PCB under fire for not postponing New Zealand ODI in the Wake of Peshawar massacre
The Pakistan Cricket Board have come under fire for not delaying the 4th One Day International against New Zealand by a day due to the terrorist attack in a Peshawar Army Public School where around 132 school children were killed. Critics and former cricketers on different media have asked why the Pakistan Cricket Board did not show unanimity with the country in the time of grieve and sadness.
The criticism has grown to a level where the Pakistan Cricket Board has been enforced to give clarification about its decision and, and in its justification, said the decision cam under the pressure of the broadcasters.
Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan said that they also wanted to delay the match but there were several reasons for not being able to do this.
He added that they had to face with the broadcaster who had prior commitments to broadcast the match on prime time globally since it is One Day International and secondly the International Cricket Council also had issues confirming match officials for repeated matches.
Nadeem Khan, the former Test spinner who is the elder brother of Pakistan’s team manager and chief selector Moin Khan said he was amazed about the matter about broadcasters.
He said that he does not understand this reason because the whole country is grieving for the school children and even if the board had to face some commercial losses so what but this is their home series and he does not think the broadcasters should control them.
Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan said that he is right because they were in talks with their cricket board and they wanted to postpone the match. But they have decided to not only donate proceeds of the gate money for the school but if need arises they will also go to the school and play a match there and spend time with the children affected by this incident.
Reliable sources in the government said that the Pakistan Cricket Board’s failure to not delay the match had also met with disapprobation by some quarters in the government.
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