PCB refuses to react to BCB`s allegations on Asia Cup final

Lahore: Refusing to react to the allegations by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that pacer Aizaz Cheema had indulged in unsporting behaviour during the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh, the Pakistan Cricket Board said it has full faith in the match officials who had conducted the final.

Chasing 237 for a victory in the Asia Cup final in Mirpur on Thursday, Bangladesh fell short by two runs as they needed four from the last delivery. But the BCB later said that it would complain to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) that Cheema had deliberately blocked hosts batsman Mahmudullah Riyad when he tried to come back for a run during the tense chase.

However, the Chief Operating Officer of the PCB, Subhan Ahmed said that the match officials of the final game were competent enough to take decisions on such incidents.

"I think under the current rules and regulations of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the match officials are competent to take a decision on such incidents and we will only follow them," said Ahmed.

The COO also expressed surprise at Bangladesh`s late reaction.

"It is surprising to us because they said nothing after the final and now they are saying they will appeal to the ACC, two days after the final," pointed out Ahmed.

The PCB official also said he was not aware if the ACC or the ICC would even entertain any appeal from the BCB regarding the incident as so many days have passed since the Asia Cup final was played.

Ahmed though insisted that even if Bangladesh appealed to the ACC or the ICC, it would not affect the relationship between the two boards.

"It is their prerogative and opinion on what they think and want to do. We don`t think even if they appeal it will lead to any dent in relations," he said.

Earlier, the BCB had said that it was planning to appeal with the ACC to award five penalty runs to the Bangladesh team and reverse the result of the Asia Cup final.

"We have repeatedly seen video recordings of the incident and are convinced Cheema tried to block Mahmudullah," Enayet Hossain Siraj, the chairman of the BCB cricket operations committee, told reporters in Dhaka on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Ahmed made it clear that the PCB`s invitation to the BCB to send its team to Pakistan next month for a three-match ODI series and the latter`s stance on the final game of the Asia Cup were two different issues.

"We are still waiting for some response from them on the tour but they have said they are seeking government clearance without which the tour will not be possible," explained Ahmed.

The BCB has delayed a decision on whether to tour Pakistan, even though its security delegation visited the country earlier this month and said it would submit a report to its government within a week.


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