Draft Future Tours Programme post-2012 approved in principle

Updated: 07 October 2009 16:27 IST

The ICC approved the post-2012 Draft Future Tours Programme in principle and discussed the vexed issue of WADA anti-doping code's 'whereabouts clause'.

Johannesburg:

The International Cricket Council approved the post-2012 Draft Future Tours Programme in principle and discussed the vexed issue of WADA anti-doping code's 'whereabouts clause' on the opening day of its two-day Board meeting here.

In the meet that started on Thursday, the ICC also approved a tougher anti-corruption and anti-racism code.

"...the ICC Board approved in principle the draft FTP post-2012 as recommended by the ICC Chief Executives' Committee last week," the governing body said in a statement.

"The draft programme was agreed subject to no Member being disadvantaged relative to the current FTP. The executive of the ICC will now carry out a commercial evaluation of the FTP and draft a revision to the FTP regulation as a consequence of the changes contained in the draft," it added.

World Anti-doping Agency's (WADA) 'whereabouts clause', which has been rejected by the Indian Cricket Board, was also discussed and the ICC said it remains committed to keeping the sport dope-free.

"With challenges surrounding the issue of players filing the 'whereabouts' information, the Board considered the matter and discussions are ongoing", it said.

"The ICC Board maintains a zero-tolerance approach to doping in cricket and in the meantime, in-competition and out-of-competition drug testing of all international cricketers will continue as usual," the ICC statement read.

The Board also received an update on the ICC Development Programme and heard from its Principal Advisor IS Bindra on the progress made in promoting cricket in the United States and China.

In his report, Bindra highlighted the development potential in both the USA and China and called on all Full Members to play more competitive cricket in these countries.

Besides, the Board unanimously approved an enhanced ICC Code of Conduct, Anti-Corruption Code and Anti-Racism Code.

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