ICC revamp

BCB on board, Big Three one vote away

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 29, 2014

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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.


ICC CEO Dave Richardson and BCB president Nazmul Hassan address the media, Dhaka, August 13, 2013
Apart from the BCB's opposition to the two-tier Test format, the board seems to have accepted the revised proposals © AFP
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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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Posted by Jnaage 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 !

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

Shame on BCB and stinky big 3

Posted by Shahid06 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!!

Posted by wapuser on (January 30, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

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

Posted by niazbhi 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.

Posted by tonyton 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

Posted by   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

Posted by asiacricket1234 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

Posted by asiacricket1234 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by gerrardl on (January 30, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

It's taken cricket over 100 years to develop 10 test playing nations, only 8 of which are really any good at it. Thanks to these selfish proposals even that samll amount of 10 will be cut to 3.

As a fan of the game I am disgusted by the administrators who show such disregard and arrogance towards the people giving them this power in the first place. I say to all us cricket fans, turn off the cricket on TV's, don't go to the games. If they treat the fans of this game as money tickets then lets hit them back where it hurts. THIS IS OUR GAME! They work for us, so that we can be treated and entertained in the best way. We do not work to fill their pockets. Time for the crowds to stand up and make a difference, take back cricket!

Posted by stonk on (January 30, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

The BCCI gets the lions share, undeservedly. They say they generate 80% of ICC income. Let all the other nations boycott India and see how much they generate on their own, without tests or O.D.I.'s. In any case their away form is so bad in recent times I am surprised anyone will pay to see them except Indians domiciled abroad. The rest of the nations can get an actuarial estimate of what they can generate without India. The BCCI will run the show unless the rest band together show them the door. As it is Haroon Lorgat is not welcome at ICC events because of his personal spats with the BCCI, and Lorgat is the head of CSA. If the BCCI has it's way they will expect all other boards to roll over and play to their tune. I say get rid of them now while you have the chance, they are the Cancer in cricket.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (January 30, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

These are perhaps the last few days for me following cricket, which I've wrongly regarded as a sport- a refuge from unfairness of the world. Thanks to ICC breaking my mistake by clarifying- cricket is just another mere game of politics. And no thanks, there's surplus of that to find everywhere.

Ha ha, Mr. Isaac, very funny."...We've just agreed to a set of principles."- wouldn't "to carry coal to Newcastle" be a better phrase for a principle since you can't say whether ECB, CA or BCCI would remain friends forever?

"BCB has stood firm...blah blah...but they have agreed upon the position paper,"- ha, ha, haaaa-hah, ha... lol!

It seems now BD would benefit more if they've agreed upon the original position paper. At least then, BD players possibly could get to play something, be it the I-league, instead of being continuously manipulated on FTP-rescheduling, while serving as the surrogate mother of profits for- you know who- hosting Champion's Trophy etc. without getting to play in...

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

RIP Cricket.. now it will be played without SA and PAk

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

i dont know why these stupid 3 nations doing this such a foolish act, if you need money then ok do it but sharing of power mean only these three countries should play cricket and others are nothing, power should be share equally otherwise gentleman sport should become poker especially IPL, and ICC is not International Cricket Council, now they are India Cricket Council, PCB, CSA, SLC should continue the strike against these Big Stupid 3.

Posted by drnaveed on (January 30, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

the BIG3 were reluctant ,or didn't wanted to playing against BD ever since their existence in the test cricket arena ,not because BD is a stronger side but simply because, they don't think that it is profitable to even play a single game with BD in any format of the game ,after all , who doesn't want to win every game against them., and improve the ranking somewhat, but still they didn't plat BD. NOW , does BD board thinks ,that from now on , the BIG 3 will play against them on regular basis ???? . It ,itself is a million dollar question .i think doors will be open for the BD players in IPL, County Cricket and the Big bash from now on.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

How can the Bug Three take the decisions they want? For eg, if they want to remove a cricket team from International level, who can stop them? They are given too much power. Not sure why other boards can't see that.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 10:22 GMT)

A deal with the Devil for BCB. Might bite them back in near future. It was always the Big 3 who voiced for the two-tier test system. Also, it's betrayal with the world cricket and SL, PAK, RSA in particular.

Posted by pradeep_dealwis on (January 30, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

Listen, if this is just about money..i think it's not unfair....proportion distribution makes sense. But this nonsense of no relegation for the three teams (if indeed a relegation system is introduced) is a joke, and must be avoided! Also decision making power must be shared equally. To believe that three boards will govern with the best interests of world cricket is stupid and those boards who support this move will find that out soon enough, and then it will be too late!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

It is such a pity for cricket followers ,i mean on the basis of cricket capability the Indian and England team is a joke of team ,there win loss ratio is worest ,how can they be pig 3 , in future, if these two teams win games ,will these be trusted that the win is fair, because most followers will think the result is manipulative and hence the Question mark over the future cricket ,Thus in Nutshells the pig 3 will be the reason for the destruction of these" Great Game of Cricket"

Posted by GeminiAwan on (January 30, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

ZkAneela, I agree with you..

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

South Africa, Srilanka, West Indies, New Zeland and Pakistan should know how the so called big three have made themselves rich boards and generate income. Australia and England play 5 match test matches with each other after every two years, Aus vs India four matches test series and 5 to 7 one days and 3 T20s, India Vs England 4 matches test series 5 ODIs and 3 T20s. and in last year England and Australia have played two ashes series. So they have learnt the art to play more and earn more cricket. Whereas South africa VS India 2 Test 3 ODIs and 2 T 20s, Pakistan VS South Africa 2 tests 5 ODis and 3 T20s, West Indies Vs Pakistan 2 Tests. SA, Slanka, W indies and Pakistan should play more cricket between themselves like 5 test match series and more matches so that they are able to earn more and spend more to build infrastructure like these so called big three.

England want to be Big three after 5-0 white wash in Australia, just manage to win a single game, senior players are quitting

Posted by stormy16 on (January 30, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

This is a done deal I am afraid and if one of the remaining three doesnt jump ship, the BCCI will buy them out. specially SLC and Pak who are struggling. Its all going to come to the detail with things such as relegation off the table. The definition of sports is known to all and it follows a very simple logic that there must be a fair and equal chance of all competitors winning. If this very basic principle of sports is compromised in the detail we will no longer have a sport but a money making venture called sports. In cricket's case the priciple you need to win home and away to be the best and one cannot compromise that principle - after all the winner is not decided on how much money you have.

Posted by pjd_Howzat on (January 30, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

Any financially struggling board, like PCB and SLC, will even have more struggles under the 'BIG 3' in charge.

why can't people see that.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

It's real shame that BCB is just withdrawing their stance on the Big Three, just to secure their test status ship. I wonder when they will understand that status ship is only secure by playing good test cricket, not by persuaing BCCI or any other board.

Posted by SportsObserver on (January 30, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

BCB thinks that they have dodged a bullet, but what they do not realize that this U-turn will make them an ultimate PARIAH. Even with FTP the "Big 3" did not want to play BD, They always disliked BD, so much so they wanted to get rid of BD once and for all, with ftp gone will any of those big3 play them?! BD was forming a nicer group of 4 with CSA, PCB and SLC, with abandoning them as soon as BD's selfish little interest was met, Bangladesh has NO FRIEND LEFT! Cricket in Bangladesh-RIP!

Posted by Niketh2000 on (January 30, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

AC, ECB,BCCI- Big three for money CSA,PCB,SLC - Big three for the game we love so much

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (January 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

@ RSairam - that already exists - its called club level cricket. I play in a cricket league where players pay subs and match fees and where you are not allowed to pay players. As you go higher up the leagues and competitions you then get into the serious side of cricket where money comes in.

Posted by Pavinasen on (January 30, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

I think this is the best thing to happen in cricket, With the advent of the fast & furious limited over games I noticed that not much is given for test games, just look at the stands when SA,PAK,SL,BAN & WI play it suggests that there is no support for the longer version of the game. Its only when any of these teams play any of the big 3 you get a huge audiance.Any business man will tell you the less the supporters the lesser the revenue and there the big 3 proposal makes sense. When the ordinary cricket loving people talk about cricket, no one talks of test cricket. So what's all this big fuss is about.40 hours of boring action should be put to rest once and for all. We need super humans to play this format .Keep up the good work the big 3. N Strinivasan is a strategic thinker and also let's not forget a powerful man, who has great foresight.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

If so called big three wins, this is it............ Its death of cricket a death of famous sport and entertainment...

Posted by shinewindies on (January 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

@ABKhanISB, you are in an illusion my friend, first of all if you do extensive research India has been generating revenue since last many decades now, the 87 World sup was the best revenue wise till then, 96 world cup then overhauled it, Now in present times the revenue generated has just blown the roof off, and i beg to differ but Pakistan has not played a crucial role in that. How many series has Indian and Pak played in last few years, the matter of fact is most of this 80% revenue is coming from India's home grown companies bcoz to compete in Indian markets. And please go through the proposals 1st carefully and then come to a conclusion, there is nothing wrong with them. The only thing that worries me is the authority and decision making power which i believe should be distributed equally among all members. Dont make this an Indo-Pak thing out of jealousy or hatred. Go through facts Bro. Cheers

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

oh Bangladesh. ... just a big mouth noo any work. ...

Posted by SarfBD on (January 30, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

I feel ashamed. But unfortunately everyone knew this was going to happen.

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (January 30, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

The Bangladesh Cricket Board only accepted the proposal after their shambolic performance against Sri Lanka in the first Test. They realised that they will get to keep their Test status even after performing pathetically in the longer format for over a decade and they didn't want to risk losing that.

That and the monetary benefits of course.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

BCB has not changed any stance. there only issue was test status and they got it. On other issues they were already ok.

I think this will be passed with 10/10. SLC and PCB are financially struggling boards. they cant stand for longer.

More importantly, with BCB vote, now big 3 are just 1 vote away. and surely remaining 3 will not want to stay cornered.

My guess it will be 10/10.

