Sports: Cricket: Pakistan Cricket needs stability right now: Wasim Bari

May 29, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Although former cricketer Wasim Bari said that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would accept the decision of Islamabad High Court (IHC), which debarred PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf for holding ‘dubious and polluted’ elections, however, he said that it was not the time for controversies for struggling cricket in Pakistan.

“We respect court and we would accept the decision of the court,” Wasim Bari told reporters here at National Stadium. “But we think we would convince the court when we put our case forward,” Bari, who is PCB’s Director Education.

The case would now be taken up by the court in Islamabad on June 13.

However, Bari said that matters of the board are important but the most important thing is that the team would soon be beginning its campaign in Champions Trophy and such issues may affect team’s performance.

“Other issues of the board are important but the most important thing is that our team is in England and would soon be starting their campaign in Champions Trophy so I think that the most important thing right now is to concentrate on team’s tour,” he said.

On Tuesday, IHC suspended Zaka Ashraf and restrained the PCB chief from working as the board’s chief for holding ‘dubious and polluted’ elections. The court took the decision following the petition filed by Ahmed Nadeem Sadal, a former player and coach of the army side.

Moreover, case against Zaka Ashraf’s appointment is pending in Sindh High Court and would be heard in August. The case in Sindh High Court has been registered by former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif.

But Bari said that Pakistan cricket needs stability as the sport is struggling. “There is no international action in the country after terrorists attack on Sri Lankan team and overall the game is struggling and at such a time, the controversies would further damage cricket,” he said.

Bari had congratulated Zaka Ashraf for becoming the first elected chairman of the board and said that the chief, who was previously handpicked by President Asif Ali Zardari, could bring stability to cricket.

Bari also said that the board does give importance to departments and regions and it has taken five regions and as many departments on board.

However, the elections of the board had come under immense criticism since day one as former cricketers and board administrators, such as Arif Abbasi termed the elections as invalid.

Former pacer Sarfraz Nawaz had also criticized the elections and said that since the regional associations were ignored, therefore the elections don’t have any validity.