LONDON: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman slammed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan for what he called ‘disrespecting’ foreign players, who recently visited Lahore for the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL).
In an interview with a daily newspaper, ECB Chairman Colin Graves said that Imran’s remarks were “very disparaging” against cricketers like Darren Sammy, Dawid Malan and other players.
Imran Khan had called the foreign players “Phateechar” (shabby), triggering sharp criticism from across Pakistan and overseas.
In a video, Imran was seen stating that “I don’t know even the name of any of these so-called foreign players. It seems to me that they have been caught from here and there, some caught from Africa to tell us that they are foreign players. We don’t know who these people are.”
Graves said that foreign players who arrived in Lahore deserved respect and appreciation and no insults for playing the final match despite security concerns.
Administration of PSL and Pakistan Cricket Board successfully organised the match in Pakistan despite concerns internationally.
Foreign players of Quetta Gladiators including Kevin Pietersen refused to come to Pakistan and the cricket board substituted them with other international players.