Ehsan Mani refutes claims of PM Imran running PCB


-Statement of accounts of the PCB will be put on website for everyone to see

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani on Wednesday refuted rumours that Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan is running the affairs of the board behind the scenes.

“I have just been appointed the chairman for 36 months. PM Imran Khan is the patron of the cricket board but that does not mean he meddles in the working of the board,” Mani told a local media outlet.

“There are a lot of reports in the media but that does not mean all of them are true. Recently there were rumours of Australia touring Pakistan next year for a one-day international series, but there is no truth to it,” he explained.

“Even though we are trying to bring back international cricket to Pakistan, there is still time for that to happen,” the PCB chairman further said while adding, “the good news is that some of the matches of the fourth season of Pakistan Super League will be played in Pakistan next year”.

However, he said that some cricket matters and policies need briefing time to time and that is his requirement. “There should be one committee to advice the selection committee,” he observed.

Moreover, Mani, who is on a trip to oversee the green shirts play against Australia in Abu Dhabi, said that the PCB would be brought to the highest levels of professionalism slowly and steadily.

“Very soon we will put the statement of accounts of the PCB on our website for everyone to see and that will include the Board’s accounts as well as PSL’s audited accounts so that there is no confusion,” he said.

“My aim is to run the board on professional lines with transparency so that there are no complications and confusions,” he added.

Commenting on the speculations about T10 league, the PCB chairman said, “Now that we are in discussion about it we will make a firm decision on whether to make [our players] available for this league”.