The Pakistan Cricket Board has been brought under government control until a new chairman is appointed after the Ministry of Sports issued a notification for the same, according to media reports on Sunday. Board officials were unavailable for comment on the news.
Cricket was the only sport in Pakistan not under government supervision but this move by the ministry was expected after Nasim Ashraf resigned as PCB chairman last month.
"We have amended the constitution of the PCB and, under the notification, the Ministry of Sports will give approval to all the financial and administrative matters of PCB. This was done after we found irregularities in the working of the PCB since early this year," Najumuddin Khan, Pakistan's sports minister, told cricketnirvana.com. Earlier Najumuddin had said an ad-hoc committee would be set up to look after the board's affairs.
As per the norm the Pakistan president, who is also the PCB's patron-in-chief, must appoint the new board chairman but Najumuddin had previously indicated that the board constitution would be reformed and the power to appoint the chairman could go to the prime minister.