Chairman briefs patron about PCB~~s running

Published: Thursday, May 27, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shaharyar Khan, had an hour-long meeting with President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad and briefed him about the Board's activities that reportedly included the developments relating to recent India-Pak cricket series.

"It was a very productive meeting in which the President was briefed in detail about the Indian tour that was of prime concern to the PCB," Khan said in a statement.

"The President expressed satisfaction and promised to fully support the future PCB programmes," he said adding that during the meeting he briefed Musharraf about the activities of the Board during his five months tenure as chairman. Khan was appointed by Musharraf, the Board's patron.

The meeting came few days after Khan failed to secure an appointment with the President despite day long waiting at his residence, sparking rumours in the media that the President was unhappy with the way the Board has handled the India-Pak series, particularly the controversy regarding the injuries of fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar.

Khan in his statement made no reference to the discussions relating to the India-Pak series. He said the President enquired about the immediate development plans of the PCB to improve the domestic cricket, including the first-class schedule, school/university cricket, upgradation of stadia for international matches, ongoing programmes of the National Cricket Academy.

"The President was also informed that a Committee for the review, examination and bridging the gaps and to overcome the anomalies of the present PCB constitution had been constituted," he added.

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