Sri Lanka agrees to ICC revamp, Pakistan still hedging
Sri Lanka cricket’s protest against the Big three in the recently concluded ICC board meeting in Singapore eventually gave in to a reality they could no longer afford to be combative.cricket Updated: Feb 18, 2014 14:31 IST
Sri Lanka cricket’s protest against the Big three in the recently concluded ICC board meeting in Singapore eventually gave in to a reality they could no longer afford to be combative. The dire possibility of being left with a dried up coffer is what has prompted SLC to take a U turn and join the Big three and the rest.
On Monday SLC convened its Executive Committee to take a fresh look at their earlier stand. The committee after due consideration has decided to approve the ICC revamp plan. “We had our members meeting and we arrived at a consensus to support the revamp plan. However, there are couple of things that we further need to discuss for which we have convened another meeting on thursday”, Said Nishantha Ranatunga, Secretary SLC.
Sounding conciliatory after upsetting the BCCI and dispelling the fear that SLC stand might jeopardise its cordial relationship with the Indian cricket board and hence India’s touring prospect to the Island, Ranatunga said “They are all mature people, I hope that they will understand that the solution to every problem lies through talks and negotiations.
I sincerely hope that we will maintain our relationship with India going forward, they are important to our cricket”. SLC is expected to seal few bilateral deals with India, England and Australia to boost its fast depleting coffer.
Elsewhere in Pakistan the PCB is still to arrive at a consensus yet after abstaining from the ICC meet in Singapore citing it requires more time to discuss with its board members.Najam Sethi,who has replaced Zaka Ashraf as the PCB chief soon after the Pakistan government removed Ashraf on the ground of mismanaging the entire ICC revamp plan, has called for a managing committee meeting of the PCB later this week.
“We can only have a clarity on our stand once we meet this week. Since the next ICC meeting is still some weeks away, we still have time on our hand to convey our position to the ICC”, said Sethi.
However, presenting a hard stand Sethi further said “no matter what one thing is clear that we will not compromise on Pakistan cricket’s interest-that is non-negotiable; rest all we will see how we need to revisit our earlier position”.
Just as the prospect of the Indo-Pak bilateral series at a neutral venue looked bright, the PCB’s staunch opposition to the BCCI driven ICC revamp policy has strained that prospect a bit. “I am not aware of what the talk may have happened between the BCCI and my immediate predecessor, at least I haven’t spoken to the BCCI yet.
But I really hope the Indian board honours its bilateral commitment and in the future we are hopeful of having a londstanding strong cricketing ties with India, I really hope this divide at the ICC meeting will not affect our cricketing ties with India. We are keen to a have a regular Indo-Pak series once everything is resolved”. said the PCB chief optimistically.