ICC revamp February 3, 2014

PCB opposes Big Three proposals

ESPNcricinfo staff

The PCB has strongly opposed the move to revamp the global game and called it "neither in line with principle of equity nor in the interest of game of cricket".

The announcement came after a meeting of its governing board, presided by PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, who had been present at the ICC meeting in Dubai last week to discuss the radical proposals which will give the Big Three countries a larger portion of ICC revenues and more of a say in the game's administration.

"The Board Members deliberated and expressed serious concerns on the model proposed by BCCI, ECB and CA which was neither in line with principle of equity nor in the interest of game of cricket," a PCB press release said. "The Board has reiterated the position that Chairman PCB request audience with the Patron of PCB, H.E the Prime Minister to apprise him on this matter of immense significance and of national interest which will have wide reaching impact on future of cricket in Pakistan."

Ashraf said last week that he wanted all decisions to be taken through consensus, and didn't want the proposals to be approved hastily. "The Board appreciated and supported the stance taken by Chairman PCB at the last ICC Board meeting at Dubai. The Board authorised Chairman PCB Mr. Zaka Ashraf and COO Mr. Subhan Ahmad to engage with other Board members to align the common position and take other requisite remedial measures in the interest of cricket in Pakistan."

After the Dubai meeting, the ICC had said its Executive Board "unanimously supported" a set of principles which were more or less along the lines of the original proposal, though there were some concessions granted to the members outside the Big Three. The proposals had not been voted on in that meeting, but could be at the next ICC meeting in Singapore on February 8.

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  • ESPN on February 8, 2014, 5:16 GMT

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  • Android on February 5, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    well done PCB dont be afraid of any one stand your ground as they say that bullies have no feet hats off for zaka ashraf and pcb

  • Prasanna on February 5, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster , my own board hasn't done us any proud Sir !! And I have already indicated my bitterness like other Aussie fans on several of my posts. Never expected CA to cave-in like this. All I long for is a level-playing field. Doesn't look like that will be the case if this proposal comes to force.

  • Harman on February 5, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    if there is one cricket board (or any other entity for that matter) i'd trust less than the BCCI, it's probably the PCB.

    however, on this ocassion i think they've made the right call. well done.

  • Android on February 5, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    welldone Pakistan

    cricket is played for pride, entertainment, fun, enjoyment and challenge to be best and compete money is secondary issue

    nothing personal against bbi ca ecb

    big 3 may be best business but not sportmanship

    if approved dont think will ever support cricket

  • Android on February 5, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    So let me get this right. BCCI asking for a marginal increase in revenue but still much lower than the legitimate 80% contribution to revenue is against the principle of equity? hahaha.

  • Sunil on February 5, 2014, 10:07 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.

  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Well done Pakistan on taking a clear stance against this nonsense. Wish all the other boards would see this proposal for the rubbish that it actually is and stand up for what is good for cricket.

  • Mark on February 5, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    I doff my cap to the PCB (a kiwi in aussie)

  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Hats off PCB. no matter you win or lose, but you stood in front of giants. this is hard slap on faces of Big Three. they might take over the ICC but at least world to know that Pakistan will not support any misfit.

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