Wasim-led PCB selection committee sacked

A 14-member committee was established by the government to oversee PCB operations

December 23, 2022
Mohammad Wasim speaks during a press conference — PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) Management Committee has removed all members of the cricket's governing body including Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim, sources said on Friday.

A few hours later, the decision was also confirmed by the chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee, Najam Sethi.

It must be noted that Pakistan cricket chief Ramiz Raja was sacked just days after the national team suffered a humiliating first-ever 3-0 home series whitewash at the hands of England, according to a government notice.

But a change had been on the cards since April, when Imran Khan — a former national captain — was ousted as prime minister and replaced by Shehbaz Sharif.

Raja, a member of Khan´s 1992 World Cup-winning side, was appointed chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in September last year.

A government notice seen by AFP said Sharif´s cabinet had dismissed Raja, and the PCB would now be run by a 14-member committee headed by Najam Sethi, who has twice served as chairman.

The committee also includes legendary all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who is a former captain of the men´s team.

The government notice also said the current constitution of the board has been scrapped, and one dating from 2014 revived.

The committee will have 120 days to change the constitution and elect a new chairman.

Khan came under fire for changing the PCB´s constitution in 2019 — in particular for abolishing the role of government departments and private entities in first-class cricket, leaving hundreds unemployed.

However, in his tweet, Sethi said "thousands of cricketers will be employed again".

"The famine in cricket will come to an end," he added.

Meanwhile, sources said that the management committee informed all members of the governing body that their positions are no more in the organisation due to the abolition of the PCB's 2019 constitution.

Women Selection Committee and Junior Selection Committee will also be reconstituted.

Sohail Imran is a senior reporter for Geo News.