ISLAMABAD: Pakistan cricket is at crossroads today mainly due to the involvement of unprofessional people in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) affairs that include two journalists and some others non-technical officials, former Test pacer Sarfraz Nawaz said on Wednesday.
“Some gamblers and non-professionals who don’t know even the basics of cricket are calling the shots in the PCB which is a shame,” said the firebrand pacer while requesting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as patron of the Board, to resolve the matter urgently to salvage the game.
Addressing a press conference here at National Press Club on Wednesday, Sarfraz said besides non-professionals some former cricketers, who were found guilty in Justice Malik Qayyum Commission report for their involvement in gambling, were running the PCB affairs.
“Under the current set-up Pakistan have lost five consecutive ODI series and are at placed at a poor No.9 in rankings,” he bemoaned and urged the prime minister to disband the present set-up and appoint a technical committee comprising ex-Test cricketers of high repute.
Sarfraz alleged that Sethi has made huge money through his links with bookies which included an Indian called Mahesh and is also a tax defaulter. “A report of Transparency International clearly states that he (Sethi) is a defaulter of Rs100 million in income tax,” Sarfraz claimed.
“But instead of CDA, Shakil and his men are running several grounds here,” lamented Sarfraz. “They charge up to Rs140,000 per day per ground,” claimed Sarfraz and added that PCB had dished out Rs10 million to Shaakil for installing sprinkles in one of the grounds in Islamabad.
“The PCB gave him Rs10 million for sprinkles, which I believe could be installed by spending a much lesser amount,” he claimed.
Sarfraz further said that PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed, who is a former clerk, also didn’t know any thing about cricket but was holding the key post of Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Talking about the revival of cricket in Pakistan, he said the PCB should be appreciated for successfully hosting the series against Zimbabwe.