Board should focus on domestic cricket: Miandad

Thursday 10 August 2017 2 weeks ago 22   Islamabad   Print

Former Pakistani Captain Javed Miandad-File Photo

Report  Web Desk : ISLAMABAD: Legendary batsman Javed Miandad Wednesday urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to invest in domestic cricket instead of spending money in litigation against India for not fulfilling its commitments under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with Pakistan regarding fixtures between the two countries during the period 2015-2023. The PCB has decided to file a compensation case against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the International Cricket Council (ICC) dispute resolution committee for non-fulfillment of its commitments under the MoU. The PCB has also hired a British law firm for the purpose. Talking to local press, Miandad said newly elected PCB Chairman Najam Sethi should now abandon plans for playing with India as Pakistan had beaten them in the ICC Champions Trophy. The money which would be spent on fighting the case against India should be better utilized for improving domestic cricket as Pak-India series was a poliotical issue and could not go ahead without the permission of governments of both countries, he added. He said Sethi should appoint former or first class cricketers as presidents of regional and zonal associations in order to improve the game. Sethi, he said, must strengthen his advisory board, by including cricketers like Majid Khan, who could help improve domestic cricket. Miandad also credited Sehti for holding two successful sessions of Pakistan Super League (PSL), saying the PSL had helped in bringing talented youngsters to fore. Former cricketer Iqbal Qasim congratulated Sehti for being elected as new PCB Chairman. “He (Sethi) has been associated directly or indirectly with the PCB for quite a long time now and hopefully he will run the board smoothly.” Qasim also praised Sethi for conducting the PSL in the best possible manner which has helped Pakistan cricket in many ways. “Sethi knows about all PCB issues and it would be easy for him to tackle them,” he said and added Pakistan cricket would improve during his tenure. 02