PCB to support DRS, oppose end to rotation policy
The PCB will support the recommendation to implement the Decision Review System (DRS) in international matches at the ICC annual conference in Hong Kong, its chairman Ijaz Butt has said.
However, the board will oppose the proposal to end the rotational system for ICC presidents and the planned amendment to the ICC's constitution which will allow the governing body to suspend a member in the event of any governmental interference in the running of a national cricket board.
One board that has been vocal in its opposition to the DRS is the BCCI, but the PCB was satisfied with its results so far. "We really don't know why India is opposing the DRS," Butt said prior to his departure for Hong Kong. "They must have their reasons but as far as we are concerned, we are satisfied with the impact it has had so far in Test and ODI cricket and we felt the World Cup was a good example of this system working and getting better in future.
"We support India where we agree with their viewpoint. But generally we have our own independent views on decisions. I think the fact that we are not in favor of ending the rotation system of electing the ICC chairman or having amendments in the ICC constitution to prevent complete government interference in member board affairs is testimony to this."
With regards to the proposed amendment to prevent government interference, the PCB has issued a legal notice to the ICC. It is among the boards that could, in the event of any interference from the government, be directly affected by the amendment since the patron-in-chief of the PCB is the president of Pakistan.
The PCB was also reportedly in favour of some of the other proposed changes up for discussion at the conference, such as increasing the number of bouncers per over from one to two in ODIs and the revised Powerplay rules.
The ICC annual conference begins with a meeting of the chief executives committee on June 26 and 27, followed by the executive board meeting - June 28 and 29 - and the full council meeting on June 30.