LAHORE - Legal divisor of Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Irfan Ullah has said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)'s employees, who were inducted through back doors in violation of rules, will be sacked to reduce financial burden of the board.

Talking to the reporters here on Wednesday at the Gaddafi stadium on the occasion of visit of Federal Inter Provincial Ministry's appointed PCB's secretary Ameer Tariq Zaman, he said: “We will be thoroughly looking into the appointment of employees on political basis or illegal ways in violation of the laid down rules and regulations before recommending the names of such employees."

Ameer, who is the additional secretary in the IPC ministry, along with Irfan had a meeting with the interim PCB chairman Najam Sethi and other officials to get firsthand information regarding the working of the board and its allied issues.

To a query, Irfan said: “Sympathetic consideration will be given to the low-salaried employees of the board and efforts will be made to evolve a policy that such employees should be not affected from the downsizing of the board.”

“We don't have a dead line on this issue for rightsizing the strength of the employees of the board but we have been given the deadline of holding the elections in the board," he said.

"The PCB's secretary has been appointed in light with the directions of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and he will be visiting the PCB headquarters on regular basis to perform his duties and the PCB officials will be invited to Islamabad when needed," he added.

Irfan disclosed that during the meeting, the PCB secretary got all the information regarding the strength of employees in the board, foreign coaches and allied staff working with the national teams to know how much funds were being spent on them. “We also discussed the way these employees were inducted in the board and the perks they were enjoying because we want to make sure that right people are serving the PCB based on their experience and standing in their respective fields,” he said.

"We will not tolerate such inductions made through back doors or setting aside laid down procedure or criteria and all such employees have to leave,” he said.

He made it clear that the responsibilities or mandate given to them by the apex court would be accomplished to ensure the functioning of the PCB on professional lines.  To another query, he replied: “The International Cricket Council (ICC) should not be having any objection on rightsizing in the board as the money saved from this practice will be spent on the development of the cricket. There should not be any objection from any quarter on the steps to be taken in near future as we are focusing on the improvement of the PCB,” he concluded.