ICC revamp

BCB promises Big Three series

Mohammad Isam

January 30, 2014

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ICC CEO Dave Richardson and BCB president Nazmul Hassan address the media, Dhaka, August 13, 2013
Nazmul Hassan: "We haven't been to India in 14 years. We will go there to play Tests, they will come here too" © AFP

The BCB's letter to the ICC

  • Excerpt from the BCB's letter to the ICC, read out by director Mahbubul Anam during Thursday's press conference in Mirpur:
  • "The directors of BCB have been apprised of the content of the proposal, which was delivered on January 9, 2014, in Dubai. After a careful review of the draft, the board has expressed strict reservations about certain elements of the draft, which may be interpreted as contradictory to the rights of the Full Member. It was the board's resolution and we have very categorically expressed strict reservations. The BCB are in no position to endorse the proposal in its entirety."

BCB president Nazmul Hassan has said that Bangladesh will play against India, England and Australia in the next two years. He hopes to sign the Members Participation Agreements (MPA) by February 8 with the three countries to confirm the tours.

"We will be in a better position than others," Nazmul said. "We haven't been to India in 14 years. We will go there to play Tests, they will come here too. We will go to England; Australia will come here."

The statement was followed by a round of applause from the BCB directors and councillors who were at the press conference room in Mirpur.

Hassan continued by saying that Test cricket was his main concern, and that the three boards in question had asked the BCB for a slot, which will be sent within the next three days. He believes that the MPA will help ensure teams don't pull out of Tests when they have earlier committed to a number of matches.

"Our main issues were playing Tests. How we are going to solve this? Some of them gave dates, whether we will go or they'll come. We hope to sign them by February 8. They asked us for our time. We will let them know our possible slots in the next three days. One thing is for sure, there will be more cricket. Within two years, we hope to play against everyone.

"FTP didn't have a legal basis. Now, there will be a Members Participation Agreement, which is enforceable by law, despite what anyone says or does now. What they are trying to say is that [they will be protected], for example, if a team wants to play just two Tests when they were supposed to play five. Then the TV broadcasters will take me to court for not playing five Tests. The MPA will come into force now to stop this."

Hassan rejected PCB chief Zaka Ashraf's claim that four boards - BCB, PCB, SLC and CSA - were going to ask for a delay on the draft proposals becoming resolutions. He added that since the ICC press release had been sent out with the phrase "unanimous support", all nations were in agreement.

"We were not in any alliance. I said in the meeting that if my trouble doesn't go away, I am not with anyone. If the trouble goes away, I am with everyone. This was my strategy. We have also asked for time, like the other three. We have opposed on a specific point.

"It is unanimous by all ten [members]. It is a press release; nobody has objected to that. We gave our objection to remove this thing [the proposed two-tier system]."

Hassan said that due to news in the Bangladesh media after BCB's January 23 meeting that the board directors would support the Big Three, he had trouble convincing the ICC board members that he was going to debate some of the proposals.

He confirmed that there was indeed a vote among the BCB directors at that meeting, but on whether Bangladesh will side with the majority in the ICC meeting or not. Eight votes are required by the ICC to pass a special resolution like the one proposed by the Big Three.

"There was voting on one aspect. If, for instance, in the ICC meeting seven votes go in favour of the draft proposal, and two go against, whether we should still vote to pass the resolution or not. What should we do in that situation? The directors raised their hands, but I didn't count it. The ones who raised their hands said that I should do what I feel is best for the country. Three of the directors said I should oppose."

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Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

Once ICC is revamped,Bangladesh will eventually end up in the 3rd Tier Playing against NEPAL.Good Luck,wait and see.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (January 31, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Fact -Big 3 cannot be trusted exclusively to have the best interest of the other nations. I am not happy at BCB's decision here - they should oppose and collude with the other 3 and show collective power!!! Short-term gains is only short-term, how difficult is that to understan? We are doing exactly what they want us to do - we are digging our own trap.

Posted by somethingdifferent on (January 31, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

If one analyzes BD's position realistically, what they are doing makes sense for their benefit. If the two tier test plan gets implemented BD will be slotted with Ireland, Afghanistan and other associates and with these teams being better, BD will never be able to get back into the main / big league again. However by voting for the proposal their test status remain intact. What else they can ask for.

