ICC revamp

ICC Board clears governance, financial changes

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 8, 2014

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'CSA would want to patch-up with BCCI'

N Srinivasan at a press conference in Kolkata, Kolkata, May 26, 2013
N Srinivasan will be the ICC chairman from July © Hindustan Times

The ICC Board has gained the necessary votes to approve a large number of sweeping changes relating to the governance, financing and structure of international cricket. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the PCB were the only two Full Members who abstained when a "comprehensive resolution" was put to vote.

The BCCI, in particular, but also Cricket Australia and the ECB can now anticipate a period of greater wealth and influence in the ICC, although their proposals have been reduced in some areas and the ICC continues to claim that all nations will be better off as a result of the changes adopted.

The ICC has presented key elements of the resolution as follows:

  • More revenue for all nations because of a programme designed to secure a lucrative new rights deal.
  • A Test cricket fund to sustain Test cricket through to 2023.
  • Contractually-binding agreements between nations about Test series.
  • A clear pathway for Associate Members to become Test nations.

Plans to give widespread powers to an executive committee dominated by India, England and Australia have been watered down. Although this committee will still draw up major policy, its decisions will need to be ratified by the full board.

BCCI president N Srinivasan will become the ICC chairman from July this year, while CA chairman Wally Edwards will head a newly-formed Executive Committee, which will report to the ICC Board. The ECB chairman Giles Clarke will continue to be the head of the Finance and Commercial Affairs (F&CA) Committee. This will be for an initial two-year transitional period to 2016.

The ICC confirmed that at the end of this transitional period "the Chair of the ICC Board will be elected from within the ICC Board with all Full Member Directors entitled to stand for election. BCCI, CA and ECB - will be represented on both sub-committees, along with two representatives of the other Full Members (who will be elected by the Board)."

An F&CA committee "working group" made up of Srinivasan, Clarke and Edwards had first presented the draft of their radical revamp to the rest of the ICC Board at an unscheduled meeting called in Dubai on January 9. Central to the draft was the ICC revenue distribution model which was reformulated to give the BCCI, ECB and CA a graded percentage share of ICC revenue, with a larger chunk going to these three Boards when compared to the rest.

Today the ICC said, "Full Members will gain greater financial recognition based on the contribution they have made to the game, particularly in terms of finance, their ICC history and their on-field performances in the three formats."

The release stated the decision around the new revenue distribution model was, "the outcome of a negotiation between Members that has been required to provide long-term certainty of participation of all Members in both ICC events and bilateral series against other Members." The absence of any such "certainty" would impact on, "the rights for ICC events, which are to be taken to market this year... and by extension, so would the financial support that has driven the growth of cricket around the world.

"The structure of the model will ensure that none of the Full Members will be worse off than they are at present and - if forecasts of revenue generation prove to be correct - all will be significantly better off. The agreement of the model has been an important part of a wider negotiation that will now provide long-term certainty of participation in ICC events by all of the Full Member teams."

The meeting confirmed the end of the FTP in its current form, with future schedules being dependent on "contractually binding" negotiations between boards. "There was also confirmation that all Full Members will enter into a series of contractually binding bilateral agreements as a matter of urgency so that they can confirm a comprehensive schedule of matches in a Future Tours Programme that will now be extended to 2023."

"With the ICC Champions Trophy alongside the ICC Cricket World Cup and ICC World Twenty20 and the formats and venues already confirmed for all of these events the ICC has a really attractive package for 2015-23 to take to the market." The ICC claims it has a limited-overs package to make the TV companies drool

The ICC Board also paved a clearer path for high-performing Associate nations to gain Test status. "The winner of the next ICC Intercontinental Cup will be entitled to take part in a play-off against the bottom-ranked Full Member and, if successful, obtain Test status," the ICC said. "This complements the pathways that are already in place for any Member to be able to qualify for the major events in ODI and T20I cricket."

The ICC confirmed that the proposed World Test Championship would be scrapped and replaced with the Champions Trophy in 2017 and 2021 to strengthen their commercial property. "It proved impossible to come up with a format for a four-team finals event in Test cricket that fits the culture of Test cricket and preserves the integrity of the format," its release said. "The most recent ICC Champions Trophy event proved to be very popular with supporters around the world and the future events will build on this success.

"With the ICC Champions Trophy alongside the ICC Cricket World Cup and ICC World Twenty20 and the formats and venues already confirmed for all of these events the ICC has a really attractive package for 2015-23 to take to the market."

At the same time, the governing body announced the introduction of a Test Cricket Fund "to help ensure all of the Test playing teams will be able to sustain a home programme of Test cricket through to 2023."

"The fund will be available to all of the Test playing Members except the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)."

The ICC release said, "several of these decisions" would need to be "considered and adopted" by the ICC's Full Council when it meets in June. While there were no specifications made as to what these decisions were, as full council voting is required of constitutional amendments, that procedure is largely regarded as a formality.

ICC president Alan Isaac said: "The Board has made some significant decisions today which provide us with long-term certainty in relation to the future governance, competition and financial models of the ICC. There were eight Full Members who were in a position to support the resolution today and the two [SLC, PCB] who abstained have pledged to further discuss the issues with an aim to reaching unanimous approval over the coming weeks."

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Posted by Kirk-at-Lords on (February 12, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

While no clear statement of exactly what is going on has emerged into the public eye (so much for transparency in the administration of the cricket!), what begins to emerge appears distinctly half-baked. The "playoff" between the top Associate and bottom-ranked Test team is a prime example. Will this be a true Test match, or a 4-day game? Will it be one match, or a proper series? Whatever does "success" amount to, particularly if honourable draw(s) are played out? The whole thing seems to be a mere sop to quieten the little people and convince them to let the Big Men in the Sky Boxes have their way in cricket governance. And free reign they will have for the next 2 years! In return, the chant goes up: "we give you money, money, money". Can there be a more cynical form of undemocratic manipulation than this?

Posted by Dhushan on (February 10, 2014, 23:02 GMT)

I'm glad & proud that we SLC, & PCB still stood firm on their decision, even though there apparently was a lot of bullying and threatening by the big 3. We maybe cash strapped, but this has shown that we still stand up to the values of the game. Sad to see the sport being bought over for money. Extremely disappointed about CSA.

Posted by ReadThiS on (February 10, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

I support the statement in the article which says - The Big three's contribution to the game is immense. That is why they are at the top. SL board is still figuring out its issues, Pakistan - is not allowed to hold a match in their own country ans SA - surprised by the way the board works. Support to the Big three. That how the UN also works. The top five. Proud to be a Indian Cricket fan today!!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

The day is very near that India will be at the bottom of Test rankings.See how their last ten matches out of India. Only one win.Must be out of Test cricket. Then how about joining with Aus. and Eng. for greedy of money

Posted by Hasun888 on (February 10, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

Whatever may be the motive of PCB and SLC, from a spectator's point of view they did the right thing. Hopefully, they will continue their stance in some capacity. Doing the right thing will only help these nations, maybe not so soon but surely in the future.

Posted by Nerk on (February 10, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Anybody interesting in starting a new international board? We might not have money, tv or anything else but at least we'll do what's best for the sport we love, and not just use it for a massive power trip.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (February 10, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

I marvel at all these aghast cricket fans saying they will switch to football because of BCCI's domination of world cricket. Okay, so which team will you cheer for? Will it be the Pak, SL, Bangladesh, SA, Jamaican, NZ, Zim, Australian or English football team? If its any one of the first 7 I mentioned then we're talking about either a tier 2, 3, or 4 football team. And if its the 2nd last one then I've never seen them win a WC. And finally, if its the last one I mentioned I wasn't even born when they last won. Anyway, good luck with switching your cheering from a tier 1 test cricket nation to whatever banana republic football team you're going for.

Posted by caught_knott_bowled_old on (February 10, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

I wonder if the BCCI will now instruct the opposition fast bowlers to stop bowling short-pitched balls at their batsmen? And no balls to be bowled faster than 135kmph?

Posted by buddhikapm on (February 10, 2014, 3:29 GMT)

come on guys u saw what happened to India in NZ today...cricket is not money..its about talent, courage, determination etc..u while u guys collecting money form other side india is loosing Test matches continuously...wht a shame

Posted by challagalla on (February 10, 2014, 3:24 GMT)

I see some merit in India demanding a larger share of the revenues. To me it seems fair that the biggest contributor to the kitty gets the lion's share of it. In the long run this may be good for cricket overall and time is the best judge of it. What I strongly object to, is a small group of three nations lording it over all other countries . Vesting power in the hands of a few can never be good and is hardly democratic. BCCI can be churlish and a downright bully at times. Witness the recent scrap with CSA over the tour itinerary. BCCI even demanded the Mr. Lorgat be kept away from negotiations . We will see more of such irresponsible behaviour in future from BCCI. With greater power comes greater responsibility and BCCI hereafter should show maturity and keep the interests of world cricket at large in future. I am not optimistic this will happen but what else can a keen cricket fanatic do but hope.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

I can only hope this would lead to the development of cricket not only among the full- members but also associate members. I want to see cricket thrive the same way as football do.

Posted by Retour on (February 9, 2014, 22:18 GMT)

Only BCCI could pull such a thing off! Good to see provision for Test cricket fund and a clear pathway for associates to become test nations .... After all the talk, Pak and SL board failed to vote against BCCI. The best they could do was abstain .... Understandably SA Board chose to go with BCCI. Imagine having to be on a boat w/ only Pak and SL board officials for company. I guess, it is even better to join a circus, than spent time with the officials of these two boards. BCCI, CA, ECB, CNL, etc. are a far better company to be with.

Posted by Cricket_Master_Mind on (February 9, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Only Pakistan & Srilanka Can play cricket with Pride & Respect. No other team have such thing. Big 3 will be seen as Cricket Beauty Destroyer. Other teams will be seen as having supportive role to let them do this. PK & SL they got pride and kick's their charity to sign. Respect is Every thing!

Posted by Crick_fan_Crick on (February 9, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

big 3 is not based on wins-losses but how many games they are playing/played (home and outside), how much revenue they are generating, percentage of revenue contribution to ICC, which distributes to other countries. Therefore, i believe this is a good idea as they are the top 3 which contribute major revenue to cricket.

Posted by Jimmyvida on (February 9, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

How many of you, if you became president of a company and found out that two persons of the company opposed you, what would you do? I know what I would do: dismiss them or hang them out to dry.

Posted by MustPlayFair on (February 9, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Let's call them Tiny Three or Just TT

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

RIP...What a sad day for Cricket..... Years from now on we will look back on the repercussions of these actions for short-term gains! Improvements to cricket was needed but could have been done differently and more transparently! I am also startled at all the so called cricket pundits (apart from Atherton and Boycott) who have been hush about these changes....I wonder what Tony Greig would have made of it?

Posted by neo012 on (February 9, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

I think all this is not so bad. Pakistani fans are understandably upset as its Indian counterparts are growing in stature. But put that jealousy and anger aside, if this means more revenue for everyone, I cant understand what's so wrong about this overhaul. What is that people are so unhappy about? More revenue means better life for cricketers means better competition means better quality players means better cricket! And I think all of us would like to watch better cricket. Lets get over this and do what honest sports fan do....support the sport we all love and not get entangled with country politics. Amazing test match between India and NZ. Love this new NZ side!!

Posted by android_user on (February 9, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

Pak playerz developd 1.REVERSE SWING, 2.DOOSRA 3.GOOGLY 4. THE IDEA N SUCCES OF NEUTRAL UMPIRES 5.HELPING DEVELOP DUBAI.S AND CHINA,S TEAM wat r , or wat other nations doing for cricket????? the big3 concept isnt globalizing cricket, its rather tapering cricket to fewer. NOT GUD,, CERTAINLY NOT GUD FOR CRICKET!!!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

why this kind of politics in cricket,,,,,all the permnent members should be given a fair chance of votes and rights

Posted by android_user on (February 9, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

If only BCCI could use all this planning and brains to improve the performance of the Indian team.

Posted by Carry-Your-Bat on (February 9, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

By not voting the two boards have missed the boat, now they will have less weightage when 'requesting' their terms. Go with the flow....when majority is against you....as simple as that. If majority have the boards have accepted it, means it is good for all. No point in thinking negative dear fans...I see so many improvements noted....after all we the fans actually don't know the details, so why to think negative of the changes.

Posted by android_user on (February 9, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

Being a cricketing fan, fingers crossed and praying the dignity of cricket not tobe lost. Or i will also switch to football like so many others.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

I understand the position of West Indies, NZ, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe Boards. They were eager to take benefit for their weak financial position. The most surprising position taken by South African Board. They with drawn their principle position and backed up the extremely un-principle stand point. I was expecting SA would change their position only if they would have offer SA as a fourth big cricketing nation. But that is not happened. We are proud of PCB and SL cricket Boards for their position. PCB is already in deep crises as other teams are not coming to play in Pakistan, even though they did not go for taking benefits for the financial gains for the sake of protecting the cricket as a gentleman game.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 9, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Ahh I thought ICC was Indian cricket council! Isn't that so? Why what is it meant to be?

