Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is responsible for
all major cricket including Test cricket played in Pakistan.
controls and organizes all tours and matches undertaken by the
Pakistan national cricket
Following the establishment of Pakistan as an independent state in
1947, major cricket commenced the same year as the local
infrastructure had already been established when the country was
part of India. Even so, it was not until 1948 that a Board of
Control was formally instituted and matches were arranged
informally until then. Pakistan was admitted to the International Cricket Council
in July 1952 and has always been a full member, playing Test
cricket. The team's first Test series took place in India between
October and December 1952.
The inaugural Board of Control
The Pakistan Cricket Board was inaugurated on 1 May 1948 as the
"Cricket Control Board of Pakistan".
and was soon renamed
the Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan or B.C.C.P. The first
meeting held in the committee rooms of Lahore Gymkhana saw HE The
Nawab of Mamdot made President and Chairman, with Justice
A.R.Cornelius as one of three vice-Presidents.The following year
Cornelius became Chairman of the working committee, serving until
he relinquished his connection with the Board in early 1953.
The working Chairman was always one of the 3 Vice-Presidents. In
April 1957 Ayub Khan imposed three more new Vice-presidents
(himself being one of them). Then between December 1958 and
September 1969 the post of Vice-President disappeared.
The response to turmoil within the Board has on four occasions been
to suspend the rules and appoint an Ad-Hoc Committee. The first Ad
Hoc Committee was appointed in September 1960 and did not disband
until May 1963 having created a new constitution. The President of
Pakistan would now nominate the Board President who would in turn
nominate the other members of the Executive Committee to sit for a
period of three years. Representatives of the four provincial
cricket associations and Government departments formed the
Executive Committee.The BCCP was re-organised in the 1970s, and was
headed by former cricketers, professional administrators and
trustees, who were often businessmen. In November 1976 players'
demands for increased salaries reached a crisis and the Pakistan
Sports Board took over running the B.C.C.P.'s affairs. Long-serving
President, the formidable Kardar, was in the thick of the dispute.
The revolt against Kardar forced him to resign in May 1977, and led
to a new Ad-Hoc Committee replacing the Board Council in 1978
running Pakistan cricket and again changing the constitution.
Provincial cricket associations (CAs) were eliminated and
divisional and city CAs became members, giving most of the
influence to the city CAs of Lahore and Karachi.
The Board now governed a network of teams sponsored by corporations
and banks, city associations and clubs. There is no
province-based official team type organization of domestic cricket
in Pakistan, and Lahore and Karachi cities are
the two top tiers of all cricket, including reservoirs of fresh
Pakistan's cricket was rocked by dissension and controversies over
the national team's poor performance during the tour of India and a
public uproar forced the end of the Ad-Hoc Committee. The Chairman
and team captain Asif Iqbal had to step down. Air Marshal Nur Khan
now became Chairman and he saw the banks and other organisations
increase their participation on the Board Council in the face of
protests from the zonal organisations.
A third Ad-Hoc Committee under Javed Burki took charge of BCCP
affairs in January 1994 , and made a new constitution including
giving a new name, the Pakistan Cricket Board (P.C.B.) It
introduced a Chairman and Chief Executive.
After taking heavy criticism on the grounds of corruption and match
fixing, the Board was taken over by a fourth Ad-Hoc Committee
formed on 17 July 1999 which remains in place despite undertakings
from Musharraf to bring it to an end. PCB re-emerged by
taking the initiative to sponsor the hugely successful 2004 tour of
Pakistan by arch rivals India.
PCB's experiment with the Twenty20
model has also proven popular and hopes to similarly
revive popular interest in domestic games. However, Pakistan's
early exit from the 2007 World Cup cast a shadow and later Dr Nasim Ashraf
's resigned at the end of
The major domestic competitions are for the Qaid-i-Azam Trophy
, inaugurated in
1953-54, and the ANZ Trophy
BCCP and PCB Presidents and Chairmen chain
- First Ad-Hoc Committee Sept 1960 to May 1963
- Justice A.R.Cornelius (Chairman
of the Ad hoc Committee) Sept 1960-May 1963
- Muzafar Hussain (Chairman of the Executive Committee) Sep 1963
- Sep 1966
- Syed Fida Hussain (President) 7 Sep 1963 - May, 1969
- from 1966 the BCCP President also acted as Chairman of the
- I A Khan (President) May 1969 - April 1972
- Abdul Hafeez Kardar (President) May
1972 - Apr 1977
- Chaudhry Muhammad Hussain (President) Apr 1977 - July 1978
- Second Ad-Hoc Committee July 1978 to Feb 1980
- Third Ad-Hoc Committee Dec 1993 to April 1994
- Javed Burki (Chairman Ad hoc
Committee) 13th Jan 1994 - 20th Mar, 1994
- Arif Ali Khan Abbasi (Chief Executive) Jan 1994 - May 1996
- Syed Zulfiqar Ali Shah Bukhari (Chairman of PCB) April 1994 -
- Majid Khan (Chief
Executive) May 1996 - May 1999
- Khalid Mahmood (President) Jan 1998 - Jul 1999
- Fourth Ad-Hoc Committee 16 July 1999 to present
- Mujeeb ur Rehman (Chairman Ad hoc Committee) Aug 1999-Oct
- Dr Zafar Altaf took over when President Nawaz Sharif left
- Dr. Zafar Altaf (Chairman Ad hoc Committee) Oct 1999-Dec
- Lt. Gen. Tauqir Zia (Chairman Ad hoc Committee) Dec
- Shaharyar Muhammad Khan (Chairman
Ad hoc Committee) Dec 2003-Oct 2006
- Dr. Naseem Ashraf (Chairman Ad hoc
Committee) October 2006 -Aug 2008.
- Ijaz Butt October 2008-Present
- Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development throughout
the World by Rowland Bowen
- First Class Cricket in Pakistan (5 volumes) by
Abid Ali Kazi
- Wisden Cricketers Almanack (annual)
- Lahore Times May 1948.
- "Ad-hocism in cricket over the decades" Brig (Retd)
Salahuddin cricinfo 18 October 1999.
- The Times newspaper 11 February 1980.
- Dawn Wire Service weekly online news service 1995 -