ICC's revamp January 28, 2014

PCB, CSA, SLC and BCB against proposals - Zaka Ashraf


PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has said that the boards of Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are in opposition to the revamp of administrative and financial structures of the ICC, at the governing body's executive board meeting that is currently on in Dubai. Before entering the meeting, Ashraf told Pakistan's ARY TV, that "Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka, we all have one stance. Let us see what we vote inside. We will stick to our stance."

It is now known that CSA, the PCB and SLC had formally written to the ICC, asking for a deferral of the "position paper" proposals being pushed through by the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB, the three richest and most powerful cricket boards.

Zaka said he would vote for "whatever is in Pakistan's interests". "We have to see what is in our interests when we vote," he said, adding that during his discussions with the BCCI over the last two days discussions had come up about the two countries playing each other at "neutral venues".

In a late development on Monday night, the three cricket boards wrote to the ICC asking that the discussions on the proposal be deferred. While there had been disgruntlement among some of the other seven Full Member nations about the extent of the powers and financial advantages to be gained by the Big Three via the draft proposal - Cricket South Africa had openly termed the proposal "fundamentally flawed" - there had been no sign of any concerted or unified opposition to the document until the three boards wrote to the ICC. The three opposing boards were seeking more time to look through and internally discuss the radical changes being recommended in the "position paper".

It is understood that one of the three boards had originally sought a deferral as early as January 24. The BCB, while not using the word "delay" or "deferral" had formally asked for "further discussions" on the matter.

The BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB were expected to present, to the other Full Members, a set of re-drafted "resolutions" around their radical "position paper" at the ICC meeting in Dubai on Tuesday. The Big Three had been involved in aggressive lobbying on the sidelines for the past two days on sidelines of the ICC's Finance & Commercial Affairs committee meeting.

The request for a deferral has altered the situation with regards to the number of countries that are backing the Big Three's new plan for world cricket: while most changes in the executive board require a minimum of seven boards to be in agreement, significant constitutional changes - which the proposals are recommending in executive and financial matters - require eight votes.

There is also possibility that the draft "position paper" could be treated more than a routine recommendation because of its comprehensive proposals. The fact that it asks for far-reaching changes in administrative structures, financial distribution and the creation of an entirely new commercial wing of the ICC could require a "special meeting" to pass what the ICC's constitution refers to as a "special resolution".

To get a special resolution passed, eight out of the 10 Full Members will need to back the proposal according to the ICC Constitution. Article 6.12 a)3)b) in the constitution, which deals with voting on a special resolution, reads: "Resolution proposed at Conference or at a Special Meeting shall be deemed to have been carried as a Special Resolution only if not less than three-quarters of the aggregate number of votes exercisable by all the Full Members shall have been cast in favour of the Resolution, irrespective of whether or not all of the Full Members shall have actually been present in person or by proxy."

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • virang on January 30, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    its time to see your board presidents (heroes) bows down to india for money and matches. don't be too exited.....

  • Dummy4 on January 29, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Keep your tale up PCB, CSA, SLC and BCB (Y)

  • Android on January 29, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    looking very clear that india r unable to show them overses series so they should stop whispering about bangladesh also BCCI should make schedule to invite bangladesh team in India...

  • Dummy4 on January 28, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    lets have match between the big three +west indies and the rest of 6 nations ....ecb +ca and bcci they don have arfidi ,steyn, albi ,saeed ajmal ,sangakara,mendis ....kohli raina peterson clarke faulkner

  • Amos on January 28, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    I have been disappointed in our Board,WICB before I am not surprised over this present issue Come on Mr.Cameron show some guts if you have any If your board.support the proposal say so, if not say so Show some independence What we need is good first rate cricket the quality we once produced , Then we will be respected by everyone I said before and I say again the product on the field can never be better than the quality of the leadership Perhaps we fans are crazy about our expectations Our beloved WI may be doomed to constant failure.Just thinking about that possibility makes me angry and very sad I wish WICB would awake now before it is too late

  • Dummy on January 28, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    After Big Three u ll have same results.

    When Austrailia/Eng will visit to Indian Result would b:

    Indian Won.

    Whenver indian Will visit to Austrailia/Eng

    India Will always lose...

    I wish if Big three governing body becoms. Let them play atleast for 5 yeara alone... U ll see all of their performance

  • Rashid on January 28, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    All cricket loving countries should ditch the ICC and form a new FIFA style Federation of International Cricket Associations (FICA) where Each national Cricket association has one vote, regardless of its size or cricking strength. And you will how popular it will become all over the cricket loving countries. Every country will have chance to top the table and more country series will become norm and INDIA, Australia and England Boards will either join them or become useless over the time...

  • Dummy4 on January 28, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    I think it will get passed. Just looked at the after meeting article.

    BCB's opposition is mainly focused on test status. And that proposal has been scrapped. So they are ok about other things.

    PCB & SLC are financially struggling boards. SLC is looking for icc loans and PCB is also not in good shape. So these 2 can be managed by offering some deals or extra series.

    That will leave CSA alone.

    All these talks will be done and some deals will be offered.

  • Jack on January 28, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Where is the WICB Voice in this matter? It is a shame and a downright disgrace that we could not put our hands up. We did not say a word before the meeting - Yes, Nothing, Zippo. No wonder we are the laughing stock of world cricket. We cannot make a decision. As a West Indian I am deeply disappointed in WICB but as Tony predicted what do you expect from them. Traditionally, we West Indians punch above our weight class whether it is at the UN, in athletics or in cricket. This President needs to come home fast and avoid us further embarrassment.

  • David on January 28, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Congratulations to PCB, CSA, SLC and BCB - may you continue to resist the tyranny of the wealthy.

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