Miandad shows doubts over Pak-India series

Ex-captain questions legality of agreements signed by Sethi-led PCB

LAHORE – Former cricket captain Javed Miandad has expressed serious doubts over claims made by Najam Sethi-headed Pakistan Cricket Board that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with India’s BCCI to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.

“I don’t know what the value of this MoU is, because the BCCI itself is in a state of uncertainty and no one is sure whether N Srinivasan will remain in power any longer,” Miandad said this while talking to the Press Trust of India news service.

“At the same time, the PCB which was headed by Sethi was also working on ad-hoc basis and their main job was to hold elections so what is the legality of any agreements they signed with other boards,” he questioned. Since the PCB announced the signing of the MoU there had not been a single statement from the BCCI about it, he pointed out.

“This is strange because neither has any BCCI official reacted nor have they issued any release on this memorandum,” he said. Under the memorandum, Pakistan will host India for a two-Test series at a neutral venue next year which would be followed by five other bilateral series, three of which would be hosted by Pakistan and two by India.

Sethi lost his chairmanship in the board on Saturday after the Islamabad High Court restored Zaka Ashraf as the head once again. Indications are that Miandad, who was close to Zaka and had resigned after the government sacked Zaka in February, is likely to make a strong comeback to the board in an influential position.

“I just want to see Pakistan cricket flourish...to me what is surprising is that the PCB set-up, which was supposed to work for just four months took so many decisions; many of them long term ones,” Miandad said. “How can a managing committee which has been given mandate to work for just four months and primarily hold elections of regions and in the board make high profile appointments and also sack over a 100 employees many of who are low salaried individuals,” he added.


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