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PCB against official status for UAE, Hong Kong matches

By Our Special Correspondent

MUMBAI, JULY 12. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was not in favour of the Indian Oil Asia Cup matches featuring United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Hong Kong going into record books as official one-day internationals.

At the recent International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Officers' meeting in London, the PCB representative Rameez Raja voted against a resolution that sought a clear-cut mandate on whether the matches against UAE and Hong Kong should be accorded official one-day internationals.

As per the ICC rules, all the matches in the World Cup and Champions Trophy are considered as official One-day matches. It was argued that since teams come through the ICC qualification tournaments for the World Cup and Champions Trophy (USA has qualified for Champions Trophy 2004 in England), their matches should be treated as official.

The Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee, Sunil Gavaskar proposed that since the Asia Cup has more full members (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), the UAE and Hong Kong matches could be treated as official one-day matches.

A resolution moved at the meeting required support of at least seven full members. Out of the ten full members, seven voted in favour of the resolution that accorded official status to the UAE and Hong Kong matches. Two countries voted against and one abstained from voting.

The BCCI Secretary S.K. Nair too argued in favour of UAE and Hong Kong.

Since all the Asia Cup matches have been given official status by the ICC, all records will go down as official.

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