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PSL Final – A Suggestion

Posted by Syed Nayyar Uddin on February 21, 2017 in Cricket, My Views, Pakistan, Sports

Dear Mr. Prime Minister

اسلام و علیکم

Sir,

As you know very well, the last few days have been extremely traumatic for the nation, resulting in depressed economic and social activities.

As such, the nation needs a tonic of high voltage cricket entertainment dose, to uplift the dampened spirits of its citizens, not only in Lahore (just for a three hours match), but in all major cities of Pakistan.

In this connection, there is a fervent debate going on in the country, on the pros and cons of playing the final match of the PSL-2, in Lahore.

In this regard, in my humble opinion, if the match is played in Lahore without foreign players or ordinary low profile “D” grade foreign players, it will take the gloss out of the PSL league and subsequently, also de-value the tournament, giving a lot of satisfaction to the inimical forces, who don’t want the cricket to flourish, once again in Pakistan.

As such, if you approve, the PCB may be directed to hold the PSL final in Dubai, with genuine foreign players; and immediately after PSL final in Dubai, a six matches series (with or without foreign players) should be played in Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Islamabad, AJK (which has a good stadium) and Lahore; to raise the morale of the nation, which is badly deprived of quality cricket and also suffering from the scourge of terrorism.

The format of the series should be planned in such a manner that for the Karachi match, the Karachi Kings should play with the final winner of PSL in Dubai. However, if Karachi is the final winner of PSL played in Dubai, it should play with the runners up of the final.

The same pattern of format should be used for Quetta, Peshawar, Islamabad and Lahore matches, as well.

For the match of the AJK, the Dubai PSL final winner team should play, with a combined team of rest of the four franchises.

The above format is sure to be a big hit with the cricket lovers in each city; and all over Pakistan, by providing a chance of their life time, to the local spectators, to watch their favourite players in action after a long gap of eight years.

This cricket series (may be named as Pakistan Cup) will unite the nation in an unprecedented manner, as all the five franchises of the five cities will get the matches in their cities; plus a big message of solidarity will also go to the entire Kashmiri population, as well.

Best Regards,

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

 

 
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An Open Letter to All Pakistanis..!

The President of Pakistan

The Prime Minister of Pakistan
All Parliamentarians of Pakistan
Entire Leadership of Pakistan
All Pakistanis

اسلام و علیکم

Since the last few days, our enemies have launched an unprecedented all out covert war against civil and military personnel and establishments, wherein, the entire country is suffering a bloodbath from East to West and North to South.

In view of the highly volatile situation, it is extremely imperative that Pakistan responds to this emergency in a swift, effective and offensive manner, so that our enemies must know well and truly, that Pakistani nation will extract full price of their mischief against our motherland; else our enemies will have a satisfying feeling that Pakistanis are a sitting duck and they can destroy us with impunity, without any retaliation.

In this regard, kindly peruse the following article submitted to our government on 11 August, 2016 titled “Pakistan’s world war”, which is still very relevant, rather, even more relevant today, in devising the strategy to fight the scourge of terrorism, with proactive internal and external action plans.

PAKISTAN’s WORLD WAR
(11August, 2016)

Now, a time has come that Pakistan can not and must not allow this proxy war imposed by two of its known inimical neighbours namely; Afghanistan and India; to be just a kind of a routine exercise, to wait for the terrorists to attack, as per their will and evil designs; and after that we ask our law enforcing agencies, to go after them and their facilitators, with an iron hand. This sort of mind set will ruin us completely, sooner than later.

Offence is the best defence. Pakistan must inform the United Nations, Afghanistan and India that come what may, Pakistan will launch severe punitive strikes inside Afghanistan, on its terrorists training bases and on the Indian consulates, as well.

We must remember that when it comes to a do or die situation, especially for a nuclear power, then there is no going back.

Precisely, this was the reason that USA was absolutely ready for a nuclear war, when Russia planned to install missiles, in its back yard in Cuba.

Actually, the current strategy of our known enemies, to wage an out-sourced third party war, to disintegrate and degenerate a nuclear Pakistan, suits them as the best option, without any cost to our enemies.

As such, it is high time that our strategy is revamped and rehashed, to let our enemies and the whole world know very clearly that red lines of Pakistan’s conventional and nuclear thresholds have been crossed; and we reserve the right to use any and all weapons, to safeguard our national interests. This means clearly the use of nuclear and all weapons at our disposal, because we can’t sit idle and witness our own demise, without any punishment to the mischief mongers.

In this regard, if the UNO or the world powers wants to take steps to ensure peace on our western borders, we should have no objection, provided all the Indian consulates established, after the NATO invasion of Afghanistan, are permanently shut down, just as Russia accepted American demands, during the Cuban crisis. (In fact, before the start of the NATO invasion of Afghanistan the USA had accepted this Pakistani condition that India will have no role in this Afghan war on terror).

So, for a nuclear Pakistan, enough is enough. We must not forget that any all-out nuclear war between India and Pakistan, will not only be a complete annihilation of both the countries, but it will be an Armageddon, for the entire planet, as well.

As the matter is extremely grave and fraught with dangerous consequences, we must prove beforehand to the world the Indo-Afghan nexus against Pakistan, with factual statements of American leaders and scholars and other related water tight evidences and documents.

In this regard, besides the other evidences like the video of Indian NSA Ajit Doval, wherein, he is talking in detail, about his defensive offensive strategy and removing thorn with a thorn; the following must be used as a proof of the Indo-Afghan designs against Pakistan:

– In 2008, the Indian naval chief, Admiral Suresh Mehta, expressed concerns over the development of Gwadar port and had said, “Being only 180 nautical miles from the exit of the Straits of Hormuz, Gwadar, being built in Balochistan coast, would enable Pakistan to take control over the world energy jugular and interdiction of Indian tankers.”

– Senator Chuck Hagel, who later became US Secretary of Defence, earlier commented on India’s role in Afghanistan, during a speech at the Cameron University in Oklahoma in 2011, quoted as below: Quote “India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan from across the border in Afghanistan.” In his talk on Afghanistan, Mr Hagel reportedly said that India had been using Afghanistan as a second front against Pakistan. “India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan on that side of the border, and you can carry that into many dimensions.” He noted that India took advantage of tensions between Kabul and Islamabad for fomenting troubles in the areas that border Afghanistan.“ The point being [that] the tense, fragmented relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been there for many, many years,” he said.

– Mr Hagel is not the only American to suggest that India has been using Afghanistan for stirring troubles in Pakistan. C. Christine Fair, an assistant professor at Georgetown University, made similar suggestion during a congressional hearing on Afghanistan in 2011.

– In June 2015 the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Bangladesh said “heard what my ears would never want to hear again – Narendra Modi’s acceptance of India’s lethal plan in the disintegration of East Pakistan in 1971, and its threat to destabilise Pakistan through terrorism.” His statement also proved that the specific aim of creating RAW in 1968 was to subvert the people of former East Pakistan and prepare grounds for the creation of Bangladesh for the training of over one million Mukti Bahini.

– The following text of India-Pakistan joint statement in Sharm-el-Sheikh between Manmohan Singh and Pakistan PM Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on July 16, 2009 clearly proves that Indian hand in creating mischief in Balouchistan was exposed right on the face of the Indian PM:
Quote.”Prime Minister Gilani mentioned that Pakistan has some information on threats in Baluchistan and other areas.”Unquote.

– The following news titled “Capture of spy proves India’s interference in Pakistan: army” reported by the daily Dawn on 30 March, 2016 (Link:- http://www.dawn.com/news/1248776/capture-of-spy-proves-indias-interference-in-pakistan-army) leaves no doubt of active Indian sabotage and killings in Pakistan, which clearly tantamount to waging undeclared war by India against Pakistan:

News:

The army has said that the capture of an Indian spy in Balochistan is a proof of India’s interference in Pakistan. “This is no less than the state-sponsored terrorism,” military spokesman Lt Gen Asim Bajwa said on Tuesday while releasing a six-minute video of confessional statement given by the spy, who identified himself as Kulbhushan Yadav and said he had been operating under the cover name of Hussain Mubarik Patel. The military spokesman said that Yadav would be prosecuted as per the law of land. Responding to a question about granting consular access to him as sought by the Indian government, Gen Bajwa said he was caught red-handed while planning subversive activity in Pakistan and a decision in this regard would be taken later. “We’ll cross the bridge when we come to it. There are lots of technicalities involved in it,” he said. He said it was a rare incident for a serving military officer to have been caught in another country. In his statement, Yadav said that he was a resident of Mumbai, where he was commissioned in January 1991, and belonged to Indian Navy’s engineering cadre. He said he held the rank of commander and his service number was 41558Z. He detailed how he entered the intelligence world and joined RAW in 2013 after which he was assigned the task of promoting unrest in Balochistan and Karachi. He had previously visited Karachi undetected in 2003 and 2004 from Chabahar (Iran), where he had established his jewellery business to conceal his activities. He disclosed that he worked with Baloch student organisations and other insurgents for carrying out his activities. He said Anil Kumar Gupta, a RAW officer of the rank of joint secretary, was his supervisor. Yadav said he was arrested on March 3, 2016, and was voluntarily giving the statement and cooperating with his investigators. Gen Bajwa said the primary task given to Yadav was to revive the dying Balochistan insurgency and sabotage China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Yadav, he said, was planning to attack the Gwadar Hotel where Chinese were staying and where there was presence of a sectarian organisation. The spokesman said they had planned to bring in 30-40 trained RAW operatives to coordinate and help in reviving the Baloch insurgency.

