Qadir backs proposal to play World T20 matches on neutral venues


ISLAMABAD: Former leg-spin wizard Abdul Qadir on Tuesday backed the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) proposal to play their Twenty-20 World Cup matches on neutral venues stating that the PCB chief had given a very good answer to India.

“I think it is a very wise proposal. Sportspersons are considered very respectable figures everywhere in the world and there should be no compromise on their security,” he told APP in an exclusive chat.

“It is also a very good proposal in the sense that pressure will develop on India. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may contemplate on its attitude. It doesn’t behave with us in the way it should have and keeps on breaking promises.”

PCB’s chairman Shaharyar Khan recently stated that he had given a proposal during the ICC Board meeting held in Dubai last week that Pakistan’s matches of the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in India from March 8 to April 3 should be played on neutral venues. He also said that Pakistan’s participation in the event was subject to government’s clearance as there were specific threats.

Speaking about the three-month ban imposed by ICC on leg- spinner Yasir Shah, Qadir said PCB should have banned Yasir for life saying that how he managed to take his wife’s medicine when he was on tour in the UAE, while his wife at home in Pakistan.

Qadir said the board should have inquired the whole matter as a physician is always present with the team on every tour and all players are instructed to take medicine only after his consent.

“Then how did he take the medicine without bringing that into physician’s notice?” he questioned.

Referring to Justice Qayyum’s report he said that if players had been banned at that time, then the incident of Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Asif and Salman Butt and now that of Yasir Shah wouldn’t have taken place. “PCB needs to take tough decisions,” he said.

He said that the board was doing injustice to Danish Kaneria, while it was giving undue favour to Yasir Shah.

To a query about Pakistan Super League (PSL), he claimed that the league was not aimed at helping the board to find talent for the future rather it (board) was interested in making money, while the franchises just wanted to win.

“If PCB manages to produce only five fine batsmen, pacers or spinners from this event then I will say it has achieved something.”

To another query Qadir ruled out the chance that off-spinner Saeed Ajmal would make a comeback to the national side saying that with modified bowling action he was not the kind of bowler he used to be in the past.

APP

 

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