LAHORE: Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board, Chaudhary Zaka Asrhaf said on Friday that PCB took a firm stance in the larger interest of Pakistan cricket along with other countries and thwarted the first attack of ‘Big Three’ during recently concluded meeting of the ICC held in Dubai.
“We had a stance which suits our cricket and it helped us in defying the first attack of Big Three which also got the support of Bangladesh.”
He was speaking to reporters at a news conference here at Gadaffi Stadium on his return from Dubai after attending ICC meeting on a crucial issue of giving extra ordinary powers and control of game’s ruling body to three countries including India, Australia and England.
He said during the meeting India made a number of offers to Pakistan for playing cricket but PCB needs firm assurance on the issue as guarantee. “I think it is a positive move to resume cricket ties between Pakistan and India.”
“If we will be playing frequent international cricket it will help in revenue generation through a lot of ways and means, but Pakistan wants to maintain its decent stance on the issue of Big Three,” he asserted.
PCB Chief said, if given a chance he was keen to meet Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, who is also the Patron in Chief of the PCB to brief him on the Big Three and to have his opinion on the issue, and to chalk out a strategy in the larger interest of Pakistan, to present the case of the country in the next ICC meeting.
“With Bangladesh extending support to Big Three now the situation has changed and the number of supports of Big Three countries have increased,” he added.
He said on the issue of the Big Three decision was being taken in haste, but due to the timely intervention of Pakistan, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa the matter was deferred and time frame was sought by the affiliated members for consultation on the issue.
“I think it is a big success and breakthrough and with the approval of Big Three cricket could have suffered a lot and due to the stance of the PCB and other countries a lot of changes were made on the proposed draft of Big Three.”
“Later on West Indies also joined Bangladesh to extend support to Big Three, but we will be deciding on it after getting a guide line from the government,” he asserted.
“Whatever decision ICC will take on Big Three it will be taken with mutual understanding and approval of all the test playing affiliated members,” he said adding, “At one stage when Australian Board talked against Pakistan I stopped them and said they could not talk anything against Pakistan, or its cricket related issues.”
Zaka Asrhaf said the Big Three countries will get major part of income of the ICC, while Pakistan and other countries will continue to receive their respective shares.
He dispelled the impression that he was having differences with the government saying he is serving the PCB after his reinstatement by the apex court.
PCB Chief said an important meeting of the Governing Board of the PCB will be held here in February to seek the advice of all the members on the Big Three issue.
To a question he said Pakistan will take part in ICC T20 cricket Cup in Bangladesh as it is an ICC event.