ICC revamp

Boards to discuss revised proposals

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 28, 2014

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Ugra: Real negotiating on proposals starts now

Changes from original proposals

  • 1. Original Two-tiers with promotion and relegation of Nos 9 &10 ranked team, with BCCI, CA & ECB exempt from relegation.
  • New principle 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.
  • 2. Original Creation of a Test Cricket fund to be distributed among BCB, ZC, NZC, SLC, PCB and WICB.
  • New principle Test Cricket fund money to be available to South Africa as well
  • 3. Original An Executive Committee (ExCo) to have four members, include three permanent representatives from CSA, BCCI and ECB who would share an annual rotating chairmanship.
  • New principle The establishment of an ExCo and Financial & Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA) to provide leadership at an operational level, with five members, including BCCI, CA and ECB representatives.

After days of hectic lobbying and bargaining the ICC board settled for a period of consultation and discussion over a set of principles which, if approved, will grant the BCCI, the ECB and CA a bigger share of cricket's global revenues and a bigger control of the game's governance.

An ICC press release announced a set of principles which were described as "unanimously supported." There were concessions granted to the other seven member nations, in the shape of the abolition of the two-tier concept which would have relegated Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to the lower division, the expansion of the proposed Executive Committee from four to five and money from a newly-created Test Match Fund expanded to include South Africa, unlike in the draft proposal which had left them out.

The draft proposals, put together by a working group of the Financial & Commercial Affairs committee of the ICC, were not put to vote following resolute opposition from a group of members who insisted on further deliberations. Hours after the ICC's press release, four boards sought to clarify their stance in the light of the statement about "unanimous support" for the principles.

One official, representing one of the other seven boards, said the term "unanimous" support was a "misleading" one. "We were offered amended terms and we will take them back to our Board and discuss it - there is nothing more to our position."

The one principle that made a specific reference to an actual change in the ICC's structure pertained to three key positions: the chairmen of the ICC itself, its new Executive Committee and the Finance & Commercial Affairs committee.

The ICC release stated that because it was "undergoing a transitional period that includes a new governance structure and media rights cycle" the "leadership" in these positions would be divided as follows: "a BCCI representative to chair of the ICC Board, a CA representative to Chair the ExCo and an ECB representative to Chair the F&CA." The release stated that, "this leadership will be provided for two years from June 2014" onwards. It also stated that, "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."

The list of principles presented during the meeting for discussion covered each of the five "resolution" areas originally meant to be distributed among the seven member nations. These included the introduction of "meritocracy, a reworking of the FTP, the ICC's corporate structure, constitutional amendments, as well as changes in governance."

The first sign of any opposition to the "position paper" came late on Monday, when the representatives of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa asked for a deferral of the proposals, after which Bangladesh became the first board to formally communicate to the ICC on Tuesday that it was "against" the proposal.

According to one insider, none of the Big Three pressed for voting, "since they knew that a vote wouldn't be feasible", adding: "The next round of negotiations, read bargaining, begins now." A follow-up meeting will be held to discuss the proposals again next month.

A few hours after the ICC sent its press release, the PCB issued a statement saying, "no decision with regard to any proposed changes as per the Position Paper submitted by BCCI, CA and ECB have been made in today's ICC Board meeting. The PCB clearly stated at the meeting that the guiding principles were subject to PCB's Governing Board's approval. These matters will be placed before the BOG (board of governors) and thereafter PCB will take its position at the next ICC Board meeting."

CSA also sent out a release to "clarify" the ICC's statement, and said its board would meet soon to discuss the principles. "The support is subject to the approval of the respective Boards of the member countries after which a final decision will be taken at a follow-up ICC Board meeting on February 8," the release said.

In a statement from the BCB, acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhary said, "We have communicated to the ICC Board that the BCB will not endorse any proposal that compromises Bangladesh's full member rights in terms of status and participation. We respect the views of the member countries who have expressed similar sentiments."*

Sri Lanka Cricket's statement followed shortly after, which said, that at the meeting, "revised position papers were forwarded taking in to deliberation the concerns faced by the member nations, for the consideration of ICC as opposed to the original position paper circulated among the full member nations." SLC president, Jayantha Dharmadasa, it said, had "informed the ICC (of) the need for further discussions on the matter pertaining to the revised position papers with the (SLC's) Executive Committee prior to arriving at a decision in this regard."

Another official from one of the seven boards was pleased a final decision was deferred. "It is a big thing that we managed to have the resolution to not go through."

The ICC sought to redress the impression that there was a contradiction between its statements and those of the dissenting boards. Its procedures mean that the distance to be covered between a set of agreed principles turning into actions can be considerable.

The ICC press release quoted president Alan Isaac as saying: "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."

Isaac was hopeful that an agreement could be reached soon. "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."

January 28, 2014, 5.45pm: The BCB's original statement had read: "Bangladesh was the only full member nation to take a stand on this issue" before the board amended it

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Posted by mahapa on (January 30, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

Shame on big three as they do not others to grow.Had I been there, iwould have rather preferred to play with street teams than these three. whwre is the humanity of english leaving aside india.The rule of Great Aklexander did not last long how will these three continue with this character. Alas! why is not great gavaskar there and standing by poor BD'S SLCB AND PC.

Posted by Udendra on (January 30, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

@Mythh : yes, you are very correct. SL fans are disgusted with SLC.

Posted by Sal76 on (January 29, 2014, 22:16 GMT)

The most important aspect for the success of cricket in this day and age is the bottom line. Unfortunately, BCCI, ECB and CA have the best grip on the bottom line. If they are put in charge of governing the bottom line, which apparently they were through the F&CA committee, they were likely to seek more power, which they did. Right or wrong, is not for me to judge and m y opinion won't affect the outcome.

As far as the FTP is concerned, I agree with a bunch of radical comments made however, considering that Indian tours have saved many of the boards from bankruptcy, what's wrong with giving BCCI the autonomy to pick and choose. They saved you in the past, and if you are cosy with them, they'll save you again. The former Canadian PM once said about the US - "Whether we like it or not, the Americans are our best friends". This is true for all boards with respect to the BCCI - whether you like it or not, BCCI is your best friend, if you choose survival over pride.....cont....

Posted by Sal76 on (January 29, 2014, 22:05 GMT)

There are 3 key aspects that govern the success or failure of a spectator sport - 1) Talent - if there was no talent, the sport wouldn't be as exciting. How strong was cricket viewership in India prior to the Sachin era? 2)Viewership - talent brings spectators, i.e., viewers. What is a spectator sport without spectators? The age old "if a tree fell in the forest did it make a noise if there was no one around to hear it" reference is highly appropriate. 3)Money - without money, you can't have any sport. You need money to build stadia, maintain them; you need money to pay players so they can pursue cricket as a full time vocation, as a profession, a career; you need money to send Srinivasan to Dubai so he can bully the ICC (yeah I know low blow); etc. etc. Most ICC member nations, have Talent, some viewership but very little money and we have seen the direction it has taken them....(cont)...

Posted by cric_fan123 on (January 29, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

@IPSY - Are you even serious? India was the first team to play with Bangladesh. I am sure many would have accused BCCI of engineering no.1 test team if they played with BD more (hint: both countries have dry wickets). Everyone shouts India should play England, SA, Aus more and prove themselves as no. 1 but when they do, they are playing for more money? So its like saying Heads I win, tails you lose.

