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Ex-players on ICC Playing Committee

Colombo: The International Cricket Council has decided to give the players more representation in the governing body, although it could not draft them into its Cricket Committee-Management, because of opposition from some members.

The ICC president Malcolm Gray said the Cricket Committee, Playing, headed by Sunil Gavaskar, will be restructured to include ten former international players.

Five of these players would be chosen by Test captains and the others by the boards of the ten Test-playing countries.

The countries will be paired — England-West Indies, Pakistan-Bangladesh, India-Sri Lanka, South Africa-Zimbabwe and Australia-New Zealand — with one country in the pair sending the player representative, and the other the board’s choice.

Pak no to neutral venues

PCB chairman Lt Gen. Tauqir Zia has told the ICC they will not play any Test match at neutral venues any more after the upcoming three-match series against Australia in Colombo and Sharjah.

Zia told the ICC executive board that the PCB would not take any more revenue losses because of other teams’ refusal to play in Pakistan citing security concerns, ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said.

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