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‘PCB constitution will be altered to create CEO post’

Updated December 10, 2018

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Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani says changes will be made to the board’s constitution to create a new chief executive position. — AFP/File
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani says changes will be made to the board’s constitution to create a new chief executive position. — AFP/File

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani said on Sunday changes will be made to the board’s constitution to create a new chief executive position.

Mani said the change, when formally made, will enable the incoming managing director Wasim Khan to become the CEO of the board.

“The PCB is the only [cricket] board in the world which has no chief executive. We will bring changes in our constitution to create a new position and then the managing director will be called the chief executive officer, like it happens everywhere else,” Mani told reporters at the National Stadium.

Wasim, currently serving as the Leicestershire County Cricket Club chief executive, was announced as the new managing director of the PCB on Thursday.

“The responsibilities of a chairman are different from that of a CEO,” said Mani. “The managing director’s duty will be to run the day-to-day affairs of the board.”

Constitutionally, Mani will retain significant powers within the PCB hierarchy, but Wasim is expected to take a leading role in the board’s corporate governance framework, working with the PCB’s board-of-governors committees and also work for the improvement of domestic cricket.

Outgoing International Cricket Council head of media and communications Sami-ul-Hasan was also appointed at the same post by the PCB on Saturday. Mani said the appointment shows PCB’s intent to get more ‘professionalised’.

“If two people who had been working in good positions abroad are willing to come to Pakistan, it’s a great sign and the PCB deserves credit for it,” said the PCB chief.

Mani said the PCB was in talks with some cricket boards regarding the return of international cricket to Pakistan but the focus for now is the Pakistan Super League.”We are in talks with some boards but for now our focus is on the PSL. Karachi will host five matches including the final. I hope many foreign players will participate in those matches,” said Mani.

Published in Dawn, December 10th, 2018

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