PM Imran not interfering in cricket affairs: PCB chairman Ehsan Mani

Imran, in his position as patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), nominated Mani for the position of PCB chairman after Najam Sethi resigned last year.

PCB chief Ehsan Mani said Imran wanted to see Pakistan become a winning side whose cricket system was worthy of emulation.   -  AFP

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has rejected the impression that Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had led the country to the 1992 World Cup triumph, is meddling with cricket affairs.

“He doesn’t interfere at all. But he has made it clear that he wants to see a cricket system in Pakistan free of politicisation and an internal structure which is based on quality rather than quantity,” Mani said in Lahore.

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Imran, in his position as patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), nominated Mani for the position of PCB chairman after Najam Sethi resigned last year.

Mani admitted that the PCB was a very politicised institution and time was required to change the organizational culture.

“My task is to make our domestic structure a quality one and to streamline things in the board to such an extent that it becomes an exemplary institution and is second to none among the boards of the world.”

Mani also dispelled the doubt that departments will no longer play a role in the country's domestic set-up. “We are not finishing departments as they have a role to play in Pakistan cricket but we are trying to improve things,” he added.

Mani said Imran wanted to see Pakistan become a winning side whose cricket system was worthy of emulation.