PCB management blamed for making Pak cricket "laughing stock in the world"

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Lahore, Feb.7 (ANI): With numerous controversies surrounding the apex cricket body of the country, former top cricket officials have started criticizing the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) openly, and have charged the current set-up of the Board of ruining national cricket and maligning it on the international circuit.

Former Pak cricket team manager Talat Ali Malik has said that the present management of PCB has ruined Pakistan cricket.

"They have ruined it. They don't know how to run the cricket affairs. Pakistan cricket has become a laughing stock around the globe," The Daily Times quoted Malik, as saying.

He said the officials are involved in blame-game rather than working together to uplift the condition of the game in the country.

Malik also held PCB solely responsible for the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to relocate the Champion's Trophy from Pakistan, and to revert the earlier decision and handing over the 2006 Oval Test match to England.

"I see it as a weakness of the ICC. I think they have made it a joke by changing the result and I don't rule out another change in the future. The PCB has also failed to take a stand against this change and they were also weak in handling this matter," he said.

He also charged the ICC for naming Sri Lanka as the possible alternate venue for the Champions Trophy, saying that Sri Lanka itself is no stranger to terrorism.

Commenting on the sudden removal of Shoaib Malik from the captaincy, Malik termed the decision as a 'hasty' one.

"No one should be removed for just having one bad match and I thought the decision of Malik's removal was a short-sighted one which doesn't augur well for our future," he added. (ANI)

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