Posted by ABKhanISB on (January 31, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

@ dabbadubba Overcome Pakistan? Should I laugh or cry on this naive comment? At the moment Afghanistan is about to supersede Bangladesh in T20 ranking. You should be more concerned about it before thinking about big teams

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

@criclover....from your point of BD performance, i must tell you i think you are out of the cricket world. If you are in this earth then tell me in last two years, can you please tell me how many matches BD team lost in ODI format with any team??. BD won series against WDIES, whitewashed newzeland 2 times, beat india several times, Srilanka several times. I am just talking about last 2 years. India got their success in test cricket after 20 years and you are tired to count 14 years about BD. The main problem is when people come in a better position then simply forget about past and started thinking themselves as superior. Just wait and see about BD cricket teams' .....

Posted by Mr.Blacksmith on (January 31, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

The ultimate solution to get back the so called Big 3 on earth is that CSA, PCB and SLC should bycot world cup t20 2014.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Greed is going to kill cricket. That sum's up the whole story.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

What's up with Bangladesh wanting to tour India? I have read many Bangladeshis argue that they never toured India. But India have toured them many times. And when India tours them, they get to keep all the broadcasting moneys and also earn from ticket sales. Why were they pressing for the tour to India? Any ideas anyone?

Posted by Diaz54 on (January 31, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

Divide and rule is thriving and doing well. Surprising that India is the leading exponent of this now. The so called big 3 might be big financially but they are morally bankrupt. ECB and BCCI should be focussing in improving there playing standards which cannot do despite hue money at their disposal. During last summer I saw Pakistan u 19 inflict heavy damage on England u19 in alien conditions.,most of the boys come form very humble ground and demolished their counterparts who are big financially and have lot of support staff including physiologists, dietitians etc yet they could. to win.....talent and skill,supersedes being big!!

Posted by Shazli on (January 31, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

keeping in view the Indian teams performance out side india no one should play with them expect money matter dose attract other nation thats it....i knew it will happened one day.....

Posted by Dirk_L on (January 31, 2014, 8:47 GMT)

The proposals need only one additional clause to make it honest and fair: free choice. It is like buying a first-class or economy class plane ticket, or going to an expensive restaurant or a pub. Two classes of Full Member, as proposed: Class 1 receives revenue calculated according to some formula based on contribution, the details of which are published, and elects three members to the Executive Comittee; Class 2 receives a dole to promote Test matches, the size of which is known, and elects two members to the Executive committee. All that is needed to make it fair is not to reserve Class 1 for designated countries. If your Board contributes enough to make it financially worth while, obviously choose Class 1: more money and more power. If not, you have the choice: more money or more power.

Posted by CricketisKing on (January 31, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

Why do posters confuse BCCI with India? India has nothing to do with this. It is the BCCI. BCCI IS NOT INDIA. That said, cricket is now big business. The boards are individual companies selling the product called cricket. The players are employees of their respective boards. Gone are the days when amateurs played cricket or when the players had other jobs and were paid a stipend. Now cricket is a profession. Cricket is entertainment like movies or parks or sports and so on. If you don't like what is being offered or what is happening, you don't watch it or go to the game. I don't watch any T20 games but that is the product that is becoming popular. BCCI has the IPL and it is its cash cow. They killed off ICL. I am surprised that they allowed SA and SL players to join in after their boards opposed the deal that BCCI wanted.

Posted by Newlandsfaithful on (January 31, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

The ICC press meeting suggested that the revamp was based on "what cricket can take to the market" - and although that makes good business sense, its still problematic. It is no secret that the BCCI, CA hand the ECB have stronger markets to work with and will therefore dominate the new market orientated ICC format - particularly the BCCI. But the question remains (1) who benefits financially from this proposed format (2) are the supposed market forces good for cricket - what if we end up having test cricket scrapped and we have permanent IPL type cricket (NO!!!!) because thats where the money is? (3) How is this going to promote the game on a global level - if at all. Big three seem set on entrenching entitlement, not using their strength to assist and develop the game anywhere.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

@InsideHedge Yes, smart short-term move by BCB but it will come back to bite them at a later stage. Sulking SA? You confused - no one ever said they want to be part of the 'big 4', your uneducated opinion is completely wrong. Test cricket will die with this arrangement. The thing that is not even cricket, T20, will take over because that is all the BCCI is interested in.

Posted by criclover_at_cricinfo on (January 31, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

I can only laugh out loud at BCB's fantasies of getting to play with big 3, superseding Pakistan, getting more tests, visiting India, England and Australia, come on, be realistic, seeing latest defeat, who on earth would want to play BD? Srilanka started performing few years after getting Test status, BD even after 14 years is not up to mark for international cricket. Unfortunately india will get what they want and will sideline if not completely wash out teams like BD, Zimbabwe from test playing teams (if not ODI's/T20). If revenues is what they are looking for those can only come from Ashes, India/Australia, India/Pakistan, not from BD or Zims. Bitter reality always bites.

