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Zaka Ashraf rejects reports of 'Big-4' offer

LAHORE: Former chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Zaka Ashraf has denied reports of PCB rejecting any ‘Big-4’ offer during his tenure, ARY News reported.

Talking to ARY News, Mr. Ashraf affirmed that Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) chairman Srinivasan had offered Pakistan to join their consortium, to make it ‘Big-4’ including Australia, England and India.

“We discussed the proposal thoroughly with former board officials and relevant stake holders. Later when we sat with other boards in a ICC meeting in Dubai, India refused to hold on its word on Big-4 and discarded the proposal,” said Mr. Ashraf.

He suggested that PCB should stick to its stance [in opposition to Big-3 proposal]. We should not trust India on their words, insisted the ex-PCB chief.

He added that he had briefed the media about all ‘Big-3’ developments, hence criticizing his tenure for any miscalculated move was not appropriate, he said.

Earlier in a day, incumbent PCB chairman Najam Sethi said that England, Australia and India aka 'Big-3' had proposed to make a Big-4 but the cricket board did not stretch the matter in its interest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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