Posted by ZkAneela on (January 30, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

If BCCI is generating so much money,better they buy some bowlers from other teams and i bit the next proposal will be that.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

Cricket will lose if big three win

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

@Partha Pandya: Well point raised but in that situation India, Austrlia and England should be playing only rest should go for packing. Secondly Indians might be having ample time to pack the stadiums even in test matches, we normally prefer to watch it on tv screens or online.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

As an Indian fan. I refuse to support the BCCI or the Indian cricket team if they continue down such a line. Test Cricket should not be treated with such abandon. If you want a two tier system base it on skill and merit - no team should be above the rules of the system - let alone three of them. Look at the English Premier League. No team is safe from relegation and whilst certain teams can spend their way to never being relegated they can still theoretically be relegated. Take QPR who spent heavily to secure superstars only to be relegated. If you are not good enough to be in the top tier then you should not be there. I refuse to support Indian, Australian or English cricket as long as they stick to such a system.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

For those of you that see this as a good thing ,you all are being very short sighted, this is Imperial cricket all over again.The very survival of cricket as a truly global sport is at stake here.Go back not so long ago and you will find that it was the ECB and CA were the ones that had vito power on all decisions made on any thing cricket,all they have done now is just add one more to that group. Someone mentioned that it is the "The Big 3" draws the most crowds and the other nations don't,while that may be true now,what happens when China,US,Afghanistan, and others start drawing bigger crowds,and want a bigger piece of the pot,what then? Cricket belongs to the world not any so called "BIG THREE" and that is how it should remain. Money is at the root of this evil and the BCCI is at the forefront of it all,they should know better and take a more moral stance for the game of cricket.

Posted by RSairam on (January 30, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

I wish someone starts ACL - Amateur cricket league..which is not open to broadcasts..only sponsors and ticket money. played only with spirit and part time but to win..

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

Playing international sport is an honour not a right. You are nothing without opposition. Power and money is a cancer on the soul and spirit of cricket.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

In the end this big 3 plan will definitely be implemented. It seems it's draft was initially leaked as per plan to see demands of opposing boards and then choose the ones with lower values like BCB ZIM or WI to fulfill the numbers for its approval.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

"This is beginning of the end"

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

I am dead sure that there are no values and principles in these three leading cricket nations, only money is every thing. Look how they are trying to buy the cricket boards like Bangladesh, Pakistan etc. If there some corrupt people in boards things will tilt towards these three nations. Micheal Atherton is right that it reminds the history of colonial past. I am also not very much happy with ICC's contemporary conduct and character to make cricket flourishing etc.

Posted by Akhter786 on (January 30, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

Money never sleeps. BCB woke to it and slept for the future of their cricket.

Isn't game played not just for entertainment but to invoke a sense of discipline, brethern, principles, pride and glory. Pity desperate pity, and that is the beginning of the end of Cricket-The Game. It is a business now, a cut throat deal.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

Ohw, I read...

"With the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) accepting *forceful* revised proposals for the restructure of the ICC ..."

Posted by Cleadence on (January 30, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

Cricket needs Confucius but unfortunately the current battle for control of the international game is more confusing than anything else. So let's look at a few of the pieces.

* The so-called test plan is a joke, a carve up, a sham if it does not include South Africa at the top table. South Africa are the best team in world cricket, they often have been, and always will be. India, England (and Wales, ha ha), and Australia are disappearing up their own backsides if they want to rule world cricket without South Africa permanently on board. It would be like trying to re-organise world rugby without including the All Blacks. England and Australia should be doubly ashamed of themselves for jumping into bed with India because it is the home of cricket match and spot fixing, an issue still out of control.

* Martin Snedden, New Zealand's chief negotiator, is doing a Neville Chamberlain in the old parlance - let's make peace with the baddies and pretend they aren't too bad. Or to put it anothe

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

BCB gets to keep its test status and its team fails to show the same sort of ticker & application Australia,South Africa & England are renowned for when faced with the task of showing some "bat for time" application against a decent but hardly dangerous Sri Lankan bowling attack(the same Sri Lankan bowling attack that could not defend 301 against the mercurial Pakistan team). Bangladesh & a Zimbabwe team still affected by the selectorial decisions of Mugabe stooges on the ZCB are the 2 sides that are hiding the ICC's incompetence from handling the need to assist the West Indies situation which has been alarmingly tragic since its cricket board & players lost any semblance of unity after the home series loss to Australia in 1995 which ended a 15 year sequence of 4-man pace attack domination over other international sides.South Africa have more to be aggrieved about with ICC happenings here than Australia do given the way India & England have scant respect for the current No.1 test side

Posted by PakRage on (January 30, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

Beginning of the END of Cricket.

Appreciate PCB and CSA for standing on the right side of history.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

When I see Test Matches in SA, WI, ZIM, NZ - the stands are empty. On the contrary, when it is played in Eng, Aus & India - it is the other way round. When these three teams play, the stadiums are full.

N yes - BCCI really dun need international games. From 2 seasons of IPL and Merchandising, they will make more profit.

So all of you who oppose, first make sure u fill your stadiums at home & overseas and then demand equal status. ;)

Posted by VisBal on (January 30, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

Sandeep33, if you read the post written by Mr. Ehsan Mani, ex-President of ICC, you will realise that the 80% number is not really true. But facts should not come in the way of an argument, eh?

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

All the above negative comments about the BIG 3....you ppl even know what they have proposed...

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

This might look fascinating to some of the cricketing boards at this moment, the facilities they are being offered. But the thing is; "It's the matter of principle. And if you give in now, there'll be no end to it." -The BORK

Posted by Netbug on (January 30, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

I dont understand why the rest of the ICC members are pushing themselves to be in the mercy of so called "Big 3"... why dont they rather build another council among them so that they dont have to play with this "Big onces" ever again. They could play amongst them and have another "world cup" on their own... Hundreds of millions people will watch them...

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

BCB gone .. This is how Money works in this sinful world..

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

Well I am really disappointed with the decision BCB has made. Who knows after some time the so called "Big 3" will bring another draft saying that the top 3 positions in all formats will only be shared by "The Big 3" since they produce more revenue. What a joke. Being a Pakistani Fan I strongly recommend PCB to remain against this draft whatever the consequences.

Posted by Aasim_Waheed on (January 30, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

Start of dump of International cricket. Where is democracy now ?

I protest - I protest - I protest

Posted by sid4391 on (January 30, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

All PCB supporters think that BCCI thinks only about money but let me tell you all that PCB wants to play India & host them to boost, their monetary health. It is PCB who is sufferring monetary loss, not BCCI by not playing frequently against each other.

Posted by lioger on (January 30, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

quite a few indians are in favor of big 3 issue they should be aware of the fact that initially when ECB & CA were bossing the ICC, BCCI was hand to hand with other cricketing nation to revoke the power of ECB & CA decades ago & now they want that same biased & discriminating power for them. No wonder ECB & CA wants such powers because they were always bullying other playing nation countries but its a SHAME & a complete HYPOCRISY on BCCI's side to favor & support such draft.

Posted by ABKhanISB on (January 30, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

@sandeep33.

This is the perfect example of blind supporter.

In the past Australia and West Indies had involved in generating the biggest revenues and India kept on getting money from ICC which was generated by Australia and West Indies, on the moral grounds when is BCCI planning to return that money before asking for more powers as in the history of cricket first time they produced some money?

Have you calculated that 80%? Most of which came out of the series between India and Pakistan and ICC events. If Pakistan and other nations had not played with India they couldn't generate this amount. In the future most of the nations would avoid the boring one sided matches with BCCI as they cannot learn to bowl even after so many years of playing cricket

Posted by Mars_SG on (January 30, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Out of WI, BD, ZM and NZ... no matter who fell for peer pressure, who fell for greed, who fell for threat or who fell for commitment, the bottom-line is, once 8 votes are there and the constitution is amended, noting you can do and revise again, because you need three fourth majority. Out of 10 members, eight votes will be needed again. When Big three are there, all you can do is get a max of seven votes. Team BD, WI, ZM and NZ.... do you know what mistake you have done? Now lets wait to see out of SA, PK and SL who is for sell. Extremely unhappy with BD, all they needed was an assurance that they will remain a test playing nation, seriously, that was very cheap negotiation. Whom are you going to play with?

Posted by ABKhanISB on (January 30, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

@ Cpt.Meanster

Two points. 1. Why should PCB demands to play India? To watch dead rubber matches? Just in the last series Pakistan almost white washed India with in India. There is no point of playing to a team without a bowling unit.

2. Why should PCB ask to play in IPL? Even when Pakistanis were allowed to play for ICL, PCB did not issue NOCs to players( even canceled the contracts of anyone who joined ICL at that time) which was a good decision as ICL/IPL is the destruction of the cricket we know. Most of the Pakistani players themselves do not want to play for IPL either, only the players who cannot find place in national team look towards this useless event.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (January 30, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

ECB and CA are the biggest loser here! I can't believe they're teaming up with BCCI while not even receiving equal amount of share! I can't wait for to BCCI turn its back on those two.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

I always knew that BCB will change their stance. They simply don't care if world cricket is ruined due to this stupid proposal. These, so called tigers, just want to save their test status. I hope PCB , SLC and CSA won't change their stance.

Posted by Timmuh on (January 30, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

And so it was always going to be. A tiny concession here, another one there, and divide the small nations. This shall the be the week that Test cricket ended.

Posted by Mars_SG on (January 30, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

Congrats to Big Three. Even if you can't play good cricket in 22 yards pitch, you played great game on 22 feet table. One after another fall pray to greed or commitment or threat.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

I would like to thank BCCI for destroying the game of cricket. This Big three idea is totally pathetic. PCB, SL, SA and WI should not vote and introduce a new cricket council. If big three approves then cricket will face its doomsday.

Posted by VisBal on (January 30, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

OttawaRocks, hope you didn't suffer too much with the snow this year.

Basically, the transfer funds that come from the ICC to the Boards are like the Equalisation Payments from the Federal Govt to the Provinces. This money is significant but does not amount to a big chunk of the budgets of the Test playing countries. It, however, is a very big factor when it comes to the Associates. In the absence of ICC money, the Affiliates may not be too badly affected as they are mainly funded by memberships. All in all, the development in the Associates will take a hit. The Test teams and Affiliates may not see a big difference in performance outcomes.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

Whatever may or may not happen from this but one thing is sure, International team will NEVER play in PAK due to SECURITY reasons. And that's the bottom line.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

shame on india aus and eng...........................

