PCB follows BCCI on Howard`s ICC leadership snub
Karachi: Following in the footsteps of BCCI, the PCB has rejected former Australian Prime Minister John Howard`s candidature for the International Cricket Council`s vice-president`s post, a Pakistan Cricket Board source said.
Howard`s ambition to head the International Cricket Council after India`s Sharad Pawar was thwarted by the powerful Afro-Asian bloc, which includes Pakistan, at an ICC Executive Board meeting in Singapore today.
"It was on the cards that Pakistan would follow the same policy that India did on the issue of Howard`s nomination," one source in PCB said.
He said that the government had also advised PCB to take a decision itself on the Howard issue, keeping in mind the benefit of Pakistan cricket.
"Once the government had also declined to give any clear line on Howard issue, PCB chairman Ejaz Butt had decided to adopt the same policy that India would adopt," the source said.
He said once India had made its stance clear on Howard`s nomination in Singapore, where the ICC meeting is being held, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh also followed suit.
"Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had already indicated they would not support Howard`s nomination but Pakistan`s stance remained unclear. But it became clear when India made its policy public," the source said.
The source pointed out that relations between Pakistan and the other Asian boards had deteriorated over the issue of the 2011 World Cup matches being shifted out of the strife-torn country.
"So obviously now the PCB is taking some damage control steps," he added.