BCCI officials briefed by Malcolm Speed

Published: Sunday, January 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:Indian Cricket Board, which has demanded a radical revamp of the Future Test Programme, was today "briefed" by the International Cricket Council about long term development plans, including scheduling.

BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah and Marketing Committee member I S Bindra met ICC Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed at the latter's office here, a spokesman for the game's world governing body said.

"It was a general meeting. It was about giving the BCCI an opportunity to understand ICC policies," ICC Media Manager Jon Long told PTI.

He also said the meeting was a follow-up on a letter written by Speed to BCCI authorities after they announced earlier this week in Mumbai that they would not participate in the Champions Trophy from 2007 onwards.

The BCCI also announced a schedule that deviated from the FTP and saw India play Australia three times between 2007 and 2009.

Long, however, said Speed did not discuss with the BCCI officials either the Champions Trophy or FTP specifically.

"The appropriate forum to discuss that will be the ICC Chief Executives Committee meeting (February 14-16) and the Executive Board meeting (March 20-21). This was about letting them (BCCI) understand the development plans of the ICC. It was nothing more than a briefing," he said.

Shah and Bindra also held a separate meeting with other ICC officials a day earlier regarding this year's Champions Trophy to be held in India in November.

"It was a routine meeting where the hosts of any ICC event is briefed about the operational aspects," Long said.

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