ICC news January 23, 2014

Draft will need 'extraordinary majority' to be passed - ICC vice-president

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Mustafa Kamal, the ICC vice-president, has said an "extraordinary majority" will be required to approve ICC Finance & Commercial Affairs working group's increasingly controversial draft proposal. He does not believe, at this stage, that it would be right to bring such changes to the world of cricket.

Kamal was apparently not present at the meeting in which the proposal was first discussed during the January 9 meeting. He said that it would take a long time for such a revamp to take place. He doesn't think it would happen at such short notice, though there are reasons to believe that it will be the main topic of discussion at the January 29 ICC meeting.

"One must also remember that there are clauses that one will have to follow for making amendment to the constitution," Kamal told ESPNcricinfo. "They will need an extraordinary majority to make the amendments. There are so many discussions that will have to take place before such things happen. It is a long path.

"Anything that will affect the world of cricket should not be done," he said. "Cricket progressed a lot in the last decade, in terms of popularity, revenue and administration. I think it won't be right to bring changes."

His veiled stance against the draft proposal is a fair reflection of opinions in his home country, Bangladesh, and indicative of how rest of the ICC feels about it. Kamal said that he has discussed the matter with other board members, who have expressed similar surprise at what has been put in front of them.

"I have talked to members of different boards from around the globe and they are surprised too," he said. "No one had an idea of this proposal.

"I don't even regard this as a proposal at this stage, until it comes to me as a proposal in official form. I have no further comments to make."

Dave Richardson, the ICC chief executive, had said that the ICC was still considering the submission. "These are just recommendations that they have put together, it's by our working group of members of our financing and commercial affairs committee. They are representatives from England, Australia and India," Richardson told EWN Sport on January 22. "They have put these proposals together and those proposals are still to be discussed in full by our finance committee as an example and the full ICC board when it meets at the end of January.

"So at this stage it's far too premature for the ICC to make any comment on the content of the proposals because as we speak, we're still going through them, getting further clarifications, finding out exactly what is intended and then hopefully we will be able to have proper discussion about these at the board meeting at the end of the month."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Salute to a Australian who said, "People who are commenting against Bangladesh cricket team, look back to the first 13 years of your countries cricket history (Except England and Australia, the time and the way they used to play cricket during 19th century, with all due respect, They played that level of cricket in our high school). Bangladesh is way ahead of you guys according to the statistics. So please stop commenting like nonsense people."

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 26, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    @Tanvir Ahmed, every average human being, unless he is a ringmaster for Tigers in a Circus, will be afraid of Tigers. Aren't you afraid of Tigers? ;-). On a serious note, mate, in professional sport players at lowest level don't get to challenge players at the highest level. For example take Boxing, UFC. If you do want to be a challenger, mere shouting won't do it. There needs to be huge revenue put up for the Champion to accept you as a Challenger. And the Challenger must have proven as a force to reckon with at some lower levels where the Challenger demolishes everybody in the lower level. So, shout as much as you will, Bangladesh simply cannot expect India or Australia to tour you or invite you to our shores. However, I'm sure BCCI will look after your well-being if you trust the good history between our two boards. I'm confident about that.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    This is absolutely rubbish. Initially it seems only the deprived countries will be harmed but ultimately if we think about it in long term, the so called big 3 (Actually they are not so) will suffer more. I would like to invite India, Australia and England to visit Bangladesh and play test match against our team....then you guyz will realize and whole cricket world will see how big you really are. You claimed we can't play good cricket in abroad but how good you guyz actually play??? So come and check your capacity or are you guyz afraid of tigers??

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Cricket is business to you but oxygen to every Bangladeshis. SAY NO TO BIG3! it is the national slogan of Bangladesh in this moment. Thousand of people are protesting against BIG3 at Dhaka University till now.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 25, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    @Peter Bowron, count me in Sir - as an Aussie supporter, it is painful to see CA being supportive of this. Really feel sorry for the other teams. Wish all the 7 ( and I love to see CA to join them ) oppose this tooth and nail without giving in to the blackmailing tactics of the bcci.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | January 25, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Some people are saying that it will be boring to watch Bangladesh playing test in their country. Fair enough we'll not play in your country. We'll play test in our home. No one has the right stop a test playing nation from playing test cricket. @Jeremy: We saw how well your team perform when they are playing aboard. I am sure our test matches is more competitive than your team's recent performance out of their home.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    @ marlboro19 # that's why you want act like a shark?!! More than 200 countries in the world. Out of 200, only 10 can play test cricket. This is not globalization. countries IRL, Scotland, UAE, AFG are good shape now. ICC should give them chance to play test cricket. After ten years from now we want at least 15 countries can play test cricket. All cricket fans please think broader, otherwise golden duck of money will be died soon.

  • POSTED BY MAN_AT_WORK on | January 25, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    supreet sing @ Yes you are right Bangladesh need to make sure cricket is safe in the country but your country political interest in Bangladesh make it more unstable. And you know what Bangladeshi might support India but BCCI's blind eyes hurting 160 million Bangladeshi and if Bangladesh dont play test cricket near future India is the one to blame.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    I support what Mr Kamal said but really disappointed with the voting result of BCB, how can BCB take this type of self destructing voting??

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 25, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Speak for yourself Peter. Bangladesh playing in Australia would be a boring and disappointing series to watch.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Salute to a Australian who said, "People who are commenting against Bangladesh cricket team, look back to the first 13 years of your countries cricket history (Except England and Australia, the time and the way they used to play cricket during 19th century, with all due respect, They played that level of cricket in our high school). Bangladesh is way ahead of you guys according to the statistics. So please stop commenting like nonsense people."

