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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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PCB is not Pakistan CASH Board..!

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

 

2nd Test Day 2.
NZ 271. Pak 76/5.

It looks our most expensively hired Head Coach is hell bent on proving his sheer incompetence, in selecting the correct eleven.
Here, the question arises who and at which stage from the PCB will intervene, to stem the rot, after very very unwisely, the PCB succumbed to the demand of Mr. Micky Arthur (at time of his appointment) that only he and the captain will have the authority to decide the playing eleven and manager will have no say in this regard. As far as I remember, Mr. Micky Arthur has not played a SINGLE Test match in his life.
Under the circumstances, one fails to understand why a highly experienced (81 Tests 51 ODI’s) former Test captain and holder of many cricketing world records, Ex. Chief Selector PCB and Ex. COO PCB Mr. Wasim Bari was sent as manager, if there was zero percent role of the manager in the final team selection. In fact, Mr. Wasim Bari has absolutely no role, as far as cricketing affairs are concerned.
In order to salvage the remaining part of this rather long tour, the chairman PCB must intervene sooner than later; and immediately restore the traditional powers of the team manager as the chairman of the tour selection committee.
In first Test vs the NZ our HC wrongly dropped Wahab Riaz, about whom later on, he was praising lavishly.
Now, in the second Test match, instead of playing Sharjeel Khan, he inducted Muhammad Rizwan and also wrongly dropped Rahat Ali.
So much for the HC. Now also it is high time that if more than three years old batting coach can not be immediately sacked during the on going tour, the PCB must send one person to join the team management immediately amongst Zaheer Abbas, Majid Khan, Javed Miandad, Mohsin Hasan Khan and Amir Suhail, to be attached with team as Team Director with special responsibility, to improve the habit somehow adopted by all our batsmen of getting out himself, by playing lose shots rather than bowler getting them out.
Please mark my words, if PCB now fails to act sagaciously and with lightning speed, this tour of NZ and Australia, may prove to be one of the biggest disappointment, in our cricketing history.
Mr. Inzamam ul Haq (the highest paid chief selector in our cricketing history) must also explain to the nation, why
our opening batsmen are constantly failing under his tenure and why Khalid Latif was dropped, if Sharjeel Khan was selected?
Our PCB top notches must learn to be proactive, rather than be reactive, because PCB is not Pakistan CASH Board, where rather than thinking to improve the ever sliding domestic and international cricketing standards, money is callously dished out on perks and privileges of the members in many novel ways and where Rupees 4 Crores are spent on one dinner and plans are being contemplated for taking on to overseas trip its BOG members with their wives in business class, plus stay in 5 star hotels; and creating a paid joyride overseas trip fund, for the pleasure of our parliamentarians.

 
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SOS to PM for saving the PCB..!

Posted by Syed Nayyar Uddin on November 17, 2016 in Cricket, My Views, Pakistan, Sports

 

Dear Mr. Prime Minister and Patron in Chief PCB
اسلام و علیکم

Sir,

At the outset I apologise for taking your busy time on the subject matter.

However, due to the sensitivity of the issue and urgency of the nature of the situation, created out of the extremely strange resolution, adopted by the Board of Governors of the PCB, in its last meeting held on 8 November, 2016 (to register PSL as an independent Private Limited Company which will be a separate entity run by its own governing board), a grave crisis has been created, which can only be resolved by your immediate and direct intervention.

In this regard, kindly allow me to explain below all the facts for your kind perusal please:

i). Nowhere, repeat nowhere in the cricket Test playing countries, T20 Cricket League is a separate company from its cricket board. The separation of PSL from the PCB is not a decision in the interest of Pakistan cricket, but may benefit few individuals.

ii). In all Test cricket playing nations, only ONE cricket board is DIRECTLY responsible for regulating all types of cricketing activities in their respective countries. If in Pakistan, two competing organisations are allowed to control cricket, it will very soon demolish the structure and the edifice of the PCB, along with the domestic cricket.

iii). In Pakistan domestic cricketing structure and standard of the game is already suffering badly, due to the acute shortage of funds; because no international cricket team has visited Pakistan, to play a complete series, since the year 2009. Under the peculiar circumstances of cricket in Pakistan, the cricket lovers are shocked at the hara kiri of the BOG of the PCB, in allowing its cash cow (PSL) to detach itself from the PCB: that too on without any plausible reasons.

iv). The shortage of funds is so acute with the PCB that it can not even spend money to provide playing practice in domestic games on imported Kookaburra cricket balls; and PCB has even requested to the ICC to create a fund for some financial assistance to the PCB.

v). Everyone remembers that when top Pakistani players were not allowed to play for the national team (as they had opted for joining Kerry Packer’s World Series team), what happened to our national team’s performance. Here also a situation is clearly apprehended in which, players, coaches and management staff will opt to go towards more lucrative PSL, even if they were to take an early retirement. This situation will badly affect on Pakistan teams future supply line of quality manpower.

vi). Cricket leagues in all countries are considered CASH COWS for the respective cricket boards. What is the the justification to cannibalise PCB by just putting forward the reason of POLITICS? The best way to minimise politics in any organisation (read PCB) is to strictly implement the policies of transparency and accountability and zero tolerance in conflict of interest situations.

vii). When even the audit report of the 1st PSL event has not been submitted to the BOG of the PCB, on which tangible and solid reasons it has decided to form a separate company for the PSL?

In this regard, what are the answers to the following questions:

1. Is the hurry and rush for creating separate company for PSL was due to the reason to create permanent and highly lucrative jobs for the few individuals, who may be foreseeing the end of their tenure in the PCB, in near future?

2. If the decision to make a separate company for PSL was taken because of the failure of the first PSL or non achievement of the desired and expected results, then why not to first have the accountability of the concerned personnel of the PSL management, who were wholly and solely responsible for running and managing the PSL, with ZERO interference from either the chairman PCB or anyone from the PM office?

And if at all the formation of an independent PSL company is inevitable; such failed persons must not be allowed to ruin the new company from the outset.

3. However, if the first PSL is found to be a successful event (after receiving the financial and management audit reports separately) then very logical question arises that what was the requirement of taking such a hugely damaging action against the PCB, whose funds and full resources were used in such a callous manner that almost Rs.4 Crore were spent on just one PSL dinner at Lahore?

4. Those who say that the Indian Supreme Court has asked the BCCI to form a separate body for IPL, are not giving the following additional information:

a). The BCCI is registered under the societies Registration Act. PCB is a statutory body formed by an Act of the GOP and currently under ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination. The constitution of the PCB and its amendments are always issued by the GOP through official gazette notifications.

b). Even after the orders of the Indian Supreme Court (ISC) the BCCI has not gone for the formation of a separate IPL body; and a legal battle is still on, between the BCCI and the ISC.

c). Some people in PCB are in a rush for the separate PSL company even when accounts of its first event has not been audited, but BCCI which started IPL in 2008 and has since played nine tournaments, has still not separated IPL from the BCCI.

Mr. Prime Minister, from the foregoing narration of facts, you can vouch for your self that the PCB is not in competent and safe hands and has utterly failed to safeguard even its own corporate interests and thus needs your immediate surgical strike to stem the rot, before it was too late to act.

Best Regards,

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

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