Gerald Majola sees red on FTP favouring Oz

Published: Thursday, June 28, 2007, 22:33 [IST]
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Sydney:After asking ICC to review Aussie monopoly over Boxing Day and New Year's Tests, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has now upped the ante by claiming that Australia has put other countries to financial hardships by taking advantage of a heavily biased Future Tours Programme (FTP).

''I am taking nothing away from Australia being as good as they are but I think the schedule has made Australia into a superpower,'' CSA Cheif Executive Officer Gerald Majola told The Australian.

''They play more home games and most of those home games are during their peak season, therefore financially they will always be fine because they get bigger crowds than anyone else,'' he added.

Majola did not even spare India and England for getting more games though his criticisms were mainly confined against Australia.

''There are only three countries which have far more games than anyone else: England, India and Australia.

''Everybody else just gets the scraps of what is left over from that. Our argument is that if the ICC wants the game to be globalised there should be enough cricket to create equality.

''Because if you don't have the games in the first place, how are you going to develop your players to compete with the best?'' Majola also confirmed that next summer's Boxing Day and New Year's Tests would be the last played by South Africa in Australia on these dates.

FTP, which was introduced last year and expires after the 2011-12 summer, envisages each Test nation to play every other country at home and away in at least two Tests and three one-day matches in that time.

''All of the countries were asked to submit their most favourable times and seven countries all had the same peak period of Boxing Day and New Year's,'' Majola said.

''Yet, when the FTP was drawn up only Australia got it every year in Australia. No other country had that privilege. For me that was seriously unacceptable and I challenged that.'' South Africa also has its Boxing Day and New Year's Test each summer, except when it tours Australia every four years as part of a long-standing agreement that expires after South Africa's next tour in 2008-09.

CSA had filed a secret submission to the ICC demanding a review of scheduling. This despite the fact that Australia pays South Africa compensation to the tune of at least 300,000 dollar each time it sacrifices its own Boxing Day and New Year's Day Tests by touring Australia.

South Africa's submission to the ICC was backed by West Indies and India.

This prompted the ICC to form a high-powered committee of former administrators, chaired by former Australian Cricket Board and ICC chairman Malcolm Gray, to look into the matter and submit its recommendations to the ICC executive board's two-day meeting in London.


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