PCB oppose restructuring plans

  • Last Updated: February 3 2014, 18:54 GMT

The Pakistan Cricket Board has registered its firm opposition to controversial proposals to restructure world cricket.

The national bodies of England, India and Australia were behind a draft submission debated at the International Cricket Council's board meeting last week, which included a number of divisive recommendations.

Among them are wide-reaching executive powers for each of the 'big three', a new model of revenue distribution that would see the richest nations receive a greater share of ICC funds and end to the centralised Future Tours Programme.

No vote was taken at the meeting in Dubai, although a series of "unanimously supported principles" were released.

That unanimity will be put to the test on February 8, when the ICC board meet again in Singapore to discuss - and possibly vote - on the proposals.

And, after the PCB board met for an internal debate on the subject, they emerged as a source of likely discord.

A PCB statement read: "The meeting was held to discuss the proposed changes to ICC governance and the guiding principles discussed at the last ICC Board meeting.

"The Board received a detailed presentation on the proposal which is to be discussed at the next ICC Board meeting on 8th February 2014 at Singapore; The Board Members deliberated and expressed serious concerns on the model proposed by BCCI, ECB and CA which was neither in line with principle of equity nor in the interest of game of cricket.

"The board has reiterated the position that the chairman PCB requests an audience with the Patron of PCB, H.E the Prime Minister, to apprise him on this matter of immense significance and of national interest which will have wide reaching impact on future of cricket in Pakistan.

"The board authorised PCB chairman Mr. Zaka Ashraf...to engage with other board members to align the common position and take other requisite remedial measures in the interest of cricket in Pakistan."

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