PCB ponders ways to bring teams back to Pakistan


The governing body of the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday discussed ways to ensure the return of international cricket to Pakistan. The marathon session of the board, that continued till late night, was also the first since new chairman Zaka Ashraf took charge of the office last month.
Talking to journalists at the National Cricket Academy, PCB COO Subhan Ahmed said that there was a 14 point agenda for the meeting. He said discussions on the renovation and upgradation of cricket facilities and stadiums consumed most of the time.
“We went into the discussions for the betterment of the cricket facilities all over the country and those discussions took most of the time. We have also constituted a committee to look after the construction work and Brig Sajid would be the head of this committee. The details of the duties and the working of the committee would be given in a day or two,” he added.
He further stated that although it was not part of the agenda but the ICC’s conditions to have an elected head of the board was also discussed in detail.
The ICC earlier this year conditioned all the boards to have elected presidents and implement a democratic way of proceeding. It is a step that might leave the boards having government interference isolated from international cricket.
“We have taken several board officials into the loop regarding the elections conditions of the ICC and further steps will be taken accordingly,” he added.
He further said that another main item on the agenda was the ways to bring back international team back to Pakistan.
“We have discussed ways with which we would ensure the return of foreign team to play here,” he added.
It was the first meeting of the Board, presided over by the newly appointed Chairman of the PCB.
“The Chairman PCB was also briefed on the performance of the team in its recent tour of the United Arab Emirates where Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in Test and ODI series,” an official of the board said.
Besides the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan, the appointment of the new coach, the performance of PCB Academy, improvement in domestic cricket structure and setting up a cricket academy in Multan and other important matters relating to the PCB and cricket were also discussed. The official said that the further details of the meeting which continued till late Tuesday night will be made public on Wednesday.