ICC revamp

Changes in resolution forced PCB, SLC to abstain

Umar Farooq

February 8, 2014

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PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf at a press conference, Lahore, April 18, 2011
Zaka Ashraf said the decision to abstain from voting in Saturday's ICC Board meeting had bought the Pakistan Cricket Board time to consider the resolutions © AFP
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The Pakistan Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket, the only Full Members to abstain from voting in the ICC Board meeting on Saturday, said that they had done so due to changes in the "comprehensive resolution" that required the approval of their respective governing boards and stakeholders. Their decision to abstain from voting, however, did not stop the ICC Board from approving a large number of changes affecting the governance and structure of international cricket.

In the lead-up to the meeting, the PCB, SLC and Cricket South Africa had been vocal in their opposition of the proposed changes to the ICC. Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, however, said that the resolution presented to the Full Members for a vote on Saturday was a revised one that differed from the earlier draft. CSA's decision to vote in favour of the proposal also affected the other two boards.

"They got the revised proposal with many things toned down," Ashraf told ESPNcricinfo, without getting into the details. "Now we need to take our governing board into confidence before returning in April. We had a mandate to oppose the revamp but we were forced to rethink after the present situation and after South Africa opted to vote. Maybe they saw things differently and in their interest."

SLC clarified that the revised resolution presented to the board required a fresh mandate from its executive committee and stakeholders, which the board was unable to obtain at the last minute.

"At the ICC Board meeting … the revised resolution relating to the governance, competition and financial models of ICC was presented," a release from SLC said. "The scope of the resolutions presently proposed was substantially changed, for which SLC required a fresh mandate from the executive committee and stakeholders.

"As this was intimated to SLC this morning, the SLC representative at the ICC Board meeting abstained from voting as SLC were unable to obtain such mandate today, and would therefore have to go back to the executive committee and stakeholders before voting on the resolutions. We will seek to obtain a fresh mandate based on the above in order to express SLC's stance at the next ICC Board meeting scheduled in April."

Ashraf stressed that the move to abstain would not have an adverse impact on the PCB and had bought the board some time to think over the proposals before the next ICC Board meeting in April.

"We are not a loser in all of this," Ashraf said. "We and Sri Lanka stood on our principle stance but it's important to mention that we are not against any board. We want to address the concerns before reaching a consensus. We understand there is a need for change in the ICC structure but it has to be on an equity basis. India is already not playing Pakistan and there is no remedy if any board pulls out of its commitment. There should be a legal course we can pursue being an aggrieved party if any board deviates from their commitment until the new FTP comes into being."

The ICC paved the way for the end of the Future Tours Programme (FTP) in its current form, with future tours being dependent on "contractually binding" negotiations between boards. The governing body, in its release, also urged members to enter into bilateral agreements "as a matter of urgency" to confirm a schedule of the matches between 2015 and 2023. The ICC Board also approved the "contribution cost" model of revenue distribution and said that Full Members would gain greater financial recognition based on "the contribution they have made to the game, particularly in terms of finance, their ICC history and their on-field performances in the three formats."

Ashraf said the Pakistan board did not object to the financial model and said the ICC had promised a financial value that would not fluctuate from the present revenue Pakistan was getting.

"They didn't give us a precise figure but asked us to trust them," Ashraf said. "We are not worried about any repercussion as we are still financially sound, if not the strongest without playing India, as other boards are fulfilling their commitment. Despite the fact that no international cricket is being played in Pakistan, we are not in deficit or debt."

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Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 9:11 GMT)

I think the concept of Big 3, has been turned upside down. The level of International cricket among 10 nations is very high. it is nineteen and twenties between these countries. Home conditions give an advantage. Australia loses in India and England. England lose in Australia. India generally loses overseas. One team plays good cricket and wins on a day. The other team plays at peak intensity and comes back to win the next match. The Big 3 are big in size and not in quality. Only, playing against them brings in big revenue. It is because of this they have been singled out. Their national following is numerically bigger and matches bring in higher revenue for teams playing them. But, try telling this to Pakistanis! The mere mention of India is enough for them to get charged. Sri Lanka obviously is in the wrong company and for sake of cricket lovers it will correct course and join the mainstream. As for Pakistan- logic has never been its strong point, let it froth in its bitterness.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

so sad friends. this is end of cricket................................... .

