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We will give 'befitting' response to Indian cricket chief: Najam Sethi

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Executive Committee’s Chairman Najam Sethi said on Tuesday that the country’s cricket board will be prepared to answer Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur in an ICC board meeting scheduled to be held later this month in Cape Town, South Africa.

When asked about the BCCI’s request to International Cricket Council (ICC) to put Pakistan and India in the separate pools during the global tournaments, Sethi said: “We will give befitting response to Anurag Thakur.”

The two neighbours have not competed in a full-fledged bilateral series after the Mumbai Attacks in 2008 soared Indo-Pak diplomatic ties.

‘We will do everything for Shahid Afridi’

Talking about giving an honourable exit to former T20 captain Shahid Afridi, the executive committee’s chairman said: “Afridi is a star player and we will do everything for him.”

His statement regarding the flamboyant all-rounder came on the day when Afridi made his international debut 20 years back with a swashbuckling maiden One-Day century in just 37 balls, a world record at that time.

“I will be meeting Shahid Afridi and will discuss the situation with him”, he added.

“We don’t want to disturb the team’s professionalism for merely a tradition.”

Sethi further said that he had full support of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to organise the final of the second edition Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore.

The inaugural edition of PSL was held in Dubai and Sharjah earlier this year.

“We have full support of Punjab Chief Minister and we are in touch with administration to organise PSL final in Lahore,” he concluded.

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