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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf. -File photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan's cricket authority on Wednesday presented the International Cricket Council (ICC) with a new constitution, after it was warned to run its board democratically in line with global standards.

The ICC last year directed all 10 of its members to run their boards in a democratic way and without government interference, threatening sanctions for any board which did not meet its requirements by June 2013.

Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were directly affected by the new ICC ruling as the head of the cricket board in these countries is not elected but instead nominated by the government.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf presented a copy of the authority's new constitution to Alan Isaac, the ICC president, in Dubai.

The new constitution “conforms to the requirement of ICC with regard to Independence of the Boards and prevention of undue interference by governments in cricket administration”, said Ashraf in a written statement.

“It has been a long, consultative and thoughtful exercise, and included input from stakeholders including ICC.

“I am delighted that in the end, we have been successful in delivering a constitution that is in compliance with the ICC's requirement and will be beneficial for cricket in Pakistan in the long run,” he said. Isaac commended the PCB's effort.

“I must compliment Ashraf, his team and the government of Pakistan for their efforts in producing a constitution which makes the process of electing its chairman more democratic and reduces the risk of inappropriate government interference in line with the ICC's constitutional provisions,” he said.

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