Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s chairman Ehsan Mani confirmed that he was approached by some of the board members to take up International Cricket Council (ICC)’s chairmanship. However, he is not interested to go for any such posts.
Speaking to journalists via teleconference on Wednesday, Mani said that ICC chairmanship is not on his agenda because he returned to cricket administration just for Pakistan and on special request of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“In 2006 after my term as president in ICC ended, I decided to part ways with cricket administration completely. I tried to avoid talking about cricket for a while because I didn’t want to come back to this field,” said Mani.
“In 2018 when Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf formed government, I was requested to come and help Pakistan’s cricket. I returned just for Pakistan and my full focus is to work for the betterment of cricket in the country. So, ICC chairmanship is not on my agenda,” he answered to repetitive speculations about him being in the race of next ICC chairman.
Mani talked about the latest meeting with PM Khan in Islamabad on Tuesday. He said that domestic cricket remained top of the discussion. “We discussed domestic cricket deeply. I briefed him [PM Khan] about the hurdles in stabilizing revamped domestic structure,” he said.
“In our system, people rather want status than the betterment of cricket. Departments played an important role in Pakistan’s cricket but that model was not durable,” he maintained.
On the other hand, Mani ensured that players’ safety and health will not be compromised on the England tour. “I assure you that the players’ safety will be the top priority. In case of any risk, we will immediately call back the team,” he reiterated.
Upon being asked, Mani said that they are helping England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) by sending team in such a difficult situation. To a question regarding not asking for a return tour, Mani replied “We are in talks with them to tour Pakistan since last year. For this series, we haven’t put any condition as we are just helping them in this situation. We are hoping to host England in 2022.”