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    "Pakistan cricket is heading in the right direction" : Shahryar Khan

    A seasoned and well-respected Pakistani diplomat with over forty-years of experience in his profession, Shahryar Khan initially served with distinction as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) from December 2003 to October 2006 bringing much needed administrative reforms and financial stability to the organization. His proven track record with the PCB resulted in his re-appointment as PCB Chairman once again in August 2014, where his biggest achievement so far as been the successful organization of the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). In recent times, Shahryar Khan also instigated a number of changes for the long-term betterment of Pakistan cricket, including the appointments of Inzamam-ul-Haq as Chief Selector and Mickey Arthur as Head Coach and the establishment of various tournaments to encourage development of cricket at the grass-roots level.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, the PCB Chairman discussed the changes he has implemented during his tenure, the potential break-up of the Big 3, the difficulties of being unable to host international cricket in Pakistan, and Misbah-ul-Haq's future as Test captain.



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    PakPassion.net : Why is it that the changes suggested by Waqar Younis after the 2015 World Cup fiasco have taken so long to implement?

    Shahryar Khan : I do not agree with that assessment. We did listen to those recommendations and formed committees to address those issues. We then decided to take some short and long term measures to remedy those issues. In the shorter term we decided to disband the selection committee and appoint Inzamam-ul-Haq as Chief Selector to replace Haroon Rasheed, whilst Shahid Afridi was replaced by Sarfraz Ahmed as Twenty20 captain.

    In terms of long term measures, we embarked on a program to improve cricket at grass-roots level. A good example of this is that for the first time in our history, we started a school’s level competition called the Abdul Hafeez Kardar Cup which apart from having government schools also includes private schools such as Aitchison College, other private schools from Karachi, and a large number of cadet colleges which are run by the Pakistan Army. This will hopefully provide a better and bigger pool of young players to select future national teams from, as will the revival of hitherto side-lined University and Club cricket competitions which we will also undertake as part of these long term measures.

    Let me also add to this list the recent establishment of the Biomechanics laboratory in Lahore which we hope will also become an ICC accredited facility in the future and improve the general tenor of Pakistan cricket. We have also initiated work on having better cricket grounds and pitches across the country. In this regard we are working on improving the capabilities of our pitch curators so that our grounds are in line with international standards.

    We have also appointed Mudassar Nazar, who is a vastly experienced former cricketer and has been working with the ICC at their academies in Dubai, to look after the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and other regional academies. These are all significant steps we have taken and whilst results may not be immediate, these changes will ensure that young cricketers are channeled into proper training and coaching which is vital for our cricket. I believe Pakistan cricket is heading in the right direction as we continue to make improvements.


    PakPassion.net : What was the reason behind the PCB’s recent attempts to move the venue for Pakistan’s home series from UAE to Sri Lanka?

    Shahryar Khan : We are at a huge disadvantage due to not being able to host international teams in Pakistan ever since that horrible incident involving the Sri Lanka team. We have been forced to play all our home matches elsewhere. So up to now, we have been holding home games in the UAE at three venues which are very good but are also very expensive. This is what led us to explore the possibility of playing these games in Sri Lanka or Bangladesh.

    Sri Lanka were very gracious in entertaining this request but the problem in relation to the West Indies series is that those games would coincide with the monsoons and therefore, most of the matches would have been in danger of being effected by rain. This is why we decided that we would pay the extra sum and continue to hold our home series in the UAE, at least for the series against the West Indies.

    However, we will continue to hold on to the option to play our home series in Sri Lanka or Bangladesh in the future. England would also have been another choice for such a series and as you will recall, we did play there in 2010 against Australia. However, given the short cricket season experienced during the English summer, it would not be prudent from a financial or marketability sense for another side to vie for the focus of home audiences when a home series for England will also be in progress. The ECB quite understandably would like their main invitees to take centre stage for the summer and not share the series with another board at the same time. This is the reason why England is no longer an option for our home series.


