Is not going to help proposed Futures Excursions Programme of 2023-31: ECB chairman Graves to ICC


The BCCI has received a shot within the arm after England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) formally intimated the ICC that it’s going to not help the worldwide physique’s bid to have a flagship occasion yearly from 2023 to 2031.

With the Indian Board having already opposed the proposed transfer, and with Cricket Australia additionally having executed the identical, it’s understood that the ICC could now face extreme roadblocks on the problem with the ‘Huge Three’ of world cricket in settlement amongst themselves.

“ECB isn’t ready to help the present proposal for ICC occasions from 2023-2031,” ECB chairman Colin Graves wrote in an electronic mail (in possession of PTI) to ICC Chief Government Manu Sawhney.

The ICC in its final assembly in Dubai had proposed that within the subsequent FTP (Futures Excursions Programme) Cycle for the eight-year interval between 2023 and 2031, there can be two 50-over World Cups, 4 World T20s and two extra multi-nation tournaments to make it eight occasions in eight years.

Three causes

Graves broadly made three particular factors as to why ECB will be unable to help the transfer.

First, their very own bilateral engagements will probably be compromised; second, concern about workload and well being of their gamers; and third, an additional ICC occasion in a selected 12 months will take sheen off the ICC World Take a look at Championship remaining.

“The affect of the proposed schedule on ICC occasions on bilateral cricket is a severe concern for the ECB. The proposed schedule dangers compromising the time accessible and thus worth and integrity of the bilateral cricket calendar for all member boards,” Graves wrote in his communications to Sawhney.

Graves talked about that “elevated frequency of ICC world championship” will devalue it additional.

The second difficulty about gamers’ welfare was additionally particularly talked about by Graves.

“ECB can’t help a schedule the place our greatest gamers must play greater than they at present do.

“Gamers’ welfare is main concern to the ECB and present proposal requires that worldwide gamers are more likely to have fewer days to arrange and relaxation,” he said, reminding that the worldwide physique also needs to be involved about “psychological and bodily wellbeing” of gamers similar to member Boards.

The third and remaining level raised is ECB’s dedication to long-term well being of Take a look at cricket.

“ECB can’t help a proposal that seeks to play a further ICC Males’s occasion in a 12 months the place the ICC Males’s World Take a look at Championship is scheduled because it dangers devaluing World Take a look at Championship and future well being of Take a look at cricket,” Graves mentioned.

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