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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been slammed for not postponing the fourth ODI against New Zealand following the Peshawar school massacre.
Even before the match started, veteran batsman Younis Khan stated that many of the players were not in the right frame of mind to play the match.
The gruesome attack, which was carried out by the Taliban on Tuesday, resulted in 132 children and nine staff being killed.
“Yes we also wanted to postpone the match but there were several reasons for not being able to do this,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said. “Mainly we had to contend with the broadcaster who had prior commitments to show the match on prime time globally since it is an ODI and secondly, the ICC also had issues confirming match officials for back-to-back matches.”
However, former Pakistan spinner Nadeem Khan, who is the older brother of chief selector and team manager Moin Khan, noted the match shouldn’t have gone ahead as scheduled, especially since the entire nation was in mourning.
“I don’t understand this reason because the entire nation is grieving for the schoolchildren and even if the board had to bear some commercial losses, so what,” Nadeem Khan said. “This is our home series and I don’t think the broadcasters should dictate to us.”
The PCB chairman also admitted that the board never told New Zealand captain Kane Williamson that the match could have been postponed.
“He is right because we were in talks with their cricket board and we wanted to postpone the game,” Shaharyar Khan said. “But we have decided to not only donate proceeds of the gate money for the school but if need arises we will also go to the school and play a match there and spend time with the children affected by this tragedy.”