PCB chairman opens up on FTP and Big three
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has called for the revival of Future Tour Programs (FTP) which was once controlled by the ICC and series were decided accordingly but after the revamp all countries were given the right to decide bilateral series amongst themselves. This led to member nations only opting to play series which was in their favor and had significant financial advantage (Interview with ESPNcricinfo)
“We have two basic principles: everyone should be equal, and the FTP should be carefully handled. It should have the previous formula with ICC arranging series and not bilateral arrangements. Otherwise we are letting some countries suffer – some countries that don’t want to play the minor ones because playing them isn’t a lucrative deal.”
As far as the Big three issue was concerned, the chairman admitted that Pakistan were outnumbered when the voting took place for the approval of the big three formula and when they were offered a lucrative deal of six series with India, the board agreed to the big three formula.
“They said we are already outvoted by 9-1, but look we want to show the world a unanimous decision. Then they offered us very lucrative series against India, as you know six series between 2015 and 2023,” Khan said. “Then we signed an agreement [for the series] before we agreed to sign the new constitution”
Shaharyar Khan added that he is still not comfortable with the revamp but if the opportunity arises to revert to a more democratic approach then he would surely support it but as thing stands he will abide by it because of the agreement signed earlier.
“We still feel that the Big Three formula is not ideal, but since we have signed it we will go along with this and be faithful to it. We signed on the basis that India will play us – that was the agreement. So we expect to play. But if there is any move initiated to revise the constitution to a more democratic formula, we will of course support it.”