Posted by sid4391 on (January 30, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

IF all the other boards apart from the BIG 3 ( the ones opposing the draft i.e SLC, PCB, CSA ) were also INCLUDED in the money share they would not be against the proposed draft. It is realy amazing to see the comments from the fans supporting their respective boards. There is a question to these fans , WHAT THEY WOULD BE SAYING IF THEIR RESPECTIVE BOARDS WERE ALSO BEEN INCLUDED IN THE MONEY SHARE.

Posted by TheWayCrciketShouldBePlayed on (January 30, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

1)Why do we have Pay Channels in India. ESPN due to its Pay Channel system.

2)Why do we watch sports on an Entertainement channel SONY MAX because of IPL

3)Why do channels like Neo Prime/Zee Sports ..exist Because of our madness to watch cricket between West Indies and New Zealand

4)Why do some channels broadcast same programs 1000 times a week Because of foolish Indian TV audience(example All Rounder Ashwin, Swinging Shami)

5)Why there CASES in Court pending for LIVE Scores (God's Sake) Because we Indians are bothered abt Score update of Bermuda Vs PNG in WC Qualifiers.

6)Why do people waste so much time in posting and review comments in Cricinfo/Cricbuzz in PC. Mobile, Tab, -- Home, Work, Transit Because we have this 'Cricket Madness Syndrome'

UNLESS WE change these Administrators will do whatever they want 'cos they are under the Assumption that we will watch/follow/get updates of cricket even if we are dying

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 30, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

Since the BIG 3 only need 1 more vote. It could either come from PCB or SLC. My suggestion to PCB would be to 'demand' India to play against Pakistan at least every 2 years for a full series involving 5 tests, 3 ODIs and 1 T20 either in India or UAE alternatively. If the BCCI agree, then PCB may sign the proposal. Otherwise, they should oppose it with dignity and integrity. PCB can also add one more conditional clause; to permit Pakistani players to play in the IPL leaving out politics from sports. If the BCCI agree to both these conditions, PCB can cast their vote in favour of the proposal. The same applies to SLC. Sri Lanka should demand BCCI for a full bilateral tour every 2 years. In return, SLC can agree to send SL players to the IPL unless those players are retired from international cricket. Good luck PCB and SLC.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

WIth one vote required - sl, pak or sa has to vote , one who votes first will enjoy some benefits and the other 2 countries will suffer .

Posted by sandeep33 on (January 30, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

For the all fans shouting we dont watch cricket..ok u dont want to watch,,the peopl in india will continue to enjoy watching cricket and as long as v are intrstd in cricket crickt wont die,,its frm india 80% revenue cmng,,so it doesnt mattr whi watch or not,,no one will force you...

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 6:33 GMT)

I would rather the big 3 than the current big 1 (BCCI)! Hopefully soon we have the big 8 and then big 10-12...

Posted by TheWayCrciketShouldBePlayed on (January 30, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

HI <<cricketIsGreat>>

You reflect the true state of Indian cricket fan. Even though we know that cricket as a sport is inferior to many sports of world, still we used to watch and support our team and other teams due to advent of cable TV. And the milking of US has gone too far and BCCI wants to kill US the Golden Goose once and for all.

Time for to get out of this madness as suggested by you.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

Pakistan should invite India for at least 3 one days before the next ICC meeting and India play the proposed series in Pakistan, it should accept the ICC proposal. In this way world cricket will return to Pakistan.

Posted by akmalkakar on (January 30, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

For now the Big3 have agreed to put away the two-tier system just to take BCB's support and take control of ICC...but when they take control of the ICC then they can easily make changes and put two-tier system into effect as Bangladesh will have no say and no vote.....SPEAK WITH YOUR VOTE NOW WHILE YOU HAVE THE LIBERTY

Posted by Basil777 on (January 30, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

Let the big 3 start the own league and the others start their own league. As fan I will boycott (not watch India;Aus and Eng) cricket no more. They have cant win teams on the pitch no they have bully other boards like a spoilt rich kid.

I am sick of BCCI they disgust me !

Posted by TheWayCrciketShouldBePlayed on (January 30, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

Hi Abid Hussain,

I have to agree with you. Good sense of humour. But people in India will atleast use their productive time in something else

Posted by OttawaRocks on (January 30, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

Interesting comments. It appears most people believe the R7 (including Tanveer131 and eusamsh) believe that the R7 + Associates could be successful as a separate cricketing entity. Personally, I believe if they joined forces they would take a hit to the pocket book. However, it appears that the fans would be okay with trying and failing rather than not trying at all. Would be cool to see that kind of fortitude!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

BCB must make it crystal clear what they have agreed to. It was never about losing test status but ensuring ICC does not become handicapped to 3 countries. Our "brilliant" reporters are crying in joy that BCB has ensured our status. God knows what the hell the spineless mongrels in our board have agreed to concede......

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 30, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

To all pointing fingers towards BCB..I am a Pakistani and let me tell you something.. Pakistan is not far away of saying yes..They only need guarantee that their players will play IPL and India Pak bilateral series would continue... When these 2 things are placed on table..Our PCB would would go for it..Even a kid knows what PCB wants..

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

Well, this is absurd, sports should be controlled by a neutral authority. Like Football and other sports, cricket should be controlled by an entity which would never be in favor of any of the individual nation. Cricket is an amazing game and sadly it is played by less than 15 nations. To improve the interest in the game in other nations, then ICC has to find ways to popularize the sport. This new draft is never going to help. It is only for the Big threes financial wealth. They are taking the sports into Business. This will spoil the game's image for sure. Other boards should never say 'Yes' to the plan.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

Absolute rubbish-Simply dissapointed in NZC,WICB,BCB,ZCB, how can they so easily sell their rights to the big three? BCB is only thinking of the short term gains,and who is to say that the big three cant go against their word in the future?If the Executive commitee comprises only these three what is the whole point of an International cricket council? It should be renamed BCCI-AUS-ENG council.I'm happy the way the SA board spoke out against the proposal,even the SLC (surprising but soon political pressure will be put on us and we will cave) ,and ofc the oppoisition of Pak board is understandable due to the political feud.From the way i see it,I doubt any associate country could enter crickets mainstream from here on out-The Big three will continously play each other until fans move away,and a football style setup will take place where Domestic leagues will attract foreign players which will mean the end of International criket and teams will only meet in a world cup.Wake up fans!

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (January 30, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

Well folks, the proposals will go through with something approaching a unanimous majority. Brace yourself for more tours by India to countries like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and West Indies in the coming years- the Big 3 have their way, the smaller boards rake in more money. Cynicism has nothing to do with power folks.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

BCB is hoping the other 3 don't vote. Hoping in future they will get favour from the big 3 even if the proposition paper is not voted in. I think that is clever. befriending the enemy at hope they don't get control. Lets pray the 3 others vote no. what would be great is a rebel league of Cricket.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

New World Order in cricket. #trueconspiracytheories #richgetricher # illuminati #secretsocietyofbig3

Posted by veerang on (January 30, 2014, 5:39 GMT)

i love the way they are doing it.

Posted by India_boy on (January 30, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

Why is everyone swearing at ECB, BCCI and CA when their own boards are not standing up to them? BCB, NZC, ZCB and WICB have sold their own cricket too , do you think their are reasons to believe that if they wee there in place of the Big 3, they wouldn't have done the same thing? And for all those who are happy that SLC and PCB are resisting, let us make it clear. THEY ARE NOT RESISTING AND THEY DO NOT HAVE THE BEST INTEREST OF CRICKET IN THEIR MINDS! They are merely bargaining and waiting for things to further be in their favor, before they vote positively on this issue. All these boards are in the same boat, they are all greedy and nobody cares about cricket. Wake up and Realise! Cricinfo please publish this at least!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

ICC should be renamed to WCE "WORLD CRICKET ENTERTAINMENT" as its no more sports played by gentlemen. I have no trust and faith in cricket now it will be gambled & dramatized by big three. So expect much more fake action like wwe. Indian will turn cricket into Bollywood studio and all players will be just acting.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

I cant do much about the the draft but I certainly can restraint myself from watching this stupid money game!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

Does these some all boards executives really represent sentiment of Cricket loving fans. If decisions are made against opinion of fans. Peoples may boycott cricket matches. In this case, from where funds will be raised.???? Let Cricket be a game not covert it to Financial firm. Pakistan will never ever support this proposal.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

Not a new thing by BCB... Now let see what PCB will do in this regard.If this happens cricket will enter again in a colonial era.Where these Big 3 will do what they want....

Posted by AlSmug on (January 30, 2014, 5:26 GMT)

Well...... as a test cricketer that loves watching all the test riketing nations play , its a kick in the guts of the highest order, sad state of affairs bcci or another germany 1941, the motive this time a quick buck!!!! tighten it !

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

Everyone is missing one simple point in this whole fiasco. Would cricket benefit from all this? The answer is NO. What would you tell a new country interested in promoting cricket; we have 10 members and 3 run the show while 7 live on the left overs? What is the pride in achieving test status then? What's the point in having a vote when it is worthless.

Another pertinent question would be. A country looking to be whitewashed by a country way down the list on the rankings, is going to be the decision maker? On what basis? Money? Cheap!! Not interested........

Posted by CricketerUSA2000 on (January 30, 2014, 5:18 GMT)

Perhaps it's time to launch a new cricketing board parallel to ICC. There is no harm in having two parallel cricket boards. More cricket for cricket fraternity and healthy competition between international cricket boards.

Posted by ThKhan on (January 30, 2014, 5:18 GMT)

If i would either be PCB, CSA and there will be another draft in order to eliminate BD and Zim test status .. i would be definitely vote in favor of it.

