PCB opposes two-tier international calendar

Updated: 23 September 2009 15:14 IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board has made it clear that it would not support the proposal to have a two-tier international calendar that would be discussed.

Karachi:

The Pakistan Cricket Board has made it clear that it would not support the proposal to have a two-tier international calendar that would be discussed by the ICC committees next week in Johannesburg.

Rumors have been strong that the big four Test-playing nations, India, Australia, England and even South Africa are supporting a two-tier system of competitions in the new Future Tours Program that runs from 2012 to 2020.

In the proposed system, which would have a relegation and promotion system, Pakistan has been put in the lower tier alongside New Zealand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

"We have seen no such proposal coming from anyone but even if does come up for discussion during the ICC meetings we will reject it outright," PCB Chief Operating Officer Wasim Bari said on Wednesday.

Bari, who will be attending the ICC meetings with Chairman Ejaz Butt, said there was no question of Pakistan accepting to be in a second tier.

"First of all we don't support having two systems in the FTP calendar and secondly there is no way anyone can justify putting Pakistan in the second tier," Bari said.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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