While showing its sympathies with the PCB over the postponement of the Bangladesh’s tour to Pakistan, the ICC has made it clear that it can’t interfere in any bilateral arrangement between 2 member countries. The PCB chairman and chief operating officer talked about the matter with ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat and other representatives during a gathering earlier this week in Dubai.
“The PCB authorities informed Lorgat and ICC officials of the scenario and mentioned that it was perhaps for the first occasion in cricket history that a side had postponed a tour to another country due to a court order,” a well-informed board official said. He said Lorgat and other ICC representatives had expressed sympathy with PCB’s stance but made it clear they can’t interfere, as it was a bilateral issue. The official said PCB had also informed the ICC about their plans for the Pakistan T20 cricket League.
“The ICC officials agreed that the PPL, if held successfully with the participation of some overseas cricketers, could go a long way in reviving international cricket in Pakistan,” the official said. A source within the board mentioned that the PCB was looking towards the ICC to give some support in convincing some overseas cricketers to take part in the proposed T20 league.