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PCB mulls future after ICC's ruling

Cricket's world governing body has given boards 12 months to free themselves from governmental and political interference, with a further 12-month grace period to enact the changes before any sanctions would be considered.

Pakistan's cricket administrators will hold talks with the government on how to implement a ban by the sport's governing body on political appointments within the game, an official said on Saturday.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), whose chairman Ijaz Butt was appointed by the president of the country, is directly hit by the ruling from the International Cricket Council (ICC) executive board on Thursday.

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will also be affected by the decision.

The ICC gave cricket boards 12 months to free themselves from governmental and political interference, with a further 12-month grace period to enact the changes before any sanctions would be considered.

Subhan Ahmed, the PCB chief operating officer, who along with Butt attended the five-day meeting in Hong Kong, told reporters on his return: "How we implement this reform will depend on our talks with the government."

Meanwhile Dinish Kaneria, the leg-spinner, yesterday filed a court petition against PCB for not allowing him to resume his international career despite being cleared in a spot-fixing case.

Kaneria, 30, has not been allowed to play for his country because an integrity committee of the PCB is not satisfied by the clearance from Essex, his county team in England.

Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield, his fellow Essex bowler, were arrested last year on charges of spot-fixing during a Pro40 match against Durham. Kaneria was later released without being charged but Westfield faces criminal proceedings.

Kaneria featured in Pakistan's Test series against England last year but has not been selected since on the grounds of not being cleared by the PCB committee. He said he filed the case as a last resort.

The clever bowler has taken 261 wickets in 61 Tests, besides taking 15 in 18 one-day internationals.

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