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Caretaker govt puts PCB under direct control of Cabinet Division

The cricket governing body will now answer to the PM
A view of the PCB building in Lahore. — AFP/File
A view of the PCB building in Lahore. — AFP/File

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Monday put the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) under the direct control of the Cabinet Division from the Ministry for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC), a notification showed.

The transfer of administrative control will mean that the PCB will directly work under the Prime Minister’s Office instead of drawing its connections through the Ministry for IPC. As such, the board will not be answerable to the ministry anymore.

Earlier, sources within the ministry said that a summary was being forwarded for the competent authorities’ approval after which the PCB would not be answerable to the ministry anymore as it is the Prime Minister’s Office that would directly deal with it.

Since the approval and restoration of the PCB Constitution 2014, the IPC ministry is the only link between the patron of the Board – the prime minister – and the PCB. Any direct link or communication is billed as an unconstitutional act.

In recent times, one of the former secretaries told the PCB officials that any direct contact with the PM Office would be considered an act of constitutional violation.

It is pertinent to mention that the secretary of IPC ministry has been included on the PCB Board of Governors to make sure that the Ministry stays updated on the PCB developments.

The approval of the summary is likely to PCB board’s total strength will get down to nine instead of ten or any official from the PM office would become part of the Board.

However, it is not yet clear as to who would be answerable to National Assembly/Senate or Standing Committees when it comes to seeking information on the working of the PCB.

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