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T20 World Cup 2022 fixtures to be announced on Jan 21

The full fixture set for the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia next year, will be announced on January 21, 2022, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Monday.

The next edition of the showpiece event will comprise a total of 45 matches, which will be played across seven venues in Australia — Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

The T20 World Cup 2022 will be held between October 16 and November 13 next year, which will be exactly an year after the Aaron Finch-led Australian side lifted its maiden T20 World Cup title in the UAE recently defeating New Zealand.

Issuing a statement, the global cricket governing body said: “The Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is less than 11 months away and fans can soon start preparing their World Cup experience with the full fixture set to be announced on January 21, 2022. With the announcement of the fixture, fans will be able to plan which matches they want to attend and where, before tickets go on sale to the public on February 7, 2022.”

“The final will be hosted under lights at the MCG on 13 November 2022, while the semi-finals will be hosted at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Adelaide Oval on November 9 and 10, respectively,” it added.

The ICC further stated: “As announced in November, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 champions Australia and runner-up New Zealand plus Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan and South Africa as the next highest ranked teams will gain direct entry into the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.”

“Namibia, Scotland, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will play in Round 1. The four remaining spots at Australia 2022 will be filled via the ongoing qualification pathway, culminating in two global qualifying tournaments one to take place in Oman in February and the other in Zimbabwe in July,” it added.

Recently after advancing to the ‘Super 12’ stage of the just concluded T20 World Cup 2021, which was held in Oman and the UAE, Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka had confirmed their spot for the next edition of the showpiece event.

The four remaining spots will be filled via the ongoing qualification pathway taking place across the five regions, culminating in two global qualifying tournaments in early 2022, the ICC had said recently.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be the biggest global sporting event to be hosted in Australia as it will witness 16 teams, which will play 45 matches around the country.

The just concluded edition of the T20 World Cup was son by the Aaron Finch-led Australia, which had defeated the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand by eight wickets in Dubai on November 14.

ICC unveils its new Global Growth Strategy

International Cricket Council (ICC), the global cricket governing body, has unveiled its global growth strategy which places women’s cricket firmly at the heart of its long-term ambitions.

The strategy which has been developed in partnership with ICC Members is aimed at strengthening, growing, and protecting the game with the vision of more players, more fans and more nations enjoying cricket. The strategic pillars of strengthen, grow, and protect will be underpinned by digital transformation of the sport to support Members to connect directly with fans and build capacity.

To strengthen the sport and drive greater engagement from what already exists, the ICC will deliver competitive cricket with context for all Members, invest in and grow women’s cricket, build cricket among Associate Members and deepen fans’ connection through digital transformation, including the ongoing development of ICC.tv, the direct to fan platform and with the development of a mobile game.

On the other hand to grow the sport through more people and more places, the ICC will focus on getting more people playing and engaging with cricket through its criiio entry level programme and enhanced education programmes for coaches, officials, and curators. Female participation will be prioritised as will key identified new markets to drive targeted growth, the first of which will be the USA. Olympic inclusion is also considered a central plank of growing cricket globally.

Meanwhile in order to protect the integrity of the sport and inspiring trust among fans is the third pillar of the strategic framework. Providing an environment that is safe for all participants and brings to life the spirit of cricket will be a key area of focus along with the continued commitment to leading the way in delivering a corruption free sport.

Additionally, the ICC Cricket 4 Good programme will be developed to harness the power of more than one billion fans to build a better future.

In addition to the framework, six strategic priority projects have been highlighted in the strategy as the sport looks to build and consolidate on recent success.

Commenting on it, ICC Chair Greg Barclay said: “This strategy is for the whole sport, and it will enable us to strengthen what we currently have, particularly around the women’s game and ensuring we’re delivering competitive cricket with context for all our Members. It also provides us with the opportunity to look at growing the game and getting more people playing and engaging with cricket through new markets and Olympic inclusion.”