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 26, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    @Tanvir Ahmed, every average human being, unless he is a ringmaster for Tigers in a Circus, will be afraid of Tigers. Aren't you afraid of Tigers? ;-). On a serious note, mate, in professional sport players at lowest level don't get to challenge players at the highest level. For example take Boxing, UFC. If you do want to be a challenger, mere shouting won't do it. There needs to be huge revenue put up for the Champion to accept you as a Challenger. And the Challenger must have proven as a force to reckon with at some lower levels where the Challenger demolishes everybody in the lower level. So, shout as much as you will, Bangladesh simply cannot expect India or Australia to tour you or invite you to our shores. However, I'm sure BCCI will look after your well-being if you trust the good history between our two boards. I'm confident about that.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    This is absolutely rubbish. Initially it seems only the deprived countries will be harmed but ultimately if we think about it in long term, the so called big 3 (Actually they are not so) will suffer more. I would like to invite India, Australia and England to visit Bangladesh and play test match against our team....then you guyz will realize and whole cricket world will see how big you really are. You claimed we can't play good cricket in abroad but how good you guyz actually play??? So come and check your capacity or are you guyz afraid of tigers??

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Cricket is business to you but oxygen to every Bangladeshis. SAY NO TO BIG3! it is the national slogan of Bangladesh in this moment. Thousand of people are protesting against BIG3 at Dhaka University till now.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | January 25, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    @Peter Bowron, count me in Sir - as an Aussie supporter, it is painful to see CA being supportive of this. Really feel sorry for the other teams. Wish all the 7 ( and I love to see CA to join them ) oppose this tooth and nail without giving in to the blackmailing tactics of the bcci.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | January 25, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Some people are saying that it will be boring to watch Bangladesh playing test in their country. Fair enough we'll not play in your country. We'll play test in our home. No one has the right stop a test playing nation from playing test cricket. @Jeremy: We saw how well your team perform when they are playing aboard. I am sure our test matches is more competitive than your team's recent performance out of their home.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    @ marlboro19 # that's why you want act like a shark?!! More than 200 countries in the world. Out of 200, only 10 can play test cricket. This is not globalization. countries IRL, Scotland, UAE, AFG are good shape now. ICC should give them chance to play test cricket. After ten years from now we want at least 15 countries can play test cricket. All cricket fans please think broader, otherwise golden duck of money will be died soon.

  • POSTED BY MAN_AT_WORK on | January 25, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    supreet sing @ Yes you are right Bangladesh need to make sure cricket is safe in the country but your country political interest in Bangladesh make it more unstable. And you know what Bangladeshi might support India but BCCI's blind eyes hurting 160 million Bangladeshi and if Bangladesh dont play test cricket near future India is the one to blame.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    I support what Mr Kamal said but really disappointed with the voting result of BCB, how can BCB take this type of self destructing voting??

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 25, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Speak for yourself Peter. Bangladesh playing in Australia would be a boring and disappointing series to watch.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    I am wondering any of the former indian cricketer isn't talking about this particular issue. Character like novjit singh siddhu who is very talented in shayeri and bagera bagera and other former cricketers, where are they?

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    I have seen many posts by Indian supporters who see this proposal as destructive, and as an Australian, so do I. At one stage in t20, I think Australia was last of the 8, and if we were relegated to a second division, it would be good for both us and the second division. No problems with relegation so long as it applies to all teams. Advice to Australian reps on the ICC - pull back, support independent cricket around the world. To the Bangadeshis posting here , you have support from many Australian cricket fans and we'd love to see you playing tests in this country.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 25, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    lot of people complaining as always. first make ur own counrty safe to play even cricket. no country is interested to go there...

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Dave Richardson seems to be just a puppet!!!! What have you done for cricket/ICC?

  • POSTED BY marlboro19 on | January 24, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    To all my dear BD fellows - just remember 1971. India is the reason bd cricket (or bd ) exists.

  • POSTED BY NSUrockr on | January 24, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    Mgorium: Kumble seems to be the only world class bowler out of the 80 year old test cricket history India has played. Kapil may have been a great all-rounder but a 60plus strike rate for a fastbowler of the 70s n 80s is ordinary if you compare with greats like Hadlee, Ambrose, Walsh, McGrath, Donald or Steyn. Venkatraghavan had an avg of 36 with 90 SR which is well below par probably as good as Carl Hooper was as a spinner. I mean none of the spin quartrets stats are as good as Shakib al Hasans strike rate wise except Chandrshekhar. Zaheer Khan looks the only above average fast bowler India has produced in its 85 year old history after Kapil. NZ's bowling is sharper than India anyday. India took what 20 years to win a test match despite having about 20 years advantage over Pakistan. With all this experience this team still shivers like maidens whenever theyr in Australia, NZ I mean anywhere outside India LOL!

  • POSTED BY Shajadul on | January 24, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    Shame on Big 3. We expect more globalization of cricket. Plan accordingly so that we can more strong cricket playing nations. Instead, they are planning how to make more profit. India and other's doesn't play with their "A" team to make money; they play other teams to make money. We need to more strong teams in the pipeline to have competitive crickets. This will destroy teams like BD, ZIM, IRL, AFG to progress. Big 3 has more responsibilities than sharing the profit.

