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BCCI Threatened PCB, Alleges Ex-Chief Ashraf

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By Shruthi SU | February 17, 2014 5:30 PM EST

Zaka Ashraf said the PCB was allegedly threatened by the BCCI for not supporting the structural changes in the ICC. Ashraf was earlier replaced with Najam Sethi by the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff for "mishandling Pakistan's case in the changes brought in the ICC."

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BCCI Threatened PCB, Alleges Ex-Chief Ashraf

"They were threats directed at Pakistan but our stance was clear," Ashraf said while addressing a gathering in Lahore.

PCB abstained from voting for the new changes at the ICC, with Ashraf making it clear the Pakistan board would always watch out for their own interests.

"In the governance issue obviously our stance was clear and we could not support anything that went against our interests and our cricket," he added.

"What I want to say is that Pakistan's interests would not be compromised."

The ICC had proposed to rest maximum power in the hands of India, Australia and England -- the three money-spinners of cricket. The three countries would be in charge of the governance and distribution of official cricket finances. The proposal also had in it that the three major powerhouses of cricket would decide who to pick and play.

The Test series that they play would involve other Test playing countries depending on "meritocracy" and this would be practiced with rotation policy in place.

The ICC and its members agreed the BCCI, being the big brother in terms of resources, will take up "a central leadership responsibility". Not only has the PCB opposed the stand, but many players of the past from Sri Lanka and South Africa have also raised their voices against it, with the South African Cricket Board (CSA) also officially against the proposal.

Former Sri Lankan skipper, who led his team to World Cup glory in 1996, Arjuna Ranatunga, was in complete disagreement with the draft. He spoke in favour of equal opportunities given to all Test playing nations regardless of revenue and power.

At the same time, the chairman of selectors of Sri Lankan Cricket, Sanath Jayasuriya, also a former teammate of Ranatunga, had a different take regarding the issue.

"In cricket, it is foolish to even think of fighting India," he said. "You may not like it, but that's the reality. We have to be realistic rather than being idealistic.

"There's no reason why we should oppose India. India has been extremely good to Sri Lankan cricket and helpful towards the board. Whenever we were faced with a crisis they were good enough to help us and the Indian team has toured Lanka in the last 10 years more than they have been to any other country.

"As you know tours by India bring us revenue and we should never antagonise India."

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