ECB chief offers to help Pakistan, but ICC yet to give backing

London: The chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Giles Clarke, has offered to help restructure Pakistan cricket in the wake of the illegal betting scandal after England successfully pressed for the three players under police investigation to be withdrawn from the one-day series.

Clarke is the chairman of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Pakistan task force, which is charged with planning an ordered return of international cricket to the country.

According to the Guardian, Pakistan has not staged a home Test or one-day international since a terrorist attack on coaches carrying the Sri Lanka team and match officials to a Test in Lahore in March last year.

However, the ICC was at pains to point out last night that Clarke’s remit was limited to security concerns, but the events of the past week have convinced him of the need for wider reforms.

Clarke said: “As chairman of the ICC’s Pakistan task team, I look forward to working with Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, Ijaz Butt, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board and everybody involved in Pakistan cricket in taking forward cricket in Pakistan so that a proper plan exists for the whole of Pakistan cricket, given all the many and varied issues which have addressed it.”

“We naturally have many challenges to face, Cricket fans across the world can be assured that we will be doing so.” he added.