Bukhari urges PCB not to relate IPL match fixing with local tournaments


Karachi: Prof. Syed Sirajul Islam Bukhari, President of the Karachi City Cricket Association KCCA has appealed to Zaka Ashraf, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board PCB not relate local cricket tournaments held in Karachi to match fixing scandal of Indian Premier League and allow the domestic tournaments to be organized during Ramazan.

Bukhari has urged the PCB chief to direct his Domestic Tournament Department to facilitate the organizers to hold these tournaments that have nothing to do with match fixing like the Indian Premiere League.

Recently, Delhi Police has detained several Indian cricketers including players, who have represented India in international arena, for match fixing charges during IPL.

“The Regional Cricket Associations and affiliated departments of PCB should be allowed to participate in these tournaments. The IPL where huge match admission fee is charged from the public who wish to see those matches where match fixing is the order of the day. However, this is not the case of our domestic tournaments,” Bukhari said.

He added that the conditions put by ICC has been imposed for such tournaments like IPL and not for the local tournaments organized during the holy month of Ramzan.

“The main task of PCB is to promote and develop all forms of cricket in Pakistan and not to discourage organizations of organizing more cricket tournaments in Pakistan,” he said.

Earlier, Vice President KCCA Dr. Junaid Ali Shah who is also the Caretaker Minister of Health, Govt. has also asked PCB not to hinder in organizing of tournaments, which have been organized for years during Ramazan.

Bukhari has hoped that Zaka Ashraf, the PCB Chief will listen to his appeal in a realistic manner and allow such local cricket tournaments to be held particularly during the holy month of Ramazan which is a good pastime for the local cricket fans.