ICC's revamp

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

Sharda Ugra

January 28, 2014

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Giles Clarke and N Srinivasan at the ICC's executive board meeting, London, Friday, October 18, 2013
The Big Three might have to wait for a decision on the position paper © Getty Images
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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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Posted by veerang 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.....

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

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

Posted by android_user 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...

Posted by   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

Posted by TryHarder 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

Posted by wapuser 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

Posted by RashidKhanGee 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...

Posted by   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.

Posted by aclarity 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.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 28, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

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

Posted by MianNasir on (January 28, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

I salute Ch Zaka Ashraf for his stern action and resolute defense. This gentle deserves applauds as he put forward the the right choice and was able to speak against mighty, rich and influential cricket boards trying to hijack the game just for financial gains. once more salute. Although Pakistan's Position in international cricket is deteriorating, they are not playing any game at home, still they decided to save the pride of this gentlemen's game.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

This proposal is realy harmful for criicket . Football is played all over the world . Why cricket not ? Once Keniya was a very strong team . But now they are going under the water . At present Bangladesh showing a highly super improvment in cricket . They won the ODI series against west indies by 3-2 . with Newzeland 3-0. & 4-0 . They lost asia cup final by only 2 runs . They won 1 & drawn 4 test match in last 12 match . They didn't lose any series by an inings . Bangladesh was the highest test scorer in 2013 . They made 638 run against srilanka. Only Bangladesh is a team they didn't score under 200 in ODI last year . So why Bangladesh have to depart from test cricket . This is realy not good for cricket . Please ICC do the right thing to save the cricket .

Posted by nickcarter80 on (January 28, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

Go… SLC, PCB, CSA and BCB. Please save this lovely game. You are the only hope of millions of cricket loving fans all over the world. Fight till the end, and defeat this proposal once and for ever. The stance that your board will take will be written in gold in the cricket history one day.

Posted by android_user on (January 28, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

big three can win this battle but can't keep the glory and fairness of the game.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

I think it is time that this proposal should be accepted because in reality BCCI controls ICC

Posted by bdsmaruf on (January 28, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

cricket will be most unpopular game of the world very soon. once the gentle game turns into a BIG CASINO for india, aus, England with these proposal.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

The tone of Mr. Zaka is not too convincing here. He is saying 'the best interest of Pakistan' It looks like he will be sold to BCCI if Pak get to play India for a couple of times! What about the love of cricket rather than only looking for Pakistan's interest? WI, NZ and ZIM are already sold. Hopes are slim now with only BCB, SL and SA standing against. I don't care about the outcome. I want BCB to stand against it till the end even if there is no other Board. Proud to be a Bangladeshi.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

why not they appoint said BIG THREE (India, Aus, ENG) for every 5 years and then give another BIG THREE( Pak, SA, SL) chance to rule ICC, this way every board will become RICH...

Posted by android_user on (January 28, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

suppose next year south africa pays more than England or Australia. will it also get veto power. then pakistan will do the same in next season will they also get it.i think this is nonsense.while other games go forward this is a step backwards for cricket

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

Why not give India a direct entry to Finals of World Cups? And England/Australia direct entries to Semis? Are other countries fool? India is better than SA? Or Even Aus/Eng are better than SA? Even a kid knows SA is by far the best side who performs both at Home and Away.If they can be relegated why not India?Or Aus/Eng? Looking at the current Indian form i am sure if two tier system comes in, and relegation implies on India too,then i am pretty sure India will be the first team to be relegated to 2nd tier along with England whose away record is also pathetic. India should better improve it's performance before it's too late,they are yet to win an international match away for quite a long time. Already it's 9-0 away in last 4 years in tests And it's 5-0 (excluding NR match which was India's expected loss against SA).

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

what about the WI and Zimbabwe . what is there opinion about this game of thrones.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

a way to resolve the issue is to be fair with both sides .one who are trying to send the massage that economics is everything while the others who thinks that game is bigger then economics. giving due consideration to both the factors should be the way forward. Still might is right but in a different way .now one need to be careful about aftereffects. Give and take going to prevail which help to avoid a nasty situation. I hope that in the end cricket should be the winner

Posted by StaalBurgher on (January 28, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

Revamping the financial structure of the BCCI is one thing. I don't even know how that works. I guess it works the same as in all sports, all net-profit countries contribute x to the main body and the main body pays out to those that need help to strengthen the game and to spread it to new countries. Without such a process no sport will spread internationally in today's competitive environment. The money for development has to come from somewhere. How do you think it works in rugby? You don't see England and France claiming ownership of the IRB because they contribute the majority of its income.

