Former PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf on Saturday lashed out at Pakistani cricketers aligned with Indian Cricket League for crying hoarse on their ban, saying that the board had to follow ICC rules.
“Some of these players have made incorrect statements about their discussions with me and the board. As far as the PCB is concerned our position was clear since the ICC didn’t recognise the ICL we had to ban the players,” he said.
“These players joined ICL for good money and PCB has no problems with that. But now they should not behave as if the PCB did injustice to them. We had followed rules,” he added.
Ashraf wondered how former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq can criticise PCB for dropping three ICL players from Twenty20 World Cup provisional list.
“The criticism is unjustified. ICL is an unauthorised tournament. The ICC or member boards can’t allow anyone to organise private tournaments.”
He also defended his decision to appoint Shoaib Malik as national team captain when he was PCB chief.
“I was the first person to offer captaincy to Younis Khan after 2007 World Cup. But it was after he refused to take up the challenge that we turned to Malik and it was the correct decision at that time,” said Ashraf, who resigned as PCB chief in August last year.