Will have to pay penalty if we withdraw from World T20: Shaharyar

Tournament will begin from March 8


Sports Desk February 18, 2016
PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK/ EXPRESS

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan cleared the air regarding Pakistan’s participation in the World T20 by saying that the decision is awaiting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s approval and the International Cricket Council (ICC) has not threatened us with any legal action.

"I just spoke to the Prime Minister's secretariat today, and as of now, the government has not given us clearance to send the team to India for the World T20," said Shaharyar.

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"All these stories about the ICC threatening the board with legal action or the Prime Minister having cleared the tour are not correct. We have sought advice and clearance from the government to send our team to the world event. The Prime Minister's secretariat has said they are reviewing the situation and will let us know soon," he added.

The PCB chairman further stated that in case of a withdrawal from the event, PCB will have to pay a penalty to the ICC. However, he did not disclose the amount.

"If we pull out our team from the World T20 then we will have to pay a penalty to the ICC," said Shaharyar.

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Meanwhile, a reliable source in the PCB quoted by the Press Trust of India said that the government was likely to clear the tour to India.

"It is a routine protocol that the PCB is following but all the vibes from the government quarters is that the Prime Minister will give clearance for the team to go to India," the source said.

 

COMMENTS (21)

Ch. Allah Daad | 5 years ago | Reply This is a world T20 tournament, not a cricket series between two countries. Boycott of such world class events will destroy our image for years. Sending a team under Afridi is a useless exercise but we have to take that risk for Pakistan cricket.
Istaburg | 5 years ago | Reply Did India pay for not playing the series .....so we are impotent about getting penalties but HAVE to pay if we pull out. Can we stop any lower !!!
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