PCB opposes BCCI’s new cricket calendar (FTP), threatens it won’t sign it
With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not including any bilateral series between Indian cricket team and Pakistan cricket team in its proposed schedule for 2019-2023, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken a strong objection to itcricket Updated: Dec 12, 2017 23:38 IST
The prospect of an on-field battle between India and Pakistan appears bleak at this time. However, an off-field war of words between top cricket officials from both nations is getting intense with every passing day.
After the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chose not to include any bilateral matches with Pakistan in its proposed FTP (Future Tours Programme) for 2019-2023 during its special general meeting on Monday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took strong objection to the structure, saying it would not sign on the document unless India agree to play Pakistan in this period.
PCB has already approached the ICC and initiated a Dispute Resolution Process against the BCCI for not honouring its commitment of playing Pakistan.
“The PCB has also informed the ICC that it has initiated a dispute resolution process against the BCCI under the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee Terms of Reference,” a PCB release said. “Further to that, the PCB’s claim is based on an existing agreement with the BCCI which contemplates that India will tour Pakistan in December 2019, August 2020 and Nov-Dec 2022 and Pakistan will tour India in Nov-Dec 2021,” it added.
The BCCI, on its part, is in no mood of budging from its stance, saying India would not play Pakistan outside ICC events unless Indian government approves it. “It is something which...it is a question which is embedded not in the matrix of cricket alone. That is publicly recognised. Unless you put together all factors that determine an event, it is futile attempting to answer that question,” the BCCI’s acting secretary, Amitabh Chaudhary was quoted as saying by the ESPNCricinfo.
However, on a day when the BCCI announced that India would play half of their matches against Australia, England and South between 2019 and 2023, taking into account broadcaster’s demands, it was felt that a series with Pakistan would have been broadcaster’s delight as well.
On being asked if India would like to travel to Pakistan if circumstances become favourable, Chaudhary said the BCCI would be really happy to find a place for it in its schedule. “If we could manoeuvre our calendar after having made space for a proposed tour of Pakistan, I am sure depending on the new situation, new ways will be found,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
Keeping the issue of bilateral series with Pakistan aside, the BCCI has to find ways to solve an immediate problem – they are due to host Asia Cup in September next year. With India not too keen on hosting Pakistan, the event could be transferred to some other country. A decision regarding it would be taken during an Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting on December 18.
First Published: Dec 12, 2017 20:43 IST