That said, the proposal from BCCI, CA and ECB was bad on the front that they wanted veto power and immunity from relegation. Those are things I disagree with, if you play badly, you will be relegated there is no dictatorship, simple as that.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

It might be a hard pill to swallow, because the greed of individual players will demand more and more. But think about what would happen to India, Australia and England, if the rest decided that they would rather have democracy with a little less money for a short period, than to be controlled by the big 3 forever. How long would the fans in the big 3 flock to stadiums to see their team play the other two, especially when their team is at the bottom. There two ways to deal with bullies, continue to take the beating, or fight back.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

Its happening like that only like a 2 tier system. India played recently ag Eng and Aus and got thrashed 0-4 in both series and again they are going to play England and Aus this year. When they wil play against SL,Bang,Zim,WI and not to mention Pakistian(banned conutry by BCCI) . So it means that BCCI has already started 2 tier system and Indian team is suffering with continuous losses and unable to get back to track by getting winning movementum...

Posted by Twinkie on (January 29, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

I have never seen India as "THE ENEMY" and I am certainly not a hater. I am simply someone who believes that respect is due to all people. I love the diversity of the world and the different cultures. I recognise all that is good and bad about these cultures. I have no dream of dominating anyone and will not bow to anyone. I have always fought against injusyice and will continue to fight until death. If the WICB bows to this takeover and the demands by these disrespectful people are met I will painfully give up cricket as my heart will no longer be in it. All these people talking about having no choice but to bow to BCCI should remember that the world can survive without cricket. It just won't be as much fun!

PS to" India rules everyone". As you should know from your history, empires rise and fall. The shoe has been on the other foot before and probably will be again.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

@mm7111 this is not just money sharing issue. if it was just money they would have come up with a different proposal that would have made sure big 3 are getting their proper share. it is more about controlling ICC. the big three want to control ICC with only their representatives on key ICC positions, deciding who will paly against whom, where the tournaments will be held, etc. If all the key events are going to held in the big 3 countries how other boards are going to make money. if all big team are not going play with other teams how cricket is going to become popular in those countries..

Posted by IPSY on (January 29, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

As simple and insignificant as the Future Tours Plan (FTP) might be in this whole matter, we all may not realise that clarity on its future position in the mix of things is about the most important issue that determines whether or not Test Cricket as an international sport of some merit would survive. Because, if the FTP is scrapped and countries are allowed the bilateral route in planning all of their test commitments, can anyone tell me when a country like Afghanistan for example, would ever play its first test match? Who are going to be willing to go to Afghanistan to play, or would invite them to play in their backyards? In other words how are they going to convince anybody that they're ready to play test cricket? Or, when India is only prepared (because of their bilateral privileges) to invite Australia or England to play and only take their invitation to tour; and England and Australia do the same thing, is there still going to be a ranking system? There are so many questions.

Posted by Atish_Man on (January 29, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

@mm7111 cant agree more mate. However u wont get an answer for any question. Most of these people take easy route of internet than hard route of going to stadiums even if matches r in their city. I think if these supporters had shown their supoort for their team in stadiums then we would not have seen this situation. Also other boards are just made to look like heros. Infact they have presented themselves as horses for sale and have asked more time to bargain.

Posted by mm7111 on (January 29, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

This entire dispute is over money & BCCI's share. What's so earth-shattering when the person contributing 80% to the coffers asks for a 20% share? Why all this chest beating? Why cant cricket be so popular in BD/ NZ/ SL/ Pak/WI/ SA that they can generate their own money & not depend on BCCI? Why do we see the finest all rounder of all time playing his last test in his hometown in an empty stadium? For all Pakistan team's popularity, why are the Dubai stadiums empty? Why cant a BD team still beat other teams? Why are West Indian kids more attracted to Basketball & athletics than cricket?

Posted by cerratic on (January 29, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

"Democracy" is a word always touted by England,Australia, India in a political context. Yet when it comes to cricket "Dictatorship" seems to be the reigning principle. India has thwarted several ICC proposals, incl. DRS, for a along time and continues to flex its newly acquired financial muscle to bully the ICC & other members.

Posted by mzm149 on (January 29, 2014, 11:12 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa: It had already been run by the Indians for quite a while. Its just that have written it in words. The original position paper has been moulded rather euphemistically even though the outcomes might be the same. The resolution has almost been passed without any voting.

One thing will be for sure with this overhaul. We would get to see less Indian whitewashes because they will play (mostly??) on their home grounds. Forget DRS, fast and bouncy tracks and fair umpiring. We will see South African cricketing stars more in IPL than in quality international cricket.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 29, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

It is better for other countries to accept the suggestions from big 3. You cannot stand without the help from rich boards - thats a fact!

Posted by 4cricketluv on (January 29, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

As much as I love cricket, I wish for the fall of the ICC and its favoured "big 3". This whole debacle has killed the spirit of the game and I wish for a new cricket world body to be established, like many other on this forum have wished for. India, England, Australia and its seventh state, New Zealand can get together and play each other till the end of time. Under the ICC expansion of the game has stalled. If India is making the most money of all the cricket boards, I think they are entitled to that money to do as they wish; how dare they give money to help expand the game to other countries!

Posted by crangs81 on (January 29, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

Martin Snedden has as much as admitted NZ would be worse off financially under the new proposals but still acting like a 'Big 3' cheerleader. He needs to be focusing his attention on domestic issues such as making Plunket Shield a better enviroment for breeding the current, next and future generations of test cricketer to be world beaters as our 8th position in the rankings is just desserts for all the two test series we've been playing for so long.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

I did not buy any ticket to watch cricket of England or Australia. They are not that much popular to most of the cricket loving nations. Yes some people watch their game while they play with Pakistan, Srilanka, South Africa. BD supporters only watch their game when they play with Bangladesh. So, funny trio of Aus, Eng, and India would be a great failure. I know there are some people who likes big teams to be defeated to Bangladesh if the country playing against Bangladesh is not their own. Bangladesh has a very good supporter base as they make upset quiet regularly and destroy tournament equation. All big teams have BD fans to destroy other rivals.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

It's a shameful development to say the least. Capitalism in cricket will ruin this sport

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

Without the support of Big 3.. even the ICC & Rest of the Nations AIC will collapse... whole world wants to watch these Big 3 playing with other countries. I think ICC should agree with proposal.

Mythh: Thank you for the comment... SL, SA & Pak are desperate to play with India.. so that their Boards make profit.

Posted by aniltjoseph on (January 29, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

In am of the opinion that of the surplus made by ICC, only a miniscule amount should be given to any of the Boards. In fact, the majority of the surplus should be spent on Associate and Affiliate countries, so that the game can truly develop around the world. The test playing nations should market the game in their own countries and make money through sale of TV rights, etc.

While the BCCI/ ECB/ CA are being shamelessly greedy, I also think CSA/ PCB/ SLC/ WICB should stop trying to financially survive of the Indian sponsor's and fan's love for the game. Its high time these Boards did something to promote the game. Support for Test cricket is virtually dead in these countries and their Boarsd are not doing a thing. The money made from the Indian cricket fan's love for the game should definitely not be used to subsidize CSA/ PCB, etc. but to spread the game

Posted by Night_Fury on (January 29, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

To all those who are saying that Indians will get bored seeing INDIA AUS and ENG, need to re-think. Considering the fact that NZ and WI will also come with the trio, i am more than happy to see tournaments with these 5 countries. I think it would be better for cricket (ideally SA should also be part of this, even being indian, i like them). I any way like watching matches held in AUS NZ and ENG so who cares.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 29, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

Hi, I am Saffa fan. Can someone please explain what this means and the outcome? Does it mean that cricket is now run by Indians? Please confirm.

