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ICC Should Give Priority to International Cricket, Not Private Leagues: Inzamam-Ul-Haq

Inzamam agreed to become the chief selector after taking a pay cut as he was getting 1.2 million rupees from the Afghanistan board while the PCB will pay him 900,000 rupees per month. (Getty Images)

Inzamam agreed to become the chief selector after taking a pay cut as he was getting 1.2 million rupees from the Afghanistan board while the PCB will pay him 900,000 rupees per month. (Getty Images)

Inzamam said ICC should ensure priority is given to international cricket.

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said questions will be raised if the ICC T20 World Cup is cancelled or postponed, and the Indian Premier League happens in the same window.

Inzamam said Australia are entitled to cancel the T20 World Cup due to the COVID-19 scenario but said the ICC should not decide on that with a motive to help private leagues like IPL.

“These are the things that sources and internal people are talking about. They are claiming it is decided that the T20 World Cup won’t happen. Australia can say that it was difficult for it to manage 18 teams for the mega event as it is not easy. Likewise, the Pakistan team was in England in a hotel and all the facilities were being provided there, therefore, it has not been easy to manage 18 teams,” he said in a video on his YouTube channel.

“There are rumors that the World Cup was clashing with the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Australia-India series, therefore, it won’t take place.

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“The Indian board is strong and has control in the International Cricket Council (ICC). If Australia says that we cannot hold the World Cup because of the COVID-19 pandemic, then their stance will be easily accepted, but if any such kind event happens during the same time, then questions will be raised,” he said.

Inzamam said ICC should ensure priority is given to international cricket.

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“The ICC should not be allowed to give priority to private leagues on international cricket. This will lead to young players forcing on private leagues other than international matches,” he said.

“I have also heard that objections are also raised on the dates of the Asia Cup as it is clashing with some other event. The ICC, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and all cricket boards should sit together and give a strong message that any such kind of impression (giving priority to private leagues instead of international cricket), won’t take place,” he said.

first published:July 06, 2020, 13:00 IST