Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was saddened by Iqbal Qasim’s resignation as chairman – Cricket Committee on the basis of his ‘recommendations’ being not entertained.
In a statement, PCB confirmed that they approved resignation from Qasim filed on Thursday. PCB stated they respect the decision of former Test cricketer who has served Pakistan’s cricket for over the years now but was also saddened due to the reasons mentioned for resigining.
“In his resignation on Thursday, 3 September, Mr Iqbal Qasim wrote: (He was a) dummy chairman who cannot recommend a deserving match referee. It is painful to see injustice (being) done to cricketers who have played cricket, fulfill all criteria but suffering,” PCB said.
“It is indeed sad that a cricketer of the calibre, repute and experience of Iqbal Qasim has voluntarily decided to step down. His services to cricket, both as a player and as an administrator, are outstanding. The PCB respects his decision and wishes him well for future.
“However, it was disappointing for the PCB to see its cricket committee chairman, instead of supporting meritocracy and respecting the decision of the independent panel, decided to resign after his ‘recommendation’ was not entertained,” the statement added.
PCB went onto highlight that Qasim already knew about the committee’s status. “The PCB is also at pains to explain that when Iqbal Qasim accepted the offer to head its cricket committee on 31 January 2020, the role of the department sides had already been eliminated under the new PCB Constitution 2019, which came into effect on 19 August 2019.
“He had walked into the role knowing the framework and regulations under which the current PCB management was operating that had no space for the PCB-organised department cricket. Having worked in a corporate organsiation, the PCB had hoped Iqbal Qasim would understand, abide and value the constitution,” they stated.
It must be noted here that PCB formed its cricket committee just like the ICC Cricket Committee and the MCC World Cricket Committee as an advisory body. The committee only contained the rights to advice cricket board on cricket related matters.