ICC ready to help Pakistan: Haroon

DUBAI - International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat apprised media of the body’s achievements and its future programmes at its headquarters here on Wednesday.

By Liaqat Ali

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Published: Thu 11 Nov 2010, 11:48 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:46 AM

The chief executive talked at length about issues faced by Pakistan and said: “There is a process going on and we have not been able to set a date yet because there are four sets of attorneys involved and it is difficult to reach an agreed date.”

Salman Butt, Mohammed Aamer and Mohammed Asif has been suspended by the ICC for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing scandal.

“We are sympathetic about the issues faced by Pakistan cricket and we are providing all the support the country needs and we will continue to do so.”

“We will carry on and wait for the hearing,” Salman said last week. “They (ICC) haven’t given us a date even though we asked for it.”

“Things have been exchanged among four sets of attorneys,” said Lorgat. “You need to have an agreement about their availability and readiness to be at the case.”

A deadline of December 19 has been set for teams to submit provisional squads for next year’s World Cup, and the three players are keen to find out their fate as soon as possible.

However, Lorgat said: “A panel needs to be set up and we are in the process of forming it.”

Regarding Zulqarnain Haider’s issue, the ICC has confirmed that it is in regular communication with the Pakistan Cricket Board and has offered to support the PCB in its current investigations into the reasons behind Haider’s decision to leave the Pakistan team on the morning of the final ODI against South Africa in Dubai.

At the same time, the ICC has also offered Haider, who left the UAE for London, any help he needs. The ICC Chief Executive Lorgat said: “Clearly this is in the first instance a team matter for Pakistan cricket but the ICC is willing to provide assistance to the PCB and the player.

“We understand his plight if reports are indeed true, but we can only help if he is willing to engage with us.”

At this stage, the ICC does not intend to make any further comment.

Haroon added: “Fifty overs format is a viable format and cricket played in last few moths was fantastic. I don’t think any is questioning one-day cricket now.

“The middle over become a little boring and the cricket committee has discussed that and we are considering the technical part of the game.”


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