ICC's revamp plans January 20, 2014

Boards silent on ICC revamp consequences

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The ICC's Board meeting on January 9, where full member boards were presented with a "working group position paper" was unscheduled, called in without any agenda other than a hint that "financial matters" would be discussed. What the members were presented with instead, was a radical overhaul of the administration and finances of the world body, being told that the plan had been six months in the making. Giles Clarke of the ECB opened the discussion and the "position paper" was presented by BCCI president N Srinivasan.

The head of one of the boards outside the Big Three (Australia, England, India) said the draft paper "came out of nowhere. Nothing had been hinted at." The role of the England and Australian boards have surprised a few, with one official saying, "I don't think the plan would have worked if either of other two had not acceded. It is devastating."

Apart from New Zealand Cricket's director Martin Snedden and Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan, there has been little official comment on the draft paper from all the member boards, particularly those outside the Big Three. Hassan told reporters in Dhaka on Monday that Bangladesh could not raise a voice of protest.

"We can't do anything on our own. I can protest but if the other nine countries are on one side, there's not much I can do," Hassan said. "I have to find countries who are in our position, read through the proposals and then think what to do."

Other than the BCB and CSA, the countries who disagree with the proposals do not wish to be identified. However, the WICB and one other board have called special meetings since news of the papers was released last week. The member boards are in discussion with each other about the documents.

Tony Irish, chief executive of the South African Cricketers' Association defined the document as, "concerning," saying it will have "significant implication for cricket, particularly for smaller countries of which South Africa is one - revenue wise." South Africa's alienation by the Big Three - either from being involved in the formulation of the plan or as a beneficiary in their Test match fund to support smaller nations - is deliberate. South Africa are ranked No.1 on the ICC's Test rankings but find themselves ranked below Pakistan at the highest level of revenue share projections. It is understood that there had been "overtures" on behalf of the Big Three and the South Africans, and presenting them with the choice of finding themselves in the "top four or the bottom six." Cricket South Africa's (CSA) response in the situation, should the matter go to vote in the Board meeting on January 28-29, may well hold the answer to that particular question put to them.

When the details of the document were presented at the meeting, there were very few questions raised and the Australia-England-India triad are confident enough to generate the numbers they need, seven votes out of ten on the Boards. The backroom work has been done in the form of the quid pro quo terms - hosting ICC events, lucrative bilateral deals in the newly-generated FTP, even surrogate hosting of IPL matches due to the fact that this year's season will coincide with the Indian general elections.

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  • CricketLoversRuleTheWorld on January 24, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    What matters is Indian companies generate money in Cricket, not ICC or BCCI.. SO the money should come back to Indian people..

  • Twinkie on January 23, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    There was a time not so long ago when a Windies team's visit guaranteed every cricket board a huge crowd, sponsorship and media coverage. We were the glamour boys who raised the bar! Many people started following cricket because of our brand. You greedy guys shared in the profits then! Now we're in a slump you complain about carrying us. Remember this, empires, nations, economies AND CRICKETING TEAMS rise and fall! Enjoy your ride while it lasts!

    West Indian cricketers, please remember your history! It is time to rise against the odds. We did it before. We can do it again. We did not have deep pockets. then so nothing has changed but our attitude. Are we really going to let them dis us like that?

  • Sportsscientist on January 22, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    the fact that test cricket, and the structure of the international cricket, is a good thing. now something positive has started - lets get a sensible conclusion out if it.

  • Monjur_Elahi on January 22, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Propose a counter draft guys. Propose that the current FTP is biased and need to be reviewed, re-scheduled with equal number of tests, equal presence in ICC by all members, removal of full member and associate member status and let all the members be general members, etc. Go for globalisation, not for autocracy. The big teams are so worried now because of the improvements the emerging teams are making. I can see Afganistan beating India by big margins in T20s already and India knows it too.

  • on January 22, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    what a shame bcb should raise their voices against big 3,,,,they are going to destroy world cricket.

