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PCB: We will not revive cricketing ties with Afghanistan

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said they will not revive cricket ties with the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) until they get an apology from their Asian counterparts.

Ties between the boards were damaged when the ACB blamed Pakistan for a bomb blast in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul on 31 May.

The PCB were in talks to let Afghanistan, who were recently awarded Test status, use their facilities and academy but that agreement will no longer take place.

Khan said in Lahore: “One day, their chairman (Atif Mashal) met me and was very positive about having good relations.

“But next day he gave an extremely political statement about Pakistan, so then we told them that we don’t have anything to do with you.

“He later did express his regret on making the statement and had also apologised privately.

“But we, the board, have taken a position that until they apologise in public, we should not be reviving any cricketing ties with them.”

However, ACB chief Atif Mashal responded, saying: “Our relations with other cricket boards, including PCB, are based on mutual respect and national interests and we do not see the need for an apology.”