  • POSTED BY starsgap1986 on | January 24, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    @Sakib Hossain: You are very funny brother. India has not produced any quality bowler. LOL :o I agree Bangladesh has the same amount of passion that both India and Pakistan have but they are still light years away from creating a team that bodes well in any condition outside home. Look, winning is not everything. Remember when Wasim, Waqar, Saqlain and Akhtar were in the team with Inzi,Saeed,Youhan etc in the team all were in form but still used to get white washed in Australia every single time. That doesn't make us poor team. From Bangladesh we need quality players and stop bragging about a petty wins you guys squeeze by luck. Work hard.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    @ sky clean well said. BD has enough money and supports now with companies willing to sponsor BD team at different level. EVen if ENG, AUS, IND doesn't play with us that's fine. we can still play with other teams and improve in the test area as we now have 2 first class cricket. If ICC took away BD test status sometime in 2000-2010 I would not have cared at all but since 2010 BD is playing much better. Before 2020 BD will be like a upper middle class team if not a big team. India ain't a BIG team though they have extra money in bank. BIG teams are AUS and SA. ENG, SL, and PAK are close to BIG teams but IND plays well only in their soil.

  • POSTED BY JorgeMiachel on | January 24, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Once Cricket was a game a gentleman. Then India start to play it.....:(

  • POSTED BY MAN_AT_WORK on | January 24, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    With $766 million India can send a rocket in to the orbit and find more grassroot talents from all over the country and rest of the world can b....off

  • POSTED BY SkyClean on | January 24, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    Cricket's progress is poor primarily for the monopoly of few. Now India has joined the pack. If Bangladesh is taken out of Test Cricket, Cricket itself will suffer as BD has large audience and capacity of generating revenue that it couldn't simply for ICC was unhelpful and didn't allow BD to play more. NO country can generate revenue by playing with itself. It is unfair to compare Bangladesh with other test teams who all have 20 years of more experience, at the least. After BD, the other countries like Kenya, Ireland, Afghanistan and Canada are below the mark in their cricketing infrastructure, audience and capacity of growing revenue. BD too is much politicized. Consequently it has no 'friend' now. It didn't play in Pakistan despite promising. A bad trick. Good luck BD. Enjoy your life in the mercy of India teamed up with England and Australia.

  • POSTED BY SkyClean on | January 24, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    @ ramli, shocked by your arrogance. If impoverished India commanded half the resources and power of US, it would have made the world its colony. India is jealous and trying deprive Bangladesh of its legitimate share. Rest assured, BD has both money and market to support itself. BD cricket progressed far better than India with less than half years of experience. Also BD is neither Bhutan nor Sikum. Just stay away. Period

  • POSTED BY McGorium on | January 24, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    @Sakib Hossain: Your comment shows how little you know about cricket. India has never produced a world-class bowler, you say? Have you heard of Kumble, Kapil Dev, the spin quartet of the 1970's (Prasanna, Venkat, Bedi, Chandra)? Probably not. Zaheer Khan is pretty classy too. India's current bowling attack is poor, but certainly better than BD. As to "whitewashing" NZ, it is well known that NZ doesn't play well in the subcontinent because their pace bowlers get blunted (they're mostly swing bowlers who bowl at 125-135kmph range with the exception of Milne), and their spin bowling is just decent (Vettori is no Warne). NZ do play extremely well at home, and at any rate, both games that India lost were close. As to tests, BD prepares roads so that they have a fighting chance at drawing matches. They still manage to lose most, and win none. BTW, The second one was washed out, otherwise NZ was in front. The big 3 highjacking ICC is bad, for sure, but either way BD is uncompetitive.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    thnak u kamal for standing up for cricket right

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    This is totally absurd and unfair to a such a promising side like Bangladesh who have recently whitewashed NZ on home soil and drew the test series wheares India have lost two back to back matches already. Bangladesh cricket team has an excellent bunch of players except for the fact that there is no world class fast bowler which then again till date a country like India have not even produced one.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    I'm quite disappointed to hear that England, Australia & India are again proposing the ICC to reconsider the test status of Bangladesh despite tigers playing reasonably good cricket in the recent time. England should have thought about their performance. The way they've been whitewashed by Australia recently, the ICC should reconsider their test status. On the other hand, I'm never surprised to hear that India is against Bangladesh on any issues. It's never expected of Australia when this country's been helping Bangladesh cricket in many ways, including providing with best national coaches, physios and medical treatments.

    All cricket nations should bear in mind that Bangladesh is the only team that has produced the best Allrounder, Shakib Al Hasan who's been ranked by the ICC as the top allrounder for a number of consecutive years that no other cricketer(s) could have claimed so far although their countries've been playing cricket for hundreds of years. So it's a big shame on you guys

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | January 24, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    The ranking system makes no sense. Ranking should be done on an annual basis, at the end of a calendar year. For example, the number 1 test nation of 2014 should be based on who was the best in 2013. The current ranking system benefits the teams that started playing test cricket early, and they play the most number of test matches. That is an unfair advantage. It will take over a decade for Bangladesh to climb up to the number 7 raking position if they win every single test matches they play, at this rate. Where is the competition for the teams already at the top? Where is the 'equal opportunity'? I do not watch India or Australia. I honestly get bored. I will now stop watching England. I will stop watching and following cricket if this proposal is passed.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 24, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Surprises me to see such an unfair proposal can ever come from a respectable organization in whichever form. Modern cricket is meant to expand not narrow down to few boring elite group. I will stop watching cricket if these fascism is practiced .

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | January 24, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    BCCI has given lollipop to PCB that they are prepared to play bilateral series with them on neutral venue. This is nothing but a way to canvas votes. God knows what incentives have they given to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies and New Zealand.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | January 24, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    I will stop supporting and watching Australia if CA try to push this through with the BCCI and the ECB. I'd rather watch the other test playing nations than support Australia if they think this nonsense is good for cricket. I think the ICC should be going the other way and making sure countries like Bangladesh, NZ and the WI have good infrastructures, facilities, first class set ups and excellent coaches. I also want to see test cricket expanded to include Ireland and whoever is next in line. Imagine a competitive series between England/Ireland, Bangladesh/Australia or the West Indies really sticking it to SA? That should be the future of cricket, not this proposed garbage.

