Karachi, July 14, 2015: President of International Cricket Council (ICC) Zaheer Abbas said that he would play his role for the revival of international cricket in Pakistan. Former Pakistan captain was elected ICC president for one year term in the ICC annual conference held in Barbados, West Indies on June 25, 2015.
“The concrete efforts are being made to bring foreign teams in Pakistan and negotiations are going on with cricket boards of different countries,” he informed in his exclusive interview with this correspondent upon his return from Barbados. This is his first interview since assuming charge of ICC president.
He said that two boards with mutual consent agree to play a series and subsequently inform the ICC to include it in its future tour programme (FTP), our board is also in contact with other boards and being President ICC whatever role I can play (visit of a team in Pakistan), I’ll definitely ply.
Zaheer Abbas informed that he had a meeting with PCB chairman Sheharyar M. Khan in London before coming to Pakistan. “We watched a county match at the Lord’s together and discussed matters of mutual interest. Now, I received an invitation from Sri Lanka cricket board to witness Pakistan and Sri Lanka series, therefore, I’m going to Colombo on Saturday to witness T20 match between two teams,” he said.
ICC President further said that he had also received an invitation from Hyderabad (India) Cricket Association, which he accepted and would be going there next month.
He said that when he returned Pakistan, he had contacted with chairman PCB executive committee Najam Sethi and he congratulated him on taking charge of ICC president. It may be mentioned here that PCB had nominated Sethi for ICC posts but he had withdrawn in favour of Zaheer Abbas.