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

So, it appears Pakistan & Sri Lankan cricket lovers are blessed by whiter than white Boards. Boards of other 8 countries who voted for the revamp are wrong to say the least.

Good luck, to cricket lovers from these two countries. May you enjoy cricket with each other and stay away from rest of the countries!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

My dear friends / brothers from Pakistan and Srilanka, I am an Indian based in USA. I love the game of cricket and love all teams (and specially Players ) who play good cricket no Matter which country they belong too Thus not supporting any particular team... Just want to enjoy great cricket. Now in my point of view, Their is no need for Pakistanis or sri Lankans to be proud of their boards for the decision they made. Actually the people in Power in PCB and SLC have made a fool of the common cricket loving citizens of their country. Abstaining from voting does not mean they opposed the revamp or changes, it just means they got more time... and people are thinking they did not vote in protest and are opposing (and that is what they want to project to people of their country). Please mark my words, come April (Next ICC Meeting) both of these boards will vote for the change saying they have worked out a good deal with BIG3 (so called). So please abstain from criticizing each other. Thanks

Posted by alipk52 on (February 9, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

@Tanvir..very well said mate, spot on! That's why I said without Pakistan and SL, cricket fans will see India/Australia/England winning at home and receiving humiliating defeats when they will be tourists, definitely this predictability will put real damage to the game, hats off to PCB to stay committed throughout, we know they (big 3) can't be able to any harm to Pakistan Cricket, don't go too far away guys, Indo-Pak games generates most revenue than any other cricketing contest :) Will they lose it? Definitely no...so I quitely laughed at bcci proposals..bcci also tried to convince Pakistan to vote and they'll play a series in UAE if PCB will vote, lol...take that bcci and PCB haters!!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

Once cricket return to Pakistan (after peace), the whole world cricket (apart from Ind, Aus and Eng) will come to Pakistan and play and will generate decent revenue. Meanwhile Pak ought to stage T20 league in UAE/South Africa/SL until cricket returns to Pakistan. This will groom their players and will get some revenue as well.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

The "big three" are only so in name. England suffers humiliating defeats in Australia, India in SA and NZ. Mediocre teams with a lot of money. Big Money trumps good cricket.

Posted by ARJQ on (February 9, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

I believe PCB & SLC knew that they will be left alone and CSA will choke out in the end as usual. I see nothing wrong in taking stand against this biased revamp. PCB had no objection on financial model as principally Big Three are right to take bigger share based on their contribution in revenue but why take control of ICC?? I wonder how 3 countries will now be taking care of interest of other 7 countries when their own stakes clash with other 7 any time in future?

Posted by 0mar1 on (February 9, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Well done cricket lovers of Pak and SL- to take a stand for Principles and Fairness, against Greed and Power... puts one in distinguished company: read Mandela, Gandhi, MLK and other giants who took on the powers of their day.

In any case, no need to worry about patching up with BCCI... for the same reason one does not worry about wooing a "lady of the evening" ... as long as there is enough money in your wallet - they both will be yours for the next hour (or series).

Posted by pakpanther on (February 9, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

@ Tanvir Ahmed bang on my friend.. the so called world # 1 are flat track bullies. Their recent away performances have been pathetic and as you have mentioned they have been thrashed 4- 0 by New Zeland and now so called 'world champions' have lost first test match as well. what a joke. :) . and remember.. last time a Pakistani played in the IPL he was man of the tournament ... Sohail Tavir. and thats is the reason why Pakistani players are not been included in IPL since then.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

Well Done PK & SL. The best , heartthrobbing iand most fantastic teams in World of cricket today. I wonder from which perspective ENG & AUS claim to be big three. On any merit from finacials geenratiosn to playing extra ordinary cricket bot PK & SL stands far ahead. Rest India; one can see their pathetic shows in SA and NZ as of recent while PK is the only team who has beaten SA in SA. World Cricket is ZERO with out Greats of SL & PK and time is not far when so called 3 wrong ly made Bigs will beg to SL & PK for cricket. WELL DONE for upkeeping the pricipal stance and sorry for SA to bow out and loose everything.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

May be People over here should read carefully. they did not vote and the reason was very clear, i.e. the revised proposal.

