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PCB rules out tussle with BCCI over 2011 World Cup final


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that there would be no tussle with the Indian cricket board over hosting of the 2011 World Cup final and promised the tournament would be one of the best held since its launch in 1975.

Chairman PCB Shaharyar Khan played down fears of any tussle with India over who would host the semifinals and final insisting this issue would be resolved during the year.

“We are due to have some meetings with our hosting partners in the next few months and hopefully by the time the ICC Champions Trophy is held in India in September we would’ve reached a decision on where the final would be held,” he said.

“We’ve won the bid jointly and the manner in which Pakistan helped India over the compliance book issue and the way Indian official I S Bindra presented the bid go on to prove it has been a great joint effort and we’ll not let it go down the drain over the venue of the final,” he stated.

Shaharyar, however, admitted that Pakistan would like the format of the 1996 World Cup to be repeated when Pakistan hosted the final and India both the semifinals.

The PCB chief also disclosed that his Indian counterpart, Sharad Pawar, had written a letter to him in which he had acknowledged Pakistan’s role in rescuing the Asian bid.

“If the Sub-continent has been able to win the bid, it’s largely because of your timely reminder to us about the compliance document when the new office bearers had just taken over the reins of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in November,” Pawar wrote, adding, “Thanks a lot for rescuing the bid which we would’ve, for all practical purposes, lost by default.”

In his letter Pawar also complimented the PCB for preparing an excellent compliance document, which was ably presented by Bindra at the ICC meeting where the Asian bid was preferred over the one presented jointly by Australia and New Zealand.

Pawar also said the fact that such a comprehensive document was produced before the final deadline is a testimony to the resilience with which the four boards worked together.

Shaharyar said he been deeply touched by the letter. “The fact is that I am deeply touched by the letter and even though he praised Pakistan, I strongly believe that it was a joint effort that brought us the (2011) World Cup”, he said.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) allowed the Asian countries to submit their bid and compliance document one month after the given deadline and Bindra recently blamed his predecessors for not informing the new set of office bearers in the BCCI about the compliance document requirements asked for by the ICC with the bid.

Shaharyar also made it clear that there were no problems with teams expressing apprehensions about playing at certain venues during the World Cup and said that there was still considerable time left for the tournament. “We’ve given the names of our main venues and also some reserves to cater to every situation.”

He said the Board had planned to uplift and renovate the stadiums for the World Cup and perhaps even before the 2008 Champions Trophy that has been allocated to Pakistan. “We would like the government to hand us over cricket the control of the stadiums in Rawalpindi, Multan and Faisalabad which are run by the local administration. We are also pretty confident that a new stadium in Islamabad would be ready to host World Cup matches.”

He also made it clear on the subject of hiring South African Jonty Rhodes as fielding coach that the Board didn’t expect him to perform any miracles overnight. “We know he (Rhodes) is not coming here with a magic wand. But we are hoping given his background he’ll prove to be an inspiration for our boys. And he is coming on a short stint and will not be accompanying the team.”

He agreed that it was necessary for the Pakistani players to remain more than 100 percent fit to also improve their fielding standards.

On the issue of changing the national selection committee, Shaharyar made it clear that though in principle the Ad-hoc Committee had decided to appoint paid selectors but at the moment no decision had been taken to change the present selection committee.

Source:The News

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