In the Pakistan Cricket Board 59th meeting at the National High-Performance Centre in Lahore earlier this week, human resources executive Alia Zafar has been named as one of the independent directors on the PCB, becoming the first female to have been appointed to the post in the country. Besides Zafar, the three independent members are Javed Kurieshi, Asim Wajid Jawad and Arif Saeed.
“Following the appointment of the four independent members, the new BoG has been formed. The remaining three members on the BoG will be appointed following completion of the election process at the Cricket Association level,” PCB said in a statement. PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said Zafar’s inclusion is a ‘giant step forward’ in improving the board’s governance structure.
“I welcome the newly-appointed independent members, especially Ms Alia Zafar, the first female independent member, which is a giant step forward in enhancing the PCB’s governance structure,” Mani said “The four new members bring with them a wealth of diverse knowledge that will only improve the professional outlook and working of the PCB.”
Zafar, who has worked in senior positions in the corporate sector and also had a stint with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was appointed for a two-year term. The PCB’s new constitution, which came into effect last year, mandates to have at least one woman among 4 independent directors on its board of governors.
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The revamped structure of the PCB has resulted in six provincial teams – Balochistan, Central Punjab, Southern Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Northern – competing in premier first-class cricket tournaments. The BoG also expressed its delight that the remaining four PSL 2020 matches will be played from November 14-17. Oversees cricketers had already started to arrive in Karachi while South Africa’s tour for two Tests and three T20Is in January/February 2021 was also on track.
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