The two problems are (1) India using financial blackmail for political advantage - this is a new phenomenon in cricket and (2) the proposal to protect 3 teams from relegation in a 2 Tier Test system. The latter is the most ludicrous suggestion I have seen.

In the long run it benefits all cricket nations to spread and develop the sport. There is no justification for what India is doing.

Posted by sasi_trueindian on (January 28, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

Well..if the countries that create revenue want a bigger share in the profits..its no big deal.. What if they say they every board takes 50% of the revenue it creates? This is not a social welfare organisation..but I agree that a spreading the game should also take a share.. If these 3 start a game Kricket and sotp playing cricket..this game will end due to lack of money..

Posted by sray23 on (January 28, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

Whatever happens with this restructure, cricket's current model is not at all sustainable. Too much depends on India and therefore India's cricketers play under an abnormal kind of pressure, and India's administrators have no incentive to deliver the best product, as whatever they deliver, they are assured of good crowds and ratings as India is so hopeless at other sports. The first class/franchise model is really the way forward for cricket. The IPL has started it, now it should spread to other cricket worldwide. For that all national boards have to force their states/provinces to operate independent businesses like IPL franchises (ie. stop giving the states crores in unaccountable "infrastructure grants" and force them to make their own money and build their own businesses instead). Individual country leagues and champions league 5-day, 1-day or T20 competitions are the way of the future, with int'l test/odi/T20 world cups every 4 years.

Posted by android_user on (January 28, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

if one tries to make any sense out of this proposal, one could say that India is a huge country so they can't get enough for developing the game there. England is home to people groin various ethnicities and religion who are well represented in their team too. It is Cricket Australia that stands top hain the most from such an arrangement with a small population and non exclusive cricket stadiums.

Posted by Untold_Legends on (January 28, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

We are rich because we earn the most. You are poor because you earn the least therefore; we will give you the least financial share and less opportunity to earn just to make sure, you stay who you are and never become "US". The so called civilized world in 2014 with claims of justice and equal opportunity for everyone, gives another example of how barbaric we still are in the modern times. History lesson no: 1 " It's the rich, powerful, civilized what so ever fancy names you call are the ones who bring injustice to the society, poor has always been at the receiving end of it."

Posted by Third_Gear on (January 28, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi Fan and I think this is the the right time for BCB to show their courage in front of BCCI. People of Bangladesh is crazy for cricket and they will do everything good for BD cricket,if it is necessary we will press our govt. to finance cricket with major funds. Let BCB to unite with all other cricket power like PK,SL and SA. I believe BD should also help Pakistan to get return international cricket there,if the security is ensured in Pakistan lets BD team team to visit Pakistan and strengthen the tie between two Boards.

Posted by android_user on (January 28, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

This was a terrible idea by the BCCI from the outset. Turkeys will not vote for Christmas. Thebest option would be to simply have a longer IPL season and play less international cricket. We should stop useless tours where the host board make a lot of money at the expense of India and yet don't waste an opportunity to denigrate us. It's time to for India to move on from these countries who only want Indian money but di nothing themselves.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

Zaka dont fall in the trap of india now all of a sudden they want to play pak anywhere its simple that PCB SA BANG and SL stick together no matter what Pak cricket is ruind any way because of these boards so ignore any request from them

Posted by Kazi_Rajib on (January 28, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

Kudos to brave four! We are feeling proud as Bangladeshi. It doesn't matter, if we got more difficulties from BCCI chief. At least as per integrity concern, we are on the right track.

Posted by green_eagle on (January 28, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

Bcci chief has said that that had to pay top teams like west indies in 80s to play with them. So if west indies of 80s had prepared the same draft and put India in tier two would you have accepted that proposal? If india wants a bigger share that's fairly debatable but wanting supreme power along with ecb and can forever is mutiny against CRICKET!

Posted by PlaySafeus on (January 28, 2014, 12:15 GMT)

Way to go Zaka Ashraf (PCB Chairman) taking a stand and good strong one. Pakistan seemed the weak one initially but seems either they want bigger part of pie or want to be on right side.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (January 28, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

India is a huge country with thoushands of professional cricketters. Only national players and ranji players getting decent salary, other district, zonal players are not. India's total professional cricketters will outnumber world's other total cricketting nation's player. So asking more share by BCCI is not wrong bcz i want bcci to feed every professional players in india. BUT I COMPLETELY AGAINST TOP 3 CONCEPT.

