ICC revamp January 31, 2014

Zaka Ashraf wants consensus before ICC decision

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Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, has said the ICC was looking to get resolutions that would shake up the world game approved "hastily". He said the PCB and several other boards managed to hold off the Big Three for the benefit of cricket. He insisted he wasn't against any of the proposals but wanted all decisions to be taken through consensus, with every member board taken in confidence.

Ashraf was speaking after returning from the ICC meeting in Dubai, where proposals by India, England and Australia over the governance and the finances of cricket were discussed. No final decision was taken on the proposals which would give those three countries a larger share of ICC revenues and more of a say in running the game.

The ICC, though, said it had "unanimous support" over "principles" which were similar to what the Big Three originally proposed. Ashraf has called for an emergency meeting of the PCB's board of governors to discuss the issue.

"At the moment, we have stopped the Big Three," Zaka Ashraf said at a press conference in Lahore. "This was our strategy, not to do it in haste and to stop it. It's our wish that whatever decision be taken it should be with consensus, but unfortunately they brought it so hurriedly that few members were on one side and the others were on the other side. I think the first thing was to stop it in which we have succeeded and now we will see what the next strategy should be. We have also got time to consult our board."

The PCB, according to Ashraf, is far from accepting the proposals for the restructuring of the ICC though it had been offered the same amount of money from future ICC events as they currently earn. He however didn't divulge any specific reason why Pakistan is opposing the resolution.

"If we were in favour we would have given our vote but cricket will be destroyed if we go after the money. When we took the stand, the four countries (Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) , we wanted to have some time to think about it. We are not against anything, we want all the ICC members to develop consensus and move forward together. But if there's anything, which is against the interest of our country or cricket, we were against it."

The Bangladesh Cricket Board was one of the four boards that Ashraf claimed were against the proposals, but on Wednesday it accepted the revised proposals for the restructure of the ICC after securing assurance that its Test status will not be revoked. Apart from Pakistan, it is understood that South Africa and Sri Lanka have sought time to study the revised paper.

"Bangladesh has left, they must have seen their interest, but we have to see if it's a short-term gain or a long-term gain, we will also see what is good for our board and for our country.

"It's a matter of calculation. The three countries have raised their share according to the new formula and they have given us surety that whatever we are getting it won't be reduced (from what we are receiving now). We will have a board meeting on Monday in which we will give briefing to all the members and that's the normal procedure with all the other cricket boards.

"We didn't form a group in the ICC, everywhere in the world this new formula had faced criticism and faced a very strong reaction. We also stood firm against it, we have to stand firm on rules, but we also have to look after the interest of the cricket board and the country. They (Big Three) have ensured that whatever money we are getting it won't be reduced, they are dropping lots of clauses with every passing day, let's see what happens."

Ashraf revealed that the BCCI offered to play a series against Pakistan. The two countries haven't played a Test series since 2007, and limited-over matches between the two, which are highly lucrative, have also been reduced due to political tensions. "The BCCI offered all the cricket boards and they offered us a lot too. Since they haven't played our home series in last seven years, we definitely needed a guarantee. Although they have assured a bankable document, we have to look into how sincere they are with their proposition."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • sky1two on February 6, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Cricket losses out

    Pakistan provides unpredictability and fighting spirit to cricket West Indies provide athleticism to the mix and great cricketers Srilanka can beat anyone on any given Day South Africa can chase down a 400+ total with ease New Zealand can wake up like a sleeping bear

    Cricket is not Just India , Australia or England

  • spellbinder76 on February 5, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    What a shame the Ehsan Mani or Arif Ali Khan Abbasi are not representing Pakistan in ICC meetings.

  • Neel_123 on February 5, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    It is high time, ICC should be disbanded and let each nation go its own way. England and Aus will keep playing each other as cricket is their National game! NZ, WI, SA public seem to be more interested in other popular sports in respective country.

