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BCCI to oppose the two-tier system in ICC meet

Anurag Thakur, newly-elected president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), smiles during a news conference in Mumbai, India, May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade - RTSFDIT

The Board of control for cricket in India (BCCI) who has been against this newly proposed two-tier system right from the day when it was proposed are once again set to oppose this proposal, this time in the ICC meet which scheduled to take place on September 6 and September 7 in Dubai. Cricket Boards of countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will join BCCI in opposing this system whereas Boards of countries like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England will raise voice against BCCI, lending their support to the two-tier system.

BCCI has made their mind clear regarding this as BCCI officials have previously raised voice against this system on many occasions.

According to our analysis, two tier system is dangerous for cricket as there might be a possibility that a team placed in the second tier may end up playing against low-level team for many years, the same case is the team placed in the first tier as they might end up playing and losing against a team which is far off better than them. The Boards who are supporting BCCI know about the ill- effects of this system, hence they have joined BCCI.

The Boards opposing the system have in past always been against BCCI. This time again they have decided to oppose BCCI but it looks like this system will be put on hold for many years to come as BCCI holds a strong foot in ICC and can also persuade other boards to change their mind.

Along with this, there are possibilities that ICC will also hold discussions regarding the T20 World cup 2018 and discussions on ICC Champions trophy will be the main attraction of ICC in this meet.