Posted by Aura123 on (January 28, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

Japan and Germany are the biggest contributor in UN but they DO NOT have veto power. As at now every country get $117M per year from ICC if proposal approved then India will get $500M , ECB $200M , Australia $150M and the rest will get less than $100M and no money for associate , i don't understand how cricket will develop in other countries ?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (January 28, 2014, 11:43 GMT)

Highly disappointed by such draft but equally shocked on WI and NZ not backing up the left out boards. I say the rebel countries to create an independent council and boycott the evil 3.

Posted by sapnil2000 on (January 28, 2014, 11:43 GMT)

next time india will ask to make them champion in every competition without playing any game

Posted by no_point_chasing_the_wide_ones on (January 28, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

Nice if this is true and they stick to their word, but I'm waiting until the official statement from the ICC following the meeting before getting my hopes up. These boards are more interested in short term self-preservation than the long term good of the game, and could be saying this now to leverage their negotiation position with the BCCI. I expect lots of bargaining is going on at the moment. Unfortunately even if they oppose it I just think it will only delay the inevitable. But if they are able to delay voting on it, at least it will buy some time for the larger cricketing fraternity to put pressure on their respective boards to do the right thing. And maybe, just maybe the 7 will discuss amongst themselves possible alternatives - wishful thinking? But I agree with 4cricketlluv, whatever happens this sorry shambles has tarnished my love of the game and I don't hold out much hope with these people administering the game.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

Posted by JUCCric & Posted by Timmuh

I agree with what you guys have to say.

Cricket generates money but the expansion is stagnent at presenrt & the ICC need to realise that by giving the big 3 more power that fact is not in the best interests of the game. Expansion of the game of Cricket is what will help the ICC financialy afterall you reap qhat you sow.

I think we need a "B" League for those nations that cricket is still in the early stages of development in, particulary those countries that are fighting it out for World Cup spots eg Kenya, Bermuda, Afganistan, Canda, Scotland & the "B" League needs to be bigger than the "A" League, you should be either promoted or relegated dependent on performance say every world cup if you come last you get relegated, the top team from League "B" is then promoted for a max of 4years until the next world cup.

With this exapnsion you will generate enormous revenues of which a good proportion should be put aside for the betterment of the game!

Posted by A.SOFI on (January 28, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

Well it is clear other boards are not bothered about sport as well, Mr Ashraf is saying he will do what is in best interest of Pakistan and not in the interest of sport; which is what India, England and Australia are doing that is looking at their best interests.

Posted by BurhanMirza on (January 28, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

Very encouraging for fans to see that there are still people out there (involved in Cricket) for whom pride and dignity comes before money. How good would it be if the others joined these 4 and gave a strong message to the BIG 3!!! Come on New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe. Please stand up!!

Posted by android_user on (January 28, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

Although it would have been ideal for all 7 to take a stance against the proposal, I understand the financial consequences this will imply on some of the boards. That being said, I congratulate the 4 boards standing up the three stooges. This is my worst experience to date as a die hard aussie fan, and I condemn CA for it's selfishness. Cricket must be profitable, but it must maintain it's ethics and authenticity for it to be a sport, and that means fair and equal treatment to all participants.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (January 28, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

I don't understand what happened to the other 3 NZ, WI, ZC? They just gonna bend in front of the BIG 3? Don't they have any self respect. BCCI chief already spoke to BCB official and made it clear that if we keep our stance they are not going to be part of Asia Cup or T20 WC. Thats just the beginning of threat. God knows how much more trouble we are gonna get in still we'd like to keep our stance so what stopping others? Can't believe WI cricket has gone so down that they don't even have any self-respect. As for NZC it seems their rivalry against the Aussie only paper in reality they don't have the gut to stand up to them

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

MR ZAKA Ashraf should take bold step.This was the ICC who makes these three boards rich a decade ago by giving proper space to there tournaments like IPL and give more tours to them thats y they are rich. PAK SL SA NZ should take bold steps to stop it.Other wise they will take big sape in coming future.Cricket is not politics and pls dont make it politics. They could do nothing without the prior approval of these four boards.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

BCCI should realize the power they gather is by the people. so they should use that power for the people for the cricket. BCCI was not rich like today. Cricket made them rich. So dont take decisions for money. Money doesnt bring cricket. Cricket can bring money. Example: England the inventor and was most rich board but they are no more.

