PCB chief Ehsan Mani says board will push for T20 World Cup’s relocation in absence of visa assurance from India
Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani mentioned they’ll push for the upcoming T20 World Cup’s “relocation” to the UAE if India would not present a written assurance that its workforce, followers and scribes will likely be granted visas for the occasion.
Throughout an interplay with reporters on the PCB headquarters in Lahore, Mani mentioned his board had expressed their views to the ICC.
“There’s a want to vary the ‘Large Three’ mindset,” Mani mentioned.
“We’re not looking for written assurance for the visas of the nationwide workforce solely, however for the followers, officers and journalists as effectively.”
The veteran cricket administrator added, “We’ve got informed the ICC that India ought to give written assurances by the tip of March in order that we all know the place we stand or we’ll push for the relocation of the World Cup from India to UAE,” he mentioned.
India is scheduled to host the T20 showpiece in October-November.
Mani additionally mentioned that they needed written assurances from the BCCI in regards to the safety preparations for the Pakistan complete contingent.
He mentioned on Friday the assurances had been mandatory given the “current relationship” between the 2 international locations.
Within the absence of bilateral cricket between the 2 international locations, Mani mentioned his board had made its intentions clear to the sport’s stakeholders – inside and out of doors the nation – that “PCB plans to run our cricket with out India.”
The PCB chairman additionally mentioned the board was hopeful that each one its cricketers would get vaccinated by the month of March and revealed that the higher brass was involved with the Nationwide Command Operation Centre, which is coordinating Pakistan’s coronavirus response.
Mani mentioned that the PCB had labored lots in getting groups to renew touring Pakistan for Check and white ball cricket.
He highlighted the board’s efforts in internet hosting worldwide cricket – which noticed excursions from Zimbabwe for 3 ODIs and as many T20Is and South Africa for 2 Assessments and three T20Is – and a complete home season regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mani mentioned that the PCB had not consulted the ICC earlier than taking a call to have full-fledged home and worldwide cricket actions within the nation for the present season.
He additionally expressed disappointment over Cricket Australia’s resolution to not ship its males’s workforce to South Africa and mentioned, “On the peak of the virus in England in the summertime of 2020, the Pakistan males’s workforce toured England.”
Talking about this yr’s Asia Cup, he mentioned Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had created a window for the occasion, which will likely be held within the T20 format.
Mani open for an extension if supplied
Mani is prepared to proceed to the job if he’s given an extension by the PCB’s patron-in-chief, Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Mani’s three-year tenure as PCB chairman will finish in September this yr however he informed reporters in Lahore that he’s open for an extension.
“I by no means requested for this job nor did I speak to the PM about it. He entrusted this accountability to me and I’ve tried to do my greatest,” mentioned Mani, a former ICC president.
Mani mentioned he was glad the targets he had achieved, which he set whereas assuming cost in September, 2018.
“Our CEO Wasim Khan has performed an enormous half in bringing again worldwide cricket to Pakistan regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic and irritating circumstances. I wish to see him being given an extension of one other three years, he mentioned.
Mani mentioned the board had not solely succeeded in bringing again worldwide cricket to Pakistan however had additionally labored arduous on enhancing the general construction of the sport within the nation.
“Our home construction is now higher and it’ll take three to 5 years for the outcomes to come back by. Time is required for everybody to see the advantages of our altering home construction,” he mentioned.
Mani mentioned he was additionally completely happy to see the PCB in a financially steady place, at a time when different boards had been struggling attributable to disruption of cricket actions due to the pandemic.
Mani and Wasim initially confronted quite a lot of criticism as a result of each had been introduced by the Prime Minister from England to assist enhance the Pakistan cricket set-up.
The PCB chief mentioned whereas he welcomed constructive criticism based mostly on info, he was dissatisfied over private assaults.
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