ICC's revamp

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The ICC has radically restructured its administration and revenue distribution system following a campaign by Cricket Australia, the BCCI and the ECB to change the fundamental structure of the world cricket and centre its executive clout and financial power in the hands of these three boards. The change was driven by the fact that a new tranche of the ICC's media rights (2015-2023) were to be up for sale. The ICC's Finance & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) produced a "working group position paper" which proposed changes in the ICC's administrative structures, revenue distribution models and the Future Tours Programme (FTP). The proposal created a stir in the cricket fraternity with arguments suggesting that the concentration of power in the hands of the three boards could impact the game significantly. The constitutional amendments required to put the new structure in place were approved of during the ICC's 2014 Annual Conference

June 28
News - WICB and PCB elected to ExCo
News - Netherlands and Nepal get T20I status

June 27
Brettig: Waiting on chairman Srinivasan
News - Najam Sethi elected to ExCo, says PCB

June 26
News - Srinivasan confirmed as ICC chairman
News - 'Wouldn't have dreamt of walking away from ICC' - Srinivasan
News - Full transcript of Srinivasan's press conference
Video - 'Can't accept cricket has an image problem' - Srinivasan
News - NZC backs new ICC chairman
Video - Samiuddin: Administrators disconnected from game

June 25
News - Illegal bowling action process under review
News - Clarke angry at Oliver snub
News - Srinivasan meets Associates before formal ascension
News - Associates swayed by potential larger revenues

June 24
News - Big Three powers charm Associates

June 23
Brettig: Cricket to become a private club
News - Ten-team World Cup a concern for Associates
Video - Brettig: ICC to have reduced influence

June 21
News - New ICC ethics code to be tabled
News - India, England not in favour of cricket at Olympics

June 20
News - Anti-corruption unit answers to ExCo

June 9
News - Mani: BCCI's threat of parallel body 'laughable'

June 7
News - BCCI threatened to form parallel world cricket body

May 7
News - ICC anti-corruption unit reviewed

April 11
News - PCB agrees conditionally to ICC revamp

March 3
News - PCB likely to back ICC revamp

February 18
News - 'Unanimous' SLC backs ICC revamp

February 11
News - Ranatunga: 'SLC happy with ICC resolutions'
News - It is not a perfect world - CSA

February 8
News - ICC Board clears governance, financial changes
News - BCCI welcomes approval, confirms talks with CSA for series
News - Changes in resolution forced PCB, SLC to abstain
News - CSA president justifies support for ICC revamp
Video - 'CSA would want to patch-up with BCCI'
News - BCB confident of securing series with Big Three

February 7
News - Lord Woolf calls draft proposal 'a retrograde step'
News - ICC says proposed revamp legally sound
Video - 'Strident opposition to Big Three, but for how long?'
News - Grim legal tussle expected at Board meeting

February 6
Interview - N Srinivasan: The new ICC structure is more inclusive
News - SLC questions legality of proposals

February 5
News - 'A strong India is good for world cricket' - Srinivasan
Kamran Abbasi - Pakistan and the Big Three
News - SLC confirms opposition to ICC revamp plans

February 4
News - CSA denies discussing Lorgat role with BCCI
News - Increasing funds to select Associates won't reduce divide - Ireland CEO
News - CSA to list revamp objections to ICC

February 3
News - PCB oppose Big Three proposals
News - CSA-BCCI impasse likely to end

January 31
News - Zaka Ashraf wants consensus before ICC decision

January 30
Geoff Boycott - 'Appalled by greed of Big Three'
News - Non-Full Members to gain from proposed revenue model - Richardson
News - BCB promises Big Three tours
News - An 11th Test country?
News - BCCI's demand for more revenue justified - Patel

January 29
News - What happened at the ICC meeting?
News - WICB projects 100% rise in revenue if ICC revamp stamped
Sharda Ugra - 'Real Negotiating starts now'
News - BCB on board, Big Three one vote away
News - 'Big Three were more likely to make progress' - Isaac

January 28
News - ICC Board to be presented a 'resolutions' redraft
News - PCB, CSA, SLC and BCB against proposals - Zaka Ashraf
News - Full text of the media release after the ICC Board meeting
News - 'Unanimous support' for draft principles - ICC
News - Alan Isaac pushed Big Three to collaborate
Andy Zaltzman - Cricket fans don't pay to watch administrators

