Newly elected ICC chairman N. Srinivasan of India (L) speaks to the media as ICC chief executive David Richardson of South Africa (R) looks on during the ICC Annual Conference. — Photo by AFP
KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi was elected on the newly-formed, all powerful International Cricket Council Executive Committee (ExCo) in Melbourne (Australia), said a PCB media release.
“The ExCo comprises five members with representations from India, England and Australia besides two others with Pakistan being elected as the fourth and the West Indies as the fifth member of the committee,” PCB statement said.
The ExCo will have a number of committees reporting to it and will deal with important matters like constitution, anti-corruption, ethics, integrity, development and HR. This will be the core committee of ICC which will meet with as much frequency as required to assist and advise the ICC Board on operational, management and administrative activities of ICC.
“Last year, on request from Najam Sethi and subsequent advice from a Queen's Counsel in the United Kingdom sought by the PCB on Mohammad Amir's ban, the ICC had agreed to form a committee to review its Anti-Corruption Code as under the existing code there were no provisions for early entry into cricket of a banned player,” it added.
“The work on the drafting of the new ICC Anti-Corruption Code has substantially progressed with a draft clause inserted into the Code permitting a banned player to be involved in domestic matches prior to the end of his ban period,” he said.
“The Anti-Corruption Code will now be placed before the Board for approval soon after which the PCB will be in the position to make an application for Mohammad Amir,” PCB statement said.
Sethi on this occasion said, “Clearly this is some great news for the people of Pakistan. Our representation on the ExCo would ensure that Pakistan remains involved in the important decision-making concerning the game of cricket.”
“It also reflects that Pakistan now holds an important and undisputed position within the top echelon of the cricketing fraternity. The progress on ICC amendments in ICC's Anti Corruption Code is also very encouraging and is yet another step closer to the early entry of Mohammad Amir in cricket,” it concluded.
Pakistan, India agree on 6 series from next year
In the meantime the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the PCB have agreed six bilateral tours between the two countries during the period 2015-23, PCB statement mentioned.
“The two boards have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) detailing the tours with the first tour scheduled for Dec. 2015 to be hosted by PCB at a venue, to be mutually agreed,” it said.
Commenting on this development, Sanjay Patel, Secretary BCCI said: “We recognize that there is no other contest in world cricket as exciting as an India-Pakistan series.”
“Sports fans of both the countries eagerly look forward to these tours as this promises to be one of the most anticipated sporting events in the world,” he commented.
“We are delighted to announce the revival of Pakistan-India series, which we wish to hold on a regular basis. I am happy that PCB has been able to execute an MoU with BCCI for these bilateral tours,” Najam Sethi quoted as saying.
“We will be announcing the schedule and other arrangements with regard to these tours at the earliest. I am confident that the cricket fans of Pakistan will look forward to these exciting contests,” he concluded.