PCB accountable for its actions to parliament, says MNA

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PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani. Photo: File 

National Assembly standing committee member Iqbal Mohammad Ali has said that the Pakistan Cricket Board needs to be accountable to the parliament, The News reported on Sunday. 

Iqbal noted that PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani sought help from the National Assembly when needed but would back down when the Board was questioned over its finances. 

"PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani gets approved the new constitution of the board from the federal cabinet, corresponds with members of the National Assembly, and seeks help from the government when needed but when it comes to accountability, he changes the board’s position," he said.

He said if anyone has any doubt, he should study the constitution of Pakistan. 

“The PCB is accountable to Parliament for all its actions. Board officials will have to give an explanation before the standing committees,” he added.

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He also alleged that billions of rupees are embezzled in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

He said after the elimination of departmental teams, Mani and his team failed to provide a better alternative. “Hundreds of cricketers have been deprived of the right to play in the country. The departments have rendered immense service to Pakistan cricket,” he added.

“The entire year cricket will be played on the grounds owned by departments, yet the board officials need a solid reason on services provided by the departments. There is no cricket at the lower level, no activity at club, city, school, college, university and provincial levels,” he said.

He further noted that provincial associations were also being run from Gaddafi Stadium. 

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"What kind of democracy is it? All decisions are made by one person. Ignoring stakeholders will have disastrous consequences. No delay or omission will be tolerated in the investigation of financial irregularities in the Board. The capital of the board should be spent on the promotion of the game and the welfare of the players instead of the huge salaries of the office,” he said.

PCB accountable for its actions to parliament, says MNA