Zaka should stop play­ing pol­i­tics'

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LAHORE

The Pun­jab gov­ern­ment broke their six-month si­lence on Wed­nes­day re­gard­ing claims made by Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) chair­man Zaka Ashraf that the short tour by the Bangladesh team in April was post­poned since the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment did not en­sure fool­proof se­cu­rity for the vis­i­tors.

"Zaka should not play pol­i­tics in the name of cricket," Rana Mas­hood, the chief or­gan­iser of the Pun­jab Youth Fes­ti­val and Deputy Speaker of the Pun­jab Assem­bly, said at a press con­fer­ence. "We were al­ways will­ing to pro­vide se­cu­rity to any for­eign team. Ev­ery­one who has some com­mon sense can un­der­stand who is play­ing pol­i­tics here."

Lack of co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the PCB and the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment played a vi­tal role in the post­pone­ment of the tour as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) got to know about the con­flict-like sit­u­a­tion be­tween the two bod­ies.

Mas­hood also said that the Pun­jab Sports Board was will­ing to in­clude cricket in the re­cently-con­cluded Youth Fes­ti­val but the PCB did not give any pos­i­tive re­sponse.

"We didn't re­cive a pos­i­tive re­ply from the PCB on that… as well as our pro­posal of hold­ing the Pun­jab Premier League," he said.

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