Nations will regret treating cricket like football, says PCB Chairman

According to reports, the Board of Control of Cricket in India has been successful in getting a two-and-a-half-month window in the ICC Future Tour Program (FTP) 2023-27 for the Indian Premier League (IPL). Also, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA) will get a small window in ICC FTP to host their leagues. During the tenures, no major international cricket will take place, and the acceptance of development is full of concerns for some, including the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The news is yet to be officialized and will only be confirmed after the upcoming ICC Annual meeting. The PCB decided to raise the concern in the meeting. The chairman Mr Ramiz Raja, and Chief Executive Faisal Hasnain feel that international cricket is taken for granted for franchise cricket. Visibly, prioritizing IPL over international fixtures sees franchise cricket as the future of modern-day cricket, with tests and ODIs gradually vanishing. 

In the recent statements, Ramiz has stated that some nations are treating cricket like football. He says just like football, modern cricket is majorly seeing franchise-based tournaments rather than the game happening on an international level. Raja further commented the nations might regret their developments within a calendar year. 

Predicting the downfall of international cricket, he stated,

"There are people who try to run cricket like football. Many nations are already doing it. They will soon realise what they have done when they complete the calendar,"

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