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Down to PCB to convince other nations - Richardson

Umar Farooq

January 12, 2013

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Dave Richardson speaks at the Champions Trophy event, London, October 17, 2012
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Dave Richardson, the ICC CEO, has said the ICC has a limited role to play in the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan and it will be down to the PCB to convince other nations that it is safe to play cricket in the country.

"Security is not something that is taken lightly by anybody," Richardson, who was in Pakistan for the PCB awards ceremony, said. "Making a decision as to whether it's safe or not involves a serious assessment of the risk. The ICC is not in a position to do [security assessment]. It's up to the member countries to decide. They have to take advice from their own security advisors and make decisions themselves.

"The bottom line is that the ICC views Pakistan as a very important part of international cricket," he said. "Pakistan is going through difficult times through no fault of the PCB. It's our role to support Pakistan in its efforts to make sure that international cricket returns to Pakistan. As soon as possible is what everyone would like, but it's difficult to say exactly when and I think that's about as much as far as we can go at this stage."

Pakistan has remained a no-go country for international teams since the attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009. In the past three years, Pakistan have played their 'home' series mostly in the UAE but reciprocal series at the junior level are on hold.Though the PCB has been desperate to revive international cricket, the efforts so far haven't yielded any positive results.

The PCB relies heavily on the government to arrange security for the visiting teams, but last year it sanctioned the purchase of bulletproof buses. Apart from working on security protocols, the PCB has been working on identifying potential new venues across the country and upgrading them to international standards. The board is also lobbying hard to win back the confidence of the teams.

"Coming from a country [South Africa] which was out of international cricket for a very large period of my career, I know that if you concentrate on your domestic cricket and you make sure you encourage people to play the game even if it's at first-class level you can reap tremendous rewards and in fact negative can turn into a positive and at the end of it all you might find that Pakistan cricket is much stronger than it was even before these difficult times."

Richardson also visited the National Cricket Academy where he was briefed about the developments in Pakistan cricket and PCB's plans with regards to promotion and management of the game in the country.

"The initiatives that PCB has put in place over the last 12 months or so I think it's the correct way to go," Richardson said and added that the recent "revival of ties with India" is a step in the right direction as the ties between the two countries are critical for world cricket.

"The announcement of the Twenty20 competition [PSL] where foreign players will be entitled to come and play if available, again that is, I think, an initiative on the right path because what you've got to do is to regain the confidence of cricketing world and I think that's a very sensible step in the right direction."

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Posted by Kashif.Anwar on (January 14, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

@Karthik78 Does the security inside Pakistan have to do anything with cricket? As far as the Indian team is concerned, do they have any series win against good teams since they won WC. Honestly I am starting to doubt if their win in WC was legit or not.

Posted by Divinetouch on (January 14, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

Meety,

I agree it is not cricket fans is the problem.

It is not an issue of crowd behaviour at the cricket grounds the problem is much bigger when security in Pakistan is discussed.

Posted by applethief on (January 14, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

What a cop-out, ICC washing its hands of the problem. It's their duty to help develop and maintain the game for its members, and this is just an admission of unwillingness to help. Instead of ducking out, they should acknowledge that the PCB's efforts can only be successful if they are done with the support of the ICC and its members. As it is, the ICC lurches from one farce to another, and it's hard to see the benefit or purpose of it at all

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

i think its not the perfect time for calling the international players to play at our grounds. the only issue is security. I am one of those who believe that the bangaliz rejection is valid! but the way they took, that was wrong. ICC and PCB should wait till everything gets calm at home. Currently the situation is very bad and something happening to a sports team can make it worse. Secondly to people like @DivineTouch... do not bring behaviors of someone into it. we all know that the indians lead the way in corruption and also in match fixing throughout the globle (not only cricket). The only thing is that your media hides everything and feeds your empty brains with invalid or irrelevant information regarding their rivals. if that is so .. compare the tour pakistan by the indian team in 2004.. with pakistan tour to india the following year, and you can c the difference,

Posted by Meety on (January 14, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

@Divinetouch on (January 12 2013, 17:52 PM GMT) - I do not believe crowd behaviour is any significant factor at all. I could not say that Pakistan have any more issues than any other country with crowds misbehaving. It is non-cricket fans that are the problem.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (January 14, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

Pakistsan have produced some great players during my time watching cricket (I am 41), as well as unfortunately a fair bit of controversy. However let us not forget why no cricket has been played there, gunmen attacked Sri Lankas bus! Can anyone decrying the ICC honestly say the security situation improved considerably? Any touring team is going to be a target to undermine the government if this happened touring may never happen again, having to play in UAE is unfortunate but what is the alternative? What has this got to do with the ICC they are not responsible for the domestic situation in any country.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (January 13, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

I m afraid Pak will never host an inrnational match again

Posted by Divinetouch on (January 13, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

DaDaL0G

Your myopic view of the security situation in Pakistan will not enable other nations to want to play cricket in Pakistan.