    PakPassion.net : How does the PCB intend to tackle the issue of leaks of confidential information which is potentially damaging to the reputation of Pakistan cricket?

    Shahryar Khan : Look, trying to investigate the source of leaks can be a fruitless exercise but what we have done is to instruct all members of the team not to interact with the media without prior permission or without any supervision. We can only plug those types of holes by threats of dire punishment which is what we are doing now. Let me also add that a lot of these leaks are coming from players themselves so we are trying to prevent this by stopping all unnecessary contact via social media or telephones with the media who are always trying to find out more information from these players.


    PakPassion.net : How will your proposal for an ICC fund to compensate Pakistan for the lack of international series at home work in practical terms?

    Shahryar Khan : We will be presenting our case in the ICC conference in a few days’ time. The crux of the problem is that we cannot play home series against international sides which is denigrating towards us. What we intend to propose is that because we cannot play series at home and we are obliged to hire expensive venues in other countries, the ICC should help us overcome this problem. Let’s see how the ICC react to it and whilst they may be receptive to the idea, whether a formula emerges to compensate us for this expenditure is yet to be seen.


    PakPassion.net : Do you intend to approach the subject of India Pakistan series in the upcoming ICC meeting?

    Shahryar Khan : Let me give you some background on this. We signed the agreement in which we agreed to the idea of the Big 3’s influence on world cricket in 2014 with the clear understanding that India would play six series with us over a period of eight years.

    These series would have been played in India or a mutually agreed venue in a third country. These would have been very lucrative series as the India-Pakistan encounters attract a lot more international attention and financing compared to other series, even more than the Ashes. The BCCI told us that they needed permission from the Indian government for these series and we agreed to wait for that but that permission never came through.

    We even agreed to play India in Sri Lanka back in December if that was acceptable but even that permission was not forthcoming from the Indian side and as a result this series went down the drain with huge financial implications for us. It also showed that India had not met our conditions for accepting the Big 3 formula. The current situation is as I just described as in we are awaiting permission from the Indian government to play this series.

    Also to reiterate, an encounter between the two countries whether it is played in Kolkata or Adelaide, is sold out within minutes. There is enormous interest from fans and it’s also huge in terms of the financial gains aspect as all broadcasters wait for this series to take place. Let me also add that the Pakistan government has never created any hurdles to this series and even at the time of the World Twenty20 tournament when all sorts of threats were being made against the Pakistan team, we still went to India and participated in the tournament. It’s the Indian government which is holding back progress on this series ostensibly for political reasons and I do hope and pray that the political atmosphere will improve so that we can start building our cricket relations from scratch once again.


    PakPassion.net : Given what you’ve said there, do you not think that the Big 3 ideology has been a flop and the PCB and others should look dissolve the Big 3?

    Shahryar Khan : We were the only country that stood up against the Big 3 formula back in 2014. Every other country had already signed on the dotted line, but Pakistan had not until we were sure that India would play these six series in eight years and even after that, we agreed to sign rather reluctantly. But since India has reneged on its promise, we feel absolutely free to state again our opposition to the Big 3. In fact, the Big 3 formula has not been particularly popular in the ICC – there are other countries who are now also saying that this formula is not desirable and that it should be changed and be more democratic, and that every member of the board should have democratic and equal rights.

    We have been working on that and I think we’ve been helped a great deal by the fact that the former Head of the BCCI, Mr Shashank Manohar, has himself stated that he is not in favour of the Big 3 formula, and that as ICC chairman now he feels that this formula should be changed into a more democratic one. We now have to await the actual dismantling of the formula and it being replaced by a more democratic version. That should be the case with any democratic organisation. So we are now in the process of trying to dismantle the Big 3 formula, in which we are not the only but certainly one of the major countries that believes that this formula should be changed.


    PakPassion.net : Zimbabwe toured Pakistan successfully and it was great to see full stadiums in Lahore and international cricket returning to Pakistan. Have you got any updates regarding any other countries possibly touring Pakistan in the near future?

