Lahore:Pakistan's former team manager Yawar Saeed is tipped to take over as the PCB's new chief operating officer after Wasim Bari was sacked under a service rule act that does not allow the board to give regular employment to persons over the age of 60 years.
Bari and 15 other regular employees of the board were on yesterday delivered letters informing them that their services had been terminated because of the service rule.
Sources said some of the employees whose salaries were under Rs 100,000 were also given fresh contract letters for a year.
"The board in the letter has also told the employees including Bari who were drawing salaries in excess of 100,000 that they can reapply for the post afresh and if the board feels their services are required they will be given fresh contracts on fresh terms for a year," one source said.
The government service rules allow organisations to employ retired persons on contract basis for any specialised or senior position.
The source said all indications were now that board Chairman Ijaz Butt would prefer to have his long-time friend Saeed replace Bari as chief operating officer.
"Although Yawar is over 70 years but he can be given a contract to work in the board," the source said.
Saeed, a close confidante of the PCB Chairman, stepped down as manager of the national team after the troubled tour to England.
The source said Butt was now keen to have him working in the board.
"That is the way Butt operates he trusts Yawar and Intikhab Alam a lot and that is why he also made Intikhab the manager of the national team recently although the former captain had failed as a coach of the national team earlier in the year," the source noted.
The source also indicated that the sudden decision to terminate the services of senior employees on the basis of their age had something to do with the ultimatum given to Butt to clean up his management and introduce a new team in the board.
"Otherwise Bari is over 62, Khizar Hayat the umpires manager is 71, Shafiq Ahmed the general manager domestic cricket affairs is already 61 when they were given the termination notices why didn't the board act earlier against them?" he questioned.