Most Pakistani cricketers are decent people but the players are not responsible for the poor secuirty in your country.

Again, Pakistanis must first acknowledge that thereis a problem with security in their country and then and only then will they make a serious effort to confront this epidemic in their country and implement change that will not only ensure other nations return to play cricket there but their own populace will benefit.

Let me repeat myself other nations do not have it in for Pakistani cricketers - Ramiz Raja and Wasim Akram for example commentate on cricket in other countries.

Posted by Karthik78 on (January 13, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Truth is Pakistan is not safe country to visit any team. But these people are commenting like India as B grade. What a joke.

Posted by swat1999 on (January 13, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

Very good and clear statement from Richardson. I strongly believe Pakistan is able to arrage sufficient security measure for the visiting foreign national and players.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (January 13, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Nobody will tour an unsafe country

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

But its a shame on PCB that barred its players to come to play in BPL cuz BD is not visiting pak due to security reasons!!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

Interesting to see all the anti-India comments.. Stop blaming India for your troubles boys. We Indians have far greater things to worry about than stopping tours to Pakistan. If anyone's telling you that all of this is BCCI's handwork, tell them to stop fooling you coz all they are doing is hiding their own shortcomings behind an easy scapegoat. also, there are the jealous ones who cant get over the BCCI's financial clout. Indians dont give two hoots if Aus or Bang go to Pak. Trust me - thats a very honest statement. we just have other things to worry about like creating a progressive economy and sustaining foreign investment and reducing crimes. Pak bashing is not a priority for 21st century India.

Posted by Venkat_Super_11 on (January 13, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

Hello Pak fans, I would like to see cricket returning back to Pakistan and also an annual bilateral series between India and Pakistan. However, the ground reality is, Pakistan needs to go a long way in convincing other teams to feel safe to visit Pakistan. Attack on SL players cannot be taken too lightly and even Pakistan fans/people know the reality. Even they don't feel safe in Islamabad. Blaming BCCI for everything is not going to resolve the crisis. Betting and Sharjah go together and that was the reason why BCCI blacklisted the venue. And with Pakistan players getting into match-fixing lately has added truth to the overall case. Pakistan Government needs to go a long way in ensuring safety of players and fans. The real problem is, all institutions in Pakistan (from Government to Army) have been infiltrated by militants and so there's no real feeling of safety anywhere in the Pakistan soil. I am not complaining this but expressing my anguish.

Posted by HashmiMA on (January 13, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

Talking of security in Pak... even under current situations cities like Khi, Isbd, F.labad, Multan are safer then cities like Johansburg, Cape Town,and other cities in S Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya where ppl cannot walk out alone after late afternoon.

Though Mr. Richardson has extend ICC's support in revival of Cricket into Pak, however the role of BCCI in stopping tours of SL & BD teams to Pak was always over looked by ICC. It is obvious that BCCI speaks only of "his masters voice" which is India due to lucrative sponsor ships then brings into cricket and also at times corrupting players with their financial resources.

I do agree with Mr. Richardson that currently Pak should concentrate more on its domestic cricket and make it stronger, and should only play with strong countries overseas as this adds up to their experience and confidence and this was a reason why Pak was a better performer than India in recent series. India & other teams are suffering where as we are going up.

Posted by spiritwithin on (January 13, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

@AhmedUWIC,u answered ur own question about sharjah,bcci black listed sharjah and cricket stopped there,sharjah was surviving mainly bcoz india was the participants most of the time due to which sharjah's cricket used to get loads of sponsors,sponsoring other teams except india was financially not feasable and that is the precise reason y there is hardly any international cricket played there,sharjah cricket can sustain itself holding few events in between without team india but if india stops participating totally its not feasable economically..

