PCB mulls age-cap of 70 years for office-bearers

Pakistan Cricket Board is thinking about introducing an age cap of 70 years for its office bearers, to adopt a directive mandated by India's Supreme Court for the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan addresses to the media in Lahore, Pakistan.   -  AP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the Supreme Court directive will have a mandatory age-cap of 70 years for its administrators, and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is also mulling having a similar age-cap for its officials.

The PCB is currently headed by 82-year-old Shaharyar Khan. The board officials are also thinking of not giving assignments to officials who will cross that age-cap. “The board has now drawn up a shortlist of potential candidates all former Test players who will be given assignments with the teams in future,” a source told the agencies.

Last year, after the tour to England, the board had ended the contract of former captain Intikhab Alam as manager of the senior team and with the board as he was 76. It appointed 68-year old Wasim Bari as the Pakistan team manager. The source further said that it was also decided that any appointment of a former player even from the shortlist who is 60 or above will have to be ratified by the board chairman.

The list of former players who will now be appointed as managers of various teams include Iqbal Qasim, Haroon Rasheed, Talat Ali, Moin Khan, Jalaluddin, Nadeem Khan, Iqbal Sikander. The board has also prepared a list of coaches who will be assigned with the A and junior teams.

Basit Ali to be chief junior selector

Meanwhile in another example of the many U-turns taken by the board sources have confirmed that former Test batsman, Basit Ali, who was removed from his position as head coach of the women’s team and chairman of national junior selection committee has been brought back into the fold.

“It has been decided to bring Basit back as chief junior selector just days after the chairman sacked him for being involved in a physical brawl with former international, Mahmood Hamid at the national stadium during the national ODI Cup,” the source added.

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