KARACHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Zimbabwe Cricket that it is not appointing its match officials for the upcoming series between the two countries in Pakistan, according to a statement posted on the ICC website.
According to DawnNews, the PCB has announced a panel of local match officials including Azhar Khan, Russell Tiffin, Aleem Dar, Ahsan Raza, Shozab Raza, Ahmad Shahab and Khalid Mahmood.
The ICC decision was made after receiving a report from its security consultant. Due to security fears, foreign countries and match officials are reluctant to visit Pakistan.
The PCB and Zimbabwe have however agreed to play five One-day Internationals and two T20 matches.
The ICC Board, during its April meeting, had decided that the playing conditions relating to the appointment of match officials could be waived to allow the PCB to appoint local match officials for this series should the ICC decide not to send its umpires and referee due to the current security situation in Pakistan.
If this was to occur, the matches would still be considered “official cricket”, even though they will not be played strictly in accordance with the ICC standard playing conditions.
In the past, when Bangladesh was about to visit Pakistan in 2012, same issue was raised as the ICC could not make neutral umpires available and allowed the PCB to appoint local umpires under special circumstances.