The 53rd Board of Governors (BOG) meeting of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which was held for the first time in Quetta on Wednesday, saw a nasty turnaround.
The reliable sources present during the meeting informed The Nation that the board members who boycotted the meeting did not know the side effects and high price that the country and cricket had to pay.
“The BoG had to approve budget spending for 2018-2019, which had to be submitted to the International Cricket Council (ICC) in a day or two because the ICC owed PCB $ 5.5 million.
“If the PCB does not submit a test report to the ICC, it will not only withhold the amount, but also plague the ongoing projects of the PCB and Pakistan Cricket teams for the future,” the sources said.
The sources also confirmed that the members of the Board of Directors are using the PCBs for ad hoc measures, which would be highly catastrophic, as this had a very negative impact.
“Under the ICC law, an adhoc appointment to a cricket board affiliated to the ICC means government interference in the affairs of the board, which is an illegal act under the ICC Constitution.
“This means that the elected representatives are excluded from their official duties, which means that the ICC suspends Pakistan’s membership with immediate effect.
Not only will they stop the high payment they owe to PCBs, but they will also prevent the country from attending the International Criminal Court, just like the Cricket Board in Sri Lanka. This means that the PCB is not in the decision-making of the ICC and all revenue is stopped, “she added.
The sources said it was a very dangerous and complicated situation, and the members of the board needed to recognize the importance and after-effects of delaying things.
“It’s about Pakistan and cricket and nothing to do with personal problems. The involvement of the government will invite the ICC anger, and Pakistan Cricket can not afford the loss of such large revenues of the ICC in the current circumstances. “