Posted by HashmiMA on (January 13, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Honestly as a Pakistani it hurts me to see no country is willing to visit Pak these days due to safety reasons. It is very much understandable if this is only for security reasons. However some countries like Aus, NZ, are even reluctant to visit Pak long before this on the pretext that there were not much available to them besides cricket in Pak. Its mostly activities other then cricket that attracts them most. Countries like India, SL, & BD are very open to offer leisure & pleasure combine with cricket. Where as in Pak, they have to content with playing cricket only. Security situation was at its worst in SL just a decade back, entire country was engaged in a civil war but no one once said that they will not tour SL just because of security reasons. Same in India, during IPL II, there were bomb blast in several cities but just due to monetary & other reasons every one took it lightly. London bombing during Ashes was also well know to all, however not once Aus raised security issue.

Posted by spiritwithin on (January 13, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

Aus team did'nt visited pak since 1998 and india visited pak twice in that period,so stop blaming BCCI for no cricket in pak,even in 2002 the Australian team rejected playing in Pakistan and instead played in SL/UAE for the 3tests,so dont blame ICC or BCCI here...ur own internal security is so fragile and there r so many terrorists bombing that its no more upto ICC to convince others about pak's internal security,pak ministers and armies has to convince other teams and has to take up the issue diplomatically..forget about big teams like aus,eng,india,SL ur PCB cant even convince BD team to play in ur soil,whose fault is that??will ya pak fans starts accepting the reality that the situation in pak is too bad?

Posted by AhmedUWIC on (January 13, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

@Vineesh Vedsen: Sorry to burst your bubble, but Sharjah did not become cricketless because india stopped playing there. The fact was that that was Pakistan's favourite hunting ground against india, ever since Jawed Miandad hit the famous six. India could not stand on their own two feet against us in Sharjah and the indian cricket board very actively portrayed it as a gambling and match fixing den and got that ground black-listed. It was not due to the india not playing there, other teams like Sri Lanka and South Africa played there very regularly and drew huge crowds; it was due to the indian cricket boards efforts to black-list that ground that cricket vanished from there

Posted by arif204 on (January 13, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

pakistan need to remind that only the country bangladesh is and will be available in future to tour in pakistan.it is now reality.though they donot want to tour in pakistan but should not play with BCB.try to manage them though it takes long time but should keep with it.other than it will again delay of any tour to pakistan.i am predicting that PCB will give permission to the player to attend in BPL after bargaining of tour. sorry pak people for wait.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

@Syed: It is atrocious to even think that you are considering India as B-team. And remember, it is only India, if they visit will earn you revenues. Do not ever forget that even Sharjah worked till India went. The moment India stopped visiting Sharjah, the cricket there vanished.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

@kohli_Dabest what makes difference between top class team and downgraded team if the security is main concern for a team? the security concern should be same for every team. now-a-days the situation is deteriorate than the last couple of months in Pakistan. they should stable the situation and make it clam to convince any team to tour them. I suppose any teams are ready to tour them and play with one of the strong team if the situation is fine in Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

PCB should look to bring B grade team like India to break the ice,the recent performance of Indian team home & abroad shows that IND team standard stands no where at this time, so in coming future, even unsafe countries would not like to invite them into their ground as the cricket world has no ineterest of watching their loose cricket which could also cause huge loss of money for the hosts, if look from commercial perspective.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

Strictly no visit to Pakistan, it is not a safe place. Do not put crickets lives at risk, they are ambassadors to their respective countries. Do not forget attack on SL. We don't want anymore attacks now, enough is enough. We read and hear in the news a lot about terrorism in Pak and it seems it is never going to stop. So it is in the best interest of PCB not to invite any other team. For sure, India is not going to visit for at least next 10 years.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

Mr. Richardson hadn't answered when hE was asked that what ICC should practically do for the revival of cricket in Pakistan he has only said one thing that its not ICC's job to provide security .. But if ICC take serious steps in revival of cricket and make some serious comitments for the back of int. cricket in Pak,, then teams will definitely come to Pakistsn.. After all except cricket, int. teams of all other sports like hockey, foot ball, boxing, kabaddi have visited Pakistan and circumstances here are also same for those teams...

