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Pakistan Cricket Board: A House of Nepotism

Irrespective of the merit of the argument, the selection of Najam Sethi reminds us once again the nepotistic appointment in PCB.
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Pakistan Cricket Board: A house of Nepotism

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is the sole governing body for the game of cricket in Pakistan, which was established under the Sports (Development and Control) Ordinance 1962 as a body corporate having perpetual succession with exclusive authority for the regulation, administration, management and promotion of the game of cricket in Pakistan.
The PCB perform functions through its Constitution and generates revenues, which are reinvested in the development of cricket. It receives no grants, funds or monies from the Federal or Provincial Governments, the Consolidated Funds or the Public Exchequer.
The PCB’s assignment is to inspire and unify the nation by channeling the youth’s passion through its winning teams and providing equal playing opportunities to all. Hence, the PCB carries out all functions of the cricket administration. Thus, it has an organizational setup to meet the challenges of administration, growth and development of cricket.

Prime Minister is the patron-in-chief of the board. PCB performs its functions through a management committee with a chairman its head. Presently, Mr Shahbaz Sharif is the patron-in-chief, and Najam Sethi is the new chairman of the managing committee. Then, there are functional committees such as men’s and women’s selection committees, grievance redressal committees and national junior selection committees. PCB also has a corporate structure wing to generate financial resources and market the sport across the country. Chairman and board members enjoy certain perks and privileges in response to their key positions and tasks.

In view of the preceding, several positions are available for nominees’ appointment. As the whole system functions on discretion, the appointments have particular political leanings. The patron in chief appoints the chairman of the board at the preference, and then, the chairman board manveours the appointments through his discretion and good offices. Unlike all cricket boards of the world, PCB functions undemocratically and at the discretion of the chief political executive. Hence, the selection of Najam Sethi may be on merit; however, it is purely a selection of Nepotism.

So, in the absence of structural continuity, the regime of Najam Sethi shall bring discretionary ideas and curtail the policies of the Ramiz Raja. Raja had the PTI brand of discretion, and Sethi has the PDM brand of discretion. IK was against departmental cricket and always supported six-tier teams. He wanted to replicate the cricket structure of Australia. However, this system squeezed the opportunities for many budding cricketers. Implementing the Australian model in Pakistan is incomprehensible because Australia’s population is 20 million, to Pakistan’s 220 million. Then, cricket is the only passionate sport in Pakistan as to many sports such as cricket, football, rugby, tennis, Australian rules football and others in Australia. Every kid in Pakistan wants to play cricket in Pakistan, and restricting the teams to six meant squeezing the opportunities of the budding cricketers. Departmental cricket does not create public interest. However, it brings financial support for the cricketers. Then, there are other arguments in favor of six tier and regional teams. Consequently, Sethi announces to rehabilitate the departmental cricket without any structural support. He simply exercises the discretion to run the affairs of board. This is how, PCB function.

It is indispensable for an organization to have continuity in management. With Sethi’s throne in, everything will stay the same despite a few decisions on departmental cricket or the change in the management committees. The structure of PCB shall remain the same. There is a need to bring democracy to the appointments of the PCB. The positions should have an election than a selection. Then, all appointments must be on merit than discretion.

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