Karachi, July 3 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) acting chairman Najam Sethi has confirmed rumours that there had been efforts to get Pakistan's membership suspended from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Refusing to take any names, Sethi said that some people, including former board officials had attempted to get Pakistan suspended, although he added that the board and its new constitution has been supported by the ICC, the Express Tribune reports.
According to Sethi, he will not go into a blame game, but discuss the matter with the concerned people.
Meanwhile, the acting chairman said that while decisions regarding international matches had been taken in the previous ICC meeting, the current security situation in Pakistan had almost ruled out any prospect of international cricket returning to home soil any time soon.
Stating that no international team, including Bangladesh, wants to play in Pakistan after the 2009 Sri Lankan team attack, Sethi said that the maximum they can do is to ask the ICC to review the situation after a year, although he admitted that the international governing body demands assurances and demonstrable progress.
Unable to secure a home series, Sethi said that through informal talks with the West Indies board chairman and the England board chief, they were working on bringing an unofficial team to play in Pakistan, although he added that Pakistan cricket is at its lowest ebb, with its flop performances and cheating cricketers.
Sethi further said that India dominates the ICC board, in part due to the Indian Premier League and the massive money it brings for players of different countries, adding that he was informally communicated that if he wanted anything done, it would be better to try luck in New Delhi and get the prime minister to mend ties with India.
Stating that he had no time to tinker with the selection committee, Sethi said that the current set up that he inherited will be asked to come up with a team for the upcoming tours, adding that he will ensure that the cricketers, coach, selectors endorse the team and be responsible for any consequences. (ANI)