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ICC to vote on amending presidency

Sharda Ugra

June 27, 2012

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The ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has a word with Alan Isaac, the current ICC vice-president, Kuala Lumpur, June 24, 2012
Alan Isaac (right) will take over from Sharad Pawar as ICC president on Thursday © AFP
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Why DRS fell through

  • There is now some clarity on why the proposal for universal application of the Decision Review System (DRS) was not put to vote by the Executive Board - it's because no one sought a vote. The board comprises the heads of 10 Full Member nations, three Associate representatives, the ICC president, vice president and chief executive. Any member of the board or member of the management can move a motion to have a vote on any issue. In the meeting held on Tuesday, no one - neither in the ICC's management group nor any of the Full Members - was willing to put the issue to vote.

The ICC will on Thursday vote to amend its constitution, with the aim of making its presidency a ceremonial post with a one-year term. If the motion is passed, as is expected, it will come into effect from 2014 when Alan Isaac's term as ICC president, which begins tomorrow, is completed. This will also lead to the other proposed administrative change - the creation a paid post of chairman - and a decision on the future of the vice-presidency being taken up at the next meeting in October.

The Executive Board, which is chaired by the outgoing ICC president Sharad Pawar, finished its official meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday with another short discussion on pending and inconclusive matters. On Thursday, the ICC's full council will take up the constitutional amendment regarding the presidency. This will be the fourth constitutional amendment in 16 years to the post of president, which has gone from rotational to candidature to ceremonial, inevitably suiting the requirements of the ICC's Board.

The resolution to amend the constitution will require the support of eight out of ten Full Members as well as 38 out of the 50 votes in the full council. According to the ICC's current voting system, the ten Full Members and the 35 Associates have one vote each, while the 60 Affiliates are split into groups of twelve, each of which has a single collective vote, adding up to a total of five. It is expected that Thursday's meeting should not last more than an hour and the resolution should be passed without demur.

The full council is also expected to discuss the recommendations of the Woolf report, which suggested a change in membership criteria. The Associate and Affiliate members were briefed by ICC match referee David Boon and Rahul Dravid during a session held on Wednesday afternoon. While replying to questions, Dravid said it was his personal opinion that he supported cricket for the Associates in order to spread the game, but confessed to being "stumped" when asked by Affiliate representatives why it was that 56% of ICC members, which included Afghanistan, were not given enough attention.

On Thursday, Isaac will succeed Pawar as ICC president and Dave Richardson will take over from Haroon Lorgat as its chief executive. There is also a strong possibility that a successor will be named to Clive Lloyd as chairman of the ICC cricket committee. IS Bindra's four-year term as the presidential advisor will also come to an end.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by bobmartin on (June 28, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the regulations regarding the use of DRS.. As I understand it, there is no mandatory requirement for its use in any match. The requirement is quite simply that both teams have to agree to its use. Any team can refuse it's use and if it does, then regardless of what the other team wants, it will not be used.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

@TissaPerera Umpires are not paid $60000 per day. Ironically, if the BCCI supports the DRS, SL, Pak, NZ, WI boards will go bankrupt. Also, did BCCI stop the SL board from using DRS in the current series against Pak?

Posted by Dilmah82 on (June 28, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

This is becoming rediculous. It has been the hot topic for more than year, how can they just skip over it in the meeting. Players, officials, fans from 90% of the Test boards want it in place. There should be three questions put to vote. The first should DRS be mandatory, and utilised equally across the globe, and the second should the ICC provide the fundin g for this, and finally should the reviews be left to the players like it is at present, or umpires/match referee who can see obvious blunders and overturn them immediately without wasting time.

Posted by agam99 on (June 28, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

Funny...ain't it ? No nation even moved the notion for voting on DRS but still people loves to blame BCCI for it. Carry on people...it shows ur frustration and makes BCCI more important and relevant even though it does not deserve that much credit...lol

Posted by kristee on (June 28, 2012, 1:44 GMT)

If BCCI's problems with DRS limit to the way it's implemented, they could have raised it. The thing is that they, or someone in their camp, fear even a normal replay to on-field umpires' decisions. (Perhaps some lbw candidates feel that they'd only get exposed further, in the process). Shame!

Posted by Venki_indian on (June 28, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

Only Eng & Aus wants DRS, other Boards cannot invest huge amount on DRS and they dont want it... Great going BCCI...

Posted by Chris_P on (June 28, 2012, 0:10 GMT)

Why bring in DRS? Just because the majority of test players want it shouldn't ever be an issue. Who cares what the players want. After all they just play the game. The guys making the decision NOT to put it in after all have the correct qualities needed for that decision. Former players and a minority in this thought process. (Written with tongue firmly planted to the side of my mouth).

Posted by TissaPerera on (June 27, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

BCCI says DRS system is not 100% accurate so they don't want to implement. I would advice them to suggest to take out Umpires too because they are not 100% accurate either. :)

Posted by bharath0709 on (June 27, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

when BCCI introduced IPL ,there are people who blamed that ,game of cricket is being changed and there is no classic look ,then why do you need DRS ,what about the classic human umpiring ?

Posted by   on (June 27, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

DRS should be on onwareds....its a use of technology....wht if there were no third umpire? can u imagine its better than nuthing if out of 10 one decisin goes wrong because of DRs no issues but what about 9 out of 10 gone right becayuse of tht....dont forget sachinscored scores in worldcup semi final but only after the use of DRS.....so plz guys am cricket fan and i like this technology welcomed...accept things what comes to bring change, and have more positive comments....i think only indian some fans oposing it but be neutral and think about it

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (June 27, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

No DRS please...I think BCCI has been correct all along on this issue..since they checked out in one series. Great Job BCCI.

