IPL: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to challenge the proposed two-and-a-half-month extended window (duration) for the Indian Premier League (IPL). PCB President Rameez Raja said that the issue will be raised in the next ICC conference.
PCB will complain to ICC
Raja said in a media conference here on Friday, ‘No announcement or decision has been taken so far on extending the IPL window. I will give my opinion on this issue in the ICC conference. He said, ‘My point is clear: if there is any development in world cricket, that means it will affect us too. In such a situation, we will challenge it very strongly and will keep our point firmly in the ICC.
PCB gets chilly due to IPL’s progress
The decision to officially challenge the PCB’s decision comes on the statement of BCCI secretary Jay Shah in an exclusive interview to PTI that the Indian board has to decide on the ICC’s next FTP (Future Tour Programme) from 2024 to 2031. There will be an extended window for IPL in the cycle.
Shah had told PTI, “From the next FTP cycle, there will be an official window of two and a half months for the IPL so that all top international cricketers can participate. We have discussed with various boards as well as ICC. Raja also said that while Pakistan is keen to play India, the political equations between the two neighboring countries are still becoming a hindrance.
IPL will get separate window
Raja said, ‘I have spoken to Sourav (Ganguly) on the sidelines of an event and I told him that currently three former cricketers are leading their cricket boards and if they can’t make a difference then who will. ?.’ He said, ‘Ganguly invited me to participate in the IPL final twice last year and again this year. I think it was good to go there for cricket but in the current circumstances we have to think about the consequences of accepting the invitation as well.