January 27
Sambit Bal - Will cricket stand up to India?
News - Atherton condemns Big Three plan
Video - Samiuddin: Revamp also has many legal implications

January 26
News - Speed, Gray join Mani's protest
Tony Cozier - West Indies will toe financial bottom line

January 25
Sharda Ugra - Blame the ECB and CA
News - Mani slams 'Big Three' proposal
News - Mushfiqur blasts proposed two-tier Test system

January 24
Video - BCB confused over revamp proposal

January 23
News - BCCI puts ICC events on the line
News - Draft will need 'extraordinary majority' to be passed - ICC vice-president
News - SLC wants ICC to postpone discussion on draft proposal
News - BCB to decide on draft based on 'response of other boards'
Video - Ugra: Cricket gives in to BCCI's blackmail
Russell Degnan - Cashing out the future of cricket

January 22
News - Edwards responds to 'Big Three' criticism
David Hopps - Giles Clarke on the verge of diplomatic triumph

January 21
News - Draft proposal could hit a snag
News - BCCI working committee to discuss ICC draft
Video - Who will stand up to the Big Three?
Video - England cosy up to power
Video - 'Dice heavily loaded in favour of big three'

January 20
News - NZC not worried over power takeover, says Snedden
News - CSA demands ICC proposals withdrawn
News - Boards silent on ICC revamp consequences
Sambit Bal - Missing the fundamental point of sport

January 19
News - No knowledge of draft proposals, says Associate representative

January 18
Video - Ugra: Changes will create an oligarchy that will run cricket
News - Big three eye bigger slice of ICC revenue pie
Martin Crowe - Two-tier Test system, my foot
Jarrod Kimber - Tell the administrators you're watching them

January 17
News - Big Three could control revamped ICC
News - FTP may become bilateral arrangement

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  • spellbinder76 on January 30, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Please let someone else go to attend the next ICC meeting, someone who knows how to make a presentation like Najm saheb. Pakistan should ask a simple question of ICC members especfially India. What has the world cricket done to help Pakistan with their unique as well as unfortunate situation. They were deprived of their share of the WC-2011 matches, no test country is willing to come to Pakistan, and not many invite Pakistan to play tests except South Africa and Sri-Lanka. Australia has recently cut short the test series. India has not fullfilled their promise of playing two test series at home and abroad. In the past Pakistan has always supported India in their cause, but India is not reciprocating. So Pakistan needs some hard gurantees or they will negotiate bilateral series on their terms. Pakistan cricket board has been losing money for a few years and cannot continue to sustain such losses in future.

  • bul98 on January 30, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    Except Indian fans, rest of the cricket world loves to see India loose because of there board attitude and money power. India is bulling rest of the world cricket by this two tier and what they did against SA recently and IPL circus. India can only win in India and they will get crash any where they go. PAK beat them in there own back yard. Best of luck NZ sweep the Indians just like ENG, Aus, SA did. So called world champs in there own home only. Rest of the world watches Indian matches just to see them loose and BCCI and Indian fans think everyone wants to watch them.

  • theCricketPurist on January 30, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    The biggest question is - Why was RSA left out of the "Big 3"?

    Well most may conclude that they do not make enough money to be given a place in the "top core", but thats not the point here. The general vibes from this proposal are that India wants the money while Aus & Eng want the governance. Well its neither of these.

    This whole revamp is basically intended to kill RSA as a cricket nation. Lets face it. India has more than enough money, to cry over a slightly bigger claim. They created this whole proposal to ensure RSA are finished. Eng & Aus were coaxed into agreement by being given a share of the spoils.

    The truth is that the BCCI and CSA boards hate each other at the moment. If we look deep, we will realise that no other team loses as much from this as RSA does.

    Within 5 years RSA will be finished as a cricket nation. The only way to escape this is by sacking Lorgat and bowing down to the BCCI. If this happens, we will see CSA included in the core.

  • Independent_fan on January 30, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    If this big "three" trying to manipulate the cricket why not rest of the cricketing nation get together and staring their own Cricket administration. Then they will be more powerful than this so-called big three

  • amumtaz on January 29, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    My message to Big Three. You have made me sad and angry and frustrated. As a result, I am now starting a campaign to boycott not only all your matches but also boycott all sponsors who support you. The campaign begins now!

