Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi said that the Board will follow the Government’s advice on touring India for next year’s ICC T20 World Cup.
“Whatever the government says we will do if the government says go to India we will go to India. If the government says no go — we won’t go,” said Najam Sethi talking to media persons at the National Bank Cricket Arena Karachi.
He said that his top Cricketing priorities are the restoration of the PCB constitution of 2014 with amendments if needed. Najam Sethi said that the revival of regional and departmental crickets was also part of his advanced approach and vowed to constitute a good team and draft winning strategies for staging the best cricket matches on the grounds.
The PCB management committee’s chief said that the committee had full powers and had been provided with a four-month period to function. He said that the management committee would be dissolved as the constitution of 2014 was re-established and all elected representatives were ready. He said that, later, the Prime Minister would recommend nominations and then elections would be announced.
Chairman of the cricket board Sethi said that for the last four years he did not make any comment regarding two previous PCB chairmen. ‘I was of the view that they must be provided space to work as the mistakes are part of life.’
Replying to a question on renaming of National Stadium Karachi as National Bank Cricket Arena, he said that in 2013, when he became PCB chairman some officials of PCB and media said that Gaddafi Stadium should be changed, but, in my view, the names should not be changed.
He said that if HBL’s name could be attached to PSL then why National Bank’s name could not be attached to National Stadium Karachi?
To another question, he said that grounds and pitches would be reviewed as they were behaving differently. The game was changing around the world, he added. He said that in his previous tenure as a PCB chairman, he had told Indians if they would not come to play in Pakistan then we would also not come to you.
Remember that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif approved the appointment of Najam Sethi as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), replacing Ramiz Raja.
After his appointment Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) sent a summary to the Prime Minister’s House for amendments to the constitution of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and changes in its governing board. The official sources said that the summary had demanded the restoration of the PCB Constitution, 2014.