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Iqbal Qasim steps down as PCB Cricket Committee chairman
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Iqbal Qasim steps down as PCB Cricket Committee chairman

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Iqbal Qasim has relinquished his duties as the chair of the PCB Cricket Committee after criticising the limited responsibilities granted to the role.

Qasim's resignation was accepted by the PCB on Friday with his replacement to be announced in due course.

“[He was a] dummy chairman who cannot recommend a deserving match referee. It is painful to see injustice [being] done to cricketers who have played cricket, fulfill all criteria but suffering," a disgruntled Qasim wrote in his resignation letter to the board.

The 67-year-old former cricketer was installed in this position earlier this year in January when he succeeded Wasim Khan in the capacity.

His tenure encompassed two meetings alongside the other four members of the panel - Umar Gul, Wasim Akram, Urooj Mumtaz and Ali Naqvi.

“It is indeed sad that a cricketer of the calibre, repute and experience of Iqbal Qasim has voluntarily decided to step down. His services to cricket, both as a player and as an administrator, are outstanding. The PCB respects his decision and wishes him well for the future," the PCB said in a statement.

“However, it was disappointing for the PCB to see its cricket committee chairman, instead of supporting meritocracy and respecting the decision of the independent panel, decided to resign after his ‘recommendation’ was not entertained."

The committee was created in 2018 and was given the status of an advisory body like the ICC Cricket Committee and the MCC World Cricket Committee. They were tasked with providing recommendations on all issues pertaining to Pakistan cricket including the domestic structure and high-performance centres.

The first committee included Mohsin Khan at the helm, who later resigned unceremoniously during the 2019 World Cup.

The committee then played a crucial role in their review of Pakistan's World Cup-exit as their recommendations led to the overhaul of the coaching staff headed by Mickey Arthur. Misbah-ul-Haq, a member of the four-personnel panel, was later appointed coach-cum-chief selector of the Pakistan Men's team.

Qasim, who represented the national side in 50 Tests and 15 ODIs, has been a passionate advocate for departmental cricket, which was abolished by the PCB last year. The PCB, though, maintained that changes to the domestic circuit were made prior to Qasim's involvement in the committee and that he had walked into the set-up mindful of the revamp.

“The PCB is also at pains to explain that when Iqbal Qasim accepted the offer to head its cricket committee on 31 January 2020, the role of the department sides had already been eliminated under the new PCB Constitution 2019, which came into effect on 19 August 2019," the PCB added.

“He had walked into the role knowing the framework and regulations under which the current PCB management was operating that had no space for the PCB-organised department cricket. Having worked in a corporate organsiation, the PCB had hoped Iqbal Qasim would understand, abide and value the constitution.

“Iqbal Qasim has remained a loyal servant to Pakistan cricket and we hope he will continue to offer his services in future, nevertheless.”