Pakistan Cricket Board

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
Jurisdiction Pakistan
Founded1949 (1949)
AffiliationInternational Cricket Council
Affiliation date28 July 1952 (1952-07-28)
Regional affiliationAsian Cricket Council
Affiliation date19 September 1983 (1983-09-19)
HeadquartersGaddafi Stadium 54600 Ferozepur Road
LocationLahore, Pakistan
ChairmanEhsan Mani
CEOWasim Khan
Men's coachMisbah-Ul-Haq
Women's coachDavid Hemp
Operating income65.37 billion (US$390 million) (2019)[1]
SponsorPepsi, United Bank Limited, PTCL, Cool & Cool, Sabroso, Brighto Paints, Gatorade, Easypaisa
ReplacedBoard of Control Cricket Pakistan (B.C.C.P.)
Official website

The Pakistan Cricket Board - PCB (Urdu: پاکستان کرکٹ بورڈ‎) controls and organises all tours and matches undertaken by the Pakistan national cricket team.

Following the establishment of Pakistan as an independent dominion of the British Empire in 1947, professional and amateur cricket commenced in the same year, seeing as local infrastructure had already been established when the country was part of the British Raj. Cricket matches were arranged informally until 1948, when a Board of Control was formally instituted. Pakistan was admitted to the Imperial Cricket Conference (currently known as International Cricket Council) in July 1952, and has since been a full member, playing Test cricket. The team's first Test series took place in India between October and December 1952.

The PCB also runs its own cricket league which is named as the Pakistan Super League.

Inaugural Board of Control[edit]

The Pakistan Cricket Board was inaugurated on 1 May 1949 as the Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan (BCCP).[2] The first meeting, held in the committee rooms of Lahore Gymkhana, saw HE The Nawab of Mamdot made president and chairman, with Justice A. R. Cornelius as one of three vice-Presidents. The following year Cornelius became chairman of the working committee, until he relinquished his connection with the board in early 1953.

The working chairman was always one of the three vice-presidents. In April 1957 Ayub Khan imposed three more new vice-presidents (himself being one of them). Then between December 1958 and September 1969 the post of vice-president disappeared.


The response to turmoil within the board has on four occasions been to suspend the rules and appoint an ad hoc committee. The first ad hoc committee was appointed in September 1960 and did not disband until May 1963 having created a new constitution. The President of Pakistan would now nominate the board president who would in turn nominate the other members of the Executive Committee to sit for a period of three years. Representatives of the four provincial cricket associations and Government departments formed the Executive Committee.

The BCCP was re-organised in the 1970s and was headed by former cricketers, professional administrators and trustees, who were often businessmen.[3] In November 1976 players' demands for increased salaries reached a crisis and the Pakistan Sports Board took over running the B.C.C.P.'s affairs. Long-serving president, the formidable Kardar, was in the thick of the dispute. The revolt against Kardar forced him to resign in May 1977 and led to a new Ad Hoc Committee replacing the Board Council in 1978 running Pakistan cricket and again changing the constitution. Provincial Cricket Associations were eliminated and divisional and city CAs became members, giving most of the influence to the city Cricket Association of Lahore and Karachi.

The Board now governed a network of teams sponsored by corporations and banks, city associations and clubs.[3] There is no province-based official team type organisation of domestic cricket in Pakistan and Lahore and Karachi cities are the two top tiers of all cricket, including reservoirs of fresh talent.[4][3]

Pakistan cricket was involved by dissension and controversies over the national team's poor performance during the tour of India and a public uproar forced the end of the Ad Hoc Committee.[3] The chairman and team captain Asif Iqbal had to step down.[5] Air Marshal Nur Khan now became chairman and he saw the banks and other organisations increase their participation on the Board Council in the face of protests from the zonal organisations.

A third ad hoc committee under Javed Burki took charge of BCCP affairs in January 1994 and made a new constitution including giving a new name, the Pakistan Cricket Board (P.C.B.) It introduced a chairman and chief executive.

