Home > News >

Najam Sethi happy with ‘Big Three’ support to Pakistan

Najam Sethi
Najam Sethi is happy about the assurances made by India to Pakistan © AFP

Lahore: Apr 11, 2014

Pakistan cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi said his country will get eight years of series, including with arch-rivals India, earning $30 million, after agreeing to the revamp of the game’s governing body.

Pakistan had opposed changes to the International Cricket Council (ICC) which hand the majority of powers and revenues to the “big three” of international cricket, India, Australia and England.

The suggested reforms were approved by majority (eight out of 10 countries in favour) at the ICC Board meeting in February, during which Pakistan and Sri Lanka abstained from voting.

After an ICC meeting in Dubai on, the PCB announced it would conditionally support the reforms — to be officially signed in June this year — which Sethi said will bring major benefits to cash-strapped Pakistan.

“We were left isolated in world cricket, we could have gone bankrupt but we agreed to the revamp after getting written assurances of eight years cricket with all member countries including India which will benefit us to the tune of three billion rupees,” he told a press conference.

India have not played a full series with Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, which New Delhi blamed on militants based across the border.

Pakistan did play a short limited over series in India in December 2012 but a full tour has yet be finalised. Pakistan have not hosted any international cricket since attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore five years ago.

Sethi also said banned Pakistan paceman Mohammad Aamer could get a one-year relaxation in his five-year ban for spot-fixing.

“The ICC has promised us to consider our request of relaxing of the ban on Aamer and a decision is expected in a meeting in June,” said Sethi. “Aamer can get a one year relaxation during which he can play first-class cricket.”

Aamer along with former captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif was banned from all cricket for a minimum of five years over a spot-fixing scandal in 2010.

The trio agreed to bowl deliberate no-balls in return for money during the Lord’s Test against England in August 2010, a scandal broken by the now defunct British tabloid News of the World.

Last year the ICC had agreed to form a committee to consider relaxing certain conditions of the ban on Aamer, regarded as one of the best young bowlers in international cricket at the time of his suspension.

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 6, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 7, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Birmingham

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 62 runs

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Birmingham

India won by 9 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England, 4th ODI at Edgbaston

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

India’s ODI series triumphs outside Asia — a statistical review

Ajinkya Rahane strengthens his case to open in ODIs; but will Rohit Sharma’s return push him back to No 4?

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI: Highlights

Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan complete comprehensive series win for India with 9-wicket win in 4th ODI

Mitchell Marsh records highest strike rate in an ODI innings for Australia against South Africa

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia

ICC World Cup 2015: Visitors will only need to apply for one visa

Shikhar Dhawan: ODI series win in England huge confidence booster ahead of ICC World Cup 2015

an Botham, Graeme Swann livid with England’s performance

Shikhar Dhawan credits Team India and Ravi Shastri for good show in 4th ODI against England at Edgbaston

MS Dhoni lauds team India after their ODI series victory against England

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tony Grieg, Vinoo Mankad and other cricketers who made it to the cricket lexicon

Johnny Won’t Hit Today – The tale of JWHT Douglas

14 greatest upsets in ODIs — Part 1

Faf du Plessis shows his grit with twin tons against Australia in Zimbabwe Triangular Series

India’s ODI series triumphs outside Asia — a statistical review

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

628 Posts | 7 Fans

Thilan Samaraweera finds an unusual way to get stumped

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz launch: Price expected to start from Rs 7 lakh

India vs England: Ian Botham and Graeme Swann slams hosts for embarrassing ODI display

Living in an abusive relationship – when is it time to quit?

MS Dhoni says Indian batting has improved in ODIs

International programme in Animal Husbandry

HTC doubles free Google Drive storage from 50GB to 100GB in select smartphones for new and existing users

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan confident to eradicate kala-azar by 2015

Anushka Sharma or Kareena Kapoor Khan: Who makes a better bride?

Dharmendra’s Double Di Trouble a big success

NGOs pursue education for all

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here