The world now must be informed that Pakistan is not in an ordinary war, rather, for us it is our world war, which is being fought for the life and death of Pakistan. Already Pakistan has suffered casualties of nearly 80,000 civilian and military personnel and about a trillion dollar economic loss. This type of war has not been witnessed by any other nation, in the history of the world.

Moreover, it seems that this fight may not end very soon, in the near future. As such, our civil, military and all non military people, will have to stand united in front of the terrorists, who are hell bent to fight this war, not in our back yard, but right in the middle of our homeland.

In any crime investigations, the first logical step is to find the beneficiary of that criminal act. Here, in Pakistan we have observed a pattern, which reveals that either, the terrorists have been targeting the GHQ, Naval and Air Force bases or indulging in specific targeted attacks on Sri Lankan cricketers, Chinese nationals and other foreigners, soft targets like pilgrims at far off places shrines, intelligentsia, polio workers, hospitals, educational institutions, busy markets, protestors on roads, tourists and Pakistani minorities.

All these operations are carried out (at specifically chosen vital timings) not only to inflict maximum men and material losses, but also to undermine Pakistan’s military power, sabotage CPEC, create isolation in foreign policy and inflict maximum damage on economy, sports and tourism etc.

We should not be so naive to indefinitely close our eyes and ignore the role of presence of Indian consulates, specially based near the Pakistan’s western borders with Afghanistan.

In fact, the terrorism in Karachi and the insurgencies of Swat and Balouchistan are a clear testimony of the Indian evil designs, being perpetrated through these consulates in Afghanistan.

However, Pakistan must clearly know that this Indian game plan, specifically designed to keep Pakistan bleeding for an indefinite period, will never cease, till such time we repay the Indians in the same coins, by devising a strategy, to fight fire with fire.

Therefore, it is high time that Pakistan officially warn India to immediately pack up all its consulates in Afghanistan, failing which we should also immediately take steps to establish our own consulates, in the border areas of all those countries, which share a common border with India.

The recent sudden increase of acts of terrorism, also highlights the importance of preventive measures to curb this menace, which is causing severe losses of innocent lives, material and reputation of the country.

In the cases of previous terrorist attacks on the GHQ, PIDC house & Pakistan Navy air base and other such incidents, it was reported that the gang of attackers were residing in rented houses for quite some time, in an area not very far away from their targets. It was also reported that the neighbours of these houses were although, suspicious of these tenants, yet, they kept quiet and did not tip area police, about their apprehensions.

Under the circumstances, there is a dire need for motivating general public, which must remain extra-vigilant, in playing their role of defending the motherland, by involvement of entire population of the country, to look out in their near vicinity, for the stay and suspicious activities of the terrorist.

As such, In order to make the stay of the terrorists at any such places, almost impossible; it is proposed to actively involve the entire population, to look out & hunt them.

This objective can be easily achieved, by the announcement of the government, that a reward of Rs. 100 millions or Rupees ten crores, shall be paid to any person, who informs the Police, about the terrorist(s) staying in a house, hostel, hotel, rest house etc.

If our war against terror and for our survival is to be won quickly, the entire population of the country, shall have to be geared up and involved in the task of watch and vigilance.

Last but not the least, as is done in many countries, compulsory three years military service law, must be enacted for entire Pakistani citizens, without any discrimination of rich and poor. Besides many other benefits, it will help produce a new generation of disciplined and physically fit Pakistanis.

Best Regards,

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

 
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Enigma of Dubai..?

Posted by Syed Nayyar Uddin on February 11, 2017 in Corruption, Cricket, My Views, Pakistan, Sports

Respected Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sahab,

اسلام و علیکم

Sir,

The national disgrace caused to the image of Pakistan, when two of our cricketers were caught in violation of Anti-Corruption Code, during the ongoing PSL-2 tournament being played in Dubai, is something unpardonable and all those responsible for ruining the grace, image and reputation of the sacred motherland, must not be allowed to go unpunished.

In this regard, the PCB must not be allowed to brush under the carpet, this serious offence against Pakistan; by the tactics of media management, just to save its own skin and making the two young and budding players of Pakistan, as its scapegoat.

Already, there are signs that the PCB is taking a lenient view towards the whole matter by just provisionally suspending the two players, without taking any action against the concerned team’s management personnel; and also not taking any action against the PSL chairman (where the buck stops), who knowingly very well, all the pit falls of holding of such an event in the UAE, took full credit for arranging PSL matches out of Pakistan.

In this connection, some of the damaging affects of holding PSL matches in the UAE, are explained below, for your information and knowledge please.

1). Now foreign players, their associations, cricket boards and governments are even more adamant in their stance of not visiting Pakistan, on the clear evidence that if Pakistan is not safe for the full PSL tournament, how can it be safe for the players of foreign teams.

2). The self damaging decision of not holding PSL tournament in Pakistan, just to earn money for everyone else except the PCB (PCB got nearly Rs.3 crore after tax and franchises got way with over Rs.1 billion from pool money and guaranteed minimum payments, that too without Audit) has neither helped the revival of foreign teams visit to Pakistan, nor contributed positively for the domestic cricket, which badly needs revamping and big investments.

3). Wise Pakistani cricketers and administrators knew very well that since, the UAE was infamous for easy access of all types of unscrupulous people, if we staged our cricket league matches there, our enemies will leave no stone unturned, to entice our players, towards the violation of Anti-Corruption Codes, defaming Pakistan throughout the world. In fact, many patriotic Pakistanis openly opposed the idea of playing our league matches in the UAE, precisely for the aforementioned reasons.

Sir, the situation is more serious and the matter is much graver than it has been reported till now. There are serious chances that more players and administrators names may now be cropping up with the passage of time and after the forensic analysis of materials like cell phones etc., which are available with the investigators.

In view of the foregoing; and to save the prestige, reputation and name of Pakistan in the international circles; and in the name of transparency and accountability, it is high time that with immediate effect, the entire board of governors of the PCB may be replaced with a new interim set up; with the mandate to rebuild the whole cricketing structure in Pakistan, on modern and progressive lines.

Sir, the above proposal for the operation clean up in the PCB will greatly enhance your own image in the eyes of the general public and also no heavens will fall, as in the recent past in South Africa, when they found that the chairman and board members of their football board were all complicit in match fixings, entire set up was replaced immediately.

After the surface of the latest scandal of PSL, involving our two young cricketers, now it has also been proved beyond shadow of any doubt that the current management of the PCB has completely failed in absolute terms in handling both cricketing, as well as, the management affairs of the board.

Sir, last but not the least, as they say a stitch in time saves nine, if your revamping orders of PCB are further delayed, there is every possibility that a bigger international humiliation, more serious than the one which led to the arrest of our three cricketers in the U.K. may have to be faced by us.

 

Best Regards.
Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

 
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Pakistani Cricketing Downfall – An Objective Analysis

Posted by Syed Nayyar Uddin on February 2, 2017 in Cricket, My Views, Pakistan, Sports

Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sb.

Prime Minister of Pakistan

اسلام و علیکم

Dear Sir,

As it may be already in your knowledge that in all the formats of the game of cricket i.e. T20, ODI and Tests, our cricket team’s performance in international matches are gradually slipping from bad to worse; and now we are respectively ranked at 7th, 8th and 6th positions.

However, the most horrible reality is that the 1992 World Cup ODI champion team, will most probably, now can’t enter into the 2019 ODI World Cup competition, without playing the qualifying round.

In this regard, the alarming issue is not just the defeats of our men’s, ladies and Under 19 teams (which lost to minnows Afghanistan’s U19 team in December 2016, by 21 runs in Asian U19 ODI championship), but the huge margin of defeats, like our team getting out in 40-45 overs and losing Test matches virtually in 2 1/2 days.

Here, although, the PCB tried to stem the rot by:

~ Bringing in high profile and highly paid coaches.

~ Appointing highly paid senior cricketers at the helm of NCA and selection committees.

~ Increasing the remuneration and travel facilities of the players.

Yet, the PCB did not address the main issue; mainly, because the entire set up of the PCB has failed to correctly diagnose the real disease, afflicting our cricketing structure; and also because, no one in the PCB, wants to touch the hornets nest of the domestic cricketing structure.

Moreover, some wise men also wrongly think that National Cricket Academies (NCA) are the factories to produce world class players. Whereas, NCA’s are high performance centres of excellence, to refine and polish the players. NCA’s can not and can never produce players, who are born at school level cricket; and trained/groomed in the clubs and at various higher levels of domestic cricket.

