New PCB chief removes four advisors including Shoaib Akhtar

PCB's new president, Ehsan Mani, eliminated the quartet of advisers, including former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, Islamabad regional chief Shakeel Sheikh and two others, appointed by his predecessor Najam Sethi during his tenure.

Although Shoaib had tweeted on Thursday claiming he had resigned as an adviser to the president of the PCB, he and the other three were, in fact, informed through an official letter that their services were no longer needed. While Shakeel and Aizad Sayid were serving as honorary members, Shoaib and former test cricketer Salahuddin Sallu were paid advisers to the president.

Sheikh, a former PCB board member representing the Islamabad region, assumed the role of advisor in national cricket and once his term ended last year, turning the change into a conflict of interest issue, since it was thought that he was unjustly assigning national parties to a piece of land in the region of Islamabad called Diamond Cricket Club. He was considered the most powerful – not a cricketer – in individual matters of national cricket.

Sayid, who was originally director of cricket academies and game development until last year, was removed from the position due to administration issues. But then he was appointed adviser to Sethi in matters of club and base cricket.

Mani, in fact, dissolved all the committees formed during Sethi's tenure, and cited conflict of interest as a major problem in all of them. Mani cited the example of the finance chief, who was also part of the audit committee, as one of those cases. "He was on the audit committee, which is not a good practice because he's the one who has to face the questions during the audit, so how can the committee member be?" Mani had questioned. In the same way, he felt that each working committee formed by Sethi was constituted against the basic principle of professionalism.

The PCB under Mani faces changes in the structure of the Board, the constitution and the pattern of daily functioning. Only national selection committees at the upper and lower levels, for both men and women, are intact. Mani also said that the number of people working in Pakistan cricket – more than 900 employees – was too much.

"I doubt that a lot of employees are working on any cricket board in the world, mainly because the PCB has centralized many things and there is a need to decentralize. associations own those "


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