    Shahryar Khan : The Zimbabwe tour was a huge success. There were full houses in all five matches in Lahore and there were more people outside the stadium than there were inside. It was a huge success for the public just showing the thirst for cricket and the fact that people are starved of cricket in Pakistan. Zimbabwe were given a huge welcome when they toured and we do have other countries lined up. We have associate countries like Ireland, Scotland and Kenya raring to go. We have other teams like the Australia Army team who have visited us before and are planning to come again later this year.

    The major event was the idea of an international team, or a Commonwealth team, coming to play in Pakistan. That tour is still on the cards but the problem is that throughout the world there is still the problem of terrorist attacks, even though the security situation in Pakistan has improved. But we do not want to take a risk in which a large crowd gathered in a stadium could be the subject of a terrorist attack. So these other tours have been slightly put back and I hope that the situation will improve so that we get other teams to gradually come and play in Pakistan.

    The hesitation is not just from them, it is partly from our own people who feel that this is a ready-made target for terrorists to disrupt and to make a negative impact on Pakistan’s integrity. So we want it, and there are teams willing to make the trip to Pakistan, but we are a little hesitant at the moment until the air clears for a foreign team to come and visit. Having said that, we do have Afghanistan who have expressed a keen desire to come over and play in Pakistan. We are ready for them and we’ll give them full security and hope that this type of visit will see a gradual return of cricket in Pakistan.


    PakPassion.net : Given the events of 2010 in England, how important is it that the current tour is controversy free?

    Shahryar Khan : Our players have been fully primed to prevent such events from re-occurring. This is going to be an incident-free tour and it is going to be a tour which will bring cricket in both countries closer together. I’m quite sure that from the Pakistan side they will bring nothing but goodwill and it will be a tour that will bring the players and the two cricketing families closer together.


    PakPassion.net : Misbah-ul-Haq has been a solid performer for Pakistan since he took over as captain and has been a great ambassador for Pakistan cricket. Surely it’s important for the likes of yourself and the PCB to try and twist his arm so that he carries on as captain after the England tour?

    Shahryar Khan : Yes Misbah has been an absolutely wonderful captain, a very successful captain. We are ranked number three in the Test rankings but we are way down in limited overs rankings. I am quite certain that Misbah will lead this team on a successful tour and despite his age, we don’t see signs of a decline in his fitness and his capacity to play cricket. I will do everything I can to ensure Misbah-ul-Haq carries on playing for and captaining Pakistan.

    Misbah and Younis are the two fittest men in our young team and that says a lot about how they prepare mentally and physically for the challenges that lie ahead. I hope this tour will be a successful one and I hope that Misbah will be ready to carry on his duties as captain of the Test team against Australia and West Indies etc. From my side, I want both Misbah and Younis to continue for as long as possible.


    PakPassion.net : Are you hopeful that Mickey Arthur's appointment can help take Pakistan cricket forward?

    Shahryar Khan : I have been very impressed by Mickey Arthur, he is a very level-headed and experienced coach. He has very clear ideas of where he wants to go and we have encouraged him to implement his ideas. We are giving him our full backing and I hope that his influence is going to lead to success. We’ve had success in Test cricket but our limited overs cricket has been disappointing. We want to ensure that our limited overs performances improve so that we go up from our current 9th (ODI) and 7th (T20I) rankings. Mickey is fully aware of this problem as is our board and objectives are pretty clear in that sense. Even last month we had a long boot camp with the military in Kakul which was very successful in terms of fitness and gearing up the players physically and mentally for the challenges ahead. I sincerely hope that all this preparation is going to lead to an improvement in our performances, especially in limited overs cricket.
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    PCB have a big job ahead about the leaks issue - hope Chairman Sahib can put his plans into practice


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    Good forward looking interview.

    There is a certain lack of accountability within the PCB for what it has done in all its term prior to the World T20 debacle.

    However, as long as some lessons are being learnt and implemented, wish Pakistan cricket best of luck.

