Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: Describing the recent statement by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President, Nazmul Hassan as untrue the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Zaka Ashraf said that four boards – South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan – agreed to resist the big-three proposal and even after the meeting the BCB raised concerns over the principles announced by the ICC. “All four boards gave statements that they didn’t agree to the draft, now this is a typical U-turn from the Bangladesh Cricket Board”, said Zaka Ashraf, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
“Then why the BCB president gave statement earlier against the principles announced by the ICC?” asked the PCB chairman
Earlier talking to media in Dhaka, the BCB president Nazmul Hassan rejected PCB chief Zaka Ashraf’s claim that four boards – BCB, PCB, SLC and CSA – were going to ask for a delay on the draft proposals becoming resolutions. He added that his main objective was to play more Test matches and hoped that, by signing the Members Participation Agreements (MPA), Bangladesh would be in a better position than others.
“He [Nazmul Hassan] was worried that how would he face his people in Bangladesh if he signs [the big-three draft]”, maintained Zaka Ashraf
On a question regarding PCB’s future strategy, Zaka Ashraf said that consultation would be done at all levels before reaching to a final decision, added that Pakistan’s interest would be safeguarded at all cost.
“We will discuss the matter in the Board of Governors’ meeting as well as I would write to Prime Minister [the patron-in-chief, PCB], requesting for a meeting and getting his vision on the subject”, said Zaka Ashraf
“The final decision will be taken after thorough deliberation and after taking into account the interest of Pakistan Cricket”, concluded Zaka Ashraf