Posted by espncricdiehrtfan on (January 28, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

@cricindia208 what about cricket matches, indian cric tm wil would like to go kenya or zimbabwe for won matches aboard??? This is very unfortune for cricket. Actually this is fault of ECB nd CA who dominated cricket when they had in power, now bcci want same, shame on ecb nd ca who has given this gentlemen game.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

Bifurcation of ICC is inevitable. Boards are not likely to support the resolution of so called Big 3. Two groups will be created two in ICC. Ultimately cricket will suffer and nations will have to support either group.

Posted by JUCCric on (January 28, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

Its time for ICC to act for the betterment of the Game of Cricket rather than following self-interest. Look it FIFA, how it is expanded from continents to continents. Why dont we have independent administration that looks after the well being of all involved including associates. Why cant ICC expand into China and USA... these are the big markets...BCCI should not act selfishly and shoud come forward to take the game forward to new horizon insted of acting in their self-interest. The financial benefits are more, if th game is popular in other markets. Netherland and Italy are good prospect in Europe to be included in ICC. All fans are asking the BIG 3 to act like big in CHARACTERS and be BIG 3 for the betterment of the ame.

Posted by Timmuh on (January 28, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

The ICC does need a major revamp, but nothing like the one being put forth by those with the ability to blackmail others into "accepting" it. The biggest thing that needs to be done is for the ICC to be composed of poeple not representing their various nations first and foremost, but the game of cricket (and particularly the form the game is built on andf that defines it). Instead we have opne group trying to use their clout in order to subdue the others to nothing, and another who might stand upin the name of self interest but will splinter as soon as a carrot is given to a couple of them. (Add South Africa to the "never to be relegated" group, promise Sri Lanka even more ODIs against India, reassure New Zealand they will still play Australia twice every four years; and voila, there are enough bribes to completely sink everyone else. Australia, England and India then make short term cash while the game itself is destroyed.

Posted by AFTAB-Finland on (January 28, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

I appreciate stand by other nations and if they continue it will bring shame to BIG 3 and they will not try to spoil the game in future for money only. we should other nations will not be lured by anything and save the game and pride both.....

Posted by CricIndia208 on (January 28, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

It will be good if the cricket world splits. Imagine the fun that cricket fans can have with two cricket bodies, two sets of regulations, competitions etc.. Two world cups, two world t20s, two test ranking systems. Wow! Great time to be a cricket fan.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (January 28, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

BCB will vote with India, this is what Zaka has said, not BCB. It's only PCB, CSA and SLC. SL cannot go against India

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

Live long BD SL and SA speciall I am very happy from BD to support .... May you prosper in games with nice attitude ... from Pak

Posted by Atish_Man on (January 28, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

Its a start of Horse trading now. Unfortunately brave four r there with empty pockets and big three with millions.. Any guess who will win...?

Posted by Samdanh on (January 28, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

BCCI wants India to play against all countries (except Namibia, Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, of course) only in India. In other words BCCI does not want India team to play in SA, Aus, Eng, WI, NZ, SL, Bangladesh, or any neutral venue with Pak. You can understand the hurry with which BCCI is behind this. They have a full year (this year - 2014) of ovesreas Test series including NZ (now), Eng, and later in Aus.

Posted by 4cricketluv on (January 28, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

I do not think NZ will side with the 4 Boards of CSA, PCB, SLC and BCB. They stand to loose too much if they turn their backs on Australia. NZ and Australia are cohosts of next years cricket world cup. Do you think that will still be the case should they go against the Big 3? NZ sees only dollar signs when there is a big sporting event hosted in the country - the papers and electronic media blasts about the millions they make in tourism revenue. As there main foreign valuta is agriculture and tourism, they will not risk upsetting Australia at this time so close to 2015; this tourism income is very important to the country and the funds from the ICC to co-host 2015 is vitally important to NZC. In 2003 the rugby world cup was intended to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand but Australia and the IRB lost patience with them as they refused to provide "clean stadia" for the Rugby World Cup; Australia went solo. They would not want to see this happening again.

WI should come on board!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 10:02 GMT)

Great (y) bravo PCB ,SA,SLC,BCB

Posted by Clan_McLachlan on (January 28, 2014, 10:02 GMT)

Talk is cheap. We'll see how the voting goes.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 28, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

Astonishing to think that WICB supports it.

Posted by stormy16 on (January 28, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

I see these 4 as standing up for the game to protect the spirit of cricket above money and its ironic that hollier than thou ECB, CA and NZ are no where to be seen - well they are in the greedy money corner! What a shame on the ECB for selling out on the game, the traditions, the fair competition and what happened to Aus 'fair go mate'? Unfortunaltey NZ and WI run anywhere the ECB and CA do but its a real shame these original and olderst test playing nations have abandoned the game in its darkest hour and left it to the newer and poorer nations to stand up for cricket. I am afraid this is against everything we all beleive in - the game must come first and it always has but if the BCCI has it's way money will come first. Ironically India still cant win a game away from home and have lost all three series since leaving Indai. I can see why they need some control as its certainly not going to be by competing in the middle!