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    Great interview. I believe Shahryar Khan is very sincere about improving Pakistan cricket but the people and players around him are just completely savages.

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    Some great implementations recently, hopefully this will continue.

    Sensible comments re the return of cricket to Pakistan too. I'm glad it's not being rushed.



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    An interesting read. Sounds like he is eager about the recent positive developments and will do what he can to make sure it continues in a similar manner; hopefully there is a brighter future ahead for Pakistan cricket.


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    It is a good interview. Good to have the Chairman be able to talk directly without His views being twisted or leaked. I have a question: was there any question he was not willing to answer.
    I would have followed up with the bit about how Haroon Rasheed or Inti are permanent fixtures at the pcb.

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    I like him, a decent professional and diplomat, but that Najam Sethi is a misfit, and must be booted out.

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    Good interview hopefully these changes will benefit pakistan in the long run.

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    I judge every professional person by his performance, not just sweet words, that's the American way where I'm living for years. What was Pak team's ranking when SYK took over and where it stands now ? We're 9 th ranked in ODI and 7th in T20 and you're saying PCB is moving in right direction Mr Chairman ?

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    @MMHS

    Read this, he talks about the pitch changes you wanted!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    @MMHS

    Read this, he talks about the pitch changes you wanted!!!!
    That's 1 part, but the bigger issue is Domestic structure/system.

    I have read the interview minutely - lots of great words & substantial as well. But, now I feel it has become an ego for PCB - they are trying to prove that their hybrid system can bring results, rather than accepting that it needs to change. Still, I like the revised model of List A tournament - I'll wait to see how it's executed before passing comments. But, FC system is in absolute mess, it would produce lots of mediocre players, but not the few few cutting edge individuals, which had been the core of PAK cricket.

    Regarding wicket, I'll wait till to know what initiatives are taken - if Aga Zahid is asked to prepare "Fast & Furious" wickets, then it'll turn into PAK-SRL 2009 Test Series. Before that tour, Intekhab threatened Lanka with "pace & bounce" - then 2 Tests produced scores like 650, 765/4, 170/4, 640/6 & 115/0 - the player suffered from that "Fast & Bouncy" track was someone who should have enjoyed it most - Sohail Khan. This happens when incompetent people talks big, or given a critical task; but not having the shame of failure or dignity to accept that he wasn't good enough for the task.

    Unless a Pro groundsman is hired like BCB - ABSOLUTELY nothing'll happen - it's not lack of initiative or willingness, it's lack of competence, technical skills - PCB farmers won't be able to do any dodo with the wickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    That's 1 part, but the bigger issue is Domestic structure/system.

    I have read the interview minutely - lots of great words & substantial as well. But, now I feel it has become an ego for PCB - they are trying to prove that their hybrid system can bring results, rather than accepting that it needs to change. Still, I like the revised model of List A tournament - I'll wait to see how it's executed before passing comments. But, FC system is in absolute mess, it would produce lots of mediocre players, but not the few few cutting edge individuals, which had been the core of PAK cricket.

    Regarding wicket, I'll wait till to know what initiatives are taken - if Aga Zahid is asked to prepare "Fast & Furious" wickets, then it'll turn into PAK-SRL 2009 Test Series. Before that tour, Intekhab threatened Lanka with "pace & bounce" - then 2 Tests produced scores like 650, 765/4, 170/4, 640/6 & 115/0 - the player suffered from that "Fast & Bouncy" track was someone who should have enjoyed it most - Sohail Khan. This happens when incompetent people talks big, or given a critical task; but not having the shame of failure or dignity to accept that he wasn't good enough for the task.

    Unless a Pro groundsman is hired like BCB - ABSOLUTELY nothing'll happen - it's not lack of initiative or willingness, it's lack of competence, technical skills - PCB farmers won't be able to do any dodo with the wickets.
    Agreed on the pro groundsman that is essential

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    The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan has said that the board is currently hesitant about hosting an international series in Pakistan because of the risk involved in it and they do not want to take such a step until unless they are absolutely sure that there is no terrorist threat.

