On Saturday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee head Najam Sethi criticized persons who had asked for free Pakistan Super League (PSL) VIP passes, alleging that the bulk of them could afford to buy the tickets.
Mehreen Zahra Malik mentioned Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi and prime minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif in her tweet and say
During Nawaz Sharif’s MNS tenure, reportedly not a single recommendation for jobs/tickets was sent to PCB from PMO/Secretariat. In fact, the PMO has bought several hundred VIP tickets for MNAs etc. Stay strong Najam Sethi.
In response to a tweet, the PCB president claimed that VIPs expect free passes despite having purchasing power. He went on to remark that the complimentary tickets are a way for them to demonstrate their VIP status.
It should be mentioned that the eighth edition of the PSL will begin on February 13 in Multan. The first match will be between defending champions Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans, with the final taking place at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Sethi has often warned individuals not to contact him for free PSL seats or jobs for anyone who is not eligible since taking over as PCB chairman.
In a previous tweet on January 20, the PCB president advised his friends and high-profile individuals “NOT to ask for complimentary tickets/passes to PSL matches beginning next month.”
“The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which audits PCB, has advised us to stop this behaviour,” he said.
Sethi further requested that no one approach him concerning any player’s inclusion in the squad or employment for an undeserving individual.
He said: “I’m also requesting that friends and higher-ups refrain from organizing safaris for the [selection of] any player or coach, or from providing employment or help to someone who is not deserving. PCB competes with the best professional companies in the world and cannot afford inefficiency.”