Snubbed PCB calls Canada, Afghanistan for tri-nation

Published: May 2, 2012
Asif’s past record will work against the fast-bowler when he is released from prison. PHOTO: AFP

Asif’s past record will work against the fast-bowler when he is released from prison. PHOTO: AFP


If you can’t get the big fish, go for what’s available – a policy which the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has now adopted.

Following the postponement of the Bangladesh tour, the PCB has shifted its focus on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Associate Members as it plans to host a tri-series featuring Afghanistan and Canada.

The board’s determination  in reviving international cricket has led to the plan of staging a multi-nation event. PCB Governing Board member Amir Nawab, also the board’s coordinator on Afghanistan cricket, is playing a crucial role in organising the event.

“We have received a positive response from both teams,” Nawab told The Express Tribune. “Canada has shown interest in sending their senior team and will shortly send a letter to the PCB in this regard.”

Afghanistan, on various occasions, has also expressed its willingness to tour the country following their series of matches against Pakistan ‘A’. Meanwhile, Nawab said the schedule of the tournament was not decided due to a packed schedule of the national team.

“The plan is in its initial stages but we’re looking to host the teams as soon as possible. Our team has a busy schedule and we’ll see when we can host the event.”

Asif not to get Amir-like treatment 

Disgraced Pakistan fast-bowler Mohammad Asif, who is expected to be released from prison today, is unlikely to get the same treatment from the country’s cricket board as his former teammate Mohammad Amir.

While the PCB sympathised with Amir and announced a rehabilitation process for the left-armer upon his release, Asif is not expected to draw the same attention due to his ‘experience’. “Amir got sympathy due to his age,” a PCB official told The Express Tribune. “In comparison, Asif was experienced and got many chances,” said the official, referring to his doping scandals before the spot-fixing charges.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (10)

  • @plarkin
    May 3, 2012 - 12:07AM

    If I had to place a wager on who’d win a three match series between Bangladesh and Afghanistan my money would be on the later.


  • Dhoop
    May 3, 2012 - 9:51AM

    I think Fiji plays cricket aswell, why weren’t they invited?


  • Pinto
    May 3, 2012 - 1:21PM

    I think they should invite Uganda


  • Aziz
    May 3, 2012 - 4:01PM

    A strong Pakistan cricketing team is good for cricket fraternity.


  • Syad
    May 3, 2012 - 10:56PM

    Will the PCB please stop showing desperation, and embarrassing the Pakistani cricket followers.


  • Mihir M
    May 4, 2012 - 9:12PM

    Pakistan Playing a real hope in Globalization of sport, Bravo hope this tri series goes ahead.successfully .


  • Mohammad Wali Hairan
    May 5, 2012 - 9:52AM

    If a strong and challenger team like Afghanistan is welling to play in Pakistan than there is no need for poor countries such as Fiji and Uganda to play in Pakistan. It will be a big shame for Pakistan if these countries reject to play in Pakistan as well.


  • May 5, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Mohammad Wali Hairan:
    you are right Afghanistan is strong for others team like ireland , canada, kenya , netherlands , scotland , & etc …..


  • shafiqullah
    May 6, 2012 - 3:41PM

    we really thanks pakistan from its effort and thanks to pak PCB best luck afghan boysRecommend

  • Attiullah
    May 26, 2012 - 9:36AM

    It is another great chance to Afghanistan team to show their talent to worldRecommend

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