The mother of our problem is our domestic structure, which is VERY BADLY afflicted by the greed, politics, nepotism and favouritism.

The PCB’s flawed system is standing and depending on votes of it’s affiliated clubs, districts and regions. Hence, the status quo fully suits the PCB.

The domestic structure is the production house of players. If we have to compete at world level, our domestic cricket should be made HIGHLY competitive, which can only be done by drastically reducing the number of teams in the first class competitions; wherein, the players will have to put in extraordinary hard efforts to enter into a first class team.

In fact, the entry at first class level should require so much efforts that after playing first class cricket in Pakistan, a player, when he enters the international level, should not feel any difference in domestic and international games. Otherwise, if a player is stranger at the very competitive international level, he will take a lot of time to settle down and perform for the country.

To achieve this high level of domestic standards, the PCB should invest maximum money on infrastructures, producing world level umpires, high standard of playing equipments particularly international level cricket balls, increasing remuneration of players, upgrading travelling, boarding and lodging facilities etc.

Mr. Prime Minister, I have written these facts and solution of our cricketing decline only after years of my discussions with scores of very senior cricket players, administrators, media persons and journalists, who have a consensus on the need of re-vamping of our entire domestic cricketing structure, which is currently only serving the vested interests of few persons; and also killing the abundant talent of the budding cricketers of Pakistan.

Concluding, it must be understood that the current PCB and its decision makers are neither capable nor they want to change the domestic structure radically. If my this statement was not correct then since 2013, things would have much improved. What the PCB top notches have always been doing in the past and will also repeat in the future, to change the captain or reshuffle few personnel here and there, for the sake of cosmetic change, so that the status quo carries on, at the cost of the prime national interest.

As such, Mr. Prime Minister, if you really want to see Pakistan’s flag flying high, in cricketing arenas of the world, for once; bring in a team of those committed and dedicated persons, who can give you a written commitment, to the break the status quo, by bringing in tangible revolutionary changes in the domestic cricketing structure and overall system of the PCB.

Best Regards,

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

 
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Most Urgent Request for the Special Audit of the PCB by the AGP..!

Posted by Syed Nayyar Uddin on January 31, 2017 in Corruption, Cricket, My Views, Pakistan, Sports

31 January, 2017

Respected Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sahab,

اسلام و علیکم

Sir,

As everyone knows that you very strictly believe and act on transparency and accountability in the government affairs and has a declared policy of zero tolerance in such matters, the following issue of payment (without conducting audit of the franchises) of about Rs.65 crores to the five PSL franchises of the PCB, alongside certain other glaring accounting and management lapses, needs your specific orders for an urgent and immediate special audit of the PCB by the Auditor General of Pakistan, on the issues raised in detail in below mentioned correspondence addressed to you and your concerned minister Mr. Riaz Peerzada.

Moreover, necessary orders may also be issued to the PCB chairman to not allow the formation of PSL as a private company, till the air is cleared after the special audit of the PCB by the AGP office.

Best Regards,

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad
Lahore.
Dated 31 January, 2017

 

1 January, 2017
Payment of about Rs.65 crores to the franchises (without Audit of the franchises) by the PCB

Respected Riaz Peerzada Sahab,

AoA.

Sir,

The below mentioned write up was sent on 28 December, 2016 to all and every member (including Secretary IPC) of the BOG of the PCB, before the 30-12-2016 meeting in Karachi.

Quote:
It is reported that PCB paid about Rs.65 crores to Franchisees without conducting their audit.
If this news is correct then it is a very serious matter that how and why payment without audit was made to the franchises and on whose orders such a huge amount was paid?
PCB’s audit committee and governing members of the PCB board, must fix the responsibility of this huge lapse, if it has happened.
Unquote.

In my humble opinion PCB paying around 65 crore PKR to Franchisees without the audit of Franchisees, may land all members of the BOG (including chairman) in trouble if the they put their signatures of approval
in the BOG of 30th December, 2016.

Please request chairman Sahab to ORDER the audit of the Franchisees and refuse its approval without audit of Franchisees, come what may.

Re-hashed Request to PM for Govt Audit of PCB.

..http://www.snayyar.com/request-to-pm-for-govt-audit-of-pcb.html#sthash.20kxIjxY.dpbs
Best Regards,

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad
Lahore.
Dated 1 January, 2017

 

29 December, 2016
Subject: Re-hashed Fresh Request to the PM for Special Audit of the PCB from the Auditor General of Pakistan

Respected Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sahab.

Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Patron-in-Chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Dear Sir,

This email is in continuation after certain new and important additions in my earlier email dated 26, December 2016,

You are requested to kindly issue necessary orders to the Ministry of Inter Provincial Cooperation, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad to look into the following very important questions concerning the PCB and to submit you a report within three days, for your perusal, before the next PCB BOG meeting planned to be held on 30 December, 2016 in Karachi.

As per the PSL’s website statement ( http://psl-t20.com/faqs-pakistan-super-league-pvt-ltd/ ) PCB’s external audit for the year 2015-16 is already complete in which year PSL was a major event and the audited financial statements are expected to be presented to the Audit Committee and to the BOG of PCB in December 2016.

In this regard, certain extremely important following issues are brought to your notice for critical examination and analysis by the experts of the government.

Certain details about PSL were made public by a PCB’s statement as below:

LAHORE – May 20, 2016: While publishing PCB/PSL Council’s clarification today (May 20, 2016), Dawn’s Lahore Sports Reporter has again misrepresented the facts viz ‘No joyriders entertained at PSL, clarifies PCB.’

“The correct position was explained by PSL chairman Najam Sethi two weeks ago but seems to have escaped notice.

“The estimated cost of the PSL was not jacked up from USD 60 million to over USD 90 million – reducing PSL’s profits to just USD 2.6million– as alleged by your reporter. In actual fact, the budgeted Operating costs were $4.17m while the actual Operating expenditure was $4.22m, showing a very small addition of only $50,000. The total budgeted expenditure was $7.71 while the actual was $8.93m largely on account of higher venue hiring fees of Dubai and Sharjah stadiums and sanction fee of Emirates Cricket Board.”

“On the other hand, the budgeted profit was $310,000 but the actual profit turned out to be $2.6m— eight times higher than projected.

“As far as the number of journalists sent over to the UAE to report on PSL, this too is far lower than the randomly reported 70 by you. The fact is that only 46 journalists from across print, electronic and digital media were sponsored. The rationale and objective was purely professional, as in PSL Council’s assessment obtaining optimal projection for the event was likely to accrue higher yields from marketing/merchandising in the subsequent seasons, thus not only offsetting the cost on this account but gaining handsome dividend. The strategy of positive image-building of the event has been deemed as successful by independent feedback.”

As per the PSL’s website (link:-http://psl-t20.com/faqs-pakistan-super-league-pvt-ltd/ ) certain financial disclosures are made as below:

“PCB invested very little as seed money (amount needs to be disclosed) in the project while the Franchisees invested $9.3m in the form of franchise fee to PCB. Upon conclusion of all PSL accounts, PCB earned $2.6m profit before tax, while the Franchisees, as expected, showed losses on their initial investment. Being cognizant of this fact, PCB reimbursed them to the tune of $2.2m out of its own profits in order to reduce their losses as pledged during marketing presentations before the process of sale of franchise rights. But the franchisees benefited from a significant rise in the value of their assets, called capital gain, by over 100% and they were able to cash in on this dimension by getting major brand name sponsors and media houses on board.”

The first question which arises from the above official PCB figures is that:

1. Why there is no mention of income from sponsorship earnings and from broadcasting deal?

2. Chairman PSL categorically declared during a TV interview of 10 December, 2016 on Express News channel that PCB will get $0.6 million out of $2.6 million earnings. Now this statement of chairman PSL is different from the 20th May, 2016 press release which stated that PCB will get $0.4 million out of the total earnings of $2.6 from the PSL-1. Why this contradiction in two statements? Moreover, it is also reported that since PCB committed to offset a minimum of 75% loss of the Franchises during the PSL-1, a whopping amount of $6.5 million was paid to the Franchises. This expenditure of $6.5 million is in fact, 72.78% of the total $8.93 million expenditure of the PSL-1. Again in the same TV program referred above, the chairman PSL told that in the next PSL-2 since no amount will be paid to the Franchises to compensate their losses, PCB will get a profit amount of $3 million. This information raises the question that instead of the entire minimum savings of $6.5 million which was paid to the Franchises in PSL-1, still PCB will get a lesser amount of profit worth $3.5 million, if we assume that other expenses will be more or less the same, as were in PSL-1. In other words, we can say that from the PSL-2, PCB will be getting $3 million profit and a plan has already been made to jack up the expenditures approximately by $3.5 million.