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

There will be no FIFA for world cricket..... check out MLB (major league baseball ) to see the most likely future of professional cricket. (for MLB substitute BICC.)

Posted by jinath on (February 9, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

@Viswanath Sankaranarayanan why your people select SL payers in IPL auction ?

Posted by android_user on (February 9, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

R.I.P cricket

Posted by Cricket.NG on (February 9, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

Why do SL fans / SLC expect IPL 2014 to move to srilanka . when they oppose ICC proposal blindly , it makes no sense . After all the help BCCI has provided to improve financial mess , by playing srilanka every other month at a certain point of time . SL fans need a reality check !!

Posted by Cricket.NG on (February 9, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

Pakistani fans should blame PCB and pakistani government for their isolation and not the ICC or BCCI . The security situation is bad . May be PCB should invite Afghanistan for a tour . Also please stop complaining bout Pakistani players not being in IPL , there are issues between India - pakkistan with relating to K issue. So Pakistani should not expect to play in IPL .

Posted by atif_81 on (February 9, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

Big 3 formula does not help cricket. If BCCI want to help cricket than why they refused to paly a series with PCB. Why BCCI oppose DRS? If things are going in the same way than I suspect umpiring could also be biased, as no one want to lose his job. Condition will becoming worse for PCB and for the Pakistan´s cricket. For being a cricket fan I suppose ICC becomes a Indian cricket council. From now onward, I will try to forget cricket and wish to watch some other fair sport.

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (February 9, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

This is just like people giving views on something about which they do not know completely...we are given very less info...Also do not forget that most boards are supporting so you should bash your respective boards first. Pakistan and SL boards are like any other boards. They are all opportunistic and have the basic aim of survival of board not cricket....let me say that again...the aim is survival of board and not cricket..Cricket comes as a complementary product... Given power any other board would have virtually destroyed other boards...All have done it in past...Eng,Aus,WI...No one in the boards is a nice person, they are all shrewd man.... India bashing hurts me simply because I do not like BCCI myself but I have no power to control it or fight against it...To us Indians, cricket is critical objective, what do we have to do with how much money these admins make or star sports or ten sports or sony make.... I hope baseball or some other only hit or lose format game comes to India.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

Any can explain what is special in the package for Associates?

Posted by android_user on (February 9, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

The game is heading towards entertainment, entertainment and entertainment. Not emphasising on quality and talent. More flat pitches and short boundaries will follow. The Game's real substance is dying.

Posted by stalefresh on (February 9, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

This is good for the game. It was screaming for a change. I don't see a harm as long as bilateral test serious between all nations are announced, and followed. I also like Test fund for nations outside Ind, Aus, and Eng. Not that test cricket is healthy in India but clearly lack of money is not the reason. Indian administrators have never marketed test cricket, and has never had a calendar around it. Looking forward to exciting times ahead.

Posted by SRHaider on (February 9, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

The arguments given by the Big 3 are all about commercial and monetary aspects. Yes, commerce is important, but cricket should always supersede. A classic example of commerce killing cricket is IPL and how it has murdered quality bowling (fast and spin both) in India.

In the new world of cricket, all the decisions in ICC will now be 'commercially-tested' before implemented. If Bangladesh not playing test cricket, for example, is a commercially viable decision, then be it. Bangladesh will only realise over time, perhaps once their lolly-pop finishes!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

I applaud the actions of PCB and SLC but I dont think that they will get marginalized. Cricket is not a global sport like soccer where every country plays it. Only 8 competitive teams play test cricket and ignoring two of them will not be beneficial even for so called "Big3". I am saying this because 1) People will get bored easily by watching 6 teams playing each other regularly and eventually they will start caring less which will then be death nail to this model provided by BCCI. 2) If anything is cricket's lifeguard, its test cricket and to some extent ODIs. No body cares more for T20 results except for World cup. To save test cricket, more competitive teams will be required so you can not ignore even one of 8 top test teams. and BTW If viewer ship is anything to go by, Pakistan is second only after India. Its about time when things will get better in Pakistan and Businesses boom up, then we may see big4.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

@little aussie battler. Where do India and England stand right now? On present form they would be 2 teams facing relegation I would have thought. Hope South Africa don't beat up on you Aussies too much, or the big 3 could all be in the bottom tier. LOL!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

Pak made right decision as there was no gaurantee to play cricket with Ind, Eng, and Aus. Pakistanis love cricket and it is in their blood so no one in the world can stop them to play. If big three can think out of the box for the destruction of cricket then Pak will play part to defend it. Some people think that IPL is successful without Pakistani players but they are wrong because with the induction of Pak players, it would be successfull more than any ICC major event. I can see the worst situation of bid three after 9 years, at that time they will be helpless. In short, I am proud to be a Pakistani. yaaay

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

so two teams out of BIG 3 has been bashed up. and BCCI president Mr. Srinavasan has serious allegations to face in the court of India. yet such changes in ICC were inevitable?? Seems to me a very fair deal for all the cricket fans ;) RIP gentleman's game...Welcome Money game!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

R.I.P Cricket from 1877 to 2014 Good Bye ..

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

cause of Moyes I am not much interested in watching man utd match any more even though I am having paid subscription of starsport.com and today I read in news paper there will be major changes in ICC.. I was sure CSA will oppose but then again they also come under with few politician and businessman controlling BCCI now they will control ICC. No more interested in watching cricket either. Good news to my family and yes now I can take the new responsibility

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (February 9, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

Subject to how it works, I suspect the changes may turn to be for the better. The test fund should help boards like WI & Zimbabwe host more tests, quite apart from ensuring that the ridiculous situation of scheduled test series being cancelled should end.

Posted by android_user on (February 9, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

I don't understand y did thy do tht thy know cricket is gng down and more n more people following other sports I used to b big fan of cricket I still play cricket but don't follow cricket any more like I used to wake up early morning to watch cricket matches doesn't matter who is playing but after all this I'm not bother abt it im pakistani but some people might think strange but I always supported India but not any more actually I don't like cricket n icc should follow Fifa who treats every 1 same rip cricket

Posted by Little_Aussie_Battler on (February 9, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

Hopefully this will weed out those nations not that serious on Test Match cricket.

It really annoys me that these places have their hands out looking for money when they do not take red ball cricket seriously.

Bring on relegation!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

Great outcomes of the decision, next Intercontinental Cup winner to get the full membership status, chances are there for AFG and Ireland.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

I salute PCB and cricket Siri lanka for their firm stand, which no noble nation in world can oppose. Things does not remain same always the consequences will be shown in couple of years than these supporting member will think what they have done. This is all done on the basis of IPL but how knows the fate of IPL after these changes.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (February 9, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

I feel more disadvantages than advantages SL not support this proposals Disadvantages 1 Normally AUS/IND regular give series to SL even though Eng hardly give series after this no more easy series from these 3 2 these 3 may infulence others to not give Series to SL 3 from IPL SL board and players gain lot of revenue and it's make SL board much financially stable 4 IPL performances is kind indirect qualification 4 other Domestic League series like CPL,BBL.so SL players might not select to those also 5 Those premier league allows to our players to learn from best coaches in the world hence they can enhance the skills. after this they miss this chance 6 If league like SLPL want to resume Indian Businessman's is key i thing PAK businessman's not have such great capital


1 this will prevent India players/Coaches to learn SL players mistakes 2 SL player will think of country than IPL(eg:Malinga,Sanga,Mahela) 3 SL could play test matches in IPL season

Posted by android_user on (February 9, 2014, 4:35 GMT)

R I P for cricket

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 2:32 GMT)

When England and Australia used to rule world cricket India stood up to it in the 1980s and with the support of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies was able to take the World Cup away from England and make ICC more democratic. It is a sad day to see India now becoming an imperialist power itself and joining the old imperial powers and betraying its old allies and friends. This shows that greed for money has no principles or morals.

Posted by pjrfd on (February 9, 2014, 0:29 GMT)

The 'Test Fund' should be financed in part by an ICC 'tax' on big T20 tournaments, such as the IPL. And that includes the salaries offered to players in auction. If such enormous sums can be offered for the shortest - and, let's be honest, least meritworthy (who remembers the result for long? It was intended to be just a bit of fun, a 'quick fix') - form of the game, a proportion of it should be filtered off to benefit the purest form, that which is a true test, & of which the results stand the test of time. For example, many of us remember England beat Autralia 3-1 in the 1981 ('Botham's') Ashes, & lost 5-0 at home to the W.Indies in 1984 ...who recalls the 1-day series results those years? Barely anyone, I bet.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 23:12 GMT)

the only thing which is haunting is about FTP. now all the weak boards are depending on aus india england for test cricket. now for pakistan it will keep on playing SA Srilanka WI and NZ occasional england series. A series between india pak is in interest of both as lot of revenue for the host. that left us with australia and i am not sure pak aus are going to play much in feature

Posted by ygkd on (February 8, 2014, 22:15 GMT)

Inevitable, really. The IPL/T20 re-laid the landscape and any fund to sustain Test cricket for the next decade is doomed. Test cricket is on life support only. Yet, oddly, here in Australia there is reportedly a revamping of the pathway program for junior development underway - so that better cricketers will be produced in the future. Why? Surely, the ones we're producing are perfect for the future cricket - short-form players for short-form games and short attention spans. And short-term decisions - like this one from the ICC.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 21:54 GMT)

Rather disgusted in the CEO of NZ cricket. They have given up power for money. Money only lasts so long. I wonder in the future, when Australia and India and England go back on their word, if we will see a breakaway group of nations. As someone else mentioned this is the security council system. Power of veto etc etc. The security council is the reason the UN has never functioned. Power of veto has stopped every resoluation of any worth in 50 years. These aren't even the BEST teams in the world. I feel incredibly sorry for especially the West Indies, who are part of the reason test cricket holds such a high status in the world. Also sorry for South Africa who since coming back into Test cricket have been a power house to rival any of the "big (ego) 3".

Pathetic. Money swap for power.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (February 8, 2014, 21:22 GMT)

ok so now that it is all done and dusted (not happy) I think most posters are being a bit hard on CSA if they had voted NO it would still have got through because PCB and SLC did not vote, people and boards have always made money on this great game and it has never worried me in the past, but I have always been able to watch Australia v Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the past and hope to in the future, a lot of people have written RIP cricket, unless we can get stronger boards and bring in new teams like Ireland and Holland the game will not grow and die a natural death anyway, and that means test cricket, baseball has been around for ever and is still a minor world sport so T20 will not save the game.

Posted by ICKY on (February 8, 2014, 20:41 GMT)

Does it mean that if you reached a point in life where you are left with no money, then you should sell you honour and integrity. Shame... you can do that but nations with honour and integrity would be better off without big money. BCCI can count money while Indian team is showing what it is worth. Losing to 8th ranked team in the world, and always losing abroad. Now at least they can just play in their backyard to maintain their rankings, otherwise they would be seen with Holland, Ireland and UAE, if they have to play abroad. Shame.....things have gone so below the line of integrity and honor.

Posted by t20cric on (February 8, 2014, 20:17 GMT)

Its a sad day or cricket that proposal has been accepted. As a Pakistani I'm proud we didn't agree with it but we also didn't vote against it, we just abstained from voting. The revised proposal actually seems pretty good & looks like it will improve cricket the only thing is that it must be made sure that the Big3 don't go back on their promises. I'm pretty sure PCB and SLC will also agree to this once it is made to suit there needs as well although Big3 don't really have a reason to listen to the needs anymore since they got what they wanted.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 8, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

@Ashik Imran: Agree with you. Once this revamp is passed and becomes law, the ICC rankings for ALL formats MUST be reset to 0. More points should be awarded to 'away' victories than 'home' victories. That will nullify home team advantage and bring in some sanity and clarity to the sport. Cricket is the ONLY sport where home conditions play a big part in determining the eventual winner and that needs to be eradicated. The test championship can still be played if the new look ICC put their minds to work. Get rid of the World T20 and put in a test championship instead, as simple as that. There is enough money coming into the sport to furnish that.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

Its finish..Its over... it was killed.. finished.. international cricket is over.. Its going to be started a fight full members vs full members.. and we will see the death of international cricket very soon...R.I.P cricket..My favourite sport.. I was watching test cricket by leaving full 5 school days in 90 s..Now india, Aus and Eng will do everything they favour..wow.. international cricket soprt has owners now..

