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Mar
07

ICC denies stopping Pakistani players from speaking Urdu

“At no point did the ICC say it cannot allow the Pakistan team management to hold press conferences in Urdu. The ICC doesn’t tell the participating teams in which language they have to speak. The issue of Pakistan players speaking in Urdu was discussed with the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Naseem Ashraf in Kingston earlier this week and he agreed with the ICC that for all media events happening inside the playing field players will speak in English. While for all media events outside the playing field, Pakistan players will talk in Urdu” – ICC spokesman.

There have been reports in Pakistan claiming that the ICC asked Pakistan to avoid holding media conferences in their native language. Pakistan last week announced that its players would speak Urdu in order to stop them being misquoted.

The team’s media manager Pervez Mir has been acting as an interpreter.

Pakistan lost their first match in Group D to the hosts West Indies by 54 runs in Jamaica on Tuesday. They next play Ireland on Saturday.

The top two teams will qualify for the next round of Super Eights.

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