PCB UNSAFE with a possible 74 day period for IPL, to be discussed with other boards

BCCI vs PCB: IPL 2023: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is not happy with a possible longer window for IPL. After BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said IPL will have a two-and-a-half-month window into the next FTP cycle, PCB sources told PTI they will hold discussions with other boards. They believe that booking top players for more than 74 days will have a negative impact on bilateral cricket. Follow live updates on cricket and other sports on InsideSport.IN.

The PCB official said the PCB was happy to see the money coming into cricket. However, the BCCI’s plans to fully book the top international players into the IPL each year could have a negative impact on international bilateral series.

BCCI vs PCB: Pakistan Cricket Board UNHAPPY with potential 74-day window for IPL, says ‘Booking top players will negatively impact bilateral cricket’

BCCI vs PCB: Pakistan Cricket Board UNHAPPY with potential 74-day window for IPL, says ‘Booking top players will negatively impact bilateral cricket’

Instead, the PCB wants to discuss with other boards the proposed special two and a half month window for IPL in ICC’s next FTP calendar.

The Pakistani board’s response came a day after BCCI Secretary Jay Shah told PTI that IPL will have a “two and a half month window” in ICC’s next FTP cycle, starting from 2024 to 2031.

“From the next FTP cycle, IPL will have an official two-and-a-half month window to allow all top international cricketers to participate. We have had discussions with various boards and with the ICC.” Jay Shah told PTI.

BCCI vs PCB: Pakistan Cricket Board UNHAPPY with potential 74-day window for IPL, says ‘Booking top players will negatively impact bilateral cricket’

BCCI vs PCB: Pakistan Cricket Board UNHAPPY with potential 74-day window for IPL, says 'Booking top players will negatively impact bilateral cricket'

The PGB believes that the matter should be discussed.

“The ICC board meeting will be held during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July and this matter is likely to be discussed there,” said a PCB source.

“Mr Jay Shah has said the BCCI is committed to international bilateral cricket, but with so many leagues popping up and the IPL planning expansion this needs to be discussed among the cricket boards,” added the PCB official.

BCCI vs PCB: Pakistan Cricket Board UNHAPPY with potential 74-day window for IPL, says ‘Booking top players will negatively impact bilateral cricket’

Pakistani players have been banned from the IPL auctions after the first edition since the Mumbai terror attack in 2008.

Though several Pakistani cricketers participated in the first edition of the Indian Premier League, but since then they have not been included to be part of the money-rich league, nor does the BCCI play any bilateral series with Pakistan because of the strained cross-border relationship.

Many cricket analysts and critics see the huge money channeled into the IPL through the latest media rights as something that will eventually change the face of international cricket with the rolling FTP calendar ending with the 2023 World Cup in India.

BCCI vs PCB: Pakistan Cricket Board UNHAPPY with potential 74-day window for IPL, says ‘Booking top players will negatively impact bilateral cricket’

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