London: Two former Ashes captains – Mike Brearley of England and Greg Chappell of Australia – were named as ICC Ambassadors to help bringing international cricket back to Pakistan.
The two cricketing legends would play crucial roles in encouraging all stakeholders to support the Pakistan Cricket Board and its players at a time when it is not possible for the strife-torn country to host international matches.
Haroon Lorgat, ICC Chief Executive, announced this during the historic ‘neutral’ MCC Spirit of Cricket Test between Pakistan and Australia at Lord’s on Thursday, an ICC release said.
“These true legends of the game will work with us to ensure continued support for Pakistan cricket.
“I am personally delighted that we have men of the stature of Mike Brearley and Greg Chappell working with ICC and playing an ambassadorial role in support of Pakistan cricket. It is important for the global game that Pakistan continues to compete at the highest levels,” said Lorgat.
“I am also grateful to all the full members for their support of Pakistan cricket at this difficult time. Many have agreed to either host Pakistan at neutral grounds or to travel to neutral venues to ensure that Pakistan’s Future Tours Programme commitments are fulfilled,” Lorgat said.
“We are also indebted to the Emirates Cricket Board and the stadiums in the United Arab Emirates for their continued willingness to provide Pakistan with a home venue,” he added.
Lorgat also congratulated England and Wales Cricket Board chief Giles Clarke for arranging the current Pakistan series.
“We are grateful to members of the ICC Pakistan Task Team who have worked extremely hard, under the leadership of ECB’s chairman Giles Clarke, to ensure they are able to play at international level,” Lorgat said.
“I think, Lord’s match, with support from MCC through their Spirit of Cricket campaign, has already demonstrated what can be achieved when we all work together. We wish everyone involved in the MCC Spirit of Cricket Test series every success,” he added.