PCB wants an apology, but ACB declines

PCB wants an apology, but ACB declines

The Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) wants an apology from the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) for it’s response after the bomb blast in Kabul on May 31. On that day, Afghanistan’s capital Kabul was shook by a deadly terror attack,which took the lives of over 80 people and injured 500. After the attack the ACB officials severed their ties with the PCB and blamed the terror attack on Pakistan. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ এবার আফগান বোর্ডের সাথে পিসিবির দ্বন্দ্ব!]

Three days prior to the terror attack, ACB delegates had lengthy discussions with PCB officials, where both parties agreed to play friendly T20 matches against each other. Pakistan board expressed its willingness to provide Afghanistan with venues for training and conditioning camp. But after the attacks ACB chief Atif Mashal announced that it was cancelling “agreed terms of mutual cricketing relationship” with Pakistan. In an expanded statement ACB blamed Pakistan for the attack and said they will not sign an agreement with a country “where terrorists are housed and provided a safe haven”.

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PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan was both shocked and insulted with this statement. He threatened the ACB that if they don’t issue a public apology, Pakistan won’t revive the cricketing ties between the once ally nations.

“One day, their chairman (Mashal) met me and was very positive about having good relations,” Khan said. “But next day he gave an extremely political statement about Pakistan, so then we told them that we don’t have anything to do with you. He later did express his regret on making the statement and had also apologized privately. But we, the board, have taken a position that until they apologize in public, we should not be reviving any cricketing ties with them.”

But the ACB chief doesn’t seem to too bothered by this threat. After a meeting on Sunday he said, “Our relations with other cricket boards, including PCB, are based on mutual respect and national interests and we do not see the need for an apology.”

Ashfaq Niloy,Correspondent,bdcrictime.com