    BCCI would be better without freeloaders leaching on cricket revenue generated by Indian public! Worse part, such freeloaders full members are in majority in ICC; these boards line their own pockets with BCCI money and do NOTHING to bring crowd to stadium.

    India (and BCCI) should extend IPL for 3 months and 50-50 franchises based league tournament in winter for another 3-4 months. Test cricket is dying anyway, sooner than later. BCCI would do great if it ceases the opportunity and make IPL and 50-50 domestic league part of Indian contemporary culture as NFL & MLB are to USA. More celebrities, more inning break shows by popular singers and dancers, better stadium facilities for Indian middle class families to have a decent outing.

  • anwarma on February 4, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    BCCI , CA and ECB should stop this bullying unless they agree in writing to play in Pakistani grounds and help in return of international crickets to Pakistan (This should one of the condition for PCB support). Remove all restrictions against Mohammad Amir , Salman Butt, Danish Kineria, MOhamad Asif and all other Pakistani players and last their should not be any tier systems. Cricket should be promoted at internaitonal level and it has viewers than NFL super bowl for peat sake. No one should be allowed to monopolize the sport.

  • on February 3, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Lets the fans decide what they want for cricket, what the hell these boards are??? we love cricket and we watch cricket and we truly care about cricket not money involved in it.

  • on February 3, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    So many people saying that We should leave big three alone and let them play against each other. Well have you guys looked at the fact that Newzealand and Bangaldesh is already on their side, so if they do get separated im sure NZ and Bang will go with them because of Money power. Secondly even if big 3 go on their way. Cricket will be destroyed. Because We need them as much as they need us. No wants to see SA vs Pak again and again. There wont be any big tournament, NZ BANG and Wind already lack quality cricket atm, I see NZ and Bang is improving in ODI but not in test, well NZ maybe improving we will see how they do against India in test match I hope they give them very good fight. I think PCB will give in too soon, so whether like or not cricket will be controlled by big 3 which may not be good for the cricket because I am sure BCCI will force t20 and transform ODI into t20 and we will not have good qulaity cricket anymore, it will be just smash mash, I hope im proven wrong!

  • on February 3, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    limited overs cricket are not as important as Tests - only world cups are competitive. If the ICC want to hold a "world cup" WITHOUT the PCB and SAC that's fine - but at least as far as Pakistan and SA are concerned it could not be a world cup - just an ICC cup for second rate competition, playing second rate fast food cricket under BCCI rules, primarily to satisfy the financial greed of the BCCI. May I suggest that PCB and SAC agree to participate in such an ICC world cup on a "winner take all basis", all profits as prizemoney to the winner. How could the BCCI and the other 2 refuse such an offer - they think they are the best teams and "winner take all" would satisfy their greed. Any cricket other than Test cricket doesn't really matter - the ICC could play 10 overs of rounders if they want.

  • on February 2, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    There should be some VETO thing put in place or a majority verdict put in place because putting power solely on big 3 will cause such huge problems especially BCCI who are only concerned about themselves. Anyway it will end up being just India who will be in control eventually. The demise is nigh

  • on February 2, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    I would love to see Amir playing again for Pakistan, but to relate Amir's return and PCB's vote will be shameful, PCB should never help big 3 to destroy cricket at the expense of a cheater's (Amir) return. if Big three manage to get what they want, cricket should follow WWF/WWE and wil become ICCE

  • on February 2, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Whether the Big 3 proposals need to be accepted by Zaka Ashraf is dependent on whether it is beneficial to Pakistan and cricket on a long term basis. For me personally these proposals won't be of great advantage to cricket. I mean if u look at it no one would want to watch Austaralia and INDIA contest all the time. Honesty when Pakistan and south Africa fought for the third time I was extremely bored. This is one reason why the two tier system is not very good. Also the Big 3 hardly ever win a series outside of home. Finally countries like West Indies and New Zealand. have given so much to cricket. The West Indies. were. unstoppable uptil the late 80's after all this they do not deserve to be in the second tier. Heck their shouldn't even be the two tier system. or big 3

  • sky1two on February 6, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Cricket losses out

    Pakistan provides unpredictability and fighting spirit to cricket West Indies provide athleticism to the mix and great cricketers Srilanka can beat anyone on any given Day South Africa can chase down a 400+ total with ease New Zealand can wake up like a sleeping bear

    Cricket is not Just India , Australia or England

  • spellbinder76 on February 5, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    What a shame the Ehsan Mani or Arif Ali Khan Abbasi are not representing Pakistan in ICC meetings.

