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Shehryar expects revival of int’l cricket in Pakistan in 2015

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shehryar Khan said on Tuesday that associate members including UAE are much willing to play in Pakistan while some other teams are expected to play in our country next year, ARY News reported.

Shehryar said he got positive response from cricket boards and high-ups during his visit to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India.

Addressing a press conference, he said he stressed the cricket officials to revive Asian cricket alliance.

He rejected reports that Misbah was being forced to step down from captaincy. The board recognizes Misbah as captain in the World Cup 2015, he clarified.

“He [Misbah] opted out of the third ODI against Australia on his own discretion.”

“I am disappointed on what Afridi spoke at a press conference. I regret that and we are looking if he has breached the code of conduct,” the chairman said.

Regarding Saeed Ajmal, Shehryar said the board was hopeful about Ajmal for the World Cup. “Saqlain Mushtaq has assured to get Ajmal’s bowling action corrected.”

Saqlain has told that Ajmal’s action had now improved much.

Regarding to tour to Asian countries, he said: “I feel that my tour to India was successful. Though, Srinivasan was not there as he was out of country.”  I stressed them to send their A- teams and other school-level teams to revive cricketing activities in Pakistan.

Shehryar cited Srinivasan as saying that the memorandum of understanding reached between India and Pakistan for playing six series over next eight years will be implemented. He said India told that it needed to get permission from its government to send sub-national team to Pakistan.

Sri Lanka even suggested playing triangular series in Pakistan. Once the doors for international cricket open in Pakistan, we will face no problem, he added.

He said Bangladesh proposed us to host Pakistan home series. Bangladesh said it is ready to come Pakistan, provided that the ICC gives clearance in this regard.

He said he was overwhelmed the way Bangladesh officials received him on his arrival there. The presidency in the ICC is now symbolic and it has no big authority.

The PCB chief said he talked about Amir in the ICC meeting in Dubai. I was assured that whatever [legitimate] favour possible would be given to Amir.

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