Misbah, Younis picked as advisor to PCB chief

Karachi: It has been decided in the 38th PCB Board of Governors meeting that Pakistan Test captain Misbah ul Haq and middle-order batsman Younis Khan will serve as advisors to Chairman PCB on cricket affairs.

The meeting was held Tuesday at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore with Chairman Shaharyar M. Khan presiding over the meeting.

The meeting was attended by Najam Sethi, Chairman Executive Committee, Zafar Mehmood, WAPDA, Shakil Ahmed Shaikh, Chairman Cricket Committee, Gul Zada, Peshawar Region, Mansoor Masood Khan, UBL, Professor Ejaz Ahmed Faruqi, Karachi Region, Maj (R) Naeem Akhtar Gillani, Rawalpindi Region, Muneer Kamal, NBP, Amjad Latif, SNGPL, and Ameer Tariq Zaman, Secretary IPC.

Subhan Ahmad, COO, Badar Manzoor Khan, CFO and Amjad Hussain, Director Media and Coordination and Salman Naseer, Secretary to the Board, were also present.

“Pakistan Test captain Misbah ul Haq and middle-order batsman Younis Khan will serve as advisors to Chairman PCB on cricket affairs. As and when required, the two advisors may also be invited to BoG meetings in order to solicit their expert opinion,” PCB announced.

Meanwhile, the Board of Governors reiterated its stance with regard to the Pakistan-India series and said it should take place as per the MoU signed between the two cricket boards.

“The BCCI must honour its commitment and play the series in the UAE,” said Chairman PCB, Shaharyar M. Khan.

“There is no justification behind asking Pakistan to play the series in India and there is no security issue involved if the two teams play in the UAE,” he added.

Speaking about Pakistan’s participation at the ICC World T20 scheduled to take place in India early next year, Shaharyar M. Khan said, “Keeping in mind the security situation, we will have to seek necessary approvals from the Pakistan government for the World T20.”

Zafar Mehmood, Chairman Coordination Committee for PCB Strategic Plan apprised the members about work done in order to finalize the implementation details of the plan. Heads of respective sub-committees of the Coordination Committee will submit final plans within one month.

In a bid to support women’s cricket in Pakistan, the Board of Governors has decided to approve, support, and encourage women’s teams from various institutions.

A committee, to be headed by Major Naeem Akhtar Gillani, was formed in order to advise on game development. Shakil Shaikh, Gul Zada, Director Game Development Aizad Syed and General Manager Women’s Wing Shamsa Hashmi will be members of this committee.

The Board of Governors also congratulated the Pakistan Cricket Team and team management on winning the recently-concluded Test series against England.