Posted by cricketIsGreat on (January 30, 2014, 5:16 GMT)

With this they are making sure only the greedy 3 win world cups. Small nations such as SL, PAK will never win a world cup any more. I have already started watching football , F1 , rugby. Once a die hard cricket fan has no more interest. Cricket is no more a game. it is a business. THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME I LOGIN TO CRICINFO.I used to stated the day and end the day by login into this site. But not anymore. feeling so sad.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

Ah! the final line of resistance comes down to as usual Pakistan ( the biggest promoter and catalyst of great changes for the promotion of cricket globally ), South Africa (best team with great examplory legends who have promoted cricket in a competitive way ) and Sril lanka ( Big hearted people with diverse skills and always qualifiers of the finals of most world events )! these three cant alone change the world although they have down the best they could to promote world cricket globally. they have resisted these evil changes like true guardians of justice but we all know the weak will always give in and small nations like zimbabwe ( not payed since last 8 months or so ) , bangladesh ( test status in question ) will try to chip in, trying to find shelter under the shadow of the big 3! Being Pakistani i luv the stand of my country towards this injustice. but world is not fair and i hope my country also makes some kind of great beneficial deals with the big 3!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:08 GMT)

Well put John Hawks. Couldn't have said it better!

Posted by Desihungama on (January 30, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

So it's Big 3 versus the Small 3. I wonder what's gonna happen to remaining 2? They are in loads of trouble. And dare I say they are Pakistan and South Africa?

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:03 GMT)

@asiacricket1234 : Do you even understand the context when you say them? How will BD expect to improve their game when they are not even allowed to play the best teams.If you face average teams your quality is bound to be average. How fo you think BD got their Test status? Let me help you remember...by beating teams like Pakistan, Australia etc. So lets say you don't play them and you don't know how to face their quality players.So when the World cup or any major tournaments come, you face them and fail miserably everyone'll say look how awful the BD team is. Our players are screaming out loud to play the top teams more frequently.We play hardly 2/4 tests in a year. How do you expect them to improve without even playing more test matches against quality opposition. And if you want to be diplomatic go play politics. SPORTS is EMOTION!. whether it's Cricket or Football. and another thing. Do you think BD supporters will go to stadiums to watch kenya/Ireland or India/Australia?

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

This is really disgusting to see the speed with which Bangladeshi and West Indian boards turned in favor of this ridiculous proposal. Then I didn't really see them as making a stand. Bangladesh conceding 700+ runs and facing a massive innings defeat at home in the latest test are vulnerable at best and they just proved it. Cricket as we know it may cease to exist and sadly it doesn't appear to be very good for the game.

Posted by Udendra on (January 30, 2014, 4:46 GMT)

How have they gained assurance? Is it in written format? Is it going to be in the governing rules? SLC will sure join BCB as the next "spineless" member.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:44 GMT)

Everything and Everyone has a price. Period !!!!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

what hell is Big 3, Cricket is no more Sport its become Business

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

Thanks alot BCB, i wonder how you feel after selling your soul and body over small amount of money. #sick

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:39 GMT)

BD don't worry they will give you test status now for their own benefits, once this proposal passed than after awhile there will be again another proposal thinking about second tier tests and hopefully you will lose ur test status. see u playing test with Nepal l, as AFG is by far better than u.

Posted by RoshJ on (January 30, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

@asiacricket....you are right..its a shame to see BAN board giving-in for all the wrong reasons..here what your board saying is "we are happy to remain on 8 or 9....but please let us play test cricket"....pretty negative indeed!

It's time BAN to start taking things seriously, looking at the current test with SL, it is abundantly clear they don't understand how to play TESTS! (after more than 10 years..and not learned yet?)

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

Dignity and self respect should not be compromised. I would rather see Pakistan isolated from any cricket instead of slavery. Even if this proposal gets through without PCB vote (Hope PCB will stick to its stance), and never play international cricket, but pride will always be there to cherish which is much bigger than any game.

Posted by tanveer131 on (January 30, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

@OttawaRocks : very good idea. but they all are dumb and brainless.

Posted by RoshJ on (January 30, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

RIP cricket indeed!! The classic "Game Theory" seems to be on now...SL, PAK & SA..who will blink first (or should I say 'bend").. What a shame! Where are the boards of WI, NZ, ZIM...

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

cricket watching has gone much expensive, because of big three(incuding BCCI). there must be an expensive media reciever to watch cricket such as their dishtv.

Posted by SolFish on (January 30, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

This will be the perfect time for the other nations to form their own cricket councils, and let the big three play each other, who needs them anyway, if that rule passes, I will no longer be following cricket with the tier system in place, no teams here in America gets demoted for last place, each team here gets to play an equal amount of games. Just as in the IPL, and most sports, teams should be able to offer contracts to players outside of their country, therefore it would become a global sport were competition would become more competitive and standard become higher, in all facets of life or any sport someone must come last, what these fools are saying they don't want any last place finishers, if that is so then the person who finishes first should only compete against himself, imagine having only 2 teams, one comes last, does competition ends there, imagine the Wright brothers giving up flying after a few failed attempts, in order to get off the ground, shame on the ICC.

Posted by TheAnalyzer on (January 30, 2014, 4:25 GMT)

Bangaladesh betrayed the other countries.. Pathetic..

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:22 GMT)

I had an idea that BCB will tilt towards Big 3

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

PCB SC should bycort or walkaway voting if they got required votes....atleast record record the protest.... RIP cricket

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:04 GMT)

Cricket is no longer gentleman game! Especially i hate Big three

Posted by Pakfan1947 on (January 30, 2014, 4:04 GMT)

If this proposal passed, it will be death to International Cricket. At least, I wil not watch Cricket anymore.

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (January 30, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

Bangladesh...oh no!!!! I am sure the next one would be SL board to get trapped in big 3 bait. Because they know that Pak and SA are never going to accept their terms and the only weaker link could be SL.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

One could almost guess that BD would backstab other nations. So much for 4 nations standing together!

Posted by Domestica on (January 30, 2014, 3:59 GMT)

Bangladesh support any proposals quickly,but never try to improve their own cricket team,Cricket is going to reserve only for Big 3,We are going to play with Tennis Ball and wish RIP for World Cricket..

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 30, 2014, 3:56 GMT)

Thats a wise step by them. How can others survive without help from big 3? They lack financial support already and no games with big3 means cricket finished in those countries.

Posted by eusamsh on (January 30, 2014, 3:54 GMT)

Two Comments: @OttawaRocks - Fuly agree with your idea. Big 3 can play as much cricket as they want to. Without SA/PAK/SL/WI and other nations - ENG/AUS/IND cant survive. Without SA/WI/SL/BD players in IPL - they will have nothing. The Rest of 7 nantons should have joined hands.

Now - shame, shame, shame on Bangladesh. If BD is that much afraid of loosing test status, they improve your game and prove that you are not worthy to be thrown out. Instead, they took back door and got assurance. Shame on you for letting down SA/PAK/SL.

Posted by khiladi456 on (January 30, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

The one good thing about this entire proposal is in danger of being negated.

Also, the money should go to top team ....by ranking.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 3:45 GMT)

Instead of this big 3 bcci need to find bowlers because India needs bowlers and bcci r planning only money money bcci look at ur team losing to 8 team in ranking shame on bcci and team bcci and players only need money from ipl

Posted by Arparkar on (January 30, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

It is high time somebody take lead and start forming this alternate organization as suggested ottowarocks. It is sad to see what is happening in so called civilized, modern and democratic world. They are infact wiping out cricket once gentlemen sport from the map. While other sports bodies are promoting and recruiting new members , taking their respective sports to grassroots , thus reaching their financial goals. Economies of scales. The path they have taken is shameful.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

Cricket is not a game its politics. Its all money know.

Posted by Simuch on (January 30, 2014, 3:40 GMT)

I dont know if there is no 2 tire system why there is clarification needed on religation. This smells fishy. 2 tier system is so unfair, when there is religation it is made sure all the teams play same number of matches, but BD and Zim never get to play enough matches.

Posted by Anwar2khokon on (January 30, 2014, 3:34 GMT)

Is cricket going to sustain? I wonder how the other two countries absorbing Indian values? Every evil thing has immediate success, but in the long run Aus and England will find themselves in miserables. India already destroyed their cricket, now using all means to survive. Shame on the Trios...

Posted by sonu77 on (January 30, 2014, 3:13 GMT)

Cricket is no more a competitive game ! time to giveup cricket & turn to Hockey/foot ball..BCCI along with CA & ECB officially destroyed great game of C R I C K E T

Posted by screamingeagle on (January 30, 2014, 3:12 GMT)

So BD has shown they have no backbone. I expect SL and Pak to display their rubber spines soon too.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 3:02 GMT)

This is where money buys off cricket! So, only two kinds of people will now play cricket - those who have money; and those who will beg money from those who have!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 2:57 GMT)

Just feeling shame RIP cricket

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 30, 2014, 2:51 GMT)

I wish to humbly register a plea in these forums. Please DO NOT equate the BCCI with India. They are two different things. The BCCI don't represent the sentiments or wishes of the Indian people. I am an Indian fan and I strongly condemn these new policies put forward by the BCCI, ECB and CA. I am not alone here, billions of Indian cricket lovers do not approve of the BCCI's attitude. So please don't say India when you refer to the BCCI. As Indian supporters, we do not favour the BCCI's actions. We Indian fans support a united and democratic ICC where the interests of cricket is the top priority. Feel ashamed that Indian cricket is held at ransom by the BCCI to satisfy their greed.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

at the end PCB will be biggest loser

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 2:33 GMT)

Bangladesh and Zim must be kicked out. Banglads are at least another 25 years to become a competitive side. Zim has to sort out local issues.

Posted by bul98 on (January 30, 2014, 2:32 GMT)

Except Indian fans, rest of the cricket world loves to see India loose because of there board attitude and money power. India is bulling rest of the world cricket by this two tier and what they did against SA recently and IPL circus. India can only win in India and they will get crash any where they go. PAK beat them in there own back yard. Best of luck NZ sweep the Indians just like ENG, Aus, SA did. So called world champs in there own home only. Rest of the world watches Indian matches just to see them loose and BCCI and Indian fans think everyone wants to watch them.

Posted by kanwar11 on (January 30, 2014, 2:25 GMT)

I do not understand one thing that why people are blaming BCCI for this. This is business and all the cricket boards are like private companies, we may feel they are representing their respective country but think hard, they are not. They have to exist and to exist every company try to increase its profit, then why should CA, ECB or BCCI compromise on that. If somebody have a problem, don't do business with them, as simple as that.

