PCB Gives Conditional Support To Reforms

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A restoration of bilateral ties with India would see Pakistan support key ICC reforms
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed it conditionally supports wide-ranging reforms to the future governance and financial structure of the game.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) approved a raft of proposals in February although Pakistan and Sri Lanka abstained from the vote.

The reforms will see a pathway for Associate and Affiliate Members to play Test cricket and significant changes to governance and financial models.

Following the ICC board meeting in Singapore in February, ICC president Alan Isaacs said, "There were eight Full Members who were in a position to support the resolution today and the two who abstained have pledged to further discuss the issues with an aim to reaching unanimous approval over the coming weeks."

Today, the PCB revealed that their support for the reforms is conditional upon them playing mutually beneficial bilateral series between 2015 and 2023, particularly against India.

“We had completed the discussion, consultation and negotiation phase with regard to the revised resolutions," PCB chairman Najam Sethi said.

"It was important for us to get assurances on bilateral cricket with all Boards, especially India, which we have now received.

"The detailed Future Tour Programs are now being finalized with all, especially India.

"The fact that the resolutions have been diluted considerably from when these were first presented, and are now unobjectionable encouraged us to support these."

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