ICC news April 25, 2017

BCB objects to chance of losing Full Membership


Nazmul Hassan: 'Full Membership status of the ten current Test nations must not be compromised under any circumstances' © AFP

Bangladesh is opposed to any changes in the ICC constitution that compromise a board's Full Membership, considering that status to be "irrevocable". BCB president Nazmul Hassan made that position clear in an official response to the ICC's proposed governance changes.

While other boards also expressed reservations on aspects of the proposed membership clauses, Hassan's objections are significant because he is part of the ICC's working group that prepared the new constitution. The ICC hopes to sign off on the draft this week, having passed it in principle via a vote in February.

In a letter to the ICC's chief operating office Iain Higgins, Hassan said the BCB directors were against proposals that open the possibility of Full Members being relegated to Associate status, as well as those that give Associate and independent directors a vote at the Board room table.

"After reviewing the draft, the Board's stand is that Full Membership status of the ten current Test nations must not be compromised under any circumstances and should be made irrevocable," Hassan wrote in his letter, which was seen by ESPNcricinfo.

As a significant part of the proposed governance overhaul, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar's working group looked at membership as a fluid concept and called for regular evaluation of Full Member status against a set of criteria. If a Full Member failed to fulfil certain requirements, it could be reclassified to Associate status.

According to the BCB, such reclassification should apply only to the Associates - most likely Afghanistan and Ireland - who were given Full Member status on a "temporary" or "provisional" basis. "The new proposal should only be applicable for the current Associate Members when they become 'Temporary / Provisional Full Member' of the ICC. However, once a 'Temporary / Provisional Full Member' gains Full Member status, then that status should become irrevocable."

To retain Full Member status, a Full Member needs to win at least one match against another Full Member in an ICC event. Every Full Member also needs to register at least four wins against a minimum of two other Full Members in bilateral series. Both these criteria need to be satisfied every eight years.

Hassan said that despite objecting to these criteria when the working group was forming the proposals, his views had not been incorporated.

According to the BCB, reclassification should only apply to the Associates who gain entry into the Full member club © IDI/Getty Images

The ICC working group also proposed that evaluation of Full Member status should be carried out by a Membership Committee with autonomous powers, and that the ICC Board would have "limited" say in the process. This point was contested by the BCCI, which wants the ICC Board to be the solitary decision-maker on status.

The BCB echoed the sentiment. "The Board of Directors of ICC must have full autonomy and final say on all membership issues with powers to re-examine all aspects of Member Committee's recommendations."

Hassan also argued against a clause that linked the performance of the women's team to Full Membership status, a concern the BCB shares with at least one other board. "Women's cricket should not be a determining factor for Full Membership criteria as most countries are still in the process of structuring and developing the women's game."

The BCB's views, which Hassan had voiced earlier, include a retention of the existing voting process. In the proposed constitution, the ICC Board is to be expanded to 15 directors, including an independent female director and Associate directors with voting rights. The chairman has a veto vote in extraordinary circumstances.

That is a radical departure from the existing system, where only the ten Full Members have voting rights. For special resolutions to be passed a 7-3 majority is needed, while for an ordinary resolution it is 6-4. However, under the new proposals the ICC has put all resolutions under one bundle: a 6-4 majority would be required to pass any resolution.

The ICC working group was scheduled to meet on Monday in Dubai to discuss concerns and suggestions from Full Members and Associates on the draft constitution, which contains a new finance model and a fresh governance structure. Hassan's concerns now have the potential to prevent the ICC Board from passing the new draft constitution.

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • criclover_at_cricinfo on April 27, 2017, 7:55 GMT

    so bangladesh want to defend their position not by performance but by these tactics, just imagine how insecure they are despite tall claims.

  • arnob216 on April 27, 2017, 6:43 GMT

    All the cricket boards also agreed with it and the proposal is removed and people here are arguing why BD should be removed from full membership status. LOL. You guys are more intelligent than the people of the other cricket boards.

  • Vishu_the_cricklover on April 27, 2017, 2:58 GMT

    Bangladesh should be replaced by a better team that is Afghanistan.

  • InsideHedge on April 26, 2017, 22:54 GMT

    LOL, even in this article the hate against India shines. So according to Pointed Ears, the rules will be changed if Ind, Eng or Oz are low in rankings. Nor sure why you think the three are a club. Clearly, you don't know your cricket.

  • InsideHedge on April 26, 2017, 22:18 GMT

    People throw out names like confetti. I've been hearing the hunger for Ireland to be given Test status for years now. It's based on a few outstanding 50 over wins. Unfortunately, that doesn't prove its ability to play Tests. Now, we won't quite found out till they're given full status but any student of the game can look for clues, and the biggest is the strength of a first class structure.

    If your own players don't even bother to play in it then you've got serious problems. Just look at WI. Then, there's passion and love for the game. The general population - ideally - should enjoy the game so that kids want to become like their heroes. I just don't see this in Ireland at the moment - neither the desire nor the structure to sustain Test cricket. I believe awarding them Test status is premature.

    Now to Afghanistan. I'd like to know who is going to visit Kabul to play Tests there. If Pak is having issues with security, I see a ten fold problem with Afg.

    Would love to hear thoughts.

  • InsideHedge on April 26, 2017, 22:11 GMT

    @cricfan3791033960 : With WI, it's the only chance you'll have to register a win. No surprise you want them to replace India. Best you get your box of tissues ready. You've had plenty of practice in wiping off your tears. You know the drill.

  • Rezwan Ul Haque Rocky on April 26, 2017, 22:01 GMT

    I dont think BCB needed to object to this. Based on the kind of improvement we have shown in our performance in the last 2 years, I dont think there is any reason to worry. Zimbabwe and West Indies (for not being able to get their best players to play Tests) are supposed to be more worried than us.

  • cricfan3791033960 on April 26, 2017, 15:07 GMT

    India should be replaced by wi in CT. i bet CT gonna be more interesting with wi team.

  •   Muhammad Aslam on April 26, 2017, 10:46 GMT

    If ICC is brave enough to introduce different point system for home and away series or match wins then the current rankings of the top 8 temas will likely be reversed.

  • ambalal on April 26, 2017, 7:31 GMT

    If Bangladesh manages to draw even one game at Champions trophy against England, NZ or Australia even due to rain they will start to celebrate as a top team.

    Since BD got test status in the easiest possible way they make mockery of this status too often. Had Afghanistan or Ireland played 100 Test matches they would have surely won more tests than BD. We don't hear of Zimbawe these days as it they don't exist!!!!

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