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

Which team will be the "cricket-sacrifice" ? Bangladesh ? noway. We abandoned . Pakistan should tighten their security level . Some days ago, there were about 200 people dead in a single day !!!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

@Kohli_DaBest Please check ODI record of India against Ban in last 5yrs.

Posted by screamingeagle on (January 13, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Forget about any initiative from India post the recent issues at LoC. I think we are in for another long hiatus before India thinks of hosting Pak or tour there. It is not cricketing reasons, I personally do not think reviving ties should happen if soldiers lives are lost for no reason.

Posted by Desiboi80 on (January 13, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

@Syed Hashim Nishat - calling India B grade won't achieve anything for Pakistan. I read through the comment section on this article and see how so many Pakistanis are obsessed with India.

Posted by masodur2000 on (January 13, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

Only a few conutries of the world play cricket and people of those countries feel pride for that. Any nation is little weaker, those older brothers start shouting to let the weakers away from this game with an impression that cricket is borned to be confined with few countries. Cricket is not bigger than football, olympic or many other amusement. Above all, it is not bigger than humanity. Look at the country with dead body here and there - I am not sure whether they are mournful or not, but they are equally excited for cricket which is not bigger than humanity. One should think that no killing will come back to Pakistan first other than cricket and 2013 will be a wonderful year for this progress. I am a lover of Pakistan's mesmerized cricket but I feel seek for the mentality of those people who feel more excitement for cricket in Pakistan than the grief for holocaust of humanity.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

@Muhammad Hamza Alvi as a Bangladeshi supporter we always have sympathy an d soft corner for both PAK and Indian Team and in return you call BD B team? time will come soon you will suffer humiliation like you did to Indian Team.Indian supporter did the same ..looking down BD as B class.So i request you not to be overwhelmed with recent performance.India is still a top class team and Pakistan is not yet consistent enough to be one of the top ranked team.We still fear Australia,South Africa,India but surely not Pakistan.

Posted by LillianThomson on (January 13, 2013, 3:07 GMT)

Pakistan has had 2 superb years because they haven't been playing Test and ODI cricket on flat Pakistani wickets and so their techniques have improved.

Nobody watches home Tests in Pakistan anyway.

Why can't they just play the Pakistan Super League in Pakistan, while hosting Test series in England, South Africa and UAE, perhaps with some UAE series including a fly-in fly-out match in Gwadar?

Hosting Test series is about TV revenue, not gate receipts.

Lastly, it's time for the PCB to use their new-found playing-power to form a solid group with England, Australia and South Africa to rein in BCCI power. If the Big Four teams say "no cricket without DRS" then India either has to agree or accept only playing against Sri Lanka, New Zealand and West Indies. They'd soon come around.

Posted by Moin_Khan on (January 13, 2013, 2:57 GMT)

Kohli_DaBest, Your comment has 2 mistakes, first one is that you have omitted WI from your list of top class teams, and the second is that you have included India (whose batsmen are very uncomfortable with fast bowlers) in that list.

Posted by Yousufahmedl on (January 13, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

@Kohli_DaBest, India are a top class team? ROTFL! Top class teams are Australia, Pakistan, England and South Africa and that is a fully proven fact. We thrashed England 3-0 in a neutral location, but you all lost 1-2 in front of your mega home crowd.

Posted by The_Ashes on (January 13, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

But who will come though that's the question? even minnow teams refuse to tour. Australia haven't even toured since 1998 so they will obviously never tour Pakistan. Pakistan fans say Sri Lanka I doubt it after what happened in 09 to them should ask them init instead of Bangladesh. Realistically at this moment, Pakistan can probably host Afghanistan for a full series and my advise to them is why don't you ask them. The Pakistan-Afghanistan match last year was a good game.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

You concentrate on Pakistan super league... Work hardest... On the eve of match opening ceremony there will be a blast outside the stadium...the entire tournament will be cancelled.... Stop dreaming of international match in the graveyard like Pakistan... Make UAE as your home ground...

