PCB to talk to BCCI over neutral umpire consent

Published: Sunday, October 9, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:The Indian cricket board gave a goby to a key meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) where the appointment of neutral umpires was to be made, a top Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official has said.

Saleem Altaf, PCB director (cricket operations), who attended the meeting in Kuala Lumpur Thursday, told reporters in Lahore on Friday that no Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official was present at the meeting, Dawn reported Saturday.

'Pakistan's suggestion to appoint neutral umpires for the home series against India next year could not be discussed at the ACC meeting because no BCCI official attended the meeting in Kuala Lumpur,' said the paper.

India are scheduled to visit Pakistan in January-February next year, and both countries were also to finalise the itinerary during the Kuala Lumpur meeting, besides discussing the options of neutral umpires.

Altaf said that now he would talk to BCCI officials over telephone on Pakistan's decision of appointing neutral umpire to seek their consent.

Incidentally, Jagmohan Dalmiya of India is the chairman of the ACC. The PCB has already made England agree to having neutral umpires in the home series starting Oct 26.

Altaf said that some changes were being made in the fixtures of the Asia Cup, to be held in Pakistan in February, after the home series against India.

On the Sri Lankan board's request, the date of their match against Bangladesh has been changed from Feb 14 to 17.

The full itinerary, Altaf said, would be finalised soon.

He added that the ACC would request the International Cricket Council to adjust the matches of the Asian Test Championship in its new Future Tour Programme for all 10 Test playing countries, to be chalked out soon.

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