As a cricket fan my job is to watch cricket, if I don't like it, I should change the channel. Blabbering about things ( i do not know about) on cricinfo is not going to change their mind.

I think SL and PCB are pissed because they are going bankrupt and SA is because they are not invited into the elite club (may be I am wrong, but who knows what happen behind those close door meetings). Signing off....

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 2:19 GMT)

so Bangladeshis let India to consider Cricket as their own Domain,, Bangladeshis you will receive the utmost consequences as soon as possible by BCCI wait and see

Posted by DarkNecros on (January 30, 2014, 2:06 GMT)

As a Trinidadian and West Indian fan, I am deeply disappointed in the WICB president for siding with the Big 3. What is to prevent them from saying, "sure you will get more test against us, and boom you still play 2 test or the occasional 3 test against them. West Indies cricket will suffer from this.

Posted by DarkNecros on (January 30, 2014, 2:04 GMT)

I agree with you OttawaRocks. I think the 7 and associates should form their own organizations. They would be profitable. Let the Big Three play by themselves. After that their cricket fans will get bored of seeing those 3 play cricket between them, while cricket will be promoted thru the Small 7 and associates

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 2:02 GMT)

If this happens then bye bye Cricket, I have been one of your die hard fan for many years. Tears. :-(

Posted by wapuser on (January 30, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

I was always a proud cricket fan & still do not miss a single ball in test cricket no matter whether BD or Zim playing the match. I'm really shocked by such a greedy proposal & heart broken. All I can pray, soon team like Bangladesh will beat India in their every matches & Indian fans will support tigers & be ashamed by the greedy activities of their board to destroy cricket.

Posted by mensan on (January 30, 2014, 1:53 GMT)

I think Pakistan will also join. With no international cricket at home, they have to play at neutral venue which is obviously very costly for them. Pakistan do have a good excuse of joining as compared with NZ, WICB, BCB etc. I read somewjere that WICB will have 100% increase in revenue... but how? They are already slashed many tests and still in loss. How can joining big-3 will improve their finances?

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 1:52 GMT)

R.I.P cricket ...I registered for world cup ticket for 2015 ...I cancelled it ...because I can not give my money to dictators ....i will never follow any cricket matches anymore .....Thanks to BCCI U SAVE MY MONEY

Posted by wapuser on (January 30, 2014, 1:43 GMT)

Instead of "big 3" please use the term "greedy 3"

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 1:34 GMT)

England just got a 5-0 whitewash, Australia just barely started rising again and the Flat Track Bullies only could win in India. These three teams might have the larger crowds but they not the finest teams, for test cricket to be good and palatable you got to include the best test team (south Africa). Now Let's pray that these money- gluts don't destroy test cricket and cricket in general.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 1:27 GMT)

The solution seems obvious enough. All the countries that oppose this amendment should unionize and threaten to ban their players if they play for the IPL. You can't make a career out of IPL. If your contract is terminated, and if you have no international or First-Class matches to play, you are done. So players from those countries won't go and play the IPL until the end of their careers. Without players like Gayle and Steyn, IPL would suffer financially. The England team never had stars, and the current Australian team doesn't have them either.

India wouldn't want that.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (January 30, 2014, 1:27 GMT)

Cricket lovers wish to see cricket a fair game. It sad to see political drama in cricket by BCCI. Every thing can be ok, just ICC should kickoff INDIA out from cricket council.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 1:23 GMT)

why always with us ..things not going right..apart from my its a a bad decision ..

Posted by saintsinister on (January 30, 2014, 1:16 GMT)

I feel sad. 20 years of watching this game, following it enthusiastically, absorbing each and every amazing match (be it among the superior sides or an upset) is coming to an abrupt end. Cricket is becoming the new WWE. Thank you BCCI, ECB and CA. Rest in peace cricket. May the scripts fail each and every time.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 1:15 GMT)

Dear all fans Kindly do not comment against Indian fans for the acts of BCCI. Many of the fans love cricket more than anything else and also we disapprove many acts of BCCI. They are doing business and not promoting cricket. Kindly understand this

Posted by Independent_fan on (January 30, 2014, 1:08 GMT)

This is a bad political game. Cricket is not own by big greedy cricket administrators in Australia, India and England. Cricket belongs to billions of true cricket fans in all over the world. Rest of the cricketing nations should not be allowed big three to let countries like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe down. They should support them to be in the game with dignity and not by agreeing to this nasty proposal.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 0:58 GMT)

I would say greedy 3 @Syed. I haven't seen India win any overseas matches except ICC champ trphy in last 3 Yrs. Eng ,SA,Aus all chopped India. I bet/afraid if they play test against BD in BD they won't even get 20 Wk. BD is lil rusty now, but they will do better against SL.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 0:53 GMT)

Feeling sorry for the BCB, the rest 7 are no longer members of elite Test group. BCB and others are already in the 2nd tier. I hope me and other fans of cricket do not get disgusted seeing this and stop following cricket. Feeling my favorite sport is being hijacked from us.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 0:44 GMT)

why does Bangladesh vote even count. it should count as 0.2 of a vote.

Posted by spin_king4 on (January 30, 2014, 0:35 GMT)

Sri Lanka will crumble to pressure from the Indian board who they depend on for much of their revenue (they are the nation I believe that has most played Sri Lanka over the last few years). As an Australian I can say that this deal is going to be terrible for cricket.

Posted by Shaun_G on (January 30, 2014, 0:26 GMT)

Are these boards serious!? They are giving control to 3 boards to make all the decisions and most of the money! Instead of standing up for the good of the game they are giving in to the hope that maybe one day a big 3 will play them, what happens in the mean time? No one plays zim or bang because it's not worth it and they have no obligation. Instead of taking all the money more should be going to develop the game world wide. If more teams were helped to progress to test status then teams like bang and zim would get more test matches say if teams like Ireland, Afghanistan, Netherlands were helped to progress to a good standard. These "lesser" teams benefit by more test match experience and at the same time could get an invitation to play one of the bigger teams, say a rule as one 2 match series every 10-15 years. Instead the affiliates all get screwed by their small amount of funding taken away and then the slow death begins of cricket teams around the world....

Posted by iceaxe on (January 30, 2014, 0:25 GMT)

Bugger the big three... they can play their own games.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 0:20 GMT)

RIP cricket

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

if Pakistan goes with them than I swear im outta cricket........ the cricket which was ma all time dream game fro whom I woke 3 in morning to watch ill never foillow it Pakistan don't do it u already in nasty position...... beaware of it...

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 0:09 GMT)

Bengali fans guys tell ur board to stay strong plz im not too concerned about pcb there is strong sentiment aganst the proposals hopefully i dont thnk we will bow down. remember u guys are profitable cricket nation u need to take a stand .india as ruler of world cricket not good they like to rule wid iron fist nd have broken several contracts with several nstions. come on if u call urselves tigers u shoudnt take orders from anyone. i rate these laws selling of cricket.

Posted by mannan_ma on (January 30, 2014, 0:07 GMT)

Twenty years ago India used to complain about the step- motherly treatment it received from the cricket boards of Australia and England. India is now dishing out similar treatment to other boards, especially Pakistan. What is ironic is that Australia and England were complaining against India not too long ago about how it is going its own route vis a vis DRS and other things. Greedy three(India,Australia and England) have most definitely sowed the seeds of destruction of the great game of cricket. IPL has already eroded the quality of the game in India. Just look at India's overseas performance in recent years for confirmation. South Africa ,Pakistan and Sri Lanka should stand up to these bullies by threatening to create a parallel body to ICC. The process of writing an obituary for cricket has started by greedy three.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 29, 2014, 23:56 GMT)

So disappointed to see losing the sports i loved so much.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 23:53 GMT)

Like it or loathe it the Big 3 will continue to dominate world cricket so long as they stick together. The only chance the other nations have is to try and divide and conquer. Split up the Big 3 and then it's a different story.

So long as the Big 3 act as one then the threat of them walking away, and then tempting SA into "the club" is enormous. Yes it would destroy cricket as a world game but it would still earn them huge profits while allowing the two Test series a year format to continue.

It's a nightmare for cricket purists and fans of the other Test playing nations - but it's a nightmare the other boards will be threatened with whenever they step out of line.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

In response to Ottowa there is no chance of an R7 & Associates breakaway. Even if it was just about feasible there would be countless top players from those nations who would choose lucrative IPL and Big Bash contracts over playing Tests for their country. All the Big 3 would have to do is ban R7&A nations from those T20 leagues. If the R7&A sides couldn't field their best players then there is no way they could generate the revenue required from Tests.

It would also assume SA remained in the breakaway group. If the Big 3 then increased its offer just to SA they would jump at the chance to join, especially if the Big 3 increased the pressure by threatening to schedule Test matches directly against the SA T20 tournament.

All in all the Big 3 would almost certainly tempt SA over and then you are left with the other nations begging to rejoin the main group on much worse terms than they are being offered now. Sad... but true.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 23:35 GMT)

I have a feelings that promises will not be fulfilled by the Greedy Three. It can easily be overturned once the new setup is complete which will not be reversible except to establish a new ICC parallel to the existing one to secure the profits.

Posted by aadi1295 on (January 29, 2014, 23:32 GMT)

I just want to to say "RIP Cricket"

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 23:31 GMT)

Pakistan, South Africa and Srilanka should come with an alternative plan with the option that the division of money will be according to the ranking and points. and also revamp the ranking system.

Posted by Aura123 on (January 29, 2014, 23:28 GMT)

I feel like someone has robbed me from my only belonging cricket

Posted by amumtaz on (January 29, 2014, 23:24 GMT)

Et tu Brute, then fall Caesar.

I thought our Bengali brothers had more strength and vision to stand up to their big brother i.e. India. I was so wrong!

Posted by fr600 on (January 29, 2014, 23:21 GMT)

They should require 66% votes for anything that cricket constitutional.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 23:17 GMT)

Again. These changes do not reflect what fans of England or Australia want. Just those who run the game. Most fans are appalled at these plans and see them as parochialism, protectionism and anti-competitive. These are the three nations who survive off their own income. They are net contributors to the pot of money in world cricket, all other nations including SA are net takers from the pot. In addition England and Australia do not rely on India for crowds or popularity either. Tours by their team to India or tours by India to those nations are not very popular with the viewing public of those nations. But that's no way to spread a game worldwide. We need more nations involved not less! Use the money to spread the game.

