ICC Board to discuss spot-fixing allegations

Dubai: Spot-fixing allegations against three Pakistan players and the Future Tours Programme from 2012 to 2020 are the main agenda items that ICC Executive Board would discuss at its two-day meet, beginning here on Tuesday.

Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were provisionally suspended by the ICC after allegations surfaced that they took bribe for bowling deliberate no-balls during the Lord`s Test against England.

"The ICC Board, which has a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket, will be updated on the Spot-fixing allegations against three Pakistan players during a recent tour to England," an ICC release said.

In accordance with the provision of the code all three have appealed that provisional suspension and the independent hearing will take place in Doha, Qatar, on 30 and 31 October and will be chaired by the head of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, Michael Beloff, QC," it added.

The Board will also consider the recommendations from the ICC Chief Executives Committee (CEC), which met in Cape Town last month.

These recommendations seek to give context and content for international cricket within the Future Tours Programme (FTP) after 2012 and also to consider future ICC events.

According to ICC, the Board would consider a lot of the recommendations including that the FTP should consist of a Test league to provide context for all Test matches.

The league would determine the top four teams to qualify for an ICC Test play-off.

The other recommendations include that the play-off should be held once every four years to determine the Test champion team with a request to hold the first such play-off in 2013.

Another recommendation is that the FTP should also consist of a One-Day International league, the first to run from April 2011 until April 2014, culminating in the crowning of an ODI league champion. This would run separate to the ICC Cricket World Cup.

The ICC Cricket World Cup should consist of a 10-team format from 2015 and the World Twenty20 should consist of a 16-team format from 2012, with the women?s event continuing to run alongside, is another recommendation.

The Board will also consider introduction of Twenty20 International rankings table.

The Board will also hear reports from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on cricket development in China while New Zealand Cricket, which has a principle partnership agreement with the United States Cricket Association, will report on progress in America.


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