Pakistan news July 19, 2011

Informal Butt-ICC meeting slated for Lord's

ESPNcricinfo staff

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt is likely to have an informal discussion on the Pakistan Task Team's (PTT) report with the ICC's top brass and PTT members during the Lord's Test between England and India beginning on July 21. It will be the first, albeit unofficial, meeting between the PCB, the ICC and the PTT since the report was published.

"The chairman will be going to Lord's, although there is no formal meeting scheduled there," PCB's chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad told PTI. "But it is likely he will have informal discussions with ICC president [Sharad Pawar] and chief executive [Haroon Lorgat], and Giles Clarke, the head of the Task Team, and some of its members."

The Pakistan board, in its reply to the PTT's recommendations, had pointed out that apart from a short visit by Dave Richardson, the report had been prepared without the Task Team actually visiting Pakistan. It, the PCB response said, raised "serious questions on the observations given in the report". There have been reports of Clarke and Lorgat visiting Pakistan, and it could be one of the issues that come up at Lord's, according to Ahmad. "So far we have no official intimation about the Task Team visiting Pakistan soon, but at Lord's this could be discussed by the ICC and the Task Team with our chairman.

"We told the task team many times that they needed to visit Pakistan while compiling their report," Ahmad said, adding that the board would still welcome any proposed trips by members of the panel to Pakistan.

In a further sign of a potential thaw between the board and the ICC over the matter Ahmad said the board had only dismissed the recommendations it felt were redundant or based on inaccurate information. "The constructive recommendations and proposals by the task team which are good for Pakistan cricket are under consideration," Ahmad said. "We are looking at ways to implement them soon."

Ahmad dismissed suggestions that the PCB's initial cold response had soured relations with the ICC. "We appreciate the ICC and task team's intentions to help and support Pakistan cricket. Our relations remain very good and there is no confrontation on this matter," he said.

The ICC set up the Task Team, following the attacks on the touring Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009, to look into reviving Pakistan's reputation as an international cricket host. Since then, the parameters of the PTT have grown to take in integrity and governance issues. At the ICC's annual conference in June, the PTT had presented a 38-page report listing 63 far-reaching recommendations, which included changes to the board's administration, to the process of selection, managerial appointments, the central contracts pool and even the kind of ball used in domestic cricket.

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  • Rakesh on July 20, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    @HRehman - Good morning. Wake up man. LOL.

  • Sumbul on July 20, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    yeesh... you ppl wrote some big essays... all im gonna say is pcb really needs to step it up

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    @Roamer : If you feel the task force has not done its work..and if PCB also think same then thats too bad. Those points if implemented by PCB will just make them a bit more organised and answerable and in long improve cricket team selection in Pakistan. If they oppose it just for sake of opposing it..well what can i say...the future of Pakistani cricket will be just based on luck I guess. If the PCB attitude is "hey its an internal matter and we need no recommendations" well that the already spiraling downwards scenario will go down even more. As for test championship...seriously do you think the top 4 can really be challenged by Zim/Bang and others in a test match on consistent basis..We are not talking of an upset or 2 once in blue moon. Besides I dont think ICC cannot force any board to include foreign team or players in domestic tournaments be it BCCI or be it Zim Cricket board especially if its profit based venture like IPL where profits are prime concern .

  • Cricinfouser on July 19, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Pakistan cricket just needs to get their act together as a whole and fix their problems. That way, atleast the country would have something to look forward to besides everything else that goes on in the country.

    Butt needs to be sacked.

  • Asim on July 19, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    @Sarfaraz: The beauty of a tournament is that everyone has a chance, with the current approach this is very easy to say to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe that they will never be a Test Champion for the next 12-15 years as they will never be able to get the ranking points to qualify for this tournament. Test Cricket Tournament can be very easy, as for the number of matches for this tournament it can be decided in 7 matches with knockout games, with four quarterfinals where matches can be played as per their current ranking A:1vs8, B:2vs7, C:3vs6, D:4vs5 then in semifinal AvsD and BvsC and then the final. If ICC is serious about equal rights then this can be managed very easily and everyone will be happy with this approach. Also please do not forget that it was ICC task force team not Internal Pakistan task force team so they had the obligation to give recommendations to ICC and other boards as well, so the scope of work was definitely bigger then what they showed in their report.

  • Powderdubdub on July 19, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Dont forget it was not long ago that both India and England were hovering around the 6th and 7th positions in the ICC rankings, and it wont be very long before these two teams will slip back to their normal positions (i.e. 6th and 7th) again. They will be shooting themselves in the foot if they supported the top four team championship format. The top four team championship idea will make Cricket even less popular than what it currently is.

  • Satyam on July 19, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    @Sarfaraz Ali: Well said and nicely put ... agree 101% with all your points.

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    @Roamer : A test championship cannot be held like ODI/T20 cup involving 8+ teams. This is becasue 1 test lasts 5 days. The top 4 ranked nations have proved over time that they are best 4. Consider FTP tours as qualification matches for test championship and top 4 ranked teams as semifinalists.Pakistan is playing outside not because ICC asked it to play but because of daily worsening security situation ,so obviously that not ICC fault to give it away matches status as that would be unfair on other teams.The task force has given basic best business practices handbook to PCb which should have been originally implemented by PCB on its own after benchmarking with ACB , BCCI but it did not do that and hence it is in the fiasco it is today.Asking other boards for assistance is not bad but the best help is self help and other boards can assist only if PCB is trying to help itself first.Like you said IPL is domestic league and only home board can decide whom to include/exclude.Cheers mate.

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    @ Roamer! Nicely written... But atleast I am not expecting much from ICC (BCCI) on Pakistani issue... Aahh

  • Asim on July 19, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Little bit baffled, if the ICC Test Championship will be played by the top 4 teams from the ICC Ranking table then why bother having a championship? just follow the table and honour the top team as the champion each and every year. If they really want a championship then they should allow all the teams to participate in it, just like ODI or T20 worldcup ..... all the current decisions taken by ICC are mind boggling, initially they reduced the number of associate teams that can participate in the world cup and now they will not allow the remaining 5 permanent countries to participate in the test world championship ... the role of ICC is to promote Cricket or to confine it to 2-3 countries only. How can Zimbabwe or Bangladesh play in test championship if major teams like India/Australia/England will not host them for the next 10 years so how can they improve their ranking? can someone in ICC please help me understand this????

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