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | January 24, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    @Ramli - the reason this proposal is an issue is that it threatens the growth of the game in other parts of the world. Some countries are reliant on the cash already in their local administrations. Take away the cash and the very existence of the local game is threatened. Example; Cricket in the West inides is already being heavily challlenged by other sports including Basketball, Football and Baseball. Take money out of Windies cricket and the local game suffers further with fewer and fewer kids playing the game. This will result in an ever weaker teams from the West Indies.

    The natural progression of this pattern is the eventual exit of the West Indies, and other national teams, from international cricket. Reducing the number of world class international teams damages cricket. This proposal will do exactly that.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | January 24, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    Rest in Peace Bangladesh Cricket. These 3 India, Australia and England even with FTP hardly play us and I don't see that changing at all. Might as well Bangladesh invest their money on more worthy sports and do well in Olympics rather than poorly run sports like Cricket.

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | January 24, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    @ Facebook user - wrong again. Stokes came to england at 12.

    But dont let that detract from the other good points I made ;-)

  • POSTED BY ramli on | January 24, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Eng and Aus ruled cricket for decades ... nobody raised any voice ... now India has joined them ... why all hue and cry? Just accept the reality. Nobody objects BD to play cricket. It is only asked that BD carries back what it has offered and not expect equal share. That is all. Period.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Test Cricket is what i live for. Cutting it out of the world of cricket is wrong on so many levels

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    We, the Bangladeshis, don't just love cricket, we live with cricket, we dream about cricket when we go to bed at night. We read the cricket news after buying a paper, open crick info or other cricket websites several times daily. We thank God when we see our team starts to hold a position in the world cricket.But what the cricket world is doing to us? They are just planning to cut us off from the world cricket. How much money does India need from cricket? We hate this proposal, we hate the proposal supporters. Please ICC, don't kill our cricket please.....

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 24, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    @First_Drop

    I would like to mention that Ben Stokes is a born and bred New Zealander and did not leave to go to England until the age of 16. He was hardly, "in the country from a wee age"

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | January 24, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Will people watch 5 day cricket? Cricket is consistently ranked one of the 3 most popular sports in the world. People have been watching 5 day matches in increasing numbers for years. Attendances are up globally. We just had back to back ashes series with sell-out crowds everywhere!

    Pls pls pls, first consult the facts - then talk.

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | January 24, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    @ Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist; Cricket is consistently ranked 2nd or 3rd most popular sport globally. That is, it is already a global sport. It is played by 10 different countries at the highest level, with more emerging countries.

    The people on these forums arguing against the proposal are concerned for the sport they love and know about. I suspect you dont fit in either of these 2 groups. Please do not venture any more thoughts until you know the facts.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 24, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Test cricket can't be more attractive . It's 5day match it's attractive who love the cricket . They should stop making those "attractive, competitive for test cricket. it's fine . All they can do "destroy test cricket". They should keep mind what good they make for test cricket if their country don't play test cricket no one gonna watch five day match not even single ball.

  • POSTED BY swat1999 on | January 24, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    This draft never be pass.ICC should be govern by Mutually by its members. Top 3 rich should not be ignore rest

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 24, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Fairly Indian people are not mature enough to run the ICC cause they can't stop thinking money . They will start thinking arrange 3-4 IPL every year earn more money. Undoubtedly it's better for cricket not to go under this immature . Let them realise first difference between Bollywood and ICC.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 24, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @Mr. Puliampatta Sir, I loved all your posts in the past. But sadly, I beg to differ with you on some of these issues.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 24, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    @gdamsaaregood, thanks for quoting me. I say, CSA is right in their stance not by choice but by chance. I hope you see that very clearly. Their stance is correct - not that they are the beacons of integrity but because opposing this move in and of itself looks correct from some perspectives. I can explain it with the following myth buster: Globalizing cricket. Cricket was never, is not and never will be a global sport. Especially test cricket. 5 days? from 10 am to 5 pm? In 2014? You expect this kind of a game to become global? Some Daniel in Chile will just not care to spend so much time. You have to be born and bred in this mindset of cricket to love this game. Your assumption that cricket has the potential for globalization and that BCCI is destroying it, is what is making you to think that CSA is correct in their stance. CSA took this stance because they are upset that they are left out from the equations. Yes, the person with the biggest contribution gets to have the final say.

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | January 24, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    @facebook user - If Aus, Eng and India are isolated from the rest of the world, it will not last - they are not islands and cannot survive. Perhaps India can, but not Eng and Aus. What is ceertain is that if action of some sort is not taken against 'the cartel' ,cricket will suffer. BTW, Though I agree with your summation of KP, Morgan and Ballance as mercenaries, Khawaja is not a mercenary. He's been in Australia since he was a young lad. Likewise Stokes (in England).

  • POSTED BY MAN_AT_WORK on | January 24, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Sorry to say I just stop watching cricket and Feeling disgusted and I have no respect to those 3 elite and Im not the only one whole Bangladesh nation is upset and majority of them wont love or like to support Indian cricket. R I P cricket from me

  • POSTED BY VisBal on | January 24, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    To IndCricFan, Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas, vish2020 and others: The money everyone is talking about here is large, but will not kill other boards. The money in ICC's coffers are actually profits from the World Cups, Champion's Trophies, etc.