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 8, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

@detroit_lions: That's a pragmatic way of looking at the BCCI and this revamp. However, not everyone in the world sees cricket through the eyes of the BCCI. It's surprising how many Indian fans have now begun feeling proud of the BCCI. Where is the dissent or frustration towards the BCCI from Indian fans ? Are Indian fans looking at this revamp as BCCI sympathizers or cricket lovers ? Cause I am an INDIAN cricket lover too but I don't accept this revamp. Having said that, I don't mind the BCCI earning more money, that's their prerogative. However, to erase democracy in favour of a Security Council style set up is not good. I would first suggest the BCCI to be transparent and become a truly public body - by the people, for the people. Cause no matter what they do, there are so many loose ends. Plus, Team India aren't doing that well overseas which should be the main concern for the BCCI more than anything. A strong performing cricket team plus wealth = more respect in the world.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

hail to Imperial indian Cricket Council....shame fir CSA

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

A lot of people are commenting on the original, not the revamped proposals. Lets see: 1. India gets a large share of the revenue....agree completely that it is a sport and not business....but at the end of they if they are getting proportionate to what they are generating, it is not preposterous 2. BIG 3 veto power: In the revamped proposals, the ICC executive committee will have membership of 3 boards, however the final decision will always be taken by ICC board which is all 10 nations. Now yes, big 3 will have lot of influence but lets face it, thats been the case 3. FTP and Test cricket: FTP is anyway not binding and all countries keep changing it according to their convenience. The Test cricket fund means that all nations except the 3 get money to sustain test cricket till 2023, which is actually great because other countries do not generate revenue to sustain it 4. Pathway for Associate nations to get test status has been made easier

Big change but not all doom and gloom!

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

ReStart the test rankings from Zero......... If a nation plays 100 tests in 5 years, and another nation plays only 20 tests in 5 years, how the nation can earn more ranking ponts .............. it should not be only the number of won/played matches. It should be the percentage of wins................ and then the true ranking will be seen clearly............. if the ranking can be restarted from zero........ and the ranking rules are known to all, who knows, on of the big three's may have to play against the Intercontinental Champions ! It would be a pleasure for the eyes.....:)

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

what a shame

Posted by S.Alis on (February 8, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

This is not sports anymore.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 8, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

I think PCB and SLC will eventually give in. They cannot survive alone in the world. They need to accept this proposal come what may which is a shame. This also begs the question, why oppose it in the first place ? Pakistan in particular are in a more precarious position because they cannot play at home still and depend on neutral venues to host them. Pakistani players don't feature in the IPL which means lesser pay for their talented cricketers while others earn millions. Pakistan haven't played against India except for ICC events. So PCB have a lot of thinking to do in the coming days. While their pride is at stake, Pakistan cricket should be put first. They need to ensure the Big 3 agree to playing them in the near future. Only that way can PCB make more money and give cricket to their fans. Otherwise, Pakistan could be isolated further which would be a shame.

Posted by detroit_lions on (February 8, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

All of this anti-india (not just bcci ) is very entertaining.Where were you guys when CA and ECB were controlling cricket majority of the time? BCCI shifted the power single-handedly and now you despise it? Is it a case of jealousy or crab mentality for the other asian boards?If you guys are so proud , you shouldn't be sending your players to play in IPL and earn millions in USD. Heck, even your retired players make money from India. Are you guys going to throw away your Microsoft PC and Xbox also because the CEO of MS is an ethnic indian? How far will you go?

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

But with out SL& Pak world cricket is nothing. they are the power house of world cricket.I think we should stop calling B 3. this word is so unfair for the rest of the cricketing world.I think we should call them BM3 (means Big money 3). Secondly BCCI not controlling IPL properly. I wonder how they handle world cricket.

Posted by BlackStdy on (February 8, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

The world is moving black-ward. My congratulation to India, finally they become a super power, even-though in expense of all democratic values of Indian people. Thanks

Posted by vish2020 on (February 8, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

Sri Lanka and Pakistan boards always asked India for favor with touring when they needed cash and when India needed little of their revenue back from the enormous 80 percent they provide to world cricket which is embarrassing enough for world cricket, these two boards go against. I say forget them and let's for long not help them. If they aren't there for us what's the point?

Posted by wapuser on (February 8, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

All are equal but some are more equal than others. Big 5 made UN powerless and world an unjust place. Big 35 will do the same 2number cricket. World's largest so called democracy crying for aristocracy in cricket. The legendsno and theu public have responsibilitybeen on theirhai shoulders to freenai the game from theall clutches of tyrinnical big 35 rule. Dark day foryar cricket

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

"The BCCI, in particular, but also Cricket Australia and the ECB can now anticipate a period of greater wealth and influence in the ICC"

So nothing much has changed

Posted by FawltyBean on (February 8, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

From the beginning I though SLC would cave in because of all the money problems. Unfortunately, opportunistic CSA used both SLC and PCB to get what they wanted from BCCI. CSA hung these two boards to dry. I don't think there will be any IPL contracts for Mahela and Sanga going forward.

Posted by wapuser on (February 8, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

I can't comment on peoples perceptions, but my personal opinion is that BCCI to an extent can't be blamed entirely on calling the shots, afterall they generate 80% of World cricket revenue.

But again I seriously think they should understand that World cricket does need countries like Pakistan - who are definitely one of the form teams currently. They should definitely help Pakistan cricket as they are our neighbours. Unfortunately political culture in both countries has definitely ruined the bhaichaara (brotherhood) considering both our cultures are so similar. Hope common sense prevails and BCCI help Pakistan cricket.

Looking at Indian cricket - I am quite disappointed with our performances recently. Unfortunately BCCI's arrogance has got on to the Indian cricketers and they don't seem to be bothered with the losses. Hope they realise that we Indian's are better off to leave the talks and concentrate on their game instead. Jai Hind

Posted by Saadcricketlover on (February 8, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Though pakistan and srilanka might have lost the icc's respect they have won he art of all non big three cricket fans. Good luck to pak-sl may they still be able to perform good and prove their selves.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

This is rubbish ....... Its not the big 3 its just india and they just used the ECB and CA so they do not have any one to stand against them considering that the ECB and CA were the only one's that could have stood against them. Its become a business thats what india have done its not about cricket no more and they are going to kill minor teams and since they do not get along wid pakistan its the end for them as well. Its disapointing tht the ICC would let something like that happen.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

m not going to stop watch cricket men .i will watch pak matches with more pride .atleast it difinitly fair matches played on perfomance not on money .pak sl become more favrite for world now .and what about csa?

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

salutes to Pakistan and SriLanka for their efforts to save the pride of the game. they stand firmly till the last moment ,really a great gesture.they prooved,cricket meansthem more then money.the winners are actually loosers in this conflict.this is definitely not to go for long .

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 8, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

So we now officially have an ICC Security Council headed by super powers India, England and Australia, then the rest of the world. We also have a Cold War with Pakistan and Sri Lanka opposing the revamp. WOW, I never knew sport could become so financially and politically influenced.

Posted by ZkAneela on (February 8, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

For all those who are cursing South Africa for its act of voting in favour of big three must know and think about the future of SA cricket.SA got isolated once already and the fear of isolation make SA vote in favour of big three.Who will want the world best test team to be demolished?? I can't watch cricket without steaming and daunting Steyn and Dynamic AB who stands as the best in tests and ODIs as well.I dont know there is anyone who remains at the top in both formats in the past, Surely there will be a few but not many.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

I think of rugby now sri lanka is good at it or since I live usa am football.

Posted by ram91106 on (February 8, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

@SL and Pak Posters.... your boards did not vote against the proposal brethren...they have merely asked for time to get together with their respective governing bodies and decide on further course of action which is a roundabout way of saying we are waiting for better deals to appear on our table...if you see one of the headlines on cricinfo it is IPL CONSIDERING OVERSEAS VENUES SUCH AS SA,UAE,SL AND BANGLADESH...see something??? there were effectively 10 votes that could have been cast...8 were in favor of the proposal 2 were against...however the voting was not 8-2...SLC and PCB abstained which means it was effectively an eight member voting panel...it is us cricket fans who will be at the whims and mercies of these boards...IPL this time will probably move to SL...the next IPL will see the inclusion of Pak players...this is the carrot...ultimately it will be a 'unanimous' decision in favor of the proposal...its fans like us who will suffer the most...

Posted by Wacky_Cric_Lover on (February 8, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

This thread proves that Cricket is not going to be same and by this I mean it will get worse. Just look at the comments that no one cares whether Pakistan plays the international cricket or not. Everyone is happy to keep a country out of cricket that has been world champions; that produced the world's fastest bowlers; that is the only team who gives nail biters and thrillers to the viewers; that gives you controversies but also gives the exciting finishes; that gave you new meaning of resilience. yes it is a success for india and they are taking this opportunity to rub in the faces of Pakistanis however in longer term its not going to be good for cricket. indian fans if you really "Understand" cricket then this is the end of what we call Gentleman's game. btw just heard in the news that BCCI has cancelled their tours with Pakistan. If this is true then this new proposal has already been thrown to bin. No binding when its comes to Pakistan vs india.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

unblvbl stance for truth thanks pcb slc .inshort voice come from heart now pround to be pakistsni .today every pakistani and srilakn should be happy.every body know that stance for truth but some shameful countries shameful ppl baised but they know

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Money vs cricket.... Money won by D/L method

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

OK. So what will Scotland have to do to qualify for test cricket?

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Where ever Money win, You lose your Dignity and professionalism.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 8, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

So the day of Judgement has arrived. The Big 3 prevail !!!! I don't know whether to be optimistic or pessimistic of cricket's future. While I don't have any problems with the Big 3 earning more than what they already are, I am still incredibly worried about the FTP and how bilateral contests would be played. For example, I DON'T want to see India play England and Australia more times in a year. I wish to see India play NZ, WI, PAK, BAN a lot more at home and away. There needs to be a balance in world cricket. I would also like the rankings to be scrapped for a better model. Like more points to away victories than home victories for example. While I am no test cricket fan, I would still like to see the test championship come to fruition. Sadly, nothing is being done to improve cricket's reach globally. Instead the rich will get richer as per this proposal.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

I am a Pakistan Fan, death for cricket...however Pak admin resposible for their downfall as well. we moan about other teams not visiting.Just one question what have we done with the people who carried out attack on srilankan cricket team..Yeh accidents do happen but did we successfully prosecute anybody with any examplary punishment, did we hold any body resposible from security services...Did any head roll? If no why we we shamelessly keep asking other teams to visit

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Cheeers To the best time we had together; you(Cricket) left no stone unturned to entertain Us. We wish that you had stayed with Us.

Unfortunately the boards of Power & Hunger has malicious the pure You(Cricket).

You will always be remembered in our thoughts & Heart; with all the tears and the unsayable memories; I wave you a final Good Bye.

May You Rest in Peace well.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

RIP cricket , since today I stop watching cricket . Thank you Big 3 for took me away from cricket .

Posted by Asif-Nawaz on (February 8, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

This day will be remember as Black Day in cricket History. My condolence with all cricket lovers

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

yes .... ICC is income cricket council.... Pak should concentrate on its hockey, squash and soccer or any other global sport .....

Posted by masks on (February 8, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Smell something burning.....

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

its nothing new that's happening right now , it has now becoming the trend , bigger or stronger companies or even countries tend to swallow the small ones , its not about the game or its future its just about power and money .

i am afraid this world is now no place for democracy & equality. strong dont like it and week cant manage it . it such a shame when i see POLITICS growing so much in the game.. cricket is already left behind and isolated to few playing nations now i am certain that these bigger countries would (May be their greed ) kill even some of the (already member )weaker playing nations.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

cricket was a game and they made it a drama and i feel sorry to all cricket lovers coz this drama is very expensive one no buddy will like to watch anymore thank you icc for stop wasting our time and create this drama hats off :D

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

great pak keep it up its not over yet its a temporary resolution cricket will live long welldone lankans

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (February 8, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

The truth is : These proposals in my opinion are doing much good than before. a) No change in Existing revenues for all nations, infact it is expected to rise b) no controlling of power by a single board c) An associate nation to be taken into test cricket- fantastic! d) Test fund to support test cricket in financially weaker boards.

I am not a supporter of the BCCI, but what is the actual issue for people to sing funeral notes for cricket, It seems to me that just because BCCI is driving the initiative it is made to appear bad. Shame on all the comments, I am sure if the proposals were driven by CA or ECB or CSA none of the comments would be singing funeral notes.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

Pakistan should have made a deal with the big 3 so that it could develop its domestic circuit and management.

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (February 8, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

The plus side is Zimbabwe Cricket(and other struggling boards) get financial support for incoming tours. No more cancellations like SL&AFG. I wonder where all the baseless accusations of mismanagement&fraud will come from now, especially after ZC have passed multiple audits for as long they've been unceremoniously demanded in the past.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

If this is such a good system then lets propose this to FIFA as well. Its Cricket Vs Money or Big 3 Vs the Odds.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

Cricket proves to be the game of money again and everyone in cricket runs after money!!!! next era is going to be very boring now

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

@snbirdi just because you are indian you support this! people telling RIP because there is some thing bad going to happen for cricket Now the cricket is become like fast food! lot of plastic fans who is watching cricket just because of T20, whom think Chris gayle better than chandrapaul, whoom think Dhawan is better than cook! Real cricket fans doesn't want fast moving cricket! we need that gentlemen game! NOT MONEY BUTCHERS GAME! Gentlemen game is officially over and It time to horse riddrs,bankers to control it please publish cricinfo

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

I must say ICC has full abbreviation>--> income cricket council.