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

PCB is realy doing well..thank GOD we got rid of ijaz butt who was the worst administrator PCB have ever had. All bad things happened during his tenure to Pak cricket. Best of luck Zaka Ashraf cricket will come soon to Pak by the grace of GOD.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

I also agree that Pakistan can host cricket considering that they are hosting other sports comfortably! And you mark my words, India could be the first country to do that too in the recent future, and no offence to my aussie and english mates, but we all know how fast ud disappear if u hear a spoon drop!We were the first to tour s.a. too!I am also not saying India is an innocent lamb lol, just that as far as cricket,trade etc goes,we want pak to be part of it, just praying that the political situation dont go from bad to worse! we too have a conscience to answer u know!,cricket comes later! Oh as usual, on a lighter note,lol at someone who said top class teams like India :P (at present form? Really? i almost fell down laughing!). But yea, as far as political or financial presence in the ICC or media grabbing or ODI,t20 blockbuster business (ticketing,rights,tv,sponsorship,advtng etc etc & more etc!), India is topclass along with England and Australia!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 0:44 GMT)

It is disheartening wn some fans point to India 4 some great conspiracy plan being hatched to avoid pakistan!Just hear urselves after reading thru cricketing history! India is 1country that stood for Pakistan thru many scandals,including the huge issue that arose aftr the Inzamam boycott issue &huge cries from Eng,Aus rose to punish pak.This is just one issue,there r umpteen examples when India hav helped Pakistan on bans,player issues etc.Considering Indias strong position in ICC,I remember how much flak,anger it received from other members 4 supporting Pakistan.We hav also supported sl during the aus and wi boycott in WC96! &many other instances too!It also has to be noted how hard the current series was 4 the Indian govt & u know why!Its just that with each yr,some antisocial elements in pak r making it tough for anyone to support pak!(not pcb,i support pcb).You shud understand tht strangely these 2 support each other in all nonpolitical issues!(read history).And yet the blame? sad.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 12, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

I find these comments from Dave Richardson bit disappoiting really. He is right that ultimately it comes down to individual boards to agree to tour each other but then why have ICC? ICC should be or atleast perceived to show leadership in game of cricket. BCB was keen to tour Pakistan but ICC intiated road blocks such as not sending their officials which sends negative message. I can understand that Dave and his mates at ICC are living on bred crumbs from a certain rich board but really ICC needs to do more.For example, ICC could organize some World XI Vs Pakistan XI matches in Pakistan. Dave Richardson came to Pakistan and enjoyed hospitality of Pakistan so surely it is not that bad?Indeed, Pak can not change its geographical location and being stuck in a volatile region, Pakistan's northern regions are not fully safe for cricket and other things but Pakistani central/Western Punjab has no issues.As for Pak, it might be time to focus on China and work with China to use them as a home!

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 22:34 GMT)

pakistan had proved in recent time that pakistan is a world class team..and pakistan team and player hve the potention and confidence to beat any team in cricket... pak whitewashed end in test..won asia cup..went into semi t20 wc 12.. beat ind in thier backyard... now pak hve to prove in sa and inshallah ourteam n player will keep the pride not like ind to give up against eng in thier home ground... i personally dnt count indain team in the top class teams in cricket no more..bcoz they cant even play on thier favorite home flat pitches and imagine if they play in s africa ..eng or aus..u can all imagine a whitewashed same in 2012... if any indian trying to put pakistani team down let me give u a bit overall record summary ind vs pak..in test..59 played.. ind won 9 pak won 12..38 draws..in odi..they played 124 matches in which ind won 49 and pak won 71 and 4 no result... i think this fact is enough for me to prove my point.. pak hve better winning ration in test n odi then ind!!!!!!

Posted by Green_Team on (January 12, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

@Umar Farooq Correction it is No Go Country for only Cricket because in others Sports many teams have visited PAKISTAN Inc INDIAN team . . .

Posted by CaptainKool on (January 12, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

If India is not considered top team then I think there is no hope of any international matches in that part of world. The reason is simple. If India can help Pak to tour in India even though the circumstances India had then pak should praise India for starting the trend.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

It is very difficult to convince and invite top class teams like Aus, Eng, S Africa but they can focus on B-Grade teams like Ban, Zim or India.

Posted by kashan0001 on (January 12, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

Kohli_DaBes , lol i think u shud get into the facts that india dont deserve international cricket this time.. and We Pakistanis cricket lover still happy with perpormance of green and we hope 2013 will be the best year,international teams will visit over here coz we gonna elect imran khan(cricket legend turn to politics) as Prim minister of Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

kohli Da best.... Only one mistake in ur comment ...... you have mistakenly mentioned india in top class team........

