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Pakistan Cricket Board presents constitution to ICC

Move aimed at proving that it is a democratic body free of government interference

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Dubai: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has presented a copy of its constitution to the International Cricket Council to prove that they are a democratic sporting body free of interference from their government.

The constitution was handed to Alan Isaac, the President of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, during an ICC board meeting.

The constitution has repealed the 2007 PCB constitution and is now compliant with the ICC’s charter document.

It conforms to the requirement of the ICC with regard to independence of the boards and prevents undue interference by governments in cricket administration in member countries.

Zaka Ashraf, chairman of the PCB, who has opened the doors for former cricketers to play a bigger role in promoting the game, said: “It has been a long, consultative and thoughtful exercise, and included input from stakeholders, including the ICC. I am delighted that, in the end, we have been successful in delivering a constitution that is in compliance with the ICC’s requirement and will be beneficial for cricket in Pakistan in the long run.”

Ashraf is on a mission to bring back international cricket to Pakistan and also revived the India-Pakistan cricket series recently.

Appreciating the gesture from the PCB, Isaac said: “I must compliment Ashraf, his team and the Government of Pakistan for their efforts in producing a constitution which makes the process of electing its chairman more democratic and reduces the risk of inappropriate government interference in line with the ICC’s constitutional provisions.”

The presentation was attended by PCB’s Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad and legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi.

Ashraf also said: “This act reflects our commitment as a responsible member of the ICC. The PCB will continue to take all necessary steps which are in the best interests of cricket.”