Rival set-up can damage world cricket: Shaharyar
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has admitted that the ICC and its member boards are worried with reports about a rival global cricket set up being planned by a leading Indian conglomerate.
Khan said in an interview to a local television channel before he left for Bangladesh this week that the International Cricket Council had also written to its member boards on the issue. According to Khan, the ICC had asked its member boards to investigate and find out if anyone in their country had been approached for such a rival global cricket set up and T20 league. “It is something which can damage cricket if it happens so we are worried like everyone else,” Khan said.
He also conceded that they were question marks over the ?home? series against England later this year in the UAE because of the rival cricket set up issue. Recent reports said that the England and Wales cricket board has sought clarification about the role of Ten Sports channel in the planned rival league since it was owned by the same group which was planning the rival cricket set up. “Yes the England series is a worry for us because Ten Sports which has recently acquired our media rights for the next five years needs to clarify its position. Pakistan is clear it will always stand by the ICC and its decisions,” Khan added.