  • Neel_123 on February 5, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    It is high time, ICC should be disbanded and let each nation go its own way. England and Aus will keep playing each other as cricket is their National game! NZ, WI, SA public seem to be more interested in other popular sports in respective country.

    BCCI would be better without freeloaders leaching on cricket revenue generated by Indian public! Worse part, such freeloaders full members are in majority in ICC; these boards line their own pockets with BCCI money and do NOTHING to bring crowd to stadium.

    India (and BCCI) should extend IPL for 3 months and 50-50 franchises based league tournament in winter for another 3-4 months. Test cricket is dying anyway, sooner than later. BCCI would do great if it ceases the opportunity and make IPL and 50-50 domestic league part of Indian contemporary culture as NFL & MLB are to USA. More celebrities, more inning break shows by popular singers and dancers, better stadium facilities for Indian middle class families to have a decent outing.

  • anwarma on February 4, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    BCCI , CA and ECB should stop this bullying unless they agree in writing to play in Pakistani grounds and help in return of international crickets to Pakistan (This should one of the condition for PCB support). Remove all restrictions against Mohammad Amir , Salman Butt, Danish Kineria, MOhamad Asif and all other Pakistani players and last their should not be any tier systems. Cricket should be promoted at internaitonal level and it has viewers than NFL super bowl for peat sake. No one should be allowed to monopolize the sport.

  • on February 3, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Lets the fans decide what they want for cricket, what the hell these boards are??? we love cricket and we watch cricket and we truly care about cricket not money involved in it.

  • on February 3, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    So many people saying that We should leave big three alone and let them play against each other. Well have you guys looked at the fact that Newzealand and Bangaldesh is already on their side, so if they do get separated im sure NZ and Bang will go with them because of Money power. Secondly even if big 3 go on their way. Cricket will be destroyed. Because We need them as much as they need us. No wants to see SA vs Pak again and again. There wont be any big tournament, NZ BANG and Wind already lack quality cricket atm, I see NZ and Bang is improving in ODI but not in test, well NZ maybe improving we will see how they do against India in test match I hope they give them very good fight. I think PCB will give in too soon, so whether like or not cricket will be controlled by big 3 which may not be good for the cricket because I am sure BCCI will force t20 and transform ODI into t20 and we will not have good qulaity cricket anymore, it will be just smash mash, I hope im proven wrong!

  • on February 3, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    limited overs cricket are not as important as Tests - only world cups are competitive. If the ICC want to hold a "world cup" WITHOUT the PCB and SAC that's fine - but at least as far as Pakistan and SA are concerned it could not be a world cup - just an ICC cup for second rate competition, playing second rate fast food cricket under BCCI rules, primarily to satisfy the financial greed of the BCCI. May I suggest that PCB and SAC agree to participate in such an ICC world cup on a "winner take all basis", all profits as prizemoney to the winner. How could the BCCI and the other 2 refuse such an offer - they think they are the best teams and "winner take all" would satisfy their greed. Any cricket other than Test cricket doesn't really matter - the ICC could play 10 overs of rounders if they want.