Secondly, even if it was not in their favor, and they opted to abstain after CSA "choked-out" the last minute, could also mean that PCB and SLC objected but the votes out number the cause. So, second option was to save whatever is left. i think both the boards did the wise thing.

And if CSA has just agreed without their differences being accepted, the title of "Chokers" says it all.

Posted by stalefresh on (February 9, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

So I don't get what was gained by abstaining. I understand Pakistan would have ego issues since India is involved. I just don't get why SLC did not vote. Since the proposal is passed anyways, this stunt may just spoil relationships. Fans don't want that. People in power need to be more diplomatic and should put their interest first, and ego lasts. I am sorry, I just don't see what is here to be proud off since by not voting they have not been able to influence the decision at all.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (February 9, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Its surprising to read the comments of Pakistani and Sri Lankan fans here. Well folks, I hate to be saying this, but your boards didn't exactly stand on principle. They did not vote at all- in other words, they did precisely nothing.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

@ Francis Mel: I think you are one of those confused emotional Indian fan whose cricket sense revolves totally around the crappy and cheap IPL cricket (all show no go) which is far from International cricket standards - need a reality check? Consistent losing streak of your World # 2 (home grown ranking) outside home - try winning at least one series overseas to break dullness :P

@Megash: shhsssshhh... Let's keep it a hush hush - first oneday series now Test at the hands of minnows :P What a shame the World Champions getting thrashing at the hands of every other team they play outside home :P

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 9, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

hahaha..so many sour grapes :)

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

Salute for Sirilianka and Pakistan. Moment of Pride for Sirilankans.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

It is hard to understand Pakistan's anger against India. ICC is not BCCI. It comprises of 10 members and eight of them have decided to go with the revamp. Agreed, BCCI has kept Pakistani players out of IPL. Most of the Pakistanis are happy about this. So, what is the problem? BCCI refuses to have bilateral relations with Pakistan. Pakistanis are happy about it. So, what is the problem? You are happy with the way BCCI behaves, why, one may ask, there is so much anger against India and BCCI. You claim to have a better team and proclaim Indian team is third rate. So, where is the problem, if you do not play against a third rate team.That you have not beaten this team in a World Cup game is only a mute point. But, when emotions are high, why bring logic into any debate.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 4:44 GMT)

Its all sorted out with or without Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

This is good for world cricket. Its no secret that the big 3 indeed are the ones who generate revenue for cricket and they deserve a lion's share.Imagine a board like Pakistan, who almost at the verge of being bankrupt and relies heavily on neighbouring nations cant ask for profits Do they? And some one saying NOT UP FOR SALE - chill the Pakistani players are eagerly waiting to be a part of IPL and have already participated in first edition

Posted by Crick_Chater on (February 9, 2014, 3:24 GMT)

Going forward, Pakistan should work on building a strong team where other countries are willing to invite them playing in their countries, until things get settled in Pakistan.

Secondly, Pakistan must work on their domestic structure and set up. They have too many officials and players from Lahore and Punjab only, which is not good for the country. What goes around, comes around. So what you do in Pakistan to your own regions, happen to you internationally as well.

At this moment, Pakistan should trust Australia, England and other boards. I think they all have a sympathy for us.

As for India is concerned, let them not play with us. I think if we loose money, let it be. They loose quality cricket as well.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 22:14 GMT)

@Magesh Kaarthick S

I think you are having a laugh my friend. Have you been watching the Kiwis make minced meat of Indian team??? Thats 8th ranked against so called No. 1 ranked team. Just in case you just returned from the moon, India have 0-10 record in BOTH recent away Tests & ODI against top teams and have been thumped by SA, NZ and Eng in ODI series and wait for it also thumped by Pak in ODI series in 2011 in Indias backyard. Sorry but despite all the money and population you fail to produce any seamers and only produce batters that are flat trck bullies. The more you have tried to snub and undermine Pakistan, the more they have risen with limited assets and exposure. Now they have hammered BCCI on the moral ground aswell by taking a stance against corrupt ICC regime.

