PCB requests ICC to arrange its event in Pakistan in 2018
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) during the ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC’s) annual meeting has recommended to hold an ICC event in Pakistan in 2018.
ICC has taken the PCB’s request into notice, but has not given any surety, stating that currently no confirm event is scheduled in year 2018.
“We fully understand the PCB request and we will consider if it is possible to host an event in Pakistan subject to the standard safety and security clearances,” Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, said.
Pakistan has been deprived of hosting international cricket, after the terrorists’ attack on Sri Lankan team’s bus in March 2009. The attack severerly injured some of the cricketers and a team official.
In the wake of these attacks, the international cricket in Pakistan was completely terminated, and the country used to arrange its home series in Dubai or at some other neutral venues. Pakistan’s rights of hosting the ICC World
Cup 2011 were also snubbed.
The continuously devoid of international cricket for a long time, the PCB faced financial hardships. As a result, the board was forced to make deficit budget.
PCB was also supposed to raise many other issues during the ICC annual conference, which included Pakistan’s continuous exclusion from Champions League. In addition, PCB also opposed the ICC’s proposal of ending the rotational
policy for presidency of world’s governing body. As it was now Pakistan and Bangladesh turn to nominate their candidates for the president of ICC for the 2014/2015.
PCB chairman, Ijaz Butt earlier assured that the board will try to revive the bilateral cricketing ties with India. Indian has been ignoring Pakistani cricketers after the Mumbai attacks in year 2008 and constantly sidelined them
from playing in the money spinning Indian Premier League (IPL).
The former ICC president, Ehsan Mani in his previous statement said that India is playing politics with Pakistan and wants to exclude them from every game, especially from the cricket.
He also criticised PCB, for its poor policies and faulty working. Mani added that the having a poor reputation, PCB stances will hardly be paid any heed during the ICC annual meeting.