Tuesday 11 February 2014 

Video - Pakistan Took A 'Principled Stance' - Ashraf

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf says they have taken a 'principled stance' in opposing recent ICC Board proposals to make sweeping changes to the way the world game is governed.

Representatives from Pakistan and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) abstained from a final vote at a recent meeting in Singapore but a majority was reached and the recommendations were passed.

The boards from Australia, England and India will now take a leading role in marketing and governing the global game, but Ashraf rejects the notion that the PCB abstained as a protest against international teams not touring Pakistan.

Since the Sri Lankan team convoy was attacked by terrorists in Lahore in 2009, the only international team that Pakistan has hosted is Afghanistan and they have played 'home' Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 International matches in England and the United Arab Emirates.

"Pakistan has taken a principled stance in the International Cricket Council, we did not compromise on our principles and we're still standing on that," Ashraf said.

"Sri Lanka and Pakistan has taken a stand against the 'Big Three' on principles. Even without Sri Lanka, Pakistan would not have compromised on its principles.

"This issue of 'Big Three' in the ICC has nothing to do with the revival of Pakistan international cricket.

"In this issue the 'Big Three' increases their shares and decreases the others. Through this they will take most of the money and give less to the other members, this was the reason Pakistan opposes this. International cricket revival in Pakistan is linked with our security situation.

"If we provide better security, then the international teams will come back," he added.

Pakistan were due to host the Champions Trophy in 2009 and co-host the 2011 World Cup before the decision was taken for their hosting rights to be removed.

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