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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.

Posted by omairhr on (January 29, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

Reminds me of Howarts and Tri-wizard Tournaments.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

This press release is full of lies and anomalies e.g. "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."

In one line it uses the words "equal" and "except". Equal and except can't be used together. If they are equal then there is no except.

Now see these lines "These principles emphasise the primacy of Test cricket " and on another para they say "ICC ODI Champions Trophy will replace the ICC World Test Championship". That sounds very stupid. They are making fool of public.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 29, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

Bilateral agreements are definitely the way to go. Look at how badly it has hurt test cricket to force Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to play lots of cricket against teams that beat them easily. It has not only hurt the two teams who lose again and again and again but it also hurts cricket as a whole, making it an obligation, rather than an experience.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (January 29, 2014, 4:12 GMT)

The vague "opportunity for all Members to play all formats of cricket on merit, with participation based on meritocracy" isn't elaborate enough though the concentration of power and money to the 'big three' is clearly outlined.

Agreed with @Haider Ahad and @AndyZaltzmannsHair. The two-tier system proposal was just the distraction. Unofficially it's already in effect, isn't it? By giving the monkey official power to divide the cake will just aggravate that. The 'big three' have got 100% of what they wanted.

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

What is left to see is that if the 'small seven' find alternate ways to finance themselves other than the 'Test Cricket Fund' and reach or exceeds the number of bilateral matches played by themselves than that of the 'big three'. Otherwise- a slow death for their cricket.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

cricindia4life. that is the smartest comment on this forum. bravo to being one of the first Indian fans to provide a reasonable argument.

Posted by gaindballa on (January 29, 2014, 4:05 GMT)

@ Rajendra rele: Are you kidding me dude Your question is what is bad about this Let me try to answer it. The very idea that one member's vote counts more than another is bad. Saying that I matter more than you ... That's bad. Not to fulfill your commitment to tour other countries .... That's bad. Saying its unanimous when its anything but unanimous .... That's bad. Not being impartial when you are supposed to be ( Issac )..... That's bad Allowing 3 boards to control everything about all decisions... That's bad. Contradictory statements are bad . For example they say they want to establish primacy of test cricket but want to restart champions trophy instead of a test championship.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

but they didn't complete the presidency cycle in which Kamal was supposed to be the president and a PCB guy was supposed to be the VP. All countries had the chance to lead the ICC and when it came Bangladesh and Pakistan they are changing the rules now. BCB and PCB should file a lawsuit and lead the ICC for two years and then changes can take place.

Posted by Spinna on (January 29, 2014, 1:25 GMT)

So meritocracy for players (somehow, through 'opportunity') is fine as a principle. But two five-member committees with only 2 slots unnamed, the other 3 being preset despots? Principles are not outcomes. They are guidelines for doing the right thing. Here, the 'right thing', the success of cricket across the world, is mostly ignored. Only the first point on this list qualifies as being in the best interests of world cricket.

Posted by RossTaylorForCaptain on (January 28, 2014, 23:22 GMT)

@ Rajendra Rele. Did YOU read the above text, Sir? Formation of Executive and Financial committees to provide "leadership" of the game, comprising only five members per committee but compulsorarily including the' Big Three' on each one, allowing them to simply out-vote the other two members at every turn.

Most alarmingly, the statement that there will be the "opportunity" for all members to play all forms of cricket with participation BASED ON MERITOCRACY. In blunter terms, a nation will only get the opportunity to play test cricket if the others deem them worthy. No guarantees that the current test-playing nations would be permitted to play test cricket at all!!

Where would this leave the Windies currently, for example? A case could be made that they don't merit the opportunity to play test cricket currently. Making teams other than the 'Big Three' have to continually justify their right to play international cricket is outrageous! There will always be a team at the bottom.

