Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman said that Ireland’s willingness to tour Pakistan was a positive development and he would soon talk to Cricket Ireland in this regard.

[caption id="attachment_1202" align="alignright" width="273"]Zaka Ashraf termed Ireland’s willingness to visit Pakistan a positive development (Photo: AP) Zaka Ashraf termed Ireland’s willingness to visit Pakistan a positive development (Photo: AP)[/caption]

Talking to reporters on his arrival to Karachi for attending the PCB’s General Council’s meeting, Ashraf said he would be having discussions with the Irish cricket officials and would also talk to the representatives of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in this regard.

The recently concluded series between Pakistan and Ireland was held in the best environment possible and apart from the Cricket Ireland, the Irish cricketers also appreciated Pakistan for the tour. Moreover, a statement by the Cricket Ireland chief that the team would visit Pakistan if they found security situation satisfactory is a major breakthrough for Pakistan, which has been deprived of hosting international matches for ages.

Talking to the media at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, the PCB chief said that the focus of PCB’s General Council’s meeting to be held on Wednesday would be on administrative matters. He denied the news that the board’s officials would try to take into confidence the unsatisfied members of regions. He added that he did not need a vote of confidence as PCB’s new constitution had been approved and the ICC was also agreed on it.

Talking of Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, who was named in the recent IPL scandal, Ashraf said the PCB had taken action against such wrongdoings in the past and would do the same this time well on ICC’s request. He said Rauf was ICC’s umpire and the PCB would not take action on its own.

Ashraf’s statement showed that the actions against Nadeem Ghori and Anis Siddiqui in the past were also taken on ICC’s directives. However, the board had claimed that it itself banned both umpires after conducting investigations.

PCB’s General Council’s meeting would be held on May 29 (Wednesday) in Karachi, and considering the news true, it would be Ashraf’s last meeting, because new set-up is expected after the formation of new government. According to sources, the son of possible Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif – Hamza Shehbaz – is likely to be made new PCB chairman.
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