    “We do not want to take a risk in which a large crowd gathered in a stadium could be subject to a terrorist attack,” he said in an interview with PakPassion.net. “The hesitation is not just from other teams, it is partly from our own people too who feel that this is a ready-made target for terrorists to disrupt and to create a negative impact on Pakistan’s integrity.”

    “We want international cricket to return, and there are teams willing to make the trip to Pakistan, but we are a little hesitant at the moment until the air clears for a foreign team to come and visit,” he said.

    While responding to a question on whether he will raise voice in the upcoming ICC meeting regarding the revival of Indo-Pak series, Shaharyar said that he and the board have always supported the initiating of series between two side but it has always been the Indian board and government who creates hurdles and the series gets postponed time and again. He added that the series i extremely lucrative and even if it takes place at a neutral venue there are loads of fans who want to watch such an encounter and grounds fill up very quickly.

    “Pakistan-India series would have been a very lucrative series as the encounters between both nations attract a lot more international attention and financing compared to other series, even more than the Ashes,” he said.

    “However, the Indian side did not permit for a bilateral series and as a result, it went down the drain with huge financial implications for us,” he added.

    http://arysports.tv/pcb-can-not-risk...ays-shaharyar/



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    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan believes that India is holding back progress on the Pak-India series saying he hopes the political atmosphere improves and cricket relations can be build-up once again.

    Shahryar said PCB signed an agreement in which it agreed to the idea of the Big 3's influence on world cricket in 2014 with the clear understanding that India would play six series with us over a period of eight years.

    "These series would have been played in India or a mutually agreed venue in a third country. The BCCI told PCB that they needed permission from the Indian government for these series and PCB agreed to wait for that but that permission never came through."

    "PCB even agreed to play India in Sri Lanka back in December but even that permission was not forthcoming from the Indian side and as a result the series didn't happen. It also showed that India had not met PCB's conditions for accepting the Big 3 formula.

    "Pakistan government has never created any hurdles to this series and even at the time of the World Twenty20 when all sorts of threats were being made, Pakistan team still participated in the tournament. It is the Indian government which is holding back progress on this series," Pakpassion.net quoted him as saying.

    Speaking about lack of international cricket in Pakistan, Shahryar said we will be presenting our case in the International Cricket Council (ICC) conference in a few days' time. "The crux of the problem is that we cannot play home series against international sides which is denigrating towards us."

    "We intend to propose that as we cannot play series at home and we are obliged to hire expensive venues in other countries, therefore the ICC should help us overcome this problem. Let's see how the ICC reacts to it and whilst they may be receptive to the idea, whether a formula emerges to compensate us for this expenditure is yet to be seen," he said.

    Talking about Test skipper Misbah ul Haq, Shahryar said Misbah has been a wonderful and a very successful captain. "We are ranked number three in the Test rankings but we are way down in limited overs rankings. I am hopeful that Misbah will lead the team on a successful tour and despite his age, we don't see signs of a decline in his fitness and his capacity to play cricket. I will do everything I can to ensure Misbah carries on playing for and captaining Pakistan."

    "Misbah and Younis Khan are the two fittest men in our young team. I hope this tour will be a successful one and Misbah will be ready to carry on his duties as Test team captain against Australia and West Indies etc," he said.

    http://www.brecorder.com/sports/cric...ryar-khan.html



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    Pakistan cricket lacks direction, it's not heading anywhere.

    Not a case of right or wrong.

    Empty words as usual.

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    SLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan believes that India is holding back progress on the Pak-India series saying he hopes the political atmosphere improves and cricket relations can be build-up once again.

    Shahryar said PCB signed an agreement in which it agreed to the idea of the Big 3's influence on world cricket in 2014 with the clear understanding that India would play six series with us over a period of eight years.

