Afridi hoping that PCB can restore peace with ECB

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 14:12 [IST]
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'PCB should normalise relation with ECB'

Pakistan T20 and ODI skipper, Shahid Afridi, has expressed hope that relations between the Pakistan and England cricket boards can soon be restored and normalised.

"The Pakistan board should try to take steps to normalise relations with the ECB because Pakistan cricket needs the support of other nations at this stage," Afridi told Geo Super channel.

He pointed out that the Pakistan cricket team have limited options of playing in at a neutral venue and England was a viable neutral venue.

Following PCB chairman, Ijaz Butt's and legal advisor, Tafazzul Rizvi's take off to London to meet the lawyers of the tainted trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer alleged to have been involved in spot-fixing, Afridi made his comments.

Butt and Rizvi are due to meet with the law firm appointed by the board in London to discuss the reply to be sent to the ECB and English players who have demanded an unconditional apology and compensation from Butt for making deragatory statements against the English players in a television channel.

The duo are also due to meet with Scotland Yard officials investigating into spot fixing allegations against three tainted players.

Afridi said he hoped the dispute between the PCB and ECB would be amicably resolved very soon.

"If our relations with ECB don't improve the options available to us to play at neutral venues would be reduced and this is not good for us," Afridi said.

"I think in existing circumstances when Pakistan cricket is going through tough times we should make the best use of the best available neutral venues available to us," he stated.

Afridi, however, said the players were happy that the PCB had taken a strong stand for them and was keen to protect their interests.

"But at the same time we would also like to see the PCB have good relations with ECB," he said.


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