LAHORE: For a nation rocked by terrorism and embarrassed over political scandals on daily basis, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi gave good tidings to his countrymen last week. Strengthening of Pakistan cricket’s position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) has given Pakistan something to cheer about. For the last one year, Pakistan cricket was fast becoming a laughing stock around the globe with legal entanglements and other scandals and was in dire need of stability. The PCB organised itself and formulated a plan, under leadership of Sethi, to stabilize it and get maximum advantage for Pakistan cricket from an extremely precarious position.
A top job always requires good administrator. Some of the best heads of the PCB were not former cricketers but people with good managerial background. Running cricket is not rocket science, just the use of the rarest of qualities and common sense. Sethi’s dynamic leadership played a vital role in presenting and pleading Pakistan’s case at the ICC Annual Conference in Melbourne, Australia with authority and getting substantial gains from the ‘Big Three’ - India, Australia and England. He has accomplished many objectives for Pakistan cricket. This also reflects that Pakistan now holds an important and undisputed position within the top echelon of the cricketing fraternity. And in the times to come Pakistan cricket will greatly benefit from what Sethi has been able to obtain for it at the ICC Annual Conference. No doubt, Sethi has raised the sport’s profile by breaking new ground for his country.
nThe PCB has ‘binding agreements’ with the BCCI (Indian Cricket Board) for Pakistan to play India in six series that have been inked into the Future Tours Programme between 2015 and 2023. The fixtures were confirmed at the ICC’s annual conference in Melbourne this week.
nThe PCB has been granted the fourth largest share of ICC revenue - after India, England and Australia - over the next eight years following the restructuring of the revenue distribution model.
nThe ICC has confirmed that its next President will be from Pakistan for a one-year term from June 2015.
nPCB chief Sethi has been elected to the ICC’s powerful executive committee. The PCB and the West Indies Cricket Board are the fourth and fifth members of the committee, on which India, Australia and England hold permanent positions.
nPakistan’s representation on the executive committee will ensure that Pakistan remains involved in the important decision-making concerning the game of cricket
nOn Pakistan’s request, the progress on amendments in ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code is also very encouraging and is yet another step closer to the early entry of banned pacer Mohammad Aamir in cricket.
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