Posted by Garang321 on (January 29, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

I am highly supporting this suggestion, Well said by Rizcorpio. QUOTE I propose the following: Form a new AIC (Association of International Cricket) with the countries of Bang, SL, Pak, SA, WI, Zim, plus strong associates like Afg, Ire, Ned, Nep, UAE, Hong K, Ken, etc. Let the Other 3 plus their sycophant NZ play among themselves, find out how fun that would be, let them count their new found money, see how much they've lost, until they learn to respect others in EQUAL footing for them to be reconsidered into AIC. Long live Cricket..... UNQUOTE.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

I thought Cricket will leave Football behind in popularity someday but after watching this kind of Managment they will never going to get any more popularity infact they will lose cricket viewers who loves an underdog team to beat the top ranked teams. and it starts from me right now back to watching football again FIFA is thousand times better than ICC.

Posted by tanoli991 on (January 29, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

Gud job done by pcb and zaka ashrif india on backfoot now what a shame document 3b presented in icc

Posted by Triple MY on (January 29, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

Dear friends! look what actually they want to create by launching this new so called proposal, they just wanted to create unesainess amongst the other cricketing nations. Kepp in minds the next worldcup, by doing so they will do nothing but to undermine a new conspiracy theory to divert the attentions towards their actual goal, which will be revealed soon after the next seesion of ICC. Equality is the first and foremost right for every human and nation. This is a great manifestation of great superiority complex. Stand up for the game not for the dictating cricket organization, shame for them to present such a ridiulous idea from these three boards even after knowing that their own people are against it. Football is the most popular game in the world, we never heard anything like this from them.

Posted by Rizcorpio on (January 29, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

I too, propose the following: "Form a new AIC (Association of International Cricket) with the countries of Bang, SL, Pak, SA, WI, Zim, plus strong associates like Afg, Ire, Ned, Nep, UAE, Hong K, Ken, etc. Let the Other 3 plus their sycophant NZ play among themselves, find out how fun that would be, let them count their new found money, see how much they've lost, until they learn to respect others in EQUAL footing for them to be reconsidered into AIC...... Long live Cricket.....

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 7:36 GMT)

India anything can do for money. they always creating stupid ideas for money.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

Well the world of cricket is left with two options now, either forget about this newly created rubbish by the "Only three" and stick to what it is with some amendments pertaining to equal rights for the members involved.... Or the second more suitable alternative for the rest of the cricketing world is, if the "only three" sticks to their rubbish kinda Formula... Forming a governing body for themselves which should include Pak,SA,SL,BD,Ken,ZIM,SCOT,NED,AFG at the first stage and a tournament should be arranged to convey to the "only three" a very strong message and later on more cricketing nations should be invited and, rest assured this will turn into as strong an organization as FIFA... And the "only three" cannot play world cup among themselves... Worldcup is Going to be ours

Posted by golamsarwar on (January 29, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

Well said JohnSnider. Let these three birds flying by themselves and rest of the world will watching them from their roof. Just one thing is bothering me, why the players did not come forward to take a stand with the game of cricket? Except the captain of Bangladesh that Mushi showed some guts.

Posted by T.O.T on (January 29, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

I fully support the following suggestion put forth by i_amVIVA

QUOTE I propose the following: Form a new AIC (Association of International Cricket) with the countries of Bang, SL, Pak, SA, WI, Zim, plus strong associates like Afg, Ire, Ned, Nep, UAE, Hong K, Ken, etc. Let the Other 3 plus their sycophant NZ play among themselves, find out how fun that would be, let them count their new found money, see how much they've lost, until they learn to respect others in EQUAL footing for them to be reconsidered into AIC. Long live Cricket..... UNQUOTE

Let us make the so-called BIG 3 the ONLY 3. Their joy will live shorter than Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket adventure, as their own people will revolt against them.

Posted by Mythh on (January 29, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

Any SLC supporters? if you reading this then ask your Cricket Board how much BCCI helped them to rebuild your Cricket Stadium after Tsunami Hit, also the only reason India Play Lanka so much so that they can generate Revenue so SLC can get some kind grant and Survive.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

By the way, what does "BIG" mean when it comes to cricket?

Posted by Night_Fury on (January 29, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

Being Indian Fan, i think BCCI will make sure that its favourable to us. Now look at extreme, what will happen if India cuts from ICC and CA and ECB follows. I am sure NZ will also follow. What if these 4 countries make a different board and play among each other? What will happen to WICB, SLC, BCB, PCB, ZC and SA? WI is more or less with BCCI. PCB is in tatters. Nobody wants to play in Pak and we are fed up of Dubai. So they will give in easily as well. Do you think SL and CSA will have any option other than joining us and eventually BCB will be in 3rd tier. This may Pan out.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

Wow, Wow & more Wow I can't believe that the big 3 didnn't want to give SA any money at all??? The no: 1 Team in Tests for like the last 2 or 3 years & they didn't want to give then any money. This became a personal issue with SA the same as it is with Pakistan...it's very juvenile & should be kept out of sport.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

I am a fan Of cricket from a Cricketing Nation which No One Cares about... I just Want to say that i will Stop Following Cricket and Playing Cricket and i will make sure That People Who are In my Circle Must Do that Too.. ICC Has made so Many mistakes in The past and i Think this is best of the lot and i am sure they will get a Huge Criticism From fans across The World...my Request to all Fans of Cricket that Why we will Follow a game Which Will be Run by a Governing Body not Trust Worthy... so That will be the best answer to them who want to rule the world of cricket... STOP FOLLOWING CRICKET !

Posted by i_amVIVA on (January 29, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

I propose the following: Form a new AIC (Association of International Cricket) with the countries of Bang, SL, Pak, SA, WI, Zim, plus strong associates like Afg, Ire, Ned, Nep, UAE, Hong K, Ken, etc. Let the Other 3 plus their sycophant NZ play among themselves, find out how fun that would be, let them count their new found money, see how much they've lost, until they learn to respect others in EQUAL footing for them to be reconsidered into AIC. Long live Cricket.....

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

If NZ supports this then we must be brain-dead. Sadly NZ has this juvenile desire to be liked by anybody with power and money. We won't do or say anything that offends the high and mighty. I hope the countries damaged by the plan oppose it to oblivion. Unfortunately NZ has no courage to support you. I am Ashamed!!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

Already the game of Cricket has finished it is sad to see the double standards of ICC the made cricket too commercial and the real cricket talent is suffering at the end of the day Money comes first and the game and the talent comes at the end shame on ICC for doing this...Already the Indian Board has made a mockery of the game with making it commercial and sad to see that esp the English and the Australian board is supporting them that's a bigger shame for both the boards and to their nation....RIP Cricket

Posted by heathrf1974 on (January 29, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

Maybe the four dissenting nations could push for a clause to the proposal 'that after four years if revenues from the ICC to their respective boards has not increased then the idea of BCCI, CA and ECB running the game should be scraped/revised.'

Posted by heathrf1974 on (January 29, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

I really hope the relegation two tier concept gets removed. Cricket is not strong enough to support a second tier.

Posted by JohnSnider on (January 29, 2014, 5:08 GMT)

Yes, cricket is heading towards T20 only. Even 50/50 is totally useless, . . Thanks to 16 year old Shahid Afridi 36 Ball century. He changed the world.

