Former Pakistani cricket player Javed Miandad has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to stop its attempts to revive cricketing ties with India and instead pay attention to uplifting domestic cricket in the country.
"The centrally contracted players were given permission to participate in the CPL and English county season subject to recall if the World XI series took place in mid-September", the PCB said in a statement.
Speaking after being named PCB chairman for the next three years, Najam Sethi expressed hope that next month's proposed World XI tour in Pakistan would be the first step towards the return of worldwide cricket.
Executive chairman of FICA, Tony Irish, was quoted as saying that the players' representative body is in communication with the PCB regarding the World XI series and wants to see the security plan for the proposed matches. It is worth mentioning that NA-120 by-election after judicial ouster of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif has resulted into rescheduling of World XI visit which still awaits final clearance.
The team had been heading to the Gaddafi Stadium for the third day of a Test match with Pakistan.
Miandad added that newly-elected PCB chairman Najam Sethi should appoint former or first-class cricketers as presidents of regions, associations and zones in order to improve the game in the country. Amid this tight schedule, the PCB announced a National T20 Championship running from August 25 to September 10.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made a decision to call back the centrally-contracted players from their ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and English county stints.
PCB has scheduled its National T20 Cup before the ICC World- XI series, so that the national team can leave for UAE to play Sri Lanka starting September 24. "It can't be held after September 17 because there is no time to both hold the series and also give national coach Mickey Arthur time for training the team before the series starts with Sri Lanka on September 24", the release said.