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Greed never good for sport: Ashraf

Zaka Ashraf

Karachi/Colombo: The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Zaka Ashraf has said that the changes in the International Cricket Council’s governance and structure, initiated by the trio of India, Australia and England, would harm world cricket.

At the meeting, ICC approved its radical reform plans aimed at bringing about improved governance, a move that will actually give India significant control over revenue and power structure of the world's governing body.

“Such stress on money matters is going to harm world cricket in the future,” Ashraf told a Pakistani news channel from Singapore, where the ICC Executive Board meeting took place on Saturday.

Ashraf, whose own future as the PCB chief is uncertain as there are reports that the government is planning to replace him next week, said that Pakistan has stuck to the stance it had taken when the draft proposals were presented by the Big Three.

“Obviously, we are disappointed that South Africa chose to vote in favour of the changes at the last minute, but Pakistan and Sri Lanka stood firm together. We will not change our stance,” Ashraf said.

“Greed is never good for sport... That is our stance and we now have to see what happens in the future.

“But as a Board, Pakistan is still firm on its stance,” he added.

According to a senior PCB official, Ashraf, during the ICC meeting, made it clear that the proposed changes, if implemented, would lead to polarisation and groupings within the ICC and world cricket.

Ashraf also revealed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), along with other Boards, had indicated that Pakistan would profit if it voted in favour of the changes. “But we stuck to our stance and so did Sri Lanka… So we are not alone in our resistance to these changes,” he said.

Interestingly, before leaving for the Singapore meeting, Ashraf had said that Pakistan would eventually take a decision based on its own interest and benefits.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has said it would seek a further domestic mandate to deal with the controversial proposals.

“At the ICC Board meeting held today in Singapore, the revised resolution relating to the governance, competition and financial models of ICC were presented.

“The scope of the resolutions presently proposed were substantially changed, for which SLC required a fresh mandate from executive committee and stakeholders,” SLC said in a media release.

The media release added that the SLC representative at the ICC meeting abstained from voting as the Board was unable to obtain such a mandate on Saturday.

It said that SLC would therefore have to go back to the executive committee and stakeholders before voting on the resolutions.

“In the above context, we will seek to obtain a fresh mandate based on the above in order to express SLC’s stance at the next ICC Board meeting scheduled in April,” the media release said.