After taking heavy criticism on the grounds of corruption and match fixing, the Board was taken over by a fourth Ad Hoc Committee formed on 17 July 1999 which remains in place despite undertakings from Musharraf to bring it to an end. The Pakistan Cricket Board re-emerged by taking the initiative to sponsor the hugely successful 2004 tour of Pakistan by their rivals India. The Pakistan Cricket Board has competed and has associated itself with the Twenty20 cricket form and has also proven popular and hopes to similarly revive popular interest in domestic games. However, Pakistan's early exit from the 2007 World Cup cast a shadow and later Dr. Nasim Ashraf's resigned at the end of 2008.

Ejaz Butt was named the PCB Chairman in October 2008. Zaka Ashraf took over from Butt in October 2011.[6][7]

On 28 May 2013, Zaka Ashraf was suspended as PCB Chairman by Islamabad High Court due to a dubious election. The newly sworn in Government of Nawaz Sharif named Najam Sethi as acting PCB Chairman.[8] On 15 October 2013, the governing council of the Pakistan Cricket Board was dissolved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, and an interim five man management committee was named consisting of acting chairman Najam SethiShahryar Khan, two former players (Zaheer Abbas and Haroon Rasheed, and former team manager Naveed Cheema.[9]

On 15 January 2014, Zaka Ashraf was reinstated as PCB Chairman. The PML-N Government was unhappy with the reinstatement (since Ashraf was a PPP appointee), and this led to Ashraf's sacking. In February, PCB Governing Board was dissolved and an eight-member management committee (comprising Shakil Sheikh, Shaharyar Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Iqbal Qasim, Naveed Akram Cheema, Yusaf Naseem Khokar and Faridullah Khan, the secretary IPC). Najam Sethi was elected as chairman by the management committee.[10]

Domestic cricket[edit]

The major domestic competitions are:


The board is known to have constant rifts and conflicts with Pakistan player Shahid Afridi.

In 2011, Shahid Afridi announced he would retire and also resign as ODI captain. He said the PCB had mistreated him. He went on-record to say that the board was "dishonourable" and that he would "not play under this board" because it "doesn't respect its players". The PCB then announced that for Afridi to announce his retirement like that was a breach of his contract and he had 7 days to re-think his decision and reply. However, he insisted that he would not return until the board was replaced, which led to the PCB suspending his contract and fining him 4.5 million rupees ($52,300).[11] Afridi's no-objection certificate (NOC) was also revoked, preventing him from playing for Hampshire. He filed a petition to overturn the sanctions but withdrew it in June from an out-of-court settlement with the PCB where they agreed to sign off his NOC. Afridi's ask for the replacement of the board was also soon partly completed when Ijaz Butt was replaced as PCB chairman, which prompted him to come out of retirement. Even after he came back, PCB highlighted that Afridi did not apologise.

In March 2016, Pakistan was eliminated from the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 after losing to India, New Zealand and Australia. Many were left disappointed after this and the PCB announced they would take action.[12] There were initial talks that Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal could face a potential 2-year ban following their poor performance but this was not verified.[13] However, the focus was on Waqar Younis and Shahid Afridi. The highlight of this was that Waqar Younis had written up a 6-page report on recommendations along with discreet reasons he though contributed to the failure. However, the PCB were accused of leaking this report to the media, where all details were publicised, particularly popularising the fact Waqar thought it was Afridi's fault.[14] The PCB then refused to meet with Younis, confirming to most that they were responsible in leaking the files. Younis announced his resignation due to this just after Afridi resigned as T20 captain in April 2016. He said the PCB's actions were a disgrace.[15] The PCB apologised to Waqar Younis for the leak on 6 April 2016.[16]

In September 2016, PCB leaked plans and rumours that Shahid Afridi was either being left out of the new 2-year contract or retiring out of choice. Afridi released a statement saying it was unfair for them to do so.[17] He then asked for a farewell match, saying it was his right. However, PCB members said he cancelled a meeting about the issue and wanted him to have his farewell match but that he hadn't contacted them.[18]

Governance of Pakistan cricket[edit]