Posted by mirandola on (February 8, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

Well, it's a very watered-down revision of the original unilateral fiat - the ICC have , at least to an extent, listened to criticism. The main problem for me is that I trust neither Srinivasan nor Clarke to administer the game with only 'the best interests of cricket' in their hearts.

Posted by SnowSnake on (February 8, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa. That is exactly how it should be. Countries bringing in revenue have no responsibility to carry weight of countries that do not bring in revenue.

Posted by Nadeemusman on (February 8, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

Further to my post Pakistan cricket will come under severe pressure for going against the resolution fewer tours will be given to pak and sl.but thses countries will bounce back. It should be noted that no power always remains to the top. Everybody has to come down. The big three are going to loose their power one day or the other.however cricket is going to suffer. Lt us keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Posted by crikey85 on (February 8, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

everybody including u(cricinfo) needs to chill and get with program.. just business guys, not just cricket anymore im afraid..

Posted by Nadeemusman on (February 8, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

Today is a bad day to the world of cricket.Shame on CSA and BCB for jumping the boat for a few petty promises. Hats off to Pakistan and SL for siding with the truth. However both of these boards will be on the recieving end from the big three. I am sure substandard tournaments like bbl/ipl will be considered more important than international cricket. Good rules as DRS will be removed to appease India.cricket matches will become like indian movies,melodrama with pyrotechnics but cheap quality. Cricket has gone thirty years back today to colonial days. It remains to be seen whether india and england will continue cricket tour which they promised to PAK before this meeting,it looks doubtful. South africa and BCB will regret their decision in the long run.

Posted by tanveer131 on (February 8, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

@Aristotle Net: well said bro.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 8, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

So after big shake up guess who gets to run cricket - yip, its Srinivasan. I'm nervous. I like Test cricket, India are very bad at it and love IPL. I see more T20 leagues, more flat wickets and fast bowling slowly fading away into history. I also don't see funding given to weaker nations to fund cricket, because under these changes the bigger countries get more.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

I will stop watching cricket from now on

Posted by appkhi on (February 8, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

@Krushna Rathod ...nothing happens to Pakistan they came back with more stronger team Inidia tried their best to destroy the Pakistani Cricket but they fail look at your team...they lost SA and they are loosing even with NZ..this does not mater if Pakistan is not playing in Lahore or karachi but they are beating teams in their home countries whic India fails to do ...you can not buy talent from money ...I am proud to of Zaka and his team...

Posted by KapilsDevils1983 on (February 8, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

People commenting on this article need to invest in a dictionary and look up what 'abstain' means. If they truly wanted to oppose, they would have been brave 'Lions' and voted against it.

And stop having a go at CSA - if they secure a deal that benefits them and cricket in SA why should they not accept it , after all, this 'opposition' by SLC and PCB are only because they believe they won't get enough money. Promise them more money and they will vote with both hands.

I hope Pakistan are not isolated; and do play a lot of cricket, including against India - Pak team and most Pak fans are what cricket needs. One good thing that comes out of this is an end of India vs a a certain team matches.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

@Krushna Rathod... No one is visiting Pakistan yet they were good enough to beat India in India, South Africa in South Africa, win a test against South Africa which not many countries have managed in the recent times and chased down 300 runs on a fifth day pitch in 50 some overs. Even with its ups and downs and upheaval political structure and unorganized board, they remain to be one of the most exciting teams in wold cricket.

Posted by cric_roch on (February 8, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

RIP ..my foot Naysayers always said it when ODI came, T20 came, IPL/BBL came..again now

..and i see cricket flourishing in countries whichever taken the new formats with both hands

Posted by Majid_Sweden on (February 8, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

Very sad day for international cricket. International circket is died to day. I loved cricket but will do my best to avoid this sport from now on.

Posted by snbirdi on (February 8, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

This is awesome news! About time. Finally cricket can move forward. To my Pakistani and Sri Lankan friends commenting here, look deep down and you'll see your negative comments have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with either cricket itself, OR your passion for this game, and are PURELY fueled by your animosity for India and you just cannot stand India having more power than they already do.

To everyone else being drama queens and saying things like "RIP Cricket" and "I'll never watch a game again", I ask ... Who are you kidding? Was your love for cricket so pathetic and shallow that it died the moment the game's leadership changed? Stop kidding yourselves, I'll see you in live commentary what? Tomorrow? Or maybe even tonight? Cheers!

Posted by Alikhan.dxb on (February 8, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

it is fare for BCCI, ECB and CA but unfair to cricket ..........

Posted by Thomas_Atwood on (February 8, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

You've got to hand it to the BCCI: as a body to run and develop cricket in India they are completely useless, but when it comes to using their power and economic clout to get - well more power and more economic clout - they are brilliant. It seems to me that the next round of ICC rights will generate way more money than the current round and that all that extra cash will accrue to the BCCI. At the same time they get rid of the FTP and accelerate the process of turning the ICC into their wholly owned subsidiary. What the other countries get is not clear to me. I know there is talk of India agreeing to future tours under"legally binding" agreements but its hard to believe that those binding agreements are in place. So really they are on a promise. Still test cricket has proved a resilient beast and perhaps it will hang on, I certainly hope so.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

Less 20/20....a cap needs to be put on the number of 20/20 leagues around the world and a cap needs to be put on the amount of money these guys can earn. I feel sorry for the Test specialists who can't earn millions for playing for 5 weeks of a year. Sorry but too much crash bang whallop and test match quality techniques are being ruined......there are some who have it (Hodge, M. Hussey, De Villiars etc) and unsurprisingly they're the most successful. But Its all filthy slogging. Its like going to watch football just for the tackles. There's no culture, timing, good looking shots....sustained swing or seam bowling, good slip catches....its all going. Enough's enough: cut down on 20/20 and make the longer forms the priority

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

Let us look at the big picture, BCCI and especially Srinivasan has proven their credential to make cricket a profitable venture. In addition, the quality of cricketers go up if there is more money. If you think a cricketer will play his prime for some pittance and then retire without any money is ridiculous. I know some ex test players who are not in best of situation when it comes to wealth.

Reason ESPN even own this cricket site is because of the Total Addressable market and not for hobby purpose..

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:58 GMT)

A great day for cricket...finally teams will earn according to its popularity and revenue it generates for ICC.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

I am proud to be a Pakistani. Well done Zaka Ashraf & hats off to Sri Lanka. South Africa perhaps promised to be World Champion in the coming world cup. Well rest in peace Cricket in the hands of pig three

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

@Muhammad Maarij.... Nobady cares if Pakistan don't play in ICC tournaments. No country is touring pakistan since last 5 years, has anything changed for cricket.. NOTHING. Nothing will stop if Pakistan doesn't take part in any tournament. Cricket will alive without them.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

R.I.P. my favorite sport.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

Today is indeed a sad day for International Cricket. Pakistan and Sri Lanka has tough road ahead of them. I feel South Africa sold them out. I am proud of Pakistan and PCB leadership on not giving up on their stand for more money.

Posted by Biggus on (February 8, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

What would Nelson Mandela have thought of this? Perhaps it's best he's not around to witness it.

Posted by baghels.a on (February 8, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

I am in full agreement with what @Toptipper posted, lot of SL and Pak fans posting here have always harbored socio political resentment towards India.Pakistan might not be a part of big 3 financially but when it comes to airing there views on the internet they definitely are in top 3 as far as sheer numbers are concerned.Big LOL at those posting RIP cricket and saying that they won't be watching cricket anymore, i am sure as soon as Indian team loses a match you lot will throng the internet, there is no RIP cricket happening , it is not as if SL and Pak are getting banned, if one takes the raw emotion out of it one will find nothing has changed really, on the contrary test match funds guarantees that test matches will be played, Pakistani and Sri Lankan fans need to go and watch and support there heroes live in stadiums instead of being indignant on internet, one hardly sees any crowds in stadiums SL and in Pak before there isolation.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

Hope its not the end of fair play in cricket. Well done Sri Lanka and Paksitan for opposing this with character

Posted by wapuser on (February 8, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

Everyone please stop watching cricket,lets boycott cricket and then see what the "Big Three" will do.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

death of cricket..... so sad

Posted by wapuser on (February 8, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

Cricket it gone,I don't think I can find a game as fun as this one but I'll try watching some football.

Posted by wapuser on (February 8, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

RIP International Cricket,all of us true cricket fanatics will miss you!

Posted by Jagirani on (February 8, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

now ICC stand for Indian Cricket Council. don't worry SL and Pak fans, you will see in near future big 3 will disagree with each other. New Zealand, Zambabive, S.A will support ACC decisions and Pakistan, SL and Zimbabwe will support ECB Decisions and only West Indies and Bangladesh will support india decisions.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

pakistan should not participate in world cup and aisia cup we hav the best viewers watching lets see how they gonna make revenue then.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

This will lead to a dead end.

Posted by Muzammil_Baig on (February 8, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

Not a surprise from CSA as they always CHOKE at crucial stage....

Posted by LahorePak on (February 8, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Regardless of what the outcome is, I am a proud Pakistani 2day.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

from now on cricket will become like football, not much international but leagues everywhere. ipl , big bash ,Caribbean, English,.. there won't be any international cricket during these leagues as they won't be allowed to play in FTP..

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

I woe not watch India games from now on, its not a fair game any more!

Posted by AussieMate1 on (February 8, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

Cricket got polluted, lets find another game to play...

Posted by appkhi on (February 8, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

This is disappointed but I am proud of PCB and SLC. They did the right thing BIG disappointed from South Africa. I will not count BCB they have no role in Cricket and they will never be a strong team they will always fight not to loose the status. Lets see time will tell how these three Board destroyed the Cricket.

Posted by Ash_Striker on (February 8, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

So pathetic BCCI killed cricket I was a big fan of cricket from SL & i cant understand y SLC & PCB abstained from voting for money theyll get from BCCI same thing happend in 2011 WC Final SL gave match for India but sl fans dint stop supporting because it is not the fault of players But now i think we all should stop wasting time by watching matches because the final result of most of the upcoming major tournaments will be INDIA finished as the winner Same thing happend from few years Can u believe the way india won ICC champions trophy & 2011 WC

Posted by wapuser on (February 8, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

People might loose interest in cricket.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

It's a BLACK DAY of cricket

Posted by Herath-UK on (February 8, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Bravo to Sri Lanka (& Pak) for standing up to the principles against all the pressure, showing the true grit of a lion nation in the face of severe repercussions that would envisage if defeated. Compare that of chickens in the form of south Africans. Bangladesh cowered on their heels true to their colour and astonishingly the new Zealanders have become a wimp once their ketty is looked after,not a damn about principles. WI & Zim better not talk of them. This is 21st century do you believe!

Posted by Cricket.NG on (February 8, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

Sinivasan improved BCCI financials greatly between 2004-2013 . Hope he packages and sells cricket deals better to TV , Ad companies ... Good luck N. Srinivasan

Posted by Ash_Striker on (February 8, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

So pathetic BCCI killed cricket I was a big fan of cricket from SL & i cant understand y SLC & PCB abstained from voting for money theyll get from BCCI same thing happend in 2011 WC Final SL gave match for India but sl fans dint stop supporting because it is not the fault of players But now i think we all should stop wasting time by watching matches because the final result of most of the upcoming major tournaments will be INDIA finished as the winner Same thing happend from few years Can u believe the way india won ICC champions trophy & 2011 WC

Posted by wapuser on (February 8, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

Viswanath Sankaranarayanan should be thanked for his comment which serves as an example for us to understand typical Indian thinking. This is the kind of thinking the BCCI too has and led them to pushing the new proposals at the ICC. Cricket has now become a business dominated by a set of people well versed in playing power politics and clinching deals; the gentlemen's game we used to talk of has now become their property. Cricket will soon be as popular and wide-spread as kabaddi.

Posted by abhu123 on (February 8, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

The only winners from this are the sponsors and the pockets of the BCCI, CA and ECB

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

Rip Cricket.Cricket will be divided now.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

This article is missing some important parts of proposals. Namely distribution of global events. The conditions for bilateral agreements where teams are not compelled to play outside or in competitive environment and most importantly the relegation system that was being talked of before. For instance, even without bilateral agreements India forced on SAC where they want to play. This is totally unfair. Will the new contract open up these issues even more?

Frankly speaking the way Pakistani cricket and cricketers have sustained without going bankrupt (ala Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Windies style) and without Indian money and home games gives me hope that this new money arrangement won't be death knell for cricket as long as the competitive aspects (the three mentioned above) are not tipped in favor of the money wielding teams.

