Thursday, 19 April 2012
By Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: The under fire president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Mustafa Kamal has categorically turned down the impression that he had committed for the Pakistan tour in return of the nod from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the vice-presidency of the International Cricket Council (ICC). “No it’s absolutely incorrect. I can’t get the Vice-presidency by Pakistan’s support only. I need endorsements from at least 7 of 10 full members of the ICC to acquire the important office”, maintained Mustafa Kamal, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV
“My sincerity should not be doubted”, added Mustafa Kamal
His comments came after a petition was filed in the Dhaka High court on Thursday, claiming that Mustafa Kamal agreed to tour Pakistan without consulting the relevant quarters. The petitioner, Barrister Hassan Azim was off the view that due to the law and order situation the Bangladesh cricket team’s tour to Pakistan was not conducive.
The court, while staying the decision of sending Bangladesh Cricket team to Pakistan, ordered the BCB and the government to respond within four weeks.
In view of the development, the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced to postpone the trip and duly informed their counterparts in Pakistan.
Bangladesh was earlier scheduled to play one ODI and a T20 in Lahore on April 29th and April 30th respectively.
On the High Court’s intervention, the BCB president declined to comment however said that they would file a reply within the given timeframe.
“We are waiting for the court order as yet and since the matter is sub judice, therefore I will not be able to comment on it. Our legal division is working and we will file the reply accordingly”, said Mustafa Kamal.
One a question, the BCB President shrugged off the possibility of Pakistan’s pullout from the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) saying that it was too early speculate in this regard. “The matter is between the two boards and the reports about Pakistan’s likely absence from the upcoming BPL was mere speculation at the moment”, said Mustafa Kamal
“PCB and BCB are striving hard for the betterment of cricket in the region, and I hope the bilateral cooperation will continue”, concludes Mustafa Kamal
The writer is a sports journalist in Pakistan, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif