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PCB distances itself from Gavaskar controversy

The board rubbished reports that it was planning to challenge Gavaskar's role in ICC.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 19:35 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday termed as "rubbish and baseless" media reports that it was unhappy with Sunil Gavaskar and was planning to challenge the former Indian captain's role as ICC's head of Cricket Committee.

"These are rubbish and baseless reports. We are neither making any report nor intend to make any report against Sunil Gavaskar. We respect and accept his decisions," PCB's Director Board Operations Abbas Zaidi said from Lahore.

Local media on Thursday said the PCB was very unhappy with the influence Gavaskar had over decisions, and this week's appointment of Javagal Srinath as an ICC Match Referee ahead of any of the four individuals it nominated appears to have been the final straw.

Pakistan's rejected nominees were Colonel Naushad Ali, Talat Ali, Pervez Sajjad and Hasan Jameel.

"It's no secret that Pakistan is not very satisfied with the working of the former Indian captain as head of the committee playing and they feel the time has come now for a change at the head of this committee," a PCB source was quoted as saying on Thursday.

But Zaidi reiterated that his establishment doesn't make these sorts of irresponsible statements.

"We don't make these sorts of irresponsible and reckless statements. These may be the views of one or two people, I don't know, but the PCB has got nothing to do with these statements.

"We are an affiliated unit of the ICC and if we have any problems, we know how to address them. We don't believe in issuing statements or maligning any office-bearer of the ICC, particularly of the stature of Sunil Gavaskar," Zaidi said.

First Published: Apr 28, 2006 19:35 IST