All sports boards answerable to Parliament: Pirzada

Islamabad—Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada Tuesday said all sports boards including that of cricket were answerable to the parliament.
During a discussion in the Senate on the adjournment motion regarding mismanagement of affairs in the Pakistan Cricket Board, the minister said officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board would be summoned to the meeting of the Senate’s concerned standing committee in Lahore to ask about the relevant issues.
He said the government was taking concrete measures to promote sports activities and in this regard Sports University would be set up in the country.
He said the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had assured his cooperation with regard to the sports university which would be established in collaboration with Higher Education Commission(HEC).
He said the government had inherited such bad condition of the cricket. However, he added measures were being made to improve its performance.
He said there was a need to provide opportunities to young talent to play for the country but he added all the decisions should be made on merit.
Similarly, he added more sports events should be held to promote sports activities and hunt talent especially from small provinces as well.
He said both Sheryar Khan and Najam Sehti were experienced and honorable officials and they were appointed to handle cricket affairs on international level more efficiently.
Other senators including Senator Javed Abbasi, Usman Kakar, Jhenzab Jamali, Hafiz Hamdullah and Sardar Azam Musa Khel said merit should be pursued in team’s selection. They said cricket board should also have representation from the small provinces.—APP

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