PCB should have discussed CAS option with sports ministry: Jilani

ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Sports Pir Aftab Hussain Jilani said Tuesday that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) did not take the government into confidence before going into the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against the verdict of International Cricket Council (ICC) in which the matches of the World Cup 2011 had been shifted from Pakistan. While talking to reporters at Pakistan Sports Complex after presiding over the meeting of Inter-Ministerial, he lamented that PCB act had not been thoroughly thought out. "It should have been taken soon after the decision of the ICC. I think before taking this step PCB should have informed the Ministry of Sports and top officials of the country," he maintained. Federal Minister further said that PCB high ups might run daily affairs without asking from the ministry of sports but they had to consult the ministry on the policy matters. "The PCB is around 30-day late in pursuing the CAS. It would be better if some positive decision come in the favour of Pakistan. However, I cannot comment on the legal aspect of the issue because I am not legal expert," he viewed. Responding to a question, Shah disclosed that the sports budget would be increased 9 per cent in the next fiscal year 2009/10. "Rs.400 millions will be spent on the ongoing projects during the 2009/10 and we will start 13 new projects for the building infrastructure in the country. It is the responsibility of the provincial governments to look after the sports infrastructure in the country," he added. Jilani further said that the government might support Pakistan Sports Trust (PST), which was playing a useful role in financing national sports federations to meet their challenges. "Nation games will be held in November in Peshawar and provincial government of NWFP ready to hold this prestigious local sports event and they will cope with the security problem before the starting of the national fixture, "he hoped. He urged that the all sports bodies in the country should be united. "There should be an ideal understanding among the ministry of sports, Pakistan Olympic Association and Pakistan Sports Board to move ahead at international level with joint efforts, "he concluded.

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