Khan to serve as PCB chairman until 2017


Shaharyar Khan has announced he will serve as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board until 2017, receiving the support of Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.

Sharif serves as Patron-in-Chief of the PCB, and his show of support is expected to squash a reported power struggle between Khan, and Executive Committee head, Najam Sethi.

Khan told ESPN Cricinfo of his long association with the PM, saying: "I have known the Prime Minister for more than 30 years; we have a personal and family relation,

"I met him to enquire about his health. We also talked about the recent reforms I initiated – bringing new people at the helm of cricket administration, introducing a new culture of fitness, reviving the NCA [National Cricket Academy] by bringing Muddassar [Nazar].

"[Prime Minister Sharif] asked me to continue for the good of cricket. He said there is no need for a change at the top right now. I accepted that and decided to see out my term, which ends next year in August."

Reports had surfaced in the media that the controversial Sethi was set to return to the role of PCB chairman, a role he was stripped of in 2014, before being reinstated, and then removed yet again.

Khan has served in the role since that saga ended and cited the background of his rise to the position as one of the reasons he should continue: "One needs to see the background of why I am in the PCB.

"The PCB was in a very difficult situation back in 2014 – there were a lot of court cases and it went up to the Supreme Court. One day there was one chairman and the next day there was another.

"It was a revolving door, which was bad for Pakistan cricket. Then Sethi approached me and persuaded me to consider coming in, as the Supreme Court would accept me. So I took on the role. I was the first-ever elected chairman of the PCB; previously, all chairmen were nominated."

Khan believes he has brought stability to Pakistan cricket, and would like to continue his good work: "I took the job on the understanding that it would bring stability and leave the court cases behind.

"I had also served before [2003-2006] and the only idea was to do good for Pakistan cricket, to the best of my ability. Now, with the recent reforms and the short-term and long-term goals, the whole idea is to keep the stability and continuity and to move forward in a way that avoids any further wave of court cases.

"I feel that it is my responsibility to see through the reforms which have been set in motion. Najam Sethi is an old friend of mine and he promised me his full support. We joined hands to take the best measures for the betterment of Pakistan cricket."

Responding to criticism from former coach Waqar Younis, who had accused the PCB of having two heads, Sethi and Khan, pulling in opposite directions, Khan said: "Mostly, we are 90% on the same page. I believe he has better experience in marketing and PSL, and I tend to take his advice in those areas only,

"There are other areas in which I am better equipped to decide and I believe that he is in full agreement with me and there is no conflict at all.

"We act together and we confer for the good of Pakistan cricket. Since I am going to serve my remaining term with the nod of the PM, I am quite sure Sethi and others will embrace my ideas and my decisions.

"As chairman, I am responsible for everything, no matter what decision we take together. We talk about things. Sometimes he has a different point of view, but that doesn't matter – we sort that out as colleagues.

"But without my final signature nothing will happen – I am the chairman of the PCB with all executive powers. The media tend to see it in a more controversial way as a rivalry between us and it ends up being exaggerated."

Pakistan have hosted just one series since the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team, and Khan is keen to address the issue of Pakistan not playing at home:"It is very clear that we are the only Test playing country that does not play at home,

"All our home fixtures have to be played in a third country, which is usually the UAE. As result, the nation is not only starved of cricket but we are losing out a lot of our money on renting offshore grounds in the UAE.

"We might be playing cricket away from home, but it is at some cost and we are losing out on many things. We are the only nation missing out on hosting ICC events and the cycle with no hosting has cost us a lot as well.

"So, I am going to ask the ICC that we be compensated for expenditure which we have to incur playing away. That will be invested at grassroots level, mainly on the development of cricket."