“Over the next 12 months, we will continue to ensure strict financial management and controls” – Ehsan Mani. © Getty
The Pakistan Cricket Board is planning to stage the remainder of Pakistan Super League 2020, which had to be aborted due to Covid-19 threat, towards the end of this year. The announcement was one of the many decisions taken at PCB’s Board of Governors meeting via teleconference on Friday (June 16).
PCB also plans to add a fifth venue in Peshawar for the 2021 edition of PSL, which is scheduled to be held in February and March. In addition to this, an exclusive PSL department was also announced, which will be steered by PSL Project Executive Shoaib Naveed with the help of an oversight group.
Regarding criminalization of corruption in cricket, it was revealed that PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani met Patron Imran Khan and submitted a draft proposal, which serves to review the existing legislation in the country and point out how the current laws fail to adequately curb corruption. The proposal also recommended that the legislature include provisions and penalties for individuals found guilty of “corruption, illegal manipulation, betting, match and spot-fixing as well as aiding and abetting such conduct.”
Among other major decisions was the approval of a budget of PKR 7.76 billion for 2020-21, which sees a 10 percent reduction “as part of the PCB’s austerity, robust financial management and belt-tightening exercise.” PCB also approved a PKR 1.22 billion budget for infrastructure development and capital expenditure despite the shortfall in revenues amidst this pandemic, bolstering its commitment towards hosting ICC events in the 2023-2031 FTP cycle.
“I am also grateful to the BoG for approving the capital expenditure budget, which is aimed at enhancing and improving our infrastructure so that we can provide better experience and facilities to our fans and cricketers, and also develop and upgrade our high performance centres across the country,” PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said. “This will be an important investment as we have submitted an expression of interest for some ICC Events in the 2023-31 cycle and quality cricket infrastructure will be one of the key factors that will determine if we are successful in earning hosting rights of any of the events.
“Over the next 12 months, we will continue to ensure strict financial management and controls, and I remain confident that we will deliver all our objectives as per our five-year strategy and within budget.”
PCB also introduced a revised Code of Ethics and new 12-month merit-based domestic player contracts for the 2020-21 season, which will come into effect from 1 August 2020. According to the new monthly retainer structure, the PCB will again offer 192 leading domestic players (32 from each of the six associations) performance-based contracts, but instead of paying a flat monthly retainer of PKR 50,000, a slab-wise payment system will be introduced.
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