Pakistan cautious about BCCI offer to play in neutral venues

Former Pakistan players and PCB members have warned the Board not to fall in the trap of India, England or Australia, who are trying to become first class citizens of the International Cricket Council.

updated: January 25, 2014 11:48 IST
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Karachi: Zaheer AbbasThe cricket community in the country has reacted cautiously to reports that the Indian and English Boards were willing to play Pakistan at neutral venues with some asking the PCB not to fall in the "trap".

The reports of the BCCI and the England and Wales Cricket Board hinting to agree to play Pakistan in neutral venues came ahead of ICC' executive board meeting in Dubai on January 28 and 29 in which India, Australia and England are keen to get a working paper approved, that restructures the governance of world cricket and cedes executive decision making to them. (Also read: PCB to oppose any change in governance model of ICC)

Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas said that the PCB should be careful while going through the offers from the Indian and English Boards. "It is clear they want us to support this restructuring of world cricket and are offering us a lollipop. Pakistan must keep in mind its long term interests and also the interest of world cricket and other members before deciding on a clear line of action," he said. (Related: South Africa slam flawed ICC plan)

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