PCB looks ahead for options to resolve crisis

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Lahore, Sep 20 (UNI) Blow after blow in the recent past, the PCB is pondering several options to resolve the current crisis of cricket affairs, triggered by the postponement of the Champions Trophy, in the strife-torn nation.

The PCB, however, said the restoration of the game would be held once President Asif Ali Zardari appoints a new Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman.

''Pakistan cricket is going through hard times because of the foreign teams' reluctance to visit the country and concrete steps are needed to be taken to help it overcome the crisis,'' A senior PCB official was quoted as saying by 'The News' yesterday.

Admitting that the Board is facing multiple problems because of the cancellation or postponement of home games and needs to take measures to avoid such blows in the future, Shafqat Naghmi, PCB's chief operating officer, said, ''We have been thinking about several options but can only decide on a strategy once a new (PCB) chairman takes over.'' With the resignation of former chairman Nasim Ashraf last month, the Board is without a leader, which tends to remain a reason for the crisis of the game.

Zardari, who is also the Board's chief patron has the right to appoint the chairman. It is also expected that the President will be naming a new PCB chief soon.

The absence of a chairman, Naghmi, being the Board's top most official, is at the helm of the PCB affairs.

But Naghmi is aware that he doesn't have much power, something he was reminded of by members of the PCB Governing Board when he tried to line up international games for action-starved Pakistan cricketers.

Possibility of surrendering the hosting rights for the ICC Champions Trophy has also knocked at Pakistan's door in return of the rights of a more popular event like the World Twenty20 championship.

A final call on this will only be taken by the new PCB chairman.

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