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (June 27, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

@rajithwijepura : LOL LOL... Dont worry... even if china enters world cricket, cricket in India does not die.. If cricket can sustain in small countries like NZ,SL why not in India... Cricket (any game) does not need huge population.. it does need passionate followers. India has passionate 1+ billion cricket lovers that makes India so powerful.. The matter here is not only India to blame, all countries and ICC equally to blame for current DRS scenario..

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (June 27, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

I dont care who is to blame but DRS has to be internationally used NOW !!! So many bad umpiring decisions were turned around in the SA vs NZ series, its really helps the game. Better to be 90% accurate than nothing at all. If its a cost issue, then use 3rd umpires with TV replays at their disposal, just limit the decisions that can be overturned with 3rd umpire and keep the majority decision with the onfield umpire. Why is this so difficult??!!!!! What is the problem !!!???

Posted by kristee on (June 27, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

A weak body at the head is a liability to any game. This game is fast becoming a joke. Money is the last word in any sports. That's why its dominance needs to be controlled. Except some sensible lovers of the game- and they seem to be very few- nobody is unduly worried. Miserable!

Posted by rajithwijepura on (June 27, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

@harishk19812007 - LOL.. its not the Indias success in world cricket finance. Its just 1 billion population that made india so big. If China emerge in world cricket I cant even think what will happen to Indian cricket

Posted by TwitterJitter on (June 27, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

I see comments here.. I see lot whining too and I say to myself what a wonderful life... :-)

Posted by bigdhonifan on (June 27, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Test cricket was great when DRS was not used, We dont need DRS. Great going BCCI.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 27, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

No one asked for a vote because the boards do NOT want to spend their money on DRS!! They want BCCI to foot the bill (as per Tony's speech) and also share the riches of IPL just like England/Australia used to do it before.

Posted by Riderstorm on (June 27, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

stop blaming BCCI for the lack of conviction on your part boards. I mean, however powerful they might seem they still have only one vote. If you have the will to get DRS, vote for it and get it done.

Posted by whatawicket on (June 27, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

democracy were the will of cricketing nations to decide if a rule/law should be implemented but were those cricketing nations do not get the chance to vote because why. ?

Posted by   on (June 27, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

haleos - spot on..!! other boards need to step up else ppl need to blame their own boards rather than criticise bcci everywer everytime for their gutless behaviour

Posted by harishk19812007 on (June 27, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

Why blame India for everything that has to happen in world cricket, DRS is a technology which is not 100% & BCCI dont want to invest in something which is not accurate, BCCI is not made of fools to invest so much money for some technology which has so much flaws....on above all this BCCI is not restricting anyone not to use this, everyone is free to use it if they are satisfied, why ICC & ECB is so bullish in using such a technology which is not 100% or should i say they are begging India to use the technology???????? people stop being jealous of India's success in world cricket(in terms of finance) & look at your own loop holes to be filled & see how you can improve cricket popularity in your nation than blaming India for everything.....

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (June 27, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

Now tell me how BCCI can be at fault when no other come forward and ask for DRS. I agree BCCI opposed it publicly, but no other nation ready SUPPORTit publicly as well. If other nation and ICC are concerned about money(that they get from BCCI or\and from Indian TV rights) and do not press forward for DRS then they are equally responsible. ICC,BCCI and other nations are all responsible for current DRS scenario.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (June 27, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

@bobmartin: You're being unfair to camels. They have their usefulness. Most committees don't.

Posted by Naveed85 on (June 27, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

No nation asked for the DRS ...really shame

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 27, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

The ICC has shown exactly what it is. A gutless, spineless puppet of BCCI. And we already knew it in spades.There is no rule here except the autocracy of the BCCI. Do the rest need ICC?? No way,Jose!! If democratic votes simply fail to register, then why hang about. An alternative to ICC for the 9 democratic nations needs to come to life, leaving ICC and BCCI to their death throes as a dinosaur of self interest and confused thinking. Goodbye to both I say and now is as good a time as an to secede.. And lets have a few former Test stars running the new organisation not a bunch of former Supermarket bosses and the like. Let the game itself come before big lunches and massive expense accounts.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

What bobmartin said. This ridiculous posturing is typical of all that is wrong with cricket. PS: Who cares what number-crunching idiot becomes the president? They are all useless and care very little for the game. That much is obvious now.

Posted by SureshBravo on (June 27, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

DRS is a failure need to check it in Domestic then bring it into International

Posted by bobmartin on (June 27, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

The ICC exemplifies the truth in this saying..Question - What is a camel ? Answer - A horse designed by a committee. And like most committees I have ever had contact with, and I've had contact with more than my fair share, the ICC is full of talkers but very few, if any, doers. Any actions it does take is in its own interests not the interests of the members it is supposed to represent. Witness all this talk about president's term of office and the appointment of a paid chairman which is evidence of that. Hot air will not get the DRS universally employed and this crazy situation will rumble on to the dissatisfaction of players, managers and spectators alike (India excepted of course).

Posted by whatawicket on (June 27, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

not sure why they put it out to vote just ask india and if they are in favour of it

Posted by CricFin on (June 27, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Correct all errors wtih drs and use it domestic matches.we will then ,not statisifed with some half baked lab room research

Posted by Haleos on (June 27, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

So no one dared to stand up against bullish BCCI. pathetic. Fans from other countries should stop blaming the Indians and look at their own gutless boards. I am a die hard Indian fan but would like the bullying BCCI to go down. and please people do not put generic comments as Indian should do this do that. It is the BCCI not Indians.

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