  • Sajid111 on January 29, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    Please just kill test cricket, all this will go away. Nobody have time to go and watch it. People here who say they love test cricket, why arent you filling up the stadiums to show your support.

  • Schmidt on January 29, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    R.I.P. Cricket..........!

  • RashidKhanGee on January 28, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Forget the ICC they are spineless and money grabbers.

    All the member should get together and form an NEW Federation of Cricket Association (FICA) and run it like FIFA with no tier system. For the sake of Cricket game it will get instants recognition all over the cricket countries with wider fan base that will automatically increase the revenue of broadcasting rights. A Cricket Congress should be form with Each national Cricket association has one vote, regardless of its size or cricketing strength.

    Making or suggesting the to revamp the ICC is good news but should be in favour of "BIG 3". Look at the United Nation that is bullied by the "BIG 5".

  • on January 28, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Nonsense...!! If majority is base of this issue than China could be Super Power of all Sports.. !

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    last 9 matches, no win. series loss against no.5 and no.8 of the point table. and they want to be the SUPER POWER of the game! nice joke I must admit. Oh My God please put some brakes on Big Three.

  • spellbinder76 on January 30, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Please let someone else go to attend the next ICC meeting, someone who knows how to make a presentation like Najm saheb. Pakistan should ask a simple question of ICC members especfially India. What has the world cricket done to help Pakistan with their unique as well as unfortunate situation. They were deprived of their share of the WC-2011 matches, no test country is willing to come to Pakistan, and not many invite Pakistan to play tests except South Africa and Sri-Lanka. Australia has recently cut short the test series. India has not fullfilled their promise of playing two test series at home and abroad. In the past Pakistan has always supported India in their cause, but India is not reciprocating. So Pakistan needs some hard gurantees or they will negotiate bilateral series on their terms. Pakistan cricket board has been losing money for a few years and cannot continue to sustain such losses in future.

  • bul98 on January 30, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    Except Indian fans, rest of the cricket world loves to see India loose because of there board attitude and money power. India is bulling rest of the world cricket by this two tier and what they did against SA recently and IPL circus. India can only win in India and they will get crash any where they go. PAK beat them in there own back yard. Best of luck NZ sweep the Indians just like ENG, Aus, SA did. So called world champs in there own home only. Rest of the world watches Indian matches just to see them loose and BCCI and Indian fans think everyone wants to watch them.

  • theCricketPurist on January 30, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    The biggest question is - Why was RSA left out of the "Big 3"?

    Well most may conclude that they do not make enough money to be given a place in the "top core", but thats not the point here. The general vibes from this proposal are that India wants the money while Aus & Eng want the governance. Well its neither of these.

    This whole revamp is basically intended to kill RSA as a cricket nation. Lets face it. India has more than enough money, to cry over a slightly bigger claim. They created this whole proposal to ensure RSA are finished. Eng & Aus were coaxed into agreement by being given a share of the spoils.

    The truth is that the BCCI and CSA boards hate each other at the moment. If we look deep, we will realise that no other team loses as much from this as RSA does.

    Within 5 years RSA will be finished as a cricket nation. The only way to escape this is by sacking Lorgat and bowing down to the BCCI. If this happens, we will see CSA included in the core.

  • Independent_fan on January 30, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    If this big "three" trying to manipulate the cricket why not rest of the cricketing nation get together and staring their own Cricket administration. Then they will be more powerful than this so-called big three

  • amumtaz on January 29, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    My message to Big Three. You have made me sad and angry and frustrated. As a result, I am now starting a campaign to boycott not only all your matches but also boycott all sponsors who support you. The campaign begins now!

  • Sajid111 on January 29, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    Please just kill test cricket, all this will go away. Nobody have time to go and watch it. People here who say they love test cricket, why arent you filling up the stadiums to show your support.

  • Schmidt on January 29, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    R.I.P. Cricket..........!

  • RashidKhanGee on January 28, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Forget the ICC they are spineless and money grabbers.

