Pakistan to push for extension of FTP

Published: Friday, June 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:The Pakistan cricket authorities wants the Future Tours Programme (FTP) to be extended to a six-year cycle from the existing four years at the next meeting of the ICC Executive Board slated to be held in London later this month.

The Pakistan Daily-The News carried a report which said that the Pakistan cricket board is keen to have the FTP cycle extended to avoid over-dose ricket for its players.

"Recently the Pakistan and West Indies team players gave out clear indications that they were stale and tired of playing too much international cricket and there was a need for the ICC to increase the cycle of its FTP to six years which has already been discussed and deliberated upon," The News quoted PCB chief Shaharyar Khan.

"This would also mean that the weaker Test playing nations would have more time in between to prepare and improve themselves instead of being rushed into one series after another and getting no time to work on their mistakes," he added.

Shaharyar feels that the present FTP cycle is amounting to excessive cricket and no time for a proper rest in between series resulting in more injury problems.

"We are also concerned that because of the tight FTP, boards can't even schedule proper tour matches during series and nowadays series are based on just Tests and One-day Internationals," The News quoted.

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