Sunday, 26 June 2022

PCB to file case against India in ICC: Shaharyar


LAHORE: Outgoing Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar M Khan has said that they are going to file case against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the ICC dispute resolution committee for non-fulfillment of the MoU signed between the two boards.

“During the board of governors meeting, the house unanimously decided to sue the BCCI for not fulfilling its promise of playing bilateral series with Pakistan. For filing this case in the ICC dispute resolution committee, we needed to fulfill the some requirements which included write a letter to the BCCI, why we are going to sue them, then have a meeting with them to tell them about the reasons for taking this step, and then arrange a high-level meeting with them involving top ICC officials.

We have taken all these steps, but no positive reply came from the BCCI, which always keep on saying, we are ready to play Pakistan but our government doesn’t allow us. Now all the requirements have been fulfilled and we are ready to sue them,” Shaharyar said this while addressing the press conference here at PCB headquarters. Also present on the occasion were PSL head Najam Sethi and Shakil Shaikh.

“In the meeting, the most important thing was that I have still been receiving congratulatory remarks on Pakistan cricket team’s Champions Trophy winning. Our domestic structure is not as poor as it is portrayed, instead we are far better than many of the cricket playing nations. And our coaches are also very good, that’s why we have been producing better results at international level and succeeded in winning the Champions Trophy.

The passion of Pakistan cricket team was sky high after the league stage, and this passion helped them beat the best teams of the tournament and succeeded in the winning the Champions Trophy. I hope this team, under the leadership of captain Sarfraz, will further progress,” he added.

About PSL spot-fixing scandal, the PCB chairman said: “Yes, the spot-fixing though tried to damage Pakistan cricket and especially Pakistan Super League, yet we have overcome it well in time. Some players were suspended and fined timely, which helped us control it and I hope we will get rid of this fixing issue soon.”

To a query regarding pathetic performance of women cricket team, Shaharyar said: “I agree Pakistan women gave their worst performance in the ICC Women’s World Cup and there is a dire need to bring improvement in it. There is less interest of girls in cricket, that’s why we are not getting good talent but we are trying to hunt fresh talent, which must be groomed well and given proper chances to make our women team better.”

About World XI tour, the PCB chief said: “We have discussed with Giles Clarke about World XI tour, but the thing is that the Punjab government didn’t allow us yet, so as soon as we get green signal from the provincial government, we will invite them to visit the country and see the security situation here.”

Shaharyar said that he met with head coach Mickey Arthur, who said that Grant Flower is a very good batting coach, as he focuses on lower middle order, which always help in adding some valuable runs in the total in the dying overs of the match, so let him continue his job as it will benefit Pakistan cricket and especially batting in longer run.

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