There should be two Governing Organizations #1 WCO ( world Cricket Order include Pak,, SA. SL, BD WI, and other #2 for India, England and Australia only . These three countries should not be allowed to play first organization.

First org must not not for money but for cricket and spectators fun so they should invite immediately Afghanistan, HK. Ireland, Scotland, Kenya, china, Japan,USA, Canada, .etc. Let whole world join . All games would be called WW 111 league. All new countries has level playing field , one good player can win for any country . Original countries should be allowed to purchase cricketers from anywhere accept the three countries.This way

Secondary group can play Test and ODI or T20 whatever they like. They would be given total freedom of any kind they want and that should be with ICC

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

i am agree with the alternative term "The Only Three" rather then"The Big Three" why don't rest of poor nation country form there own board . i think people will enjoy more in cricket world cup of 5 countries rather then three countries.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 4:26 GMT)

How the hell big 3 can think that their national teams will be consistent enuf to retain the top spots after showing dismal performance on away tours?? Australia r not gud in India, England has just been crushed in Aus n poor India has not won any ODI or Test series while touring overseas since 2010.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

This proposal already killed the sprite of Cricket. If this sort of thing adopted globalization of Cricket will be buried.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

I think PCB,ECB,WCB,BCB,and other board except india,england and aus have made their own cricket company and leave big 3.it is simple.arrange their own schedule and leagues.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 3:11 GMT)

People who are speaking about human rights, Don't know about equal rights.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 3:03 GMT)

To avoid Two-tier ICC can organise test competition every year in those countries (so called big three) where they all will be financially benefited. That way ICC will gain global sponsorship. All teams also will get fair chance to play test cricket every year.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 2:38 GMT)

This should be stopped. Why on Earth ECB and CA is supporting these loggerheads ? Alone BCCI can't do anything. No one will spend a penny to see their players or their game. If that would have been the scenario, then many would have turned into their domestic tournaments. Boycott IPL and BCCI and its power will rest in peace.

Posted by P.BIPULKUMAR on (January 29, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

well done by joint forces of SL, PCB, BCB .

Posted by cricraz on (January 29, 2014, 2:27 GMT)

Peter-Charsi hit the nail on the head. The T20 tournaments are going to be big in the next decade. I think it is foolish for the other countries not to accept the revised proposal because they are getting "aid" in form of test match fund. If the other 5( SA/Pak/SLC/BCB) play each other, they will lose money! As much as you hate BCCI, India's tours to those countries generate revenue for those boards. Despite a majority calling for the boycotting the big 3, that is akin to "Cutting off your nose despite your face" South Africa will be isolated unless they get rid of their anti-India stance along with Pakistan. Bangladesh and Srilanka are in financial doldrums. The Big 3 will and can exit the ICC and will take all the countries willing to play by their rules. They dont need the ICC. The players from the other countries risk being alienated from the Big Bash, IPL and Friends T20.

Posted by shirl on (January 29, 2014, 2:23 GMT)

I cannot say I am surprised or pleased with the events. I worry for cricket if/when this gets approved. Cricket can only prosper if it is allowed to grow & be inclusive, not exclusive. Countries like Afganistan and Ireland will only florish if they compete against more established teams. I for one do not want to see cricket become T20 with Tests seens as a quaint reminder of the past. Of course I am seeing this as a supporter not someone with the cheque book!

Posted by avmd on (January 29, 2014, 1:45 GMT)

Where was WICB, shame on it. A nation, or nations with such a proud cricket history could not raise their voice against the wealthier three, very disappointing .

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 0:58 GMT)

agree with Sharjaj Farook Khan. Yes Let's bring in China and see how these 3 work with them.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 0:50 GMT)

cricket is not Politics. giving a bigger share n control for these 3 means even if miserable Ind and Eng loses matches on a row. they will probably have the power to keep the ranking as they can arrange as many tours against teams they want to. Please ICC don't try to break the balance of the game. One Indian IPL is enough for the whole cricketing world, we do not want another one where the richest teams with lesser skills control the game.

Posted by cricketforpeace on (January 29, 2014, 0:48 GMT)

As an Indian and a lover of cricket I am simply aghast following the 'tsunami-like' goings on in the world of cricket. What I see is plain greed and lust for power alone here. None of the proposals deal really with true progress in cricket. True progress is only when the quality of cricket played by countries such as Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Ireland etc improves to such a level that they can effectively compete with countries such as S Africa, India, Pakistan, England etc. The ICC, as a world body should help in promoting the game in countries where cricket is not well known or extensively played. India and the other two 'big-cricket countries' could do well to promote the game in this manner. By acquiring the rights to decide the fate of other countries using blackmail (as civilized society would term); the big 3 have only shown a dictatorial and autocratic tendency. True progress for cricket will not come in this manner.India could well remember that nothing is permanent in this world!

Posted by IPSY on (January 29, 2014, 0:46 GMT)

Was the West Indies represented at this meeting? I saw statements from every other country concerned, except West Indies! I hope that we're not sending people to represent us who are allowing our poverty stricken situation to compromise our strong stance against these nonsensical proposals!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 0:23 GMT)

Now its clear why only 10 teams playing cricket event after 100+ years of journey.

Posted by redneck on (January 29, 2014, 0:20 GMT)

people should stop holding fifa up as the shining example of a greatly run sporting body. their last world cup allocations were a complete sham. both the 2018 and 2022 went to the 2 nations which bought the most votes from fifa deligates with expensive gifts and paid for vacations along with the good old US dollar!!!! there is no possbile way russia and qatar put forward the best presentation and facilities to host the soccer world cup. england should have been awarded 2018 hands down with state of the art facilities and overwhelming love for that sport! could also argue a case as to qatar being the worst candidate for 2022 with all usa, australia, and japan being miles ahead even before they realised qatar is 40 degrees every day in june/july!! fifa might be better than the icc but hardly the example to follow!!! my feeling is that ecb, ca, wicb and nzc know whos boss and know who butters their bread! the rest while i agree with them on principal, the icc and morals mutually exclusive

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 0:20 GMT)

I belive as a crictering lover. ICC name to be change to UNITED NATION CRICKTERING ASSOCIATION ( UNCA). I do not know what is the idea behind the so call making BIG 3.It creats problems with other five members/asslciate member and damage the idea of the permotion of game in other cunteries.

some of the countries like Holand , Ireland started thinking of stoping of game.


Posted by Natx on (January 29, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

Well. while there seems to be some coalition to put up a fight, what the boards other than the big 3 miss here is that there is no guarantee that the big 3 will play them regularly. That means, no supply of big money other than the funny money in the name of cricket fund. But I like and support the point on meritocracy that will keep the other teams to fight and be more marketable in world stage. Bangladesh, Pak, and SL, I fear won't gain anything from their stand other than what is out there currently. I'm seeing a rebel Asian group forming, with the leadership of Pak and SL, that simply has no strength to make solid revenue. Recent test series in the desert is an example. Bang will simply make noise and make emotional decisions, nothing else. I also see that the current players from SL and Bang getting left out in IPL, BBL auctions going forward. In this chaos, I feel for Pak cricketers due to its poor board which has not done anything good for them.

Posted by EashwarSai on (January 29, 2014, 0:14 GMT)

Why should a very poor country like India subsidize cricket in much richer western countries like NZ and SA? If more money stays in India by playing the IPL instead of the world cup, why shouldn't India do that? Since winning the cricket world cup or a test series isn't going to eliiminate poverty or generate world headlines like the FIFA world cup, the time is better spent playing your own competition.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 0:08 GMT)

well done Pakistan, SL, SA and Bangladesh im surprised by NZ and WI and Zimbabwe because these are the teams which will effect more I mean relegate, Shame on India CA and England. for money please don't destroy cricket.