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (January 28, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

I fear that the purpose behind calling for deferral is to bargain for more tours by India. Don't be surprised if the boards in question are the most cash strapped ones. Sadly, cynicism isn't the BCCI's sole preserve.

Posted by TheBlackMonk on (January 28, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

Those who are claiming why should BCCI share their profit with others, must remember this is the price everyone had to pay to be in a society for equity. Before today Aus-Eng shared their profit with India and helped to rebuild the current infrastructure, and that is the contribution they made willingly understanding the future market of India in cricket world. So for the same reason ICC is looking for regular investment in China and Now if China in future becomes the largest profit generator in cricket claim the same!

Posted by reality_check on (January 28, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

Well done CSA, PCB, SLC and BCB. The big three need to realize that they cannot just bully through such sweeping changes in world cricket without any opposition. If ALL boards agree on a proposal and it is good for the cricket in general then that will be good thing. Hopefully the delay will make things clear and perhaps narrow the gap between all sides.

Posted by Atish_Man on (January 28, 2014, 9:36 GMT)

Most of the people have not read the report. The statement is given before entering the meeting. Also they r in talks with bcci. They will vote after the presentation. So still fingers crossed. I guess all 3 asians are vulnerable. They r just keeping their cards to their chest. But still kudos to these three.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (January 28, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

Good stuff. Don't budge on the proposed changes to the tier system.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

Tmalik NWZ is n favor they wont be going against WI and Zim votes are important and BCB stance can change at very last moment. there is also strong public and official reaction from lobbies from Aus ans Eng we might possibility see them moving back

Posted by android_user on (January 28, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

bravo PCB ,SA,SLC,BCB .you made us proud .thumbs up

Posted by android_user on (January 28, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

Its not about India or for that matter any other country its about the impact it would have on cricket, and if this proposal does get accepted then the passion would no longer be there, politics and money would ruin this beautiful game.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

Hopefully, seeing these four stand against the Big 3 will sway the Windies and Kiwis into joining with them.

Time to stand up to these bullies and show that cricket is bigger than they are.

Posted by Bang_La on (January 28, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

WI, as in the past, consider themselves whiter than white and always trail the boss countries. Alas,Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards are no more in the scene to stand up!

Posted by Tmalik on (January 28, 2014, 9:09 GMT)

That is good news, I hope and pray WI & NZ joins in as well, Lets just talk on woolf report and how to ensure FTP is followed by all members, be it BCCI or Aus or Eng or Bang and there should be penalties if any country doesnt follow FTP. these so called big 3 have to giveup their greed of money and behave themselves.

these 4 + NZ/WICB need to push the 3 to ensure they live to ICC FTP coomitments or pay the penality for forfieting so many serieses...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

Reforms should be at globally level, not just like that. this is against the sport through all means. we do not need any dictatorship in cricket. We just need is that influence ICC in such a way that small and big countries can play their role for cricket at globally level..

Posted by JohnSnider on (January 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

Any body get power they abuse it and rule over you with iron hand so make sure every country has equal power or it is basis of abuse of smaller countries. It is better to keep UK Australia and India to out of cricket and form a new organization called IJOOC International Justice Organization of Cricket and subsequently form every single organization in other areas also

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

Well Done CSA, PCB, SLC & BCB ....

Posted by doctorsushi on (January 28, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

NZ Cricket would probably agree with the other four boards if India didn't happen to be touring at the moment. NZ Cricket's budgets for next year's world cup probably rely on a hefty TV rights payout from this tour...

Posted by Cricthink on (January 28, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

ICC stands for international Cricket Council and that means all the Countries that are members or here full time members. Not just 3 who are referred as Big 3. It's good to see the 4 standing up for justice, West Indies cricket is dead and this proves it further. Except for Atherton sad to see the other greats, or do we call them so called greats keep Mum about it Where are the values you played for, shocked to see the media men keeping mum, may be they will not get a contract to cover matches. How the 3 have master minded it OR trying to, can the others stay united and defy this. The game we love has to move on and not get hijacked and "The Spirit of the Game " as there are match referees monitoring matches , observing who is doing what? Can someone state, who is monitoring this Big 3 who are trying to do unethical things. Sharing of Funds can be agreed as India is the biggest contributor, but deciding whom & when to play? is to be regulated by a common body and not the big 3

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

shame ,west indies cricket board.

