The Board of Control for Cricket in India has taken a huge step in skipping to play Pakistan in the World Test Championship which comes as a shocking news.
There was no chaos between India and Pakistan locked horns in ICC events earlier but now BCCI is now well prepared to not play Pakistan.
The hot topic is going to be discussed in ICC Futures Tours Programmes (FTP) Meeting that is going to be held in Singapore from December 7.
ICC has planned to take the Test cricket to a different level and hence World Test Championship is introduced. This will have nine Top Test teams competing with any of the six teams of their own pick.
The format of the game is that the teams will be playing three countries at home and three away which is like switching between two different conditions.
The Indian government is still adamant not to give green signal to India playing against Pakistan despite BCCI submitted concrete documents to them.
A top BCCI official quotes saying that ICC is well aware of the fact that why India is not ready to cross swords with Pakistan in the World Test Championship.
“The ICC knows the ground realities and especially chairman Shashank Manohar as he was BCCI president sometime back. We can’t play Pakistan as it is Indian government’s prerogative to allow us play them in a bilateral series,” said a BCCI official as quoted by TOI.
“Our proposed opponent list is all set to be passed at the FTP Meet in Singapore. Also as per new World Test Championship rules, if the opposition is not in the proposed list, India will not have to forfeit points or pay penalty,” the official added.
In the upcoming meeting on 7th of next month, key propositions also will be discussed. One of the important things is the mistake in the current Future Tours Programme.
The FTP includes two guaranteed home series every year between February-March and October-November. “People are talking about two India versus Sri Lanka series inside four months but that’s only a part of the issue. Sri Lanka last played a Test series in India in 2009 so they have not played here for eight years.
At some point in time, they had to come to India for a Test series. However, the earlier regime while deciding on FTP never looked at the balance. For proper balance, we will now have these two slots – February-March and October-November for home cricket. The December-January is a slot where we can go for away tours,” the official concluded.