Posted by ygkd on (January 29, 2014, 0:07 GMT)

Niccolò Machiavelli would be so proud.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 0:03 GMT)

How could ECB and CA agree to leave CSA out of the cricket fund? They are kissing BCCI's feet as much as the WICB. As for BCCI, that is how they operate.

Posted by EashwarSai on (January 28, 2014, 23:57 GMT)

I am surprised why so many Indian fans are condemning what the BCCI is rightly claiming. The extra money can be used to take the game to interior towns and villages and develop training facilities there. The per capita money spent on cricket in India is several times less than even Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. The BCCI needs more money to provide a decent cricket infrastructure for 1.2 billion people.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 23:37 GMT)

@Peter-Charsi. You are spot on. These proposals are just the tip of the iceberg. This coup will be followed by a window for the IPL, the Big Bash and probably an England-based T20 league with players from Eng, Ind & Aust all encouraged to participate in all of them and the rest of the world given no option but to follow suit. Time in the schedule will be freed up by reducing all test series to just 2 tests such as the recent India v WI, SA v India and current NZ v India series. The only 4 or 5 test series to survive will be the Ashes, Border-Gavaskar & Eng v India series. These measures are finance-driven, not cricket driven. They are highly dangerous and an insult to all other cricket playing countries.

Posted by Little_Aussie_Battler on (January 28, 2014, 23:31 GMT)

Seems like the redraft is much more sensible.

End of the day we need to get nations to begin to take red ball cricket seriously again.

It was insane the other day there was 5,000 people protesting against Bangladesh getting the chop from test cricket but these same people do not actually attend test cricket.

If we do not support test cricket by doing our bit and attending and watching on television when we can the game will be gone.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 23:29 GMT)

the worst thing i have seen in sports .all these 3 are at their declining stage .icc should ban these 3 .

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (January 28, 2014, 22:55 GMT)

Wait and see - SLC, PCB & BCB will sold out too in a week or two.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 22:49 GMT)

Funny how the big 3 won't throwing their weight around in the 1980s when the West Indies were destroy everyone!!

Posted by willmot on (January 28, 2014, 22:48 GMT)

Indias current performance in NZ merits being part of the "Big Three" , not as far as the cricket is concerned anyway,LOL.....

Posted by LillianThomson on (January 28, 2014, 22:31 GMT)

The English football Premier League is always better to watch than Spain's La Liga, because far more matches are competitive.

That is because the TV money is much more evenly split in England, whereas in Spain Real Madrid and Barcelona take 90% of the revenue.

Cricket is obviously heading in the wrong direction. Very few people want to see endless series between England, Australia and India, and we all benefit from the other countries being as strong as possible, especially South Africa and Pakistan who historically are two of the top Test nations because of their bowling strength.

And in terms of governance, how can it be right for England, Australia and India to hold three of the five executive positions? That is undemocratic and entrenches self-interest and inequality.

The key, again, is that TV revenue from India, Sky UK and Foxtel/Nine in Australia is from private TV stations, not their Boards.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 22:10 GMT)

Agreed with this point: SOME BOARD please bring a proposal to terminate BCCI's membership and all other boards please vote for that, Throw BCCI out of ICC all other problems will be solved.

Posted by TMuhammad on (January 28, 2014, 22:06 GMT)

PCB very clearly says on their web site that Lahore 28 January, 2014: PCB wishes to state that no decision with regard to any proposed changes as per the Position Paper submitted by BCCI, CA and ECB have been made in today's ICC Board meeting. The PCB clearly stated at the meeting that the guiding principles were subject to PCB's Governing Board's approval. These matters will be placed before the BOG and thereafter PCB will take its position at the next ICC Board meeting. Similarly South Africa Cricket Board's web site also states CSA clarifies ICC statement Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) wishes to clarify the statement released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) earlier today with regard to the "unanimous support at the ICC Board meeting for key principles."

The support is subject to the approval of the respective Boards of the member countries after

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 22:02 GMT)

@Peter agree with u them are taking power ostensibly to make progress but indeed they want a window for IPL BigBash and Friends Life and to make sure none of the other could challenge their hegemony .. BCCI, CSA and ECB can take money but 3 fixed members in ExCo and all key positions(chairmianship of Finance and Commercial) will be held by them this is nuisance.. I think he others should bargain on these "fix positions and so called lead role" .. I wnot criticize the whole proposal but certainly some provisions should be changed

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 21:58 GMT)

Why such a greed for power and money. When is enough is enough?

Posted by sohailmalik1985 on (January 28, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

@shiv yorker, If all these boards refuse to play against india and stop their player to play in ipl than bcci becomes bagger, bcci is just generating big revenue due to high population, Can you tell how many revenue bcci is generating from rahnji????? just keep the revenue from rahnji i swear no nation demand money from that revenue. There should be equality in the cricket in term of powers and revenues for all test playing nations and expand the test status to associate on their performances.

Posted by Animesh_Chauhan on (January 28, 2014, 21:34 GMT)

In my point of view, this revamp is good move. Untill the power of icc comes to these big 3 specially BCCI, the cricket can't be expended like Football across the globe and teams like Afganistan, ireland etc. wouldn't be granted full membership (test status) by icc despite performing well due to power equations (Balance) at highest level of icc which bcci wants to hold in its hand. So i think it is good for world cricket.

Posted by Foxymoron on (January 28, 2014, 21:18 GMT)

WI and NZ have kept quiet because India are touring NZ and WI just toured India for Sachin's last test match - which caused half the WI team to arrive late to NZ because of the rescheduling. Hence, NZ and WI are waiting for their cheques to arrive in the mail... figuratively speaking.

Ideally the rest of the world should leave the 'Big Ego 3' to play with themselves. Their viewers will get sick of them playing the same 2 teams.

This is nothing but greedy, power hungry pen pushers inflating their own egos and bank balances and will do much harm to the game on a global scale.

Posted by IndiaRulesEverybody on (January 28, 2014, 21:16 GMT)

It is hilarious to see people trying to pat their backs telling themselves they have stood up to the BCCI. Naive to say the least. Cold truth is that the whole bunch of them are going to be taking orders from India and will be doing what India asks them to do which includes England and Australia. No matter how much you deny he truth it does not change the truth.

Posted by musfiqur.mishu on (January 28, 2014, 21:00 GMT)

Thanks ICC I don't care about money I just care that Bangladesh can test match and happy that Bangladesh can play test match and their status will not taken and they can play more matches with big threes and other 6 countries. This good decision.

Posted by drnaveed on (January 28, 2014, 20:37 GMT)

the BCCI , should plan that all tests being played by team India abroad , on SA , AUS , ENG , NZ , SL and PAK grounds ,should not at all be counted as international matches , or even first class matches ,and should also do not consider those test matches on home grounds also ,in which their team looses.should consider indian team rankings only on home ground performances only ......

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

the thought that 2 tier cricket should be played is so wrong. india can't win a game on new Zealand soil or any soil outside of the subcontinent. well done to pakistan, south aftrica, bangladesh and sri lanka! im from nz and I'm very disappointed that nz cricket couldn't stand up.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

Let us not confuse Cricket with this proposed ICC. It is just like two countries being hostile to each other but people in them are not bothered. So basically it is all about T20 leagues. IPL, BBL, EPL. Now we will see Indians play in bbl...less test cricket.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

OMG, I really can't understand the role of ICC. It has paved the table for BCCI to throw carrots around and come back next month with more support!