Posted by Tweety20 on (January 29, 2014, 23:00 GMT)

So finally,cricket bows to money.Really sad situation.When cricket dies out,these three should be held entirely responsible.RIP.

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

Very similar to the arguments behind British empire building. "Give us all your power and we'll take care of you...promise!"

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (January 29, 2014, 22:55 GMT)

I think every cricket board has their own agenda. Boards who got what they wanted said yes such as WI wanted money, BCB wanted Test status etc. Teams who are still protesting are the one who haven't got what they wanted. They are not doing it for any so call moral value. PCB badly need cricket back in Pakistan which is why they didn't say no at the beginning and tried to make a deal but when BCCI didn't agree they stood against it, CSA being the best team at the moment expected to be a part of BIG3 OR 4. SLC is in serious financial trouble they probably want to be sure that they get enough series against top teams so they can survive. Once BIG 3 give one of them what they want they will change their stance, Truth is none of these boards fighting for cricket here. They just want their share. My bet is on SLC as it will be easier to give them what they need

Posted by SyBorgg71 on (January 29, 2014, 22:48 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, 22:46 GMT)

Already same thing was happening as for a control is concern, so it will now be legal to claim control. Additions will be no FTPs and even more month to the greedy boards. Cricket will die and will not flourish anymore in associate nations as nobody would want to arrange a bilateral series with the poor boards. So in all you are watch cricket's demise departing from world itself and culprits will be the one accepting this not the ones who are doing this.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

As much as I dont approve of the proposal, one thing people who post their comments need to understand that sportsmen need money to live too. Fair enough they are being paid a lot of money, but at the same time they are also taking a lot of criticism (sometime from their own country people). I think its fair that every sport is played for money, if not you are back in the days before the Kerry Packer war!

Would any of us like to work for minimum wages? if not, then I dont think we have any right to raise our voice against money ruling sport. It is us, the spectators who have made the game what it is today (ie money hungry). Why dont people stop going to the T20s hosted by various countries (ie BBL, IPL etc).

Most of you here are idelogist, not being pragmatic about the world. If you are true cricket lover, watch any format (like me, I even followed the women's ashes - couldnt watch every game though), start being practical. The more money in the game the more games, more fun for us!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 22:39 GMT)

now chairmen of PCB,CSA,SLC should have a meeting soon and sign a agreement to stand firm against (pig3)no matter what these (pig3) offer them in return !!!

Posted by Sal76 on (January 29, 2014, 22:28 GMT)

@OttawaRocks - spot on bro. Couldn't agree more. Can always expect a Canuck to state the truth. It's like former Canadian PM Jean Chretien who said in relation to our political relations with the US, "Whether we like it or not, the Americans are our best friends". Whether the R7 like it or not, money is their best friend. Without money, they cannot survive and money, in the cricketing world today reads BC CI.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 22:24 GMT)

OTTAWA Cricket will not break up. Don't worry. If the R7 go, Wisden will not recognise their records so whats the point. All i wish for is that cricket stays on TV and Wisden still keeps count of records. Just a pity REAL RECORDS are being trumped by teams playing Ban & Zim. by the way all test records before 2001 (AUSTRALIA) 2010(SOUTH AFRICA) should also be swiped as these were made by provinces verses ENGLAND not countries ie, not TEST CRICKET. would like to hear from Lawrence Booth Editor of Wisden on that question.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 22:17 GMT)

As far as I understand, ICC revamp is going to be passed in next meeting...BCB has already agreed, may be SLC is gonna agree soon too...CSA and PCB are gonna suffer after this is passed. But I have a basic question. After this is passed, in future any "special resolution" like this would need how many votes to pass? Or will there be even any voting system? ExCo alone will be sufficient I think. I hope but don't think Bangladesh is gonna be consistent in tests anytime soon. Very soon two/three tier system will come forward again and Bangladesh's test status will be questioned again..WHERE WILL YOU GO THEN BCB?

Posted by UzyyAz on (January 29, 2014, 22:17 GMT)

@ Ottawa Rocks, usually I don't bother to comment but your idea about the other 7 teams breaking away captured my attention. It is quite a genius idea in my opinion. These 7 can gain large support from teams like Afghanistan, Ireland, Netherlands and thus can be seen more on international circuit. Australia and England can carry on with their Ashes while India can then be used for IPL only, otherwise cricket will carry on with or without India.

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

@Syed Ali Shamshad - Brother why not follow baseball because that is an American sport and y'all like to emulate everything USA.

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

once we used to call them bengal tigers.. RIP cricket!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 22:03 GMT)

shame on you bcb RIP cricket shame on WICB and shame on the so called big three greedy bullies long live youtube where i can watch classic cricket cricket as it should be

Posted by bren19 on (January 29, 2014, 22:02 GMT)

Hitler did not seize power in Germany - they actually voted for him and his plans. Once this happened he simply took over and put into action his own agendas. Just a thought that Bangladesh and the other nations might want to consider here.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 22:01 GMT)

Cricinfo please start the poll and see the public response of how many are against this "Big Three" Proposal

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 21:58 GMT)

Cricket is going to be a drama-hour kind of an event soon..i mean like WWE....

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 21:56 GMT)

If its in favor of all teams then why they are calling it Big three?? Cricket is nothing without Pakistan & South Africa. Purpose of cricket was not business but ICC has forgotten this

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 21:43 GMT)

simply disappointed :( i can't live without cricket but now.....???? i don't know what will happen

Posted by vikipr on (January 29, 2014, 21:40 GMT)

Security Council? Without which everybody will do the nuclear test!!! If someone cannot accept the reality in the commercial world, they will not be able to exist long. All the boards want BCCI to play matches at their home and they don't want to give any money. CSA gave money to PCB to play matches in South Africa. Why no comment because it is not done by BCCI.

Posted by wapuser on (January 29, 2014, 21:40 GMT)

Bangladesh simply cannot take a stand. They are just not that class that is able to think beyond the short-term gains. See their internal politics as well. They're restless, short-sighted and of course unreliable. Their decision to back off is just another evidence of what I have just said.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 21:30 GMT)

I'm totally confused about this. "Big 3" = boards of India, Australia and England, right ? Since it's all about money and nothing to do with cricket, why are Sky Sports not one of them ?

Am I missing something here ? Any Saffers fans care to comment, after all you're undisputed #1 test team !

Posted by fr600 on (January 29, 2014, 21:28 GMT)

@yorkslanka Cricket boards get more funding which can be spent on management officials' well-being.

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

The Big Three --- From which Context? In real terms India Pakistan and Srilanka Stands miles ahead from propsective of crowd pullers to Revenue generation to real entertainment in cricketing World. India due obvious commercial reasons stands there but what about Australia and england? Both have nothing to offer with limited followers and that too limited to Aussies wrestling. So Big Three termed coined shall be rightly said in curent circumstances as GREEDY 3. Rest If Srilanka Pakistan and Sout Africa make their own world of cricket with nations like Afghanistan, Ireland soon joining them; the intensity and crowds will be much more than what India Australia and england together can muster in a neutral place like UAE. Rest there can be no cricket if World's best fast bowling side SA and Worls's best spin bowling attack Pakistan get off with their separated vision of Global and future cricket and it is sure the Greedy 3 will soon die their own coined death. Well Done SA,PK, SL

Posted by AFTAB-Finland on (January 29, 2014, 21:16 GMT)

Who even win this game of BIG3 ..its just a shame to game of cricket which will be remembered for a long time what so called BIG-3 did to game for money....

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

Unfortunate for cricket. I had a strong belief that BCB would not succumb to pressure.

Posted by Lees_Legends on (January 29, 2014, 21:07 GMT)

Come on Pak, Sri and SL. For the sake of cricket as a global sport please hold out!!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

absolutely ridiculous to see this happening ,the' Big three' taking control of world cricket,where are the programs of developing the game,still cricket Ireland have not been included in the picture no test status ,cricket is now limited to 3 countries only ,no Pakistani players in Ipl this year another shame to see .I think I'm done with cricket now.

Posted by AneYako on (January 29, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

well cricket had a good run. It has become a business first and foremost and it's thanks to greedy country cricket boards like those of India, Aus and Eng. Congratulations to them and their blind supporters

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

Well finally the misery ends. Politics is a funny thing. We think we understand it but it comes out totally different. It is quiet evident from recent events that 'Big 3' had planned this thing to the last step. No matter how much we take the stand or how much we register our protest, this was inevitable. The first released draft in public was their to see the reaction and upon that without touching the power hierarchy of the 'Big 3', a revised version was introduced. While using the back channel politics and blackmailing, things have now turned out exactly as 'Big 3' have wanted. They have not lost any control on world cricket. These are the dark days in cricket world. Its not about talent, potential or real hard fought game any more. Its just about money and power. For Bangladesh ''You have just dug your own grave''

Posted by dulabhai on (January 29, 2014, 20:56 GMT)

RIP Cricket. I don't understand why BCB had to be on board with the greedy and arrogant three.

Posted by Might-Mo on (January 29, 2014, 20:55 GMT)

Cricket will never be same. The 3 bullies will get their way. Maybe PCB, SA and SLA should join with the big three on the condition that BD and ZW are kicked out of test cricket for their selfishness.

Posted by raulraj on (January 29, 2014, 20:53 GMT)

@Ottawa Rocks: I am from Nepal, I love cricket in genreal. I think sachin is the best player on the planet. I was hopefull of Nepal imporving beacuse last year they were promiised to receive $2 million for improvement of the game of cricket in nepal. Now, with the new proposal Nepal will only receive $10000/Yrs. Now i doubt Nepal as cricket nation will improve and little by little one of the cricket crazy nation will lose its craze to football which is most popular in Nepal. In a way new proposal is a good thing cuz it will force teams to be better but what abt the associates who need support to get to the level where they can say, ok if we work hard little more from here we can compete with TOP teams. This proposal is here to make money for everyone little bit and more money for big 3 but no one thought abt whats going to happen to " a young boy in a assosiates nation's village having the same dream as Scahin Ramesh Tendulkar". It's just sad.

