KARACHI: Senior member of Governing Board and former Chairman Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi categorically denied any rift among players and the board on Central Contract issue.
“There is no rift among the players and the PCB on central contracts.
The issue is being blown out of proportions in the media,”
he said during his interaction with reporters here at the National Stadium on Friday.
This was Najam Sethi’s second interaction with the Karachi media after having a press conference here in the city over an year and half ago as a PCB head.
He negated the impressions that decline of Pakistan team performance in New Zeland was related to Central Contracts.
“Its not a big issue and will be settled soon.
It was delayed due to the World Cup,” Sethi said.
Najam Sethi informed that central contract issue is not new because it was delayed in the past too.
“Criticism raised on central contract issue is unjust and not related to players performance,” he maintained.
Najam Sethi, who will takeover the President of International Cricket Council (ICC) in June this year, said that his position in ICC will be ceremonious but he will try to work for the interest of Pakistan cricket at the international.
Commenting on the selection process and selections of players from outside 30 probables for the World Cup, he said selection committee headed by Moin Khan was independent and PCB did not interfere in it.
However PCB Chairman can forward his suggestions to selection committee.
Najam Sethi however did not elaborate why pacemen like Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali were picked outside the 30 probables named for the World Cup which created stir in the media.
Responding to a question about the 50% share in the series against Bangladesh, he said because it was Pakistan’s home series in 2012, PCB was making revenue sharing claims with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
He said Bangladesh team did not tour Pakistan in 2012 as per Future Tour Programme due to security fears despite written commitments.
At the same time, he said PCB maintains cricketing ties with BCB.