Posted by FSL2013 on (February 8, 2014, 21:53 GMT)

One positive out of this fiasco is that Pakistani players wont need to worry about burn out and injuries because nobody besides SL will be playing with them anymore. Bye Bye to trips to Australia, NZ and Eng. South Africa was able to repair its relations with BCCI so I doubt SA will agree to host Pak again. BD and PCB already dont stand each other. So this leaves SL and Zim who will be willing to play them anytime. May be Pak should form another league with associate members. Its going to be lonely 5-10 years.

Posted by fzsTrio on (February 8, 2014, 21:13 GMT)

I am so proud of PCB and SLC. Integrity first. CSA! watch out India.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

The Big 3 in cricket is only a reflection of inequalities elsewhere - for instance, the "veto weilding Super-powers in the U.N. Security Council, the top 1 percent who own almost 90 percent of global wealth etc. This is how the world operates. Its also the 'Law of the Wilds' - in the seas the Big Fish eat the Little Fish'.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

@magesh: in that case you might not have heard a 6 th rank pak winning from you in your home in odis or a 5th rank SA wining from no1 in odis and offcourse a no 8 in odis winning from no1 just a week ago.

beacuse too much distance. isnt it?

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 20:27 GMT)

Well done PCB and SLC. you stand on principles. I am proud of being Pakistani who are NOT available for sale.

Posted by JamesSmithee on (February 8, 2014, 20:25 GMT)

Why did they not vote against them if they were so convinced that they are not good? This is the most stupid question. Better you asked it from your self. These rules are not fair. India eligible to play with better teams even they were down to number 10. But not any team other than so called big 3 eligible. On what space they declared them self as big 3. Sri Lanka were finalist in last 2 icc world cups and t20 world cups. South Africa had been consistent in test rankings. India were severally beaten in NZ.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (February 8, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

They threw their toys out of the cot.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

childish Haters. Pakistan will survive and they do not need to play against So-called big team who lose 4-0 outside their home. Promotions, praises and money can give you stars which can shine only at home.

Posted by KarachiKid on (February 8, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

Good stance taken up by PCB and SL Board. The changes would have gone through, it was quite certain. The game will change forever. And Pakistan bashers will keep doing what they do best. Pakistanis have become immune to this treatment. ECB and CA will regret later on.......

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

I think Big3 won´t be good for cricket at all. The gentlemen game will be now money game. India, Australia and England will take an advantage of this however other cricket boards will get more worse. I don´t think that BCCI will hold their promises. They just did it for their vote nothing more. PCB and SLC made me proud. They are the only boards who are serious about the future of cricket. All other boards were trapped by them. Shame ICC. Say NO! to Big3

Posted by t20cric on (February 8, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

@Francis Mel: Haters gonna hate. How could you say Pakistan & SL are the dullest teams out there. I would say England have become the most dullest after they got rid of KP. Pakistan is a really unpredictable team and they have more flair than any other team out there. If by saying Pakistan is a dull team you really mean that Misbah is boring then that's ur opinion. Anyways Pakistan are better then most teams who can't even win when they step foot outside of home. As for SL Sanga and Mahela centuries as well as Malinga's yorkers are pretty entertaining.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

@ Tuan Ashee Rassool, did u watch champions trophy 2013 held in ENGLAND (not in India), where we lift the cup... oh yes Pakistan lost all 3 matches (with West Indies too)... finally if u want to talk about India, please shout it loud, we r in 2nd position in ODI and u r in 6th position, and we cant hear u from that far...

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Well, thing is cricket once professionalised has always been for money. The entertainment, patriotism,diplomacy etc are aspects that go well with the game, but the administrators who pay for all this are mostly concerned about their profit. For all cricket boards profit making has always been the major concern. It is just that BCCI has grown in a short timespan. However other boards who have supported the revamp have seen their share of profit. PCB and SLC will probably agree after some more negotiations and concessions.As Mr Abbasi suggested in his blog that the boards who are opposing have just about no other choice. IMO, the ppl running the boards are all professionals whose decisions will be based on their own financial stakes rather than popular choices. So @Akhter786, plz continue praying for Amla and co. I don't think they had much say in their board's decision in the same way no other teams' cricketers have had.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

@francis mel.....Who play the dullest cricket....Oh Yes,we saw recently when an underrated New Zealand team thrashed Home alone Champions <INdDIA 4-0.My gut feeling is that if your team play Bangladesh outside India,the result will be the same.Indians play cricket well inside the ICC headquarters.Shame.

