Pakistan to support Indian move against Speed

Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:A day after BCCI threatened to move a no-confidence motion against the ICC, its Pakistani counterpart said it would also throw their weight behind India's proposed move.

Well-placed sources told The News, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would strongly back BCCI at the next meeting of the ICC Executive Board pencilled in for June, if it actually decides to initiate a no-confidence motion against ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed and other officials.

Launching an extraordinary verbal attack on the game's ruling body, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, who watched the final between Australia and Sri Lanka at Barbados, told a newspaper that the ICC was becoming ''more and more bureaucratic'' and costing its members money by ''unnecessarily employing so many people'' and mismanaging the affairs by making a 'simple' game a 'complex' one.

Shah's threat for a no-confidence motion looks ominous as Sri Lankan Cricket chief executive Duleep Mendis also indicated his support to the move.

The ICC also came in for heavy criticism for high ticket prices and half-empty stadiums during the just concluded World Cup in the West Indies.

Speed later admitted that the World Cup would be shortened in future.

India, which will host 2011 World Cup along with Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, will support the move to shorten the showpiece event.

BCCI has been at loggerheads with top ICC bosses on various issues ranging from money matters to the ICCs Future Tour Programme (FTP).

Like India, Pakistan have had their problems with the ICC in recent times especially during and after The Oval fiasco in England last summer.

Shah had said that a final decision on a no-confidence move against ICC officials at the meeting of chief executives later this summer would depend on a feed-back from other member nations.

Sources said the PCB would support a proposal to get an Asian or an African appointed as the ICC Chief Executive.

However, Dr Ahsan Malik, PCBs Media Director, informed that so far there have not been any discussions among the Board officials on this issue.


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