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

Mohammad Isam

January 23, 2014

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The ICC vice-president Alan Isaac speaks to Mustafa Kamal, the Bangladesh board president, at the annual conference, Kuala Lumpur, June 26, 2012
Mustafa Kamal: "There are so many discussions that will have to take place before such things happen. It is a long path" © Getty Images
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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_Atheist 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   on (January 25, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

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

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