Stallions deserved a spot in Champions League: PCB Chief
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt, on Thursday, said he was disappointed after the country's domestic Twenty20 champions Sialkot Stallions were ignored for the third successive time for the Champions League.Updated: May 27, 2010 17:24 IST
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt, on Thursday, said he was disappointed after the country's domestic Twenty20 champions Sialkot Stallions were ignored for the third successive time for the Champions League.
Butt said that as the tournament is scheduled to be held in South Africa, it was a good chance to include the Pakistani side in the lucrative event to be held in September.
"It is disappointing for us and fans in Pakistan, Stallions deserved to play in the tournament of champions," he said.
Butt, however, played down the impression that he barred the side from competing in the Champions League. He instead felt that the Indian Premier League (IPL) crisis may have triggered the organisers to go with the same pool of teams that participated in the last year's Champions League.
"PCB has a policy not to bar any player or team from competing in offshore events until and unless it clashes with any national team's assignment," he said.
Butt, however, said he wants friendly relations with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and is ready to send the national team to India to improve the cricketing ties between the two countries.
"We want friendly relations with Indian cricket board and for the purpose we are ready to send Pakistan team to India," he said.
The chairman said that if the BCCI is not comfortable hosting Pakistan, then the PCB is ready for matches against the traditional rivals on a neutral venue.
"We are ready to play against India on a neutral venue, what's important is that the two countries must resume the cricketing ties”, Butt said.
First Published: May 27, 2010 17:12 IST