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by PCB & Cricket World Sunday 28 June 2020
All cricket clubs will have playing rights; Full Member Club criteria, among other requirements, include dedicated cricket ground as per the PCB’s grounds policy, gymnasium and active junior teams of Under-13 and Under-16 age groups
Some of the salient features of the Model Constitution for Cricket Clubs, which shall be recognised as duly organised Cricket Clubs upon being granted affiliation by the City Cricket Associations pursuant to due scrutiny, are:
i) Article 4 deals with the objectives and functions of the Club, some of which are to:
ii) Article 5.1 deals with Members, which is divided into the following three categories:
iii) Article 5.2 deals with the composition of the General Body and reads as: Each Voting Member shall have a single vote in the General Body and shall be eligible to be elected as an office bearer of the Club. A Non-Voting Playing Member shall have the right to attend all general body meetings of the Club but shall not have voting rights. As described by Article 6, the General Body will function as the governing board of the Club.
iv) Article 8 deals with the office-bearers whose elections will be conducted by the General Body. The office-bearers will be President, Treasurer and any other office as may be determined and approved by the General Body at an Annual General Meeting of the Club.
v) In order to be eligible to become an office-bearer, the person must be a Voting Member of the General Body; a Pakistan citizen; a permanent resident within the City in which the Club is located; should not have been convicted of any criminal offence; should not have, in the past, been removed from an office in a cricket organization in Pakistan; should not be an incumbent office bearer of any political party, elected representative, Minister, Senator, MNA, MPA, MLA, Nazim, Naib Nazim, Councilor, or be drawing financial or material support from any political, Religious, Ethnic or Sectarian party; and should not be a Government servant, public servant, civil servant nor an employee of any Federal or Provincial Corporation, or an employee of the CCA, CA, PCB, or any autonomous body or department or companies affiliated with the Board.
vi) The term of an office-bearer shall be two years and neither the office-bearer of the Club nor a Voting Member of the General Body of the Club shall be paid any remuneration or any benefits. It has also been clarified that a person may only be elected or nominated for two consecutive tenures, and thereafter shall not be eligible for a re-election or nomination until a lapse of one term of two years from the expiry of the second tenure.
i) Article 11 describes the powers and functions of the President and the Treasurer, whereas Article 15 talks about the undertakings that all office-bearers will have to give to the City Cricket Association and the General Body prior to their respective elections. Similarly, Article 21 deals with the Secretariat, which the Club shall maintain at its own cost, expense to run its day to day affairs and be established at its headquarter.
Through the guidelines set out in the Model Constitution for Cricket Clubs, the PCB hopes to put in place a strong foundation that would support the new domestic cricket structure across the country.
Club Affiliation and Operations Rules
The BoG also approved the Club Affiliation and Operation Rules 2020, which are available here.
These Rules must be complied with by the first Cricket Clubs recognised under the new domestic structure and once the City Cricket Associations are set up, these will be used by them when determining which cricket club shall be awarded affiliation. Some of the salient features of the rules are:
i) As per Rule 3, Affiliate Member, Associate Member and Full Member are the three categories under which Cricket Clubs will be recognised and affiliated by the City Cricket Association.
ii) Rules 5, 6 and 7 elaborate in detail the criteria for the recognition of Affiliate, Associate and Full Member Clubs, respectively. Some of the key points are:
iii) Rules 10 and 11 deal with inactive status notification and active playing status, respectively; Rules 12 and 13 deal with registration and transfer of players, respectively; and Rule 16 deals with annual subscription fee that a Club will be required to deposit for maintaining its membership with the CCA.
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