The head of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) administration committee Najam Sethi on Thursday made it clear that he would act on the recommendation of the federal government relating to cricket relations with India. Sethi was on Wednesday appointed chairman of a 14-member committee to run the affairs of the sport within the nation for the subsequent 4 months after Ramiz Raja was eliminated as PCB chief. “Governments in both countries have to be consulted when it comes to bilateral and other cricket relations between Pakistan and India,” Sethi advised reporters in Lahore.
India hasn’t travelled to Pakistan for the reason that 2008 Asia Cup, and after the Mumbai terrorist assault on November 26 that yr, the scheduled bilateral collection in early 2009 was cancelled.
Pakistan did journey to India for a brief six-match white-ball collection in 2012, however within the final 10 years, there hasn’t been any bilateral cricket. The two groups have solely performed one another at numerous International Cricket Council (ICC) and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) occasions.
Mr Najam Sethi talking with the native media shortly after assuming cost as Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Management Committee. pic.twitter.com/Q1E5AliIuy
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An argument had erupted in October, when ACC president and BCCI secretary Jay Shah stated that India is not going to journey to Pakistan subsequent yr for the 50-over Asia Cup — more likely to be held in September 2023 — after which the PCB had threatened to drag out of the 50-over World Cup to be held in India subsequent yr.
Sethi stated his predominant activity was to completely implement the 2014 structure and revive the Board of Governors and General Body below the outdated system and maintain elections inside 120 days.
But Sethi, who was chairman and CEO between 2013 and 2018 earlier than resigning after the Imran Khan-led authorities took cost in 2018, appeared sad with the announcement of the Pakistan Test squad for the house collection towards New Zealand by the outdated administration.
“I don’t know whether there is a need to make changes in the squad, we will see if fresh ideas are required. It would have been better if the squad had not been announced,” he said.
The government on Wednesday night issued a notification confirming the appointment of the management committee while removing Ramiz Raja, but the sitting chief selector Muhammad Wasim announced the squad for the NZ series.
Sethi dropped clear hints that there would be changes in the Board, including in cricket-related areas.
“I think we had done a good job in our four-five year tenure before I resigned. But what has happened in the last four years everyone can see,” he said.
Sethi also made it clear that the country’s prime minister wanted a revival of departmental teams and the regional cricket associations.
“That is our main priority to revive departmental cricket because in the last four years we have seen a terrible rise in unemployment and a famine in cricket talent. The old system worked well for us and we got players from domestic cricket. Nowadays it seems we are only getting players from PSL,” he said.
Sethi said all the groundwork for launching the Pakistan Super League and convincing international teams to return to playing in Pakistan was done in his last tenure.
“It is good that all teams are now touring Pakistan and the New Zealand team’s tour is very important for us. But we also have to ensure a steady supply of talent from our domestic cricket,” he said.
Sethi also expressed his concern over the selection issues and performance of the team in the recent Test series against England which Pakistan lost 0-3.
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