Mani offers his service to help Pakistan cricket

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Former ICC president Ehsan Mani has offered his services to the PCB to help in the restoration of international cricket in Pakistan.

Updated: August 12, 2010 10:39 IST
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Former ICC president Ehsan Mani has offered his services to the PCB to help in the restoration of international cricket in Pakistan.

Mani said he is always ready to help out Pakistan cricket but the PCB has to decide whether it was serious about restoration of international cricket in Pakistan or not.

"There is no doubt that a proper plan and strategy is required to get the ICC and its member countries to agree to play in Pakistan once again and that is something passing from the board," Mani said yesterday.

"I think a good strategy would be to start inviting domestic clubs and teams from other countries so that we can eventually restore the confidence of the ICC member countries that it is safe to play in Pakistan," he added.

No foreign team has toured Pakistan since March last year when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore leaving six Pakistani policemen and a van driver dead and wounding five Sri Lankan players.

Since then no team is ready to play in Pakistan because of security concerns and the ICC also moved away the 2011 World Cup matches from Pakistan for the same reasons.

The PCB has also not yet submitted its inquiry report of the incident to the ICC.

Mani has accused the PCB of dragging its feet on the submission of the report to the ICC which he says is necessary if international teams are to resume playing in Pakistan.

The PCB says it has asked the government for permission to pass on the report to the ICC.

In the report the judge who headed the inquiry has blamed senior police officials and even the PCB for not providing the required level of security to the visiting team.

Mani, a Pakistani who is based in the United Kingdom and who remains an influential figure in international cricket after having served as ICC President, said he was disappointed by the fact that no team was willing to play in Pakistan.

"I have no doubt that it is not a hopeless situation and a lot can be done but for that the PCB has to show the proper will and planning to achieve some results," he said.

The former ICC President said it was a tragedy that the Pakistani players were forced to play their 'home' series at neutral venues or abroad.

In another interesting development, the Chairman of the National Assembly standing committee on sports, Iqbal Muhummad Khan has urged the government to approach Mani and appoint him to head the Pakistan board.

"Mani has himself offered his services for Pakistan cricket and there is no more experienced administrator in Pakistan cricket then him, we would request the chief patron to accept the offer by Mani and give him an important post in Pakistan cricket," Iqbal said.

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