Posted by TRAM on (January 29, 2014, 20:53 GMT)

What happened to all the Ind-SL pet series and the funding all these years? hmm I thought they were friends. Seems not. From BCCI's perspective Pak was always enemy. Kind of brotherly enemy. Clear. SA became recent enemy due to circumstances. (cut short of the Ind tour for SRT's sake probably caused it). But what about SL? A traitor? SL used to play against Tamil Nadu regularly in those days, when SL did not have Test status. It was India who gave so many opportunities to improve cricket there.

Posted by fayyaz03 on (January 29, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

shame on u big three! money money & money

Posted by wc1992 on (January 29, 2014, 20:44 GMT)

i am waiting when tide is turned and surely it will turned ..... then it will for big 3 and more for one newly low life rich

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

I am out of it, you guys continue with your greed and keep destroying cricket. This game has become a shame for the spectators. I would never be able to look at this game the way I used to do. Monopoly wins, cricket looses. Goodbye Cricket.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

ecb don't even represent a nation in the top 3 for test odi or t20i so y the hell r they part of the "big three" surely south Africa should be part of the "big three" instead of the ecb. maybe even the "big three" should be called "can't win away three". y not have teams that can win away from home like south Africa, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. but instead the awful teams are the "big three"

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Good question Ottawa.I think R7 would have problems initially but the D3(3 dictators)will have even bigger problems and in the end everyone may have to come back to the table with even say.Does the R7 have the guts and courage to do that?you can see how BD is behaving with their weakness.Good luck.

Posted by wapuser on (January 29, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Cant understand why the hell these three are bringing their nasty politics into this sober game & why ICC is still keeping quite while their main goal was to bring cricket in global arena !

Posted by sunthehottest on (January 29, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

BCB should have think of cricket rather than test status only.... poor BCB feeling pity on them cause they will suffer more in future after the original proposal get passed

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

shameful behaviour by the 3 boards. BCCI really turning the gentleman's game into a bazari support.

Posted by TMuhammad on (January 29, 2014, 20:38 GMT)

@OttawaRocks: Yes in Asia people like India to play against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The grounds are packed when they play. Same is the situation when England is Playing against Pakistan and South Africa or Australia against any of the three especially if the matches are being played in their home countries. Thant is why India doesn't like to play outside India. because the pitches and public in their favour and grounds are full.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:38 GMT)

totally disappointed for cricket fans, what even need of that ridiculous thing, everything is well going but after the approval of Big 3 (if) the beauty & equality of world cricket will destroyed.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:37 GMT)

The worst decision ever have taken. You should be ashamed BCB. Please use your brain not your mouth

Posted by noplay on (January 29, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

BCB officials must have seen the scoreboard against SL. According to the very first comment, soon you will be a force to reckon with.

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

Something seriously messed up here. So they need one more vote to obtain authority........., but for what? To pass amendments that are yet undisclosed? Shouldn't individual constitutional amendments be voted upon separately AFTER they've been presented in front of the whole body? Is there any country in the world that votes on constitutional amendments in this fashion?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:33 GMT)

Here is what coming next PCB agree because international cricket will come to Pakistan. Bangladesh showed they are weak already . It's all business guys chill . Throw a carrot Throw a carrot and they will do what u want :) RIP cricket . Khan from TX.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

dont get how its greedy 3 etc, if cricket made money in other countries this would never have come to be to begin with, its not up to aus india and england to grow cricket in other countries, the money they create should be theirs by rights anyway. Get a bloke to show up to a match and this wouldnt be a problem. (aimed at people in other countries) start going to games or buying merchandise, get ya kid into the game, until ur doing all of those things, quit complaining.

Posted by CurrentPresident on (January 29, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

The fans can still complain with their wallets. If you disagree with it, do not watch any ICC tournament - the organization is sensitive to monetary losses. The system does have its checks and balances. If the fans do not like it, the revenue will go down and ICC will make changes to boost it. They are businessmen and don't want their product to suffer.

For all the SLC and PCB fans moaning over it, look at the state of your boards first and then criticize others. They are much worse than BCCI.

With the tier system staying the same, I don't understand what all the drama is about (for the fans). Nothing really changes for them. Its laughable how the Sri Lankans and the Pakistanis even brought in China. There you go - big daddy will solve all your problems.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

I respect Pakistan for standing up till now, because we are the most affected if this proposal doesn't go through since we have to arrange series on neutral venues. Kudos to SLC and CSA as well let's stay strong, and defeat the people who are trying to mend cricket for their merry ways.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:30 GMT)

I'm sure everyone will be get bored of watching matches IND vs ENG, IND vs AUS, ENG vs AUS all the time. They will loose a great amount of viewership and fans through which they are able to generate huge amount of money. Even the investors, broadcasters will hesitate and look for cheaper deals.

Posted by avmd on (January 29, 2014, 20:25 GMT)

Shame on you BCB, your team cannot perform and now you want to keep your test status by falling in the lap of big three. They will let you keep your test status which Afghanistan and Ireland deserve more than your team, but no one will play test against your team. Not bid 3 and neither the rest.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

Instead of using Big three. They should write the greedy three..... I Have already started following up football.... Cricket is no longer gentlemans game.... RIP cricket....

Posted by SportsObserver on (January 29, 2014, 20:05 GMT)

This was the "Big 3"'s plan all along. Threat BD and Zim with test status and they will be on board with whatever you put forward as long as they are allowed to keep their test status. It worked like a charm with BD. May be they should have proposed BD be thrown out of all forms of cricket and BD would have sided with them to save their t20 status. It is like extortionists demanding everything you have in the hope they would be met half-way and you meet them halfway thinking at least you have half left. And after all this takes place the culprit seems like a kind and reasonable one who is "letting" you keep your half. Brilliant!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:04 GMT)

So as usual Bangladeshis have fallen prey to the bait of Big 3. This was expected. Now India will throw a bait to PCB and I am hoping against hope that they might be trapped too...

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:00 GMT)

Cricket no more a sport but business.

The thing which matters is not the game or the fans but money.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (January 29, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

I don't think BCCI should be equated to India when people comment. It is evident that many Indians disapprove of BCCI hegemony of world cricket as well.

It is commendable how ESPNcricinfo has been so vocal against these shenanigans by the "big three" for the so called good of the game who are just protecting their own short term interests - basically the money.

As BCCI is now on the brink of a coup, the next "big idea" should be - do away with ICC completely and change BCCI to BCCW - Board of Control of Cricket in the World". It would reflect the reality.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

Bravo bangladesh, you have done it again !!

Posted by mzm149 on (January 29, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

I am impressed with the guile with which Big Three put the proposal first and later toned it down to get votes:

First Bangladesh's test status was in danger. Now they will play test cricket but there is no guarantee of how much will they play or who will they play.

South Africa were not being given money from test fund. Now they have been assured of the money (which is their right btw) but it is still less than the Big Three.

India did not play Pakistan even with FTP agreements in place. Now they say they will play on neutral venue. But still there is no guarantee they will visit UAE as much as they want Pakistan to visit them. They claim to take entire gate money of matches played in India against Pakistan but they are not willing to give even half the amount of gate money of games played in UAE against Pakistan.

There have been assurances of bilateral series against Sri Lanka as well which were already taking place with FTP in place with the same low frequency.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

Rest in peace world cricket. Ridicilous

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (January 29, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

Lots of people asking who'll play against Bangladesh which is a silly question to be honest. A part from the big 3 & SA we will get to play all of them. Even with the FTP we rarely get to play test cricket. What BCB needs to concentrate on is to improve the quality of our team rather than depending on FTP & hoping for other to play us because they have and than get hammered on the field. If we can get ourselves up in the ranking than top ranked teams will play. At the moment lets just concentrate on beating the teams who are just above us/ My fellow Bangladeshis should understand too that you can't run an organisation with emotion. You have to be diplomatic. What issue we had against the draft that we wont get to play test now that we get to play test why'd he say no???

Posted by OttawaRocks on (January 29, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

Fans of the R7 (the remaining test nations) now need to ask themselves that if they were break away from the Big 3 by forming their own organization (while inviting all Associates), would they be profitable? And if they were profitable, would they be profitable enough? And more importantly, would all boards of the break away group be able to survive or would some die in the process? Give me your opinions. I'm interested in hearing from fans of the R7 and Associate nations - I will respond in kind.

Posted by SportsObserver on (January 29, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

BCB should be ashamed of themselves. No body seems to have any morals or principles any more, as long as their interests are met they would do anything. May be PCB, SL and CSA should also join in seeing their resistance would not bear any fruit and only harm themselves, make a deal with the devil to minimize harm on their cricket economy and throw BD and Zim out of the test arena. After all BD only cared about their own interest.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 29, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

Bangladesh really don't have much of a choice. They had to give in to the BIG 3 eventually because they knew they would be kicked out of test status if they didn't. Plus, it seems Bangladesh failed to look at the bigger picture and settled for their test status which is really a joke considering Bangladesh hardly play against the BIG 3. Bangladesh would also continue to remain no.10 in the rankings forever and it seems they don't care because they only want to remain a test playing nation without any test matches LOL. This is funny. I feel sorry for Bangladeshi supporters. They are a proud people and this is how the BCB repays their faith. I am sure Pakistan or Sri Lanka will fall next. Both of them want more cricket with India for obvious reasons. Only CSA seems to be firm in their decision.

Posted by Cricfever_PM on (January 29, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

Hmm so it's finally agreed, lets see what this format gonna bring. We have seen only few countries in the world playing cricket and the new format will help to more countries play cricket? If yes nothing wrong in the new format if not it's up to boards to decide based on their interest. Why everybody blaming BCCI when their own country board staying along with BCCI. It's like Football where FIFA can't have control over big European clubs by the same ICC lost their control over big Three. As long as we get entertained nothing wrong.

Posted by ifti71 on (January 29, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

I am wondering With FTP out of the picture who would visit Bangladesh to Play. Which Country's spectators would like to watch their teams to play against Bangladesh (India? Australia ? perhaps England). I am afraid BCB will be on the loosing end. Every one knows this new proposal is about making more money and in my humble opinion playing with minnows doesn't comply with the New world order.

