Pakistan media slam ICC for relocating Champions Trophy

February 2nd, 2009 - 8:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Feb 2 (IANS) A leading Pakistani newspaper Monday hit out at the International Cricket Council (ICC) for moving the Champions Trophy out of Pakistan and accused it of indulging in double standards.”With the ICC verdict over the Champions Trophy, Pakistan’s fate as a pariah of world cricket has been sealed,” The News reported.

“As if the Champions Trophy snub was not enough, the ICC delivered another lethal punch at its Executive Board meeting by again reversing the infamous Oval Test result, awarding it to England on forfeit,” it added.

The ICC decided to shift the Champions Trophy from Pakistan on security grounds. It also voted to reverse the Oval Test result and awarded it to England.

The decision was taken after Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) asked the ICC to reverse the result by insisting that the earlier decision to declare the Test as a draw contravened the laws of cricket.

“The latest ICC decision over The Oval fiasco underlines the fact that cricket is being governed by a weak body that will almost always give in to pressure whether it is coming from the cash-rich Indian cricket board or the MCC,” wrote the paper.

It said that the Champions Trophy switch could be catastrophic for Pakistan cricket.

“The ICC decision to take the eight-nation contest out of Pakistan means that very few leading teams will be coming here to play cricket in the coming seasons,” it said.

The paper also deplored the ICC for showing double standards.

“People have been suggesting the idea that Pakistan should move all of their home games to some neutral soil because of terrorism. The same people didn’t give India the same advice when terrorists gunned down scores of people in the heart of Mumbai last November. For them India was a victim and needed support from the cricket world.

“The same England (players) who express grave concerns about touring Pakistan were brave enough to visit India soon after the Mumbai carnage. The same ICC that didn’t even say sorry to Pakistan before depriving them of the Champions Trophy made pleas for cricket matches to go on in India.”

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