ICC news May 9, 2013

ICC denies voting impropriety

ESPNcricinfo staff

The ICC has said that the re-vote, which led to L Sivaramakrishnan replacing Tim May on the ICC Cricket Committee as a current player representative, took place according to the "determined procedure" with "no evidence to suggest" that captains were pressured by their boards to vote for a particular candidate. The ICC however, stated that it was considering a request made by FICA to refer the issue to its ethics officer.

The ICC's response has made a statement following widely reported allegations that the BCCI had used its influence to get its preferred candidate, Sivaramakrishnan, voted on to the Cricket Committee at the expense of May, the chief executive of FICA. The initial media reports claimed May had the majority in the first round of votes, but had lost to Sivaramakrishnan in the re-vote.

"In January this year, because of confusion in the voting process for such representatives (for example in respect of what should happen in the case of a tied vote and, where teams had different captains for different formats of the game, which captain should be entitled to vote), the ICC Board considered the matter carefully, and following clarification of the process to be followed, decided that another vote should be taken," the ICC said.

"Subsequent to the re-vote, the ICC is concerned to note a number of factual inaccuracies appearing in the media in respect of the results of the voting and the underlying basis for the board decision that a re-vote was necessary, as well as unsupported allegations of impropriety in the voting process."

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  • Ajith Prasad on May 10, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    I just wonder whether the BCCI doesn't have a better candidate or ex-cricketer for the job. Despite having cricketing talent, Sivaramakrishnan spoiled that too early in his career due to disciplinary issues. He is a below average commentator and very partial in his views. I don't know if Tim May was any good either but why Sivaramakrishnan?

  • Zorina on May 10, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    There was "confusion" to elect Tim May in January and a "determined procedure" to replace him with Sivaramakrishnan in April in the middle of IPL. So, for example, the confusion led to Darren Sammy voting for Tim May, and the determined procedure allowed him to vote for Siva, as did five other captains. I wonder which board allowed their T20 captain to vote in the first instance... Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe? ICC is getting more silly by the day with these explanations.

  • Harmon on May 10, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    This should settle it. In fact, this comes as humiliation to most members of the pro-May lobby. They have been caught spreading canards against BCCI and Siva. They did not even know the basic rules of the election yet the moment their man lost they started with their slandering acts.

    This report makes it clear that the first election held in January was not exactly the first round actually. The ICC felt that a few issues were not dealt with before this election was held and in a way decided to call it null & void and asked for fresh election. This is not a case of Round One and Round Two of elections as is done for awarding Olympics. This is similar to a case where the election commission first conducts an election but receives reports that things went awry and so decides to order a fresh election.

    Conclusion: Tim May NEVER WON the election. The thing he supposedly won was a case of poorly informed people casting their votes, ICC did good to cancel it and ask for fresh votes.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Come on you lots let's stop this preference and get back to the gentleman's game. ICC we all know is not the same as in the by-gone years but the sport must go on with our help. So stop the petty issues and let's cricket survive.

  • John on May 10, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    AH HA! I was not aware this was a re-vote. So basically Tim May was elected along with Sanga back in Jan and this re-vote for whatever reason resulted in one or two captains changing their vote. INTERESTING!

  • Peter on May 9, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    Let an independent enquiry determine this please, not a mouthpiece for some outside interests.

  • Green on May 9, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    L Sivaramakrishnan is not the right guy, he is very very partial. Whether Tim May gets the job or any other but L Sivaramakrishnan shouldn't.

  • John on May 9, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Why was there an apparent four month lapse between the first vote and the revote? Transparency and the ICC/BCCI are not always companions.

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    ICC can also be influenced. Sad indictment on Cricket. Contributing to its downfall. Ranjan Rodrigo

  • Navneet on May 9, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Always knew this was mere noise by people who lost the elections. They need to grow up and accept defeat.

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