  • on February 2, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    There should be some VETO thing put in place or a majority verdict put in place because putting power solely on big 3 will cause such huge problems especially BCCI who are only concerned about themselves. Anyway it will end up being just India who will be in control eventually. The demise is nigh

  • on February 2, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    I would love to see Amir playing again for Pakistan, but to relate Amir's return and PCB's vote will be shameful, PCB should never help big 3 to destroy cricket at the expense of a cheater's (Amir) return. if Big three manage to get what they want, cricket should follow WWF/WWE and wil become ICCE

  • on February 2, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Whether the Big 3 proposals need to be accepted by Zaka Ashraf is dependent on whether it is beneficial to Pakistan and cricket on a long term basis. For me personally these proposals won't be of great advantage to cricket. I mean if u look at it no one would want to watch Austaralia and INDIA contest all the time. Honesty when Pakistan and south Africa fought for the third time I was extremely bored. This is one reason why the two tier system is not very good. Also the Big 3 hardly ever win a series outside of home. Finally countries like West Indies and New Zealand. have given so much to cricket. The West Indies. were. unstoppable uptil the late 80's after all this they do not deserve to be in the second tier. Heck their shouldn't even be the two tier system. or big 3

  • on February 2, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Good, there will be no more boring ICC tournaments in SA or SL. IPL will rule, all money will go to BCCI and yes, players get hefty money. Future Kevin P will prioritize IPL over their country. In the end, an NBA like franchise IPL will become.

  • bilolll on February 2, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    cannot win outside their home they are big three or big shame

  • on February 2, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    People who supports the Big Three , Seriously Shame on you all

  • on February 2, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    I personally think that PCB should take advantage of this opportunity, and accept the big 3 proposal with the following conditions, that if met by BCCI, CSA & ECB, PCB would vote in their favour.

    1. PCB to have full authority / custodianship of the new ACSU unit under the new ICC revamp body, and that they will have full power to investigate, punish those indulging in spot / match fixing across all test playing nations. the Big 3 will not have any upper hand into such investigative procedures. They may however support as assistants and/or for appeals.

    2. Allow Mohammed Amir to return to international cricket immediately, since he has learnt his lesson.

    3. International cricket be immediately returned to Pakistan soil.

  • on February 2, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    Agree with Ranjit one man one vote period,The days of Imperial cricket council are over.

  • kamiCric on February 1, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    Well I think the Big 3 can keep their 'cricket' with them and let us rid this game of any support. It's time to start watching something else. so long cricket! u were a game of the few and you are not getting any popular....

  • correctcall on February 1, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    Make any acceptance of the new scenario conditional on ALL countries using DRS in all international matches. Srini wants this badly so now is the time to FORCE india to accept DRS.

  • on February 1, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    I am beginning to think that the attack on the Sri Lankan team was an Indian conspiracy to keep Pakistan down and out of world cricket as it was only a strong Pakistan that could challenge India. So weakened Pakistan is out of equation. PCB do not jet us down, fight all the way. SRL we need you now, show us that you are our friends and not like the traitor BCB.

  • on February 1, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Shouldn't be approved at all. To go back will be impossible as 1 of the Big 3 will have to be on board. Look long term. There is no short term strategy.

  • Rj_Kiwi on February 1, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    In New Zealand it is said 'Never trust an Australian cricket administrator'. I do not know what New Zealand has been promised by the Greedy Three, but NZ has been happy to oblige, even advocate on behalf. It may end up being to NZ's advantage but it will not be to crickets advantage. This is the NZ way of thinking and politics, 'Just do whats good for you and forget the rest'. South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan can be applauded for road blocking this proposal. Eventually the Greedy Three may get much of what they want but it is hoped that by holding out for a more reasonable governance of cricket, the game won't be destroyed. The ICC have not done cricket any favours by being so useless, so perhaps its time they got their act together and realised cricket is professional.