    Moreover, cricket would be more viable if teams stuck to the FTP that THEY ALL sat down and agreed to. Here are the number of home Test series hosted by each of the teams in the past 3 yrs: Aus - 5 Series - 17 Tests (Eng, Ind, SL, SA, NZ) Ban - 4 S - 8 T (WI - 2, NZ , Pak) Eng - 6 S - 20 T (Ind, Aus, WI, NZ, SL, SA) Ind - 5 S - 15 T (Aus, WI - 2, NZ, Eng) NZ - 4 S - 10 T (WI, Zim, SA, Eng) Pak - 4 S - 11 T (Eng, SL - 2, SA) (all in UAE) SA - 5 S - 12 T (Pak, SL, NZ, Aus, Ind) SL - 5 S - 12 T (Eng, Pak, NZ, Ban, SL) WI - 5 S - 12 T (NZ, Zim, Pak, Ind, Aus) Zim - 5 S - 7 T (Ban -2, Pak -2, NZ)

    The first things that come out are that the financially stronger teams (i) play much more at home, and (ii) play shorter series against the other teams.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Unfortunately, a new international cricket body,without England, Australia & India is not economically viable. Such an organisation will become financially anemic & die in a few years. Or, if they try to run it as a low-cost-low-wages group, to exist financially, their players will quit, giving some excuse, and will migrate or become mercenaries in England or Australia. Like KP, Morgan, Ballance, Stokes, Khawaja and the like. Look at the England team playing in OZ now; one will understand what I am talking about.

    On the contrary, the big three can still sustain & thrive on their own. They are fully aware of it. And, they are colluding like a cartel and trying to reap the 'superior rent', as the economists call it.

    All these are happening, since cricket has transformed into 'rent seeking' enterprises, the seeds of which were sown by Kerry Packer, aided and abetted by many great cricketers of that time.

    For a cricket lover, it is a painful thought! And, it wasn't easy to write this.

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | January 24, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    How is it that we have come to have representatives on the ICC that do not represent the best interests of cricket or cricket fans of those countries?

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | January 24, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    @Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist - that's exactly the sort of selfish, limited thinking that has led to the proposal in the first place. It's all about India, is it? You think Indian people would be happy watching the same contests again and again? Perhaps, but I don't think so. you reckon NZ would join the big 3? Perhaps, but I think not. Even if they did, what would happen to the standard of NZ cricket with significantly lower revenues to suopport the local game?

    As an aussie cricket fan living in London I can tell you that the majority of people would be soon sick of it. Cricket in the rest of the rest of the world would suffer and decline.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | January 24, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    "Not present at the meeting when it was originally discussed"? What is this a school yard meeting behind the bike sheds?disgusting..well said to Mr Kamal to publicly disagree and show what is really going on here..

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    All the Gentlemen of Cricket left.. It is now run by Business men.

  • POSTED BY gdamsaaregood on | January 24, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    @Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist.......so do you really think that whoever has the most money should make all The decisions......come on......that is ridiculous. CSA are correct in their stance....surely the aim is to globalize cricket by helping the smaller nations?? But the BCCI dont want that to happen so that they can just make more money for themselves......sounds very greedy to me.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 24, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    @Cricket_Man, India in fact wanted to play in Ireland and Netherlands, some t20s, for the starters. Those plans were opposed by ECB at that time fearing Indian domination there and they cited some broadcast rules and some such excuses. I'm just showing the obvious now, what's going to happen. You can call it whatever you want mate. I'm not disputing the meanings you want to give to these developments. IF this proposal doesn't get to fruition, then NZ will also go with the Big 3. Let me tell you that not too many Indians will be averse to watch matches between India, Australia, England and New Zealand. I would wake up all night to watch Corey, Ronchi and Kane, caning our bowlers or our bowlers getting the better of them. There's just way too much craze for cricket in India and we don't need anybody to push us to watch cricket. The league formed just by these 4 will be healthy and profitable enough. That's my point. Not to mention that others will come aboard too, if it comes to that.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 24, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    I have an idea inspired by masud. what if there are 2 tiers of 5. tier 1 teams have to play with each other a minimum of 6 tests in each cycle of 5 years(home and sway series of 3 tests each). tier 1 teams have to play tier 2 teams minimum 4 times each cycle(2 test series home and away). vice versa applies to tier 2, with them playing each other 6 times and tier one 4 times. because these are only minimum, if England was in tier 2, they can still play Australia in a 5 test ashes series if Australia was in tier 1. the current rating system can be used, and every 5 years, based on rankings, the tier system is reset accordingly. every 5 years, the bottom 2 are relegated to intercontinental cup, with the top 2 of the intercontinental cup promoted. it is flawed as all systems are, but I believe it is a better system than the current one, and much better than the big 3 proposal

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    ICC name should be changed to ICEC...

    ICC = Int. Cricket Council ICEC = Int. Cricket Entertainment Council........

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | January 24, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    @Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheis: Ireland, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Bangladesh would act foolishly if they join the Big 3. Already the big 3 are reluctant to play with these nations and once they come into power there are simply no chances of these smaller nations growing. Yes BCCI generates 80 percent revenue but it doesn't do it alone. BCCI needed players from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa to play against their team to generate this revenue. The revenue would reduce significantly if these players don't play in India. It is a professional sport but nowhere in the world a dictatorial mindset is acceptable.

  • POSTED BY sandeep33 on | January 24, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    pak,lanka and bangla forming new counccil,,lol,,open ur eys pak bros,,co intrnational crickt is playd in ur nation and bangladesh wil soon join ur club,,then hw wil ur teams manag the crowds and revenue?

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Is Cricket is a business or a sports???? It"s for entertaining or for money???Three big,let them alone.....Ban,Pak,SL,Zim,SA and other cricket nation should create a council...

