Islamabad: Pakistan are expected to raise the issue of their continued snub from the Champions League Twenty20 at the ICC annual meeting later this month in Hong Kong. The Champions League unveiled its schedule and a new format for this year's tournament on Monday, a ten-team tournament to be held in India in September and October, preceded by a six-team qualifying stage.
This season sees the return of teams from England for the qualifying stages, but as expected no team from Pakistan has been invited. That leaves them as the only major Test nation without representation in the tournament; Bangladesh are the only other full member without a team in the mix. The ICC has also proposed an annual window in the next FTP - from 2012 to 2020 - to accommodate the Champions League.
Officially the PCB chose not to respond to the snub, but one official said that the issue would not be left alone. "We plan to have full scale discussions during the ICC AGM later this month about our exclusion," he told ESPNcricinfo. The board has, according to the official, already raised the issue "indirectly" with other boards, as well as the ICC.