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

Okay I think we are missing few items from this proposal... 1) the big 3?? :S dont have to participate on any cricket matches but all the ICC tournaments should include their names so that more "revenue" will be earned and also the players will be fit to take part in Bollywood.( hey they cant be relegated from the 1st tier anyways, y need to play) 2) All the teams need to sing the ICC(Indian Cricket Council) theme song before every game.(if there is none currently they will make one) 3) Each and every Stadium in the world will have 50% seats allocated to the big 3. Since the revenue will be allocated to them why not people from their countries come and pay for those tickets...

Finally if any country denies to comply to these conditions they will be kicked out from ICC(IND Cric Counc) without any votes from other members, no questions asked.

Posted by len501 on (January 28, 2014, 20:17 GMT)

We now have the security council approach to cricket. The 'big three' and the rest of we. However, this does not reflect what is happening on the field. As can be seen from India's recent woes and a wobbly England, there is no lifetime guarantee of being a top tier team. Let's be honest 'big three', this is about one thing and one thing only........MONEY.

Posted by lee_man on (January 28, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

Kudos to the boards of Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. As a West Indian, I am disappointed that the WICB was not among the more vocal boards.

Posted by Zeshan547 on (January 28, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

The same old "stick and carrot rule" the end result will be the same, mean 99.9% on terms of so called bloody big 3, poor 7 should still reject this new propose draft as well if they not their future will be in hands of Greedy 3, it's do or die situation for other 7, plz show some courage and unity.

Posted by Midonoff on (January 28, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

What if ECB & CA was excluded from this plan. I doubt that they will be happy. I would agree with these changes if BBCI, ECB & CA can be relegated too. Hope other teams raise this at the ICC meeting.

Posted by Stark62 on (January 28, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

Those alternatives are much more reasonable and sensible but still not negotiable!!

The "big 3" can extract more money from the purse but they cannot be allowed any power and should not be allowed anything to do with power.

Posted by Peter-Charsi on (January 28, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

I think we all need to understand the implications of this amendment being approved. This is only the beginning. Take Soccer as a prime example. The reason BCCI, ECB, and CA are spearheading this movement is because they all have successful domestic t20 leagues running at the moment. This is where the game is headed towards. Bilateral agreements between countries will be put on a backburner & the focus will be on these t20 leagues expanding in the next 2-5 years. We will only see international teams playing each other at ICC tournaments. Yes, there will still be Ashes, Border-Gawasker, Natwest, but more emphasis will be on growing the domestic t20 leagues. The FTP committments were keeping IPL from growing any further, and now with FTP out of the way, IPL, BBL, Champions League, and Friends Life T20 will be able to expand.

Even though the big fish are promising to tour/play other boards at neutral venues, they have left a clause in the constitution to decline the tour at their will.

Posted by mzm149 on (January 28, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

I am laughing at the credibility of ICC after misleading press release in which they claim that all member boards have unanimously supported the new set of principles when PCB, CSA, BCB and another board have completely defied unanimous support. How can they support it without voting?

When the president of ICC himself says that he was involved in secret revamp with three member boards, while all other boards were deliberately kept uninformed, he should be sacked.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

Why the hell this is happening, let it be a cricket game not a political power booth

Posted by anton1234 on (January 28, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

Have a proper world test championship played over 4 years. Get rid of ODIs after the 2015 World Cup. ODIs are a bore for much of the time. It is all about test cricket and the T20s. Aim for quality not quantity of test matches. The Big Bash League is an excellent competition.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

And Irelands dream of test cricket dies, a bit more cash, the odd game against full members and nothing changes...... Hope we beat the Windies in Feb and a few Test nations in Bangladesh continue to press our case. Very depressing........

Posted by fzsTrio on (January 28, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

India, Australia, and England should be declared the world champions without even playing any cricket. Happy? Shame on you BCCI, CA, and ECB.

Posted by wapuser on (January 28, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

Great work by pcb, safrica, sl & bd. for saving the cricket not the profit. Today india defeated by Newzeland, before by south Africa so what is the guarantee they will always on 1st 3 position so they can rule. If China spend more money on cricket they will be ruler

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

I think if ICC isolate BCCI from international cricket, how will they generate revenuer because revenue comes when quality international players play cricket

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

This will destroy the world cricket. ICC has proved that it is INDIAN CRICKET COUNCIL

Posted by sami333 on (January 28, 2014, 18:49 GMT)

Thanks a lot to BCB for showing some true spine.... Be tactical but never compromise with your own dignity....

Posted by wapuser on (January 28, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

Learn from FIFA...grow up kids(ICC)...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

Fantastic pieceofwork by PCB ....expected the same andfurther support from other countries left the BIG THREE paralyzed

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

A perfect thrashing from New Zealand just at the right time to cause some demons on the intentions of big 3, Shorely will fail drastically in future.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

Big three are not acceptable......

Posted by SkyClean on (January 28, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

"Unanimous support" what is that ICC? The greedy proposal was not even voted knowing that it will be refused by the overwhelming majority. Will buy ICC a good dictionary so that they don't confuse people with completely wrong English.

Shame for the GREEDY THREE and those who are more politician/businessmen than sportsmen.

Such selfish proposals of the Indian will never pass under the vigil of millions of cricket-lovers

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

still disappointing proposal. I can't believe how ICC official only look for revenues rather than the game itself. Cricket should be globalized. Only real globalization will automatically generate more money to the game. For example...FIFA. Please don't try to squeeze only the juice from the fruit, you guys should also concentrate the seeds inside it.

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

Proud that BCB played a key role to save world cricket. Historically Bangladeshi live with cricket. in 1880 subcontinent cricket was introduce by East Bengal where as Mumbai start playing cricket in 1920.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

India is crickets biggest enemy

Posted by philvic on (January 28, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Im afraid that regardless of the propsal going ahead or not, iit is clear that the days of an ICC led programme of cricket is over. Series will be negotiated bilaterally between countries and this will unfortunately will be dependent on revenue generated. I am sure India will also get to keep a bigger slice of the pie which in terms of its cricket population is not unreasonable. What is unreasonable is for the self appointed triumverate to go off by themselves and cook something up to give themmselves all the power forevermore. This sort of bad behavious is hugely damaging for the sport and its reputation.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (January 28, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Its nothing more than a fudge....what is the consensus about? its unclear.

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

When it comes to money, its always difficult to find a happy medium. But in a place like India where there is so much poverty and yet so many people interested in cricket, and where so much money is generated by cricket, it makes sense to me that they get a bigger return. Here In NZ all the kids have the chance to play on good grounds with good gear. If we got less money, that's just another challenge to overcome, but we've done it in the past, and we have a lot of natural advantages. Maybe cricket should become a global franchise with regional "clubs" playing an annual comp against each other, as the international game is becoming a bit of an obsolete sacred cow.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Players from Boards who don't accept the supremacy of the three nations shall not be allowed to play in IPL, English County and Australian league. They these boards will bow down.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

Shame on BCCI,CA,ECB...They just trying to destroy the cricket...."I am not against change. But let those who are calling the shots look at other sports bodies and recommend changes. The US is not telling the International Olympic Committee members that we bring the largest revenue and hence we need more control of the IOC. The IOC has a history of over 110 years and only once has an American been President of IOC."

