There has been a strict decision made by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the reason to it seemed surprising too. Off-late it has been revealed that the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided that it will not be sending the National Team to the 17th Asian Games to be held at Incheon, Korea in the month of September-October this year. The reason behind this, as told officially is to save funds for future.
On speaking with the media, and official from PCB claimed that the cricket event of the Asian Games was meant to be played by the under-23 teams of nationals and after a meeting, PCB decided not to send their national first line cricket team this year.
The official added by saying, “We sent our team to the last Asian Games but we will only be sending our women’s under-23 team for the regional event’s cricket tournament this time”.
When the official was being asked on the matter of saving funds, he stated “The idea is also to save funds since the board has to bear the expenses of sending the team for the Asian Games cricket event as neither the Pakistan Olympic Association nor the Pakistan Sports Board give any funds to us.”
This decision has aroused controversies in Pakistan and it is being viewed with acute details and being scrutinized severely. It is a fact that since March, 2009 no international team have visited Pakistan for Cricket tournaments and the emerging players of Pakistan hardly get a chance for the international team. The Asian Games was an option as well as an opportunity for the emerging players and the PCB has decided against it. This decision has aroused questions on whether PCB wants young cricketing talents to be destroyed in Pakistan.
A former international player, Ghulam Ali stated that Pakistan cricket will have been benefited even if the cricket event was played on astro-turf or matting in Korea.
To mention a fact, Cricket has been included as a sport in the last Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Pakistan team finished third while Afghanistan and Bangladesh were the first and second respectively.
It has been revealed by a source that PCB’s decision might also be based on the fact that Asian Cricket Council was facing a battle for survival while organizing cricket event in the Games.