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Full text of media release after ICC Board meeting on January 28

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January 28, 2014

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First day of ICC Board meeting concludes with unanimous support for key principles.

The first day of the International Cricket Council's Board meetings concluded in Dubai today with unanimous support for a set of principles relating to the future structure, governance and financial models of the ICC.

The ICC Board unanimously supported the following principles:

  • There will be an opportunity for all Members to play all formats of cricket on merit, with participation based on meritocracy; no immunity to any country, and no change to membership status.

  • A Test Cricket Fund paid equally on an annual basis to all Full Members (except the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board) will be introduced to encourage and support Test match cricket.

  • A larger percentage from the increasing Associate Members' surplus will be distributed to the higher performing non-Full Members.

  • Mutually agreed bi-lateral FTP Agreements which will be legally binding and bankable and will run for the same period as the ICC commercial rights cycle (2015-2023).

  • Recognition of the need for strong leadership of the ICC, involving leading Members, which will involve BCCI taking a central leadership responsibility.

  • A need to recognise the varying contribution of Full Members to the value of ICC events through the payment of 'contribution costs'.

  • The establishment of an Executive Committee (ExCo) and Financial & Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA) to provide leadership at an operational level, with five members, including BCCI, CA and ECB representatives. Anybody from within the Board can be elected to Chair the Board and anybody from within ExCo and F&CA can be elected to Chair those Committees. With the ICC undergoing a transitional period that includes a new governance structure and media rights cycle, this leadership will be provided for two years from June 2014 by: a BCCI representative to Chair the ICC Board, a CA representative to Chair the ExCo and an ECB representative to Chair the F&CA.

  • A new company will be incorporated to tender future commercial rights for ICC events. There will be three major ICC events in each four-year cycle, including the ICC Champions Trophy which will replace the ICC World Test Championship.

  • ICC will utilise a more efficient operating model for all ICC events, with a simplified accounting model across ICC income and expenditure to help better manage ICC administrative and event costs.

ICC President Alan Isaac said: "This is an important time for world cricket and it is extremely encouraging that the ICC Board has unanimously supported a set of far-reaching principles that will underpin the long-term prosperity of the global game.

"These principles emphasise the primacy of Test cricket and that for the first time in cricket's history participation will be based entirely on meritocracy, giving everyone powerful incentives to play better cricket and develop better cricketers.

"There is more work to be done by the Members in developing their schedules of bilateral cricket while at the ICC we need to work through the detail of the manner in which these principles will be implemented.

"Extensive work will now be undertaken in advance of a follow-up Board meeting next month."

Mr Isaac also expressed his disappointment with the misconceptions that had been created as a result of a draft position paper produced by three ICC Members being leaked.

"Several months ago I encouraged BCCI, CA and ECB to enter into a constructive dialogue together to help resolve some of the key commercial and governance issues facing the game. These leading cricket nations have worked tirelessly to produce a document which provided the basis for the past few weeks of extremely constructive discussions.

"It is obviously very disappointing that a draft position paper from these Members was leaked as this prompted a debate that ignored the ongoing negotiations between all Members and led to unwarranted criticism of many of those involved in the process.

"The principles agreed today provide clear evidence that through the course of further discussions over the coming weeks we can be increasingly confident in achieving consensus."

David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive, added: "An enormous amount of effort has gone into developing a comprehensive set of proposals that include input from all Members.

"The Board has held some very constructive, inclusive, wide-ranging and far-reaching discussions and I am looking forward to bringing to fruition some of the principles that have been proposed and accepted in relation to the cricketing structures of the global game."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

if they do come in control and fix all the problems i will support this and so will others and it will give the big three an huge advantage but no one would care because everything will be running better then now. maybe cricket will spread out more like soccer or basketball and that would make the game much more interesting.

but i think its not even the boards who are bulling its other people more powerful then the boards and addicts not addicts of cricket but off money and power. and they will not only kill the game but also leave many hearts broken but what do they care, all they care about is money and power these kind of people could hurt any one for money and power. cricket will lose fans and and its own heart. as for chairmans like these should be put behind bars. i hope the small three would stick together because in reality they will be the big three if they do to such cheap and sick kind of boards and people who think everything can be owned this is like buying supremecourt

Posted by SyBorgg71 on (January 29, 2014, 22:59 GMT)

I think we have seen the last SA vs. IND tour for a very very long time. Without FTP's neither board will be able to come to any sort of bilateral agreement. For that matter, India will never play an away test again...why should they. Once given the power to pick and choose who and where to play they have no reason to leave home.

Absolutely disgusting. I hope that at least 3 of the boards see the truth when it comes to voting time. Shoot this proposal down and burn it. I have no problem with income split according to contributions, but 80% is absolute rubbish. It takes 2 to tango. India should play with itself and then claim 100%.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 21:36 GMT)

No disrespect to anyone here.

But if I am running BCCI, why do i care about ICC. BCCI has established IPL as the most profitable tournament. Why not make IPL 5-6 months long same as NBA/NFL seasons in USA. If I am BCCI, i dont need noise. I have an empire (IPL) and i can grow it exponentially!! The foreign crickets will come and play for full season in IPL given the money IPL offers !! Right?

If I am BCCI, this is an opportunity to think big instead of committing to 2015-to-2023 years to ICC. !!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:34 GMT)

@Nasim_Ahmed "It is obviously very disappointing that a draft position paper from these Members was leaked..." - ha, ha, please spare the farce!

This was leaked purposefully to see the reaction. They give damn to the reaction of the people. The action from big 3 is just **my way high way** .

Posted by fzsTrio on (January 29, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

It seems that ICC is subordinated entity to BCCI, CA, and the ECB. Why not abolish ICC and let the infamous Big 3 rule the world. Flip a coin and choose a world champions. Oh! one more thing: please seek advice from the Big-3 who they want to be the number one team.

Posted by Twinkie on (January 29, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

The statement from the ICC seems to be an attempt to save face and cover up. This was bullying, plain and simple by those three boards. The original proposals were not of the sort that members committed to cricket development worldwide would present at the behest of the ICC. These were demands made purely for self-intersest. The new proposals are virtually the same and will not fool the discerning. We the real fans of cricket may not be able to change the decisions of these myopic people beforehand but we can make them reverse them afterwards by boycotting cricket and cooking their goose. My stove is already on! I have no idea who won the England/Aussie T20. Don't know. Don't care.

Posted by T.O.T on (January 29, 2014, 7:35 GMT)

Mr. Ozcricketwriter: Do you know how long it took India to win it's first test match? Only 20 years. Not surprised! I have something more for you. In its first fifty years of international cricket, India was one of the weakest teams in international cricket, winning only 35 of the 196 Test matches it played during the period.

Look at the Indian cricket team now; it is perhaps one of the finest teams in the world line up backed by a nation that takes cricket as part of its religion!

It is just a matter of time when not only the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, but also teams like Afghanistan and Ireland will be reaching up to semi finals and finals of world cups and winning the cup as well.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (January 29, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

Effectively, it means that BCCI, CA and ECB are in charge of the game now. Welcome to the new Imperial Cricket Conference.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

New Cricket Order,draconian laws of Big3 are not acceptable,its a slow death of cricket for their lovers.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

New Cricket Order,draconian laws of Big3 are not acceptable,its a slow death of cricket for their lovers.

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