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Pak vs WI | PCB wants govt cricket series parameters amid political upheaval
Despite political turmoil in the nation’s capital, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) requested federal government guidance on Tuesday to establish the status of the West Indies series, which is set to begin on June 8 at the Pindi Stadium. The West Indies are scheduled to arrive in the city on June 5, and the PCB has agreed to set up a training camp there beginning June 1. The three-match ODI series is part of the World Cup qualification round for 2023. It is especially significant for Pakistan because it signifies the start of the national team’s demanding international cricket season in the coming months. Given the current political atmosphere, The News has gathered from trustworthy sources that the PCB has approached the federal government for help with the series’ venue or future.
“Yes, the PCB has approached the federal government regarding the series against the West Indies scheduled to start on June 8 at the Pindi Stadium. Since it is the federal government that provides the entire security cover to all those associated with the series, including teams, officials, and other crew, we cannot move an inch without the federal government’s guidelines. Since it is a matter of national prestige, we will only follow the government in this respect,” a source told.
“The PCB has kept Multan as a reserve venue, but the board cannot even move to Multan. Plus, without the approval and guidance from the federal government. Since it is an important series that requires federal. As well as provincial government support, the PCB cannot decide anything on its own,” the source said.
The third option available to the PCB is to postpone the series for better times ahead. “The series was already rescheduled a couple of months back following COVID-19 threats. Pakistan’s cricket is in dire need of international exposure following the recent layoff. We want to go ahead with the series. But only if the federal government allows us to do that. The last option available at this point in time is to postpone the series yet again. We would only do that under the instructions of the government.”
“Those selected for the Pakistan team are involved in the county match which will conclude on May 31. They have been booked back on June 1-2. These players will only be asked to join the national camp. Only if the government decides to go ahead with the series against West Indies.”