  • A.Awal on January 22, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    What's going on? Cricket will dies. Only BIG 3 will found interest to play each other. I can guarantee that BIG 3 fan's not want to boring by seeing same country. Overall cricket is dying in the name of commercialism. Cricket is game. Not Business. Big 3 want to business with cricket. So let them do this. Rest 7 will form New ICC where cricket will more important then money. Totally frustrating.

  • on January 22, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Lets solve a riddle. Say all the boards who are silent (8 out of 10) are assured that their interest will be protected despite the fact that this proposal ensures "bigger share for elite 3". Now how that can be done? By starving the remaining 2 and feeding their share to the other 5 + 3

    Now cricket dies in SA and PAK, or they join the remaining 8. Now having the small minded Big3 getting bigger share, someone has to get less.

  • Alexk400 on January 21, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    I would not mind big 4 that includes SA

  • mahdyh on January 21, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    The coward and spineless (worthless as well) Nazmul Hassan is acting more for Indian interest than his own country's. The only reason I can see for this is: India-England-Australia are more worried about more and more Associate countries doing well and inproviong gradually. The way Cricket is being governed in these 3 countries, India will have very few quality players in the coming decades, England will start losing Irish and SA supplies, and Aussies will get more One-dayers than anything else. My guess is that they are trying to protect their financial interest at the cost of Cricket itself. What a shame!

  • Wiffy on January 21, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    The big three are trying hijack world cricket. When did cricket become more about money and less about the sport? If they manage to get 7 votes this will destroy world cricket. I hope the other test playing nations will form their own board and play their own competitions. Let's see how interesting the big 3 will be then. So far only CSA has openly spoken out against this. Where are Pak, WI, NZ, SL, Bang, Zim? This should not be allowed to happen.

  • CricketLoversRuleTheWorld on January 24, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    What matters is Indian companies generate money in Cricket, not ICC or BCCI.. SO the money should come back to Indian people..

  • Twinkie on January 23, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    There was a time not so long ago when a Windies team's visit guaranteed every cricket board a huge crowd, sponsorship and media coverage. We were the glamour boys who raised the bar! Many people started following cricket because of our brand. You greedy guys shared in the profits then! Now we're in a slump you complain about carrying us. Remember this, empires, nations, economies AND CRICKETING TEAMS rise and fall! Enjoy your ride while it lasts!

    West Indian cricketers, please remember your history! It is time to rise against the odds. We did it before. We can do it again. We did not have deep pockets. then so nothing has changed but our attitude. Are we really going to let them dis us like that?

  • Sportsscientist on January 22, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    the fact that test cricket, and the structure of the international cricket, is a good thing. now something positive has started - lets get a sensible conclusion out if it.

  • Monjur_Elahi on January 22, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Propose a counter draft guys. Propose that the current FTP is biased and need to be reviewed, re-scheduled with equal number of tests, equal presence in ICC by all members, removal of full member and associate member status and let all the members be general members, etc. Go for globalisation, not for autocracy. The big teams are so worried now because of the improvements the emerging teams are making. I can see Afganistan beating India by big margins in T20s already and India knows it too.

  • on January 22, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    what a shame bcb should raise their voices against big 3,,,,they are going to destroy world cricket.

  • A.Awal on January 22, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    What's going on? Cricket will dies. Only BIG 3 will found interest to play each other. I can guarantee that BIG 3 fan's not want to boring by seeing same country. Overall cricket is dying in the name of commercialism. Cricket is game. Not Business. Big 3 want to business with cricket. So let them do this. Rest 7 will form New ICC where cricket will more important then money. Totally frustrating.

  • on January 22, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Lets solve a riddle. Say all the boards who are silent (8 out of 10) are assured that their interest will be protected despite the fact that this proposal ensures "bigger share for elite 3". Now how that can be done? By starving the remaining 2 and feeding their share to the other 5 + 3

    Now cricket dies in SA and PAK, or they join the remaining 8. Now having the small minded Big3 getting bigger share, someone has to get less.

  • Alexk400 on January 21, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    I would not mind big 4 that includes SA

  • mahdyh on January 21, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    The coward and spineless (worthless as well) Nazmul Hassan is acting more for Indian interest than his own country's. The only reason I can see for this is: India-England-Australia are more worried about more and more Associate countries doing well and inproviong gradually. The way Cricket is being governed in these 3 countries, India will have very few quality players in the coming decades, England will start losing Irish and SA supplies, and Aussies will get more One-dayers than anything else. My guess is that they are trying to protect their financial interest at the cost of Cricket itself. What a shame!

