Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Badar M. Khan has tendered his resignation after more than eight years in the role and will be departing at the end of the month, the cricket body announced on Monday.
“After serving under five PCB Chairmen since July 2011, it is now time to move on and explore other opportunities,” Khan was quoted as saying in the press release. “It has been a pleasure to be a part of the PCB and not only contribute [to] the financial and commercial growth of the company, but also meet and work alongside some of the best professionals.
“I want to thank all my past and present colleagues for their support and wish the PCB future success.”
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said Khan has been “an important member of the PCB Senior Management Team”. “On behalf of the PCB, I want to thank him for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors,” he added.
The PCB will soon start the process to find Khan’s successor, the press release added.
In November last year, veteran PCB Chief Operating Officer (COO) Subhan Ahmed resigned from his post after reports about a conflict between Subhan and Mani had started making rounds in the media. In a bid to avoid a repeat of 2017’s spot-fixing scandal in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to enforce several stringent anti-corruption measures in the upcoming edition of PSL. The spot-fixing scandal in the second season of PSL, led to at least six Pakistan players being suspended while two of them, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, were immediately suspended and sent back home from Dubai. Later the anti-corruption tribunal of the PCB imposed a five-year ban on Sharjeel and Khalid.
Last season, the PCB and International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to join hands to ensure that the tournament is free from corruption Officials from the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) closely monitored the Players, Management and Officials (PMO) area free of cost, during the fourth edition of PSL, and directly reported to the international governing body.
It was entirely ICC’s discretion if they wanted to share their report with the PCB. It must be noted that the PCB was keen on availing their services during the previous seasons as well, but due to rising expenditures, they decided against it. However, according to a PCB representative, the ICC anti-corruption officers were only present in the matches that took place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last season. Since this year all matches will take place in Pakistan, the PCB’s internal anti-corruption unit will be in charge of the event. However, the representative didn’t rule out the possibility of taking help from ICC anti-corruption unit if needed.—Agencies