Karachi: Cricket's governing body on Tuesday dismissed a suggestion from an Indian official that it was responsible for their country's tough schedule during the Asia Cup.
Rajiv Shukla, vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Sunday that the schedule made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) was "hectic".
"The International Cricket Council monitors the volume of cricket on an ongoing basis," said an ICC spokesman.
"The Future Tour Programme (FTP) recommended maximum volume of matches over a 12-month period is 15 Tests and 30 one day internationals. However, each board determines whether it wishes to adhere to that mark or arrange extra matches."
After India's seven-wicket win over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup on Saturday, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni complained of almost back-to-back matches for his team. His team beat Pakistan on Thursday.
"We were a bit disappointing, but one of the reasons for it is that we have played cricket for 36 of the last 84 hours," said Dhoni whose team plays Pakistan and Sri Lanka respectively on Wednesday and Thursday.
"Back-to-back games make it really tough for the players. I am not really happy with the schedule: two teams are playing back-to-back games, and two teams are not."
The BCCI's Shukla also raised queries over the fixtures.
"The international calendar is made by the ICC, which is very hectic. Even the schedule for the Asia Cup has been made by the ICC. Even if there are bilateral series, teams have to fulfill their commitments," Shukla said in India.
The ICC spokesman said however that the Asia Cup schedule was drawn up by the game's Asian administrators.
"The ICC has nothing to do with the Asia Cup schedule, which is drawn up by the Asian Cricket Council in partnership with the teams taking part," the spokesman said.
"Similarly, the FTP is a series of bilateral arrangements between our members and the ICC's role there is to administer those arrangements rather than draw up the schedule," said the spokesman.
The FTP is a schedule of Tests and one-day cricket for all Test-playing nations which runs from 2006 to 2012. The ICC currently has nine Test-playing countries, with Zimbabwe's status being suspended last year.
"All the FTP does it to insist that a team plays all the others in a minimum of two Tests and three ODIs both at home and away over a six-year period. Any other matches above that minimum are down to each board to arrange," the official said.