  • Presidents and Chairmen of Pakistan Cricket Board:
  1. Iftikhar Hussain Khan, Nawab of Mamdot – May 1948 – March 1950
  2. Chaudhry Nazir Ahmad Khan – March 1950 – Sept 1951
  3. Abdus Sattar Pirzada – September 1951 – May 1953
  4. Mian Aminuddin – March 1953 – July 1954
  5. Muhammad Ali Bogra – July 1954 – September 1955
  6. Maj. Gen Iskander Mirza – September 1955 – December 1958
  7. Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan – Dec 1958 – June 1960
  8. Justice A.R.Cornelius – 1960 – May 1963
  9. Syed Fida Hassan – June 1963 – May 1969
  10. Ikram Ahmed Khan (President) – May 1969 – May 1972
  11. Abdul Hafeez Kardar – May 1972 – April 1977
  12. Chaudhry Muhammad Hussain – April 1977 – July 1978
  13. Lt Gen (Retd) Khwaja Muhammad Azhar – August 1978 – February 1980
  14. Air Marshal (Retd) Malik Nur Khan – February 1980 – February 1984
  15. Lt Gen. (Retd) Ghulam Safdar Butt – February 1984 – February 1988
  16. Lt Gen. (Retd) Zahid Ali Akbar Khan – February 1988 – September 1992
  17. Justice Dr Nasim Hasan Shah – October 1992 – December 1994
  18. Javed Burki – January 1994 – March 1995
  19. Syed Zulfiqar Bokhari – March 1995 – January 1998
  20. Khalid Mahmood – January 1998 – July 1999
  21. Mujeeb ur Rehman – August 1999 – October 1999
  22. Dr. Zafar Altaf – October 1999 – December 1999
  23. Lt. Gen. Tauqir Zia – December 1999 – 2003
  24. Shaharyar Khan – December 2003 – October 2006
  25. Nasim Ashraf – October 2006 – August 2008
  26. Ijaz Butt October – 2008 – October 2011
  27. Zaka Ashraf – October 2011 – 28 May 2013 (suspended by IHC)
  28. Najam Sethi – June 2013 – January 2014
  29. Zaka Ashraf – January 2014 – February 2014 (Reinstated as Chairman by IHC)
  30. Najam Sethi – February 2014 – 16 May 2014
  31. Justice (R) Jamshed Ali Shah - July 2014 (Acting Chairman)
  32. Shaharyar Khan – May 2014 – August 2017
  33. Najam Sethi – August 2017 – August 2018[19]
  34. Ehsan Mani – August 2018 – Present

  • Secretary:
  1. Bashir Ahmad 1965–1971
  2. Dr Zafar Altaf 1972–1975
  3. Khalid Mahmood 1975–1976
  4. Lt Col Zafar Ahmad 1977–1978
  5. Lt Col (Retd) Rafi Nasim 1978–1980
  6. Zulfiqar Ahmad 1986
  7. Muhammad Ijaz Butt 1986–1988
  8. Arif Ali Khan Abbasi 1988–1991
  9. Shahid Rafi 1991–1994
  10. Ghulam Mustafa Khan 1995–1997
  11. Waqar Ahmad 1997–1999
  12. Shafqat Rana 1999–2000

  • Chief executive officers and directors:
  1. Arif Ali Khan Abbasi 1995–1996
  2. Majid Khan 1996–1999
  3. Yawar Saeed 1999–2000
  4. Brig Munawar Ahmad Rana 2000–2002
  5. Chishti Mujahid 2002–2003
  6. Ramiz Hasan Raja 2003–2004
  7. Abbas Zaidi 2004–2006

  • Chief operating officers:
  1. Shafqat Hussain Naghmi 2007–2008
  2. Salim Altaf 2008–2009
  3. Wasim Bari 2009–2010
  4. Subhan Ahmed 2010–Present


The PCB office is located near the Qadafi Stadium Lahore. All PCB Officials sit there during the weekdays from 9AM to 5PM. [20]

PCB Annual Awards 2017[edit]

Pakistan Cricket Board for the first time held inaugural awards in 2012. This new PCB initiative is meant to recognize, acknowledge and honour Pakistan’s prime cricketing talent that has consistently stood out on the field of play.

