PCB asks Afghan counterpart to apologize for revival of ties a


Lahore, July 31 (TNS): The Pakistan Cricket Board seeks an apology from its Afghan counterpart to revive ties for its response after a bomb blast in Kabul on May 31.
Relations between the boards were affected after the irresponsible behaviour of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).
On another hand, ACB chief Atif Mashal 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”.

ACB in wake of Kabul blast tweeted that it was cancelling “agreed terms of mutual cricketing relationship” with its Pakistan cricket Board which annoyed officials in Lahore.

The tension escalated when ACB accused Pakistan for the blast, blaming that no settlement could be “valid in a country where terrorists are kept and provided a safe sanctuaries”.

Shaharyar Khan said: “One day, ACB head Mashal met me and was very positive about having good tie 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 apologised privately. But we, the board, have taken a position that until they apologise in public, we should not be reviving any cricketing ties with them.”