ISLAMABAD – At least one of the allegations of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan proved to baseless according to his close friend and associate Ehsan Mani who turned down any possibility of nepotism while awarding cricket broadcasting rights to Geo Super.
Ehsan Mani was the head of the committee of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) approved Geo Super’s bid for Sri Lanka/South Africa series.
Ehsan Mani is also the member of Board of Governors in Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH). He is also the chairman of audit committee of SKMCH,
Mani categorically rejected the claims made by Imran Khan that Geo Super was awarded with the series rights due to the involvement of Najam Sethi and wondered why PTI chief leveled baseless allegations.
Mani finally gave an exclusive interview to troubled Geo News and cleared that the Geo Super had offered the highest bid for the Sri Lanka series and that Najam Sethi had nothing to do with selling the PCB cricketing rights.
He told that Ten Sports and Geo Super won the cricketing rights on the basis of merit and the bids they made. The process of acquiring the series rights followed a though procedure and no undue favour was granted to any party.
Ehsan Mani further told that the bids were overseen by the independent observers and said that there was no fiddling during the process.
However, Imran Khan believed that former PCB chairman was appointed for helping out Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in 2013 general election. Then, Sethi, favored Geo for earning the cricket rights. He also reinstated his allegations on May 17 in a press conference.