LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board remains undecided on holding its annual general body meeting, a constitutional requirement which it hasn’t fulfilled in the last four years.

The last time the meeting was held was back in July 2018, during the tenure of Najam Sethi as PCB chairman.

Previous chairman Ihsan Mani didn’t call any such meeting during his three years at the helm and although there were indications that incumbent Ramiz Raja was planning to hold it, no official decision has been taken so far.

The last meeting saw over a 100 members in attendance but the new constitution, introduced during Mani’s term, has seen the number of general body members reduced to just nine.

Six of those — the presidents of provincial cricket associations — haven’t been elected as yet with the only available members being the PCB chairman and presidents of the Pakistan Blind and Deaf & Dumb Cricket Associations. The PCB chief executive and chief operating officers are two ex-officio members.

The elections of the regional associations are being held up due to PCB’s snail-paced approach in registering clubs and conducting their scrutiny to hold elections at city level.

A similar situation exists in the PCB Board of Governors, which is the decision-making arm of the country’s cricket governing body.

The BoG comprises nine members with just three elected members — presidents of the provincial cricket associations who are on a rotation basis — and six nominated ones.

Before the new constitution was introduced, the BoG comprised four members each from departments and regions.

Published in Dawn, June 19th, 2022

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