Posted by Crick_Chater on (January 31, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

Cricket is no more a gentlemen's game. Imagine any other sports, where players are barred to play due to their nationality alone. IPL is a perfect example, where it does not allow Pakistani players to play, yet ICC is turning a blind eye to such discrimination.

What a shame to see, 3 countries will control the world of cricket purely on money grounds.

As for India, all the money in the world will not make your team any better. I think you have lost all the respect you may have earned over the years.

Posted by TMuhammad on (January 31, 2014, 0:07 GMT)

Don't worry BCB these three have though promised but will not come to Bangladesh making the security condition as excuse. No matter how hard you try to convince them they will tell you that conditions in Bangladesh are not favourable and as such their Government is not allowing them to come to Bangladesh to Play. Secondly your dream of going to England, Australia or India is a dream which is very difficult to come true as again they will be telling you that we are trying to find out time slot and financier for the series as which they will never find.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 23:34 GMT)

I have been watching cricket for almost 45 years. I think I am watching the death of cricket as we know it. One thing is definite , if this shameful greedy scheme goes through two things will happen rather sooner than later. One cricket will not prosper and expand anymore , two test cricket will die out with the big 3 becoming stronger and the rest getting weaker. I cant believe it that greed can make people kill a game like cricket with tradition , history and passion. Money , looks like is everything

Posted by dabbadubba on (January 30, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

this is a victory for bangladesh cricket...this will give them more exposure by playing against the top 3 and soon they will overtake Pak too in ratings

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

For me BCB is looking at short term goals which will hurt its country in the future. I am very much sure that after 2 years these three big countries will not even look at Bangladesh. Bangladesh will be at the bottom of want list to play test matches for every country.

Looking at the proposal, the big three are just looking at the commercial aspect of playing test matches among each other, otherwise the competition is simply not there. I mean during the last few years apart from England winning in India, overall the results are v v one sided.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

Bangladesh will benefit from this arrangement in the short run. Big 3 will basically isloate Pakistan and South Africa and get this thing passed. Newzealand and Westindies were bought out, Zimbabwe are so broke they had no option but to compromise. BCB needed test matches against these nations and they were given some in the near future. Srilanka are in dire financial straits and desperately need India to keep them propped up. All that will be left is Pakistan and South Africa who will oppose this unfair arrangement. Men in green are fighting a losing battle here.

Posted by JustIPL on (January 30, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

Type of cricket that india are playing will ensure that they end up playing with BD again and again contrasting with indian desire to play with Aus/Eng. Very good forsight by BCB. This move to form troica with eng.aus is a continuation of bcci desire to teach CSA a lesson for appointing lorgat. BCCI want to cross every limit to punish CSA and that is why they are not included in the cartel.

Posted by pietime on (January 30, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

What a real shame. These cricket boards need to fight or get out. This is about the players and the fans, not greedy money making boards. I wonder how Zim are going to go. It's sad that this is the way things are going.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

Bangladesh is a Test playing nation for the last 14 years and One day International team for more then 20 years. After their most recent defear, BCB should review themselves and request ICC to cancel their Test playing status. They need another 10 years to play international cricket.

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 30, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

Smart move by the BCB. Level headed, they held meetings with a strict objective rather than give in to emotions. Only the sulking SA (who wish they were part of a Big 4) and the PCB are left out. SL will also follow in BCB's footsteps, they already know that CSA and PCB are not going to finance the game.

When the dust settles, everyone will realise that the proposal has saved Test cricket in the near future - a format that is completely incompatible with modern trends, sporting or otherwise. Outside of England, the 5 day game is dead.

It's a pity that the 2 tier system may not be implemented, it was a chance for Associate countries to gain Test status and for existing Test countries to ensure they don't let standards slip.

