The dual roles of the coaches of the national teams Mickey Arthur and Azhar Mahmood have become the center of attention, following the recent cases of high profile names who have to give up the roles in the Super League of Pakistan (PSL). Arthur, the head coach of Pakistan, and Azhar, the bowling coach, are also coaches with Karachi Kings in the PSL, which has raised doubts about possible conflicts of interest.
Last month, the PCB eliminated head of selection Inzamam-ul-Haq from the PSL player recruitment committee due to a possible conflict of interest, since he was involved in a talent search program led by one of the franchises of the tournament, Lahore Qalandars. Tauseef Ahmed, who is also part of the national selection committee and is also the spin coach of Islamabad United, was also excluded from the PSL recruitment committee.
Ehsan Mani, the new president of the PCB, has said that he will investigate other cases of conflict of interest "case by case".
"That's certainly something I'll see," Mani told ESPNcricinfo. "I know that commitments have already been made and that the contracts have already been signed, so you can not enter and break them overnight, but if there is a conflict of interest that affects Pakistan cricket, of course I will go into he
"[The PCB removed Inzamam from the PSL draft-selection process because] who created a conflict of interest. If he is there with the franchise, then he can not choose the players and that makes logical sense. "As for him [Arthur] and others involved with the PSL franchises, we will search case by case, and collect [the issue] with them and consult with the people involved."
ESPNcricinfo understands that Arthur has no vote to elect Pakistan squads, although the selectors take their opinions on board, but he has a vote in the final selection by playing XI.
In 2016, Arthur was already the head coach of Karachi Kings when he assumed the role of Pakistan shortly after Waqar Younis
Arthur, with then PCB president Shaharyar Khan, had negotiated a contract to allow both roles, waiving their monthly PCB retention for the duration of the PSL. When he renewed his contract as coach of Pakistan until the 2019 World Cup, this agreement remained intact. Arthur has trained the Karachi Kings in all three seasons of the PSL so far, and is expected to do so again in the fourth edition in 2019.
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo in 2016, Mani had questioned everyone's decision. Ask him to continue in both roles.
"I do not think the national coach should get involved with any national team," he had said. "This creates a conflict of interest, unfortunately, it is also a reflection of the governance standards of the PCB."
Arthur has eliminated any suggestion that their double function could be a problem.
"I do not see any conflict at all, and in fact I see it as a massive benefit because it allows me to see all the best young talent available," Arthur told ESPNcricinfo in 2016. "Certainly, I'm professional enough to be not be partial in the selections or opinions on any Player because at the end of the day I am here to help Pakistan cricket and make Pakistan cricket the best and I will not endanger that in any way. "
In addition to the cricket issues, Mani has also eliminated Shakeel Sheikh from a Counseling post created by former President Najam Sethi. Sheikh was the powerful member of the board of directors of PCB that represented the Islamabad region, and had assumed the role of advisor in the national cricket and at the end of his term last year. The change of roles put him in a potential conflict of interest, and he was thought to be allocating a disproportionate number of matches to the Diamond Cricket Club in the Islamabad region.
Sheikh was considered the most powerful non-cricket individual that manages nationally. cricket issues. Mani has dissolved all the committees formed during the mandate of Sethi, citing the conflict of interests as a major problem in all of them