3. (a). As officially informed by the PCB vide press release dated 20 May, 2016 total expenditure of PSL-1 was $8.93 million and income from Franchises was $9.3 million. These figures depict a surplus or profit of $0.37 million to PCB. Now the question which needs clarification is which of the three profit figures of PCB ($0.6m, or $0.4m or $0.37m) are correct, how the total profit has been worked out and how much the income from other sources like broadcasting rights, sponsorships, gate money etc., was added in the total income? Also how it is claimed and how the accounts were managed that profit of the PCB was shown as $2.6 million and from this figure an expenditure amount of $2.2 million was deducted as payments to the Franchises? Why not straight away deduct all expenses from the income and then state actual taxable meagre profit of the PCB as $0.4 million? Was this exercise was done to deceive the public and show profit as $2.6 million instead of $0.4 million.

3.(b). The below mentioned figure of $2.2 million stated on the website needs clarification because the amount paid to the Franchises for compensation of their losses is many times higher than this figure of $2.2million? “PCB earned $2.6m profit before tax, while the Franchisees, as expected, showed losses on their initial investment. Being cognisant of this fact, PCB reimbursed them to the tune of $2.2m out of its own profits in order to reduce their losses as pledged during marketing presentations before the process of sale of franchise rights.

4. (a). Moreover, the above statement that “Being cognisant of this fact, PCB reimbursed them to the tune of $2.2m out of its own profits in order to reduce their losses as pledged during marketing presentations before the process of sale of franchise rights.” raises serious doubts that there was no written agreement of the PCB with the Franchisees detailing requirements of their itemised verifiable (by the PCB’s internal and external auditors) budgeted expenditures, duly approved in advance, by the PCB’s Audit Committee and documentary justifications (acceptable to the Audit Committee of the PCB), for the excess expenditures, which entitled them for compensation from the PCB; thus rendering the payment of $2.2 million (actually many time over) by the PCB to the Franchisees, as ultra vires.

4. (b). Under the circumstances of the above statement of the PCB that “the franchisees benefited from a significant rise in the value of their assets, called capital gain, by over 100% and they were able to cash in on this dimension by getting major brand name sponsors and media houses on board.” the question arises why and under which circumstances, who gave this commitment to the Franchisees to compensate their loses; and why and who allowed this ultra vires payment of $2.2 million (actually many times over) to the Franchisees?

5. It should also be deeply and throughly audited that why the total budgeted expenditure of $7.71 million exceeded by $1.22 million; and the actual expenditure was $8.93 million? In this regard, the itemised documents, bills and invoices of the entire expenditure of $8.93 millions must be got checked and re-verified by the office of the Auditor General of Pakistan, as the PCB is a statutory body of the government of Pakistan.

6. Keeping in view that PCB is neither a private club nor a private entity, but a statutory body of the government of Pakistan; and as per the requirements of the cannons of the accountability, transparency and the best corporate practises the names and amounts spent on the 46 media persons (as already admitted by the PCB vide its statement dated 20 May, 2016 quoted above) must be declared and published for the information of the general public.

7. (a). The fact that first PSL’s draft was held in Pakistan and the second PSL’s draft was held in Dubai needs investigation that who gave this approval for holding the players draft in Dubai and how much extra expenditure was incurred in holding draft outside Pakistan and was this expenditure approved in the budget?

7. (b). The fact that an exorbitant amount of about Rs.4 crore was spent on a dinner held in the year 2015, at Expo Centre Lahore in connection with launch of PSL, needs special itemised audit, to rule out any misgivings of the public that there are lavish and extravagant spendings in the PCB.

7. (c). Kind attention is also invited towards the following Wikipedia statement mentioning about a company named Tech Front, a United Arab Emirati group. The Government Auditors and the PCB Audit Committee may be advised to confirm from original documents, the real ownership of Tech Front, to rule out any chance of direct or indirect conflict of interest.

Quote. “Sunset + Vine were awarded rights as official broadcasters for the first four seasons of the league. Ten Sports, PTV Sports and Geo Super were awarded broadcast rights in Pakistan for the first three seasons. The value of the broadcasting deal was $15 million, with the PCB selling the global television rights to Tech Front, a United Arab Emirati group, for the same duration.[29] In the first season matches were streamed live on YouTube in Pakistan, on the PSL official site and via the PSL app.[30] Viewers worldwide, excluding Pakistan and the Middle East, could live stream matches on cricketgateway.[31][32]” Unquote.

8. Since, PCB is a statutory body of the government of Pakistan, which has specific rules for certain payments on additional or dual jobs, who and why allowed exorbitantly high salaries to those PCB employees, doing the work of PSL, as well? This double salary payments should be recovered, either from the employees who got these illegal payments or jointly from the authorities who sanctioned these illegal payments.

9. (a) On which legal and moral grounds some employees of the PCB have been allowed to continue jobs without providing their educational qualification testimonials/degrees, on the basis of which they originally got their jobs in the PCB, which is not a private club or company, but a statutory body of the government of Pakistan?

9. (b). Why such employees who defrauded the PCB in getting employment on wrong and false grounds, have not been dismissed from service with the orders to refund the entire expenditure incurred on them by the PCB?

9. (c). At a time when it has been reported that FIA and NAB are investigating in PCB, besides other matters, unauthorised appointments, as well; and as per the orders of the IHC, many people were removed from their PCB jobs, now it has again been reported that approval from PCB BOG may be sought for appointment of Media/Marketing manager (on six figure salary), when already these departments are staffed with more than sufficient number of employees.

9. (d). In view of the FIA/NAB enquiries into the previous irregularities of the PCB, now a time has come to cancel all such extravagant previous approvals, wherein, employees have been allowed to purchase vehicles, having engine capacity, much more than allowed, as per service rules of the PCB.

10. In the name of best corporate practises, transparency and accountability the PCB should follow the rule without any discrimination that if any employee was under inquiry/investigation of the FIA or the NAB, on some criminal/financial charges, he should be kept under suspension, till he/she is cleared by the investigating agency.

11. Similarly, to avoid any complaints of conflict of interests, nepotism and favouritism or in the cases of reports of pushing or using direct or indirect influence for selection of relatives or friends in the national teams, such persons must be dismissed from the PCB in line with the best corporate practises, for which an ombudsman should be immediately appointed for the PCB, as already appointed in the BCCI, after the orders of the Indian Supreme Court, to purge it from corruption, match fixings and other irregularities, which defames the organization.

Best Regards,

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad
Lahore.
Dated 29 December, 2016

 
22 December, 2016
Subject: Real Reasons of Separating PSL from the PCB

Respected Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sahab, Prime Minister of Pakistan and Patron-in-Chief of the PCB.

اسلام و علیکم

Sir,

Certain new developments demands that the matter of formation of Pakistan Super League Pvt Ltd. (PSLPL), as a separate company from the PCB, be immediately brought to your kind notice.

Recently, PCB has officially stated the following three reasons for the formation of PSLPL on its website, as per link given below:(Link..http://www.pcb.com.pk/faqs-pakistan-super-league-pvt-ltd.html)

Reason # 1.
There are some serious financial and managerial issues at stake that require subsequent handling by a separate company as many such issues become complex with the addition of more teams in the near future.

First, most PCB earnings come from foreign sources, while most PCB expenses are incurred domestically. Therefore financial handling is very easy like any other Pakistani exporter. But it is the opposite with PSL in which case, most of PSL income comes from domestic sources while almost entire expenses are incurred outside Pakistan. This requires complex foreign exchange reserves and permissions from State Bank of Pakistan for forex payments to foreign venues, event managers, foreign players, boarding and lodging for teams and officials, etc. The facilities currently allowed to PCB for such foreign payments are simply inadequate to cater for the timely and significant transfers of monies required by PSL which are bound to increase with the addition of new teams, players and longer duration of the tournament in 2018 and subsequent years. A separate company with separate financial permissions from the Ministry of Finance and State Bank of Pakistan will be better geared to cope with this problem.

Rebuttal of Reason # 1.

a).

The PCB already operates about four accounts in Dubai as it is earning foreign exchange as income, from ICC and other matches abroad. Therefore, it has deposits there,

PCB is also paying for expenditures in the UAE, in connection with hosting of our matches.

As the PSL is being held abroad there is ABSOLUTELY no issue for the PCB to make payments from its bank accounts.

As such, no government red tape or other rules are any hindrance, in payments of foreign exchange or PKR, abroad or in Pakistan, respectively.

The PCB doesn’t need special permission from government to make payments as PCB already have several foreign exchange accounts in Pakistan, as well.

In view of the foregoing, there is no justification to make PSL a separate company from PCB, on such concocted or imaginary excuses.

b).

State Bank of Pakistan is a govt organisation and provides forex for all genuine requirements. Saying that procedures are difficult to comply is like criticising govt of Pakistan and its rules.

If PCB and PSL earnings and spendings pattern are inverse to each other, that should act as a blessings: as combining both, solves the problem.

Why a separate company is needed to obtain a special financial permission?

Finance ministry is always authorised to issue SRO allowing PCB to make payments in dollars to all foreign based players and organisations. All Pakistan based organisations, players and officials should be paid in local currency. This may be one of the reason why the proposal for new organisation is being fast forwarded, so that to get payments in foreign currency, resultantly getting savings on income tax.

If PSL is made a division of PSB, then a simple SRO from finance ministry will solve all their problems.