Posted by Pavend on (January 30, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

The game of Lords is certainly proving its worth.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

This people is really destroying our cricket......shame on nazmul hasan. We bangladeshi fan will not support u

Posted by applethief on (January 30, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

These comments don't inspire much confidence in the foresight or intelligence of the BCB. Not at all.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

I think the term "big three" is giving undue credit to the three greedy boards. From now on, they should be referred as the "three small-minded".. not the big three.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

It was a very practical thing to do by BD board. Iam sure they would have got better deal than expected. Some of people here calling these deals as end of cricket is absurd. How long can you sustain doleouts from ICC and survive ? You must develop you are own markets and selfsustain.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (January 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

Shame on you Mr BCB . After long hard work you not only disappoint the crazy fans of BD but also the whole world . Mr BCB do you know that big 3 will just throw you in the dustbin of cricket in next two years once they have achieved their goal . We have lost and lost to the greedy world of money . Mr BCB , we still have time and right to protect ourselves and cricket as a whole . Please stand strong and save cricket . One day others will follow BCB for what they stood for .

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

I Can See Bangladesh Cricket is going to End Soon and these Big3 after getting votes from BD would dumb Bangladesh Test Status, because this is the matter of getting power who should play cricket and how should not, Bangladesh people should realize that after giving them your democratic power to (greedy 3) how can you protect your interest in future, these big 3 would decide the tour in future and who want to play with bangladesh end result would be no cricket for BD, ICC with current system give every team equal opportunity to play test and one day cricket which BD would not get if BCCI come in control of ICC, cricket should be run democratically, Every country should have equal respect weather its India, Bangladesh or any other country no one should take democratic right of other country and should not control cricket matters

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Shame on you for your greedy decision BCB and Nazim Hassan. But remember that what you want its not be possible. Wait for your bed time. Greedy Man :'(

Posted by kickassPakistan on (January 30, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Beginning of the end for Bangladesh test cricket.

Posted by android_user on (January 30, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

sri lanka or pakistan...? lets wait and see who is more weak

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

Foolish thinking by BCB ! When BCCI have power how he think that they will come to bd and bd will go there.. in 14 years how many times they come to bd??

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Shame on You BCB. Its a Greedy decision by BCB and Nazim Ul Hasaan.But Remember what you want its not possible. Wait for your bed time. Greedy Man

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

Shame On You BCB. Its A Greedy decision.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

SHame on Yew Bangladesh Cricket Board , Yew will cry for doing this just because these big 3 will make yew happy financially but it will destroy your cricket , then afterwards they will ignore you and hope then yew will realize that why the other boards like CSA , SCB and PCB were opposing this .. Shame on BCB !! Cricket gonna die Puppet ICC!!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

cricket lovers better watch soccer now.

Posted by wapuser on (January 30, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Shame on BCB shame on ICC and shame on me now for being fan of this game. Is it really a game anymore, or they just playing games?

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 30, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Hats off to SRI LANKA CRICKET for upholding their principles over everything else for the betterment of the game. They are the true leaders of world cricket along with South Africa and Pakistan !!!

Posted by android_user on (January 30, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Big mistake made by Bangladesh here, they have fallen for the trap yet again. I feel sorry for their passionate fans in the long run. A big surprise comes from Pakistan who I thought would surrender first as soon as India offered to play at a neutral venue, but not to be. kudos to Zaka Ashraf being a business-man himself he knows what this proposal is all about. Inshallah PCB, SLCB, and CSA will stand still and teach these 3 money worshipping boards a lesson.

Posted by KrikIndFan on (January 30, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

@asiacricket1234, you nailed it. That is exactly what the rest of the fans needs to understand. Respect, honour, pride, love, moral, etc are all secondary terms when power/money is involved. The Big 3 might already have their game plan to make sure the proposal passes through even with a few hiccups.

Posted by android_user on (January 30, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

big lolly pop by big vendors for BCB.

Wait till they give out security/ political/ social reasons to take away the lolly pop.

another colonial era about to begin with the short sightness of BCB

Posted by android_user on (January 30, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

nothing surprising here. BCB 'S stance from day 1 was same. they were ok with everything else apart from test status. it was just some fans who were taking it as BCB was sole opposition and standing firm. where as their press release was on similar grounds. and as soon as that was scrapped , they are ok. well lets see what happens after 2 years and how much tests BD will play in these 2 years. they should sign in some agreements because you cant trust boards who have played you very little in last many years.

regarding proposal, i think it will be passed with 10 out of 10 voting in favour. 2 of remaining 3 will not be able to stand longer. both SLC and PCB are financially struggling boards. and more importantly cant afford to stay cornered if it get passed with out them.

regarding Zaka's statement, he said that before meeting starts and icc press release was after meeting.

