ECB chairman Giles to make personal plea to Zardari

London: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke is keen to help Pakistan cricket achieve freedom from political interference and is likely to go to the extent of making a personal plea to President Asif Zardari.

Clarke chaired an ICC Pakistan task team that recommended freedom from political interference as a vital step towards the successful management of the sport in Pakistan, according to the `Guardian`.

The ICC has recently given countries like Pakistan two years` time to free itself from political interference, a decision that Pakistan did not object to at the annual meeting in Hong Kong last month.

But the Pakistan Cricket Board has thrown the proposed changes into doubt, arguing that "the circumstances in Pakistan are unique" and that the system "cannot certainly be labelled as faulty".

"The circumstances in Pakistan are unique and cricket administration requires and deserves government support, without which international cricket may not be able to return to Pakistan. Keeping in view the extraordinary security situation in the country, having the president as patron of the PCB adds tremendous value and comfort," the PCB said.


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