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 12, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

Pakistan must concentrate on Pakistan Super League (PSL) and other domestic cricket. And keep giving good performances at international level than hopefully things will improve by the next government arrival in pakistan. Upcoming series with South Africa is very important. Its not a easyone but i am sure they will do well there. all we wana see them is to put up a good fight. best Of luck Pakistan

Posted by Kohli_DaBest on (January 12, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

the situation in pakistan in not good despite the calmness in last few months. anything can happen especially if top class teams like INDIA, AUS, ENG, SA tour there. Pakistan should resort to playing tier-B teams like BAN for the foreseeable future.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

No doubt , PCB is doing well these days but being the supreme body of this great game a lot is owed by ICC as well!

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

PCB is not to blame; they are trying their level best. Unfortunately Pakistani government or Pakistani people as a whole are responsible for this mess. And they never learn from the history. If the security situation - which is going from bad to worse each and every day - does not improve, no team will feel safe.

Posted by DaDaL0G on (January 12, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

@Divinetouch Dear Friend fot you Information Behavior of Pakistanis is probably the best in World Cricket If You glance the Past many teams visited Pakistan and Insulted our Players for instance Grame Smith & Co Messed up with Mohammad -Yousuf and English Players Also did miss behave with home players but the Captain Inzamam respond friendly on both occasions rather then try to remember Semi Final of 1996 World Cup what indian crowd did ?? another example is the Match between Pak and India in which Tendulkar was Given Run out Home (Indian)Crowd messed up whole match until Match officials sent Sachin Tendulkar in Ground so that may they Resume the Match !! Well i just have to say that try to give some valuable comments man .

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

When Bangladesh wanna go Pakistan,why icc didnt give their match referee or umpire???????

Posted by avmd on (January 12, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

PCB is desperate to see return of internation cricket back to Pak, but they should be realistic. ICC and other countries are supporting Pak, whatever they can but Pakistan, in my assessment is still about 2-3 years away from return of international cricket, that too if things improve according to expectation. If election happened as planned and US troops leave the western border in 2014 ( an if Imran Khan won ), there will be an improvemnet in security situation. Meanwhile, PCB should use all its resources to improve doemstic cricket structure. Denied of International cricket, local fans will come to watch local teams , only if facilities improved.

Posted by Omarrz on (January 12, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

If ICC had the right to ban international cricket in Pakistan due to security reasons then how come they don't have any right to lift that ban?

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (January 12, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

keep doing hard work pcb !

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

PCB is doing its job but as a governing body ICC should also help Pakistan as PCB needs finances to run their affairs; Pak is hosting home series at neutral venues but BCCI is reluctant to send its team at any neutral venue it might be board's policy but ICC can definitely ask its member boards to reconsider their procedures. We all know ICC did play its part in hosting worldcup in West Indies, an idea which looked impossible initially. if according to Richardson PCB is taking every move in right direction then it should assert on other member boards to come forward and join hands with Pakistan.

Posted by Malik121 on (January 12, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Yeah i think ICC don,t have the power. They can,t make the dession about Pakistan. Its only few countries, who running the ICC. I know security situation is not up to mark but i can tell u that is not that much bad as in the media or others. There is a time and place for everything. And i hope afer the Pakistan SUPER Leage, we will see the Internation cricket back in Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

It is good to see PCB working hard to maintain good relations with other cricket boards and ICC. Previous PCB chairman just isolated Pakistan cricket. Taking steps in right direction will ensure that domestic cricket is in good shape and talent pool is not dried up, eventually teams will be able to tour pak. PCB should not haste into it rather they need to keep their relations with other cricketing bodies. First version of PCL can also be moved to UAE just to make sure that it attracts foreign players and is a success.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Pakistan is in no position to host international matches , need to wait at least 3-4 years further it can host international cricket again....

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

@Divine did dhoni get man of the match?

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

I think we as Pakistani fans need to think calmly and assess the situation with open mind, security concerns are DEFINITELY there and we can not ignore them. The Long March that is about to commence on 14th under the respectable Molana Tahir Abdul Qadri is going to cause more trouble in the Capital City. What PCB are doing is exactly what we need right now, work on getting the cricketting infrastructure right, get new stadiums that our 5 Star quality and mostly improve our First Class structure. All this will take time, effort and finances but it will all benefit in the end. Our team is showing that we are no 2nd class team and we are beating the top teams regularly now. Cricket will come back to Pakistan as its inevitable, we just need to be patient. ICC can not and rightly so not force teams to visit Pakistan but what ICC can do is be fair and strict and stand up to BCCI and not let them run things. ICC is doing a good job but they can do better. Thank you!

