The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has requested that the planned dedicated two-and-a-half-month slot for IPL in the ICC’s next FTP schedule be discussed with other Boards, as they believe it will have a harmful effect on other international series.
The Pakistan board’s reaction came a day after BCCI secretary Jay Shah told PTI in an exclusive interview that the Indian board will be given a “two and a half month window” for the IPL in the ICC’s next FTP cycle, which runs from 2024 to 2031.
PCB Will Discuss The Matter During ICC Board Meeting
From the next FTP cycle, IPL will have an official two-and-a-half-month window so that all the top international cricketers can participate. We have had discussions with various boards as well as the ICC,” Shah had said in an exclusive interview with PTI.
The ICC board meeting will be held during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July and this matter will probably be discussed there,” a PCB source said.
While the PCB was pleased to see money flowing into cricket, the official stated that the BCCI’s plans to book all of the top international players for the IPL every year could have a negative impact on international bilateral series.
Mr Jay Shah has said the BCCI is committed to international bilateral cricket but with so many leagues cropping up and the IPL planning expansion this has to be discussed among the cricket boards,” the PCB official added.
While some Pakistani cricketers competed in the initial edition of the Indian Premier League, they have not been invited back since, and the BCCI has not played any bilateral series with Pakistan due to the tense cross-border relationship.
With the existing FTP calendar ending with the 2023 World Cup in India, many cricket analysts and detractors consider the massive money channelled into the IPL in the recent media rights as something that will eventually change the face of international cricket.