Former PCB chairman Ehsan Mani Claims BCCI is run by the BJP government

The former chairman also addressed his "good relations" with India. However, he said maintaining a line of communication was not easy due to BJP influence on their cricket board

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Former Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Ehsan Mani, who was personally appointed by Prime Minister and Patron-in-Chief Imran Khan, gave an update on the current state of affairs regarding the cricket board, giving his opinion on team chemistry and more.

Whilst speaking exclusively to Cricket Pakistan from London, Ehsan Mani also chimed in and shared his opinion on the situation of the PCB leader following Prime Minister Imran Khan's departure from government.
“When I was PCB chairman, we changed the law so that the patron-in-chief cannot intervene directly if the chairman's performance is questionable. Only the board has the power to do anything about it.”
"The patron-in-chief only has the power to nominate two out of eight board members, and it is then up to the board to determine who it wants to appoint as the next chairman."
"I tried but failed to ensure Patron shouldn't have a candidate."
Ehsan Mani was surprised to learn that the PCB has stopped sharing expense reports, a trend that started in Ehsan Mani's era.
“It is sad to see that the trend has stopped because this is public money and transparency is absolutely necessary in this case. The money should be spent on improving cricket and not on personal things.”
Ehsan Mani's tenure was heavily criticized for "disturbing the culture of Pakistani cricket" after he abolished the department's cricket on the orders of Imran Khan. The former PCB chairman responded to the criticism and set some things straight.
“It was my idea to eliminate cricket in the department. The only opposing opinion was that Imran wanted 6 teams, while my suggestion was to start with 8 teams instead," he revealed.
Ehsan Mani hit back, scoring some points against division cricket and making some notable claims.
“If the departmental cricket method worked, other countries would have adopted it too. People should think about the reasons why they didn't and didn't do it," he said.
“The banks withdrew before I arrived and before the new system was introduced. Only one local pulled out after I took over. The rest of the departments used to only favor cricketers coached by PCB. The majority of the players were only paid for the season and were not employed all year round - with a few exceptions for star players," Mani slammed.
The former chairman also addressed his "good relations" with India. However, he said maintaining a line of communication was not easy due to BJP influence on their cricket board.
“Although BCCI has Sourav Ganguly, has anyone ever wondered who their board secretary is? Jay Shah, son of Amit Shah. The BCCI treasurer is the brother of a BJP minister. They are in real control and BJP dictates to BCCI, which is why I haven't worked further to establish connections with them. I never turned them down, but I didn't want to sacrifice our integrity," Ehsan Mani claimed.