Remember, in corporate sector it is common practice to produce for local market and for exports. They keep separate details of accounts to avail export concessions, still annual accounts are prepared as one company.

Since, PCB always claims to bring corporate culture in it , why not start with this corporate practice.

Reason # 2.

Secondly, the understanding with Franchisees envisages the inclusion of independent professional managerial and financial expertise for purposes of transparency and neutrality in which meaningful and continuous consultancy with franchisees, who have invested millions of dollars into PSL, is made institutional. There is a need for a dedicated team to supervise this dynamic process and purpose.

Reason # 3.

Thirdly, the PCB is subject to political hiccups since it is a statutory body with the Prime Minister of the political party in power as the Patron. The PSL, on the contrary, cannot afford to be subjected to political instability because the investment in it is primarily from the private sector. The PSL financial model is a 10 year model, with negative results for the franchisees in the first few years and huge profits in subsequent years. It needs continuity of policies and management to be successful as additional teams are fielded and more investments are made by new franchisees.

Rebuttal of Reasons 2.

This point is a charge sheet of PCB. It says that a separate organisation is required for the reasons of transparency, neutrality, professionalism and ability to provide consultancy to franchise owners. This is straight forward acceptance that these traits are absent from PCB!!!!!

If we accept this point of view, then the decision of PCB to establish a separate private company for PSL was also non- transparent, biased and non- professional. Therefore, must be nullified by PM’s intervention immediately.

Rebuttal of Reason # 3.

This flimsy argument is not only self-contradictory, but hilarious and ridiculous, as well.

To whom this official statement on the PCB’s website is trying to deceive?

Everywhere, it is being propagated by the top notches of the PCB, in the media and also on the PCB’s website that this PSLPL will be 100% owned by the PCB.

At the same time PCB officially states on its website that “the PCB is subject to political hiccups since it is a statutory body with the Prime Minister of the political party in power as the Patron.”

Now, if the PSLPL will be 100% owned by the PCB, what difference it will make on the control of the government, when the PM of political party in power, will be naturally, the Paton-in-chief.

Furthermore, the above official statement of the PCB, that too on its website, is firstly, not only a clear NO CONFIDENCE on the PM of political party in power, who obviously can not be illegal ruler or dictator of the country; and comes into power with constitutional and legal authority: and secondly, an insult of the authority of the PM of political party in power. Moreover it is also a blatant condemnation/indictment of the political system, enshrined in the country’s constitution; and it is for the Attorney General of Pakistan and legal brains of the country, to determine, whether the top management of the PCB (a statutory body) is guilty of violation of any constitutional clause or/ and rules and regulations of the ESTACODE.

In view of the foregoing, there is now not even an iota of a doubt that the current top management of the PCB is rushing to create PSLPL, out of the PCB, for some hidden and undisclosed reasons, by putting up arguments on official website which absolute does not hold water.

Moreover, general public is being deliberately mislead with statements on media (TV interview dated 10, December 2016 at Express News TV link:- https://t.co/qYBHDk3IwD?ssr=true ) where Mr. Najam Sethi, who holds unprecedented five key positions in the PCB set up (1. Member BOG. 2. Chairman Executive Committee. 3. Chairman PSL 4. Chairman HR Committee. 5. Member Audit Committee) said that out of the PKR 26 crore profit from the 1st PSL, PCB was given profit of PKR 6 crore, instead of PKR 3 crore, due amount.

However, the official statement on the PCB’s website states absolutely a different figure quoted below:

Quote.
“Upon conclusion of all PSL accounts, PCB earned $2.6m profit before tax, while the Franchisees, as expected, showed losses on their initial investment. Being cognizant of this fact, PCB reimbursed them to the tune of $2.2m out of its own profits in order to reduce their losses as pledged during marketing presentations before the process of sale of franchise rights.”
Unquote.

Here, it will not be out of place to mention that PCB in its May 20, 2016 press release (also posted on the PCB’s website) admitted that the total budgeted expenditure of the 1st PSL was $7.71m while the ACTUAL expenditure was $8.93m, which was an excess of $1.22m, which is a very huge difference, requiring audit from the office of the Auditor General Pakistan, rather than leaving the matter to some other auditors.

Another deliberate wrong statement (just to impress the ordinary public) mentioned at PCB’s website is quoted as below:

Quote:
“Over and above this, the PCB’s BoG has set up an Audit Committee headed by Mansoor Masood Khan, President of UBL, to oversee all budgetary issues.”
Unquote.

However, the President of the UBL is Mr. Wajahat Husain since 1 June, 2014 and Mr. Mansoor Masood Khan.

The above contradictions in PCB statements on media are not mistakes, but to deceive, hoodwink and mislead deliberately to hide failures, incompetencies and exorbitant expenditures like spending about PKR 4 crore on a single dinner in Lahore.

It will not be out of place to mention that recently Serena Hotel Quetta, charged PKR 19.25 lacs for food items; and PKR 15 lacs as catering charges for a 400 persons VVIP function, during a visit of the PM to Pishin.

Sir, now just observe the vast difference of charges of a PCB function in the same city i.e. Lahore and out of Quetta function in Pishin.

The question which arises in this regard is that what was the Audit Committee of PCB (headed by the so called president of the UBL) was doing along with the most reputed private auditors. Here it will again be not out of place to mention that according to reports, PCB had earlier employed a GM (F&A), Manager (F) and Manager (A) who previously worked with the firm, which audits PCB accounts.

In this regard, no august member of Board of Governors, no audit committee or no independent auditors, ever questioned the PCB that why the media rights for period 2015-2020 were sold for less amount than the auction amount income of media rights of previous five years.

Now, it is high time that the Patron-in-Chief of the PCB, the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination and the Governing Members of the PCB ask the top notch management team, which is at the helm of affairs of PCB’s entire operations to explain, where was the money ($150m will come in 8 years from 2014 which comes to $18.75m per year) which was promised by Mr. Najam Sethi, that it will be coming from the ICC, after (according to Mr. Najam Sethi) Pakistan was made the Big4 of the ICC, as per his following statement published by the daily Express Tribune dated 30 June, 2014, extract quoted below and also link provided below:

Quote.
“That, Sethi claimed, will get Pakistan the most funds after the Big Three.

“We will get revenues on fourth number, and I can say with confidence that in the next eight year cycle we will get $150 million dollars from the ICC,” he said, bringing the total takings to $450 million.

This compares to Pakistan receiving $10 million from the ICC per year in the last seven-year (total $70m) cycle, Sethi added.”
Unquote.

Link:- http://tribune.com.pk/story/729174/big-four-pakistan-to-earn-450-million-in-cricket-cycle/

Sir, the above lengthy details of the utter and absolute management failures of the PCB’s heavy weights, proves that if all of them are allowed to continue with the PCB, they will surely ruin this national organisation, sooner than later, with ideas like formation of PSLPL etc.

As such, it is high time that the PCB is put on the right path, with an immediate surgical operation of replacing the entire set up with people, who love the glorious game of cricket genuinely, are efficient, dedicated and thorough professional and ready to work in harmony; and utilise the experience and wisdom of the senior cricketers, to make the PCB and the domestic cricket structure of Pakistan, best in the world.

Best Regards,

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad
Lahore.
Dated 22 December, 2016

 

 
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Happ New Year From Peace Loving Pakistan..!

Posted by Syed Nayyar Uddin on December 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

We the peace loving Pakistanis wish the entire humanity a very peaceful, prosperous and joyous Happy New Year 2017.
We wish the UNO and the world leadership will ensure that no torture is inflicted upon humanity in any part of the world by either the war mongering people/groups; and by no government perpetuate terror, as a state policy; and no humans are subjected to genocide/state terrorism in any part of the world by any means of burning homes, use pallet guns or long uninterrupted curfew.
We also request the Indian government to not to stage any false flag drama on New Year, like it did previously by the burning of a boat in the sea by the Indian Coast Guards (as admitted by the DG ICG who was dismissed later on), just to put blame on Pakistan or like the massacre of Sikhs in Kashmir on the eve of arrival of US President Bill Clinton.
Let us make a new peaceful start and let bygones be bygones.