BCB has managed to retain the TEST Status but unfortunately I don't see Bangladesh playing Tests with Big Teams.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 29, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

What's the point of retaining test status when you get one test in four years from the others?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

i think remaining 3 boards will commit to each other. and will bring a set of conditions to accept the purposal

Posted by asim229 on (January 29, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

Actuall big three are PCB, SLC, and SA boards.

Posted by JPMaple on (January 29, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

BCB, please don't be stupid. Even the revised revamped plan will kill BD cricket. India will forget and will not play BD. With FTP, India never invited BD and how come they will invite BD when it is bileteral agreement only. The Big 3 target is to confirm their money, IPL, Big Bash and T20. They will totally forget weaker countries, which will gradually destroy world cricket. BCB, please unite with the rest 7, if not with at least SL, PAK and SA. You 4 can resist the Big 3 against destroying the world cricket. You should propose for a neutal executive leader for ICC instead of any specific counrty.

Becare full BCB, India is your neighbour big brother who proposed to kick you out from the Test Status. So do not have your full trust on your big brother.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 29, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

@ Masking_Tape & others. Based on all reports I have read, the South African Cricket Board was the VERY FIRST to raise any objections to this proposal. It is very simple to go back through the news stories on cricinfo and confirm that on Jan 20 CSA released a statement demanding the proposals be withdrawn. "CSA demands ICC proposals withdrawn." The 1st paragraph reads "Cricket South Africa has become the first national board to call for the ICC to withdraw the draft proposal that would put power in international cricket in the hands of India, England and Australia. cricinfo, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/712255.html

3 days later cricinfo published the article "BCB to decide on draft based on 'response of other boards"http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/story/712395.html

I have seen in no other publication any indication of any cricket board, including BCB, raising any objections before CSA.

Please at least credit CSA for leading the defense!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

I've always been ashemed to be a Bangladeshi, the reason being the corrupt politician, and the general violence among the people of Bangladesh. Fortunately there was the cricket that I always admired and felt proud about, which now seems to be vanishing too.

Simply put, if BCB does agree to this new system of dictatorship, they are the core of modern idiocy!

The fact is if bilateral tours are suspended, there will be no teams that will play Bangladesh anyway! So even if we do keep our test status, the result will be the exact same.

I'm ashamed to be a Bangladeshi once again...

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

Who says they are the bid three? They are bullying all the smaller teams to get their own way. Unfortunately Bangladesh always sides with India. Indians want to control the game and get rid of DRS which would get their batsmen out. They don't have the guts to face getting out and they always complain and get angry.

I for one hope that cricket is split big time and then cricket will disappear forever as it will be run by undemocratic and selfish people.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

Being a Bangladeshi I am feeling ashamed, shocked. Such a fantastic cricketing nation but it's admins are such greedy. We will protest again in Dhaka and all over country against this. We will not accept this fate of cricket. We love this game and will continue doing so. Long live cricket.

Posted by HatersAreOrdinary on (January 29, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

this is disgusting. BCB should never vote in favour of this proposal for the sake of the game. they dont play with bd when we have a level playing field they would never play if they get what they want. bcb would have to satisfy with 2 tests in a year.

Posted by fr600 on (January 29, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

Mustafa Kamal is useless. That guy not only ruined it for BD, but for all other nations. Traitor!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

Who says they are the bid three? They are bullying all the smaller teams to get their own way. Unfortunately Bangladesh always sides with India. Indians want to control the game and get rid of DRS which would get their batsmen out. They don't have the guts to face getting out and they always complain and get angry.

I for one hope that cricket is split big time and then cricket will disappear forever as it will be run by undemocratic and selfish people.

Posted by Pippy_the_dog on (January 29, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

Don't the Bangladesh board realise what they mean by not playing uneconomic tours? Yes you still have test status, but what will it be worth?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

Cricket is going to be colonized. Have the one's who suffered from its brutality in the past forgotten how they fought against it. Hear the voice of Gandhi. What would he say?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

One series of India solves a financial problems of hosting country for couple of years. But what do India gets out of it? Nothing. There should be no shame in claiming your part of money.

As far as tow tier system is concerned. It will improve the quality of test cricket. Instead of 4-4 , we should divide teams in group of 5. And every year 2 bottom teams of top tier should be replaced by top two teams of bottom group. This will make test cricket competitive and intresting. Even currently India , Australia and England are not the top three teams. So there is no point bullying them.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (January 29, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

Well Done BCB. Now we are not gonna have any problem regarding test status & also our revenue will go up. We should concentrate on playing more test & that should help us to improve our ranking. Once we are up in the ranking we can.play with top ranked team. I loved how BCB got what they wanted well done

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

All the very best PCB , SL , SA , i hope you stand firm against BIG 3 and never let them succeed in their stupid proposal.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

so BCB sold out finally.... Such a pity on cricket loving Nation..... You betrayed not only your people but also PCB, SLC, AND CSA

Posted by Masking_Tape on (January 29, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

I like how some people are blaming BCB. They were the first board to speak up against it. None of the other boards had the guts to stand up for themselves. BCB fought for what they needed to fight for and I hope they get it. If those other boards can't fight their fights, then they deserve nothing better.

Posted by IPSY on (January 29, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

Once the FTP is not compromised for any bilateral whims and fancies, we will be O.K in the Caribbean. We are still looking for the Test Championships to be played over 4 years - with the final of 2 three test series played home and away in the fourth year.

Posted by reluctant_fan on (January 29, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

Pakistan will be the next board to give in. They cannot even play at home, given the security concerns and have to rely on other boards agreeing to play them at neutral venues. I don't see they holding their ground for too long in their opposition to the proposed restructuring.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

where are my all bangladeshi brother.. it seems they left the ground so early

Posted by warneneverchuck on (January 29, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

Who is culprit here. Big three or others bcoz without their support it was not possible

Posted by rajithwijepura on (January 29, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

so finally it comes to CSA, SLC and PCB to save cricket. If these 3 stood tall then all other 7 cant do anything. There was a time that SLC agreed to what ever BCCI propose. But that time was long gone. I hope PCB and CSA will keep their word

Posted by JetsFanInDenver on (January 29, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

These other boards are getting a lot back for doing nothing. I hope the board of Bangladesh invests in development of cricket in their nation.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

Nothing unexpected here. I said it earlier. BCB's stance was just on test status. other than that nothing. and they were ok with whole proposal.

I think it will get approved. PCB and SLC are also not in good shape financially. And main question is will they be able to stay cornered if it gets approved without them?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

As soon as big three secures VETO, they would bring back original draft, sooner or later, and then they won't need 8 votes then. lolz. Pity BCB

Posted by bouncer709 on (January 29, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

@Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket: Bangladesh is no 10 in test ranking, and who is the big boy to play with Bangladesh in future? India will show some lollipops now, but once they get power they wont care about BD, and ECB and CA also have no interest in BD. Few people think that SA and Pakistan will suffer more, but I think both SA and Pakistan will survive, SA was banned once and they made strong come back in world cricket, and Pakistan allready managed a lot without international cricket being played in the country.

Posted by wapuser on (January 29, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

What is going on in this cricket world.please God save our cricket from greedy people.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

BCB such a losing step they have taken, they will be the 1st country with big three who will be kicked out from the world of cricket

Posted by Shajadul on (January 29, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Why BIG 3 is in Rush. Give other boards time to think about this huge remodeling so that they can properly chalk out pros and cons (of course if you are clean).

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

BCB was probably told by India that they would keep their test status and a Bangladesh tour of India which is basically what would have persuaded Bangladesh. Out of the remaining 3, I see Pakistan joining. Future of cricket looks like ruin. I cannit comprehend what has happened this month! !

Posted by Sajid111 on (January 29, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

I guess a golden carrot was dangled in front of BCB to accept this revised proposal. Well done BCB.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 29, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

It seems everyone have surrendered to the BCCI, ECB and CA. I knew this day would come. But pragmatism has eventually overruled raw sentiments and emotions. I hope the BIG 3 stick to their word and help to develop cricket through responsible governance. So much for Pakistan, SA, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka voicing their opposition. At least One of them has given in to the new proposal. I don't blame them. More games versus the Big 3 means more money to their boards. This is the reality of world cricket now. Sport is business nowadays and cricket isn't alone in that regard. However, such shortcomings are magnified in our game because only 10 countries play the sport on a competitive level. Anyway, world cricket will undergo a new transformation in the coming days. A new Security Council has finally emerged with India being the dominant superpower followed by permanent members England and Australia.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Very bad situation. The downfall of cricket has begin. It has been more than 120 years of international cricket and its improved every time but now it will come down because big three are only looking their interest. But even if they pass their resolution they will not survive more than 3-4 years. Cricket will finish and youngsters will be looking for other sports rather than cricket.

Posted by Annihalator on (January 29, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

NO NO NO NO NO NO. another one bites the dust. the opposition is on the verge of defeat, hopefully the remaining three can resist a bit longer

Posted by kentjones on (January 29, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

I am disappointed by the news of BCB in agreement with the proposals. It seems almost inevitable that the great game of cricket will be no more. What a sad day this is!!!

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (January 29, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

BCB, Big Mistake! you will have a test status. You will be in Tier1. But who will sign bilateral agreements with you? Even South Africa on your side may not do it. You made a big blunter!

Posted by CasimAli on (January 29, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

gloom of money doom of cricket :(

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

What is the basis for promoting eligible Associate like Ireland to Tests . We need clarity. We cannot allow the game to die in the bud in emerging countries. They need all encouragement in their journey towards Full membership. Ireland is infact a breath of fresh air in Internationa;l cricket and we must cultivate it here.

Posted by mensan on (January 29, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Here you go. BCB as expected turning their back to Tough 3.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

if big three is accepted i'll be first fan of cricket to leave/stop watching and following the sport.

Posted by Perplexed on (January 29, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

I see a bleak future for cricket in Pakistan and South Africa, which is hard to comprehend.

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

Well Done Bangladesh! Its always good to play with Big Boys to improve skills and talent. Its just matter of time you will be the force to reckon with and this is the step in the right direction.

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