  • cric925 on February 1, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Cricket must be controlled and administered by a proper authority a has been the case so far. Though it has not been very fair (a bit partial towards a few chosen countries, yet overall it has kept the game under control. Th every idea that the ICC should be run by a group of THREE COUNTRIES only sounds foolish and lacks any fair authority. For a log time ICC was run by Brits but gradually it was brought down to some sensible management control through rotation system, which is, in my opinion, still the best way to run ICC. The idea to let ICC run by three big money machines is very selfish and commercial oriented, rather than fair and sound grounds where all member boards have the right to run it by their turn. A big fish, and that too a commercial minded, will throw you a bait to win votes today, but later all other boards are going to regret they supported this idea. Better yet, all non-agreeing bards must form a rebel authority to show their importance in attracting crowds.

  • mohsin.shahzad1 on February 1, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    Good call from Ashraf and a very wise decision to hold the Big 3. They are forcing it because the less time the board get to think, the quick results they will get. A wise approach is to hold it down and think all possible ways that how cricket can be improved whether its through Big3 or All10. Very poor call from BCB as this is the moment to stand not to lay down bcoz of own interest. ICC should understand the future of cricket as after this decision people wont trust on fair game. Every match of these Big3 will be a drama and instead of cricket; we will have WWE.

  • on February 1, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    This is the start of a much discriminant system in the gentlemen's game. Its just like the richer ones will play only with each other.. and this also depicts the weakness of democracy.. like u can bait anyone to have their vote and yes even if the policy/act is highly wrong and destructive it will be approved if gets the more number of votes.. What a Pitty,

  • on February 1, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    thanks mr.asraf....i am hoping bcb will fight for protecting cricket with pcb .csa.slc......

  • on February 1, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Well done Zaka Ashraf.. today u made me proud..... big3 is nothing just a conspiracy against Cricket world. And in the end I want to say one word for BCB tht is LOOSER. ..

  • on February 1, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    So now the time to safe the cricket.... SAfrica Srilanka Newzealand Windies Zimbabwe With Pakistan can stop these big 3 loosers...This is gonna very bad in the favour of cricket...if there Small 3 get more votes...lets see wht happen

  • ICKY on February 1, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Its not all about money Mr. Ashraf, its the control and bullying being planned by "Greedy 3". PCB must oppose it with CSA and even if SLC goes the other way, you have to oppose it as per aspirations of millions of cricket fans all over the world. Its the matter of principle, not that India has assure you to give you charity of playing few series. We the fans don't want any series at the cost of selling our pride and priciples. To hell with India series and They can keep their offer with them and only play home series, coz they can't win abroad.Every board has to play on a level ground, there is no holy cow in cricket. We the fans don't want any supermacy by any BULLY.

  • ozone8237 on February 1, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Good Article Umar: It is the time to Put a Hault on the Moves of the, " Three Musketeers" before they ruin the spirit of cricket and eventually kill it.

  • Udendra on February 1, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    I think BCB took the bait. They will have a few series, but in the future will eventually be discarded.

  • on February 1, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Well done PCB, SA, SL and of course ESPNCricinfo.

  • on February 1, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Let these 3 country make their own icc and the rest their own. Bcb will be loser

  • on February 1, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    BCB made a hasty decision. No the other three boards can form their own Big 3 and propose their own set of assurances and requirements.

    BCB can in the long run will eventually loose their status. They made a very hasty decision

  • on February 1, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    If Pak, SA and SL stay strong enough i see a problem at the next meeting. BUT i dont really see it happening. Its heartening but India can just blame history for Pakistan opposition when it in fact is on merit (at least this time). South Africa should have used its clout to make sure WI, NZ, Zimb were on board and Pak and SL should have kept BCB in check. Still anything is possible as long Pak, SA and SL stay strong in front of the not so big three.

  • on February 1, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Same amount of money, same relative percentage or same profit after expenditures on hosting the ganes (which are greater for Pakistan when home is Dubai and increasing expenditure on DRS etc,)...Chances are Zaka will be given by one hand and taken through the other :) And what about the share of cricket?... are we going to be playing Afghanistan, Ireland and Bangladesh from now on? And what abouut 2nd class citizen status at the ICC? One should never compromise on sovereignty and dignity... cricket or no cricket!