Posted by globalcricketfan on (January 28, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

Yes.This is the BIG four.We all with you

Posted by GeminiAwan on (January 28, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

If India needs money so they can borrow from other boards, proposals are not the good way of earning money, earn money by playing good cricket..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

Thank God....let CSA and ECB also move away for BCCI. This move will hurt world cricket. I am an Indian Fan and I love Indian Cricket but this move will hurt World Cricket and in turn Indian Cricket.

Posted by British_North_America on (January 28, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

After BCCI proposed such two-tier system isolating Bangladesh from test cricket, we simply cannot trust India.BCB, do not agree to a single proposal of BCCI.

Posted by sadSajith on (January 28, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

Watching at India vs NZ, i think india needs the revamp badly and quickly before they qualify for proposed 2nd tier... What to do, one have to do things by money if they cant do that with bat or ball...Anyway, hats off for the PCB, CSA, SLC and BCB for keeping their heads strait...

Posted by Rahul_78 on (January 28, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

First of all Kudos to all the boards who have decided to stand up to the draconian proposal produced by the so called big 3. Simple thing everyone needs to understand is the big boys need everyone including Bangladesh and Zimbabwe on board to carry on with their ambitious plans in long term. If the others decide to stick together irrespective of the consequenses then thats the only chance of puting some breaks on the planned developments. Opposition of PCB will come as a big blow to BCCI. I am from India and let me tell you that there is no other series bigger in India then watching India vs Pak encounters. If India do not play Pak in future then it will put big dent in near future profits of the BCCI.However this just seems like a lull before the storm.Expect the empire to strike back big time. Someone like BCB needs to hold on to its guns. No offense but Bangla board do have a reputation of being inconsistent.Lets hope for the good of cricket that others dont weild under the pressure

Posted by aeroboy.ae on (January 28, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

Bravo Bangladesh Cricket Board !! Never bow down facing powerful boards. Cricket should be revamped on its own interest rather than the big three's interest..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

It seems that some countries wanna cover the cricket game. But this is assure if it happened then no one will watch the game anymore especially, I am gonna stop to watch and damn sure people will do too...

Open your eyes..............

Posted by Abdullah_Shaikh on (January 28, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

Its a great thing for the game that CSA, PCB, SLC and BCB have taken a stand against the revamp. But it is time for the NZC and WIC to stick in with these four as well. It is high time to show these snooty boards that they are facing all the boards up in arms against them. Its time like these that a person/board in this case's character is shown. It is one thing to say something before a meeting and another thing to execute that. Please dont get lured into playing on neutral venues with more finances and also a venue changing IPL offer! Dont fall prey to these. Please!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

lets cricket play in game spirit, only money will ruined the game. equal opportunity all test play nations.

Posted by crzcric on (January 28, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

This is the beginning of destruction of cricket.Rich cricket boards change cricket rules suites their team and now this.Currently every team struggle to win outside home. there is no other reason than money to show their dominance in cricket.I thing all the other teams stand against this. Whats the point of buying world cups????

Posted by Lakpj on (January 28, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

What is wrong with CNZ and WICB, what are they trying to gain by supporting this. Ok may they have realized that their test teams incapable giving other teams a fight. Few ODIs and a bunch T20s must be enough for them. after all they are ranked 7th and 8th in the test rankings and if Bangladesh and Zim gets relegated to the next tier they are secured of no 7 and 8.

Posted by KarmatBaig on (January 28, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

Great and bold strategy by the 4 cricket boards. They should stay united and hopefully WI & NZ will also join them for the final kill.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

good thing. I hope they will stick to this and not buy some false promises by BCCI to play some series here and there. Credit should be given to BCB. because earlier it was almost certain that they will go in favor of it but they changed it due to public protest.

Only thing remains that for how long they will stand against this. Apart from CSA, other 3 are not in good shape. SLC is looking for loans, PCB also in loss and no cricket, BCB has more to lose as they can lose test status.

Posted by crzcric on (January 28, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

This is the beginning of destruction of cricket.Rich cricket boards change cricket rules suites their team and now this.Currently every team struggle to win outside home. there is no other reason than money to show their dominance in cricket.I think all the other boards stand against this. Whats the point of buying world cups????