“Finally, it identifies the importance of protecting the integrity of our game and inspiring trust among fans and using the power of cricket to build a better future. This framework is something on which the whole sport is aligned and I’m looking forward to working in partnership with our Members to create a successful and sustainable future for cricket,” he added.

Meanwhile, ICC CEO Geoff Allardice said: “Our strategy is focused on more players, more fans and more nations enjoying cricket and we believe by working closely with Members we can build on the strength of what we already have but also grow the game in new markets.”

“I am particularly excited by the commitment of everyone in the sport to investing in and growing the women’s game. Over the last four years we have invested in ICC women’s events and witnessed 86,174 people in the MCG to watch the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 which is the best illustration yet of our research that tells us that two thirds of cricket’s 1 billion plus fans want to see more women’s cricket. Digital transformation will play a crucial role in delivering the success of our strategy as we look to attract and engage more fans and build digital platforms that enable our Members to create direct relationships with 300 million fans by 2032,” he added.

ICC appoints Geoff Allardice as CEO on permanent basis

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday announced Geoff Allardice as the organisation’s permanent CEO after more than eight months in the role on an interim basis.

Allardice, a former first-class cricketer, was the ICC General Manager, Cricket for eight years having previously held a similar role at Cricket Australia.

Commenting on the development, Greg Barclay, ICC Chair said: “I am delighted that Geoff has agreed to take the role of ICC CEO on a permanent basis. He has shown tremendous leadership during an extremely challenging period culminating in the successful delivery of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

“Geoff has unrivaled knowledge of the global cricket landscape and its stakeholders and has consistently demonstrated he is the right person to work in partnership with our Members to shape the sport for the next decade as we embark on delivering a new strategy and our next commercial rights cycle,” he added.

On the other hand, an elated Allardice said: “It’s a great privilege to be appointed as the CEO of the ICC and I would like to thank Greg and the ICC Board for the opportunity to lead the sport as we enter an exciting new phase of growth.”

“My continued focus will be on doing the right thing for our sport and working closely with Members to deliver long-term success and sustainability. I would also like to thank the ICC staff for their commitment and support over the last eight months and I’m looking forward to continuing to serve cricket with such a talented team,” he added.

Earlier in July thi year, the global cricket governing body had sacked Manu Sawhney as its CEO, exactly four months after suspending him.

Notably in March this year, the ICC had sent Sawhney on “leave” as his conduct came under the scanner during an internal investigation by audit firm PWC.

On the other hand, Sawhney had said that the governing body’s probe against him was nothing but a “premeditated witch-hunt”.

“It is abundantly clear to me, as it would be to any reasonable person or bystander, that I am the victim of a premeditated witch-hunt. All pretence at undertaking a fair process or giving me a fair hearing has been completely abandoned.

“There has been no attempt to comply with the ICC’s internal policies or even basic principles of natural justice,” he added.

Significantly, four allegations were levelled against Sawhney, as he was accused of “targeted acts of bullying against certain [ICC] staff”; of “physical aggression, such as fist banging”; of having “impacted directly and indirectly on individuals’ health and wellbeing through [his] behaviour”; and, that he did not “properly report to the [ICC] Board and have implemented decisions or changes without proper consultation with the Board”.

Sawhney was appointed ICC CEO in January 2019.

Man Utd owners, Shah Rukh Khan, Mumbai Indians acquire franchises in Emirates T20 league

Emirates Cricket Board’s upcoming inaugural season of Premier League T20 (PL T20), a T20 League, received a major boost as some giants of the sporting world have acquired teams in the tournament.

According to a report in Times of India (ToI), English Premier League giants Manchester United owners – The Glazer family, which had failed to buy a team in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) recently, have bought a team in the Emirates T20 league along with bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Mumbai Indians.

Khan also co-owns IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders and enjoys a massive fan-following in the UAE which is seen as one another reason to boost the league.

“And for Shahrukh, Dubai has always been a second home to him. Brand SRK has been synonymous with this part of the world and it naturally augurs well to have him and his franchise participating in our league,” say those working on the property as quoted by Times of India.

