Dubai: Guest team will visit at the end of April to play an ODI & a T20I, Bangladeshi officials said ‘yes’ after making a deal with PCB on the seat of vice-president of ICC : Sources. The meeting of ICC Executive Board will start from tomorrow in Dubai. In the light of Woolf report, it’ll be considered to reduce the influence of Test playing nations.
The objection of India raised doubts; is it possible that a single one out of 65 recommendations will be accepted because critics think that India is the most influential nation in the ICC.
Bangladesh Cricket Team is agreed to tour Pakistan for playing small series of 2 matches. Guest team will visit Pakistan in 3 weeks. The efforts of the chairman Mr. Zaka Ashraf of Pakistan Cricket Board at last bore fruit.
Express paper added that in result of the efforts of PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf and CEO Subhan Ahmed and after meeting with them in Dubai, President of Bangldesh Cricket Board – Mustafa Kamal is ready to send his team on the brief tour of Pakistan.
Bangladesh Cricket Team will arrive in Pakistan in 3 weeks to play 2 limited-overs matches (1 T20I & 1 ODI). With the arrival of the team, the international cricket will also return to Pakistan after 3 years. It must be remembered that the doors of international cricket in Pakistan are closed because of the March 03, 2009 terrorist attack on Sri Lanka Cricket Team.
On Sunday – April 15, 2012; Bangladesh Cricket Board formally announced that they’ll tour Pakistan at the end of April to play an ODI & and a T20I. The ODI is scheduled for April 29 and the T20I for April 30. Both matches will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Sources told that PCB officials have once again assured their counterparts of providing president protocol in terms of security to the guest team.
BCB officials have agreed on sending their team in result of a ‘deal’ with PCB on the seat of vice-president of International Cricket Council (ICC). funny or factPCB has fasten its seat belt for supporting Bangladesh for the seat of vice-president of ICC after the fresh assurance made by BCB.
In addition, the 2-day meeting of the ICC Executive Board will start from Sunday in Dubai, in which council will consider the recommendations of Woolf report to make big reforms in their current setup. In result of these reforms, the influence of test playing nations will be reduced, transparency will be created significantly in its matters and the process of accountability will begin. Less important recommendations of the report can be accepted.
In other matters of the meeting, the successor of Alan Isaac – vice-president of ICC may be elected. This candidate for this position is the current president Mr. Mustafa Kamal of Bangladesh Cricket Board.
Strong test playing nation – India is the biggest hurdle in the approval of the recommendations of Woolf report who already rejected it. BCCI adopted the stance in the meeting held in February that there is no justification to change the current setup. The objection of India raised doubts; is it possible that a single one out of 65 recommendations will be accepted because critics think that India is the most influential nation in the ICC.
“If India objects to the main recommendations of the Woolf review, then there is next to no chance of the recommendations being enacted,” said Lawrence Booth, the editor of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. “You are asking the powerful nations to cede their power. It just doesn’t happen.”
It must be clear that the report which consists of 68 pages emphasized the ICC to do complete overhauling, it says that ICC is now a governing body of cricket not the ‘club’ of test playing nations. In the best interest of the cricket which is an international sport, ICC should be empowered to promote and develop this sport.
The most important recommendation is to reduce the influence of test playing nations, it is suggested in the recommendations to rebuild and empower the executive board of ICC. The voice of the associate and affiliate countries must be made effective. Currently, 10 permanent members are part of board with voting rights but the suggestion is to give membership to 3 more independent countries and the chairman of the board should also be independent.
It is also suggested in the report to simplified the procedure of giving permanent membership to the associate and affiliate nations and the income of cricket should be distributed on the basis of necessity. The extra income of ICC must be divided in all cricket playing nations; currently permanent members get 70% of the income.
Various measures to take rid of corruption in test playing nations are also suggested in the report, it is also mentioned to take review of the ‘conflict of interests’ between the member nations and it must also be solved.
In compared to India, the reaction of the member nations is very low whereas Pakistan Cricket Board agreed to review some of its part. CEO of Cricket Australia James Sutherland said that the board would “be silly” to reject the recommendations of the Woolf report outright.
Transparency International also has weighed in, calling for the board to approve the ethics and anti-corruption measures and including a swift timetable for their implementation.