For the first time in the history, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed a female as one of the directors of the board. Alia Zafar, human resources executive, has been appointed as one of the four independent members in the Board of Governors (BoG). She will hold this position for a period of two years.
As per Pakistan’s new law, it is compulsory to include at least one woman among four independent directors on its board of governors (BoG).
Besides Alia, economist Asim Wajid Jawad, corporate executive Arif Saeed and finance executive Javed Kureishi have also been appointed as Board of Governors. (BoGs). Kureishi and Arif Saeed will hold the position for three years, while Alia Zafar and Wajid Jawad are appointed for two years.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on their 59th meeting at the National High-performance centre, has announced the four new members as board of governors.
“Following the appointment of the four independent members, the new BoG has been formed. The remaining three members on the board of directors will be appointed following completion of the election process at the Cricket Association level”, Pakistan board said in a statement.
The chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani has also congratulated Alia Zafar for being the first female director of the Pakistan board.
“Following the promulgation of the new PCB Constitution in 2019, these distinguished members, on my request, have agreed to continue through the transitional period and provide the PCB management appropriate guidance through their knowledge and insight.” PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said.
“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,” he added.
PCB has revamped its structure and as a result of only six provincial teams namely Balochistan, Central Punjab, Southern Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Northern will be allowed to compete in premier first-class cricket tournaments. For more than 50 years, banks fielded teams in first-class tournaments alongside city-based teams in Pakistan.