    “These series would have been played in India or a mutually agreed venue in a third country. The BCCI told PCB that they needed permission from the Indian government for these series and PCB agreed to wait for that but that permission never came through.

    “PCB even agreed to play India in Sri Lanka back in December but even that permission was not forthcoming from the Indian side and as a result the series didn't happen. It also showed that India had not met PCB's conditions for accepting the Big 3 formula," said Khan.

    “Pakistan government has never created any hurdles to this series and even at the time of the ICC World Twenty20 when all sorts of threats were being made, Pakistan team still participated in the tournament. It is the Indian government which is holding back progress on this series,” Pakpassion.net quoted him as saying.

    Speaking about lack of international cricket in Pakistan, Shahryar said we will be presenting our case in the International Cricket Council (ICC) conference in a few days' time.

    “The crux of the problem is that we cannot play home series against international sides which is denigrating towards us. We intend to propose that as we cannot play series at home and we are obliged to hire expensive venues in other countries, therefore the ICC should help us overcome this problem. Let's see how the ICC reacts to it and whilst they may be receptive to the idea, whether a formula emerges to compensate us for this expenditure is yet to be seen,” he said.

    Misbah has been a wonderful and a very successful captain.
    Talking about Test skipper Misbah ul Haq, Shahryar said Misbah has been a wonderful and a very successful captain.

    “We are ranked number three in the Test rankings but we are way down in limited overs rankings. I am hopeful that Misbah will lead the team on a successful tour and despite his age, we don't see signs of a decline in his fitness and his capacity to play cricket. I will do everything I can to ensure Misbah carries on playing for and captaining Pakistan.

    Misbah and Younis Khan are the two fittest men in our young team.”

    PCB Chairman expressed his desire to see Misbah retain the Test captaincy role.

    “I hope this tour will be a successful one and Misbah will be ready to carry on his duties as Test team captain against Australia and West Indies etc,” he said.


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    Credit to Shehyrar Khan for being open and frank. He's a big improvement on the likes of U-Turn Butt as Chairman and seems sincere. Glad to read of these initiatives being taken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Credit to Shehyrar Khan for being open and frank. He's a big improvement on the likes of U-Turn Butt as Chairman and seems sincere. Glad to read of these initiatives being taken.
    Its all about the questions we ask


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    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan believes that India is holding back progress on the Pak-India series saying he hopes the political atmosphere improves and cricket relations can be build-up once again.

    Shahryar said PCB signed an agreement in which it agreed to the idea of the Big 3’s influence on world cricket in 2014 with the clear understanding that India would play six series with us over a period of eight years.

    ‘These series would have been played in India or a mutually agreed venue in a third country. The BCCI told PCB that they needed permission from the Indian government for these series and PCB agreed to wait for that but that permission never came through.

    ‘PCB even agreed to play India in Sri Lanka back in December but even that permission was not forthcoming from the Indian side and as a result, the series didn’t happen. It also showed that India had not met PCB's conditions for accepting the Big 3 formula,’ said PCB Chairman

    ‘Pakistan government has never created any hurdles to this series and even at the time of the World Twenty20 when all sorts of threats were being made Pakistan team still participated in the tournament. It is the Indian government which is holding back progress on this series,’ Pakpassion.net quoted him as saying.

    Speaking about the lack of international cricket in Pakistan Shahryar said we will be presenting our case in the International Cricket Council (ICC) conference in a few days time.

    ‘The crux of the problem is that we cannot play home series against international sides which is denigrating towards us. We intend to propose that as we cannot play series at home and we are obliged to hire expensive venues in other countries, therefore, the ICC should help us overcome this problem. Let’s see how the ICC reacts to it and whilst they may be receptive to the idea whether a formula emerges to compensate us for this expenditure is yet to be seen,’ he said.

    Talking about Test skipper Misbah ul Haq Shahryar said Misbah has been a wonderful and a very successful captain.