"Due to the proposed system there will be no democracy and other countries will be at the mercy of BCCI. Australia and England merely will follow BCCI orders."

"I can't understand why you need to give importance to financial power only. What BCCI couldn't do alone they are now trying to do by getting CA and ECB on their side."

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

India cannot win outside of India.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Lol. Haters gonna hate. Go CA, BCCI and ECB go !!

Posted by posix on (January 28, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

this could be the security council of cricket and we all know what happens in security councils. Let India , Australia and England play with themselves!!!!!!

Posted by globalcricketfan on (January 28, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

And also The board has agreed to discontinue the current centralised Future Tours Programme - an egalitarian concept that tried, though often failed, to ensure all full member nations hosted and toured each other over an eight-year period.

Instead, a raft of bi-lateral agreements between nations will exist between 2015 and 2023, a period of time covering the next commercial rights cycle.

This is excellent for cricket I guss

Posted by British_North_America on (January 28, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Jordan Reed Okay, that will have more power as stronger economy, but that is not the same as in the mentioned proposal.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

If BCB say yes we are bangladeshi people protest againest BCB and Icc,We are the people of bangladeshi,Mind it Icc.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

every ICC members should have same equality and opportunity.

In sake of cricket please do not propose anything which will stand against this moral value and please respect the other team either this is big or small.

differentiate between teams eventually will smash cricket.

we will definitely support our national team but not underestimating others.

people love cricket because it has something unique what we cheer for.

First think what is better for cricket and then the business.

Posted by Pippy_the_dog on (January 28, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

A few minor concessions, what has really changed? Don't let them fool you, the agenda is the same.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Great work by Zaka ashraf of PCB. But still this could never had been done without the support of the great BCB CSA and CSL. Some short term deals would be provided to the boards , hope they wouldnt sell out their countries for some short term financial deal

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

This structure will badly destroy the beauty of cricket and these three powers will politicize the game by planning things for their own interests...this must not happen if we want to see good cricket

Posted by asim.ashraf on (January 28, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

This is so disappointing. The only positive I can see in the set of principles agreed upon 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, 16:31 GMT)

Say NO to monopoly in cricket!!!

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

O.M.G that's really good news for cricket lover.. Today Pcb,Bcb,slc,csa show that they love cricket and they will never sell it...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

BD's issue was test status which was solved. so they will more likely to vote in favor now. I think it will get passed at some time. Few gives and takes and sorted then. The draft was bit too tough to digest , then the original proposal has few different things. and when it will finalize you will notice totally different things.

All this time and deferrals will result in bargaining. I dont see any of BCB, PCB and SLC standing on their stance longer. all 3 are struggling boards.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Wow some of you guys are really failing to understand what this article means aren't you?

Firstly, it hasn't gone to the vote because the ICC has unanimously decided to AGREE with the proposals of the EBC, BCCI & CA, meaning all 3 will have greater power.

Secondly, the WICB & NZC are not brave for staying quiet, it is the complete opposite because they know they need to do whatever the likes of the BCCI say otherwise they will find themselves out in the cold, very much like the 4 boards who have vocally disagreed now face the prospect of.

Thirdly, it really isn't as bad as it sounds, it's not like they are holding everybody hostage, it just needs to be accepted that the 3 boards in question provide unequivocally the vast majority of the revenue in the game (BCCI) or are the original arbiters of the game (ECB) and have far more at steak than the other boards, therefore feel this should be represented in authority which when you think about it is not an unreasonable request.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Bangladeshi's are not to be sold. thanks BCB, PCB, CSA and SLC

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

India want to take hold of ICC which is very worse for for cricket

Posted by pravek666 on (January 28, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

@shiv.yorker & Amit_4_Sachin - Imagine if ICC and others really DO ban BCCI. It's the international essence that's keeping the game alive not BCCI. Even the Indian audience will be fed up of a completely domestic IPL with no int. players. But, it may never happen.

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

@ First_Drop: I agree with your comment of sacking Giles Clarke and Wally Edwards and I would add N. Srinavasan to that list too.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

I am more disappointed about New Zealand and West Indies cricket boards. Shame on them to and really appreciate BCB, PCB SLCB and CSA boards

Posted by Obaidur624 on (January 28, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Rusticate those three boards and let them to rule themselves. BCCI is making money using the gentleman game.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (January 28, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

In a cricket match where two teams are playing and there are two neutral umpires on the field can the stronger of the two teams say that as we are stronger we will make the umpiring decisions. That is just ridiculous as all decisions would then be made in favor of the stronger team. Similarly in cricket administration how can the stronger boards say that we will make the decisions as obviously they would make decisions that suit them and not the game. Like the concept of neutral umpires, the administrative side of cricket should also be managed in a neutral way otherwise the stronger boards will become stronger and the weaker ones weaker.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

yeyey the big 3 came up with a big fat zero,it took 6 months of behind the scene manuevering by these three to come up with this unholy proposal lets see what next month of open door meetings by other seven brings,congratulations Haroon Lorgat you rock.

Posted by Navas08 on (January 28, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

BCCI 's monopolistic act will be only helpful for ruining the game cricket.. BCCI stands on the money of millions of fan's from India. full members like Zimbabwe, West Indies etc. are struggling to survive its financial crisis, for Zimbabwe they don't have the money to pay for their players. and other associate nations Ireland, Afghanistan, Nepal are proving the spirit of cricket is still left in the game. Instead of popularizing the game cricket, BCCI is planning to ruin the game's globalization. it should be good if they don't forget the fact that number of fans the Team India have are not the fans of BCCI but a country called India. Shame on having such an administration for my favorite game. Instead of sparing too much time on selling the game, it should be better if they find time to advice the team India how to win games abroad.

-disappointed fan of Indian Cricket

Posted by Lion83 on (January 28, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

Great stuff by SLC, PCB, BCB, CSA

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

Is there any other reason to make this proposal except money? As a cricket fan I feel ashamed at BCCI`s proposal. And those who are giving financial stats, do u only play cricket for money? Don`t you have any sense of humor? If any one has a little love for cricket he can never support BCCI`s proposal wheather he is an Indian or Bangladeshi.

Posted by wapuser on (January 28, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

It will create a situation where the big three choose who they play and the little 7 begin encouraging rebel tours if they don't get enough play. You will see a situation in India where there is so much money and some people feel left out. This is a fertile breeding ground for a parallel league structure, AND THIS TIME SOUTH AFRICA, NZ, BANGLADESH, WI WONT BAIL BCCI OUT AGAIN LIKE THEY DID WITH THE REBEL IPL!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

All these Four Boards must stick together in their stance. Surprisingly the WICB,ZB & NZ are not with these Four. More surprising not to see any voice raised by Great Llyod - the best Captain ever to lead any Cricketing nation, I had expected him with Viv, Holding, Sobers, Lara to put their voice against this proposal. Also we expected even Imran Khan, Shouron Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Tendulkar, Ramiz Raja, Minadad, Zaheer Abbas, Steve Waugh to voice along with Martin Crowe and Captains of all other seven nations to voice against these proposal along with Mushfique-ur- Rahim.

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

Money, Money, Money........... pl. remember there were days when there was no money in the Sport "Cricket" and it was being played.

So love sport and not go for money and do not mention it please....

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

Can somebody explain how three bigs claiming world's biggest democracies can act so undemocratic in cricket. Is it the face of democracy or monopolizing and power and wealth hungry attitudes.

