Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to challenge the proposed two-and-a-half month window for the Indian Premier League (IPL). PCB chairman Rameez Raja said the issue would be raised at the next meeting of the ICC. Rameez said on Friday that no announcement or decision has been made yet to extend the IPL window. I will present my views on this issue at the ICC meeting.
“I am clear that if there is a change in world cricket, it means that it will affect us as well,” he said. In this situation, we will strongly challenge it and put our case firmly in the ICC. A few days back, BCCI secretary Jai Shah had said that the Indian Cricket Board would get an extended window for the IPL in the ICC’s Future Travel Plan (FTP) cycle from 2024 to 2031, after which the PCB decided to officially challenge the decision. Jai Shah also said that the next FTP cycle will have an official two-and-a-half month window for the IPL so that all the top international players can play in it. We have discussed this with various boards as well as the ICC.
The political equation between the two countries is becoming a barrier to cricket: Rameez Raja
Rameez also said that Pakistan was willing to play with India, but the political equation between the two countries was becoming an obstacle. “I spoke to Sourav Ganguly during a program and I told him that three former cricketers are currently heading their own cricket board and who can bring it if they can’t make a difference,” Rameez said.
Ganguly twice invited me to IPL final: Rameez Raja
“I was invited by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to participate in the IPL final twice last year and this year,” PCB chairman Rameez Raja said. I think it would have been good to go there in terms of cricket but in the current situation we also have to think about the consequences of accepting the invitation.