    ‘We are ranked number three in the Test rankings but we are way down in limited-overs rankings. I am hopeful that Misbah will lead the team on a successful tour and despite his age, we don t see signs of a decline in his fitness and his capacity to play cricket. I will do everything I can to ensure Misbah carries on playing for and captaining Pakistan. Misbah and Younis Khan are the two fittest men in our young team. I hope this tour will be a successful one and Misbah will be ready to carry on his duties as Test team captain against Australia and West Indies etc,’ he said.


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    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has blamed the Indian government for not doing enough to resume the cricketing ties between the arch-rivals.

    In an interview to PakPassion.net, the PCB chief said that they had signed the agreement in which the board had agreed to the idea of the Big Three’s influence on world cricket in 2014 with the clear understanding that India would play six series with them over a period of eight years.

    “These series would have been played in India or a mutually agreed venue in a third country. These would have been very lucrative series as the India-Pakistan encounters attract a lot more international attention and financing compared to other series, even more than the Ashes,” Khan said.

    “The BCCI told us that they needed permission from the Indian government for these series and we agreed to wait for that but that permission never came through.”
    Shaharyar also pointed out how they had agreed to play India in Sri Lanka back in December but even that permission was not forthcoming from the other side.

    "As a result, this series went down the drain with huge financial implications for us. It also showed that India had not met our conditions for accepting the Big Three formula. The current situation is as I just described, as in we are awaiting permission from the Indian government to play this series," he added.
    Last month the Pakistan government had restrained PCB from initiating any dialogue with the BCCI on the issue of bilateral cricket series, which has been discontinued repeatedly due to the volatile political ties between the two nations.

    India have not played Pakistan's home series since 2007 and PCB's efforts to revive bilateral ties with India last December failed after the Indian board made it clear that they don’t have their government’s clearance to play a bilateral series.

    India vs Pakistan is regarded as one of the biggest rivalry in cricket and both countries have a big fan-following for the game. The World Twenty20 encounter between the neighbours at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata saw 22 million interactions on Facebook.

    http://m.news18.com/cricketnext/news...f-1263169.html
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    ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan believes that India is holding back progress on the Pak-India series saying he hopes the political atmosphere improves and cricket relations can be build-up once again.

    Shahryar said PCB signed an agreement in which it agreed to the idea of the Big 3’s influence on world cricket in 2014 with the clear understanding that India would play six series with us over a period of eight years.

    “These series would have been played in India or a mutually agreed venue in a third country. The BCCI told PCB that they needed permission from the Indian government for these series and PCB agreed to wait for that but that permission never came through.”

    “PCB even agreed to play India in Sri Lanka back in December but even that permission was not forthcoming from the Indian side and as a result the series didn’t happen. It also showed that India had not met PCB’s conditions for accepting the Big 3 formula.

    “Pakistan government has never created any hurdles to this series and even at the time of the World Twenty20 when all sorts of threats were being made, Pakistan team still participated in the tournament. It is the Indian government which is holding back progress on this series,” Pakpassion.net quoted him as saying.

    Speaking about lack of international cricket in Pakistan, Shahryar said we will be presenting our case in the International Cricket Council (ICC) conference in a few days’ time. “The crux of the problem is that we cannot play home series against international sides which is denigrating towards us.”

    “We intend to propose that as we cannot play series at home and we are obliged to hire expensive venues in other countries, therefore the ICC should help us overcome this problem. Let’s see how the ICC reacts to it and whilst they may be receptive to the idea, whether a formula emerges to compensate us for this expenditure is yet to be seen,” he said.

    Talking about Test skipper Misbah ul Haq, Shahryar said Misbah has been a wonderful and a very successful captain. “We are ranked number three in the Test rankings but we are way down in limited overs rankings. I am hopeful that Misbah will lead the team on a successful tour and despite his age, we don’t see signs of a decline in his fitness and his capacity to play cricket. I will do everything I can to ensure Misbah carries on playing for and captaining Pakistan.”

    “Misbah and Younis Khan are the two fittest men in our young team.