Posted by TopTipper on (February 8, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Cricket in Pakistan and Sri Lanka is in Shambles. They are struggling, economically and politically. Cricket in these countries can only go up from where it is presently. I do not see how Cricket in these countries would die as a result of this restructure. This is an overreaction fuelled by age old politicking in the subcontinent in my opinion. I am sure ECB and CA have done their homework and would not support these proposals if they thought cricket would eventually die or reduce its global footprint. Think about it!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

i loved cricket more than anything in life...today my love passed away...shame on aus, ind, eng boards... they people made it business... real spirit of cricket gone with the money...from tomorrow i will play and watch kabaddi...new game, not alot money in it so far, that's why played with passion not with any greed..gudbye cricket gudbye....

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

i loved cricket more than anything in life...today my love passed away...shame on aus, ind, eng boards... they people made it business... real spirit of cricket gone with the money...from tomorrow i will play and watch kabaddi...new game, not alot money in it so far, that's why played with passion not with any greed..gudbye cricket gudbye....

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

may god bless to the Cricket...!!!!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

I'm a Sri Lankan, for me, biggest issue in this proposal is if 2 of the big three get last 2 position (7 and 8) 5th and 6th ranked teams have to go to second tier.The way Australian cricket going they wont be down to 7 or 8 i suppose. But India and England may. Give me a good reason to justify this unfair decision of BIG 3. Better having triangle test series between these 3 countries. Other countries should mind their own business and say goodbye to Test Cricket

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

more pakistan vs Sl games I guess. Good for pak. well done CSA

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

so many depressing comments...disappointed only with scrapping of test world championship...otherwise fair deal for everyone..

Posted by Cricket.NG on (February 8, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

BCCI reign begins at ICC . Glorious days ahead for cricket !!

Posted by Dani-Successful on (February 8, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

I visited many countries just to watch cricket.... I'm planing to buy online ticket for WC 2015....Now I'll never ever buy ticket in my life.... RIP cricket.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

These are the short term benefits for the supporters of big 3. When this short term is over, then they wont receive anything. This would result in supporting nations boycotting big 3 and won't play with either of them... In the end big 3 would be isolated and will be playing each other on regular basis. This might not attract the crowd as people won't like to see same teams playing each other. In the end huge loss would be waiting for big 3. So, today is actual destruction of World cricket. Some day it will no longer exist.

Posted by David_Boon on (February 8, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

RIP Cricket. Killed by N Srinivasan & Friends, 9/2/2014. Their greed shall be their undoing.

Posted by 4_Best_Cricket on (February 8, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

As part of this revamp, BCCI should go one step further and rename the International Cricket Council to Indian Cricket Council.

Big three threatened weaker boards if they did not vote in this revamp favor. What a shame and a sad for the history of cricket.

With this new revamp, cricket is set to not come to Pakistan for decades. IPL will probably now be played for the longer duration possible.

Rich will get richer. Those boards who voted in favor of this revamp will soon come to understand the reality and they will regret it. Cricket will be divided than even before

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (February 8, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

The only one of these reforms that I actually like is that there is a "clear cut way for associate nations to become Test nations". That sounds very nice to see Ireland/Afghanistan having to do certain things to become a Test Nation. Everything else though, is pure proof that money has taken over the ICC. I'm not sure if this is in the current proposal, but the previous proposal said that every major tournament would be played in India ONCE in 2 years.... How ridiculous. Yes of course it would give money, but India would also win those tournaments easily as they are unbeatable at home on those flat pitches. Expect to see more Matches with the Top 4 teams (India, SA, Engl, Aus), and less with the others (WI, SL, PAK, NZ, Bangl) since now the FTP has been changed....

Posted by Rohit... on (February 8, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

@ asaylum : It is fair... Because these 3 boards are the ones who are actually contributing to cricket while other boards are simply consuming ICC money

Posted by BlackCountryCricket on (February 8, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

ICC = Indian Cricket Council.

The love of money has destroyed a once flourishing sport. RIP cricket, there were many who loved you. As an English cricket fan I am ashamed of the ECB and especially Giles Clarke. Only when a World Cricket Association rises and provides an alternative board of regulation will cricket become a world sport.

For now, it is a narrow spectrum of a boy's club; clowns in blazers as one newspaper put it. There is no competition, no honour; just greed. Anybody who sides with the BCCI over this is a meek sheep or biased to the point of delusion.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

Well, well, well. CSA have capitulated and shown themselves to be the cowards that they are. Farewell cricket. It's been great but I'm out!

Posted by jsaeed on (February 8, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

BCCI is THE WORST THING that ever happened to cricket... look at the full form of BCCI Board of Control for Cricket in India ... they seem to want to change the India part to World.... an image of a bully on the street comes to mind who owns the bat so everyone must play according to his rules or he will take the bat n go home.... :@ and those who KEEP repeating its about the economics, it was never about that, its about flexing ur power to bend the rules n take over the GOVERNANCE of the game, and for that purose they keep repeating the economics. Tell me if every international player pulled out of the IPL will it b worth 2 Rupees?

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

Srilankan's does have any right to say R.IP cricket. If u hate bcci then you dont come and play in IPL . Tell ur mahela,malinga,mendis,thissara kusal perera not to play IPL. U guys cum n take our money and call bcci as waste.. Get the hell out of cricket.. Dont come to play. Will malinga and mahela stop playing IPL. Just tell ur team to be clean and then speak about bcci....

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

all southafricans should be ashamed of their board

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

Its end of cricket yes it is for becoming a global sports.. many will end up following cricket today and what ever changes came to the proposal in two meetings were because of the opposing nations otherwise power thirsty boards were before all dominance ... inidian cricket was good but there board make it worse and now they end this global game ..so much frustrated to see CSA going before money 2 good series will earn them that revenue but on long term i now wish they will suffer and suffer good

Posted by avmd on (February 8, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

I'm lost, don't know what to do. I loved this game all my life, went to see many big games in stadium in many countries, traveled to see cricket, including world cups. Registered myself to buy for 2015 WC tickets . But suddenly I have lost interest in watching cricket anymore, with what Big 3 and some other greedy cricket board are doing. Depressing, disappointing.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

Rest in Peace Cricket... no more game of gentlemen...

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

very disappointing. Don't be surprised if cricket turned out to be a pre decided winner game most of them contain results India wins. Just like wwe. Yeah note we rather call WCE (world cricket entertainment) indeed of calling ICC. Sad day for cricket

Posted by asaylum on (February 8, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

It is such a shame. How can three countries decide the future of all the other cricketing nations. It's not fair. They have overtaken cricket and might destroy it for the sake of money

Posted by wiqisahib on (February 8, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

ICC ( International Cricket Council ) should be now called as BTCC ( Big Three Cricket Council )

Posted by a133936 on (February 8, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

If 1882 series between England and Australia was the "death of English cricket" and Ashes were born; February 7, 2014, my friends is the Death of World Cricket. RIP World Cricket!!!

Posted by U.A.1985 on (February 8, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

Those fans who are saying that one has to respect financial numbers coming out of India. I pose a question to those people. Do you think it is a good precedent? Suppose SA in next 10-20 years or SL and Pakistan are able to draw 50-60% of revenue than would it be all logical to do another revamp. I mean where is the stability in the structure of this model.

Also the problem with this structure is that it is FREE-FOR-ALL i.e. smaller nations like Zimbabwae, Bangladesh will never find someone to play with them.

Posted by cric_roch on (February 8, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

Cricket is already dying everywhere else than Aisia. This will help focus more in the part word where it is progressing. When ODIs came people said RIP , but cricket grew When T20 came people said RIP , but criclet grew When IPL/BBL came people said RIP, but cricket grew. Now this reforms same people say RIP, but cricket will only grow.

Posted by lightpace on (February 8, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

extremely sad.. my last day of watching cricket...

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

Cricket was once a gentleman's but after came to power...........

Posted by Cricthink on (February 8, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

Great to see SLC stand out and voice their concern , and so did PCB. I also now understand why South Africa has never won a major title in a World event, their decision making is the issue. Whatever said , the game needs to be played as a Game , not controlled by power thirsty people and Associations also after money. I salute the SLC and PCB for standing up for the right reason and am sad to see tha CSA and WICB being petty. While not calling it RIP Cricket, I would say it should one of these nations other than the big 3 that should win the next WC

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 12:25 GMT)

I think Pakistan and srilanka again remain on the wrong side. They should see the direction of the wind ...! and after that they should go for "some give and take". But eventually it happened without the involvement of these two. Now they have to face the music also in consequences. #RIP Circket-A Gentleman game.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

Its finish.. finished.. international cricket is over.. Its going to be started a fight full members vs full members.. and we will see the death of international cricket very soon...R.I.P cricket..My favourite sport.. I was watching test cricket by leaving full 5 school days in 90 s..

Posted by gladiatorgannicus on (February 8, 2014, 12:15 GMT)

the truth is not many people come to watch test cricket.if we want more countries to play cricket 20-20 is the way to start.you cant expect new fans from outside the top 10-12 teams to watch 5 whole days of cricket even if we had every session of exciting cricket.I do love test cricket but seeing the dwindling crowd in many of the test countries I dont see this spreading too far.most other games end in hours.another 100 years from now test cricket might still be played but it wont have even the kind of support it has now.And no country, no 20-20 league can be blamed for this.the least one can do is make it more exciting by seeing that pitches are more result producing.

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (February 8, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

As an Indian fan, hope this doesn't mean we end up playing the Aussies & England more often than now. For example even though we have been on the losing end in our current tour of NZ, it has been really great & refreshing seeing all these young & highly talented NZ players like Corey Anderson, Neesham, Sodhi etc. So I really hope we also continue to play teams like NZ as often as we play our bigger rivals as we would definitely get bored rigid if we say played the Aussies very often.

As for this vote, realism had to to set in & the opposition dissipated as you 'simply can't have the tail wagging the dog'!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

Ok time to prefer football now... big three going to destroy the cricket....IPL going to replace the T20 world cup...

Posted by chapathishot on (February 8, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

@ yorkshire-86 ,There are many criterion which you can take according to your need.Overall win loss ratio did not count on who you played.When all the teams did not played the same number of matches with each other in different conditions it is not a criterion at all.I will give you a different criteria ,the number of world cups won Austalia ,India/Westindies,Pakistan,Srilanka and no one.SLC has taken the middle path and most probably will approve it at the next meeting followed by PCB

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

I'm disgusted and ashamed to be English. Seeing who'll be ICC chairman as a result is just rubbing salt in the wound. Probably done with the game I grew up with.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

RIP CRicket ! (1877-2014) nothing else to say!

Posted by TopTipper on (February 8, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

I am not a fan of the BCCI nor of its internal governance. However, Seems like many on the forum calling RIP Cricket do not understand the economics of the matter. I do not think it is about dominance by any board(s). It has more to do with the numbers in the market or the consumer base. Numbers that emerge out of India are pretty big. You got to respect that. It is the way it is! Its is very clear that the traditional socio-political bitterness among smaller subcontinent countries toward India has led to an overreaction among their fans. I hope the the PCB and SLC supporters clear the cloud on their intellect and start respecting the economic truth.

Posted by gladiatorgannicus on (February 8, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

Each believes himself the hero and the other villain.It is for history to decide who is mistaken.Untill such a day they shall play their parts upon fortune's stage.(from Spartacus-war of the damned) this is very apt.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

I do not give a damn, do whatever you like big three, go and ruin this game of cricket! thanks

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

Well done PCB you made the right choice. This big 3 system will not remain for long because Cricket is not played on the basis of money but on the basis of performing on the Cricket ground. As we all know, teams who perform best on the ground get the best sponsors. Indian team is playing good cricket that is why their market value is greater than other teams. But the question is how long can they sustain this performance. Australia and West Indies were considered unbeaten in their respected eras and even they declined. For Pakistan the future is bright. Cricket will return to Pakistan as the war in Afghanistan is coming to an end and their are many sponsoring agencies waiting ti invest in Pakistani Cricket so good luck for the future.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

datz all... RIP cricket. shame on u CSA. as a cricket lover no one would like see what has happend today.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (February 8, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Not a good day for cricket. Out of sheer greed, 8 of the 10 cricket boards have not put any heed to concerns conveyed by many decent voices such as: Above all Lord Woolf Boycott Atherton Bishen Singh Bedi Imran Khan Wasim Akram Many good writers of ESPNCricinfo

Posted by milepost on (February 8, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

As an Australian, I apologise. Our role in this is embarrassing. @Nairsaab, I would say the commenters here know a lot about the changes, they have been covered extensively by cricinfo. Perhaps just you don't.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Whoever seriously believes that the Associate & Affiliate nations will now get a bigger slice of the ICC pie simply hasn't read the relevant documentation relating to revenue. What's been proposed is that they'll *lose* over $300 million of future funding. Where will that $300+ million go? Straight into the pockets of The Avaricious Three. The governance & FTP revamps are bad enough, but the revenue revamp is a calamity: in effect, it means that the ICC will no longer financially support the expansion of cricket on a global basis.