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 24, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Give whatever name you want to give it - Indian conspiracy, Australian conspiracy, arrogance, business or what have you. It is naïve of people to think that if the Big 3 break-away, nobody will go with them. CSA is cross that they didn't get that 4th member status. That's all. It is ridiculous for CSA to expect such an elite status, when they can't even generate enough interest in their own countrymen when one of their own Legends (Kallis) was retiring. You all need to understand that nobody needs to force Indian public to love and watch cricket. The craze for cricket in India is unconditional. Now, how many countries can say that? People who are complaining over here, why don't you go and ask your own countrymen to have unconditional craze for cricket and buy tickets for cricket matches? You guys don't want to do the grass-roots work (having craze for cricket) but cry hoarse when one board becomes strong based on the craze for cricket in that particular country. That's not fair!

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Everybody are talking about the money. Does earning more money make you better at playing cricket? Does that give you the right to say who you play, how many games and where you play. Is it at all fair to say that you cannot be relegated even if you are the worse team in the group? So the stronger team will be relegated which makes the group weaker. Cricket is the only sport where a country wants to be the sole ruler of the game. This will kill the game as we know it.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    salute to u mostofa kamal , u were the right person for bangladesh cricket president , i love u man . now new BCB president papon took one hand to destroy bangladesh cricket , where papon announcement yesterday was shocking as he hint he might support india proposal . which can destroy whole world cricket and cricket can never mover forward with this radical proposal . i salute mostofa kamal for his truly word and for showing love for world cricket and bangladesh cricket , thank u

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 24, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    This is realoy a loughable decision taken by 3 big fish....i thinj bd.s lanka.csa.pcb should form new icc ti save cricket

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    thanks Mustafa Kamal. at least you voiced your concern. let oppose strongly for the sake of cricket

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    We cannot let Australia England and India take over the gentleman's game.

    i think Pakistan, Bangladesh Srilanka SouthAfrica should join hands to make another Cricketing council and leave these arrogant nations aside. To save cricket atleast.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | January 24, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    vish2020 You know why India generates most of the profit? Because simultaneously , you cannot sell broadcasting rights to two companies.So, one(Indian) company bought it, so they are the majority.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 24, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    This is a big Indian conspiracy to distract cricket . They should keep concentration on their performance ,how they can do well in foreign conditions . Then come to talk about it .

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 24, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Wow, peoples, just go slow. Don't jump on IndCricFan2013. See, Big 3 will break-away and take NZ also with them. Without any doubts Ireland and Netherlands will stay with this group. I won't be surprised if Zimbabwe and Kenya join them along with Bangladesh and West Indies. Not sure what a bankrupt SLC and Pakistan are capable of doing with cricket disinterested public of South Africa. Now, you see the bigger picture? Not only that when BCCI breaks-away it breaks away by taking it's 80% of the total ICC revenue with it. Add the 15% generated by CA and ECB. That is 95% then and there. Hope things are clear to you all now. ECB, BCCI and CA won't wait for a minute to break-away. Just wait and watch. Only Pak and SLC will lose if they stay with the cricket disinterested public of South Africa (they attended only the last day of Kallis' retiring test match). Think my friends, think before you pass judgments. This is a professional sport played for money and fame. Simple as that!

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    they need 7 votes to pass. If SL, PAK, SA, WI are not supporting it then it wont pass. IND, AUS, ENG, and most likely NZ will support it. BD will support it because of the current ruling party always supports india in everything. so 5 yays and 4 nays. we are left with ZIM.

  • POSTED BY SA_FAN315 on | January 24, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    @MasudAl-Mahmud - IND should be in pool B and NZ should be in pool A ....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 24, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    If It Really Happen Then It Would Be a Great disaster For Cricket. When countries Like Bangladesh Who are Really Performed Suppper.They Enter Into Dark In the Cricket Arena.So This Should Be Stopped

  • POSTED BY TEROSHAN on | January 24, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Masud Al-Mahmud :- Interesting comments i would love to have it part II (it is all about money money )IND get rid of cricket just play the game

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    @Masud Al-Mahmud: And so cricket will forever remain a 10-team sport? Seriously, how will it ever appeal to the whole world if only 10 teams are allowed to play the game? How does anyone know Ireland or Afghanistan or PNG or Uganda or Nepal aren't a better test team than these Full Members? They've never been given the chance to play. Taking the present condition as an example, Ireland or Afghanistan could easily outplay NZ or WI in a test match.

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | January 24, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    If India wants to have the share of income, let them have it. But an unfair clause of NON-RELEGATION which goes beyond natural justice should never happen in any sport!

  • POSTED BY vish2020 on | January 24, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Take India out of Cricket, and you are crazy if you think it will survive for long.. Take India, Aus, Eng from cricket and you are dellusional if you think the rest can keep the fan base strong enough to attract any kind of revenue. Last year, ICC revenue was $1500 million and India brought in $1100 million. yeah, thats reality so stop thinking that money doesnt matter.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    He he saying i dont know Why holding I C C vicepresidents seat..kamal pls help BCB as a bangladeshi i can request at kamal do not kill our cricket..

