LAHORE: The second successive yr of the present Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regime beneath Chairman Ehsan Mani, which was accomplished on Sept 4, has did not carry any important enchancment in nation’s cricket, each on and off the sector.
Whereas the PCB officers have been blowing their very own trumpet on the cricket board’s few achievements made final yr such because the return of Check cricket to the nation after virtually a decade and relocating the complete Pakistan Super League (PSL) at house, they’ve been shy of going through the media to reply the various blunders and ill-planned strikes on the Board’s half in these two years which have earned extreme criticism from all quarters together with from ex-players and veteran officers.
The PCB greater ups haven’t held any open press convention in lots of a month now, both to spotlight their achievements or handle the important thing points which have irked the followers and critics alike.
Comprising a bunch of extremely paid officers, the present PCB regime has not been in a position to put its home so as, particularly relating to addressing severe points afflicting Pakistan cricket. The PCB launched a brand new structure on Aug 19, 2019 however even after the passage of greater than a yr, the cricket board has did not make its three constitutional boards practical which embody the Board of Governors, the Common Physique and putting in the elected our bodies of the six provincial cricket associations.
The PCB has unsuccessfully tried hiding behind a clause within the structure known as ‘transitional period’ which has been prolonged for over a yr now. The BoG, a supreme decision-making physique of the PCB, remains to be working with previous members whose tenures ended on August eight this yr. The truth is, the previous BoG ought to have been dissolved instantly after the implementation of the brand new structure on August 19, 2019, but it surely continues to exist with nobody within the PCB actually questioning the established order.
The PCB’s resolution to include a clause within the structure, binding it to register all of the six cricket associations beneath the Societies Act, has created an enormous hurdle in making practical the above talked about three constitutional fora. In accordance with the Act, there isn’t a provision for registration of any sporting physique beneath it. Nevertheless, the PCB has claimed that it has registered one of many cricket associations, particularly Northern with as many as 20 staff of its personal proven as founder members.
Up to now not a single elected cricket affiliation has been made practical and identical is the case with town cricket associations as none exists in the mean time since August 19, 2019.
Whereas the formation of BoGs, Common Physique and Cricket Associations remains to be going through uncertainty attributable to one of many clauses in PCB’s new structure, one wonders what is basically protecting the Board from holding the Gamers Award ceremony which couldn’t be held within the final two years. It’s a established development to carry such a ceremony on common foundation the place the most effective gamers of Pakistan staff, greatest umpires and referees, scorers and different allied workers are awarded money prizes on the idea of their one-year efficiency. The final physique has to fulfill yearly for this to approve the PCB price range for this operate which is of an important nature.
On the cricket entrance, the efficiency of Pakistan women and men groups has been fairly abnormal within the final two years. Pakistan have been on the prime within the ICC T20 staff rankings in 2019 but it surely has sadly slipped to fourth, whereas Pakistan have been at seventh in Check and sixth within the ODIs in 2018 and are nonetheless languishing on the identical spots after two years.
Equally, the ladies’s staff additionally did not excel on the final World Cup held in Australia earlier this yr, successful only one match in opposition to the West Indies whereas dropping to England and South Africa and no end result in opposition to Thailand.
Abolishing the departmental groups was one other big blunder dedicated by the present PCB regime which resulted in some 3,000 cricketers and 300 staff working with the departmental groups as coaches, trainers, analysts dropping their jobs after the transfer. Round 240 groundsmen additionally confronted monetary issues and lots of left their jobs, too after the PCB determined to discontinue its share of contribution of their month-to-month salaries for working with the regional cricket associations which have been declared defunct by the PCB and have come wit the concept of introducing a six-provincial cricket staff system.
The grassroots cricket can be not heading in the right direction as a result of no person on the provincial or metropolis stage is working to streamline that. The PCB is forming its six provincial groups based mostly on the performances of the final two years with no actual effort to unearth contemporary expertise.
In addition to, the Board’s plans to get sponsorship for every of the provincial associations has not met with constructive response from anyplace, whereas the PCB has additionally confronted plenty of criticism within the latest appointment of coaches for the provincial cricket associations.
Regardless of so many misfiring tasks and plans, the PCB has been continually harping on its few achievements. Sure, holding all of the matches of the fifth HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Pakistan and revival of Check cricket at house moreover internet hosting some worldwide groups are important achievements, worldwide cricket really resumed in Pakistan in 2015 when the earlier cricket boards efficiently hosted Kenya, Zimbabwe, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, the World XI moreover holding elevated variety of matches of the Pakistan Super League with each passing yr. So the groundwork had already been completed which was additional expanded and cashed in by the present PCB regime.
And as far the PSL is worried, regardless of the staging of all of the 30 matches in Pakistan this yr, all of the franchises have incurred massive monetary losses. Earlier, these PSL franchises used to complain about heavy losses because of the costly lodging and exorbitant prices of hiring the stadia within the UAE, it’s wonderful that whereas all of the groups stayed in lodges in Pakistan this yr and virtually all of the matches at Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi went packed to the capability, the franchises are nonetheless ruing heavy monetary losses.
This raises severe questions concerning the viability of the PSL, even after 5 years, and the style during which it’s being organised by the PCB.
It’s excessive time the PCB did some soul looking out and confronted the media to get the true image of the place issues stand right this moment in Pakistan cricket relatively than hiding behind excuses and defending its poor selections day in and time out.
Printed in Daybreak, September ninth, 2020