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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is the leading body of Pakistan that manages all issues in this sports discipline. This includes the organization and control of international and domestic matches and forming the national men’s and women’s national teams. It was established in 1949 and is a member of the International Cricket Council since 1952.
Pakistan Cricket Board: history
Immediately after Pakistan became independent from the British Empire (1947), the development of all state structures, including sports, began. The strong infrastructure inherited from the British at that time also accelerated this process. In addition, the popularity of cricket among professionals and amateurs was so great that the necessary legal procedures for the creation of a national association were immediately passed.
This is also demonstrated by historical chronicles, mentioning the holding of numerous draws even before the acquisition of the official status of the International Cricket Council. The decision to admit Pakistan to the ICC was approved on July 28, 1952. Since then, the Pakistan Cricket Board has become a full member of the organization and, consequently, has been able to participate in matches of the highest international level (Test). The first series of meetings within the Test with the national team’s participation took place in October 1952.
Pakistan Cricket Board: structure
The official date of the appearance of the Pakistan Cricket Board is considered to be May 1, 1949. On this day, the first meeting of the newly formed sports body was held, during which many legal provisions concerning its functioning were fixed, and the management staff was appointed. However, over time, the management structure has undergone several changes.
At the moment, the hierarchy of the PCB is as follows:
- President of the PCB: Ehsan Mani;
- Executive Director: Wasim Khan;
Previously, there was a post of vice-president, whose function was performed by three representatives at once. One of them was later appointed to the post of president of the PCB. However, since September 1969, this position has been abolished. This happened after the incident with the presidential re-election in 1958, when Ayub Khan, as an executive director, appointed himself as one of the vice-presidents to become president in the future. Committees carried out the powers of vice-presidents to avoid such conflicts.
However, the functioning of the committees over time began to raise many questions. For a long period, the committees were managed by associations sponsored by banks, financial institutions, as well as city associations and even representatives of the clubs themselves. This gave rise to corruption and match-fixing. The negative reputation forced the PCB to assemble and dissolve committees three times from 1960 to 1999.
The committees, revived in the early 2000s, were entrusted with a serious initiative to organize the 2004 Indian tour. However, even the success of this enterprise did not correct the overall picture of what was happening: in 2008, the 25th president of ACC Nasim Ashraf resigned ahead of schedule, then in 2013 the 27th president Zaka Ashraf was released from his duties ahead of schedule. In February 2014, the committees were completely dissolved, and a new structural unit was created in their place – the management committee, which included eight functionaries.
Pakistan Cricket Board: competitions
Pakistan’s leading cricket authority is responsible for organizing international level competitions (Test, ODI and Twenty20) and national championships. The structure of the latter is as follows:
- Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (first class of regional competitions): duration 2-3 months;
- Pakistan Cup (Regional Class A): duration 1 month;
- National T20 Cup (regional T20 competitions): duration 1 month;
- Pakistan Super League (nationwide T20 level): duration 1 month;
It is worth noting that in 2019, the system of domestic championships underwent a reorganization. Pakistanis preferred the Indian system.
The Super League, launched in 2016, is considered the pride of Pakistan. According to the original plan, the project included five contenders for the title, but in 2016 it was expanded to six participants.
Pakistan Cricket Board: achievements
The team has many titles and victories on its account. In total, the national team played 370 Test matches, winning and losing 115 to 101, respectively. Good results allowed the Pakistanis to climb to third place in the world in terms of wins/losses (1.13) in the Test.
The national team has 791 international meetings in the framework of ODI, where wins (423) prevail over defeats (343). It should be noted that the national team became the triumphant winner of the ODI World Cup in 1992.
In addition, Pakistanis take part in Twenty20 matches. At the moment, 40 of the 67 matches were won by them; two meetings were reduced to a draw. In 2009, the national team won the Twenty20 World Championship.
Also, the national team from Pakistan regularly takes part in the Champions Trophy, Asian Cup, plays in the Austral-Asia Cup and Asian Test Championship, where it has repeatedly become the winner.