PCB’s ethics code takes aim at conflict of interest
LAHORE: The PCB has introduced a clear-cut code of ethics which could have far-reaching effects on various employees. Its ramifications are likely to be felt by the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq, head coach and chief selector of the men’s senior team, Urooj Mumtaz, head of the women’s wing, and even Wasim Akram, a member of the cricket committee. The move comes as a result of increasing scrutiny on multiple roles held by various stakeholders, and the potential conflicts of interest in those roles.
The scope of the code extends beyond identifying roles solely within PCB, covering officials working for the PCB in any capacity, including those involved in any business activity outside of the board, either directly or through family members. Under the new code, all employees must share these details with the board. Then, based on the information provided, the PCB could call upon ethics officers Salman Naseer (who is the board COO) and Areeba Khalil (from the PCB’s legal department) to conduct further investigation.
While the PCB is comfortable with Misbah’s dual role as head coach and chief selector of the men’s senior team, his role as head coach of PSL franchise Islamabad United, already under a conflict cloud, could be affected. Misbah is on a one-year contract with the franchise, but the new code allows PCB to prevent that from continuing. Misbah’s predecessor, Mickey Arthur, who was not only head coach of Pakistan but also PSL franchise Karachi Kings, faced conflict of interest allegations and objection from other franchises during his tenure.
Mumtaz, meanwhile, holds three roles within PCB, as head of women’s cricket, chief selector of the women’s team, as well as a place on the board’s cricket committee. But it was her PSL commentary stint which raised eyebrows, as well as the spectre of similar conflicts in the early 2000s, when Ramiz Raja and Aamer Sohail worked as TV commentators, while they were the board’s CEO and chief selector, respectively. In another such instance, in 2003, then PCB chairman, retired Gen Tauqir Zia resigned from the position, after accusations that his son played for Pakistan due to his influence. (ESPNCricinfo)