, vice captain Misbahul Haq, Members of Governing Board, and some former Test cricketers. The sub-committee will be formulated with consultation of Minister for Sports and Chairman PCB. The Committee will incorporate all the suggestions and proposals given by the participants while recommending changes in PCB constitution. The Sub Committee will submit its recommendations based on proposals and suggestions of the participants round about in 30 days. Naek said the officials of the board as well as former cricketers presented their proposals as to how best the weaknesses of Pakistan cricket could be corrected and it be put on the right track. “The participants discussed how to make improvements in the national team, how to better run National Cricket Academy, how to rejuvenate junior cricket and such other matters”, the Minister said. The Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board, Ijaz Butt, said he had pleaded that the new constitution be implemented after September 2009 in view of Indian cricket team’s tour of Pakistan starting in January and the Champions Trophy scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan in September next year. He said during his call on Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday, he was assured that the Government of Pakistan would provide all kind of security during their Pakistan tour during which they would play three Tests, five One Day Internationals and a Twenty20 fixture. “I am now hopeful of Indians making the Pakistan tour as per schedule”, said the PCB Chairman. While talking with media#8209;men, the Sports Minister, Aftab Hussain Shah Jillani, said that “we wanted to make constitution of PCB more democratic and more participatory and to remove grey areas”. On the forthcoming Indian cricket tour of Pakistan, the Minister said thatIndia should visit Pakistan because situation is good for cricket in this country. Also attending the meeting were Dr. Syed Muhammad Ali Shah of Sindh, Ashraf Khan Federal Secretary Sports, Tariq Baloch President Balochistan Cricket Region, Muhammad Muneer, President Multan Region, Ex#8209;Cricketers Majid Khan and Sadiq Muhammad.