Posted by Only_Cricket11 on (January 28, 2014, 21:53 GMT)

Absolutely nonsense. My Question who gave the 3 countries right to manage a complete Sport. Cricket is a sport which should not be governed by commercial interest of greedy boards. Do india allow any other board to launch a tornament bigger than IPL on the same dates? Will big three aloow any move from other board which v=could damage their commercial interest. Will International Politics will not become part of ICC decisions after Big 3 having driving seat. Why other nations need to depends on charity given by nations which want to use the game to earn money themselves. THEY DON'T OWN CRICKET. NEITHER OF THEM. This will change cricket into corporate sports rather than sports played on the basis on merits. Pitches on choice, umpires, DRS every thing will be decided by BCCI now?? They already undermine ICC when they played unofficial test match with SA and threaten to fly their team from Australia. Will this give three nations kingship and other a beggar status. Destruction of cricket!

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

today I'm decided i can't watch cricket it's not a gentleman game

Posted by kentjones on (January 28, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

Well it is clear and quite logical now. The more heavily the big three butter the toast, the more crumbs fall for the collection plate of the other seven. How reasonable and equitable is that. Everybody gets a share of the bread, so no reason to complain is there?

Posted by sunthehottest on (January 28, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

i disagree with the bi-lateral agreements. ICC should make a compulsory decision for all test playing nations to play minimum 4 Home and Away test in a 1 calender year.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

Amazed that people here havent read the text above, how is it bad, India , England and Australia will PAY other full members to develop test cricket, what more do you want, Associate surpluses will go to non-full members, all members get to play all formats..no downgrading...how is this bad, mutually agreed bilateral series aligned to the ICC commercial cycle.. so the best touring decisions are made and they take advantage of ICC rights...what is bad in all this....people here are either biased or dont understand what is written and the blind hatred against India is now becoming laughable with these people only showing their ignorance....

Posted by KricketWicket on (January 28, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

They way our bowlers are getting hammered last few years, I would like assurance from the BCCI that all the extra cash they get will be diverted to develop the pace bowling talent in India. Otherwise, there wont be any revenue to show. We will just keep loosing and fans like me will just loose interest in supporting this team. I hate to say this, but - Tigers at home & lambs abroad -seems like an apt description of the Indian cricket team.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Really disappointed. Due to all commercialization & heavy influences of individual Cricket Boards; Cricket, a gentleman's game no more :-(

Posted by cricindia4life on (January 28, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

That the ICC needs a restructure is a given. For the most part, the principles listed here are actually not that bad for cricket. A couple of things I'd change: the mutually-determined bilateral agreements need to meet a minimum requirement of 4 home and 4 away test matches with every full member over a period of the agreement (8 years). And get rid of the ExCo and have a simple voting system with the 10 full members and 1 rep for the associates.

Posted by Pippy_the_dog on (January 28, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

The big 3 have basically reluctantly given away a few crumbs. They have delayed pushing this through in the hope we'll all get bored. All true cricket fans need to find ways to keep up pressure on their respective boards.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

The only thing conceded by the big three in this release is immunity from relegation. The rest is diplomatic legalese which means the same as original proposals.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

This is totally disappointing for ICC as an international organization ,,,,, India, Australia and England becomes undefeated winner. Its become a gambling nomore a game of gentlemen game.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

"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)."

This point is a real area of concern for me. It means BIG"BULLY"3 playing each other and rest of boards getting blackmailed.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

its more like a bargaining and these principles agreed have many questionable things in them. Most important change was 2 tier test structure which is not here.

Posted by asim.ashraf on (January 28, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

This is very disappointing. The only positive I can see in the points above is the removal of clause regarding immunity to big 3 from relegation. Besides that, the remaining 7 members have almost conceded everything the big 3 asked for with meaningless changes. For example, what difference would it make if the proposed Executive Committee comprise of 5 members and not 4. Big 3 would still enjoy majority being permanent members in the ExCo and will possess VETO authority. Bear in mind this ExCo will replace the current Executive Board which comprise of 10 full members and none of them enjoy VETO. I am really disappointed.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

