PCB governing board members walk out on meeting

The five members presented a signed resolution which said departments and regions in the country should remain part of the domestic cricket setup. (Photo courtesy: PCB official website)
Updated 17 April 2019
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PCB governing board members walk out on meeting

  • Demanded appointment of PCB managing director annulled
  • Ruckus arises over revamp measure in PCB

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the Pakistan Cricket Board ended abruptly Wednesday when five of its seven members walked out after their ideas to restructure the domestic game were dismissed.
The five members presented a signed resolution which said departments and regions in the country should remain part of the domestic cricket setup. They also wanted the appointment of Wasim Khan as PCB managing director to be declared “null and void.”
Last month, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan — a former playing great who is also the patron of the national governing body — had directed PCB chairman Ehsan Mani to strip departments of their playing rights. He said the PCB should have only six teams competing in top-level domestic cricket.
“We were supposed to debate on several agenda items but unfortunately these (five) members came to the meeting with their own agenda,” Mani said. “I don’t know why now they are protesting when I took the approval (of Wasim Khan’s appointment) in the last meeting.
“I even told them that I could see whether their resolution could be discussed after we finish the agenda items, but they just walked out.”
Muhammad Numan Butt, one of the five members who walked out, said there was no provision of appointing a managing director in the PCB’s constitution and Mani didn’t seek the approval of the board.
“He (Mani) is not telling the truth,” Butt said. “There is no such provision to have a managing director in the PCB.”
Pakistan currently has 16 teams in its top tournament, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, with eight from regions and eight departmental teams.
The PCB had remodeled the structure with only the regional teams competing in first-class cricket. But Imran Khan wanted the PCB to reduce the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy to a six-team tournament — two from Punjab province and one each from Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan and Gilgit-Baltistan — with departments having no role in it.


Pakistani naval chief, UAE counterpart discuss maritime cooperation in Dubai

Updated 22 July 2019
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Pakistani naval chief, UAE counterpart discuss maritime cooperation in Dubai

  • Pakistan’s navy chief also met with the UAE army chief for talks
  • Admiral Abbasi will visit UAE Navy Units

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, held a meeting with the United Arab Emirates Navy chief and discussed cooperation in maritime affairs at Dubai Naval Headquarters on an official visit to the UAE, Pakistan Navy media wing said on Monday.
On Sunday, Admiral Abbasi held talks with UAE army chief and under-secretary of the defence ministry.
“On the second leg of visit he (Admiral Abbasi) will visit different units of UAE Navy,” Pakistan Navy said and added that the visit would “improve bilateral ties specially in the file of maritime affairs.”
Pakistan and UAE navies have maintained close relations over the decades and Pakistan Navy collaborates with its UAE counterparts on various professional issues including training exercises, provision of trained manpower and port visits by fleet units in line with their long-standing collaboration.
In February, a Pakistan Navy flotilla comprising navy ships TARIQ and HIMMAT visited Abu Dhabi to participate in a leading trade show, the International Defence Exhibition/ Naval Defence Exhibition.
In the same month, both navies conducted bilateral exercises aimed at enhancing interoperability between them.
“During two days exercise, a number of evolutions pertaining to Maritime Security Operations, Search and Rescue, maneuvering drills, Maritime Infrastructure Protection, Communication, and Warfare related exercise were undertaken,” Pakistan Navy had said after the joint exercise.