Pakistan Unhappy With cricket's FTP

Karachi, Dec 1 (IANS) Pakistan's cricket chiefs are unhappy with the International Cricket Council's Future Tours Programme (FTP) because their team hasn't been given enough matches against top sides like India, Australia and England.

According to reports, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed its concerns after coming to know that its team will mostly be playing against lower-ranked teams in the next FTP.

The PCB believes that Pakistan is regarded among the major Test-playing nations and should get a fair share of matches against the top teams.

Meanwhile, the ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) met at their headquarters in Dubai and made significant progress towards finalising the FTP Test and ODI league schedules and began the process of drawing up rules, regulations and a points system for the leagues.

According to an ICC media release Wednesday, the CEC agreed to reconstitute its working group comprising David Collier (England and Wales Cricket Board), Nishantha Ranatunga (Sri Lanka Cricket), N. Srinivasan (Board of Control for Cricket in India), James Sutherland (Cricket Australia) and David Richardson (ICC General Manager-Cricket) to consider the rules, regulations and points system for the new Test and ODI leagues.

The working group, which previously made recommendations on the leagues and ICC global event calendar, will be bolstered by the presence of top statistician and ICC Cricket Committee member David Kendix. The group will report back in January 2011.

"With the ODI league commencing immediately after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, the ICC Board will need to confirm the rules and regulations at its February 2001 meeting. There was noticeable excitement during the CEC meeting when we realised the interest which these leagues will create," ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.

With the ICC Board having already approved the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the Cricket World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the CEC agreed to afford members the opportunity to use the DRS in bilateral One-Day Internationals prior to the World Cup.


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