    All the member should get together and form an NEW Federation of Cricket Association (FICA) and run it like FIFA with no tier system. For the sake of Cricket game it will get instants recognition all over the cricket countries with wider fan base that will automatically increase the revenue of broadcasting rights. A Cricket Congress should be form with Each national Cricket association has one vote, regardless of its size or cricketing strength.

    Making or suggesting the to revamp the ICC is good news but should be in favour of "BIG 3". Look at the United Nation that is bullied by the "BIG 5".

  • on January 28, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Nonsense...!! If majority is base of this issue than China could be Super Power of all Sports.. !

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    last 9 matches, no win. series loss against no.5 and no.8 of the point table. and they want to be the SUPER POWER of the game! nice joke I must admit. Oh My God please put some brakes on Big Three.

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Good Bye cricket

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    last 9 matches, no win. series loss against no.5 and no.8 of the point table. and they want to be the SUPER POWER of the game! nice joke I must admit.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    last 9 matches, no win. series loss against no.5 and no.8 of the point table. and they want to be the SUPER POWER of the game! nice joke I must admit.

  • on January 28, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    I am totally against this idea. In near future, the teams will loose their games deliberately to please the Big 3s. There should be a fair league system with equal rights if you want to promote cricket otherwise, they will drive cricket their way. It will be a real black day for cricket and stone age rule might is right will be back in the so called well cultured world.

  • pakistannn on January 28, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    If Financial share is the only problem then it can be done with better approach. This is just not a problem for other 7 countries but for ICC as well, so ICC needs to stand up to maintain its existence.

    ICC should offer a proposal that sharing would be done on the basis of ICC rankings, that would be a better and good looking proposal.

  • sysubrceq0 on January 27, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    @Tuanee Asifu.....: India done very well from the start of the millenium (Year 2000 onwards) except AUS & SA. Only in 2011, India played very bad test cricket with only 2 countires other than that, India won series in ENG, NZ, WI, PAK and drawn series in SA, AUS & SL (won series in SL in 90's). IN ODI's Won series in ENG, WI, SL, PAK, NZ, AUS and reached 2003 WC Final in SA and some Asia Cups. India Won T20 WC too. If you claim same things with any other team except AUS or SA. AUS & SA played very consistently and India is next to them. ENG is playing good only from last 2 years before that they are a mediocre team and now also. How long you hang with 8-0 loss for India in 2011, look at for broader period and not a single year. AUS lost 8-0 to india in India doesn't it count for AUS to prove?

  • on January 27, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    1) BCCI's demand of more financial share is fair enough, a new financial formula can be worked out but not secretly between 3 boards shd be discussed by all full members(plus associate members share shd not be eliminated instead increased to promote cricket worldwide)

    2) two tier system will be good as associate teams Afghanistan, Ireland, Kenya, Canada, Netherlands and Scotland will get more chance of playing. (thus increasing cricket world wide)

    3) the only thing which makes it like a conspiracy is making of executive council (like SC in UN) having 3 permanent members.

    being a Pakistani i support the 1st two points but highly against executive council (or veto) having permanent members

  • on January 27, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Right. South Africa leads the test rankings and are third in ODI. In T20, there are five teams ahead of the "big3". Top 10 Test Batsmen, 1 Indian, 1 Australian. (2/10) Top 10 Test Bowlers, 3rd Aus, 6th-9th Aus/Ind (5/10) Top 10 Test Allrounders, against (5/10) total 12/30 = 40% Top 10 ODI Batsmen, (4/10) Top 10 ODI Bowlers, (4/10) Top 10 ODI Allrounders, (3/10) total 11/30 = 33% Top 10 T20 Batsmen (7/10) Top 10 T20 Bowlers (2/10) Top 10 T20 Allrounders (2/10) total 11/30 = 33%

    So top tier is 4 teams playing tests with no relegation for 3 teams which means 1 additional team would go up or down which means a team will have to wait how many years beore getting promoted?

    Ridiculous.

  • greenluv on January 27, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Ind, Eng, CA... already making enough money but taking control just show that how important the money is Not the Game. I will be lmao the next time when someone says spirit of the game if this deal go trough.

  • on January 27, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    It will be a black-day for cricket!

  • RSIndAus on January 27, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Has everyone forgot this article from 2004?...

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/140893.html

  • on January 27, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Might is right. Big three doing the same with Cricket what US does with the world. Btw Veto power concept exists in UN as well.

