The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which requested permission from the federal government to take part in the World Cup in a letter to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif last month, has angered the Islamabad authorities.
Authorities assert that by bringing up the issue with board members who were in control at the time, they have circumvented all established procedures.
According to a reliable source, PCB Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salman Naseer’s letter to PM Shehbaz violated protocol.
A subordinate department must go via the relevant ministry to get authorization from or inform the highest authority of the situation, when his approval is needed.
A summary of the prime minister’s decision is then moved by the appropriate ministry. But because the PCB wrote the PM directly, this method was ignored.
According to information obtained by The News, the Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Ministry was dissatisfied with PCB’s attitude and raised it with the PCB leadership in a forceful manner.
The sources also claim that Naseer was made aware of the mishap, which would probably result in a host of issues. “We brought up the issue with the PCB COO and expressed our disappointment. Officials are expressly forbidden by government regulations from speaking with the prime minister directly.
There is a prescribed process that was not followed in this case. We have expressed our disapproval and will investigate what further we can do in this regard, according to a senior Ministry official.
Remembering that the Temporary Management Committee expired on June 27, the PCB was led by former Election Commissioner Ahmed Shahzad Farooq Rana.
The letter’s main goal—of which copies were also given to the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of the Interior—was to get official approval for participation in the World Cup that India will be hosting.