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    New PCB Chairman Najam Sethi positive about India-Pakistan cricket ties

    Karachi: The newly elected Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi on Wednesday said he was optimistic about the resumption of bilateral cricketing ties with India once the relations between the two countries improve.

    "I have not closed any doors with India. The way I see, as soon as relations improve between Pakistan and India the BCCI should get permission from its government to play a bilateral series against us," Sethi, who was officially elected as the 30th chairman of the PCB, told the media.

    However, Sethi made it clear that the PCB would be pursuing its compensation claim against the BCCI before the ICC disputes resolution committee.

    He said the PCB's legal advisors had consulted a law firm in UK and "all preparations were complete to file the claim soon".

    Sethi, who is also set to take over as the chairman of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) at the weekend in Colombo, said Pakistan would also demand that the Asia Cup under-19 tournament, scheduled in Bangalore in November, be moved to another neutral venue.

    Stating that there were problems now with sending the Pakistan team to India, he insisted that the issue would be discussed at the ACC meeting.

    Sethi said that the PCB has got the nod from the government to host the World XI in September and details were being worked out.

    "We have held meetings with the Punjab top brass and talks are also being held with the players for the World XI. We will soon finalise dates and other security arrangements," Sethi, who has replaced Shaharyar Khan, said.

    Sethi has previously served as PCB Chairman intermittently in 2013 and 2014 and also served as head of the PCB's executive committee during the tenure of Shaharyar Khan.

    In 2013 and 2014, Sethi faced problems in governance as former chairman Zaka Ashraf and the government were involved in a litigation regarding the position.

    The 69-year old, who was also caretaker chief minister of Punjab province before the last general elections, said he wanted to root out corruption and nepotism from Pakistan cricket at every level and lay the ground for a strong system.

    He said he would be "laying lot of stress on improvement of infrastructure at grass roots level".

    The PCB chief ruled out shutting down the women's wing of the PCB after the disastrous performance by the national women's team in the ICC World Cup but admitted he was
    disheartened about by their dismal show.

    "But that does not mean I want to shut down the women's wing but we will take steps to improve things.

    http://www.news18.com/cricketnext/ne...s-1487311.html


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    Pakistan's new PCB boss eyes international tours

    Newly elected Pakistan cricket chief Najam Sethi vowed Wednesday to bring international competition back to the terror-hit country after years of isolation.

    Sethi made the promise after being elected chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a three-year term.

    The new chief, whose first term as chairman in 2013 was marred by court wrangling, said bringing international cricket back to Pakistan would be a challenging but worthwhile goal.

    "We need to show patience because it is related to the security situation in the country," Sethi told media.

    Barring a limited-over series against Zimbabwe in 2015, Pakistan has not hosted foreign squads since a militant attack targeted the visiting Sri Lankan team in 2009.

    Sethi said he hoped the planned World XI tour next month would pave the way for future competition in the country.

    "We hope to bring a World XI for a three-match Twenty20 series and the next two-three months will bring more good news," said Sethi.

    The cricket boss said he will also attend an Asian Cricket Council meeting in Colombo Saturday where he hopes to persuade Sri Lanka to send their team to Pakistan.

    "We have invited Sri Lanka to play a few matches after their series with us and I will try to get a reply on that invitation," said Sethi.

    Pakistan are due to play a two-Test, three one-day and two Twenty20 match series with Sri Lanka in September-October, which will likely be held in the United Arab Emirates -- Pakistan's neutral venue for its home series since 2009.

    http://www.dnaindia.com/sports/repor...-tours-2524596


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