PCB undergoes shake-up ahead of Indian tour

Published: Saturday, January 29, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Amidst sharp criticism over the disastrous performance of the national team, Pakistan Cricket Board today initiated a major revamping process with fresh appointments to key posts.

The major overhaul, which comes with days to go for the all-important tour of India, saw former Test cricketer Salim Altaf being appointed as Director, Cricket Operations,by PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan, who had been entrusted with revamping the Board by President Pervez Musharraf recently.

Altaf will be in-charge of all cricketing issues and would represent PCB at ICC and ACC Meetings. He will also discharge duties as the Secretary of the body, a PCB pressrelease said.

Retired diplomat Abbas Zaidi, who currently occupies the post of media advisor, has been appointed as Director of Board Operations.

Zaidi would be in charge of all non-cricketing matters including administration, finance, marketing and media. An ad hoc committee, comprising Imtiaz Ahmed, NaseemAshraf, Mueen Afzal, Ali Raza and Saleem Altaf, has also been put in place.

The committee would meet once a month but if required it would convene at short notice to consider specific issues. The first meeting of the Committee will be held by mid-February.

The appointments have been approved by Musharraf, who is also the Patron-in-Chief of the Board, the release said. The new appointments come ahead of the Pakistan cricket team's tour of India, scheduled to begin on February 25.

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