ICL: Indian Cricket League

Pakistan against third umpire appeals proposal



Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan would be like a man on a mission when he attends the International Cricket Council (ICC) annual meetings in London next week.

While in London, he plans to oppose a proposed new rule that would allow players to appeal decisions to the third umpire during the ICC Executive Board meeting in London on July 2.

On the sidelines of the ICC moot, he would meet his Indian counterpart Sharad Pawar to sort out a potentially problematic issue pertaining to the venue of the 2011 World Cup final. The event is to be jointly hosted by Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Both Pakistan and India are interested to host the final.

Shaharyar believes the issue would be sorted out in a friendly manner by both sides after a series of meetings that would begin when the PCB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chiefs would sit down together in London next week.

“We have to finalise venues for the final, semifinals and other (2011) World Cup matches with India and the other two co-hosts and I believe that it would be done without displeasing any of the concerned parties,” he told this correspondent here at the National Stadium on Tuesday. He added that the venue list would be finalised by the end of this year.

The PCB boss made it clear that Pakistan would try to block the controversial idea of allowing the players to appeal decisions to the third umpire.

If ratified by the ICC Executive Board, the idea could be implemented at this fall’s ICC Champions Trophy in India on an experimental basis.

According to the plan that has been forwarded by the ICC Cricket Committee, players would be allowed up to three appeals per innings to the third umpire during an innings. The move is aimed at reducing umpiring errors but according to a PCB survey it has been strongly opposed by Pakistani players and umpires.

“The feedback we got from our players and umpires is completely against going for this experiment,” said Shaharyar referring to a PCB survey that took views of a few dozen players and umpires over this issue. “The PCB is also against it so we are going to oppose this idea in the next ICC meeting.”

He would also once again put up Pakistan’s proposal of having six-day Tests during winter time in this part of the region during the London moot. Pakistan have been advocating longer Tests during the winter season following two boring, drawn Tests against India at home in Lahore and Faisalabad earlier this year.

The ICC previously gave a thumbs down to this proposal but Shaharyar said Pakistan would keep on insisting on it until the game’s ruling body comes out with any practical solution for this problem.

Source:The News

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