LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan has said that Misbahul Haq would remain captain till World Cup 2015.
Addressing the press conference in Lahore, PCB Chairman said that there is no pressure on Misbah; neither are they likely to sack him. He said that Misbah would remain captain until the next world cup.
He rejected reports that Misbah was being forced to step down from captaincy. The board recognizes Misbah as captain in the World Cup 2015, he clarified.
“He [Misbah] opted out of the third ODI against Australia on his own discretion.”
“I am disappointed on what Afridi spoke at a press conference. I regret that and we are looking if he has breached the code of conduct,” the chairman said.
Regarding Saeed Ajmal, Shehryar said the board was hopeful about Ajmal for the World Cup. “Saqlain Mushtaq has assured to get Ajmal’s bowling action corrected.”
Saqlain has told that Ajmal’s action had now improved much.
Talking about his recent trips to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Shaheryar Khan said that they were successful.
He said he asked Bangladesh and India to keep politics and cricket separate stating Indian officials that the sole purpose of his visit is to talk about cricket alone.
Chairman PCB said significant Indian officials have given positive response.
He said he could not meet Sri Navasan on the visit but met Rajiv Shukla.
Shahryar Khan said Navasan has assured that Indian team’s visit to Pakistan would not be conditional to officials permit.
He further said Sri Lanka has offered to send their national team to Pakistan whereas associate countries Afghanistan and Ireland have offered to visit Pakistan as well.
Talking about Indian media he expressed that Indian media berates Pakistan a lot.
Aim is to open doors for cricket in Pakistan so the teams may come and play as international cricket in Pakistan is the first step to rehabilitate cricket in Pakistan, he added.
He further pronounced that there would be 6 series between Pakistan and India in the next 8 years whereas Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have also offered to send their junior teams to Pakistan.
Moreover, Bangladesh has extended us an offered to play on their land.
He said he talked about Muhammad Amir in International Cricket Council’s (ICC) session and ICC has informed about a few changes in the legislation that might give Amir some relaxation.
We are trying to bring high-speed cameras in Pakistan, he added.