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

Now lets wait and watch whether BCCI sit out from ICC events or not

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Where is cricket's Anna Hazare?

Posted by gnat9 on (January 28, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

It is impressive to see BCB and CSL showing some spine against big brother BCCI, something WI and Zimbabwe are unlikely to do. That leaves the New Zealanders, who haven't made their stance clear yet. If NZ joins CSA, PCB, BCB and CSL, it will amount to a vertical split in the ranks, and the proposal may eventually have to either be changed or done away with.

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

So if they require 8 votes, then it is goodbye to this draft because even if PCB shake hands with BCCI, CSA and Zimbabwe Cricket which is under CSA influence, will never allow the draft to be approved.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

Weldon ZAKA Ashraf and PCB for this solid stand And off course Pakistan Media for its pressure tactics

Posted by rnarayan on (January 28, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Everybody's scared that India will pull the plug on them if they dont back this proposal.. That's silly. Let's see how much India's TV revenues amount to with no-one to play against! there's a limit to how much IPL the Indian public will watch..

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (January 28, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

@Rajat Gupta: Considering Pakistan doesn't play at home or against India and uses expensive UAE facilities, I reckon a $5.2 million loss is pretty good going. It's also coveree by government handouts which the PCB receives every year. It's relatively small fish. As for Ten Sports they like most Indian companies are hurting right now and were outbid in recent Pakistan series by Geo Super. The PCB feels they can get a better deal by arranging a series by series negotiation with broadcasters instead of an all inclusive package.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

thank you bcb and same on bcci

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

@Rajat Gupta

The refusal of international teams to tour Pakistan is not limited to India, and will not be resolved until the security situation in Pakistan improves.

With respect to the BCCI not playing Pakistan - that too is not entirely in the hands of the BCCI - it is part of the broader political tensions between India and Pakistan, and will remain subject to the relations between the governments of the two nations, irrespective of what the PCB and BCCI want or promise each other. The PCB would be a fool to fall for 'BCCI assurances to play series against Pakistan' given that they are not the final authority in India making that decision.

Posted by Shiv.Yorker on (January 28, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

If u throw BCCI out, then all other cricket boards will start begging (Especially PCB, SLC, n BCB). Because, more than 70% of the income coming from BCCI only!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

BCCI, if you earn money from cricket then it is your wrong decision. if you earn money then make a film.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

Finally PCB Adminstration stands up to the Bullies at BCCI, BCCI had used PCB to consolidate its power from mid 90's through 2008. Now that they no longer need PCB, SLC and BCB as much as they did before they haven't supported any decision that would help other Asian Nations. BCCI might generate most revenue but they do it when India plays Srilanka, Pakistan, South Africa.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

WICB probably glad the vote didn't go through. They gonna just hope that it rides away.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

Oh! Finally have a breath and I wish stance of slc,bcb,pcb and csa won't change after month.

Posted by most1tedboy on (January 28, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus told ESPNcricinfo, "Bangladesh submitted a formal letter to the ICC, confirming their stance against the position paper. We are the first country to do so."

We are proud of you BCB for your courageous decision to prove that we don't count threats from any big fish!!!!

Go tigers!!!!!!!!!

Posted by liaqathussain on (January 28, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

Notice the broads of West indies and Newzealand and other associates hold true to the game and don't give in to tyrant's of the game.

Posted by Amit_4_Sachin on (January 28, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

It's easy to enforce- the big three should just scrap tours of the countries which object. They will bulge in no time.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

Cricket is alive by regain oxygen!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

throw bcci out of icc

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

India should come to its level and should not consider itself with Australia and England.

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

I think ICC want this proposal to be passed without any criticizem and objection of others boards which is not possible.ICC should not waste its time on this extra ordinary foolish proposal.

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

@Mohamed Nazim, WICB has sided already with the bcci !! No comments !!

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 28, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

Hats off to CSA,SLC,PCB n BCB for upholding their principals above everything else for the betterment of the game. It was a brave effort by those "TRUE BIG 4" , standing up to big 3 bullies.

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

game should be open for every one.. great new atleast for one month

Posted by First_Drop on (January 28, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

It's not over yet chaps - they haven't banished these proposals for ever - they'll be back next meeting (sadly). Good to see the little guys standing up and dfending cricket - absolutely appalling from CA and the ECB.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

thank you ICC, finally cricket is saved and we can watch it without any worries.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

Being cricket fan its good resistance that PCB chief has done India Bangladesh Australia End land nothing helped Pakistan in cricket because Pakistan has made task team to find solution to regain cricket in Pakistan except this in IPL our players are not playing due to BCCI Pakistan has quality T20 players.I think power should not given to big three that's our right to protest

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

This is victory of cricket, Defeat of greed, destruction of the boundless hunger of power. This proposal should end here and shall never ever be discussed. Whatever improvement required, 'for the sake of cricket, and what is just' should be decided by the Members of the ICC and if everyone agree to anything can be implemented. This changes can not be forced for 'someones gain.' If it is implemented and power is shifted from neutral to the giants, everyone will loose the faith on cricket including spectators.

Posted by First_Drop on (January 28, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

This presents a wonderful opportunity to immediately sack the ICC reps from Australia and England (Wally Edwards and Giles Clarke).

Posted by HatersAreOrdinary on (January 28, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

end of the day the game of people the game of love won again. Thanks BCB, CSA, PCB and SLC

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

If this proposal is rejected by ICC, shouldnt they take anystrict action against the 3 boards so that no one in future dare to come out with such conspiracy (which it effectively is)..

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

bravo BCB. Bravo!! we are more than 160 million people are here to save and generate the money we need to sustain our cricket we dont have to afraid of any so called big 3. we want level playing field. how could someone call india and england big team. i dont get it. if theres a team should be called big then its SA. they have played consistent cricket in the past 10-15 years, no other team was so consistent like them.

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

To me it is shameful to present such a paper as ICC working group. BCCI, CA and ECB should submit their proposals as individual boards. Their this very action gives us indication what they are going to do to world cricket by using name of ICC i.e. serve their own interests nothing total disregard for the survival and growth of game of cricket.

Posted by kamol33 on (January 28, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

Dear BCCI.... Cricket is your business but Its our oxygen... you r gonna to be mad for money..(from Bangladesh

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

SOME BOARD please bring a proposal to terminate BCCI's membership and all other boards please vote for that, Throw BCCI out of ICC all other problems will be solved.

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

Now Pakistan, Bangladesh and few other will bargain with BCCI that they will support BCCI only if BCCI agreed to play Pakistan a regular test series, Bangladesh would ask the same plus money from BCCI. ICC is a true place where every country does business and then some countries portrait in the media as if they are saint and BCCI is evil.

Pakistan cricket board as per the Guardian: The Pakistan Cricket Board is projecting losses of $5.2m this year. They lost $80m of their $135m broadcasting deal with Ten Sports, which expired last year, because the terms included a clause that stipulated Pakistan "had to play at least two home series with India in a four year cycle". India never came. Pakistan are currently negotiating their TV deals on a series-by-series basis.

Bangladesh :financial state of the Bangladesh Cricket Board is harder to come by.

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

IN other word the resolution was rejected ,now india will isolate each board and retaliate,but failure is guaranteed.

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

thank you ICC, finally cricket is saved and we can watch it without any worries.

Posted by Rabiulhasan on (January 28, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

thank god, lets hope its rejected next time also.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

bravo... initial triumph.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

I dont see the stance of WICBC. does this mean they have sold out ?

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