Posted by SportsObserver on (January 30, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

We hand over all the power and self-respect to them for this?! You will perhaps visit them once, the power is gone for ever. We do NOT need to visit them, we do NOT need them to visit us. How can any board sacrifice a nation's honour just to be in touch with these big bullies. How can a nation let their board do this? Cricket is not bigger than a nation's honour and self-respect.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

South Africa is the better side in Cricket than most and have much assurance to Play against the so called Big Three but for the Love and sake of the Game, they are opposing the strategy not only for themselves to gain but mostly for other Countries, Bangladesh mostly..

South Africa has successfully played Cricket for years after being banned from International Games until readmission which can only mean that, Their resistance is for the right course..

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (January 30, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Foolish thinking by BCB ! Big 3 will play a short series against Bangladesh to console them.But after that they will never invite bangladesh for a series or will not travel to bangladesh for bilateral series for decades. If bangla loss all 3 proposed series they will disentitle their test status too.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Shame of BCB on their spineless position. I recon all the boards are operating for their petty interests.

Posted by android_user on (January 30, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

Well said @Tanweeralam. Short sightedness at its criminal best.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (January 30, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

So BCB is only worried about losing Tests, but not really worried about losing 49% of the ICC revenues they get now? So that tells me they have the money, yet there is NEVER DRS in any of the home series! Series after series we are being taken apart by the 13th-14th-15th man on field!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

This is just a little glimpse of things to come if the proposed changes become effective. It will be all politics. no cricket. Big three will be sitting on stage and rest will be trying their best to make Boss happy and hope things will work for them and the big-3 like medieval kings will be making decisions. BD seems already OK with that. Since tours, etc. will be decided bilaterally by playing teams, you will see governments/politicians start pressing their cricket boards and telling them to who they should or should not play vs. ICC a central body is scheduling FTP without any interest in the regional politics.

They will make sure there is no cricket around the world during IPL. They will make sure whole world is watching IPL so they can milk this event as much as possible. If your favorite players are not picked up by a team, watch something else. It is so sad development for cricket lovers.

Posted by OceanBreeze on (January 30, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Right on tanweeralam! You nailed it. After two years, BCB will have neither the vote to cast nor any matches to play (i.e., assuming the Greedy-3 keep their promise for the first 2 years, which I sincerely doubt). BCB will be ignored and forgotten when it's all said and done.

Posted by Praxis on (January 30, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

At this point, I've lost patience & any concern regarding cricket. My favorite format is dying(Test), even the top ranked team in this format struggling to have any significant say on this whole issue. Money talks the loudest in this sport now, it does in every sport, but in cricket I'm seeing some blatant disregard towards the long-term future from the administrator or what the average fans think. This sport is losing everything those attracted me in the first place. There are better sports to follow.

Posted by tanweeralam on (January 30, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

His vision his as high as his height. What after two years???????

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (January 30, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

BCB is not playing its cards right. One, they should keep in mind the today's result of Mirpir Test. What will they expect from their team when they play against the Big 3? Second, who will play against the BD after the "agreed 2-3" years? They have already envied the PCB and CSA and the Big 3 will be done with BCB after securing their vote and won't hesitate to dump them, on the pretext that they are not yet capable of playing Test Cricket.

Posted by mbilalhussain on (January 30, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

this is short sightedness from BCB. BCB chief gave the plan for next 3 yrs which are promising.but what will happen afterwards ?

Posted by Choudury on (January 30, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

Kudos to BCB chief. He is a solid man, unlike the previous BCB chief..

This is how it is played out in board meetings. Bangladesh comes out a winner with its interests protected, if not enhanced.

Let's see how the other boards fair in the end. Saying "Stay The Course" when the course leads to end of the cliff, doesn't help your interests.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (January 30, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

Every cricket board had their own agenda. The one who got what they wanted voted yes such as WI, ZC wanted more money, BCB wanted test status etc. The others who are still saying no they are not taking their stance for good of cricket or so call moral value. They are just upset that they didn't get what they want. PCB want cricket back in Pakistan which is why they didn't say no at the beginning and when BIG 3 refuse to tour they took their stance. SA being the best team at the moment CSA probably is upset that they are not the part of the big 3 and SLC is in big financial trouble to they probably want others to assure them that they are going to have series against the top teams so they can make more profit. Once the BIG 3 give one of them what they want they will say yes. My bet is on SLC as it is easier to give them what they want

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 30, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

If you want to play test cricket, you develop the guts that makes stronger sides want to play against you. You dont beg for that, you can in a sense but for how long? You may beg for it for a year, 2, 5years maybe but thats about it. You either have it in you or you dont and you can't play, there's the door. Eventually they will be shown the door by the very same people they are putting everything on the line to support and that day is just months away. BCB has got a vote and thats what making them talk, just wait when that vote is used and then there is nothing left, no quality or competitive cricket and no money to be made by playing BD.