 
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Democracy Vs Dictatorship

Posted by Syed Nayyar Uddin on December 28, 2016 in My Views, Pakistan, Politics, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

I think there is no issue at all of democracy or dictatorship, yes no issue, if there is a GENUINE rule of law, which instils fear of law in the hearts and minds of everyone, from top to the bottom.
In this regard, we don’t need to give examples of very old cases.
Just remember that when Quaid-e-Azam was sick and resting in Ziarat, he was very impressed with the caring and nursing of a nurse. So, he asked can he do anything for her. The nurse requested for her transfer to her native place in Punjab, upon which father and founder of the nation told her that this decision, was not in his powers.
Rule of law should be implemented to the core of every matter, irrespective of the status of the person, as enshrined in Islam, as well.
So, I will advise all the intellectuals not to waste their time on the pros and cons of the democracy or the dictatorship, but think on the subject how to devise laws for even more stringent punishments for the poor, on the minutest of the crimes; and how to even MORE protect the rich with amnesties and plea bargains, for the future growth and development of Pakistan, which now means land for rich and the powerful.
Long live the rich and powerful in Pakistan.
Don’t forget that in this democracy, about 30 kids have died in Thar-Parker during the current month of December 2016; and not a soul has moved in the government circles, because the death of kids in these months, are a NORMAL.
We should stop thinking that democracy or dictatorship is only good, till such time it pays for the rich and powerful to get their treatment abroad.
Enough is enough for teeming millions of Pakistan.
No political party including the PTI succeeded in changing the destiny of the poorest of the poor in their respective provinces.
Yes, the federal government has succeeded in substantially reducing the number of poor persons in Pakistan by changing the formula of calculating the poverty status from $2 per day income (which showed that the number of poor in Pakistan were about 12 crore) to $1 per day income. And thus, very callously announcing their success that now in Pakistan, there were only about 5 crore poor living in this land of rich and powerful.
Great achievement, any way.
Our poor don’t know democracy is better than dictatorship or not, but for sure, they know that DEMOCRACY IS THE BEST REVENGE.

 
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Re-hashed Request to PM for Govt Audit of PCB..!

Posted by Syed Nayyar Uddin on December 26, 2016 in Cricket, My Views, Pakistan, Sports

Respected Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sahab.

Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Patron-in-Chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Dear Sir,

This email is in continuation of my earlier email dated 26, December 2016, after certain new and important additions.

You are requested to kindly issue necessary orders to the Ministry of Inter Provincial Cooperation, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad to look into the following very important questions concerning the PCB and to submit you a report within three days, for your perusal, before the next PCB BOG meeting planned to be held on 30 December, 2016 in Karachi.
As per the PSL’s website statement ( http://psl-t20.com/faqs-pakistan-super-league-pvt-ltd/ )
PCB’s external audit for the year 2015-16 is already complete in which year PSL was a major event and the audited financial statements are expected to be presented to the Audit Committee and to the BOG of PCB in December 2016.

In this regard, certain extremely important following issues are brought to your notice for critical examination and analysis by the experts of the government.

Certain details about PSL were made public by a PCB’s statement as below:

LAHORE – May 20, 2016: While publishing PCB/PSL Council’s clarification today (May 20, 2016), Dawn’s Lahore Sports Reporter has again misrepresented the facts viz ‘No joyriders entertained at PSL, clarifies PCB.’

“The correct position was explained by PSL chairman Najam Sethi two weeks ago but seems to have escaped notice.

“The estimated cost of the PSL was not jacked up from USD 60 million to over USD 90 million – reducing PSL’s profits to just USD 2.6million– as alleged by your reporter. In actual fact, the budgeted Operating costs were $4.17m while the actual Operating expenditure was $4.22m, showing a very small addition of only $50,000. The total budgeted expenditure was $7.71 while the actual was $8.93m largely on account of higher venue hiring fees of Dubai and Sharjah stadiums and sanction fee of Emirates Cricket Board.”

“On the other hand, the budgeted profit was $310,000 but the actual profit turned out to be $2.6m— eight times higher than projected.

“As far as the number of journalists sent over to the UAE to report on PSL, this too is far lower than the randomly reported 70 by you. The fact is that only 46 journalists from across print, electronic and digital media were sponsored. The rationale and objective was purely professional, as in PSL Council’s assessment obtaining optimal projection for the event was likely to accrue higher yields from marketing/merchandising in the subsequent seasons, thus not only offsetting the cost on this account but gaining handsome dividend. The strategy of positive image-building of the event has been deemed as successful by independent feedback.”
As per the PSL’s website (link:-http://psl-t20.com/faqs-pakistan-super-league-pvt-ltd/ ) certain financial disclosures are made as below:

“PCB invested very little as seed money (amount needs to be disclosed) in the project while the Franchisees invested $9.3m in the form of franchise fee to PCB. Upon conclusion of all PSL accounts, PCB earned $2.6m profit before tax, while the Franchisees, as expected, showed losses on their initial investment. Being cognizant of this fact, PCB reimbursed them to the tune of $2.2m out of its own profits in order to reduce their losses as pledged during marketing presentations before the process of sale of franchise rights. But the franchisees benefited from a significant rise in the value of their assets, called capital gain, by over 100% and they were able to cash in on this dimension by getting major brand name sponsors and media houses on board.”

The first question which arises from the above official PCB figures is that:

1. Why there is no mention of income from sponsorship earnings and from broadcasting deal?

2. Chairman PSL categorically declared during a TV interview of 10 December, 2016 on Express News channel that PCB will get $0.6 million out of $2.6 million earnings. Now this statement of chairman PSL is different from the 20th May, 2016 press release which stated that PCB will get $0.4 million out of the total earnings of $2.6 from the PSL-1. Why this contradiction in two statements? Moreover, it is also reported that since PCB committed to offset a minimum of 75% loss of the Franchises during the PSL-1, a whopping amount of $6.5 million was paid to the Franchises. This expenditure of $6.5 million is in fact, 72.78% of the total $8.93 million expenditure of the PSL-1. Again in the same TV program referred above, the chairman PSL told that in the next PSL-2 since no amount will be paid to the Franchises to compensate their losses, PCB will get a profit amount of $3 million. This information raises the question that instead of the entire minimum savings of $6.5 million which was paid to the Franchises in PSL-1, still PCB will get a lesser amount of profit worth $3.5 million, if we assume that other expenses will be more or less the same, as were in PSL-1. In other words, we can say that from the PSL-2, PCB will be getting $3 million profit and a plan has already been made to jack up the expenditures approximately by $3.5 million.

3. (a). As officially informed by the PCB vide press release dated 20 May, 2016 total expenditure of PSL-1 was $8.93 million and income from Franchises was $9.3 million. These figures depict a surplus or profit of $0.37 million to PCB. Now the question which needs clarification is which of the three profit figures of PCB ($0.6m, or $0.4m or $0.37m) are correct, how the total profit has been worked out and how much the income from other sources like broadcasting rights, sponsorships, gate money etc., was added in the total income?

3. (b). The below mentioned figure of $2.2 million stated on the website needs clarification because the amount paid to the Franchises for compensation of their losses is many times higher than this figure of $2.2million?
“PCB earned $2.6m profit before tax, while the Franchisees, as expected, showed losses on their initial investment. Being cognisant of this fact, PCB reimbursed them to the tune of $2.2m out of its own profits in order to reduce their losses as pledged during marketing presentations before the process of sale of franchise rights.

4. (a). Moreover, the above statement that “Being cognisant of this fact, PCB reimbursed them to the tune of $2.2m out of its own profits in order to reduce their losses as pledged during marketing presentations before the process of sale of franchise rights.”
raises serious doubts that there was no written agreement of the PCB with the Franchisees detailing requirements of their itemised verifiable (by the PCB’s internal and external auditors) budgeted expenditures, duly approved in advance, by the PCB’s Audit Committee and documentary justifications (acceptable to the Audit Committee of the PCB), for the excess expenditures, which entitled them for compensation from the PCB; thus rendering the payment of $2.2 million (actually many time over) by the PCB to the Franchisees, as ultra vires.

4. (b). Under the circumstances of the above statement of the PCB that “the franchisees benefited from a significant rise in the value of their assets, called capital gain, by over 100% and they were able to cash in on this dimension by getting major brand name sponsors and media houses on board.”
the question arises why and under which circumstances, who gave this commitment to the Franchisees to compensate their loses; and why and who allowed this ultra vires payment of $2.2 million (actually many times over) to the Franchisees?

5. It should also be deeply and throughly audited that why the total budgeted expenditure of $7.71 million exceeded by $1.22 million; and the actual expenditure was $8.93 million? In this regard, the itemised documents, bills and invoices of the entire expenditure of $8.93 millions must be got checked and re-verified by the office of the Auditor General of Pakistan, as the PCB is a statutory body of the government of Pakistan.

6. Keeping in view that PCB is neither a private club nor a private entity, but a statutory body of the government of Pakistan; and as per the requirements of the cannons of the accountability, transparency and the best corporate practises the names and amounts spent on the 46 media persons (as already admitted by the PCB vide its statement dated 20 May, 2016 quoted above) must be declared and published for the information of the general public.

7. (a). The fact that first PSL’s draft was held in Pakistan and the second PSL’s draft was held in Dubai needs investigation that who gave this approval for holding the players draft in Dubai and how much extra expenditure was incurred in holding draft outside Pakistan and was this expenditure approved in the budget?

7. (b). The fact that an exorbitant amount of about Rs.4 crore was spent on a dinner held in the year 2015, at Expo Centre Lahore in connection with launch of PSL, needs special itemised audit, to rule out any misgivings of the public that there are lavish and extravagant spendings in the PCB.

7. (c). Kind attention is also invited towards the following Wikipedia statement mentioning about a company named Tech Front, a United Arab Emirati group. The Government Auditors and the PCB Audit Committee may be advised to confirm from original documents, the real ownership of Tech Front, to rule out any chance of direct or indirect conflict of interest.

