PCB's possible boycott of ICC awards ceremony would be 'childish act': Mani

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 05:20 hrs

Former International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani has termed the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) possible boycott of the ICC awards ceremony for omitting offspinner Saeed Ajmal's name from nominations as a "childish move" and felt that it would marginalise country's parent body.

"It will be a childish act. The PCB supporting their cricketer is fine and that is within their right. But boycotting the ceremony will marginalise us. The PCB should use other fronts to protest the decision and avoid such embarrassment in the future," the Daily Times quoted Mani, as saying.

"They should raise the matter in the next ICC board meeting and call for an inquiry on the selection process made for this year," he added.

Mani also critcised the ICC's decision for omitting Ajmal's name from the shortlist.

"A mistake has been made somewhere and the ICC should accept this because Ajmal's performance speaks for itself. He was definitely a deserving candidate for one of the award categories," Mani said.

"I am aware of the selection process and its transparency but I feel the ICC has made a mistake over Ajmal. This is a mistake made at the executive level. The ICC must admit it and include the spinner among the final nominees. It needs strong leadership but it is still possible to make amends in the list. If I was the ICC chief I would have ordered it," he further said. (ANI)

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