“Decision To Send Team To India Will Be Taken At Government Level”: Najam Sethi

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The decision to send the Pakistan team to the ODI World Cup to be held in India next year will be taken at the government level, said Najam Shetty, the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Referring to the threat made by his predecessor, Ramiz Raja, that Pakistan would consider pulling out of the mega event if India did not come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, Sethi said on Monday that “if the government says ‘no to India, we won’t go.’

At a press conference in Karachi, Shetty said, “Where Pakistan and India’s cricketing relationship is concerned, let’s be clear.

“These are only decisions taken at the official level; the PCB can only seek clarity.” Shetty added that he will be in touch with the Asian Cricket Council regarding the Asia Cup, which Pakistan is set to host next year.

“I’ll see what the situation is and then move on. Whatever decision we make, we have to make sure we don’t fall apart.” Shetty also said that neither he nor the PCB has any objection if Raja decides to return to the commentary box.

“I have a lot of respect for Ramiz and we would never oppose his return to the commentary box.” Shetty also scrapped his expenditure accounts on his previous PCB management website, saying they were incorrect.

“When I go back to Lahore, the first thing I am going to do is to come up with a real stand (before the public). The figures given about me regarding expenses are not correct at all,” said Sethi.

Shetty also defended current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s decision to remove Raja from the post of PCB chairman.

“I was the chairman in 2018. When Imran Khan’s government was formed, I resigned even though some people in the corridors of power told me that no one would remove me. I have always believed that (the) prime minister has the right to make his choice. Candidates to manage cricket affairs , so resigned.” Shetty also said that he contacted former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur as he wanted him back.

“Mickey is currently contracted to Derbyshire and I have spoken to him. The situation will be clear in the next 8-10 days and we have sought his advice on the new coaching setup for the team.

“When he (Arthur) was with the team, he did a lot of good work and he was responsible for taking Babar Azam forward. He maintained a lot of discipline and fitness in the team. I believe he will be good for the team. Again if he is available. “

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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