ICC rubbishes reports of modifying draws to put India, Pakistan in same group

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has hit back at a report appearing in British media which said that draws of major ICC tournaments are ‘habitually fixed’ to get India and Pakistan in the same group.    The ICC, on Wednesday, announced the draw for 2017 Champions Trophy in England which will have a blockbuster tournament opener between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4.   The report appearing in a leading British daily quoted ICC chief executive Dave Richardson as saying that draws for major multi-nation events are done “in consultation” with the broadcasters.”The bottom line is that a significant portion of the cricket world want to see that fixture,” Richardson was quoted as saying.However, on Thursday, ICC said Richardson’s comments were misconstrued.”The groups were determined strictly according to the rankings as at the cut-off date and in such a way as to create parity in each group, so that one group is not stronger than the other. This requires that the total ranking points in each group should be the same, that is, 18 points each,” Sami Ul Hasan, head of ICC’s media and communications told India Today.The seedings for the 18-day tournament were decided on the basis of ODI rankings at the cut-off date of September 30, 2015. Current World T20 champions West Indies did not qualify for the event as they were ranked ninth last year.”This method has been consistently followed for all previous events and strictly within those parameters, it has turned out that India/Pakistan have found themselves legitimately and fairly in the same group,” Sami added.advertisementGroups (based on teams’ rankings as on 30 September 2015; X denotes seeding) Group A Group B x-1 Australia x-2 India x-4 New Zealand x-3 South Africa x-6 England x-5 Sri Lanka x-7 Bangladesh x-8 Pakistanlast_img read more