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PCB denies rejecting ICC Task Team reports

July 19, 2011 09:51 IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board has denied rejecting the ICC Task team's recommendations on improving the game's state of affairs here, insisting that it has only given its observations on some of the suggestions made in the report.

"I think everyone needs to understand we have not rejected the entire report. We have just sent our observations or reservations on some issues raised in the report," PCB Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad said.

"We are studying the rest of the recommendations and suggestions in the report in detail and will give our response to them later," he added.

The PCB official also insisted that the productive recommendations would be looked at by the board.

"We have no issues implementing those recommendations that benefit our cricket. In fact we are already looking at ways on how to implement the positive and productive recommendations made by the task team," he stated.

Ahmad also rejected the impression that the PCB and ICC were not seeing eye to eye on the findings of the Task team.

"I don't think that is a correct impression. We have good relations with the ICC but being a member board I think we have the right to make our observations on things in the report that we see as redundant and inaccurate," he said.

The PCB official, however, admitted that the PCB was not happy with the fact that the Task team finalised its report without paying a visit to Pakistan.

"On multiple occasions and during teleconferences we told them that we feel at least the head of the Task team should visit Pakistan once and meet the stakeholders.

"In fact before the ICC meeting in Hong Kong we had told that it would be best if Giles Clarke visited Pakistan before the report was published and released by the ICC," he said.

The PCB official also dismissed suggestions that the PCB was not happy with the role of former Test captain Ramiz Raja in the compilation of the report as a member of the Task team.

"We have never said anything about Ramiz and we don't blame him for anything. If anything we have noted in our observations sent to the ICC that only he and Dave Richardson on the Task team were in sync with Pakistan cricket. It is a wrong perception we are not happy with the role of Ramiz," Ahmad said.
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