  • Wiffy on January 21, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    The big three are trying hijack world cricket. When did cricket become more about money and less about the sport? If they manage to get 7 votes this will destroy world cricket. I hope the other test playing nations will form their own board and play their own competitions. Let's see how interesting the big 3 will be then. So far only CSA has openly spoken out against this. Where are Pak, WI, NZ, SL, Bang, Zim? This should not be allowed to happen.

  • manizee on January 21, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    @Bill Pollock. They did. The Woolf report. It was never implemented.

  • Mangs77 on January 21, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    I would suggest that ICC should do the following Part 1 of 2 - 1) Have 3 tier structure for international cricket on a 2 year home & away basis 2) Each Tier will have 5 teams playing each other on a home/away series with minimum 2 tests each, for Tier III 3) At end of 2 year cycle, bottom of Tier I and top of Tier II will have a play-off at neutral venue for next cycle, similar for bottom of Tier II and top of Tier III 4) For Tier III, bottom 2 teams will be relegated and top 2 in qualifier (ICC League) will advance at end of each cycle

  • on January 21, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    If the "Big 3" want to control cricket, then let them!

    The remaining 7 or 6 Nations should create a new cricket board where they only play each other and the "Big 3" only play each other.

    At least that way the "Big 3" get what they want!

    Cricket dominance goes in circles, WI dominated cricket 20 years ago, similarly India were shockingly bad not so long ago, NZ were unbeaten at home for years and on tour, PK were a force in the 80's & 90's, SA today are the No. 1 Test Nation, but they won't be for long! So these changes that the Big 3 can't be relegated are proposterously unfair and remove the point of competition.

    The "Big 3" want to ensure their revenue streams don't dry up in the worst of times!!

    Dirty Business!

  • British_North_America on January 21, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    If Sri Lanka tours go ahead as scheduled, there should be no security concern for World T20 and Asia Cup.It is not BCCI which is supporting Bangladesh in this regard.It is the Government of India which is supporting the ruling party of Bangladesh.So, I think BCB can raise their voice.

  • SarfBD on January 21, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    A good intention showed by BCB chief. But in reality I'm not so optimistic. Cricket is not a global sport. Played by few and controlled by even fewer.That is the root of all problems. What is the present scenario outside the Big 3? No country will visit Pakistan in near future. SL, emerged in financial trouble, won't dare to stand up against India. Some 'assurance' of future tour or IND players in SLPL can ensure their vote. I believe NZ have already surrendered to such assurances. Same can be true for WI. Bangladesh are in crisis with T20 WC and Asia Cup. They badly need the support of India. So in the final battle I am not so sure about BCB. ZIM should be with SA. Now the beacon of deprived 7: South Africa. Financially not in good health, depended on the awesome talents of their players but the main market of those talents is India. Only they can practically threat Big 3 as their players have great value in international cricket and T20 leagues. Will they?

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on January 21, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    It is time for Indians to boycott Indian games and BCCI. Bring them down to Earth. I am in Indian by the way. Don't agree to these power tactics at all.

  • FaizAhmedLeton on January 21, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    The Bad 3 (who are trying to destroy cricket) need to create a "Bad 3 Cricket Board" by there own. where no other time not allowed. only they will played each other..

  • yashusboyz on January 21, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    I am an Indian and feel ashamed at this act.Cricket is not a monarchy where some countries could go around dictating terms to other cricket playing nations. Revenue is only just a part of the world of cricket. Its to be understood that the other countries boards are put under enormous pressure to accept the deals. I cannot watch cricket suffer because of senseless and shameful decisions of the so called 'Big Three'. No money can guarantee you the quality of cricket played,just look at South Africa and the brand of cricket they play and on the other hand India and their level of cricket.Who wins around the world in all conditions...money rich Indian team or money low South Africa? Its time they got their senses back.

