PCB decides to lay off employees

More than a 100 officials expected to lose their current positions within the board

PCB decides to lay off employees PHOTO: AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to lay off nearly 100 employees as part of its cost-cutting measures.

According to details, the process has already started and surprisingly, among those, three officials who have been removed are connected to an important member of the previous management, Shakeel Shaikh.

On the other hand new coaches along with Basit Ali are expected to be recruited by the PCB. Tauseef Ahmed and Waseem Haidar are also expected to join the National Cricket Academy (NCA) after the 2019 World Cup.

According to sources, PCB appointed a British Managing Director (MD) on a substantial pay-roll and sent officials on tours costing hundreds of thousands of rupees on one hand but has started a cost-cutting campaign on the other hand.

The officials are set to be removed in stages. This includes officials in the head office as well as other centres such as coaching and ground staff.

Sabeeh Azhar from the Rawalpindi region and coach of the Islamabad region Taimoor Khan have already been removed. It must be noted that both shared cordial relations with Shaikh.

Khurram Malik who, allegedly, was appointed because of Shaikh’s influence has also been removed. The trio were rumoured to share ‘sensitive information’ with a member of the previous management — who promptly reported the findings to the former chairman Najam Sethi.