Quote.

“Sunset + Vine were awarded rights as official broadcasters for the first four seasons of the league. Ten Sports, PTV Sports and Geo Super were awarded broadcast rights in Pakistan for the first three seasons. The value of the broadcasting deal was $15 million, with the PCB selling the global television rights to Tech Front, a United Arab Emirati group, for the same duration.[29] In the first season matches were streamed live on YouTube in Pakistan, on the PSL official site and via the PSL app.[30] Viewers worldwide, excluding Pakistan and the Middle East, could live stream matches on cricketgateway.[31][32]”

Unquote.

8. Since, the PCB is a statutory body of the government of Pakistan, which has specific rules for certain payments on additional or dual jobs, who and why allowed exorbitantly high salaries to those PCB employees, doing the work of PSL, as well? This double salary payments should be recovered, either from the employees who got these illegal payments or jointly from the authorities who sanctioned these illegal payments.

9. (a) On which legal and moral grounds some employees of the PCB have been allowed to continue jobs without providing their educational qualification testimonials/degrees, on the basis of which they originally got their jobs in the PCB, which is not a private club or company, but a statutory body of the government of Pakistan?

9. (b). Why such employees who defrauded the PCB in getting employment on wrong and false grounds, have not been dismissed from service with the orders to refund the entire expenditure incurred on them by the PCB?

9. (c). At a time when it has been reported that FIA and NAB are investigating in PCB, besides other matters, unauthorised appointments, as well; and as per the orders of the IHC, many people were removed from their PCB jobs, now it has again been reported that approval from PCB BOG may be sought for appointment of Media/Marketing manager (on six figure salary), when already these departments are staffed with more than sufficient number of employees.

9. (d). In view of the FIA/NAB enquiries into the previous irregularities of the PCB, now a time has come to cancel all such extravagant previous approvals, wherein, employees have been allowed to purchase vehicles, having engine capacity, much more than allowed, as per service rules of the PCB.

10. In the name of best corporate practises, transparency and accountability the PCB should follow the rule without any discrimination that if any employee was under inquiry/investigation of the FIA or the NAB, on some criminal/financial charges, he should be kept under suspension, till he/she is cleared by the investigating agency.

11. Similarly, to avoid any complaints of conflict of interests, nepotism and favouritism or in the cases of reports of pushing or using direct or indirect influence for selection of relatives or friends in the national teams, such persons must be dismissed from the PCB in line with the best corporate practises, for which an ombudsman should be immediately appointed for the PCB, as already appointed in the BCCI, after the orders of the Indian Supreme Court, to purge it from corruption, match fixings and other irregularities, which defames the organization.

Best Regards,

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

 
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Real Reasons of Separating PSL from PCB..!

Posted by Syed Nayyar Uddin on December 22, 2016 in Cricket, My Views, Pakistan, Sports

 

Respected Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sahab, Prime Minister of Pakistan and Patron-in-Chief of the PCB.

اسلام و علیکم

Sir,

Certain new developments demands that the matter of formation of Pakistan Super League Pvt Ltd. (PSLPL), as a separate company from the PCB, be immediately brought to your kind notice.

Recently, PCB has officially stated the following three reasons for the formation of PSLPL on its website, as per link given below:(Link..http://www.pcb.com.pk/faqs-pakistan-super-league-pvt-ltd.html )

Reason # 1.
There are some serious financial and managerial issues at stake that require subsequent handling by a separate company as many such issues become complex with the addition of more teams in the near future.

First, most PCB earnings come from foreign sources, while most PCB expenses are incurred domestically. Therefore financial handling is very easy like any other Pakistani exporter. But it is the opposite with PSL in which case, most of PSL income comes from domestic sources while almost entire expenses are incurred outside Pakistan. This requires complex foreign exchange reserves and permissions from State Bank of Pakistan for forex payments to foreign venues, event managers, foreign players, boarding and lodging for teams and officials, etc. The facilities currently allowed to PCB for such foreign payments are simply inadequate to cater for the timely and significant transfers of monies required by PSL which are bound to increase with the addition of new teams, players and longer duration of the tournament in 2018 and subsequent years. A separate company with separate financial permissions from the Ministry of Finance and State Bank of Pakistan will be better geared to cope with this problem.

Rebuttal of Reason # 1.

a).

The PCB already operates about four accounts in Dubai as it is earning foreign exchange as income, from ICC and other matches abroad. Therefore, it has deposits there,

PCB is also paying for expenditures in the UAE, in connection with hosting of our matches.

As the PSL is being held abroad there is ABSOLUTELY no issue for the PCB to make payments from its bank accounts.

As such, no government red tape or other rules are any hindrance, in payments of foreign exchange or PKR, abroad or in Pakistan, respectively.

The PCB doesn’t need special permission from government to make payments as PCB already have several foreign exchange accounts in Pakistan, as well.

In view of the foregoing, there is no justification to make PSL a separate company from PCB, on such concocted or imaginary excuses.

b).

State Bank of Pakistan is a govt organisation and provides forex for all genuine requirements. Saying that procedures are difficult to comply is like criticising govt of Pakistan and its rules.

If PCB and PSL earnings and spendings pattern are inverse to each other, that should act as a blessings: as combining both, solves the problem.

Why a separate company is needed to obtain a special financial permission?

Finance ministry is always authorised to issue SRO allowing PCB to make payments in dollars to all foreign based players and organisations. All Pakistan based organisations, players and officials should be paid in local currency. This may be one of the reason why the proposal for new organisation is being fast forwarded, so that to get payments in foreign currency, resultantly getting savings on income tax.

If PSL is made a division of PSB, then a simple SRO from finance ministry will solve all their problems.

Remember, in corporate sector it is common practice to produce for local market and for exports. They keep separate details of accounts to avail export concessions, still annual accounts are prepared as one company.

Since, PCB always claims to bring corporate culture in it , why not start with this corporate practice.

Reason # 2.

Secondly, the understanding with Franchisees envisages the inclusion of independent professional managerial and financial expertise for purposes of transparency and neutrality in which meaningful and continuous consultancy with franchisees, who have invested millions of dollars into PSL, is made institutional. There is a need for a dedicated team to supervise this dynamic process and purpose.

Reason # 3.

Thirdly, the PCB is subject to political hiccups since it is a statutory body with the Prime Minister of the political party in power as the Patron. The PSL, on the contrary, cannot afford to be subjected to political instability because the investment in it is primarily from the private sector. The PSL financial model is a 10 year model, with negative results for the franchisees in the first few years and huge profits in subsequent years. It needs continuity of policies and management to be successful as additional teams are fielded and more investments are made by new franchisees.

Rebuttal of Reasons 2.

This point is a charge sheet of PCB. It says that a separate organisation is required for the reasons of transparency, neutrality, professionalism and ability to provide consultancy to franchise owners. This is straight forward acceptance that these traits are absent from PCB!!!!!

If we accept this point of view, then the decision of PCB to establish a separate private company for PSL was also non- transparent, biased and non- professional. Therefore, must be nullified by PM’s intervention immediately.

Rebuttal of Reason # 3.

This flimsy argument is not only self-contradictory, but hilarious and ridiculous, as well.

To whom this official statement on the PCB’s website is trying to deceive?

Everywhere, it is being propagated by the top notches of the PCB, in the media and also on the PCB’s website that this PSLPL will be 100% owned by the PCB.

At the same time PCB officially states on its website that “the PCB is subject to political hiccups since it is a statutory body with the Prime Minister of the political party in power as the Patron.”

Now, if the PSLPL will be 100% owned by the PCB, what difference it will make on the control of the government, when the PM of political party in power, will be naturally, the Paton-in-chief.

Furthermore, the above official statement of the PCB, that too on its website, is firstly, not only a clear NO CONFIDENCE on the PM of political party in power, who obviously can not be illegal ruler or dictator of the country; and comes into power with constitutional and legal authority: and secondly, an insult of the authority of the PM of political party in power. Moreover it is also a blatant condemnation/indictment of the political system, enshrined in the country’s constitution; and it is for the Attorney General of Pakistan and legal brains of the country, to determine, whether the top management of the PCB (a statutory body) is guilty of violation of any constitutional clause or/ and rules and regulations of the ESTACODE.

In view of the foregoing, there is now not even an iota of a doubt that the current top management of the PCB is rushing to create PSLPL, out of the PCB, for some hidden and undisclosed reasons, by putting up arguments on official website which absolute does not hold water.

Moreover, general public is being deliberately mislead with statements on media (TV interview dated 10, December 2016 at Express News TV link:- https://t.co/qYBHDk3IwD?ssr=true ) where Mr. Najam Sethi, who holds unprecedented five key positions in the PCB set up (1. Member BOG. 2. Chairman Executive Committee. 3. Chairman PSL 4. Chairman HR Committee. 5. Member Audit Committee) said that out of the PKR 26 crore profit from the 1st PSL, PCB was given profit of PKR 6 crore, instead of PKR 3 crore, due amount.