Posted by Divinetouch on (January 12, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

Pakistanis must first acknowledge there is a serious security problem in their country. Thereafter they must learn to behave themselves and act in a manner that is consistent with civility and other nations would respond and willingly play cricket in Pakistan when the Pakistanis display they can be trusted.

Rami Raja and Waskim Akram are examples of Pakisatanis who are accorded friendly treatment by other countries.

Only recently the Pakistani team was welcomed in India so other nations do not have it in for Pakistan it is Pakistan's poor behavior that brought in onto themselves.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

It seems ICC is weak and powerless - being controlled by somewhere else! They are not able to implement just because one country's attitude: they know the "Best". If it's some other country - DRS would have been implemented long ago. Even though DRS has it;s own weakness like any other technology but it's better to see more accurate decision than watching umpires like Dharmasena getting top award. What a shame!

Posted by Fearless_Greens on (January 12, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

wow..the resumption of cricket in Pakistan is like a hot potato. No one (india, bd, icc, aus etc.) is willing to hold it and throwing it on others. But there is always some positive aspect of the situation. At least we know whom we CANNOT trust in future when things will go smooth. Recently BCB made it to the top of that list.

Posted by Smithie on (January 12, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Is the PCB going to join the good guys at the ICC Board meeting in Dubai on 29 Jan and vote for DRS or are they going to side with Srinivasan in return for a vague promise of a future Indian visit to Pakistan. Beware PCB!

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 12, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Also, I have to give full credit to Pakistan for simply excelling overall inspite of having no home cricket. Just look at my team Sri Lanka. Our seniors are lazy as koala bears or tigers. Just lack commitment. Pakistani players play with immense dedication as we saw from the tour of India. The way you all bowled at the English batsmen in UAE was beyond excellent. I am ashamed to say that we won the test series against you all due to nothing but umpiring. If Mahela and Sanga play in the next Sri Lanka Pakistan series in December this year, I hope and prey that Pakistan will thrash Sri Lanka 3-0, as we deserve it to the maximum. Pakistani players love test cricket unlike Sanga and Mahela, who want tests scrapped and later crying about SL not getting enough tests. I wont be surprised if my incompetent cricket board asks PCB to scrap tests haha. Hope PCB then threatens to sever all ties with SL cricket, as our corrupt cricket board must be taken to task. Cricinfo please publish.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

if i am not mistaken i read on this very website,that,according to the recently retired Manji,retiring from the ICC,that the indian board,the BCCI,maintains pressure on other boards in an effort to ensure that there is NO cricket in Pakistan!!!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (January 12, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

How come ICC convince other country to go? If they do put pressure on other country to send their team there and something happened to their team imagine the situation ICC will be in. There has been a massive blast recently after reading that news why'd a player wanna go to that country. No body has anything against Pakistan but I think they need to use their Brain rather than making emotional comment. If Pakistan team is playing than people will turn up to enjoy the match, that match will telecast all over the world. Terrorist will target such occasion, protecting cricketer isn't the only issue what about the life of fan? What if there is a attack on them? Everybody talk about How Lucky SL player was but no body talked about the police who lost life. They shouldn't even think of making such decision not in present situation

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

down with biased ICC.. they must do smthing extra ordinary to bring cricket back here in Pakistan..

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 12, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan fan, I am yearning to see international cricket return to Pakistan. I was totally shocked to hear the bomb attack in Quetta yesterday. What is sad is that when there is say 2 months of silence, a bomb explodes causing fears. But seems all recent attacks have not been near Karachi, am I right? So hope PCB can convince teams provided all games are only in Karachi. I know how much the fans are missing cricket. Home cricket is the best way that your batsmen can boost their confidence and even stats, which Azhar Ali and even Shafiq are going to miss.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

First of all, how many ICC CEOs, Executive people do they have? Let alone chairman? This is downright wrong, Pakistan has shown to be the best bowling lineup in the world currently and yet they are being ignored. Thats fine you continue playing your games, we'll continue showing the world we were the best and still have the ability to knock out the rest.....

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Down to ICC to lay no helping hand to the struglling country?

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