PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf dismisses reports of internal strife, affirms team unity
By News Desk
November 6, 2023 10:36 PM
Zaka Ashraf, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Monday quashed speculations of an internal rift within the national cricket team, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.
During a press conference held in Bahawalpur, Ashraf reiterated his stance that the Pakistani cricket team remains cohesive, with no disputes among the players, and extended his best wishes to the squad.
He commended the performance of the Pakistani openers in the recent World Cup 2023 match and expressed regret that Pakistani cricketers receive relatively low compensation, stating, "Our cricketers receive meager salaries."
The poor performance in the 2023 World Cup had fueled speculation about an "internal rift" within the national squad, resulting in consecutive setbacks for the team in the prestigious tournament.
The PCB had previously issued a strong denial regarding any internal conflicts in the national cricket team.
To a question, Zaka Ashraf said that he did not know about the facts that ICC gives Indian bowlers specail balls.
Ashraf mentioned that he had extended an invitation to former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, who had resigned from his post the previous month amidst conflict of interest allegations, for a meeting, but Inzamam resigned before the meeting took place.
Ashraf also discussed a proposal to allow Pakistani cricketers to participate in only one league apart from the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The PCB chief clarified that he had not engaged in any conversations with Pakistan's skipper, Babar Azam.
Speaking about Pakistan's representation in India after many years, Ashraf noted the significance of seeing a large national flag at the Ahmedabad cricket stadium during the World Cup match against arch-rivals on October 14.