    I hope this tour will be a successful one and Misbah will be ready to carry on his duties as Test team captain against Australia and West Indies etc,” he said.

    http://dunyanews.tv/en/Cricket/34304...doPak-Shahryar


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    Pakistan cricket ‘are losing big money’ says Shaharyar Khan, making appeal for ICC funds

    The Pakistan cricket chief revealed on Saturday his board have requested the game’s administrative body set up a fund to ease the losses incurred by not being able to stage home matches.

    Apart from five limited over matches against minnows Zimbabwe last year, Pakistan have not hosted any major team since terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

    They have been forced to play their home matches on neutral venues in the UAE, incurring reported losses of around $100 million (Dh367m) in seven years.

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said his board have put forward the case during the annual conference of the International Cricket Council (ICC) which ended in Edinburgh on Saturday.

    “The PCB has circulated its case during the meeting that we deserve a fund as we incur losses by playing our home matches in UAE and the ICC has promised to consider the request," Khan told AFP on phone from the UK.

    Even before the Lahore attacks on the Sri Lankan team, Pakistan had been a “no go" area for international teams, resulting in the shifting of the 2008 Champions Trophy and share of matches in the 2011 World Cup over security fears.

    A Pakistan-India bilateral series, considered a money-spinning event, has also not taken place since 2007 as New Delhi do not clear the matches over strained relations in the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

    Khan said Pakistan were losing on all fronts.

    “Look, we have also not been able to host any ICC events nor are we scheduled to host in the next allocation until 2023, so we are losing big money," said Khan.

    The ICC also formed a Task Team in 2008 to help Pakistan revive international cricket at home.

    “The Pakistan Task team under Giles Clarke will also look into the matter of setting up funds and that will allow us to develop our cricket," said Khan. “We are also doing our best efforts to bring international cricket at home and hosting the Zimbabwe series was part of those efforts."

    Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and senior batsman Younis Khan fear younger players will suffer by not being able to watch stars on their grounds. Pakistan’s younger generation of players Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal have not played Test cricket on home grounds, losing the home advantage, which could help them prosper.

    Misbah last month urged international teams to consider touring Pakistan once the safety situation has improved.

    http://www.thenational.ae/sport/cric...-for-icc-funds


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    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/i.../1/706806.html

    Karachi, Jul 3 (PTI) The ICCs Special Task Force on Pakistan Cricket will look into a formal request made by the Pakistan Cricket Board to set up a special fund for development of the sport in the country.

    PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan formally submitted the request at the ICC board meeting this week, insisting that Pakistan cricket needed funds to compensate for the refusal of top teams to tour the country since 2009 citing security reasons. "We are confident that our request for this special fund will be accepted by the ICC because there was a lot of sympathy for Pakistan cricket being forced to play its home series in the UAE since 2009," Khan said from London.

    "I made the point that we are bleeding because we lose money when we host our home series abroad and secondly India has also not fulfilled its commitment of playing us in a bilateral series under the MOU signed in 2014," Khan said. He said he told the other board representatives at the ICC meeting that the biggest setback for PCB was that it couldnt spend enough funds on development of youth and A teams as it was losing revenues since 2009.

    "We have been told our request will be given serious consideration and that the Pakistan task team under Giles Clarke will study our request and the possibility of ICC setting up special funds for development of cricket in Pakistan," he said. The PCB chief said one reason for looking at other neutral venues to host Pakistans home series was to earn more money. He said he had presented a paper at the ICC meeting outlining the costs of staging matches in the UAE.

    "We are also doing our best to bring international cricket at home and hosting the Zimbabwe series was part of those efforts." Pakistan has only hosted Afghanistan, Kenya and Zimbabwe at home for limited over series since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.

    Khan said he had informed the ICC about the loss of revenues suffered by Pakistan in the last seven years, which reportedly amounts to USD 100 million. PTI


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    Many thanks to the Chairman for his time.

    He's been at Lord's the past couple of days.

    I know he has his critics but he's doing a better job as Chairman than soe of his predecessors.



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