Pakistan to stand up for rights at ICC meet

Published: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 14:20 [IST]
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Pakistan to stand up for rights

Karachi, June 26: Pakistan's cricket top boss Ijaz Butt has plans to protect his country's rights after proposed constitutional changes by the game's world governing body, which meets in Hong Kong from Sunday.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Executive Board meeting, which follows a chief executive meeting, will mull two controversial changes to the ICC constitution.

The first amendment would empower the ICC to suspend a member country if it finds that there is any government intervention in the managing of the national cricket board. Pakistan could hence find itself in hot water as the country's president is the custodian of the cricket board. Similarly, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh could also be impacted by any changes.

The second amendment recommends modifications to the process for nomination of the ICC president and vice-president. Presently, the ICC president is elected from full-member countries in a rotary manner with Pakistan and Bangladesh's turn due after 2014.

Butt told reporters before leaving for Hong Kong late on Frida, "It's Pakistan's turn to nominate the president or the vice-president, so we will not allow anyone to snatch that right.

"We have already shown our reservations on both the amendments and since the matter will be discussed at the meeting, I am not going to make it more public."

Butt has been been the recipient of much flak by former players, politicians and media for being a political appointee of the ruling Pakistan People's Party.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has already sent a legal notice to the ICC on the proposed first amendment and have sworn legal action if the constitution is revised. Likewise for the second amendment.

Butt said he will also broach the subject of a resumption of India-Pakistan cricketing ties, stalled in the wake of a 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai which New Delhi blamed on militants based in Pakistan.

"We will talk about Pakistan's tour to India and then India's return tour, may it be on neutral venue, during the meeting and hope for a positive result," said Butt.

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