  • mensan on January 21, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    Who would like to see India losing 8-0 overseas every year and who wants to see shes whitewishes every other year? The so called big 3 (or bad 3) cant survive.

  • aztecs on January 21, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    There is a fairer way of doing all this, let sport dictate administration of funds and not commerce". Its a simple idea as follows,

    Top 8 playing nations allowed a representative on the ICC Board. A chairman rotated annually and not to come back to the same board within space of 6 years. The ICC also appoint a financial committee also consisting a member of the 8 boards and a chairman to be rotated annually and again not to come back to the same board within 6 years. Who decides who sits on the board? The current ranking system, anyone falling below the ranking of 8 get replaced by the new incoming team. How does revenue get distributed? Sliding scale with top test playing nation getting a bigger portion. What are the effects in long term? We get to see better and more competitive cricket as there will be an incentive to do well plus it will be well earnt. Plus the ICC get a surplus cash sum to help develop smaller nations e.g. Nepal/Afghan to develop. more to follow

  • on January 20, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    I'm Australian and I find it deplorable. Changes need to be made because each board has their own agendas and some boards use their power with smaller board to serve their own interests. I don't think this is the way to go. Possibly calling in an agency from outside cricket circles and countries may be the way to go as they would have no pre conceived ideas or bias. They could advise on how a board could be set up involving cricket and/or non cricket personnel.

  • Philly.rocks on January 20, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    I like the idea of sidelining Ind, Aus and Eng. And let them play with themselves only. We will see how much revenue they make and how long they sustain. Its time for all other cricket boards to be united and raise their voice against the this robbery attempt. I think Pakistan and Bangladesh cricket boards should forget their previous chaos, and be together with SL, SA to launch huge protest. Otherwise they will rob our gentlemen's game cricket.

  • Arshad_786 on January 20, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Don't be silent as you are being murdered. This equivalent of a Murder. The world does not need another veto wielding Security Council where India, England and Australia have veto powers and their greed is rewarded. This is an absurd idea. It was presented over 10 days ago and I am ashamed to say that the Cricket Boards of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand and Zimbabwe have zipped their lips. Shame on you all. Please stand up with CSA and put this absurd idea to bed for ever. If India, England and Australia want to have their own league, let them. They will come running back after a few years.

  • Alistair0610 on January 20, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    This is a disgusting. The BCCI already have too much power! Just look at how they dictated tours and leadership choices to CSA recently. I hope that this gets short shrift.

  • on January 20, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    I would like to know where Cricket South Afica stands on this, or have they also sold their souls under the table as per usual. Its time the fans stood up together world wide Including England , Australia and India to protest the madnes to control world cricket by 3 countries bodies, it is a world sport NOT a triad.

  • Pippy_the_dog on January 20, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    All cricket fans need to unite to oppose this. I've followed England for 30 years, but feel my allegiance is to cricket as a whole. These proposals are a disgrace, if they go through it may kill the game as we know it. Fans from all nations need to unite to oppose this. They need to know that this is our game!

  • malepas on January 20, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Divide and Rule::::Stick and Carrot::::terms comes to mind,, Yes, we know a lots of background "Work" has already been done, the examples!! Triangular ODI series including SL in WI,, recent WI tour of India, Indian Tour of NZ are some examples... Boards are mute cos they have been offered very attractive offers some of them mentioned in the Article, and there is a threat if they refuse that their "Interests will hurt" if they don't say yes to the proposal. Small boards must understand these tactics as once these passed,,there will be no turning back and world cricket will be on the mercy of 3 boards and if somebody has any doubt on them being "Fair and Trusworthy" just look at how BCCI behaved and manipulated the SA series and how they are shunning PAK and BD for years. How would any body will expect them to be different once they will "BE ALL AND END ALL" of the Cricket in world?

  • on January 20, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    I hope there are 2 groups. India, Aus and England can play their own cricket among themselves. The rest of the countries in other group and they don't play the "Bad 3" at all and we will see how long the "bad 3" last. These 3 are destroying cricket.