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    @ IndCricFan2013 If the 'big three' breaks away, what will happen? Nothing.... There are more than hundred nations playing cricket. They could tie-up to each other and form a new organization. Only the 'big three' are not cricket, there are so many powerful nations emerging as cricketing nations, e.g. China, America, UAE, Canada and many more. And as you wrote, ' India will say to PAK they will play in PAK...." do you think its so easy? Its only a dream, no Indian team will go to PAK. Pakistan will also in the favour of 'Anti-Big three'. So, this is not a solution. ICC should go through the compromise between all the concerning nations. Cricket should be developed as a global game, not a 'big three' game. Have you ever seen the structure of FIFA? They have the equal value for each member nation, that's why it is the most popular game in the world. ICC should follow many 'good moves' of FIFA. Then only we can say that cricket is played in every country. Otherwise, there might be ICC-2.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    What Kamal is saying is simply common sense and what every genuine cricket fan believes. It is beyond me that BCCI and others don't realise this.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    It is sad to say Bangladesh going to out of test arena very soon because of some powerful countries control us. They do not want to give us opportunities to play test cricket as our team not best eight position of ICC test ranking. As Bangladesh supporters, I feel very pain. We are developing test arena. We are improving test arena likes as one day. ICC should look at recent BD performance. And I eagerly requested to ICC to avoid taking this decision. Please do not take decision which will destroy our test cricket. We are requesting as supporters, we are no power to stop you. As a Bangladeshi, I will request all countries cricket friends to observe upcoming tour between Bangladesh VS Srilanka. Hopefully, Bangladesh would be playing well & minimum result will be draw. I just request to pros pond to take decision until complete this tournament. Please consider our propose to develop our test cricket smoothly.

  • POSTED BY PadMarley on | January 24, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    IndCricFan@ .. Excuse me?? If the proposal doesnt go through, the big three will break away from ICC? Who gave you that information?????

  • POSTED BY ZkAneela on | January 24, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    @Masud al mahmud...your idea worth considering.I hope some1 in ICC use his brains too.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 24, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    I don't think it is a long path. If this doesn't get passed, I'm sure India, England, New Zealand and Australia can survive and make profits too as the main countries. Just imagine India touring New Zealand every year for a 5 test series. That's lot of money for New Zealand then and there. Ireland and Netherlands will join those 4 boards, I'm sure. Soon they too will become a force in cricket. Just imagine WI, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Pakistan trying to play cricket within themselves. That will be some failure of epic proportions. Not to mention none of their players will be bought in IPL auctions. Now who wants to face all these tragedies? Which player wants this to happen to his career? If India, Australia, England and New Zealand decide to break-away there won't be any ICC in the first place. So what ICC constitution he is talking about here? He needs to slow down and think how his country Bangladesh is going to survive before he makes his veiled remarks.

  • POSTED BY fahim_28 on | January 24, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    Well said, mr.Kamal! This kind of proposals will take cricket away 100 years ago. In this democratic world this kind of resolution can't be accepted. If India doesn't listen, then they should be banned from ICC. Losing of australia, england and india wont affect the others.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 24, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    India can always play by itself...let's see how much revenue they generate...

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    what i sense is that draft will pass, the officials in PCB are corrupt, BCCI will do some bargaining with PCB and the bill will be approved. NZ ia already supporting also zim is not in a position to oppose and BCB even won't think about against BCCI. PCB should take strong position irrespective of money. we did not paly with india for a long time still our board have much money to pay players.

    As BCCI generating more money so give them more money but no powers in decision making.

  • POSTED BY shan_abc on | January 24, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    @ IndCricFan2013: If the big three break away from ICC, then there will still be 6 more, and the associates. The "big three" can keep playing each other for the rest of the millennium. Fans will get bored seeing the "big 3" play all the time, because by then they will be the "only 3" in that league. Finally they will lose all these riches they are flaunting to blackmail the other countries. Then they will come back to ICC. PAK will then say,"welcome back brothers, we are all equals in this world".

  • POSTED BY Flighted_kiwi on | January 24, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    @MasudAl-Mahmud - good to see some positive suggestions. The ranking system would have to be looked at. e.g. Could you realistically say that at present the England side should be ranked higher than NZ? Also if you don't have clear guidelines then the top 6 countries will opt to play the bottom ranked of the Pool B countries to improve their chances of not being relegated. And the whole thing is moot anyway as 3 of the countries are not going to allow themselves to be relegated regardless of performance. So what would happen if at the end of the first two years Pool A ended up with the following ranking 1. South Africa, 2. Pakistan, 3. Sri Lanka, 4. Australia, 5. India and 6. England? Under what the Big 3 are proposing Pakistan and Sri Lanka would be relegated despite being the 2nd and 3rd ranked sides. Is there anything at all fair about that?

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    We don't accept this hegemony put up by three countries in front of ICC. It would be a dictatorship. Cricket should be run the same way it has been running.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    if BCB doesnt vote it will not pass b/c SL, PAK, SA, WI already opposed it. so out of 10, 4 votes are gone but they need 7 to pass. But BCB might get influenced by the India.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    may be two tier test system is fine but if small teams do not play with the big teams then how can they improve and become a big team? BD, PAK, SL, WI, AFG, ZIM, and NZ should make another organization and play against themselves. they should not rely on BCCI to tell them what they can do. let the AUS, ENG, and IND handle the icc

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 24, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    @Masud !! What a comment about cricket , I have ever seen ! I wish ICC read your comment. And I will be very happy if ICC call you for borrow some idea from you :) Anyway thanks Masud:) Keep going your writing :)

  • POSTED BY i_amVIVA on | January 24, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    @IndCricFan2013: he is talking about sensible response on an autocratic proposal by a totaliteran organization like BCCI. Arrogant comments like yours may have begot the current destructive proposal instituted through the senseless, self serving politicians in BCCI. The sooner you realize this the sooner a civilized resolution may be brought forth in the name of cricket. On the contrary, the threat you brought in e.g. dissoulation of ICC and so forth, then why don't you go ahead and play within your so called B3, and see how exciting that would feel watching the same old again and again. Any sports or games need opponents' participation; once you kill that then there's no one to play with.... BCCI terribly lacks understanding of this basic fact.

  • POSTED BY Little_Aussie_Battler on | January 23, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    Of course this chap opposed the alterations to how the ICC is setup. His nation, Bangladesh stands to be relegated back to the second tier and he will lose his cushy job at the ICC HQ paper shuffling and enjoy all the priveleges.

