Pakistan recently underwent a change in government and Prime Minister. There are strong speculations that the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja would be replaced by a person who is the choice of the new PM Shahbaz Sharif.
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi emphasized that the PCB should be a completely independent board with no government intervention in its operations.
“I feel the PCB should be independent from the government. The appointment of the chairman and CEO of the board should not be managed by the government.”
“The PCB needs to be totally independent and have its own in-house election system with no interference from the government functionaries,”
In Pakistan cricket, the Prime Minister is automatically designated Patron in Chief of the PCB, and he or she nominates two candidates for the chairmanship, one of whom is elected by the general body.
Afridi, 42, said this practice needs to stop as it has never allowed any system to settle down properly.
He said further that every time a new chairman took over, he brought his own system with him.
“That is why Pakistan cricket faces problems. I think that departments have a big role to play in Pakistan domestic cricket but if the board has introduced a new system it should be given proper time to be tested out now,” said the 42-year-old.
After more than 500 games for his country, the 42-year-old announced his retirement from international cricket in 2018.