However, the official statement on the PCB’s website states absolutely a different figure quoted below:

Quote.
“Upon conclusion of all PSL accounts, PCB earned $2.6m profit before tax, while the Franchisees, as expected, showed losses on their initial investment. Being cognizant of this fact, PCB reimbursed them to the tune of $2.2m out of its own profits in order to reduce their losses as pledged during marketing presentations before the process of sale of franchise rights.”
Unquote.

Here, it will not be out of place to mention that PCB in its May 20, 2016 press release (also posted on the PCB’s website) admitted that the total budgeted expenditure of the 1st PSL was $7.71m while the ACTUAL expenditure was $8.93m, which was an excess of $1.22m, which is a very huge difference, requiring audit from the office of the Auditor General Pakistan, rather than leaving the matter to some other auditors.

Another deliberate wrong statement (just to impress the ordinary public) mentioned at PCB’s website is quoted as below:

Quote:
“Over and above this, the PCB’s BoG has set up an Audit Committee headed by Mansoor Masood Khan, President of UBL, to oversee all budgetary issues.”
Unquote.

However, the President of the UBL is Mr. Wajahat Husain since 1 June, 2014 and NOT Mr. Mansoor Masood Khan.

The above contradictions in PCB statements on media are not mistakes, but to deceive, hoodwink and mislead deliberately to hide failures, incompetencies and exorbitant expenditures like spending about PKR 4 crore on a single dinner in Lahore.

It will not be out of place to mention that recently Serena Hotel Quetta, charged PKR 19.25 lacs for food items; and PKR 15 lacs as catering charges for a 400 persons VVIP function, during a visit of the PM to Pishin.

Sir, now just observe the vast difference of charges of a PCB function in the same city i.e. Lahore and out of Quetta function in Pishin.

The question which arises in this regard is that what was the Audit Committee of PCB (headed by the so called president of the UBL) was doing along with the most reputed private auditors. Here it will again be not out of place to mention that according to reports, PCB had earlier employed a GM (F&A), Manager (F) and Manager (A) who previously worked with the firm, which audits PCB accounts.

In this regard, no august member of Board of Governors, no audit committee or no independent auditors, ever questioned the PCB that why the media rights for period 2015-2020 were sold for less amount than the auction amount income of media rights of previous five years.

Now, it is high time that the Patron-in-Chief of the PCB, the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination and the Governing Members of the PCB ask the top notch management team, which is at the helm of affairs of PCB’s entire operations to explain, where was the money ($150m will come in 8 years from 2014 which comes to $18.75m per year) which was promised by Mr. Najam Sethi, that it will be coming from the ICC, after (according to Mr. Najam Sethi) Pakistan was made the Big4 of the ICC, as per his following statement published by the daily Express Tribune dated 30 June, 2014, extract quoted below and also link provided below:

Quote.
“That, Sethi claimed, will get Pakistan the most funds after the Big Three.

“We will get revenues on fourth number, and I can say with confidence that in the next eight year cycle we will get $150 million dollars from the ICC,” he said, bringing the total takings to $450 million.

This compares to Pakistan receiving $10 million from the ICC per year in the last seven-year (total $70m) cycle, Sethi added.”
Unquote.

Link:- http://tribune.com.pk/story/729174/big-four-pakistan-to-earn-450-million-in-cricket-cycle/

Sir, the above lengthy details of the utter and absolute management failures of the PCB’s heavy weights, proves that if all of them are allowed to continue with the PCB, they will surely ruin this national organisation, sooner than later, with ideas like formation of PSLPL etc.

As such, it is high time that the PCB is put on the right path, with an immediate surgical operation of replacing the entire set up with people, who love the glorious game of cricket genuinely, are efficient, dedicated and thorough professional and ready to work in harmony; and utilise the experience and wisdom of the senior cricketers, to make the PCB and the domestic cricket structure of Pakistan, best in the world.

Best Regards,

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

 
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How to transform – The most heroin-addicted country?

Posted by Syed Nayyar Uddin on December 14, 2016 in Action Plan to Revive Pak Economy, Health Matters, My Views, Pakistan, Sports

Respected Prime Minister of Pakistan,

Respected all leaders of the political parties in Pakistan,

Respected all Pakistanis,

AoA.

Sir,

The following email message from the VP USA, reveals how much importance the US government is attaching to combat the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic ripping apart families and communities in America.

Email of VP USA Joe Biden, reproduced below, as an eye opener:

From: “Vice President Joe Biden”
Date: 13 December 2016 at 9:37:24 PM GMT+5
To: <nayyar51@hotmail.com>
Subject: God willing, this bill will save lives:
The White House, Washington
Last Monday night, forty-four years after the people of Delaware first sent me to the United States Senate, I presided over a Senate vote for one of the last times.

As Vice President of the United States and president of the Senate, I served as the presiding officer as the Senate moved forward on the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill that will harness America’s best minds in science, medicine, and technology to tackle the biggest health challenges of our time.

This bill will help us combat the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic ripping apart families and communities. It invests in programs to improve mental health treatment and suicide prevention. It will provide resources for President Obama’s BRAIN and Precision Medicine initiatives, so that our world-class researchers can figure out how to better prevent, treat, and eventually cure Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injuries.

And this is the part that’s personal for me and for millions of Americans: The 21st Century Cures Act invests $1.8 billion to help us end cancer as we know it. For over a year, I’ve been leading our National Cancer Moonshot to fundamentally change the culture of our fight against cancer and inject a sense of urgency into it. This bill goes a long way to help us — investing in promising new therapies, enhancing prevention and detection efforts in every community regardless of zip code, and bringing us closer to the day when there are vaccines for all kinds of cancer, just as we have them for measles or mumps.

God willing, this bill will save lives.

While I was presiding in the Senate, my colleagues from both sides of the aisle renamed the section of this bill on cancer research for my son, Beau, who lost his battle with brain cancer, but like countless Americans who lost their own battles, inspires us to do everything we can for the loved ones we can save. My thanks goes out to the bipartisan leadership — Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate — who ensured that this important bill became law. Without this true bipartisan support, this piece of legislation, which will help millions of Americans, would not have been possible.

Today, President Obama will sign the 21st Century Cures Act into law. One last time in our Administration, I will stand right by him at a signing ceremony — proud of our country, and proud of the work we’ve done to give people hope.

I hope you’ll join me.

Thanks,

Joe
We wish our federal and provincial governments in Pakistan were also aware about the drug related damage, being caused by this menace which is more damaging than terrorism, to our future generations.

In this regard, the recent deaths of a student of LUMS in Lahore and a lady in the Chamba House Lahore, reportedly due to the drugs overuse, is just the tip of the iceberg.

If anyone wants to know the stark reality of the gravity of drug menace in Pakistan, the following two paragraphs of an article’s link given below, will suffice as an eye opener:

Quote:
“Pakistan, a country already tormented by regional insurgencies, is fighting a losing battle against a different kind of foe: drug addiction. In the country’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), an estimated 11 percent of residents use illicit substances – primarily heroin. Peshwar, the provincial capital of KPK, is a city rife with homeless addicts and dirty needles.”

“Pakistan’s illegal drug trade is believed to generate $2 billion a year [making] Pakistan the most heroin-addicted country, per capita, in the world.” Unquote.

Link:- http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/pakistan-the-most-heroin-addicted-country-in-the-world/

In this connection, it is earnestly and urgently requested that the Prime Minister of Pakistan and all opposition parties, particularly having representation in the parliament (because they are ruling in all the four provinces of the country), to accord top priority to protect our future generations, from the most deadly menace of increasing drugs use trend, in our kids and youth on streets and educational institutions, by joining hands in planning and execution of legislation and action plans, on war like emergency basis.

In this regard, we should not only concentrate to fight the drug menace from just one angle, but our plan should be multi pronged, encompassing every conceivable activity in society, to provide healthy atmosphere to our youth.

First of all we must include the dangers of drugs use in the curriculum of the junior classes to educate and brain wash our youth in their early ages.

Sports is another activity in which, fortunately, our youth loves to indulge in.

Revival of sports in country will also provide jobs to many jobless youth in our country.

In this regard, a presentation on how to revive sports in Pakistan was given to the PMO on 6 September, 2016 wherein, it was also suggested to build few modern sports cities (as a part of CPEC program) to channelise the energy of our youth from drugs, crime and terrorism towards healthy sports activities, along with automatic provision of jobs, from the newly created sports industry.

Somehow, it seems that like all previous governments, this PMLN government does not even consider sports, as one its last priorities.

If anyone wants to know the importance of sports in transforming a society, kindly peruse the following statement of late Nelson Mandela, slightly modified to be applicable on current Pakistani state of affairs of the society.

Quote:
“Sports has the power to change Pakistan…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite Pakistani people in a way that little else does. It speaks to the Pakistani youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope for the entire Pakistani nation, where once there was only despair, lawlessness, hunger, unemployment, poverty, drugs, suicide bombings and alarming increase of suicides due to the economic hardships. It is more powerful than government in breaking down the menace of drugs and terrorism which has blown the country to the smithereens.”
Unquote.

Best Regards,

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

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