Do *not* underestimate the long-term consequences of this: it signals the death knell of the sport we all love. As other sports grow in popularity, cricket's appeal will shrink in inverse proportion.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

RIP PCB and SLC......well you have chosen so...

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

Now wats next..financial issues will kill the cricket.n encorage ipl only

Posted by joshofali on (February 8, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

BCCI has done an immense damage to cricket! just for their financial interests! do find another business srinivasan Go just GO!

Posted by nursery_ender on (February 8, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

So ""The structure of the model will ensure that none of the Full Members will be worse off than they are at present and - if forecasts of revenue generation prove to be correct - all will be significantly better off."

In other words, if those forecasts are wrong it's the Associate members who take the hit. I thought somewhere in the ICC's remit was growing the game worldwide. I'm not quite sure how all this ties in with that.

Posted by wapuser on (February 8, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

Itz great achievement for big three, as more than 80% revrnue come from dem so they do deserve to get lion's share

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

The powerful India finally control the game, proud of it!!!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

RIP CRicket ! (1877-2014) nothing else to say!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

PCB and SLC had opportunity to walk the talk and showcase the elusive guts they touted.. but alas running away was the best they could come up with

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

Well i agree completely with Vijesh B . The game is dead from now on, the Big three will change and bend the rules and regulations according to there will and wish and will dominate all the sport. For sure they will be the only one who will gain from this. Cricket is going to die ,if not, it will change so much that we would not watch it any more because it will not be the cricket we used to watch. I might not watch it for some time but my heart is felt repealed from the word cricket. it should have been , as it was.

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (February 8, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

ICC history and performance in cricket? By this criteria how do India (ranked 6th in the world overall win ratio) get a place above South Africa (ranked 3rd)? The rankings are Australia, England, SA, West Indies, Pakistan, India, SL, NZ, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh in that order. India have only become a notable team since around 2000, before that they were nothing apart from a few good spinners in home conditions - the national sport in India was HOCKEY until this century,,, yes HOCKEY.

Posted by Potatis on (February 8, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

@siponus2007, sorry if I offended you. I only follow test cricket, and Bangladesh is last in the test rankings. I mentioned that Ireland and Afghanistan have a chance to become TEST nations, and therefore Bangladesh or Zimbabwe would likely be the teams to give them that opportunity. They'd be interesting games.

Posted by Timmuh on (February 8, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangldesh just voted themselves out of meaningful international cricket; along with Sri Lanka, and ensuring Afganistan and Ireland never play a Test.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

Good Bye Cricket FOREVER.

Posted by timepass2014 on (February 8, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

Abstain from voting...Now, is it same as saying "Nay"? All they have done is... play it safe and risk from getting isolated. It would have been brave had they stood their ground and voted against it. So, NO, they didnt fight it till bitter end infact they gave up and decided to leave the field. And NO they didnt live a day as lion either. Deep down even they know that it will benefit them....

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

Well, at least one thing is clear now. We in Afghanistan have what we have to do to achieve test status.

Yes, the game does appear to lose here. But if the other Small Eight accepted them, we certainly have no issues with it.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

Congratulations CSA :) you choked again in Big ICC event again,,, RIP Cricket

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

RIP Cricket 8/2/2014 .................

Posted by Nair_saab on (February 8, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

In the end we can proudly say that somebody stood up for 'freedom of expression" well done PCB & SLC. You just expressed your freedom to shut up and run away thus showing the world that no body can stop you if you choose to do so, kudos to your courage.

Frankly i haven't read the new proposals and i only know as much about it as 99% of the people who have commented in this forum i.e., nothing.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

Shame on CSA RIP Cricket, been a lover of cricket in my whole life can't be bothered watching cricket anymore. Next resolution by ICC let India win all Matches that will generate more money.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

Potatis, do you understand who makes money for you sitting and watching cricket? You think cricket is a game that was invented by Srinivasan n co? Cricket and boards hv survived many decades before even Srinivasan was born! So dint tell us about you watching cricket to make money !

Posted by PPL11 on (February 8, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

LOL Pakistan and SL - Best luck for Future, Will they start a new league? So called SL-PAK league and then play Unlimited Cricket against each other?

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

what ever PCB and SL could have gained that is also lost , keep the pride with you and face isloation , CSA a stich in time saves nine well done , pak and sl stumped by south africa bold by icc

Posted by sal80 on (February 8, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

Now after full control BCCI will make sure PCB and pakistan cricket will be dead for ones, as pak cricket is already struggling bec teams are not visiting and this big 3 will be the last nail in coffin ..as pakistani i am proud that we stud up for injustice..

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

Cricket will soon become a Event like WWE,Sure it will have its Super Stars and Mega Stars and Events ,But Sports lovers wont care about it.ICC which now has its HQ in UAE and which conducts meetings in SG,What do these nations have to say about Cricket.

Its not worth following the game anymore.

Posted by Democracy000 on (February 8, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

If BCCI really looking for a money, Let them to have it all.

But not the controlling power of one popular world game. It will ruin the game.

Shame on you, all the voted nations.

Posted by Ramu444 on (February 8, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

First of all very proud of PCB & SLC.very very shameful act by CSA.if they do not have the guts to say NO,then why they made such a drama?the Cricinfo leaked it last week that there is an under the table deal between CSA and BCCI which is now proved was right. Money is not every thing,PCB & SLC have nothing to lose,world cricket is incomplete without them,teams will like to play them,instead of WI,ZIM,NZ or BD. Bravo PCB & SLC and heaps of shame on CSA

Posted by siponus2007 on (February 8, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

@potatis u saying bangladesh is weak ? bangladesh whitewash newzeland recently , won 5 match odi series against WI . drew odi series against srilanka on their soil , drew test series against NZ , WI , srilanka . u probbaly forgot bangladesh cricket not living in 2000 anymore they know they are at 2014 . and at home they are pretty strong these days .

Posted by GayanganaSL on (February 8, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

As a sri lankan i m very proud about the brave decision taken by SLC and PCB.But Ithink there are several positives in these proposals.If this system is practiced in a proper manner giving equal status every nation.If not cricket is really going to die

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

So new era in world cricket governing has started with India in the center. Long overdue.

SLC/PCB were short sighted. Iam surprised about SLC. Iam not sure what was behind scene discussions with SA for them to pullout. I hope everything happening for the good of cricket and may cricket establish itself in more countries especially China and Russia, if possible. Hope people now stop whining about these changes. Cricket not going to die fellas. Cheerup..

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

@Venkatesan Seshadri: Which is a good thing actually.. it was soooo boring to play against 'negative-tactics dour SL side only to keep their board and their players financially viable..

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

BLACK DAY for CRICKET sooo sad and angry

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

last nail in the coffin of cricket.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

PCB Zindabad! ............

Posted by ImonG on (February 8, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

"The winner of the next ICC Intercontinental Cup will be entitled to take part in a play-off against the bottom-ranked Full Member and, if successful, obtain Test status,"

I think this is the most important phrase in the entire article. Its a brilliant proposal. For test cricket to survive, new markets must be opened. Bangladesh & Zimbabwe (the current bottom2 teams) fans may get angry at this proposal, but then again, it would be a play-off. If your teams are good enough to beat likes of Afghanistan & Ireland, you get to retain test status. Or else make way. Fair Enough. If in future any established team like Ind Aus Eng SL or SA are placed at bottom two, the rule will apply for them too. Almost all major Football leagues follow this format. Even national tournaments like Davis Cup follow it too. No hard feelings.

Posted by Democracy000 on (February 8, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan, It is a very sad day for me...........

Few years back I have seen Our government Brought up 18th Amendment to our constitution & it was approve from majority of parliament by without a shame.

Now My most loving sport, CRICKET. Happening the same. Majority of ICC members approved it without a shame.

What kind of world I am living in????????????????????

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

A sugar coated press release from CSA is in the way!

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

They can spin it all they want. champ trophies and the ability to gain test status bla bla. India have control of the icc and that means progress is finished. They'd be happy for tests to go all together. Anyone who thinks this is okay it's not. It's just been sold that way.

Posted by wapuser on (February 8, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

Cricket just got sold out . a sad sad day

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (February 8, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

So BCCI is going to punish SL and Pak by not playing with them? This ploy will be self-defeating as India plays best in Asian conditions. Overseas tours in non-Asian countries will only result in India languishing somewhere at the bottom.

Posted by umairhuda on (February 8, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

Today cricket has taken its last breath. May cricket rest in peace. Ridiculous and shameful act by cricket South Africa. They put the last nail on cricket's coffin. Shame on all the cricketing nation for supporting on such a shameful idea. You won the heart of all the fans Pakistan & Sri lanka. Salute you.

Posted by malepas on (February 8, 2014, 10:25 GMT)

CSA;;;;CSA;;;CSA,, land of champion of equality and democratic values;;;you brought shame on yourself,, selling your soul and stabbing PCB and SLC in the back,,, CSA promised 2 ICC events and part of IPL tournament in SA and they put a SOLD sign on their door,,the irony is that they formed and lead the other 2 boards not to cave in at these tyrannical proposals but didn't even told the other 2 boards that they have change of heart at the last minute... Shameful and utterly disgusting attitude.. PROUD of PCB AND SLC for taking the RIGHT stance in face of similar bribes from 3 boards...What will happen now,, retribution is expected for these 2 boards as I expect them to be cast aside in coming Bilateral tours from Big 3 but others boards will see in coming days what have they done when Cricket in large will loose big time..RIP CRICKET.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 10:24 GMT)

@Venkatesan Seshadri I wouldn't had helped PCB at all if PCB supported it they would have been fouled again by BCCI we all remember promises did with Bangladesh and Srilanka were they fulfilled??? NO! same would have been case with Pakistan.India will not play Pakistan, International will not return even they had voted in favor. This was the best thing they could have done and they did it

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (February 8, 2014, 10:22 GMT)

Good job PCB and SLC we fought it till the better end though cricket lost and money wins but we will be remembered for this brave step.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

Few days a SA was saying SA will foresure not bend to B3, I am looking for that man...!!!

Posted by lasdunas on (February 8, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

Good decision by ICC to put 3 giants BCCI, CA and ECB - will be represented in decisions.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

TIPU SULTAN famous quote and this stands true to its soul for PCB and SCB today: "Better to live like a lion for a day, than to live like a jackal for 100 years". Well done Pakistan and Sri Lanka....you have told the cricket world that our souls are not negotiable.

Posted by GayanganaSL on (February 8, 2014, 10:17 GMT)

congrats bangladesh . but u have to wait so long time to have a test match with a top team under new ICC rules.ur decision is not going to help you.invite india to play test matches with bangladesh good luck

Posted by Ikram.Yousefzai on (February 8, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

I am a game lover and enjoy good cricket whoever plays. The reforms that were passed might not be good for the cricket as a whole. We have already got cheerleaders in cricket, lets see what else is left to be seen?

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

A lot of people commenting here are missing a point. No body has objections over BCCI getting a greater chunk of revenue. They deserve that, given the amount of development in cricket taking place in India. PCB and SLC have OBJECTION with BCCI gaining the central authority in the cricketing decisions, and jeopardizing the other members' right to vote in those matters.

Someone just drew parallels with tennis, that Rafael Nadal do not get to play with low ranked players, or whatever. The thing we need to understand is Rafael Nadal, irrespective of the amount of revenue he generates compared to a low ranked player, has no say in the administration of the game. He can do nothing that would give him an unfair advantage over his opponent.

What BCB and the other two boards are, however, trying to do is assume the central authority and do whatever the hell they like to do in the future!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

I think we just saw the end of a number of Ind vs SL series / matches. The PCB is one of the most talented teams, but I foresee the growth of Afghanistan as a cricketing newbie in the next decade.

I think SL and Pak played their cards badly. PCB really has no negotiating power left considering the state of the country. While all of us in India ,love watching and playing against Pak, a positive vote would have helped Pak cricket a lot!!

Posted by Potatis on (February 8, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

"The structure of the model will ensure that none of the Full Members will be worse off than they are at present and - if forecasts of revenue generation prove to be correct - all will be significantly better off. The agreement of the model has been an important part of a wider negotiation that will now provide long-term certainty of participation in ICC events by all of the Full Member teams."

That all sounds good to me, what's the problem?

Do people think that BCCI, CA, and ECB just want to play against each other, and nobody else gets a game? That would be boring, and if they don't give what the market wants, they won't make money.

What other issues do people have with this? I want to know because I think cricket will be stronger now, it won't die.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 10:08 GMT)

and so it has happened. The day cricket died.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

the proposals are not as bad as i initially thought. the test fund is a good idea. some of the propsals are interesting.