Meanwhile, financial services company Capri Global, Kiran Kumar Grandhi of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals (DC) and Big Bash League (BBL) club Sydney Sixers have also became part of the league.

“January’s a great time to play cricket in the UAE. The destination caters to multiple time zones, especially in the west. It suits prime-time in the Indian sub-continent very well, as we’ve seen during the last two IPLs and the recent T20 World Cup that were played there,” industry executives, tracking developments of the development, were quoted as saying by Times of India.

According to reports, defending IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were also in the fray to acquire a team however, they backed down at the eleventh hour.

Earlier in August, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) had announced the launch of PLT20, a six-team franchise-style league, will be played in January and February 2022.

The T20 league was sanctioned by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of ECB.

As part of the announcement, the tournament logo was also unveiled which is an ode to its home city – Dubai.

The hallmark of the new league is that it will have highest number of international players in a squad. This unique aspect of the league will attract some of the biggest names in world cricket while also giving a platform and international exposure to upcoming players.

The logo fosters and exudes a patriotic fervour with the UAE’s national symbol – the majestic Falcon draped in UAE’s flag colours, which then symbolically intertwines with the unmistakable Cricket image – the powerful hit of a batsman. All the elements of the PLT20 logo are then encased by a shield; symbolizing pride, honour and strength which combine to create an unbreakable, uniting force of the United Arab Emirates – values which will underpin every aspect of the PLT20.

The league is duly approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Pakistan to host an ICC event after 29 long years

In a massive development, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced Pakistan as the host for the 2025 Champions Trophy.

Significantly, Pakistan had last staged an ICC event in 1996 when they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and it will now be after 29 years when an ICC event returns t the cuntry.

Pakistan has been largely starved of international cricket particularly since the 2009 attack on the touring Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

The development came as the ICC confirmed the 14 host countries of ICC men’s white-ball events from 2024-2031 as per which, 11 full members and three associate members have been selected to host two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, four ICC Men’s T20 World Cups and two ICC Men’s Champions Trophy events.

Commenting on the development, and elated Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja thanked the ICC for awarding the Champions Trophy 2025 to Pakistan and said that the event will showcase his country’s passion for the sport.

In a statement, issued by the PCB, Raja said: “I am pleased no-end with the ICC’s decision to select Pakistan as a host nation for one of their elite tournaments. By allocating a major global event to Pakistan, the ICC has expressed complete confidence and faith in our management and operational capabilities and skills.”

“We have continued to demonstrate how a great host we are and through the ICC Champions Trophy 2025, we will again showcase our passion and love for the sport as this event will be a boon to the millions of home fans, who will see world class teams and their favourite international players from close quarters,” he added.

Notably, PCB has been trying its best for the return of international cricket in the country.

“We not only endeavour to plan and deliver a world-class event, we will also prepare and field a strong and formidable side that can perform and entertain our home fans. We saw during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign how the nation got united and the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 at home will be another opportunity to further strengthen that bond as we defend the title,” Raja further expressed.

Also, it will be for the first time when the USA and Namibia will host an ICC World Cup event as the former has been selected as the co-host of the 2024 T20 World Cup while the latter, an African nation, will jointly host the 2027 One-Day International (ODI) World Cup with South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Significantly, the hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt. The ICC Board accepted the recommendations of the committee who conducted a thorough review of each bid along with ICC management.

The global cricket governing boday also said that a similar process to identify the hosts for ICC Women’s and U19s events for the next cycle will be undertaken early next year.

India to co-host 2026 T20 WC & 2031 ODI World Cup, announces ICC

As per the schedule of the major International Cricket Council (ICC) events announced by global cricket governing body, India will co-host the 2026 T20 World Cup and the 2031 50-over World Cup with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh respectively.

Significantly, the ICC on Tesday confirmed the 14 host countries of the men’s white ball events between 2024 and 2031 as per which, 11 full members and three associate members have been selected to host two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, four ICC Men’s T20 World Cups and two ICC Men’s Champions Trophy events.

