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Pakistan calls for consensus on Woolf report

Umar Farooq

February 22, 2012

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PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf talks to the press, Karachi, January 10, 2012
Zaka Ashraf says the Woolf report makes some recommendations which are good for world cricket © AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board has suggested the ICC executive board evolve a consensus among cricket boards on the recommendations of the Woolf report on cricket's global governance before deciding whether to implement it or not.

This comes a week after Cricket Australia said the ICC executive board would be "silly" to simply reject the recommendations of the Woolf report; that itself was a reaction to the Indian board's objections.

"We are studying it and it isn't that bad," Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, told ESPNcricinfo. "If you look at it in a broader form, it can prove useful for international cricket. Obviously there are reservations but those need to be debated instead of being rejected outright.

"I have suggested to the ICC that it make a consensus report after taking inputs from all member boards so that the recommendations are implemented amicably for the betterment of world cricket."

The PCB has called a governing board meeting on March 1, with the Woolf report one of the main points on the agenda. The PCB will then write back to the ICC with its detailed observations on the report.

"I am studying it, and our lawyers are assessing all aspects of the report, and we will definitely respond to ICC. But there is no point in rejecting this report at all, obviously there are certain points that need to be debated before approval but that has to be discussed... there are several points positive for international cricket."

The ICC, at its meeting last month, also recommended splitting the role of the president with a new chairman's post from 2014, and deferred the nomination of Bangladesh's Mustafa Kamal as vice-president. The recommendations create a new system whereby the presidency will be an ambassadorial role, appointed on a one-year rotational basis, while the chairman will lead the board.

"Though the resolution was brought up by India and England, that is their own view, which is yet to reach a consensus in the board. And I think some more debate has to be carried out on this (presidential issue) with a cool mind."

"Apart from this, there are so many things that are scrapped and never implemented - most notably playing bilateral series and obviously for many boards it's a concern. For Pakistan, hosting international cricket is the main concern. India don't always fulfill their bilateral commitments and they hardly play against the weaker teams. I think cricket needs to be expanded."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

It is a very positive thing coming from the Head of PCB. I am so glad that Ejaz Butt era is over & we will see International Cricket coming back to Pakistan.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

Agreed on the point that the PCB chief stated. Woolf report ought to be debated and the so called power house of ICC, BCCI's activities in the ICC ought to be censored.

Posted by satish619chandar on (February 23, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Lol.. India play against weaker teams, all whine they just play weaker teams and inflate averages.. India plays strong teams, all whine again.. Even many guys commenting here are happy that PCB commented against BCCI rather than what the context actually is.. As for the Wolff report, as Mr.Ashraf says,there should be a meeting between the member nations to discuss the points that were mentioned and they need to decide on it.. Neither BCCI or ECB completely rejected it.. Both just mentioned that they have huge reservations on certain points and it can be resolved by healthy discussion between the members.. As usual, BCCI REJECTS and ECB HAS RESERVATIONS are the headlines for the same reaction from both the boards..

Posted by johntycodes on (February 23, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

India hardly play against the weaker teams are you kidding me. For some reason australia have had the least matches against bangladesh out of anyone by so far. India seem to play them every year to help boost the rankings.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

I see that everybody's ears have perked up by this exercise in weasel words. Has Zaka committed to saying that anything in particular in the Woolf report is good or anything is bad? He has effectively not said anything in this report besides trying to get the BCCI to take notice. The same applies to CA's statement. Well played :|

Posted by desi_picasso on (February 23, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

Zaka is just trying to bring PCB and pakistan back in limelight. He knows PCB has no standing and not in position - the reason why he is trying to make useless comments. At the moment nobody cares what PCB has to say on any matter.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

ICC shud bring a education program for managing and ruling ICC , only qualified persons shud rule the ICC ,SHud rule the boards of country, They bring out the best

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 1:38 GMT)

One (BCCI) versus 8 (WI, E, S.A., Pak, SL, BangL, Aus, NZ) and ICC, I love it. Even, if the BCCI provides 100% of the funds to ICC it cannot be allowed to dictate terms to the ICC. BCCI cannot be allowed to hijack the ICC and deny the other full members a say in ICC policy matters. Well done Zaka Ashraf for offering a rational and common sense approach to the Woolfe report.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 0:55 GMT)

Zaka Asharaf is intelegent leader PCB will get better under his belt.

Posted by wc1992 on (February 22, 2012, 22:15 GMT)

good response and nice to see PCB stop believeing that BCCI is a friend ...P O S I T I V E

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