  • on January 20, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Cricket will die in world and will prosper on Ind End and Aus And at last these countries will too lose this fentastic sport Absolutely disappointed on this behaviour of big three This is time for every cricket fan anywhere to stand up against this

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  • on January 20, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Cricket will die in world and will prosper on Ind End and Aus And at last these countries will too lose this fentastic sport Absolutely disappointed on this behaviour of big three This is time for every cricket fan anywhere to stand up against this

  • on January 20, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    I hope there are 2 groups. India, Aus and England can play their own cricket among themselves. The rest of the countries in other group and they don't play the "Bad 3" at all and we will see how long the "bad 3" last. These 3 are destroying cricket.

  • malepas on January 20, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Divide and Rule::::Stick and Carrot::::terms comes to mind,, Yes, we know a lots of background "Work" has already been done, the examples!! Triangular ODI series including SL in WI,, recent WI tour of India, Indian Tour of NZ are some examples... Boards are mute cos they have been offered very attractive offers some of them mentioned in the Article, and there is a threat if they refuse that their "Interests will hurt" if they don't say yes to the proposal. Small boards must understand these tactics as once these passed,,there will be no turning back and world cricket will be on the mercy of 3 boards and if somebody has any doubt on them being "Fair and Trusworthy" just look at how BCCI behaved and manipulated the SA series and how they are shunning PAK and BD for years. How would any body will expect them to be different once they will "BE ALL AND END ALL" of the Cricket in world?

  • Pippy_the_dog on January 20, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    All cricket fans need to unite to oppose this. I've followed England for 30 years, but feel my allegiance is to cricket as a whole. These proposals are a disgrace, if they go through it may kill the game as we know it. Fans from all nations need to unite to oppose this. They need to know that this is our game!

  • on January 20, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    I would like to know where Cricket South Afica stands on this, or have they also sold their souls under the table as per usual. Its time the fans stood up together world wide Including England , Australia and India to protest the madnes to control world cricket by 3 countries bodies, it is a world sport NOT a triad.

  • Alistair0610 on January 20, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    This is a disgusting. The BCCI already have too much power! Just look at how they dictated tours and leadership choices to CSA recently. I hope that this gets short shrift.

  • Arshad_786 on January 20, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Don't be silent as you are being murdered. This equivalent of a Murder. The world does not need another veto wielding Security Council where India, England and Australia have veto powers and their greed is rewarded. This is an absurd idea. It was presented over 10 days ago and I am ashamed to say that the Cricket Boards of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand and Zimbabwe have zipped their lips. Shame on you all. Please stand up with CSA and put this absurd idea to bed for ever. If India, England and Australia want to have their own league, let them. They will come running back after a few years.

  • Philly.rocks on January 20, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    I like the idea of sidelining Ind, Aus and Eng. And let them play with themselves only. We will see how much revenue they make and how long they sustain. Its time for all other cricket boards to be united and raise their voice against the this robbery attempt. I think Pakistan and Bangladesh cricket boards should forget their previous chaos, and be together with SL, SA to launch huge protest. Otherwise they will rob our gentlemen's game cricket.

  • on January 20, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    I'm Australian and I find it deplorable. Changes need to be made because each board has their own agendas and some boards use their power with smaller board to serve their own interests. I don't think this is the way to go. Possibly calling in an agency from outside cricket circles and countries may be the way to go as they would have no pre conceived ideas or bias. They could advise on how a board could be set up involving cricket and/or non cricket personnel.

  • aztecs on January 21, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    There is a fairer way of doing all this, let sport dictate administration of funds and not commerce". Its a simple idea as follows,

    Top 8 playing nations allowed a representative on the ICC Board. A chairman rotated annually and not to come back to the same board within space of 6 years. The ICC also appoint a financial committee also consisting a member of the 8 boards and a chairman to be rotated annually and again not to come back to the same board within 6 years. Who decides who sits on the board? The current ranking system, anyone falling below the ranking of 8 get replaced by the new incoming team. How does revenue get distributed? Sliding scale with top test playing nation getting a bigger portion. What are the effects in long term? We get to see better and more competitive cricket as there will be an incentive to do well plus it will be well earnt. Plus the ICC get a surplus cash sum to help develop smaller nations e.g. Nepal/Afghan to develop. more to follow