LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selectors have included young pacer Mir Hamza in the 16-member squad for the upcoming series …
LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Saturday announced the schedule of the Sri Lanka Tour to Pakistan 2017 (to be played at the neutral …
Former Pakistan skipper and wicketkeeper-batsman Moin Khan is arguably the second most powerful figure in Pakistan cricket establishment now. Moin, who was the head coach of Pakistan in the recent WT20 has now taken on twin responsibilities as Chief Selector of PCB as well as the manager of Pakistan cricket team. Having operated under interim management for much of 2013, Pakistan look to restore some stabiilty with a solid run to Moin. PCB chairman Najam Sethi, who has himself been part of a musical chair of sorts, with Zaka Ashraf in recent months – it is understood – wanted Moin for several posts given his solid reputation and rapport with team members.
Former Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas has also been appointed as the principal advisor to PCB chairman. Getting two accomplished former test cricketers in the set up is a positive move for PCB and Pakistan Cricket, who look to offer fuss-free 2014 season. The position of Chief Selector was vacant ever since Iqbal Qasim had decided not to renew his PCB contract
Meanwhile, West Indies paceman Kemar Roach took his ‘speed’ a bit too seriously, as he was involved in a near fatal accident in his native Barbados over the weekend. On slippery roads owing to overnight rain in Bridgetown, he lost control and his BMW sedan flipped several times over, barely half-a-mile from the 3Ws Oval. Two wheels broke off and airbags got deployed even as Roach sustained head wounds. However, as the local police and paramedics reached the spot, Roach was found still coherent and conscious. He later took to Twitter to confirm he was feeling better.
Pakistan’s cricket authorities are investigating reports that banned spinner Danish Kaneria played in an exhibition tournament in the United States last week.
Back in 2012, Kaneria was found guilty of spot-fixing when representing Essex and was subsequently banned from playing cricket anywhere in the world under ICC rules.
However, it has now been revealed he represented the Houston Eagles in a series of T20 games in Texas, along with Test players Wahab Riaz and Nasir Jamshed who were members of rival team Boom Boom Blasters.
Other Pakistani players involved in these matches, and also being investigated, are Fawad Alam, Abdul Razzaq and Shahzaib Hasan.
Pakistan Cricket Board operating officer Subhan Ahmed admitted: “We are looking into how these players featured in these matches – authorised or unauthorised – without our permission.”
The United States of America Cricket Association could also have questions to answer as banned players, such as Kaneria, are not allowed to take part in any match under the auspices of an ICC member country’s association.
Kaneria, now 33, was found guilty of spot-fixing during a match between Essex and Durham in September 2009.
In the same Pro40 game, his Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield agreed to concede a specified number of runs in one over in a match televised live in England and parts of Asia.
Westfield, who accepted he had received £6,000 for doing this, was jailed for four months in February 2012.
Mohammad Amir will not play World Cup 2015. Mohammad Amir Pakistani Fast Bowler is very good bowler and Chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmed said that the PCB was not hopeful about the ICC clearing the pacer to play international cricket until he completed his five-year ban, which would end around August 2015.
Ahmad said: “What we have tried to convince the ICC to do is to allow him to be back into domestic cricket by reviewing his ban period so that he is ready when the times comes for him to play international cricket,”
Aamir told ‘Geo Super’ that he was not thinking about when exactly he would be able to resume playing cricket.
“For me that is not important now because I believe when God clears me to play then no one can stop me from playing. But for me it is good enough that the PCB Chairman has done so much to raise my issue in the ICC,” Aamir said.
Mohammad Amir born in 13, April in Gujjar Khan Punjab he current age is 22 year his bating style left hand bat five-year ban which will be ending on August 15, Aamir was 18 when the spot fixing scandal broke out while Pakistan was touring England in August, 2010 which eventually led to the imposement of bans on Aamir and his senior teammates — Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif, so Pakistan cricket board try best but they have no chance to played in World Cup 2015.
PCB has rejected Salman Butt’s demand of treating “all players equally” after consultation with “top Lawyers” in UK.