  • on January 27, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    @ abdullah Al mamun ......As far as I understand It will need seven out of 10 full members to vote for the draft to be accepted. You have forgotten SL and trust me they will have seven yes without even scratching their back. Sl, Wi , PAk And BD will all fall in place and vote for yes.And i dont blame them... that it is sound business decision to vote yes for this impoverished boards. BCCI is right in asking their rights and as some suggested bCCi will Have lots of money but no takers.......laughable and wishful thinking since when money has no takers...... BCCI is planning to make the distant dreams to make IPl as popular as Epl ....where you have a crap national team but a very popular league of lot more teams and lot more foreign players ....... and lure of money will bring billionaires to buy team and best players from everywhere around the world ignoring their board.........Impoverished board will not have money and strenth to stand up against the successful business.

  • fan_of_good_cricket on January 27, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    I think it is fair to demand more share if a member is generating significantly large proportion of the total revenue. ICC should be able to come up with some reasonable formula for dividend payout. However demanding more power doesn't make sense as it defies the concept of a global sports. Having no central authority (with equal rights to every participant) is going to cause monopoly.

  • on January 27, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Ferozskhan@ i know when Pak and Sri Lanka played in UAE you know why ground was empety becouse Pak payed our home series out of his country if Pak plyed in pakistan then ground is not empty

  • on January 27, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    If India play all their test matches abroad they'll probably end up behind Bangladesh.They got thrashed 4-o in Australia and 4-0 in England.They can play only in flat indian pitches

  • on January 26, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    At least one good thing will come out from the Big 3 proposal, and that will be the automatic end of 2-test series. We will have either a 4-test series, a 5-test series or a 0-test series. Eng, Aus and Ind will play a 4-test or a 5-test series whereas the others will play a 0-test series. The cessation of the FTP will mean that other seven teams will no longer be forced to play at least 2 test matches in a series. I am sure that if the Big 3 proposal succeeds, then the forthcoming Australian tour of Pakistan (played in the UAE of course) will be cut by a further 2 test matches to ZERO. SL have also treated test cricket in this way by opting for ODIs instead of tests against SA and WI, so they will now get what they wat too, i.e. just ODIs. At least test cricket will now be played by those three nations who appreciate it and not by those who play only because they are forced to do so by by being held hostage via the FTP.

  • Ferozskhan on January 26, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    Most of the people don't like this move by Big3 and I don't like it either but we have to check the reality. The reality is that when Pak NZ and BD visit WI nobody make money actually WI board loose money. Someone need to pay for these tours. They need Indian visit to overcome their losses. So it looks like that Ind is indirectly paying for these unsuccessful financial series. Now Ind need money also to upgrade their infrastructure and it is a big country. The bottom line is that the rest of the 7 countries have to bring their game up so more people interested in watching them. Look at the last series between Pak and SL stadiums were almost empty, viewership was very low. Now how can they pay for these series. For temporarily 5 years we gave to accept the Big3 plans and then later check the situation.

  • on January 26, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Dear IND-ENG&CA - Cricket is Business to you but ‪#‎Oxygen‬ for us in Bangladesh. Don't take our #‎Oxygen‬ for your Business.... please dont do it

  • sohel555 on January 26, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    The 'Big Three' is definitely not doing good for cricket. Instead of promoting cricket, they are busy to make money for themselves. They never think good for other countries. They cannot do whatever they like. They had given test status to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and these two countries are playing test for years - "Big Three' suddenly cannot say they cannot play test. They cannot hurt 150 million people for their own interest. As far I know both these countries specially Bangladesh is playing good cricket in both ODI and test. Please tell me one think why did they mention about 8 countries why not 10 countries. It is responsibilities of ICC to look after 10 countries and promote to other countries. this not a duty of so called 'Big Three' countries as they never want these two countries in the test. They could have said associate countries will be playing among themselves and champion will be playing to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. If that country wins at least 2 tests will get test s

  • on January 25, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    SA, PAK, SL, BD should withdraw from t20 WC & even ODI WC & let the other 4 generate the revenue if they can.

  • on January 25, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Its simple: They are pushing for coup of Cricket ...

  • on January 25, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    BCB has already declared that they will vote against it. So, its for YES: IND, AUS, ENG, NZ and for NO: PAK, SA, WI and BD. Now, ZIM is the tiebreaker???