Posted by Potatis on (February 8, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

I wonder how many people commenting here actually read the article? If your team isn't already one of the big 3, cricket may already be dead or close to death already. Not enough of you are interested in cricket to actually put your bums on seats to make money for your cricket boards, so your board is poor. There is an incentive there now, if you make cricket popular in your country, your board will be wealthier, and your team can then also be a big player in the running of the game. That is good for your country, and good for the game as a whole. Go watch some cricket, and make your team and the game strong.

There is also a fund "to help ensure all of the Test playing teams will be able to sustain a home programme of Test cricket through to 2023." and CA, ECB and BCCI are ineligible for that. Should be happy.

Ireland and Afghanistan should be thrilled that they have an opportunity to become test nations. It'll also make games with weak teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe interesting.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

Pak media created pressure on pcb to stay away from plan. poor tactics by pcb they should have bragged this opportunity.we behave emotionaly not professionly thats why always left alone...best of luck pak cricket..

Posted by hass2008 on (February 8, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

shameful act from CSA. How on earth they betray the PCB n SCB.....

Posted by Farooq3 on (February 8, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

History will remember PCB and SLC as the only to boards that took a principal stand with honour and dignity!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:55 GMT)

#Ashish Soni not to jealous from your country. We are from one nation. we have relative in India and good relations at social media and any other place. it is the cricket, not the game of three countries. I proud to PCB and SLC decision. Tomorrow will be other nation which played other games can say such kind of things and than we lose all the sports. I hope u can understand.

Posted by Akhter786 on (February 8, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Cricket South Africa.. May the curse stay with you forever. Amen

Posted by Kashif_cheema on (February 8, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

7th feb was the last day for world cricket,no more gentleman's game, it's good bye cricket from a fan who loved cricket more than any thing but can't more,surely this act will not make a difference to anyone but i'm sure i'ii never asahmed on that.go big three and enjoy

Posted by Imran707 on (February 8, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

RIP Cricket....love you CSA, Choke again ;) I guess!!!

Posted by sandeep33 on (February 8, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

great job bcci,and its indias day,,proud to be an indian.jai ho,,

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

welldone PCB nd SCB...Proud of you...All boards can be bought except you ...

Posted by Vikum72 on (February 8, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

Is this a joke??! How can a responsible organization expect its members to vote for something which's details they've been given on that meeting itself. This only shows the utter disrespect the pig 3 have for the other members of the board.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

its money that won todays match, cricket lost by huge margin

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (February 8, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

What a cop out by both SL & PCB. Of course we no who is pulling the purse strings and they know that they cannot openly vote against any plans. It is right that the high income generating nations get a bigger slice of the revenue and why should they not. They rest will be seen to be living on hand outs as it were. The host nations seem not to be able to negotiate contracts and media rights when playing against the big three any longer. Welcome the two tier system to ICC test cricket. Philip Gnana, Surrey.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

this is ridiculous ... why do the three boards BCCI, CA and ECB think they deserve more power and financial revenues? its no secret they are already running ICC and influencing all the decisions made there ... it is the start of a further biased board ... no players from these three countries were punished or take action against earlier and its never gonna happen now ... they are going to take away all the funds as well as control who plays who and where ... and who gets the earnings ... WHY???

Posted by Anjanalw23 on (February 8, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Its better to refrain from shooting than just shooting blanks that has no impact on the end result. Other boards that voted in favour of the big 3 would suffer for their actions in the future, there will be no cricket for BD and Zim for sure.Respect for the PCB and SLC

Posted by mma007 on (February 8, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Good Bye Cricket.bye byre no more good game cricket

Posted by harishk8006 on (February 8, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

I really do not understand the agitation of some Pakistan supporters.......anyways it does not matter even a little bit if some of these Pakistani supporters do not want to follow the game.....as anyone can see all the resolutions passed are good for the game of cricket and time will surely tell how cricket will evolve....i can only say these agitations are from those Pakistan supporters who always hated India (as all the agonist messages are against BCCI) and have very poor knowledge of cricket being run at global level!!!

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 8, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

We are proud of you Sri Lanka Cricket and Pakistan Cricket! You fought till the end and did not betray. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are true brothers of freedom! Brothers of freedom, that's who they are!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

The biggest draw back as I see with proposal approved today is that it shuts down the door for further investment in Cricket for instance if a particular board want to earn by money by organizing a league or a tournament it wont be allowed by Big 3 Hence "Full Members will gain greater financial recognition based on the contribution they have made to the game, particularly in terms of finance, their ICC history and their on-field performances in the three formats." goes down the drain. Cricket is now trapped in financial cocoon where only Big 3 are allowed decide when are where invest. in 8 years many thing can be changed in terms of finance he could see revenue shifts other generating more than big but! only when Big 3 will allow it. to be honest they wont let it happen.

Posted by Dirk_L on (February 8, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

Sri Lanka fans, please note that the SL board cancelled a whole test series against South Africa last year, not just one test. Yes, I know, they could not afford the cost of hosting it, whereas the one-dayers that took its place earned something. At least under the new proposals they would not have needed to do that. Let's wait for the details of what is obviously a revised proposal before overreacting.

Posted by fahad.idrees on (February 8, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

@Erum Faraz ... R u in ur senses ... do u have problem with Pakistan and Srilanka ... I think you should disassociate yourself from this game ... I think you have enough of it ..Every one has the right to vote ... its a freedom of speech ... and this is proper image of democracy ... you cant come up with such a harsh one

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 8, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

I'm angry at South Africa. They always betray innocent people. Proud being Sri Lankan. This is not the first time South Africa used us. We lost many key players decades ago, when we helped them. What a shameful display by South Africa.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

CSA have betrayed the spirit of cricket today

Posted by haq33 on (February 8, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

I think it is a bit harsh on CSA. They were pragmatic in the end and had to do what was best for their board, like NZ, WI, bang etc. History will record those who brought this ridiculous concept to the table to account, ca, ecb and most of all bcci. This is corruption codified in statute.

Posted by ImonG on (February 8, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

If there is $ 100 in ICC's coffers, $ 80 would come from Big 3 combined. No hard feeling for other countries, your teams are great performers and you all are very proud of them, understandable. But the fact remains that they just don't generate enough revenue. Other sports work that way as well, how many friendly football matches do you see between an England or Germany Vs Liechenstein ? Or may be RaFa playing a 300 ranked guy ? They only play when they must, not by choice, the issue wid cricket is the no of teams able to generate to revenue is very low vis-a-vis other sports. And to all those people cursing the ipl, yes its a cricketing circus, but just 1 edition of that circus will actually generate more money than 10 years countries test series put together. Think from a corporate & TV channel point of view, which 1 would I promote ? Its not personal, its business. People disagreeing are probably stuck up in the days of USSR, with hope of a socialistic egalitarian world.

Posted by haq33 on (February 8, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

I think it is a bit harsh on CSA. They were pragmatic in the end and had to do what was best for their board, like NZ, WI, bang etc. History will record those who brought this ridiculous concept to the table to account, ca, ecb and most of all bcci. This is corruption codified in statute.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

Hard luck PCB AND SCB

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

National Holiday For people Of Australia India N England...Congratxx Big 3...Money Wins Once again..Rip Icc..bye bye Cricket

Posted by vipinchirackal on (February 8, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

pakistan and srilankan boards are coward.if yopu dont like some clause you should show the guts to say it t=rather than hiding at you home.shame on them

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

I think this is the end of cricket.. From now there will be no competition as these three boards will command as they want.. RIP cricket... but i m really thankfull to Sri Lankan cricket board for being there with PCB..

Posted by Naeem578 on (February 8, 2014, 9:36 GMT)

This is a shameful end of the Gentelmen's game and beginning of the game of GREEDY THREE. Dawn of the totally biased and unfair cricket leaded by the totally overhyped and pathetic cricketing nation. A nation which got whitwashed so many times that now a days if any teams wins a series without doing whitwash it looks quite a competitive series. SHAME

Posted by hamidabbasi on (February 8, 2014, 9:36 GMT)

CSA what happened to u this is india board who not agree to to play with u and that time Pakistan Help you .Now you left Pakistan,Srilanka against money.

Posted by wapuser on (February 8, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

The big three just manage to destroy cricket as a sports.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

Cricket is sold out to put in simple words. Cricket will follow where money is and would not be encouraging for the new nations no matter how many funds you keep for that. Its a failed model just like, the league of nations and the United Nations to say. I highly doubt any of these three bigs would consider return of cricket to Pakistan no matter how much the security conditions improve. we wont be having cricket in Pakistan for the next 20 years or so. The only positive I find, is that this would motivate us to perform better. The so called looser nation will perform to show that they are not what the world may think they are!!

Posted by sunnysigara on (February 8, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

Shame on PCB and SLC. If you don't like something at least up and say NO. Abstaining from it doesn't let you achieve anything.

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 8, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

and there we have it..the officail end of cricket begins...well done to SLC and PCB for abstaining and proving that they are the only ones who are not motivated by greed...how long before all away series for india are announced to be played in india?

Posted by vipinchirackal on (February 8, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

@malik khurannathen who performed and won the world cup and champions trophy?pakistan?think before using your anguish in the success of india in those tournaments

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

Chokers choked again. This time off the field. RIP cricket

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

Its a shame.....and if I am not wrong in upcoming 5 to 10 years cricket will loose its charm and slowly cricket will die....and hats off to Pakistan and Sri Lankan cricket board to stand firm by their principal stand. South African cricket board really disappointed the fans. I used to think that South African cricket is being run by gentlemen but it was just a wrong perception. ICC, BCCI, ECB and CA will regret this day.......

Posted by CricketFever11 on (February 8, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

INDIA should be demoted to tier B as they cant win out side. Poor BCCI.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

Proud on SL AND PCB. Csa have dissapoint us very badly.

Posted by Arun_Mathew on (February 8, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

This new system is very good for everyone. All boards are to benefit from it financially. So many benefits like test cricket fund, more participation of associates, legally binding FTP which is so necessary. BCCI has done the correct step. ICC FTP was a big joke. Srilanka, west indies used to cancel all their test series and play odis instead of that. And on the issue of revenue, since 80% of the revenue comes from India, BCCI is justified in getting more revenue, but even then it is only 21% what they are going to get. This structure is good for cricket to develop financially. Congratz to BCCI who with the support of ECB and CA has bought this change.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

Mr Arrow011, The context I understand is FTP (Future Tour Program) no longer stands which says every full member will play against the full member. What I see now is India, Aus, Eng playing against each other with revenue in mind. And I will only see India getting thrashed in foreign conditions again and again. I would like to see other countries playing in Aus and Eng as well. but this will not happen now.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

i think new regime should ban Pakistan and SL from test cricket and take away their test status. They should only be allowed play ODIs and T20s. We can always add Ireland and Afghanistan as Test Playing countries. Also Nepalese people are very good they are good fighting team and can easily replace SL at least.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

Why did PCB & SLC abstain? because they were worried of negative impact of NO vote. Abstaining is as cowerdy act- worried about repercussions. It is like supporting Big -3 but, projecting to their country that they oppose it. If Big- 3 take a serious grim view of PCB and SLC position their already bankrupt boards will have to apply for insolvency & guess who will pull them out of the mess- if -3. I am sure PCB & SLC have received some commitments from Big-3 from restraining.

Posted by Charith99 on (February 8, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

Whatever happens SLC , we are proud of you

Posted by fr600 on (February 8, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

Proud of SLC and PCB, shame on the rest.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

Hahaha..........poor as usual jealous PAK and SL they don't see any good reason but they oppose only one that INDIA will rule the cricket , left alone again.....lol

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

totally ridiculous!!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

Thats a disappointment! It's just a beginning of ridiculousness, this will be going to get more ugly in coming days and months by these three stogies.... Pakistan & Sri Lanka shouldn't be a part of Asia Cup anymore.... Let India have play with Bangladesh & Afghanistan alone to attract only 1 nation of billion people I won't spent a single $ on cricket anymore, specially involving India, Australia and England. Good Bye Cricket....

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (February 8, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

Why do I get a feeling that PCB and SLC are about to feel suddenly very lonely and moneyless, albeit on a very high moral ground. I for one would like to see the amazing Pak and Lanka players remain in circulation....

Posted by Vees1000 on (February 8, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

Didn't see this one coming...

Posted by sandeep33 on (February 8, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

we saw many comments from pak and lankan fans they dont follow cricket anymore.,im sure they cant.they are jst showing their emotions.nothng else.we wil continue seeing their comments in cricinfo im sure.if its so that means they are still following the game...rememer my words,,

Posted by I_Love_Cricket_7 on (February 8, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

I am proud of you Guys & respect to the Boards BD,WI,IND,NZ,ENG,SA& AUS. Good Luck.