Apart from the two events, India will also be the sole host of the 2029 ICC Champions Trophy.

The USA and Namibia will host an ICC World Cup event for the first time. Whilst Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe have previously staged major events and will do so again over the next decade.

In another big development, Pakistan will also host an ICC event after more than two decades as it has been announced as the host for the 2025 Champions Trophy in 2025.

Notably, Pakistan had last staged an ICC event in 1996 when they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and since then, the country has been starving of international cricket particularly because of the 2009 attack on the touring Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

As per ICC, the hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt.

The ICC Board accepted the recommendations of the committee who conducted a thorough review of each bid along with ICC management and a similar process to identify the hosts for ICC Women’s and U19s events for the next cycle will be undertaken early next year.

Commenting on the development, ICC Chair Greg Barclay said: “We are delighted to have concluded this competitive bidding process for the first time for ICC events. To have 14 Members hosting 8 events is a reflection of the truly global nature of our sport and I’d like to thank every Member that submitted a bid and offer our congratulations to the successful bidders.”

“It is fantastic to be returning to so many previous hosts, but what is really exciting about this process is the countries who will stage ICC events for the first time including the USA which is a strategic growth market for us. This gives us the opportunity to deepen our connection with fans in traditional cricket nations and also reach new fans around the world,” he added.

On the other hand, Martin Snedden, Chair of the ICC Hosting Sub-Committee said: “We received a range of excellent bids to host the ICC Men’s events in the next cycle. We were committed to ensuring a broad spread of hosts to align with the ICC strategic objective of global growth and have ended up with 14 countries who will support that long term aim.”

Meanwhile, Ricky Skerritt, Cricket West Indies President and ICC Board member said: “The success of this joint bid by CWI and USA Cricket will be a huge boost for our cricket. It offers a vital strategic opportunity to promote and develop cricket, and related commercial activity, in North America and the Caribbean.”

“I take this opportunity to thank all those at ICC, USA Cricket and CWI who helped to make this 2024 venue selection decision possible,” he added.

ICC men’s events post 2023:

2024 T20 World Cup – USA and West Indies

2025 Champions Trophy – Pakistan

2026 T20 World Cup – India and Sri Lanka

2027 ODI World Cup – South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia

2028 T20 World Cup – Australia and New Zealand

2029 Champions Trophy – India

2030 T20 World Cup – England, Ireland and Scotland

2031 ODI World Cup – India and Bangladesh

Jayawardene, Pollock, Brittin inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

On the eve of the 2021 T20 World Cup final in Dubai, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has inducted Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene, South Africa’s Shaun Pollock and England’s Janette Brittin into the Hall of Fame.

After the development, the tally of inducted players goes to 13 for the ongoing year as 10 players were inducted ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand in June.

Jayawardena played 652 international matches for the island nation, comprising 149 Tests, 448 ODIs and 55 T20Is. It was only India’s Sachin Tendulkar, who played more international matches than Jayawardene.

Commenting on his induction, he said: “I am very grateful for the recognition and would like to enjoy and share the moment with all those that have helped me on my journey, including my family, friends, coaches, team-mates and, most importantly, Sri Lanka cricket fans who passionately supported and inspired me during my career.”

Jayawardene had retired from international cricket at the end of Sri Lanka’s Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign in Australia.

On the other hand, Pollock played 108 Tests and 303 ODIs, scalping 421 and 393 wickets respectively. Meanwhile, the South African great also amassed 7300 runs across the two formats.

Commenting on it, the former South Africa all-rounder said: “I would like to thank the ICC for this recognition of my career,” Pollock said.

“It’s an amazing honour to be included in the Hall of Fame alongside the very illustrious company that has already been inducted. It’s a real cherry on the top or maybe even a book end of what has been a thoroughly enjoyable cricketing experience and I’d like to thank my teammates who played such a massive part along the journey,” he added.

