No ICC support for two-tier Test system: PCB official

Updated: 24 October 2009 16:52 IST

A top PCB official rubbished reports that the ICC has backed a proposed two-tier Test system that is said to be pushed by cricket's 'top-four' nations.

No ICC support for two-tier Test system: PCB official
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Karachi:

A top Pakistan Cricket Board official rubbished reports that the ICC has backed a proposed two-tier Test system that is said to be pushed by cricket's 'top-four' nations - Australia, India, England and South Africa.

Wasim Bari, PCB's chief operating officer, said such a move has not been considered by the International Cricket Council, and a division like this will never take place.

"There is no truth in such reports. The issue was never even discussed at ICC meetings in South Africa which is why I'm sure that such a thing is not taking place," Bari said, referring to the October 6-7 ICC meetings in Johannesburg on the sidelines of Champions Trophy.

"The FTP (staring from 2012) will have an equal number of matches and series for all of us, including Pakistan because the ICC has its principles and will ensure a fair deal for all of its members," Bari, a former Pakistan Test wicketkeeper, was quoted as saying by 'The News'.

"Nobody will allow them to do such a thing." Media reports from Australia had suggested that a proposal to have a two-tier system in which the world cricket's heavyweights - Australia, India, South Africa and England -- play each other more often when the new international schedule comes into effect from 2012 has the provisional backing of the ICC.

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