Press Esc to close
Thursday 31 July 2014
News updated at 8:55 PM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Thackeray's death will not affect Pak's tour to India: PCB

Karachi, Nov 18, 2012 (PTI)

PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf is confident that the death of India's firebrand leader Bal Thackeray will not affect their national team's upcoming tour to India even though the late leader's party has strongly opposed the revival of bilateral cricket ties.

"I sent a get well message to Bal Thackeray despite his party's stance on Indo-Pak cricket relations because I wanted him to get well and support the tour as a senior politician," Ashraf said.

"The good thing is that my get well message produced some positive reaction in India and I am happy for that." Ashraf pointed out that he was not expecting the tour to be affected since Thackeray died a natural death.

"In the past whenever Pakistan has played in India their government has provided us top security and looked after the team well and that gives us confidence the tour will be held without any problems," he said. The Indian government has cleared the tour although Thackeray's party strongly opposed reviving bilateral ties with Pakistan after five years.


Asked about accusations made by British writer, Ed Hawkins in his new book that the 2011 World Cup semi final at Mohali between the two countries was fixed, the PCB chief said if the writer had any evidence to support his claims he should send it to them.

"Anyone can make any claims but without evidence it is useless talking about it. If Hawkins has any sort of evidence than we would be the first to hold an inquiry ourselves and than ask the ICC to also look into the accusations," he added.

Meanwhile, to a question Zaka said no candidate was final as yet for the post of national team’s batting coach. "We need the best man for the position of batting coach keeping in mind the requirements of modern cricket," he said.

Former Test cricketers Zaheer Abbas, Saleem Malik and Inzamam-ul-Haq are in the run for the said post. But they all have no coaching credentials. Insiders say some foreigners with required credentials and qualifications from England, South Africa and Australia have also applied for the position.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
India's Navjot Kaur celebrates after winning a bronze medal against Scotland's Sarah Jones during...

India's Navjot Kaur celebrates after winning a bronze medal against Scotland's Sarah Jones during...

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker walk from South...

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker walk from South...

U S Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval after...

U S Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval after...

Sophie McKinna of England sticks her tongue out as she competes in the Women's Shot Put final at...

Sophie McKinna of England sticks her tongue out as she competes in the Women's Shot Put final at...

Australia's Olivia Vivian performs at the women's All-Around Artistic Gymnastics at the 2014...

Australia's Olivia Vivian performs at the women's All-Around Artistic Gymnastics at the 2014...

David Katoatau of Kiribati dances after winning the gold medal of the men's 105kg weightlifting...

David Katoatau of Kiribati dances after winning the gold medal of the men's 105kg weightlifting...

Schillonie Calvert of Jamaica (R) races Anyika Onuora of England during their women's 200 metres...

Schillonie Calvert of Jamaica (R) races Anyika Onuora of England during their women's 200 metres...

Canada's Isabela Maria Onyshko performs at the women's All-Around Artistic Gymnastics at the 2014...

Canada's Isabela Maria Onyshko performs at the women's All-Around Artistic Gymnastics at the 2014...

Silver medallist India's Lalita poses for photographs at the medal ceremony of women's Freestyle...

Silver medallist India's Lalita poses for photographs at the medal ceremony of women's Freestyle...

India's Vijender Singh after winning against Trinidad and Tobago's Aaron Prince in the Men's...

India's Vijender Singh after winning against Trinidad and Tobago's Aaron Prince in the Men's...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523