Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is also the chief patron of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday has rejected the resignation of national board’s octogenarian chairman Shaharyar Khan before adding that the former should complete his three-year tenure in cricket body’s office.
“Shaharyar [Khan] had made it clear that due to health and personal reasons he would like to step down on April 30,” PTI quoted a source close to the board.
Interestingly, the speculations are doing rounds that Executive Committee head of PCB and Pakistan Super League Chairman Najam Sethi, is seen as the successor of Shaharayar Khan, in August this year as a PCB chairman.
The senior administrator, Shararyar, who had served between 2003 and 2006 as PCB’s chairman, had earlier tendered his resignation to the cricket board’s patron Sharif before attending the ICC crucial meeting in Dubai, last month.
The all-important meet has further witnessed discussion on the finance redistribution model and governance in the world cricket body before rolling the ‘Big Three’ system which was exercised since 2014.
“But after Shahryar returned from Dubai after attending the ICC meetings where the Big Three governance system was rolled back,” the reliable source revealed.
The chairman of the board is directly nominated by the Prime Minister for three years as per the constitution which is further based on Board of Governors.
“He [Shaharyar] has been informed by the Prime Minister’s house that he should carry on working and complete his term which ends in late August,” source within PCB remarked.
The reports suggested Sharif has expressed happiness over the Shahrayar’s efforts in the office before being asked to continue his term.
“Apparently the Prime Minister is clearly happy with Shahryar’s working and the way he handled the Big Three issue at the ICC meetings. Basically, he has been rewarded for his work,” the source concluded.
Earlier, PCB Chairman Shaharyar has stated he will take legal action against the powerful cricket body Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for seeking compensation after neighbouring country failed to ‘honour’ the standards regarding the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both the boards in the recent past, according to the PCB’s boss.
The decision to ask Shahryar to complete his term also bodes well for the PCB, as this week it will be unrolling its legal action against the BCCI to seek compensation for the not honouring the MoU signed between the two boards.
“If India confirms it is willing to resume bilateral cricket it would be a positive development for cricket in the region,” Shaharyar told to media agencies during the presser in the past.
Before the decision came to continue with the PCB Shaharyar, who stated he always wanted to have cordial relation with the BCCI, but the current scenario is not sitting well, as it has enforced the PCB to take legal help.
“We have suffered major losses because of India’s refusal to play the bilateral series as per the MoU and we can’t allow this to continue,” Shaharyar concluded.
It is the overall second stint of Shaharyar to eventually become the part of PCB as its chairman.