Thursday 6 September 2012

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Thursday that if International Cricket Council (ICC) did not rectify its decision regarding Saeed Ajmal, then the board can boycott the awards.

According to the PCB chairman, the board is facing extreme pressure from the fans over Ajmal’s omission and to boycott the ICC awards as a consequence.

PCB chairman Zaka Akhraf told that the board has not yet decided about boycotting the awards but cannot dismiss the possibility to do so.

He said that the team would boycott the much-anticipated awards ceremony in Colombo later this month if the ICC stuck to its guns over the issue of keeping Ajmal out of the final list of nominees.

Ashraf, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, minced no words in saying that ICC’s decision to snub Ajmal – one of the world’s best bowlers – was “unfair” and should be “rectified”.

“We have once again lodged a strong protest against Amjal’s omission from the shortlist and hope that they (ICC) will review this unfair decision,” stressed Ashraf. “It is universally agreed that Ajmal is the world’s spinner at the moment and deserves to be in contention for the award,” he added.

The ICC has conveyed to PCB in clear words that it is in no mood to review its decision regarding Ajmal’s omission from the shortlist. “We have been told that the (awards) lists are being handled by an independent body and that ICC cannot do anything about it,” said Ashraf. “Personally I believe that it’s (awards process) an ICC business and they should have some say in undoing something that is clearly unjust,” he said.

Ashraf said that the PCB has sent a letter to ICC chief executive Dave Richardson, asking him to reconsider the governing body’s stance. In the letter, PCB has raised objections over the awards process.


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