PCB slam Express Tribune's allegations, responds with 'facts'

In a press release, PCB slammed Express Tribune by sharing facts in response to the newspaper's claims.

On the 9th of September 2020, Express Tribune posted an article titled \’PCB\’s Excessive Spending Continues Despite Covid-19\’. The report contained seriously slanderous financial allegations against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The newspaper posted the content without taking the trouble to cross-check the story\’s background or facts.

The PCB did not take these allegations lightly. In a press release, PCB slammed Express Tribune by sharing facts in response to the newspaper\’s claims.

 Facts shared by the PCB

  1. On the 4th of February 2020, the Board of Governors (BoG) held its 57th meeting in Peshawar to approve the PCB Financial Statements for 2018-2019. These statements highlighted a Rs. 6 billion rise in revenue.
  2. On the 26th of June 2020, the BoG held its 58th meeting via a virtual session to approve Rs. 7.76 billion operating expenditure budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. As part of the PCB\’s austerity, robust financial management, and belt-tightening exercise, the new account showcased a 10 percent reduction compared to the 2019-20 budget. The budget details and breakdown were publicized through the BoG outcomes release and the 5th edition of the PCB Quarterly Newsletter.
  3. Due to the board\’s approach and strategy around austerity and tight financial controls, PCB\’s economic outlook is stronger than ever, and the reserves continue to increase. The PCB\’s forecasted cash flow reserve for the 2020-21 fiscal year will be higher than the current balance, despite the pandemic challenges.
  4. As per the PCB\’s transparency policy, financial audits for 2019-20 will be uploaded on the corporate website once completed.
  5. On the 6th of June 2020, the PCB had announced its annual incremental increase policy:
    Previously, the entire PCB staff received substantial annual incremental increases. However, for the next 12 months, starting from the 1st of July 2020, we will tighten our expenditure and only award increases to staffers who earn Rs. 100,000 a month or less.
  6. After considering the PCB staff\’s outstanding performances in the 2019-20 cricket season, the PCB management awarded promotions to nine high-performing personnel, while twenty received cash increments.
  7. Major key position replacements within the organization, without any additional financial burden on the PCB\’s coffers, were:
  • Player Support Personnel of the Pakistan men\’s cricket team
  • Player Support Personnel of the Pakistan women\’s cricket team
  • Player Support Personnel of the Pakistan U19 cricket team
  • Chief Operating Officer, who has replaced Subhan Ahmed
  • Chief Financial Officer, who has replaced Badar Manzoor Khan
  • Director – High Performance, who has replaced Director – Academies (Mudassar Nazar) and Director – Domestic Cricket (Haroon Rashid)
  • Grant Bradburn, who has replaced Ali Zia
  • Mohammad Yousuf, who has replaced Mansoor Rana
  • Mohammad Zahid, who has replaced Mohsin Kamal
  • Atiq-uz-Zaman, who has replaced Abdul Majeed
  • Asser Malik, who has replaced Mushtaq Ahmed (SGM – Operations)

8. Formal announcements of these replacements were made via various media releases available on the PCB website.

9. The 2019-20 coaches were replaced with fifteen new Cricket Association coaches for the 2020-21 season. The following eight former international stars are among the 15 new coaches:

  • Abdul Razzaq (46 Tests, 265 ODIs, and 32 T20Is)
  • Aizaz Cheema (7 Tests, 14 ODIs, and 5 T20Is)
  • Basit Ali (19 Tests and 50 ODIs)
  • Faisal Iqbal (26 Tests and 18 ODIs)
  • Ghulam Ali (3 ODIs and 167 first-class matches)
  • Humayun Farhat (1 Test and 5 ODIs)
  • Irfan Fazil (1 Test and 1 ODI)
  • Zafar Iqbal (8 ODIs).

10. These former internationals have been engaged not because of their views about Pakistan men\’s national cricket team or the PCB\’s, but their:

  • cricket knowledge
  • experience
  • understanding
  • 360-assessment
  • performance review

11. The performance review and recruitment process was carried out by Grant Bradburn (Head of High-Performance Coaching), Saqlain Mushtaq (Head of International Player Development), and Shahid Aslam (National Men\’s Team Assistant) and included the following:

  • survey
  • self- assessment
  • 360-assessment
  • panel interview
  • application process

The panel submitted their recommendations to Director – High Performance. The Chief Executive subsequently approved these recommendations.

After stating the facts, PCB concluded the press release by saying:

There is no space for baseless and agenda-based campaigns and character assassination, either in the noble profession of journalism or any civilized society.

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