PCB Curator of the year
PCB Umpire of the year
PCB Deaf Cricketer of the year
PCB Blind Cricketer of the year
PCB Woman Cricketer of the Year
PCB Most Valuable Domestic Bowler
PCB Most Valuable Domestic Batsman
PCB Emerging Player of the Year
PCB T20I Bowler of the Year
PCB T20I Batsman of the Year
PCB ODI Bowler of the Year
PCB ODI Batsman of the Year
PCB Test Bowler of the Year
PCB Test Batsman of the Year
PCB Player of the Year
PCB Life Time Achievement Award
Special Prize for Best Bowler of the Year

PCB initiative to Revive Cricket in Pakistan[edit]

Australian envoy visits PCB Headquarters[edit]

The Australian Higher Commissioner to Pakistan, Peter Heyward, visited the PCB headquarters at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on 3 September 2012. He appreciated the board’s efforts to bring cricket back in Pakistan. He further said he always love to see the Australian team playing against Pakistan in front of Pakistani people and on their home grounds.[21]

Asian Cricket Council Development Committee[edit]

The Asian Cricket Council Development Committee meeting was held in Islamabad on 24 September 2012 and was chaired by Zaka Ashraf. The Chairman PCB called on the members to come over to Pakistan to play cricket. ACC members assured the then Chairman of their support and Chief Executive of ACC Syed Ashraful Haq said they felt no security concern in Pakistan and considered playing cricket here to be safe as anywhere in the world.[22]

ICC CEO visits NCA[edit]

David Richardson, the chief executive of the International Cricket Council, visited National Cricket Academy on 12 January 2013. He said that Pakistan Cricket Board is working very hard to bring International Cricket back to Pakistan and it is our role to support Pakistan Cricket Board in its efforts to revive international cricket whenever it is possible.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Financial Statements for the Year Ended June 30, 2017" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Some dates in Pakistan cricket history". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 December 2017.May 1, 1949: Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan formed.
  3. ^ a b c d "PCB making all out support to bring international cricket back into the country". Pakistan & Gulf Economist. 18 February 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  4. ^ Ali, Rizwan (12 February 2019). "PSL: A pathway to revive international cricket in Pakistan". AP NEWS. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  5. ^ Chakraberty, Sumit (14 April 2014). Master Laster: What They Don't Tell You about Sachin Tendulkar. Hay House, Inc. ISBN 9789381398593.
  6. ^ "Banker Ashraf replaces Butt as PCB chief". News18. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  7. ^ "A litany of lows". Cricinfo. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Najam Sethi named PCB's interim chairman". Cricinfo. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  9. ^ Farooq, Umar (15 October 2013). "PCB's governing board dissolved". cricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Sethi in, Zaka out as PCB governing body dissolved". Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Shahid Afridi 'quits' international cricket". Cricinfo. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  12. ^ "How things stand after Pakistan's loss to Australia in Mohali". The Indian Express. 25 March 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  13. ^ "PCB committee recommends ban on Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik & Ahmed Shehzad". Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Waqar Younis blames Shahid Afridi for World Twenty20 exit". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Whoever leaked my report should be punished: Waqar Younis". Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  16. ^ "PCB Chief apologizes to Waqar Younis over report leak". Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  17. ^ "Aggrieved Afridi complains about PCB's behaviour – Cricket – Dunya News". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Dailytimes | All-rounder Afridi insists farewell match is his right". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  19. ^ "PSL Chairman & PCB Chairman Najam Sethi Resigned from his Post, Today". Live Cricket Streaming Online. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Pakistan Cricket Board". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  21. ^ "Aussie HC wants his team to play in Pakistan". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  22. ^ "No security issue in Pakistan: ACC". The Nation. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  23. ^ "Cricket Comes Home: A trip down the memory lane on international cricket's resumption".

External links[edit]