Pakistan Former Test Captain, Salman Butt, called for equal treatment of all three players involved in notorious spot-fixing scandal in the summer of 2010. Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, and Mohammad Aamer were found guilty of arranging no-balls in Lord’s Test against England.
Since Najam Sethi took the charge of PCB, Mr. Sethi is pushing to shorten the ban on the young Mohammad Aamer who is serving five years suspension.
In the wake of these efforts by the PCB Chariman, Butt asked for the similar treatment for the rest involve. But, Mr. Sethi declined the Former Test Captain. The former said, “The PCB took the British QC [Queen’s Counsel] opinion, which advised only in favour of Amir for various reasons. So I am pursing his case,”
Aamer, who turns 22 today, is already facing the minimum duration of ban as per ICC rules.
A restoration of bilateral ties with India would see Pakistan support key ICC reforms
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed it conditionally supports wide-ranging reforms to the future governance and financial structure of the game.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) approved a raft of proposals in February although Pakistan and Sri Lanka abstained from the vote.
The reforms will see a pathway for Associate and Affiliate Members to play Test cricket and significant changes to governance and financial models.
Following the ICC board meeting in Singapore in February, ICC president Alan Isaacs said, “There were eight Full Members who were in a position to support the resolution today and the two who abstained have pledged to further discuss the issues with an aim to reaching unanimous approval over the coming weeks.”
Today, the PCB revealed that their support for the reforms is conditional upon them playing mutually beneficial bilateral series between 2015 and 2023, particularly against India.
“We had completed the discussion, consultation and negotiation phase with regard to the revised resolutions,” PCB chairman Najam Sethi said.
“It was important for us to get assurances on bilateral cricket with all Boards, especially India, which we have now received.
“The detailed Future Tour Programs are now being finalized with all, especially India.
“The fact that the resolutions have been diluted considerably from when these were first presented, and are now unobjectionable encouraged us to support these.”
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The Pakistan Cricket Board has finally agreed to back reforms of the International Cricket Council after it was given assurances over its future involvement in financially-beneficial fixtures.
The PCB had opposed proposed changes to cricket’s governing body, which would see the “big three” nations of India, Australia and England given greater control of the game and the largest share of revenue.
The reforms were approved by a majority of eight out of 10 countries at an ICC board meeting in February, with Pakistan and Sri Lanka abstaining from voting.
But after a further meeting with the ICC in Dubai on Thursday, the PCB says it will now conditionally support the move, having been promised eight years of series, including one against arch-rivals India, which will earn them three billion rupees (£18.6m).
In a statement on their official website the PCB said: “The PCB announces its conditional support to the revised ICC resolutions regarding the future governance structure and financial model approved previously by all members excluding PCB, thereby ending PCB’s isolation within the international community and opening the doors to International Cricket in a vital manner.
“The conditions are signing of mutually beneficial bilateral cricket tours from 2015-23 with all members, especially India.”
The statement also included comments from PCB chief Najam Sethi, who said: “We had completed the discussion, consultation and negotiation phase with regard to the revised resolutions. It was important for us to get assurances on bilateral cricket with all Boards, especially India, which we have now received.
“The detailed Future Tour Programs are now being finalized with all, especially India. The fact that the resolutions have been diluted considerably from when these were first presented, and are now unobjectionable encouraged us to support these. “
Sethi also spoke at a press conference following the news of the PCB’s backing of the reforms, at which he said: “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.”
India have not played a full Test series with Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai (a short limited overs series took place in India in December 2012), which New Dehli blamed on militants based across the border.
Pakistan have not hosted any international cricket since attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore five years ago.
Sethi has also revealed that suspended Pakistan pace-bowler Mohammad Aamer could get a one-year relaxation on his five-year ban for spot-fixing.
Aamer was banned from all cricket in 2010, along with former national captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, after the trio agreed to bowl deliberate no-balls in return for money during the Lord’s Test against England in August of that year.
Last year, the ICC had agreed to form a committee to consider relaxing certain conditions of the ban on Aamer, who was regarded as one of the best young bowlers in international cricket at the time of his suspension.
“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.”