  • iNsiDers on February 1, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    well done PCB and well done zaka ashraf

  • ali14pakistani on February 1, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Sorry everyone, but whenever a BIG MAN, like the one in the article, speaks the way he is, for us it means is good for him and his family, friends, etc. They don't care about sport, country or anything besides themselves and filling their coffers (coffins ).

  • Big_Chikka on February 1, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    i hope the big three proposals wake the national boards up................stop taking out of the game and staring putting back in real terms............!

  • stonk on February 1, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Stand firm, Pakistan. India does not generate 80% of ICC income. This is mere speculation and opinion based on estimations. This is a ploy for them to get a bigger share of the cake. World cricket will suffer without the game being spread and encouraged in other countries who do not have the finances. After all, FIFA does not give preference to anybody and tries to spread the game of Football/Soccer all over the world. The BCCI, ECB and CA are trying to do a great disservice to cricket. Pakistan should not fall for these proposals.

  • on February 1, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    thank u zaka ashraf , someone like u only could bring bak those great games of cricket . we cant just let them control the cricket

  • likeintcricket on February 1, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Why not develop the game in all the counties instead of keeping it to three only. Cricket is one of the oldest professional game but sadly there are only 10 members out of which only 8 are really active. Still they want a two tier system and more matches for top three etc. We all know that all eight sides are capable of producing exceptional talent and at some point of time in their history they ranked at the top. The top three are already rich and they can develop these game better in their country than why instead of developing this game in less fortunate countries they are trying to destroy it. I also don't understand why nations like NZ and WI favors the big three decisions. England, Aus and India cannot survive without playing against other fives. Do any one wants to watch any more of the Ashes now or any Indian away series at this time. It is in the better interest of the game to keep it alive and give the full authority to the governing body ICC .

  • on February 1, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Maturity‬ is not when we start speaking BIG things. It is when we start understanding the small ones!# Big3

  • on February 1, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Brothers in CSA, PCB and SLC please keep protesting till last against these BIG THREE. We do NOT see any hope on BCB! They have sold out their head to THAT SPECIFIC big bro! They feel happy to make that big bro happy. So, don't rely or please don't expect any strong stand from a board who themselves do not like to stand strong due to having no back bone!

  • spum on February 1, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Come on SLC stand on your feet, do not give up our right for 3 Bigs. If you are not fight against our reasonable right, SLC board officials not fit to be there. KEEP politic out of these issues.

  • on February 1, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    happy to see bcci at the top of icc.soonly we can say RIP to internationel cricket

  • Mr.Blacksmith on February 1, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    The ultimate solution to get back the so called Big 3 on earth is that CSA, PCB and SLC should bycot world cup t20 2014.

  • on February 1, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Initially India used every resources to destroy cricket in Pakistan simply because they know that only Pakistan can defeat them in terms if generating funds if cricket happens in Pakistan continuously, this was the first step and since they were successful now the next one is in the making. Note my words, if SA, SLC & PCB sign the changes the very next step shall be that destroy cricket in these and other countries....!!!

  • on February 1, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Hope SL, PAK, SA wouldn't change their stance. Big 3 have become big three because of the population of their countries and relative political and economic power that they posses in the world. And as I have heard sports are intended to eliminate inequality among groups. It is basically a calculation of skills and sportsmanship. But with big 3's logic, geographically and population, political and economic wise less strong countries would not get any chance to get embedded into decisions, that will be taken effecting them. the consequences would be smiler to capitalism's impact on income distribution -capitalism enlarges the gap between top and bottom income groups. Please for the sake of true spirit of Cricket, don't agree with this. ICC must play a 'government's role', not the role of capitalism. ICC is there to centralize the development and governance of the game in a fair manner through collective decision making, not to engage in profit earning demolishing true spirit of the game.

  • M.Faheem on February 1, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    I hope PCB stands longer in their stance. This may be the last time that their voice is listened at international level. So let's make it memorable.