Significantly, Shaun is the son of former South African player Peter Pollock and nephew of ICC Hall of Famer Graeme Pollock.

On the other hand, Brittan, considered as one of England’s most successful batters, was inducted into the hall of fame posthumously.

Brittan’s Test career lasted for 19 years and she was also the top-scorer in the 1992 World Cup final. She played 27 Tests and 63 ODIs for England.

Reacting to the news of her induction, Angela Bainbridge, friend of Janette Brittin said: “I along with Jan’s parents Maggie and Kevin are incredibly proud of her and her achievements and this award recognises both the player and the person that she was.”

“You could not wish to meet a more humble or talented player and she always gave 100% whether she played for club, county, or country,” she added.

Brittin had passed away from cancer at the age of 58 in 2017. Notably, she is the 31st England player to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

ICC seeks probe into crowd behaviour in Dubai

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to thoroughly investigate the incident of attempts by hundreds of ticketless people attempting to get an entry into the Dubai International Cricket stadium for the Pakistan-Afghanistan ICC T20 World Cup ‘Super 12’ match on Friday night.

Although over 16,000 tickets were issued for the night game between Pakistan and Afghanistan, as per reports, thousands of ticketless fans travelled to the venue and attempted to gain an entry into the stadium forcefully, the ICC said in a statement late on Friday.

Issuing a statement, the ICC said: “More than 16,000 tickets had been issued for tonight’s game between Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, thousands of ticketless fans traveled to the venue and then attempted to force entry into the stadium.
More than 16,000 tickets had been issued for tonight’s game between Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, thousands of ticketless fans traveled to the venue and then attempted to force entry into the stadium.”

“Dubai Police and security staff secured the stadium to ensure the safety of everyone inside and brought in significant additional resources to disperse the crowd and calm the situation. At approximately 7pm, Dubai Police directed that all gates should remain closed and no further entry was permitted to maintain a safe and controlled environment inside the venue,” it added.

The Global body further said: “The ICC has asked the ECB to undertake a thorough investigation into tonight’s events to learn any lessons and will work closely with authorities to ensure there is no repeat of this situation in the future. The ICC, BCCI and ECB apologise to any fans with valid tickets who were unable to enter the stadium tonight and request they contact the ticket provider.”

Notably on Friday, the Babar Azam-led Pakistan side maintained their winning streak in the showpiece event as they defetaed Afghanistan by five wickets in a thrilling encounter in Dubai. With the victory, the Green Brigade also completed their hat-trick of wins in the Super 12 round and also consolidated their position on top of the Group 2 table.

Chasing 148 for victory, Pakistan rode skipper Babar Azam fifty along with cameo of Asif Ali to cross the finish line with an over to spare.

While Babar top-scored with 51 runs, Fakhar Zaman chipped in with a valuable 25-ball 30.

However, it was Asif’s cameo down the order which helped Pakistan seal their third straight victory. Asif played a scintillating 7-ball 25-run cameo, which was laced with four massive hits into the stands.

Pakistan had earlier defeated arch-rivals India in their campaign opener by 10 wickets before beating New Zealand in their second game.

The Babar Azam-led side will next take on Namibia on November 2 in Abu Dhabi before taking on Scotland in their last league affair at the Sharjah Cricket stadium on November 7.

Meanwhile after Friday’s win over Afghanistan, Pakistan have already sealed a semi-final berth. With three wins from as many games, the Green Brigade currently tops the Group 2 standing with six points in their kitty with a decent Net Run-Rate (NRR) of 0.638.

Afghanistan are placed second in the table with one win from two games.

ICC & UNICEF partner to help break stigma around mental health

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and UNICEF are aiming to raise awareness of mental health and well-being amongst children and adolescents and encourage greater conversation and understanding of it throughout the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, beginning on Sunday.

The event – the biggest ever in the UAE and Oman – begins on October 17 and comprises 45 matches across four venues and features cricket’s biggest names and best teams. As the pinnacle of the shortest format of cricket, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 attracts a global audience reaching billions of young fans and families.

