Pakistan government appoints new cricket board secretary

The PCB has around 900 employees all over the country, who work at various regional cricket associations and at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. Last month, the cricket board reportedly approved a budget of 3 billion rupees ($29 million) and will be facing a deficit of 500 million rupees in the year 2013-14.

updated: September 28, 2013 20:45 IST
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Islamabad: A government official has been appointed secretary of the Pakistan Cricket Board with the task of reducing its number of employees.

Irfanullah Khan, a legal adviser in the ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC), told The Associated Press on Saturday that Amir Tariq Zaman, additional secretary for sports in the ministry, will take charge next week.

Khan says the appointment is in line with the Islamabad High Court order which instructed the IPC to remove all superfluous officials on the cricket board. The court said 68 employees were appointed unnecessarily during Zaka Ashraf's 20-month period as the PCB chief.

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