ICC news October 16, 2013

BCCI likely to demand inquiry against Becker


The BCCI is likely to recommend an ethics commission inquiry against former ICC official David Becker for having gone public with confidential information related to the game's governance in a statement last week. The ICC's executive board will meet in London on October 17 and 18, and it is expected that the Becker statement will be brought into focus again.

In his statement released to the media last week, Becker had said it was "improper" to allow a member body to "blatantly disregard an ICC resolution".

Becker was referring to the uncertainty over India's tour of South Africa, which was originally scheduled to begin on November 18. Becker had left the ICC in July 2012, due to what he called "questionable governance" within the organisation. His statement listed three examples, all relating to the "dominance of BCCI President N Srinivasan"; the "most concerning one" related to the FTP issue over the Indian tour to South Africa.

The BCCI's plan to call for an Ethics Committee inquiry is said to be based on their "evidence" that, at the time of making a public statement, Becker was an acting advisor to Cricket South Africa. BCCI insiders allege that Becker's statement came at the behest of an "aide" within CSA. The BCCI is expected to use this argument to appeal to other Full Members to avoid recurrence of a Becker-like situation that could be, in the words of a BCCI insider, "damaging" for the governance of cricket by any official involved in the game.

Another important issue that is likely to come up for discussion during the two-day meeting is the appointment of the first ICC chairman, an all-powerful executive head of ICC. In 2012, the ICC executive board had reduced the role of the ICC president to a ceremonial one and amended its constitution, vesting executive powers in the chairman. The 10 Full Members had unanimously agreed that the ICC president's post would become a rotational one from 2014 while a chairman would lead the executive board and take all important decisions.

It is understood that N Srinivasan and Giles Clarke, the two main contenders for the post of chairman, met over lunch on Tuesday.

The executive board had stated that the creation of the post of chairman was "consistent with recommendations in the Woolf Report." Lord Woolf, leading the ICC's independent governance review, had submitted a 60-page report last year wherein he made 65 radical recommendations. One of his recommendations was a complete revamp of the ICC's executive structure, while another suggested a decline in the role of Full Members and the handover of powers to independent directors. Of all his recommendations, the creation of the post of chairman has been taken on by ICC's executive board with alacrity.

According to the Woolf recommendations, the ICC's chairman should not hold any leadership or executive post in their home boards. It is a condition that may be of interest both to Srinivasan, the BCCI president, and Clarke, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board. The agenda for the meeting does not feature Becker or the position of the ICC chairman, but discussions are likely to be held on the sidelines and have their own consequences.

One of the more important points on the agenda concerns the discussion and final decision on the four venues of the World Twenty20, scheduled to be played in Bangladesh between March 16 and April 6, 2014.

After its annual conference in June, ICC had extended the deadline to August to ensure that the four venues met required standards. The report of the ICC's inspection panel, which recently completed its tour of the four venues - Sylhet, Cox's Bazaar, Chittagong and Mirpur - will be submitted to the executive board.

The ICC's executive board comprises the heads of every Full Member board, three representatives from the Associates and Affiliates, and the ICC's president, vice-president and chief executive.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo; Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • c on October 19, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    A Board asking for inquiry about some official who has leaked confidential information.. What is so wrong about that? Is it just because BCCI has raised this issue? What if ECB or SA board had raised this issue? Guys treat the issue on merit and look objectively. Dont just criticize BCCI for the sake of criticizing it. There could be lot of other things to criticize BCCI, but you cannot blame it for each and everything that they do.

  • venu on October 18, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    @hhillbumper: What else you've to say? Imperialism then childish.. By the way, peacock throne was gifted to queen as per Brits.. Am I correct? For what she was gifted?

  • sri on October 18, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    I am not a fan of BCCI (particularly srinivasan clout)but hang on. Is this the same ethics officer that intervened/helped Mr Lorgat when BCCI demanded some inquiry against Lorgat when he was at helm? Then i think the 'aide' is Mr Lorgat himself. As some articles pointed out Lorgat refused to do somethings that BCCI requested(refused to extend the deadlines for Kolkata stadium preparation, handing over some documents only after BCCI made to pay some taxes etc). Lorgat seemed to have played a bit of dictator ship role. Otherwise why would he say he is ready to 'apologize' to BCCI after becoming CA chief?

  • Harry on October 17, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    It is interesting they did not focus on most of what Woolf's report recommends but only the concept of ICC chairman. My vote for ICC chairman is Haroon Lorgat :-) Vice chairman is Lalit Modi. N Srini is the chief of the Anti Corruption unit :-)

    I despise BCCI calling the shots at the expense of other boards but before people blame them the ICC let this happen and the other boards did not do much to stop this concentration of power. Cricket is business and BCCI brings in the most revenue so they call the shots just like world power. Eng and Aus did this a few decades ago and Ind is doing it now.

    @hhillbumper - i agree with your view on BCCI but don't be too quick to say Ind will get thrashed. SA is getting thrashed by Pak and Aus and NZ pushed Eng hard. There is no one dominant team now unlike the Aus and WI of yesteryears. Teams go rise and fall every 2 years, lets see.

  • Akbar on October 17, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Welcome Mr. N.Srinivasan to the ICC post. He has good governing knowledge

  • stuart on October 17, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    BCCI is the greatest thing to happen to world cricket ever.There is nothing they won't do for the cause of world cricket.Of course in BCCI world view that means them alone. My only joy in all this is that India come here next year and can expect a complete total thrashing.Of course you will have the usual idiots talking about imperialism and what England did when they were in control. That is a bit like the excuse that an immature child would give.Well he did it first so should we.

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    I am from India, but even I find BCCI's behavior quite despicable. They don't want to do anything about corruption within IPL, yet they want to close other people's mouth that criticize them, don't want to follow the FTP (why have FTP if ICC can't enforce it?), and even wants to control who becomes CEO of South African Cricket. That is unbelievable. All the ICC countries follow rules and don't meddle in other countries' issues, and BCCI shouldn't be an exception.

  • Pan on October 17, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    If the BCCI don't want people making commens like the ones Mr Becker did, they could try being transparent about their decision-making, instead of leaving people to guess & hiding behind unsubstanciated excuses.

    If they seriously thought the SA tour was too long, why not try & shorten it BEFORE arranging a home series which just so happens to co-incide with Sachin's final appearance?

  • mansoor on October 17, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Let's be careful, when we discuss BCCI. Better not IRRITATE them. Apart from their own board/house, they virtually REMOTE control other Boards also. And they can virtually STOP cricket from being played around the world. Clout they have, so better, we learn to LIVE WITH THE BULLY !!!!

  • hemanth on October 17, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @Selassie-I you are right on the money! Even many indian fans are livid about the way BCCI is run nowadays. It is just pure monopoly. The other countries should join hands and avoid touring india, which aint going to happen in the next century considering the fact that people like hussey dont even have the guts to defend their statements.

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