September 25, 2012 · 0 Comments
PCB chief Zaka Ashraf chaired the meeting which was attended by Syed Ashraf Ul Haq, Ravi Sehgal, Pankaj Khimji, Mazhar Khan, Shubhangi Kulkarni, Capt Shahzada Saleem Ahmed, Sultan Rana, Bandula Warnapura, Thusith Perera and Ganesh Sundaramoorthy.
Talking to the media after the meeting, PCB chief Zaka, who is also ACC Development Committee chairman, thanked all the participants of the meeting, who despite security concerns visited the country and extended full his full support to the associate members.
“We have extended our all-out support to all the associate members and offered them to send their players and utilise services provided at National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. We also offered them our facilities and coaches and also extended them invitation to send their teams to participate in Pakistan’s domestic tournaments. We have also offered to send our coaches to train players in their own countries,” Zaka said. The meeting discussed in detail the development calendar for the year 2013 and also thoroughly checked the progress made during the current year. It was also approved to give associate membership to Afghanistan and while Tajikistan, Chinese Taipei and Cambodia also applied for the associate membership of the ACC and a decision in this regard would be taken in the next meeting. To a query, Zaka said: “We are also grateful to Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) for their positive role towards Pakistan. The ACC would hold associate members championship next year.”
ACC Chief Executive Syed Ashraf Ul Haq on the occasion said: “We are very touched and obliged by the wonderful arrangements made by the PCB. We feel there is no security concern what so ever in Pakistan and this country is as save as the other parts of the world. Pakistani people love the sports and we would take up this issue in ACC meeting and find out ways how to restore international cricket in Pakistan.”
“There is immense amount of development work which is carried out in all the associate member countries. They all have 70-90 level-I and 10 -20 level-II coaches. We are utilising Cricket Australia services for this purpose. Only China has alone 71 level-I coaches and 10 level II coaches. Soon all these countries will have their own qualified coaches,” Syed Ashraf concluded.
By Web Editor