ICC news May 9, 2013

ICC denies voting impropriety

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • Edassery 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?

  • noplay 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.

  • Harmony111 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.

  • 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.

  • Lmaotsetung 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!

  • Chris_P on May 9, 2013, 22:33 GMT

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

  • GreenDeviln 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.

  • Smithie 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.

  • on May 9, 2013, 20:20 GMT

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

  • CricFan78 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.

  • Edassery 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?

  • noplay 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.

  • Harmony111 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.

  • 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.

  • Lmaotsetung 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!

  • Chris_P on May 9, 2013, 22:33 GMT

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

  • GreenDeviln 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.

  • Smithie 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.

  • on May 9, 2013, 20:20 GMT

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

  • CricFan78 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.

  • LeftBrain on May 9, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    OK, so can this matter be laid to rest now? Some peole tried hard to stir up a controversy, to no avail I must add. Can we ask them to do somethign positive now, for a change?

  • on May 9, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    And surprise, surprise! No comments on this one!! Just shows how quick everyone was to believe media reports that weren't factually accurate!

  • borhans on May 9, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    & who runs ICC currently

  • vishwanath.sreeraman on May 9, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    blessed are we indian viewers that this guy wont be a commentator for some time to come; dear ICC please retain him forever and spare us further commentary torture

  • RandyOZ on May 9, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    I am sure the BCCI have something dirty to do with this

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 9, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    I don't care what happens with the ICC. Honestly, it still remains the most incompetent, non-professional, and touchy sports organization the world over. What's funny is that it continues to be so in spite of being in charge of one of the LEAST followed sports on the planet - cricket.

  • KingofRedLions on May 9, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    They weren't exactly going to say anything else, where they?

  • on May 9, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Players representative? India has no players association...LOL That alone should be the basis of disqualification.

  • KK47 on May 9, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    This statement from ICC should clear the air about "May controversy"(pun intended).

  • MOZCRIC on May 9, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Dear friends of FICA and Mr. Tim May, where were you & where are you when the subject is about the welfare of 90% of 106 ICC member countries, made of Associates and Affiliates suffering for lack of infrastructure, Equipment, Motivation & Fund to make the Cricket game global? WE never heard your voice to support the 90% Cricketers of the world? Thank to extraordinary plan of ICC Global Development Project, today Affiliate member Afghanistan is playing in world Cup and millions of Cricketers realizing their dream to play in ICC tournaments through World Cricket League. Please do not be selfish and egocentric because we do not know you but we DEFINITELY KNOW ICC CRICKET DEVELOPMENT PROJECT.

  • CricketAnna on May 9, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    I do not understand why Tim May of FICA behaving like a child to enter into Cricket Committee. It is the time to understand that he is not welcome. His time, rather FICA time to play Godfather for player's justice are gone-by many years back. He has missed the train and only thing he and FICA is interested to have VOICE ( POWER?) within the International Cricket Forum in the name of justice to the players and game. Sorry Tim and FICA, National Cricket Boards of all 10 full member countries are treating their players in the areas of welfare , justice and finance probably million times better than the time you used to play. Do not try to spoil it and you are not welcome. The privileges given to the poor amateur Cricket Bodies of Associate and Affiliate countries today, thanks to money generated by ICC full members were unimaginable even before 2008. Therefore please do not be spoil-sport.

  • jackthelad on May 9, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Sounds a reasonable response to allegations on the face of it; one wonders, however, why an outfit so experienced and lawyered-up as the ICC couldn't have made its instructions explicit in the first place. "Second votes' are never very satisfactory, in any circumstances, and I can't blame some people holding certain niggling doubts.

  • on May 9, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    It was a clear case of the Bull(BCCI) bulldozing his way

  • vswami on May 9, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    This is a case of a union leader who has failed to gather votes from union members. What worse scenario for the position of union leadership than to have slippery support from their own members. The union leadership has panicked at loss of power and is lashing out trying to pick easy targets and appealing to well known fears.

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  • vswami on May 9, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    This is a case of a union leader who has failed to gather votes from union members. What worse scenario for the position of union leadership than to have slippery support from their own members. The union leadership has panicked at loss of power and is lashing out trying to pick easy targets and appealing to well known fears.

  • on May 9, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    It was a clear case of the Bull(BCCI) bulldozing his way

  • jackthelad on May 9, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Sounds a reasonable response to allegations on the face of it; one wonders, however, why an outfit so experienced and lawyered-up as the ICC couldn't have made its instructions explicit in the first place. "Second votes' are never very satisfactory, in any circumstances, and I can't blame some people holding certain niggling doubts.

  • CricketAnna on May 9, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    I do not understand why Tim May of FICA behaving like a child to enter into Cricket Committee. It is the time to understand that he is not welcome. His time, rather FICA time to play Godfather for player's justice are gone-by many years back. He has missed the train and only thing he and FICA is interested to have VOICE ( POWER?) within the International Cricket Forum in the name of justice to the players and game. Sorry Tim and FICA, National Cricket Boards of all 10 full member countries are treating their players in the areas of welfare , justice and finance probably million times better than the time you used to play. Do not try to spoil it and you are not welcome. The privileges given to the poor amateur Cricket Bodies of Associate and Affiliate countries today, thanks to money generated by ICC full members were unimaginable even before 2008. Therefore please do not be spoil-sport.

  • MOZCRIC on May 9, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Dear friends of FICA and Mr. Tim May, where were you & where are you when the subject is about the welfare of 90% of 106 ICC member countries, made of Associates and Affiliates suffering for lack of infrastructure, Equipment, Motivation & Fund to make the Cricket game global? WE never heard your voice to support the 90% Cricketers of the world? Thank to extraordinary plan of ICC Global Development Project, today Affiliate member Afghanistan is playing in world Cup and millions of Cricketers realizing their dream to play in ICC tournaments through World Cricket League. Please do not be selfish and egocentric because we do not know you but we DEFINITELY KNOW ICC CRICKET DEVELOPMENT PROJECT.

  • KK47 on May 9, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    This statement from ICC should clear the air about "May controversy"(pun intended).

  • on May 9, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Players representative? India has no players association...LOL That alone should be the basis of disqualification.

  • KingofRedLions on May 9, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    They weren't exactly going to say anything else, where they?

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 9, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    I don't care what happens with the ICC. Honestly, it still remains the most incompetent, non-professional, and touchy sports organization the world over. What's funny is that it continues to be so in spite of being in charge of one of the LEAST followed sports on the planet - cricket.

  • RandyOZ on May 9, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    I am sure the BCCI have something dirty to do with this