LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt has discussed possible solutions with his English counterpart Giles Clarke with regards to Pakistan hosting its future matches at neutral venues.
Butt will also meet other senior officials of the ECB during his two-day stay in England and will be updated on the workings of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Task Force that is headed by Clarke. The five-member Task Force was constituted by the ICC after the Lahore attack on the Sri Lankan team isolated Pakistan as foreign teams refused to visit the country, severely affecting Pakistan’s involvement on the international arena. Pakistan was also removed as a co-host of the 2011 ICC World Cup.
The two-match Twenty20 series against England in Dubai prior to the World Twenty20 in the West Indies was also proposed by the Task Force to help the cash-strapped PCB raise funds. Meanwhile, the PCB chairman will also discuss the ‘home series’ against Australia to be held in England in July as well as the situation surrounding Danish Kaneria who was arrested, and later released on bail, by the Essex police for alleged spot-fixing. Kaneria, who holds an A-category central contract with the PCB, was arrested following an investigation into alleged spot-fixing in Essex’s Pro40 match against Durham last September.
Published in the Express Tribune, May 18th, 2010.