PCB downplays FICA~~s Champions boycott threat

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shrugged off Federation of International Cricketers Association's (FICA) threat to boycott the next year's Champions Trophy to be held in the country, saying FICA was a body with little or no clout in international cricket.

'The News' quoted an anonymous PCB official as saying that Champions Trophy is an International Cricket Council (ICC) event and FICA does not have the power to cause the event any harm.

''The decision to send teams for the ICC Champions Trophy is taken by member nations. And since the Champions Trophy is an ICC event, the member nations are bound to commit their teams for it,'' said the official.

''FICA cannot ask any player to boycott a tournament,'' he added.

The official also pin-pointed it to the FICA that ICC's affairs are no more single-handedly controled by the Whites as the equation has changed comparatively in the recent years.

''FICA should come to terms with the fact that ICC is no more a body controlled by the Whites. The balance of power has shifted and everybody should learn to live with it. The game's roots are now in the Asian sub-continent,'' the official said.

The host board's statement came after a leading British newspaper recently reported that FICA was planning to protest against ICC's mismanagement of the game by boycotting the Champions Trophy to be held in Pakistan next year.


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