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PTT's job done, onus is now on PCB

The ICC's chief executive explains the remit of the task team and says the ball is now in the PCB's court

Haroon Lorgat

July 13, 2011

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Greg Chappell speaks at the 7th Annual Sir Donald Bradman Oration, Melbourne, November 19, 2009
Greg Chappell was part of the PTT exploring ways that could lead to an international team visiting Pakistan © Getty Images
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The ICC has noted the comments made by the Pakistan Cricket Board but feels it is also important that the reasons why the Pakistan Task Team (PTT) was established are fully understood.

Even before the attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in March 2009, the PCB was offered the assistance of the ICC to explore strategies and solutions with regard to issues relating to the scheduling of international cricket and the wider implications of not staging home matches. The PCB happily accepted the offer in June 2009.

The PTT carried out its tasks with enthusiasm and good results. It engaged with the PCB regularly at all times but a little over 12 months into the PTT's mandate, another crisis befell Pakistan cricket with allegations of corruption involving members of the Pakistan national team during the England v Pakistan series in England in August 2010. This led to an ICC investigation which resulted in three players charged (and eventually found guilty) under the Code of Conduct.

In October 2010, with the total support of the PCB, the ICC Board extended the terms of reference and the personnel on the PTT to address "the protection of the integrity of cricket within Pakistan". The terms of reference highlighted the reviewing of the PCB's structures and considering any reforms necessary to restore confidence in the administration of the game in Pakistan.

Members of the PTT, all of whom gave their time freely and without remuneration or a second thought, in order to assist the PCB, spent days with Pakistan officials while the cricket experts like former England captain Mike Brearley flew to Dubai to meet up with the Pakistan management and players so that he could canvas their views and form constructive comments which would benefit Pakistan cricket.

Before the spot fixing allegations, the PTT along with Brearley and Greg Chappell, the highly respected former Australia captain, had begun exploring ways that could lead to an international team visiting Pakistan but these discussions were overshadowed and put on hold by the corruption allegations and subsequent hearing. This did not dissuade Greg Chappell from spending time reviewing the cricketing aspects of the PTT report and endorsing the recommendations.

The ICC considers that the remit of the PTT was to suggest ways in which the PCB could improve the structure and reputation of cricket in its country. The 63 recommendations were the result of numerous consultations with many stakeholders in the game in Pakistan as well as regular dialogue with the PCB. Subhan Ahmad, of the PCB, received the PTT report more than a week prior to the ICC Executive Board meeting in Hong Kong in June 2011 and provided only minor observations which were incorporated into the final report.

Many of the recommendations touched on governance issues and structures of the PCB and their relationship with the Government. At the ICC Annual Conference in Hong Kong not one single voice was raised in objection to the change in articles of association which regulate against government interference in cricket.

It must be remembered that the ICC role was to assist Pakistan cricket with constructive recommendations and the onus is now on the PCB to decide whether it wishes to embrace the recommendations in the same spirit they were made for the good of cricket in their country.

Haroon Lorgat is Chief Executive of the ICC

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Posted by   on (July 16, 2011, 11:19 GMT)

Mr. Logart, you have lost trust of Pakistan people, it is time to change your attitude towards Pakistan Cricket Team and people. BCCI has too much influence on ICC and its decisions and we want ICC to grow stronger and decide its on FTP.

I agree that Ijaz Butt should be replaced with immediate effect but ICC itself need shuffleing and free from Indian influence.

Posted by BoonBoom on (July 16, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

who is responsible for what that I dont know but whenever anything goes wrong in India, Pak is blamed......Pak only blames BCCI but Indians blame Pakistan for everything ...from common public on street ....up to the government!!! Anyway....I find it very interesting Indians are so interested in Pak affairs...whats the reason of so much interest??????

Posted by ShaniJ on (July 14, 2011, 16:24 GMT)

I think the suggestions given by the PTT were logical and in the best interest of Pak cricket and we should have accepted them whole heartedly .Mr BUTT however doing justice to his reputation decided to shun them!.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

its funny i see more Indian comments then Pakistani its just shows much these Indian's are interested in PCB thanks for love Indian's and don't worry PCB is not going anywhere just give it a few years once , Sachin,Sehwag,Laxman,Dravid etc the Class player's retire where will Indian team stand without Bowling or Batting so you guys should worry about that then PCB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 14, 2011, 11:01 GMT)

better to dissolve PCB and its team...thats the best solution

Posted by   on (July 14, 2011, 9:10 GMT)

We're not blaming everything on BCCI. It's just that, when so many series are played in India, when India prepares horrible pitches that change during the match to suit their gameplay and nobody raises a voice against it, when countries like NZ and RSA start preparing batting friendly tracks for India, well let's just say we get a bit SUSPICIOUS :P

Posted by cric_fanatics on (July 14, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

@syed yasir...what happened bro...we love you guys here in india..and your team too...cheer up...

Posted by Haleos on (July 14, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

@m23khan - Did not know India rules England, sri lanka, australia and most other countries to make 99% of cricket to be played in it. I am so happy. Thanks Mr. m23khan. Lol. BYTW, why should you guys always blame India for everything that gos wrong with Pakistan cricket and otherwise.

Posted by indianzen on (July 14, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

Even If water is not coming in Pak house Taps, BCCI is responsible ain't it? Why do you guys think it's BCCI's fault for everything that goes on with ICC decision making. Pak cricket had been better than India for quite some time. India moved on from it's old legacy ways to new cricket formats and generated lot of revenue backed upon cricket enthusiasts in the country. It also managed to unearth a lot of youngsters taking up this sport proffesionally, who were not belonging to urban cities.Same should hold true for Pak as well. I am sure you guys will know better what;s going wrong there and steps should be taken to fix the issues. Not playing cricket isn't the right way to go.

Posted by ixwaku on (July 14, 2011, 7:13 GMT)

@m23khan -- Oh yes ... now pakistan should try it's hands or shall I say legs with football. Cricket is a gonner already... what makes you think that football will be nurtured better than cricket. Why do you guys think it's BCCI's fault for everything that goes on with ICC decision making. Pak cricket had been better than India for quite some time. India moved on from it's old legacy ways to new cricket formats and generated lot of revenue backed upon cricket enthusiasts in the country. It also managed to unearth a lot of youngsters taking up this sport proffesionally, who were not belonging to urban cities.Same should hold true for Pak as well. I am sure you guys will know better what;s going wrong there and steps should be taken to fix the issues. Not playing cricket isn't the right way to go.

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