Posted by jbentham on (February 8, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Well, this is a much sober version of the events that took place. Thanks cricinfo. Good to see the SLC and PCB not unilaterally deviating from their mandate. Now that the ship has sailed it would be better for the voyage if there were no dissenters on-board.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

@ Francis. For once PCB played it smartly. And btw dullest cricket!! Say what u want about my Pak boys but dull is the last thing they do. Flair and charisma is what u might have meant coz thats what Pak and Sri bring. Reverse swing, reverse sweep, doosra, changing how you play the first 15 overs in ODI. All thanks to us 2 dullies. Dull cricket lol.

Posted by Ahmad1121 on (February 8, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

For once PCB made us proud by standing their ground. These changes will only hurt cricket, too much power to undeserving teams. They are not doing that for the good of the game, it's only money now no cricket. And for someone who is saying that PCB is the most mis managed board, Please get your facts straight. We have been operating and fairly good enough way without BCCI support or ECB or CA. None of whom want to play with us. We have no international cricket at home for what 9 years now for no apparent reason actually. Only because of Politics, not because of so called "unsafe" situation. Every other board was sell out they didn't have to even go through their respective boards to get approval. Where is the system in that. You want every board to process things democratically unless it's something you want then just sign here sign here and don't ask any questions. PCB has nothing to loose, we have been surviving so far and we ll still do great. Best Of luck Pakistan

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

All sports are a money game like any other business now. All kind of sports thrive on the sponsorship, electronic media and the gate money. In cricket ODI and T20 brings crowd in all the country because both formats are limited over's and have made an entertainment value. The issue seems to concern the Test Matches. Let's face it the biggest crowd attendance is among the top 3 England, Australia and India at home or away. General rule of business is that the one who earn more money gets paid more? Internationally all sports is based on money. Nothing works without money. We now have access to all sports around the World and only money and expensive technology made it possible. ICC has facilitated Pakistan for their Home games in England and UAE. The crowd in UAE was disappointing and does not help with the performance of star players who thrive with chants and the noise. Pakistan is in a horrible dilemma, their crowd for the Test matches in UAE is small hence no revenue.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

What a joke. All other Boards were able to consider the proposals and changes and make a decision on time. Only the incompetent SLC and PCB needs more time. Now they have made themselves irrelevant. CSA played ball and will get a few IPL 2014 games due to the national elections in India. SLC has sought for a USD 8 million interest free loan from ICC to stay afloat. Its no surprice that SLC and PCB are the most mismanaged administrations with no clarity in decision making. ICC will be better off without having to take business advice from them. Cricket is a sport but ignoring the business side will reduce it to ashes. If we are able to watch a game on TV from the comforts of our living room its because of the business side. It døesnt happen magically. SLC and PCB can have their bilateral cricket series and fight it out for the title of who plays the dullest cricket.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

more of a diplomatic statement by SLC & PCB, matters are not so simple. They will vote inn favour I think nest time around, backs turned by BCB & CSA left no options.

Posted by Rohit-Sen on (February 8, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

While I don't support the Big 3 take over of cricket, surprised by the moral high ground that Pakistan and Sri Lankan cricket fans are taking. I mean, doesn't the world know what's happening in their countries? Was their motivation morality or opposing India? If USA or chin was amongst the big 3, may have seen different reaction. I know its a political comment, generally out of place in cricinfo but then the comments also have a political motivation.

Posted by shuhailyoonus on (February 8, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

Shame on csa.. proud to be a srilankan.. k past issues frm the board really annoyed us bt this desicion wat they took was fantastic..thanks pcb..big 3 lol..

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

These days are tough for Pakistan in all the fields. No problem but we have to be stand with our principals. Proud of PCB.

Posted by Akhter786 on (February 8, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

Money will keep coming and going. Power will b wretched back, but integrity trust character when lost will never be reinstated. Same thing applies to BCCI. Who knows in not too distant future SA happen to align with CA n ECB and vote india out of its newly found colonial glory. After all CSA proved how untrustworthy and deceitful and greedy it is. Talks of integrity aside, pakistan n SL are unfortunately left with no other choice but to vote in favour of big3. They had little earlier but now nothing. Sad day for cricket, sad day for SA cricket. The legacy of stoic ideals and honest sportsmanship spirit built over decades by SA players which brought them the sympathy n support n prayers and repsect from billions of fans around the world, is destroyed by the ridiculously silly CSA.

