‘We are in contact with other boards to play in Pakistan’ says Mani


The chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Ehsan Mani on Wednesday revealed that they are in contact with different international boards to play their role in the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.

Mani while talking to the media in Karachi said that the revival of international cricket in Pakistan is important and for that, they are making efforts.

“We all want to see international cricket in Pakistan but we need some time to convince the teams to come and play in Pakistan,” said  Mani who also announced to stage eight matches of the fourth edition of the PSL in Lahore and Karachi.

It is pertinent to mention here that Mani is currently on his first official visit to Karachi after becoming PCB’s boss.

He told media that they need some time to address the ongoing issues in the PCB as not all can be solved at the same time.

“We cannot bring the change immediately as things need some time,” he stated.

To a query about domestic infrastructure, Mani said that they have assigned a committee to work for the betterment of domestic cricket. He was quick to add that they are also looking for an alternate to departmental cricket and no player will be jobless.

“We are planning to restructure the whole domestic circuit and to bring big changes into it,” said Mani who appreciated PCB’s director domestic cricket Haroon Rasheed for working hard to develop domestic infrastructure.

Mani, when asked about newly formed cricket committee’s function, said that it is just an advisory committee which will suggest precautions to several issues.

He said that they have given the committee’s command to Pakistan’s former top cricketers including Mohsin Hasan Khan, Wasim Akram, and Misbah-ul-Haq who know how to tackle cricketing affairs.

“Wasim, Mohsin, and Misbah are well aware of cricketing affairs so they can suggest PCB in the best possible way,” he said.

Mani showed confidence in Sarfraz to lead the national side in the upcoming world cup, scheduled from May 30 to July 15 next year.

“Sarfraz has good captaincy skills and we will go with him as captain of Pakistan in the upcoming world cup,” he said.

Mani responded to a query about Pak-India cricket relations saying that India is about to go through General Elections so it is not an ideal time to have a chat with them over this issue.

“We will try to get in touch with Indian board after elections,” he stated.