TORONTO: President Sri Lankan Cricket Board, Arjuna
Ranatunga urged International Cricket Council (ICC) to form a policy
to end double standards of players to save Pakistan cricket which is
suffering due to cancellation of foreign teams' tours .
“It is a sad situation Pakistan cricket is going through as teams
have refused to visit the country owing to security concerns.
Pakistan was deprived of holding Champions Trophy and due to such
factors. Pakistan cricket is suffering a lot”,he said while talking
to APP here on Saturday.
Former Sri Lankan captain said in order to bail out Pakistan from
the present crisis there is a dire need that ICC must form a policy
to have its control on such issues and to bound its affiliated member countries not to back out from their playing commitments abroad.
“What we have seen that Australians players raised their
concerns due to security reasons not to visit Pakistan which eventually
led to the postponement of the Champions Trophy and now Australians are playing in India,despite bomb blasts which showed their doubled standards”,he asserted.
Ranatunga lamented the “double standards” of players and said
ICC must take notice of the situation to help Pakistan come out
of present crisis which has badly hit their cricket.
“Until ICC forms a policy this trend will be followed by
players and in the presence and implementation of such a policy
players and teams will be bound to fulfil their international
commitments”, he said.
'If Pakistan stars a league on the pattern of Indian Premier
League then players from all over the world will love to go there
and play for the sake of money–setting aside security fears”,
he said in a light vein.
The Sri Lankan cricket chief said mainly it is money for which
players opt to play in India in Leagues, adding that they
don't seem to be concerned for their security or the bomb blasts
there. He said this issue will be discussed in ICC meeting to be
held on October 14 at Dubai to find solution of this problem .
” I think its time to have a united approach on this issue to
find a long term solution. Security concerns are everywhere.
This world is not safe today, so why cricket should suffer and
why Pakistan should suffer”, he said.
He said ICC must have a strong policy on this issue to get
control of the game rather than bowing down to the pressure of
ICC must act as the parent body of the game to safeguard the
interest of its affiliated countries “, he stressed.
Ranatunga said Sri Lankan Cricket Board is always ready to
help Pakistan by sending its team any time PCB needs it.
“We talked on this issue before but unfortunately we could
not have such a series in Sri Lanka because of lack of sponsorship
and we are even now ready to send our team in a make shift series
to help Pakistan “, he said.
Answering a question he said Toronto Twnety-20 cricket
tournament will give a big boost to ongoing efforts to promote cricket
in North America. “But unless Government comes forward to patronage
cricket it cannot be promoted on long term basis.Cricket needs to be introduced in education institutions,like other games. I think there
is a lot of cricket talent and potential in this part of world”, he said.