ICC revamp February 5, 2014

SLC confirms opposition to ICC revamp plans


Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed its staunch opposition of the ICC's proposed revamp, after a special meeting of the board's stakeholders voted unanimously against the revised proposals presented to the ICC directors. The board had also advice from legal experts, who had surmised that the draft resolutions were in direct conflict with the principles upon which the ICC had been founded.

All present at the meeting featuring "stakeholders, past captains, past presidents and secretaries of SLC and the sports ministry representative" as well as the board's executive committee had been "in unanimous agreement with the decision taken by the executive committee - to oppose the revised proposals," an official release said.

Former players Aravinda de Silva, Anura Tennekoon, Ranjit Fernando and Michael Tissera had been at the meeting, in addition to selectors Sanath Jayasuriya and Hashan Tillakaratne. Past presidents Thilanga Sumathipala and Vijaya Mallasekara had also attended, as well as a host of administrators not currently holding positions at SLC. Arjuna Ranatunga was not present, but he had already slammed the revamp in public.

The sports ministry declined to take an official stance on the proposals, but SLC's decision is believed to have been energised by political support from the nation's government. Most of SLC's debt is owed to the state-owned Bank of Ceylon.

Sri Lanka had applied for an $8 million interest-free loan from the ICC before the position paper was unveiled, and this had been among the issues held over their head by the Big Three boards at the Dubai meeting. Other threats had also been delivered, many of which were relayed to SLC's membership at various meetings over the past week.

"When those details came to us, we had all been extremely surprised at how much pressure was being put on SLC by the big boards," an SLC member, who has held past office at the board, said. "We didn't think [the Big Three] would go to such lengths. In a way that made everyone even more keen to refuse these proposals, on principle."

Among the legal objections, which had also helped consolidate SLC's stance, was the view that the concentration of power at the ICC contravened an article in the ICC's Memorandum of Association. This document states one of the objects for which the ICC was formed is to "administer, develop, co-ordinate, regulate and promote the game of Cricket world-wide in co-operation with its Members".

SLC's lawyers had also cast doubt on the authority of the Finance & Commercial Affairs Committee to suggest such sweeping changes. They also noted, among the position paper's conflicts of interest, that the same bodies responsible for suggesting the proposals stand to gain most from them.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Android on February 8, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    let sl, pak and sa play amongst them and generate money its gud for their boards all the best

  • Android on February 6, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    @EashwarSai. Agree mate. India should withdraw from Asia Cup. Pakistan and SL cricket should be suspended if a proposal for equity is being rejected on flimsy grounds. I do not support any undue advantage to BCCI but a higher share in revenue is a just claim.

  • Android on February 6, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    @NoBull. Spot on mate. SLC soon to join PCB in bankruptcy. These two Boards are so blinded by petty hatred that they won't know a good deal if it stared them in their face. The icing on the cake will be no more India SL cricket. I mean no disrespect to SL Team for whom I have great respect and admiration. If we miss India SL cricket then we can always watch reruns of the World Cup final.

  • babji on February 6, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Hats off for the bravado!! How are the SLC board going to pay for the legal costs -- given the red ink they are bleeding. Lets hope they have managed to obtain government bail-out assurances. Nationalistic fervor or Quixotism or whatever, the World of Cricket is grateful for saving us from those boring Ind-SLC series! Thank you SLC on all counts!!!

  • Dummy4 on February 6, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    I don't understand the BCCI logic its not indian board which brings the huge revenue its indian economy who does this and they invest for their own benifits and profits so if they pay ICC then what favour they giving to world cricket. And if BCCI says because its coming from india then can they generate by playing own their own they need another team to play with. Kamran abbasi rightly said its leading to a time when these boards will also decide who will win or who will lose just to get more money after all its all about money anyway sports has nothing to do with this.

  • Edwin on February 6, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Salute SLC, CSA and PCB for their voice. " The Spirit of the Game " means good to these. I again say, let BCCI have the Lions share as they contribute maximum, but do not dictate terms such as whom you will play and not. In a way SLC , if it gets singled out by BCCI , it is good for Sri lankan Cricket. Not a single Indian Legend voiced his opinion, this shows how much money and contracts matter to these. Trust the 3 stand united, BCB was purchased by BCCI, see what happens now.

    It will be good for Cricket if India can play domestic cricket, anyway when the tour we all know what happens. Records speak, 4 to nothing, 4 to nothing and only change was 1 to nothing in SA. So good for them to play at Home and call others home and beat them. Even not sure whether this will be published.

  • srinivasan on February 6, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    The Big relief for Indians is that we don`t have to play with SL in future...Thank god for that. thank you SL.. Officials from CSA are set to meet the BCCI, then we know who is loser in the End.

  • Ajith on February 6, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka for this collective stance. Wiser counsel has prevailed and we hope other cricket boards will follow suit.

  • Dummy4 on February 6, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    By looking at few comments by over hyped Indian fans, i pretty much see their lack of knowledge regard this matter and also seem to be they can not believe and can't hold their nerves how they were ignored lol. it is India and BCCI that is going to isolate, even whether this resolution passed, not before winning the demands by these 3 boards for sure, which is for the interest of the world Cricket.

  • Sunil on February 6, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    This is an excellent news. No more boring SL-India matches. India should expand IPL to3-4 months and matches should be exhibited in smaller towns not just in selected metros!

    Go ahead BCCI. Cut-out the meaningless touring and concentrate on domestic cricket. Also limit the number of foreign players in IPL teams to only a maximum of 2 and that too only from 'friendly' nations. No point in investing millions in foreign players & boards who back-stab India at first chance.

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