Rashid Latif seeks court help for PCB re­form

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Pak­istan's for­mer cap­tain Rashid Latif went to court Wed­nes­day, de­mand­ing sweep­ing re­forms to the na­tional cricket gov­ern­ing body in­clud­ing the elec­tion rather than ap­point­ment of of­fi­cials.

He filed a pe­ti­tion against the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) in the south­ern prov­ince of Sindh. "Latif filed a pe­ti­tion against the PCB for the bet­ter­ment of cricket," said a state­ment from the Rashid Latif academy, which coaches young play­ers.

It said the PCB con­sti­tu­tion must be over­hauled to al­low it to op­er­ate "in a fair and trans­par­ent man­ner" and pro- vide for the elec­tion of of­fi­cials in­clud­ing the chair­man.

The chair­man­ship is cur­rently a po­lit­i­cal ap­point­ment in the gift of Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari. The process has been strongly crit­i­cised by ex­perts and for­mer play­ers alike, in­clud­ing the World Cup-win­ning cap­tain Im­ran Khan.

The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) last year di­rected mem­ber coun­tries to free them­selves of gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence by June 2013 and to en­sure that pres­i­dents of cricket boards are elected.

Pak­istan op­posed the rul­ing, say­ing it needs gov­ern­ment sup­port to de­velop the game and en­sure se­cu­rity as it tries to re­vive in­ter­na­tional cricket which was sus­pended af­ter the Sri Lankan team was at­tacked in 2009.

"Latif is con­vinced that the pow­ers as­signed to the pa­tron of PCB are in com­plete dis­re­gard and vi­o­la­tion of the con­sti­tu­tion as they smack of non­trans­par­ent and dis­crim­i­na­tory ap­proach," said the state­ment.

"The bla­tant and ad­mit­ted fail­ure of gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan to amend or pass a new con­sti­tu­tion in ac­cor­dance with the di­rec­tives of the ICC is a clear cut and fla­grant vi­o­la­tion," it added. Latif, who played 37 Tests and 166 one­day in­ter­na­tion­als for Pak­istan, is widely re­spected for blow­ing the whis­tle on match-fix­ing in 1995.

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