No iconic status for Indo-Pak Test series

Lahore: The ICC has decided against giving `iconic status` to the India-Pakistan series, proposed in the new Future Tours Program from 2012 to 2020.

The new FTP will be finalised at the ICC Executive Board meeting later this month in Hong Kong.

"There was a proposal to hold a iconic status Indo-Pak series every two years but it has not worked out due to number of reasons mainly because of television broadcasting issues," said a PCB official.

Pakistan had raised the matter that the BCCI had not scheduled regular home and away series against them.

The PCB official confirmed that the ICC had taken into consideration the points raised by Pakistan and made some alterations to the FTP.

"The alterations are not 100 percent to our satisfaction but the FTP is now better for us than the one proposed before by some boards," the official said.

The PCB official said in the altered FTP there were regular home and away series between Pakistan and India.

Pakistan is due to tour India in first quarter of 2012 but that series is a part of the present FTP.

In the new FTP, Pakistan is to host India in 2013 and thereafter there are regular home and away series between the two nations.

The official said even Australia had adjusted its schedule against Pakistan in the new FTP.

"Overall the revised FTP is more acceptable to all the boards and is expected to be approved at the executive board meeting," he said.

Even the weaker nations like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe had complained about not getting enough matches on home and away basis against the stronger Test playing nations in the new eight year FTP.

The PCB official said their concerns had also been addressed in the final draft of the FTP.

He said Pakistan had an understanding with all other member nations that all `home` series could be played at neutral venues if the visiting teams had reservations about playing in Pakistan due to security concerns.

"That is something that is understood and acceptable to everyone."

PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt and chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed are due to leave on June 24 to attend the ICC meetings in last week of this month.


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