Posted by Diamond2017 on (January 28, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

People who are commenting here out of blind hate towards India (by not even referring to BCCI) should. understand this: There is money without cricket but there is no cricket without money. If nobody paid to watch cricket then it will cease to exist as a game. BCCI generates 80% of cricket money, the people who are opposing ICC revamp should tell everyone what their cricket boards are doing to promote cricket in their country? The short answer is; nothing. Why should BCCI share their revenue with non performing boards like Pakistan when the recent Pak-SL series was played in empty grounds?

I would rather have answers to these pertinent questions rather than this turning to some rather common anti India discussion.

Posted by rony1008 on (January 28, 2014, 8:47 GMT)

Even though 4 boards have apparently decided to oppose this draft resolution, there are still cause of concerns. Zaka Ashraf said he would do whatever is in Pakistan cricket interests. And thats where lies the room for deviating from his current position. These 4 opposing nations should sign a memorandum of understanding that no matter what they will be united in their collective cause. Then no matter how strong the so called big 3 are, they can not do anything. For the boards that are supporting this travesty, they have to be careful. Bangladesh board has always been a yes man to BCCI. Look at that has done to them, they could loose their test status by the same board they have followed so blindly. But I have a fear that the big 3 will get their way. Greedy board personnel will give in to their demands and accept short term gains sacrificing the long term ones. Just ask Cuba, SA, Palestine what these special powers of few powerful nations did to their country.

Posted by Pran_BD on (January 28, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

Well and logically said."SarfBD ".

Posted by Pran_BD on (January 28, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

Little_Aussie_Battler, The people from Bangladesh protest it in road because primarily our board president gave a shaky statement about this. So, the people were in road to give pressure on BCB to take a concrete decision.

Posted by t2_t24 on (January 28, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

India lost against New Zealand and Bangladesh defeated New Zealand by 3-0 recently..So what can we say that bangladesh is better than New Zealand and India..No we are not that type of arrogant..We know Bangladesh is improving side and will be a top side within years..But if this proposal passed bangladesh cricket will fall lag behind and i dont think so people will watch Bangladesh VS Nepal/UAE Match..

Posted by FHZAHID on (January 28, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

Well, cricket all over the world is in a state of might is right. The big three want their supremacy on the basis of their financial strength. Hence, promising what those will be never materialized in the case of PCB. Inda & ENgland may play a series in neutral grounds just to capitalize the present position with PCB's vote but it will be the first and last series! That's it. PCB, not to vote for these three for the sake of cricket.

Posted by SarfBD on (January 28, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

@ Little_Aussie_Battler, we do care about cricket. We cannot sell tv rights but still manage to make profit because of spectators. It is a working day. Wait for weekends and you'll find packed stadium.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

To me cricket is like oxygen and I would not even go what favors my country most, i will go what favors the game of cricket around the world. Cricket should have to be an independent body and by taking over of three giant would damage the spirit of the game.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (January 28, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

Good to see that BCB, PCB, SLC and CSA has rightly and boldly protested against this INVASION of BCCI, ECB ans CA...The decision is very good for world cricket to save from the OUTRAGEOUS management...

Posted by t2_t24 on (January 28, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

This proposal may hamper the improvement of Bangladesh Cricket and definitely Bangladesh will be at opposite side..

Posted by Beertjie on (January 28, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

Bravo the Greater Four! May your numbers increase.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (January 28, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

Why these so called big 3 don't realise that expansion of cricket is in everyone's favour. If they can successful expand the game then they can have bigger share of the pie in the future. But expansion can only happen is smaller and new cricketing nations have more funds. Also even if they agree on new money formula why do they also need all the icc power, veto right and no relegation status. Why don't they learn a lesson from FIFA and football, see how much money they spend to expand football and countries like Brazil still have to qualify for the WC. Absurd and pathetic proposals...

Posted by 4cricketluv on (January 28, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

It is pity India could not do better against a low ranking team like new Zealand (quite poor against Bangladesh); this would have given some justification to their Board's superior attitude.

Posted by SarfBD on (January 28, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

IF South Africa are given a seat in the 'security council' will they oppose the proposal? Such offers will be made to other boards. Now the game will be played again behind curtains and every board should be well aware of it. If one of these four boards (specially CSA) slips, cricket will fall into abyss.

Posted by Pran_BD on (January 28, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

I am surprised about the WI cricket board. From the very first they were against it. They raised their voice very strongly. They arranged an urgent meeting of the board directors by tele-conference. But suddenly what happened to support this?!?

Now this is the right time to be united very strongly of these four boards (BCB, PCB, SLC. CSA). I hope they will definitely do this.