  • on January 25, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    @sandeep33 - So India has made progress in cricket? Do you call a 5-0 whitewash in England and a 4-0 whitewash in Australia progress? What has India achieved outside its own home grounds? A country of over 1 billion has yet to produce a genuine world class fast bowler in its 82 year test cricket history. Setting aside money, what cricket progress are you talking about?

  • sandeep33 on January 24, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    its only bcoz of jeolous towards indias progress in crickt others are opposing this draft

  • on January 24, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    all we need is test inclusion of BD since BD now has 2 first class tournament.

  • on January 23, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    BCCI is trying hard for the acceptance of it. even would you imagine they are ready to play with their rival nation Pakistan at any time that what money can do. Where is BCCI stance on Pakistani players in IPL in past. Cricket is going to Die. Please small nations save this Gentle Mens Game. its is serious danger.

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Blackmailing the whole sports..itz shame !!!!

  • AHSIKDER on January 23, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    The move by the three Test Playing countries who are considered as the pioneer of the development,promotion and nurturing of this beautiful Game of Cricket must present themselves as those great countries of the past and not behave like the ones devoid of any values that we have so far known these countries having been attached to or have manifested in all their activities across the Globe. I still believe that the great Leaders of these countries including the leaders in the field of games and sports will not indulge in activities that could be looked as horrifying and destabilizing acts by rest of the world who do not want to see any kind of acts to be labeled as hegemonistic acts on the part of these pioneer and leading Cricket nations. I only hope that good sense and conscience and not narrow commercial considerations would prevail .Thanks, Sikder

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    BCCI will ensure Bangladesh in his favor for vote,though 99% people of Bangladesh is not supporting this big 3s move.Anything at the cost of Test exclusion is not accepted for Bangladesh.

  • on January 23, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Sorry to say but i think india have got better people then who are acting now.to make a cricket more popular icc should give some more country for test status.band india for next t20 cup in bd bkz of there threat.good luck cricket.

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  • on January 23, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Sorry to say but i think india have got better people then who are acting now.to make a cricket more popular icc should give some more country for test status.band india for next t20 cup in bd bkz of there threat.good luck cricket.

  • on January 23, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    BCCI will ensure Bangladesh in his favor for vote,though 99% people of Bangladesh is not supporting this big 3s move.Anything at the cost of Test exclusion is not accepted for Bangladesh.

  • AHSIKDER on January 23, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    The move by the three Test Playing countries who are considered as the pioneer of the development,promotion and nurturing of this beautiful Game of Cricket must present themselves as those great countries of the past and not behave like the ones devoid of any values that we have so far known these countries having been attached to or have manifested in all their activities across the Globe. I still believe that the great Leaders of these countries including the leaders in the field of games and sports will not indulge in activities that could be looked as horrifying and destabilizing acts by rest of the world who do not want to see any kind of acts to be labeled as hegemonistic acts on the part of these pioneer and leading Cricket nations. I only hope that good sense and conscience and not narrow commercial considerations would prevail .Thanks, Sikder

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Blackmailing the whole sports..itz shame !!!!

  • on January 23, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    BCCI is trying hard for the acceptance of it. even would you imagine they are ready to play with their rival nation Pakistan at any time that what money can do. Where is BCCI stance on Pakistani players in IPL in past. Cricket is going to Die. Please small nations save this Gentle Mens Game. its is serious danger.

  • on January 24, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    all we need is test inclusion of BD since BD now has 2 first class tournament.

  • sandeep33 on January 24, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    its only bcoz of jeolous towards indias progress in crickt others are opposing this draft

  • on January 25, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    @sandeep33 - So India has made progress in cricket? Do you call a 5-0 whitewash in England and a 4-0 whitewash in Australia progress? What has India achieved outside its own home grounds? A country of over 1 billion has yet to produce a genuine world class fast bowler in its 82 year test cricket history. Setting aside money, what cricket progress are you talking about?

  • on January 25, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    BCB has already declared that they will vote against it. So, its for YES: IND, AUS, ENG, NZ and for NO: PAK, SA, WI and BD. Now, ZIM is the tiebreaker???

  • on January 25, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Its simple: They are pushing for coup of Cricket ...