Sports minister recommends to Zardari changes in PCB

May 22nd, 2009 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, May 22 (IANS) Pakistan sports minister Pir Aftab Shah Jilani in a strong-worded letter to president Asif Ali Zardari has recommended sweeping changes in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
According to a report in Jang - Pakistan’s mainstream Urdu daily, Jilani has informed Zardari that the current PCB management was incapable of handling high-pressure situations and that there is need for drastic changes within the board’s set-up.

Jilani, who is a member of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party from Zardari’s home province of Sindh, also suggested the setting up of a high-powered committee in a bid to lift Pakistan cricket out of the current crisis. He has floated the name of Ehsan Mani, a former International Cricket Council (ICC) president, as the head of the proposed committee.

Mani has been very vocal about Pakistan’s failure at the international level and has been advising the PCB to take a stronger stance against the ICC and the Indian cricket board.

Pakistan cricket is going through a very tough phase following ICC’s decisions to switch the Champions Trophy from here and more recently the move to deprive the country of its status as a co-host of the 2011 World Cup.

Mani, in a statement earlier this month, suggested that it was India’s decision to abandon Pakistan that deprived it of its right to host World Cup games in 2011.

Jilani also wrote in his letter to Zardari - who is PCB’s chief patron - that Ijaz Butt, the PCB chief, went into a crucial ICC meeting in Dubai completely unprepared which is why the game’s governing body faced no problems in shifting World Cup games out of Pakistan.

He also accused Butt of having little PR skills and recommended that the Board should be told to work in close co-ordination with the sports ministry.

Sources close to Jilani suggested Friday that there is a possibility that Zardari - who has the authority to appoint or fire the PCB chairman - will take some important decision in the next few days.

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