Very disappointing set of principles. This in effect says that the BCCI, ECB and CA can run the ICC as their own fiefdom. They will lay down the law and they will divvy up the loot. They will throw some bones of indeterminate value to the other countries if they're feeling generous but the time for equality and fairness is over. Old masters are joining up with the new powers to control the fortunes of weaker nations once more. Anyone who thought our civilization had evolved beyond the point of the powerful always oppressing the weak, now knows that the new dawn looks exactly like the old one. England and Australia and India all take pride in being very democratic peoples, but seeing how eager they are to join India in their merry takeover of the cricketing world, it is clear that they would oppress and they would victimize anyone in the world if they thought they could get away with it.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (January 28, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Cricket has been taken hostage by the big 3 and for me there is no question of such a position paper being accepted. If ICC has wee bit of self-respect then I think that not only should this position paper be refused but those officials who proposed it and are putting pressure on other boards either through bullying them or enticing them to accept it should be removed from their positions of authority. I would ideally want the big 3 to be taught a lesson that nothing is bigger than the game so that no one in the future tries to do something similar but I don't think the ICC has the guts to do that.

Posted by Samdanh on (January 28, 2014, 16:00 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. Bravo - BCCI, India Version!

Posted by bleedingice on (January 28, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

i dont see what the ruckus was about, there are some really good proposals made in this draft which will help all teams unvolved

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

So with the BCCI taking the lead, who gonna guard the guard, I ask?

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (January 28, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

Most of what we all feared was agreed upon. More power to the big three, especially India without any real oversight. More money for the big three at the expense of smaller nations. ICC events to be dominated by the big three. And no more Test Championship, gets replaced by the rinky dinky Champions Trophy. Shame.

Posted by Dirk_L on (January 28, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

When you analyze those principles one by one, you find that the only concessions seem to be: two-tier system out; subsidizing of Test cricket outside Big 3 not differentiated further. Still in place are: permanently entrenched majority of Big 3 in the controlling bodies; chairmanship shared out between only Big 3 for the next two years at least; more money to Big 3 via some nebulous calculation of contribution; no central FTP management; pre-eminence of BCCI guaranteed. There are no details on the high-sounding "opportunity for all Members to play all formats of cricket on merit". There is absolutely nothing to stop the Big-3 dominated committees to manipulate these principles to achieve exactly what the original proposals would.

Posted by acidrainBD on (January 28, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

what I understood to read thz article " Recognition of the need for strong LEADERSHIP of the ICC! " means giving autocratic power to BCCI !!! actually I dont wanna put all my EGGS in one basket! how arrogant thz proposal is ! I cannt even imagine!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

BCCI is enemy of Cricket.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (January 28, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

Why should BCCI be given central leadership role? I just don't understand that point being supported unanimously. ICC should take the central leadership and not any cricket playing nation. If ICC can't take the central leadership role then what is its purpose. I am utterly disappointed by Mr. Issac's comment where he clearly mentions asking BCCI, CA and ECB to work out a plan to improve the commercial and financial aspects of the game. ICC itself should have made such a plan without any bias. ICC clearly needs a revamp but not the one suggested by the big 3. A toothless ICC needs to be replaced by a strong governing body which looks after the interest of cricket and not any cricket board.

Posted by British_North_America on (January 28, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

Thanks Cricinfo, you are a pionner of that success.Thanks to BCB too to show spine.Now, BCB don't say that Bangladesh is unsafe.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

In this way this lovely game of cricket is going to be finished soon...no one will likeit anymore

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:19 GMT)


They way in which the Big3 secretly drafted and presented the Position Paper, invited criticism and bashing.

Otherwise most of the points can be discussed like

* new financial sharing formula * two tiers for test including relegation & promotion (without any exception) * new executive structure for better functioning of ICC

it wud be better if in future such changes are discussed openly bw all full members instead secretly by few boards

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

@Mythh: It's because of 'rest of the boards' stance that made the big 3 talking sense all of a sudden

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

If this happened.it will be the END of this lovely game.everyone whom involved to this stupid proposal have to worry soon.

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

There are good points but still this draft need some improvements and make the members selection transparent and a process must be in place instead of some permanent members

Posted by Neel_123 on (January 28, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

Great news. After this 'draft leaking episode', BCCI would be in a much better position to know who its 'real' friends are!

FTP being bi-lateral arrangement, Game will now be truly ON!

Posted by Mythh on (January 28, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

There was Unnecessary Bashing of Big 3 going on, however the above Points look Encouraging and Kudos to BCCI, ECB and CA for coming together, rest of Boards should keep aside there egos and work together to encourage the game.

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