  • kentjones on February 1, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    It is difficult to understand how a proposal that would severely alter the administration and structure of the game is being so hastily rushed and overly simplified. Obviously power and control is the aim and love of money is the motive. Sadly the interest of the game of cricket is certainly not the main intent. India is the power broker here: England and Australia are merely towing the line to ensure they collect a piece of the pie, albeit a much smaller fraction. India with the promise and allure of many millions in the bank and the support of a billion in its back pocket are pushing the envelope. It is instructive to remember two fables. Firstly the dog who lost his bone while striving to collect a seemingly better one reflected in the river water. Secondly, the man who killed the goose in order to collect all the golden eggs at once rather than one day at a time. For the sake of the future of the beautiful game one would desperately hope neither applies in this scenario.

  • on February 1, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    I as a Pakistani wants equals rights for all full members or either PCB/SA/SL clearly say we will boycott from playing cricket. And ICC will never afford that.

    I don't like cricket anymore BCCI, CA and ECB are proved to be enemies of cricket. They are running behind money. Look at recent performance of India and England.

  • on February 1, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    I love this man. Very clear brain for Pakistan Cricket

  • Ahmad1121 on February 1, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    This proposal is going to get approved with Pakistan or without. There's nothing stopping this. India controls everything in cricket these days. Look what happen with Bangladesh, they had test status on stake but they agreed to it didn't they? I read someone writing here that Bangladesh will never agree to it and if anything Pakistan will be the one jumping overboard. Well so much for that. Now the big 3 need only one vote, we know pretty much that SA will never agree to that unless they make it a big 4 instead of three. And that is not going to happen since BCCI had swore off against them. So it left on either PCB or SLC. I rather PCB agreeing to it than SLC and get some bargain to bring Cricket back in Pakistan, bring Amir back to international cricket and get some more revenues plus a full Indian tour and full series against England. If SLC go ahead first and vote yes then two board SA and PCB will be the biggest enemy and will never get anything. This is time to be smart not hero.

  • on January 31, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    The big three, surely it can't be England and India after the beating they both got. SA is bigger than all three of them. And full of talented players too. I believe in the principal one man one vote! No big or small countries!

  • Stark62 on January 31, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    I'm liking the stance taken by our board and it was much more than I anticipated or hoped for.

    Being the main culprit behind the delay, Pak cricket will be treated harshly by the "big 3" but as always, Pak cricket will survive and continue to produce top quality talent, plus play with flair and surprise oppositions.

    Lastly, let's hope China or America develop an interest in cricket via T20's and bring their financial power to cricket but then again, the "big 3's" main objective is to stop the game spreading and ousting them financially.

  • on January 31, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    Problem is that none of the big 3 are trust worthy. They have reneged on their commitments before and will do so even more when they have the control. Who is going to make them accountable? Big 3, previously Big 2 ran Cricket affairs injudiciously and what guarantee they have that they will do so in a judicious manner? Big 3 are promising anything to get power and money, their commitments are not worth the paper written on.

  • warneneverchuck on January 31, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    Lols fans r screamimg here and their own boards r indirectly supporting the proposal. I think these fans shud be allowed to run the game if they r very clever and capable. Its easy to oppose here but those who running the game know better than these so called fans abt the ggame

  • S.Alis on January 31, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    Cricket is going to dark future. BCCI just need to offer a bit more and PCB + other boards will agree because of country interest. Who cares about cricket as long as you're getting good money. People will keep complaining on the net and media and eventually forget about all this. They (big three) know it, so they're going to do it.

  • on January 31, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    i think it will be passed with all 10 members voting for it. BD was not against it in the first place. they had only issue with test status and as soon as thats done , they are ok.

