Pakistan against ICC reform plans

Published Jun 07, 2011 03:15pm

A plan to scrap the rotation policy for appointing presidents and vice-presidents of the International Cricket Council is likely to be tabled at its board meeting in Hong Kong later this month..—AFP

LAHORE: Pakistan has rejected reforms which could see the country lose the right to have one of its nationals at the head of cricket's governing body, an official said Tuesday.

A plan to scrap the rotation policy for appointing presidents and vice-presidents of the International Cricket Council is likely to be tabled at its board meeting in Hong Kong later this month.

“Under the current rotational system, Pakistan and Bangladesh have to put up the next candidates for president and vice-president and we don't agree with the proposal of change and we have shown our reservations to the ICC,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed told reporters.

Ahmed said Pakistan and Bangladesh had the right to nominate their candidates.

“We are in touch with the ICC over the matter and will decide the future course of action soon,” said Ahmed.

The post of ICC president was first created in 1997 when India's Jagmohan Dalmiya took the top job. He was followed by Australian representative Malcolm Gray, followed by Ehsan Mani of Pakistan and Percy Sonn from South Africa.

India's Sharad Pawar is the current president and will be succeeded by Australia-New Zealand nominee Alan Isaac next year.

Pakistan and Bangladesh will nominate their candidates after Isaac completes his term in 2014. It was unclear what new system for picking ICC presidents would replace rotational appointment.

Pakistan has also opposed another suggested amendment in the ICC's constitution allowing the council to suspend members in cases of government interference in the running of national cricket boards.

The role of PCB chairman is widely criticised for being a political appointment by the ruling administration.


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