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Cricket in Crisis | The Pakistan Cricket Board’s Controversial Shake-Up

Story Highlights
  • Decentralization of power
  • Composition of the board of governors
  • Role of the chairman
  • Selection process
  • The Situation as a Whole

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recently entered the news because of the abrupt and sudden changes being made to the organization. Most significantly, the 2019 constitution of the PCB is being suspended, and the constitution of 2014 is being revived to take its place.

Now, the political situation of replacing Chairman Ramiz Raja with Najam Sethi is an entirely different ballgame. But the change to the constitution has brought with it some significant structural changes, some of which are:

Decentralization of power

One of the main differences between the 2014 and 2019 constitutions is the level of decentralization of power. Under the 2014 constitution, the regional cricket associations were given more autonomy and decision-making power, while under the 2019 constitution, the PCB has centralized its power and decision-making authority.

Composition of the board of governors

Another significant difference between the two constitutions is the composition of the PCB’s board of governors. Under the 2014 constitution, the board of governors consisted of 18 members, including representatives from the regional cricket associations, the Pakistan Cricket Players Association, and the federal government. However, under the 2019 constitution, the board of governors consists of only nine members, all of whom are appointed by the PCB chairman.

Role of the chairman

The role of the PCB chairman has also changed the two constitutions. Under the 2014 constitution, the chairman was elected by the board of governors and had a largely ceremonial role. However, under the 2019 constitution, the chairman has been given more powers and responsibilities and is responsible for the overall management and direction of the PCB.

Selection process

The selection process for the national cricket team has also changed the two constitutions. Under the 2014 constitution, the selection committee was responsible for selecting the national team, while under the 2019 constitution, the chairman has the final say in the selection of the team.

The Situation as a Whole

Ex-Chairman Ramiz Raja’s replacement has brought a great deal of controversy. The move has been termed as yet another attempt by the government to interfere in the matters of the PCB. There was also significant criticism of Raja’s replacement by Sethi, who has never played professional cricket. Allegedly, Mickey Arthur is also replacing Saqlain Mushtaq as Head Coach.

What the future will hold for the PCB is yet to be seen. Historically, however, this kind of interference by the political body has never ended well, and people are unhappy about the changes. But the impacts of this decision are yet to be judged in the coming days.

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