    PCB and SLC are not good financially. SLC has applied for icc loan and pcb is also in loss because of no cricket. only CSA is a bit strong . i dont see then standing on this stance for too long. big 3 are just 1 vote away and surely remaining 3 would not want to stay cornerd if it gets passed without them. and i think this is the plan of big 3, they will be negotiating with every1

  • Zahidsaltin on January 31, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    What does he mean by "we are not against the proposals" ? Pakistani cricket fans will not allow him to accept the hijacking of the game by the 3 greedy boards. It should not be about the money only, they should think about the game first.

  • BowledYa on January 31, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    PCB, CSA, SL need to stick together and stay firm in their stance. ICC cannot change its constitution without these 3. Giving up their vote to the big three is unacceptable even if that means some loss of revenue in the short run. Without their voting right they are nothing and will be at the mercy of others.

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    I don't care what is good of Pakistan or PCB, it is the game that should be saved. It is in the long-term benefit for all of us and not just Pakistan or big three.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on January 31, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    If he fights this to the bitter end. Even if he loses. He'll be a Pakistani hero. Zaka, how do you wish for history to remember you?

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    PCB,CSA & SLC may consider followings: 1) ICC should help to reinstate cricket in Pakistan, By arranging junior, assosiate, women and then main teams to visit Pakistan. 2) Change Big-3 to Big-4 by including CSA. 3) Increase annual income of Pakistan & Sri Lanka to 7% (currently about 5.9%) 4) BCCI should do full test series against PCB.

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    PCB is slowly slowly getting inclined to proposal and consider this statement as first step. RIP Cricket.

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    PCB & other boards must oppose the Big 3 formula for sake game. If this approves then it will not remain Gentle Man's game

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    He is kidding right? The last board to have took a stand against this destruction of cricket would have been PCB and Zaka Ashraf in particular. It's still too good to be true and I am still suspicious that this is merely an attempt to get more out of BCCI before finally agreeing to the proposals. Geez this is a proud moment to be a Pakistani.

  • Jnaage on January 31, 2014, 17:54 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 , very soon USA should play good cricket and throw out these three dictators out of the crickets future

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    i dont think pakistan can hold nerve ...at last they will go for big 3.....

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  • on January 31, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    i dont think pakistan can hold nerve ...at last they will go for big 3.....

  • Jnaage on January 31, 2014, 17:54 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 , very soon USA should play good cricket and throw out these three dictators out of the crickets future

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    He is kidding right? The last board to have took a stand against this destruction of cricket would have been PCB and Zaka Ashraf in particular. It's still too good to be true and I am still suspicious that this is merely an attempt to get more out of BCCI before finally agreeing to the proposals. Geez this is a proud moment to be a Pakistani.

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    PCB & other boards must oppose the Big 3 formula for sake game. If this approves then it will not remain Gentle Man's game

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    PCB is slowly slowly getting inclined to proposal and consider this statement as first step. RIP Cricket.

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    PCB,CSA & SLC may consider followings: 1) ICC should help to reinstate cricket in Pakistan, By arranging junior, assosiate, women and then main teams to visit Pakistan. 2) Change Big-3 to Big-4 by including CSA. 3) Increase annual income of Pakistan & Sri Lanka to 7% (currently about 5.9%) 4) BCCI should do full test series against PCB.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on January 31, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    If he fights this to the bitter end. Even if he loses. He'll be a Pakistani hero. Zaka, how do you wish for history to remember you?

  • on January 31, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    I don't care what is good of Pakistan or PCB, it is the game that should be saved. It is in the long-term benefit for all of us and not just Pakistan or big three.

  • BowledYa on January 31, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    PCB, CSA, SL need to stick together and stay firm in their stance. ICC cannot change its constitution without these 3. Giving up their vote to the big three is unacceptable even if that means some loss of revenue in the short run. Without their voting right they are nothing and will be at the mercy of others.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 31, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    What does he mean by "we are not against the proposals" ? Pakistani cricket fans will not allow him to accept the hijacking of the game by the 3 greedy boards. It should not be about the money only, they should think about the game first.