So sad i feel that i nomore will be praying for Amla and co.

Posted by Cricthink on (February 8, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

Indeed pleased with what SLC and PCB has done The big 3 must have twisted CSA and they proved to be equal to the SA team as they to can not finish what they start,

Lets see now how SLC and PCB are going to be treated by the big 3. I wish wither SL or Pak win the next world cup to show the rest of the world Power and Money can not be everything but just a bully

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

shame on csa cricket is not more cricket just Money.big 3 are really big now.

Posted by greenluv on (February 8, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

Proud to Pakistani here and would love to say great job mr Zaka and SL. pakistani and Sri Lankan people should received them in huge numbers to welcome them at the airport when they come back. nothing above Country and you both have shown that by standing up. love you PCB.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

South african was always choked in the past, and will choked in future..

Posted by Raveey_ on (February 8, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

My dear friends , please read and understand the article completely before commenting here .. PCB and SLC didnt vote against this resolution , they "abstained" .. The reasons are clearly written in the article for abstaining and also"Ashraf said the Pakistan board did not object to the financial model".. s

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

it was really strange to read that the more vocal opposition voted before other 2. i think big 3 will get these 2 remainibg boards to vote as well and it will be 10/10. pcb, ad said by ashraf , was ok with financial model . there major concern is ftp related.

now these 2 have no option left byt to accept it. some of the proposed changes are ok. and they have already got required vote. but still a bit disappointed by CSA as they were very vocal and clear about it than pcb and slc.

Posted by Basit_Dar on (February 8, 2014, 14:05 GMT)

shame on csa ...cricket is no more cricket....

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 13:59 GMT)

i can say now PROUD TO BE PAKISTANI

Posted by stormy16 on (February 8, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

Thanks CSA for running when it mattered, if you were going to be that weak you may as well not have entered this debate and given in at the begining and saved us all alot of trouble. There is only one choice for SLC and PCB, join the rest to make this an unnanimous vote and attempt to win back some lost ground on standing on the wrong side.

Posted by v8v8v8 on (February 8, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

I would love to know what backroom negotiation convinced CSA (South Africa) to change their tune...I'm somewhat ashamed as a South African, but if this results in SA playing more test cricket (and at least 4-5 test series vs Ind, Oz, Eng) - I'm not going to moan too much - Still think the Big 3 idea is a poor one and the New Cheif Executive of the ICC from India...*shakes head in disgust*

Posted by cornered_again on (February 8, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

South Africa choked again

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Proud of PCB that they did not Bow Down before India as every Pakistani . Full Credit to SLC too .for their stance on Big Three . But disappointment for CSA they got into bait by big Three .

Posted by Dilruksh on (February 8, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

RIP cricket

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

Well Done Pakistan, hats off <3 Success Will Come and Go, But Integrity is Forever!!! Shame on South Africa!!!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

Well Done Pakistan <3 Success Will Come and Go, But Integrity is Forever!!! Shame on South Africa!!!

Posted by Akhter786 on (February 8, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

Amidst Sordid state of affairs, back stabbing from CSA, PCB and SLC are left with no other alternative and they happen to be the most cash strapped among all. I don't see any opposition, no anymore now. The buck stops here, in this world moral values are sold for money and money can buy you anything there after.

Shame on CSA's part.

Posted by haseeb72 on (February 8, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

hats off ! to PCB and SLC on thier firm stance and it is very sad initiative from south africa, As ashrf said that "Despite the fact that no international cricket is being played in Pakistan, we are not in deficit or debt." It is true and we pakistani fans are with PCB.

Posted by jsaeed on (February 8, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

BCCI is THE WORST THING that ever happened to cricket... look at the full form of BCCI Board of Control for Cricket in India ... they seem to want to change the India part to World.... an image of a bully on the street comes to mind who owns the bat so everyone must play according to his rules or he will take the bat n go home.... :@

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

SLC and PCB rock. Shame on South Africa

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

End Of Cricket Sports and the beginning of Cricket Entertainment

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