Posted by Testcricketistop on (January 28, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

Great stuff from PCB, CSA, SLC and BCB.

Let's hope they stick to their guns.

Reform is definitely required, but not what the BCCI, CA and ECB suggests.

Posted by Little_Aussie_Battler on (January 28, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

Why is it that 1000s turn up in Dhaka to protest at the proposal draft, yet hardly anyone actually attends the test match?

Do you even really care about the game?

Please start attending matches or it will be gone for all of us.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

It was just confirmed that SLC, CSA, PCB and BCB are the ones opposing this! YES! So happy to see some showing a back bone

Posted by 4cricketluv on (January 28, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

My opinion is that this proposal has tarnished the spirit of the game of cricket and I shall never be able to view the game as before. Any board negotiating or entering into talks with the Big three or ICC about this, will be doing so from a position of weakness. Unless there is majority opposition (all other 7 boards) to this proposal or any changes to it, the Big 3 will always, from now on, have an edge over the other boards like the bully on the school playground. This is not the environment (weaker partners) you want to play any sport as this same attitude can so easily spill over to the spectators of those countries and completely spoil the game.

Whatever the outcome of this, the game will never be the same again and the Big 3 will probably never be looked upon by cricket fans opposed to this, in the same light. Perhaps the solution is a breakaway world body which will have the interest of cricket and it's world expansion at heart!

Posted by HatersAreOrdinary on (January 28, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

look they are still trying to pur icc in their pocket. 3 executive from them and 2 out of 7 countries is non-sense. they can do whatever they want after having all that power. they will bring two tier system after that. icc revamp is not necessary at the moment if these big 3 really thinks icc needs revamp then plz make icc an independent governing body for the sake of the game

Posted by android_user on (January 28, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

asking for a deferral means they are open for talks. it doesnt mean that they are opposing it. most likely these 3 are pcb, slc, and bd or wicb.

they need 3 votes to oppose it. the problem for them will be are they able to stay cornered by opposing this? apart from CSA, rest of the 7 are almost struggling and in loss. they will play this up to public and then in the end may say " larger interest of our country" .

Posted by Pran_BD on (January 28, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Oh.........!!! At last we the Bangladeshi are very happy. BCB President was confused little bit. But the mass people and our Prime Minister were concerned about this.

We can tell that not probably Bangladesh, Definitely Bangladesh with PCB, SL and SA were against it. The mass people of Bangladesh were in road for last two days against it.

Posted by nazirT on (January 28, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

I think all 7 boards should have taken a unanimous decision beforehand..Why only 3 have wriitten...Are the other 4 already in the kitty of BiG3

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

Pakistan's vote is important. I am sadly sure that our Board and some money thirsty politicians would try to cash this immediate gold rain to build personal fortunes no matter it may hurt Pakistan's future as a cricketing nation. Never to trust India that acts like a scorpion that will eventually bite your fist after gaining the much dreamed position in the ICC.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

Please don't do this, for crickets sake, for supporters sake. BCCI, CA, ECB if, demands more money, I think they should get it but not by compromising with the smaller teams who are in need of more money to develop more cricket so that they can compete at least. This proposal is make giants more powerful only. Nowhere in the proposal it is seen that something is for the betterment of the game. This game will loose the credibility and it will be forever gone someday if this implemented.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

@t2_t24/Charindra Chandrasena: after some street protest, Bangladesh cricket board has already said in a local press conference that they will not support the plan no matter what is offered in return.

Posted by android_user on (January 28, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

i am sure these three are pcb.sa and sri lanka . bravo !!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

What's the problem with naming the three boards? I would like the PCB to go with the three, if not already. BCCI will promise a lot, but as always the promises will be just promises and at the end of the day Pakistan will gain nothing. Big Three are intent to distroy the game of cricket and they seem to be succedding in it.

The proposal needs time and discussions. Its revamping of the ICC. How can it be done in just one go. It's not just for the sake of money, but there is more to it.

Posted by t2_t24 on (January 28, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

Four Boards may b Ban, Sl, PAK and SA..Bravo and go ahead.. dont kneel down to t India..Its all about game and sensation not money..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

Pakistan should go in favour of South Africa and fellow Asian countries.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

Could these 3 be SA, Pak and Ban? And the fourth might be SL. Bravo! :)

Posted by Lees_Legends on (January 28, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

Probably Bangladesh, South Africa and Sri Lanka. We've already seen New Zealand and West Indies cave in and Zimbabwe cant lose its only friend in India. Hopefully Pakistan hold out but India can promise them a lot.

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