ICC revamp January 29, 2014

BCB on board, Big Three one vote away

ESPNcricinfo staff

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With the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) accepting revised proposals for the restructure of the ICC after securing the assurance that their Test status will not be revoked, the Big Three are one vote away from the number required to push through constitutional amendments in order that the revamp be completed in full. 

"BCB has stood firm on [not agreeing] to the two-tier format...but they have agreed upon the position paper," a BCB official confirmed today. He was referring to the two-tier format that would automatically put the No. 9 and 10 teams in the ICC rankings outside the existing group of eight Test playing nations. There was a lack of clarity as to whether the BCB had signed off on the guiding principles or on the resolutions pertaining to the amendments, the official saying the board had not put pen to paper. But BCB's "agreement" though indicated that the Big Three are a step closer to gaining greater control of the ICC's functioning and its revenues. 

Of the four boards that had opposed the content and speed with which the document was being pushed through, BCB's concerns about their Test status appear to have been addressed. It now leaves the cricket boards of Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka as the only three who have made it clear that their "support" for the ICC's key principles as announced on Tuesday still remained subject to approval by their home boards.

At the end of the ICC Executive Board meeting which ICC president Alan Isaac called, "one of the most productive and participatory meetings of all that I have been in," he said that there were several stages left for the completion of the revamp. Key principles had been agreed to but "the detail around those principles needs to be worked out and obviously be further approved by the board at further meetings. We've agreed principles at the moment, we haven't adopted resolutions or recommendations from the draft report subsequently negotiated. We've just agreed to a set of principles."

There were no specifics given by the ICC about when or where the next Board meeting will be held, though a Cricket South Africa release on Tuesday night specified that the next meeting will be February 8. One member did suggest that Singapore could be a venue, but that is yet to be confirmed.

There appears to be confidence in the Big Three camp that they will be able to get the support of one of the three by the end of the week and thus have a total of eight on their side, which makes up the three-fourths majority needed to pass constitutional amendments in the ICC. Rather than the two-thirds majority required for more routine decisions regarding ICC's functioning, constitutional amendments require three-fourths majority, i.e. eight out of ten members in agreement so that "special resolutions" be passed. There are several components of the ICC's Finance & Commercial Affairs committee working group's paper that require constitutional amendments - like the creation of a new internal Executive committee (ExCo) and a new ICC commercial entity to be called IBC (ICC Business Co) as well as changes in the ICC Board itself.

A Big Three insider told ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday night: "The next round of negotiations, read bargaining, begins now." On Wednesday, another representative said the message from their corner of the group was that, "There are no more negotiations left except in terms of the FTP and minor issues regarding promotion and relegations."

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  • Jaliya on February 1, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    This is so silly! Guaranteed places for three nations based on money and talent has the second place to be the best. My final wish for cricket is that !

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Shame on BCB and stinky big 3

  • Shahid on January 31, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    I would request the big 3's that please don't spoil this game of cricket for money. Wherever greed comes in, things get bad...We want this game of cricket to remain a gentleman's game not a greedy -man's game....

    BCCI should focus more on their team instead of concentrating on getting more money and powers. Their team is getting white washed every where...If BCCI got control, one day they will say we will play all our matches on pitches approved by us or only on batsman friendly pitches.. If they had that power now, they might have boycotted this NZ tour as during the series they voiced their concern about pitches being too fast bowler friendly...

    ECB might say we won't play on spin bowler friendly pitches and ACB might say we will play all our matches in Australia as were are invincible there... We might end up with a complete chaos!!

  • Dummy on January 30, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Cricket is ruined.. its over.. its no more a fair game..

  • niaz on January 30, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    All BCB needed was to talk to SLC and PCB to make sure they are not signing. Money would not be a problem for BCB. Division between big 3 and SLC/PCB/CSA is better than everyone supporting the death of cricket. WICB, BCB are selling cricket for money and status. Big 3 would hardly ever take away test status of Bangladesh. It was a ploy and BCB fell for it. They should change their stand and support CSA.

  • Tony on January 30, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Anyone who is agreeing that BCCI should get more $$$$$ because they generate more, welcome to land of greed. 30 years ago, when ECB and CA were the biggest contributors, did BCCI send back checks saying we dont deserve our share because we did not contribute as much you do? The only team that always assured boards of full stadiums back then were WI, Did they ask for a bigger share? Without the foreign players, would the IPL be even half as successful. How about the so called Champions league, with 4 teams from India, without the foreign teams, would they generate as much $$$$$$. BCCI should realize, Karma will catch up someday, greed and power hungry is a nasty trait by little men

  • Dummy4 on January 30, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    This is very shameful that Cricket boards are taking position on their petty interests. Shame on BCB..... see else will do this

  • Farhan on January 30, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Every cricket board had their own agenda. The one who got what they wanted voted yes such as WI, ZC wanted more money, BCB wanted test status etc. The others who are still saying no they are not taking their stance for good of cricket or so call moral value. They are just upset that they didn't get what they want. PCB want cricket back in Pakistan which is why they didn't say no at the beginning and when BIG 3 refuse to tour they took their stance. SA being the best team at the moment CSA probably is upset that they are not the part of the big 3 and SLC is in big financial trouble to they probably want others to assure them that they are going to have series against the top teams so they can make more profit. Once the BIG 3 give one of them what they want they will say yes. My bet is on SLC as it is easier to give them what they want

  • Farhan on January 30, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    @ Nirjash: Was the stronger team playing against us now? The answer is no. If we went against them they wont even consider playing against us anymore. The only way to get them to play against us is by improving ourselves and thats what we should be concentrating on. You said how are we gonna improve without playing against the teams. Every team as a test team is better than us. Look at our performance in test. So lets start by getting ourselves to the level of WI, NZ first than go for the big boys. I know for us the Bangladeshi fans cricket is all about emotion but you don't win matches with emotion you win it with your quality and skill

  • Dummy4 on January 30, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    My only concern is that Big3 needs five but all the others seven need at least one of the big3 to make it 8 to make any amendment in future. So consider all cons & pros before making any decision. In the end Its truly a shame @ big3 how things are proceeding sp BCCI.

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