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ICC doesn’t have mandate to influence Indo-Pak bilateral ties: Barclay

ICC doesn’t have mandate to influence Indo-Pak bilateral ties: Barclay”

The World Test Championship schedule has been thrown haywire by the pandemic and the ICC has come up with a percentage allocation of points as all the scheduled series before the 2021 final at the Lord's can not be completed in a short span of time.

Greg Barclay, who succeeded Shashank Manohar as the permanent ICC chairman last week, admits the pandemic has exposed several flaws in the competition, which could lead to it being revamped - if indeed it returns.

Did the Test Championship change the format according to the objective, he said during the virtual media conference, "I don't think so in a nutshell". The World Test Championship schedule has been thrown haywire by the pandemic and the ICC has provide you with a proportion allocation of factors as all of the scheduled collection earlier than the 2021 last on the Lord's can't be accomplished in a brief span of time.

"...The issues that we have already got, I wonder whether some of it was because of an attempt to develop a Test Championship, clearly created to drive interest back into Test cricket, provide a bit of context and relevance around the Test matches", he stated. "From an idealist's point of view, probably it had a lot of merit but practically, I do disagree, I am not sure whether it has achieved what it meant to do", he stated.

"I think there would be some countries".

Rather Barclay indicated that the initial WTC could be final as younger members could not hold the Test Cricket Championship. I think we need to sit down and finish the ICC's global strategy for the coming eight to ten years, once we finalise and agree what that strategy might look like.

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"I would love nothing more than to see India and Pakistan continuing with their cricket relations like previously". "...it is an extremely tough juggling act to get in there and in addition, we have to have sufficient conversations relating to gamers' well being security". He said, 'My personal view is that whatever we can do in Kovid-19, we can do it by dividing the digits and that's it'. One of the areas clearly, if we need to grow the game globally, we need to invest in women's cricket.

"If we accept Test cricket is the bit that makes the game of cricket different and special and has its legacy and heritage, I'm at an age where I'm still a purist, but I probably accept it's not paying the bills anymore".

He also cleared his views on the Indo-Pak Bilateral series as he would love to see that but also understand and considers the geo-political agenda that can come in play anytime.

"Bilateral cricket is fundamentally important to member countries".

While the cricketing fraternity must have high hopes from Greg Barclay regarding the India-Pakistan ties, he has admitted that there is not much he could do.

"Looking back at the strategy, we (ICC) need to decide what we can distribute".



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