Pakistan want their players to concentrate on cricket during the tour of England despite a growing list of invitations to attend charity events throughout Britain this summer.
A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said on Thursday the Board has received several requests from philanthropic and humanitarian organisations requesting the presence of the Pakistan cricket team to attend functions in Britain aiming to raise funds for worthy causes such as earthquake relief, free eye treatment and other humanitarian causes.
The spokesman said some of the welfare organisations have â€œsought only to honour the team in their midstâ€. However, the Board has declined the invitations saying that it wants the cricketers to stay focused on their assignment in England that includes four Tests, five One-day Internationals (ODIs) and other side games.
â€œThe PCB would like to thank these organisations for the invitations and also to clarify that all possible slots for such appearances at obligatory functions have already been filled and there is no further possibility of the team making additional commitments, however worthy the cause,â€ said the spokesman.
â€œIt needs to be noted that in keeping with the ICC guidelines, a touring cricket team is not expected to accept invitations for dinners or receptions during a tour except an event each by the High Commissioner and the host board,â€ the spokesman added.
He added the PCB has already played its role in the fundraising exercise for earthquake relief with an amount of Rs300 million which includes personal contributions by the national team players and a series of fundraising events.
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