Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) has appointed former Test opener Mohsin Khan as the head of its robust cricket committee, which also includes great Wasim Akram and ex-skipper Misbah-ul-Haq.
Quite interestingly, Mohsin, who has previously said in context of his allegations of fixing against Wasim Akram that all "tainted" individuals must be removed by Pakistan, has agreed to work with him.
Mohsin had claimed the alarming charge against Akram, Waqar & co since 2000, when PCB fined them on the recommendations of a match-fixing inquiry commission for not cooperating with the inquiry.
However, he later told the media that he was made aware of the issue the Board Chairman and Chief Operating Officer and feels 99 percent sure that there was no authenticity in the allegations investigated against Akram and other players.
The development was announced on Friday, October 26, when PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani intimated the media in Lahore that the committee will be overseeing the appointment of the national selection committees and the national team coaches, as well as design better playing conditions for domestic cricket.
It comes across as a bit of revolution, for most of such key decisions have previously been taken by the Chairman only.
Mani also confirmed that the committee will also meet with chief selector and coach (men, women and junior) three times a year and also review plans for the development of umpires, referees and curators.
He said, "The committee will also receive annual assessment of performance from management on umpires and referees and look at preparation and quality of pitches,"
The highly powerful committee also expands beyond that and includes former captain of the Pakistan team Urooj Mumtaz, Director of International Cricket Zakir Khan and Director Domestic Cricket Haroon Rasheed and Director Academies Mudassar Nazar.
Zakir Khan will be working as a secretary of the committee.
Also, COO Subhan Ahmed cleared that the selection committee will continue to function independently and won't be interfered by the cricket committee.
"But they will oversee performances and guide the Board on these issues, The committee does not have decision making powers and will purely guide us on making decisions," Ahmed said, "Given the stature of these cricketers we will be taking very seriously the recommendations of this cricket committee," and signed off.
(Inputs from PTI)