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PCB chief Zaka Ashraf lashed out at Bangladesh for sacrificing world cricket’s interest

Pakistan Cricket Board chief, Zaka Ashraf has lashed at the Bangladesh Cricket Board for compromising the opposition to ICC's 'Big Three' proposal © Getty images
Pakistan Cricket Board chief, Zaka Ashraf has lashed at the Bangladesh Cricket Board for compromising the opposition to ICC’s ‘Big Three’ proposal © Getty images

Karachi: Jan 31, 2014

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf on Friday blamed Bangladesh for sacrificing the interest of the world cricket for their short-term gains.

Ashraf hit out at Bangladesh Cricket Board’s president Nazimul Hasan for claiming it was not part of the boards of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa in opposing the draft proposals moved by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia (CA) and English & Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

“All these four boards have decided to resist the draft proposals and seek extension to discuss the issues further,” Ashraf told reporters in Lahore.

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“But I say again to all boards that today if we accept these terms for financial benefits in the long run, it will be cricket that will suffer,” he added.

Ashraf claimed that the PCB would take a decision on the draft proposals moved by the ‘Big three’ after considering all aspects of the case.

“We will do what is best for Pakistan cricket.”

The PCB chairman said they had succeeded in stopping the ‘Big three‘ in the first stage from getting the draft proposals passed but now a more unified stance was required from all boards before the next ICC meeting in Singapore on February 8 where the proposals would be put to vote.

Ashraf also said that the BCCI, CA and ECB had made offers to the PCB to get its support.

“Pakistan was also promised that its share of revenues in future would not be affected,” he said.

“Now whenever we play a bilateral series with India, we would like to first sign a proper agreement with them which safeguards our interests.”

The PCB chief said he would be seeking advice from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the pressing issue and hoped his advice would help sort out a lot of things.

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