PCB refuses to sign FTP unless BCCI revises draft

Updated: 02 July 2009 17:35 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board has refused to sign the new Future Tours Programme which spans from 2012 to 2020 unless the Indian board revises the draft.

PCB refuses to sign FTP unless BCCI revises draft

Karachi:

Pakistan Cricket Board has refused to sign the new Future Tours Programme which spans from 2012 to 2020 unless the Indian board revises the draft.

Sources in the PCB confirmed that officials had voiced strong objections at the International Cricket Council meetings held last week in London when they learnt that the Indian board had not scheduled a single bilateral series with Pakistan in their proposed draft of the new FTP.

"The Indian officials came up with the justification that they couldn't schedule any bilateral series with Pakistan because of the existing relations between the two countries," one source said.

"The Indian representative also made it clear that Pakistan should not raise a hue and cry over the proposed FTP since whenever relations between Pakistan and India improved the Indian board would find windows for bilateral series," he said.

The source said Pakistan had rejected BCCI's viewpoint and said since the FTP was being prepared well in advance how could the Indian board decide prematurely not to schedule any bilateral series with its neighbour.

The Pakistani representatives had made it clear at the meeting that they would not sign the FTP if the BCCI did not revise the draft.

The ICC has asked all member countries to submit draft proposals for the next FTP which involves all Test playing nations.

Sources said India had also ignored Bangladesh in preparing the draft FTP and is pushing for a two-tier Test championship system.

He also said that PCB was already upset with BCCI's attitude over the 2011 World Cup hosting right issue.

"Representatives from several countries have privately told PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt they sympathise with Pakistan and would like to accept its proposal of hosting the 2011 World Cup matches at neutral venues but they can't go against India which want no matches being hosted by Pakistan at home or at neutral venues," the source disclosed.



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