    Reality is, India wants out and the ICC won't be able to afford to operate as it once did. It is not fair for some, but that is how the Indians want it and it is a democracy, India does not need to be involved in the ICC.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    @Masud Al-Mahmud, I like your idea for your effort and hope more people will be discussing on it.

  • POSTED BY kentjones on | January 23, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    This silly idea must be vigorously opposed.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | January 23, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    Admin where is Masud's rest of the proposal? It does seems better than BCCI's draft

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    ok Now BCCI should take itself out from ICC events, thank you

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    Mr. Kamal seems sensible person but I believe e will be dragged in the BIG 3 politics But really this would be END OF cricket they approve this new controversial law

  • POSTED BY FSL2013 on | January 23, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    ICC(International Cricket Council) will become ICC (Indian Cricket Council)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    icc are shook, they have no power anymore, this all started when th des was refused by BCCI now Ecb and Cricket Australia are taking advantage. neither of the three nations can win away from home so we will be left with no away wins anymore if they are the only test nations, when was the last time any of the three nations have won a test series away from home. I REST MY CASE

  • POSTED BY SAhme18 on | January 23, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    I seriously hope SA, PAK, West Indies and Zim say "Hell NO" to this preposterous proposal and save cricket from those three shameless countries. BD and SL are India's lap dog and NZ is trying to save their face by not going below BD in ranking in few years.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    this will be disastrous for world of cricket

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    I agreed with you masud. You have mention the amazing pool system. Icc should implement this system. What an idea sir ji!

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | January 23, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    This will be passed easily whether others like it or not.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    @masud Al-Mahmud Gr8 suggestion! Idea worth pursuing.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    I believe that BCCI, ECB and CA should form their controlling organization and leave ICC.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    if it was only about revenue then i think most would have agreed to give big share to whoever generating more . issue comes with keeping power to only 3.

    what he is saying is not workable. the more they delay , the more bargains and dealings will be done and ultimately big 3 will get vote

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    @IndCricFan2013 I think all other boards are under pressure by this fact that what if these three decide to leave ICC. These days all sports are bind with money. If there is no money than there will be no Cricket. Money is stronger than game so it is dictating.

  • POSTED BY akash501 on | January 23, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    @MasudAl-Mahmud - I agree. This is an excellent suggestion.

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | January 23, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    @MasudAl-Mahmud - Finally I see a genuinely sensible comment in Cricinfo. This is an idea worth pursuing...

  • POSTED BY IndCricFan2013 on | January 23, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    What is he talking about? If the Big three break away from ICC, what ICC constitution? Then others like, NZ, WI, Bangladesh will follow the suit, India will say to PAK they will play in PAK, case over. There is no more ICC. Even if they do not bring in the entire draft, bi lateral agreements itself will kill the ICC and in general the minnows.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    To make cricket more competitive, make ATP more attractive, I have some suggestions: Part 1: 1.ICC can make the test playing countries in two pools: Pool A: Australia, South Africa, England, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka Pool B: West Indies, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe Note: every 2 years time, pool will be fixed for next 2 years duration -first 6 ranking countries will be in Pool A and last 4 countries will be in Pool B. 2.All the countries of ICC will need to play minimum 5 series against 5 countries in each year. 3."Pool A" countries will need to play against "3 countries" from Pool A and "2 countries" from Pool B in each year. Next year, they must play with remaining countries of each pool with whom they did not play in the first year. As a result, Pool A countries will get opportunity to play against 5 countries from both pool.

    Note:Rest part of my proposal are described in my next post as space is limited here.

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  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    To make cricket more competitive, make ATP more attractive, I have some suggestions: Part 1: 1.ICC can make the test playing countries in two pools: Pool A: Australia, South Africa, England, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka Pool B: West Indies, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe Note: every 2 years time, pool will be fixed for next 2 years duration -first 6 ranking countries will be in Pool A and last 4 countries will be in Pool B. 2.All the countries of ICC will need to play minimum 5 series against 5 countries in each year. 3."Pool A" countries will need to play against "3 countries" from Pool A and "2 countries" from Pool B in each year. Next year, they must play with remaining countries of each pool with whom they did not play in the first year. As a result, Pool A countries will get opportunity to play against 5 countries from both pool.

    Note:Rest part of my proposal are described in my next post as space is limited here.

  • POSTED BY IndCricFan2013 on | January 23, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    What is he talking about? If the Big three break away from ICC, what ICC constitution? Then others like, NZ, WI, Bangladesh will follow the suit, India will say to PAK they will play in PAK, case over. There is no more ICC. Even if they do not bring in the entire draft, bi lateral agreements itself will kill the ICC and in general the minnows.

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | January 23, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    @MasudAl-Mahmud - Finally I see a genuinely sensible comment in Cricinfo. This is an idea worth pursuing...

  • POSTED BY akash501 on | January 23, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    @MasudAl-Mahmud - I agree. This is an excellent suggestion.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    @IndCricFan2013 I think all other boards are under pressure by this fact that what if these three decide to leave ICC. These days all sports are bind with money. If there is no money than there will be no Cricket. Money is stronger than game so it is dictating.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    if it was only about revenue then i think most would have agreed to give big share to whoever generating more . issue comes with keeping power to only 3.

    what he is saying is not workable. the more they delay , the more bargains and dealings will be done and ultimately big 3 will get vote

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    I believe that BCCI, ECB and CA should form their controlling organization and leave ICC.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    @masud Al-Mahmud Gr8 suggestion! Idea worth pursuing.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | January 23, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    This will be passed easily whether others like it or not.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    I agreed with you masud. You have mention the amazing pool system. Icc should implement this system. What an idea sir ji!