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 30, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

Not for a second I thought BCB would stand with PCB, SLC and CSA and give cricket a fighting chance. If anything, BCB might have been employed by BCCI to do the informant job, spy on these other boards to find what they were upto and less than three days latter, we all know what is what and who is who. Like Boycott said, it says alot about the kind of men, Hassan, Clarke, srini and that aussie dude, forgot his name there.

Posted by AsifAbbasi on (January 30, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

So at the end of the day, its PCB and CSA who have resisted the big three's temptation. With India, trying to isolate CSA, don't be surprised if they give another lollypop to PCB and get the deal! Disappointing...

BTW, Fans can vote with their fingers by not watching any cricket for the next two years and tell these boards that cricket is a sport with passion involved not only a money making event for board presidents who hardly ever watched or played cricket!

Posted by Fogu on (January 30, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

Very disappointing from BCB. For a short term gain they are selling away the future of cricket. I would rather not have my country (BD) play test cricket then have the greedy three take over the control of the game. I grew up with Test cricket and enjoy it very much but I also understand that times are changing. Shorter games with firewoks is what sells and at some point Test cricket will not be viable. It will only be played by a few countries with traditional cricketing roots. Cricket will expand via ODI or T20. BD should focus on those two formats and ignore Tests.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

@Farooq3. Exactly. In the light of their crushing defeat by Sri Lanka today, it is absurd for Bangladesh to talk of more matches against England, Australia & India. It would be an exercise in complete futility. Their focus should be on playing the teams of similar strength to them and those slightly stronger or weaker, eg West Indies, Ireland, Zimbabwe and possibly New Zealand and Afghanistan with just occasional matches against the strongest teams. Beating the teams of similar strength to them will draw bigger crowds, more interest and enable the team to move forward to the next level when they are ready. Being crushed and outplayed by stronger sides, by contrast, achieves nothing.

Posted by Praxis on (January 30, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

At this point, I've lost patience & any concern regarding cricket. My favorite format is dying(Test), even the top ranked team in this format struggling to have any significant say on this whole issue. Money talks the loudest in this sport now, it does in every sport, but in cricket I'm seeing some blatant disregard towards the long-term future from the administrator or what the average fans think. This sport is losing everything those attracted me in the first place. There are better sports to follow.

Posted by dammi9991 on (January 30, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

BCB why are you think about only next 2,4 years plsease think about long term they will come and play 2 test 3odi and 1t20 that mean all together 6 test 9 odi and 3 t 20 , why are you sell your futur to this. if you gave your vot they will pass.. if something happend in future. you can do nothing becouse without get 8 vot can not pass.. big 3 alteady have 3 vot and what can do other 7 vot .. these 3 will do everything wich they want do.. please do not destroy whole world future cricket for next 3 years this must for others also. NZ.PCB.CSA.SLC.WIC.BCB. AND CZ

Posted by niazbhi on (January 30, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

I am disappointed with BCB. Big three is offering short term carrots so that they can get all the power. The main proposal is for powerful nations to be playing among themselves. But big 3 are promising tours to WI, NZ, BD. which hardly makes sense. If they are keeping the promises after the vote, this is a one time thing, WI, NZ or BD would not see them after the initial two years (laws cannot be changed back then). I doubt big three will keep their promises. The financial promises will also fall short.

Posted by spin-chaman on (January 30, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

I believe BCB is only looking at he short term gains. BIG 3 system has primarily been based on the premise that in order to augment the coffers of select few, commercially non viable tours be avoided. I guess if BCB thinks that it's current form notwithstanding, it can transform into a champion unit in two to three years time by playing against Big 3 so that it will be able to interest the cricket market, then the resolution makes sense. Otherwise I am afraid that they are indeed selling themselves short.

Posted by android_user on (January 30, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

Cricket is going to be sold now...!!! Now it will not remain a gentleman's game . Big three will purchase other boards as well.

Mr. Hassan forget about your concern of playing Test Cricket.....!!! Your concern should the respect of game, which is going is to be tarnished by B3.


Posted by Farooq3 on (January 30, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

It seems that all BCB was doing by playing it hard in the ICC meeting was to leverage its bargaining position. Apart from the locals, I wonder how many people are interested in watching England/Australia/India play Bangladesh.

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