LAHORE – The chairwoman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi, has briefed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Pak-India cricket relations ahead of the Premier’s two-day official visit to India.
The Supreme Court is ready to hear Zaka Ashraf’s lawyers and the Inter-Provincial-Coordination (IPC) ministry in the next hearing on May 27 — with the community pinning hopes on a permanent end to the crisis. Nawaz Sharif, himself a known keen cricket enthusiast, on getting into power last year had spoken publicly about the demand to use cricket to improve relations between the two countries.
The PM also agreed to speak about the restoration of the Indo-Pak cricket series during his encounter with the Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, during his two-day visit on the occasion of Modi’s oath taking ceremony.
“The MOU has been ratified and the secretary of the Indian board, Sanjay Patel signed the papers on behalf of the BCCI.
The PCB official described that the MOU with India had been signed on condition that the PCB would not oppose the resolutions that have to be given at the annual ICC meeting in June which would give legal cover to the recent governance and financial model changes recommended by the Big three, India, Australia and England.
“The patron restated his total backing for the insurances that are being enforced by the PCB,” said Sethi, terming the meeting with the prime minister very productive.
He stated that there was an extremely positive event of the confluence that would help improve the coordination between the sponsor and the board further, as the PCB continues itsendeavorss of reshaping the domestic structure besides inviting foreign teams to the country.