The partnership will highlight the need for more conversations around mental health and wellbeing. Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to their community.

According to the latest available estimates, more than 1 in 7 adolescents aged 10–19 is estimated to live with a diagnosed mental disorder globally.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the issue. School closures and physical distancing measures due to COVID 19 have reduced children and young people’s regular coping mechanisms and contributed to increased isolation and mental health risks.

Lockdownsand other pandemic containment measures, in addition to the direct impact of COVID-19, have resulted in mental stress of parents’ and care givers. This has in turn affected their ability to provide a protective and nurturing environment for their children.

#OnYourMind campaign at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will urge for greater commitment, connection and conversation around mental health and physical wellbeing.

Through this initiative ICC will use its global platforms, including its broadcast and digital channels to support UNICEF’s work and drive the message around: what affects children’s mental health, how to break the silence and talk about mental health wellbeing, destigmatise mental health issues, how to reach out and seek support and what can parents and adults do to improve the mental wellbeing of children.

This partnership comes at the back of ICC’s commitment to ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of over 2,000 individuals that are involved in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, many of whom including players, coaches and support staff, will be in a “managed event environment” throughout.

Commenting on it, Geoff Allardice, Acting CEO ICC said: “Cricket has the incredible power and reach to raise awareness and effect change and we’re proud to partner with UNICEF to help break the stigma around mental health. #OnYourMind encourages us all to talk more openly about this with our children to promote and protect their mental health.”

UNICEF India Representative Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, said: “We anticipate that that the COVID-19 pandemic related stresses that have affected the mental health of children and young people in India is likely to have a lasting impact if we do not act now! We must work with them to bust the stigma around mental health that prevents many from sharing and seeking support. Lets together break the silence and end stigma on mental health issues. We value UNICEF’s partnership with ICC to break the silence.”

“Together, through this platform we hope to reach millions with the message, its okay to speak up about what’s #OnMyMind,” he added.

PCB Chief Ramiz Raja to meet BCCI heads at Asian Cricket Council meeting

Newly appointed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja will reportedly meet the bosses of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and other cricket boards later on Wednesday to talk about holding global tournaments within the country.

As per reports, Raja will be taking part in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting.

In the ACC meeting, Asia Cup 2022, which is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka, will be the main agenda.

Reports suggest that in the meeting, Raja will also hold talks with senior officials of BCCI and other cricket boards to host international cricket tournaments in Pakistan.

Apart from that, Raja is also expected to meet with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) officials as the PCB is looking to jointly-host future international events.

“Pakistan has already tabled a bid to host cricket mega events from 2024-31. Besides hosting some of the events exclusively, the PCB has also expressed its willingness to join hands with other boards for hosting the major events,” a source was quoted as saying by The News.

“Say if Pakistan is to bid for the T20 World Cup in years to come, the PCB can do it with the help and assistance of other neighbouring cricket boards. Since the PCB is enjoying good relations with the Emirates Board, the discussion on joint ventures cannot be ruled out,” it added.

“The role of the ACC amid such unprecedented circumstances will also be discussed during the meeting. Ramiz, who has already written a letter to the ICC, would question the role of the ACC on such illogical decisions as were taken by the NZ and ECB,” the source further added.

Significantly on September 17, the New Zealand cricket team had abandoned their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert.

The development took place a few minutes before the first ODI match between Pakistan and New Zealand.

Commenting on the development, NZC had said in a statement: “The side was to play Pakistan this evening in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before moving to Lahore for a five match T20 series. However, following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground, it has been decided the BLACKCAPS will not continue with the tour.”

Following the incident, Raja had slammed the Kiwi cricket board for pulling out of the series at the last minute and had said that he would raise the matter before the International Cricket Council (ICC) soon.

After New Zealand, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had also cancelled their men’s and women’s short tour of Pakistan, which was severely criticised by many former cricketers.