BIPIN DANI
MUMBAI - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf did not vouch clearly that they would revoke their support to Mustafa Kamal's nomination for the ICC's vice president post, however, says: "We are keeping all our options open."
Speaking exclusively over telephone from his Lahore residence, he said: "If the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) backs out from its commitment of sending team to Pakistan, the relations between the two boards will become sour ."
"The two boards entered into the written agreements and we supported Kamal's candidature for the ICC post and if they back out now, it will be a very tough situation,” he added. It is difficult to say whether the PCB has right to withdraw their support for the BCB chairman, but the days ahead for Kamal are not going to be rosy.
It may be recalled here that Cricket Australia (CA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) had to withdraw John Howard's joint nomination once it was opposed by the Board Members. Of course that was under different situation though.
Sadly, the ICC Pakistan Task Team (PTT) under the chairmanship of Giles Clarke is functional now. "When the task team delivered its report in June 2011, its work was considered complete", Colin Gibson, the ICC Media official confirmed from Dubai.
The PTT was formed in 2009 with a view to develop international cricket in the strife-torn country after the deadly attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March that year.