Posted by haq33 on (February 8, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

Justloveit U can put away your desperate attempt to malign sl and Pak. When voting against something will not change the outcome, what is the difference from abstaining? Abstention transmits the same message as voting against. 8-0 or 8-2, the resolution would have passed. Yes we remain opposed to something that fundamentally alters the decision making equilibrium based purely on financial clout. This is international sport, not capitalism. cricket will now stagnate into a baseball-esque venture. Congratulations.

Posted by Rohit... on (February 8, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

Irrespective of what some Pakistanis are saying, the change is for the better future... SA probably opposed because they were surprised that the group was made without their name in it... Now with the new rules, small nations like NZ, bangladesh and WI can now have more matches scheduled according to their board's liking without the consent of ICC... Their revenues will increase ten-folds... Pakistan's government pressure to object to the proposal ignoring the ex-players plea to make hay when the Sun is Out and resume India-Pak series , is ridiculous... SL will feel the axe as it missed the cut... But again they can win against the rest of his group and can displace Pakistan from the top group and then can take the monetary gains by hosting the top-4.

Posted by Assertive-Indian on (February 8, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

PCB and SLC are very weak boards. If they had guts they should have voted against the proposal, but instead they ran away from the battle which is actually quite cowardly. This shows that they just wanted to register a mild protest, without being in the bad books of the big three. Big three are the only real cricket loving nations, rest are just wannabes and pretenders. I am glad that big three won.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

Dark Day for cricket...ICC was biased already but now it will be more like a limited company. Good bye cricket!!!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

i am afraid now sooner or later ICC or i mean Big Three will announce IPL as a ICC event because its the only event where indian can perform :) what a shameful moment for cricket

Posted by getsetgopk on (February 8, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

I beleive this has not only put cricket to shame but sports in general. How can an international sport be run by 3 countries is an unprecendented act of shame and disrespect one that can't be found in other international sports. As a Pakistan supporter I can say PCB have taken a wise step here, why be part of an orchestrated circus, whats the point? Bravo to SLC too!

Posted by I_Love_Cricket_7 on (February 8, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

Why BCCI is blamed all the time & there are also other 2 country who wants power? I had spent 100 bucks to see India vs SA on Ten sports & now to see Ind vs Nz on sony6. We are spending money & supports our country because we love the game & its common in our culture.

Why should our money will be distributed to other country. We need our share no matter what these jealous people has to say. I find most of them are from either Pakistan or Srilanka has objections.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

MIGHT IS RIGHT, welcome to the past

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (February 8, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

CSA you were the first to raise the dissenting voice but you turned out to be Judas. Shame!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

i am really happy that PCB n SLB stood on their plan ... Proud on it

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

Shame on CSA for back stabbing PCB and SLC.

Posted by Arrow011 on (February 8, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

Shame on SLC & PCB to have abstained. Cricket is the winner here, the 2 losers have to hang in shame for their irresponsibility forever. If people understood what the content is above then all benefits are for all members, the Big 3 only have some veto power, those who invest more will obviously seek more ROI. Nothing wrong with that, as the saying goes beggars cannot command, that is what happened to these 2 jealousy boards.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

If this revamp was good for Cricket then Why BCB & CSA oppose it in first meeting????

Posted by max3dguy on (February 8, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

so much for the CSA's stand for legality of the proposition... i for one never saw that coming... sl or pak might have voted for that but CSA ??? what made them sold out

Posted by dustmizer on (February 8, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

This the beginning of something a lot more profound. When you give unchecked power to the few it really gets interesting. Same thing happened in my company when one director became despotic and all powerful making such rash decisions that the company nearly folded. Ultimately the remaining directors had to get rid of him involving so much aggravation and cost.

Posted by Mobin_My_Name on (February 8, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

In crunch tym CSA choke again.zaka ashraf u beauti u made us proud again. Every pakistani can raise there head proudly we r nt greedy.

Posted by Might-Mo on (February 8, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

Traitors CSA. They wil always remain chokers. BCB never had any moral values anyway. India is no worst than the colonial powers of the past. ECB and CA have always been bullies. Cricket is the real looser. 3 cheers for SLC and PCB.

Posted by Just_love_it on (February 8, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

I wonder y SLC n PCB not voted against it after making so much noice and just stayed away from voting altogether ? If one have voting power it must use it either way with or against ! Nothing can be achieved by staying simply absent !

Anyway let hope this turn out better for game of cricket which we all love so much.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka And Pakistan. You did what you can to save cricket, TRUE heroes and Gentlemen....What happen to SA Cricket?

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

@biggus spot on man. CSA carries 'C' word status with them and i think they truly lived up to that when it mattered. This reminds me of colonial era, now big 3 will be the ruling elite and all other nations will serve as their colonies. this move is totally money driven, i hope things doesn't stay the same for a long time. But this time will be regarded as the black era of international cricket (if there is any cricket after 30 years).

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

hats off for pcb and sirilankan cricket board csa shame on you today is a black day for cricket cricket destruction starts today

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

No wonder South Africans are termed "CHOKERS".... CSA has yet again proved themselves "WORTHY" of this ignominious honour. WHAT A SHAME !!!

Posted by ayub.khan on (February 8, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

i am very disappointed to hear this bad news, Pakistan and srilanka win the war of cricket, we all cricket lover are slut you for your great effort to save cricket. and i request to all of cricket fan please appreciate and support this great nation. my pray with cricket and cricket lover,,,,, thanks

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

I think pakistan should concentrate about their nation's security first, then they should talk about ICC changes or what, If No one is ready to Play in pakistan, it is due to them. Not because of BCCI,CA or ECB. They will always have problem in any change that will benifit India. They Don't have any Idea while it will benifit cricket or not, they have problem because of India! Commenting non-sense like, not they will change rules,or other teams delibrately lose shows their mentality! get over from concpiracy theory world and do something to improve cricket in your country first!

This reform are Only Making Positive Changes to the Game! If still Someone have Problems Than it is Only because of their Failure! Cheers!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

Lets see how long this ICC revamp work. Bt honestly today is the black day of Cricket history. feeling sorry for SA, feeling proud for PCB and SL. Salute to them

Posted by Thrall on (February 8, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

shameful imperialistic clutches

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

Hats off to PCB and SL cricket for taking stand against BIG3 till last.Proud of you. RIP #cricket

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

All those self proclaimed cricket lovers n gurus, 8 boards have voted in favor, while 2 "abstained". How can all of them be fools n ppl who have no experience in playing or running cricket, be wiser?. Stop whining, accept the reality and move on. Cricket is never gonna die, all saying RIP will also start watching again, after the initial anger subsides !

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

Well, PCB and SL stood together,where everyone thought one of them would crack to big 3 pressure.But i never believed CSA would be the one.Anyhow, i am only jealous that a similar proposals will never happen in any other major sports body like IOC,FIFA,world hockey and Rugby federation because INDIANS are not doing well in these sports and also they are not represented in those sports body to slice it up based on Money.Sad day for cricket.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

If a sport only played and ruled by money, then what is the need of playing the game. After this, what we are going to see? Bangladesh, WI, Zimbabwe, NZ will play cricket more with India. They will put 500 in first innings and will be all out on 100 on the 2nd. Series will come to India. India, Aussie, ECB and SA will be the no 4 teams on ranking for a long. Others will be entertainer as they will get the money. Such a shameless things are happening here. As a die hard fan of cricket, i already loses the interest on this sport. It has increased more my detachment with the game. R.I.P. CRICKET.

Posted by ThKhan on (February 8, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

well said by someone that *Chokers will remain Chokers*

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

Really a sad sad day for cricket...Big three cannot even win away series and now they think of controlling world cricket...hats off to pak and Srl for standing against them till the end...RIP Gentlemen's game!!!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

proud of slc and pcb

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

Hats off to PCB and SLC ..

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

Some people's comments are shwoing why they are opposing this reform! They don't know whether it will benifit cricket or not, because they are jealous of India and they can't see India dominating it! comments like now they will win easily, It means you going to lose delibrately?? huh, it's your fault not ours, India was losing matches from last few days and people were like, Why india is demanding reform when they can't win outside and now when india made fightback to the test they are like, this is because of reform, grow up! If India will win tommorow, Haters be like NZ gifted them match, and if they lose they will be like.. they can't even win against nz and want to rule ICC!! that's the only reason you are opposing it, it will benifit many associate nations that is enough for me!

Posted by Imran391 on (February 8, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

Now I feel no difference between Cricket and WWE. All know whats going on in WWE and still lot of spectators and same is the case with Indian Cricket.

Posted by VisBal on (February 8, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

Cricket, rest in peace (or is it pieces?).

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 8, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

its time for srilanka to boycott IPL. .patriotic srilankan cricketer will not participate in this years IPL...they will make tour to pakisnta to participate in Pakistan premier league which is much fancy and crowd attractive than IPL....

and it will be a huge boost to Bangladesh cricketer..there will lot of new bangla faces in IPL in place of srilanka...and

Posted by Dirk_L on (February 8, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

What could have caused CSA to support the proposals?

1. These have clearly been modified, the most obvious change being "Full Members will gain greater financial recognition based on the contribution they have made to the game, particularly in terms of finance, THEIR ICC HISTORY AND THEIR ON-FIELD PERFORMANCES in the three formats." I.e. having been a Test country for 110 years and being current #1 will count.

2. SL and/or Pak may have indicated beforehand that they will abstain (as they eventually did) rather than vote against. Even one abstention among the three objectors makes it 7 out of 9 supporting, which is over 75%. So it's either all three voting against, or it no longer matters what you do.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

Hahahaha One of my friend was saying that PCB will flip, well CSA flipped today, and I am glad it happened. CSA lost their respect just not in Pak & SL, but in south africa. What a SHAMBLE???????

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

I am Really Happy, Associate nations will get chance to gain test status! I don't thnik this will harm cricket in any way. but it will only improve it, ban who hasnot toured india in 16 years will get a chance to play not only in india but also in Eng,Aus in next 2 years. Associate nations will get chance too. otther things are as it is. so why some people are sad about it? because of their personal grudges? Comeone for once think about Associate nations too.

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (February 8, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

Got to be proud of PCB and SLC, the stood tall like lions, stood against the wrong; no matter you lost, you are the real heroes!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

the purpose of this draft was in interest of cricket or three particular boards is another thing, but absolute shame to CSA who first questioned the legality of this draft and then changed sides. Even BCB who opposed it but then sold out for few promised tours. Respect to SLC and PCB for at least sticking by their word.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

Not surprise by the South Africa's decission..hence proved SL and Pak are Gentlemen.. though Rest in peace Gentlemen's!

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

sign in or not,there was always a loss for Pakistan so they have done a very good job to be on the right side hats of to Pakistan and srilanka southAfrica checked again.

Posted by Biggus on (February 8, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

Disgusting. A good time to concentrate on renovating my house. If CA doesn't care how we Aussies feel about this they can go to hell. CA, you are the lowest of the low, you have brought shame on us all and sold the game of Cricket to the highest bidder. You'll never get another cent from me.

Posted by M.A.Shamsi on (February 8, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

What a disappointment!

It's just a beginning of ridiculousness, this will going to get more ugly in coming days and months by these three stogies.... Pakistan & Sri Lanka shouldn't be a part of Asia Cup anymore.... Let India have play with Bangladesh & Afghanistan alone to attract only 1 nation of billion people I won't spent a single $ on cricket anymore, specially involving India, Australia and England.

Good Bye Cricket....

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

what was contribution BCB????

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

now pcb and sl have got no option left. just accept it and vote in yes. and i think big 3 will want it to get passed with 10 out of 10.

many would have thought that sl or pcb will turn before csa. but surprisingly the more vocal and 1st of opposition changed quickly.

Posted by JustThisOtherGuy on (February 8, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

A very interesting stance taken by CSA. It is extremely shocking as it was expected that either PCB or SLC or both would vote in favour of the decision, but CSA? After all those statements about disliking the proposal?

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 8, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

I believe ICC should replace Ireland in place of srilanka ...rebels must be kicked out ...

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

cricket's down fall starts now :(

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

Rest in Peace Cricket......... now it will all be about India, Australia, and England. SHAME ON SOUTH AFRICA, you will going to regret it. Hats off to PCB and Sri Lankan Board

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

I'm ashamed to be south african right now.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

Mighty India won at last to implement its supremacy over world cricket. Everyone succumbed to their pressure. joy ho.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

To all those who are supporting the changes, I'd like to invite them to respond to a single question objectively. Do you want cricket, or any other sport, to develop [or degrade] to an extent where one side has undue advantage over the other? Would you like your team winning, knowing that your team was already in the best position to win? NO!

If 80% of the cricket revenue comes from India, this would mean that BCCI would do everything o ensure that India wins most of the matches, if not all. This would obviously keep the fans happy, and the big media giants will more gladly sponsor the events. In other words, BCCI wouldn't afford any effort that takes the interest of the fans away from the game, be it letting them win in any unfair way possible.

This comment would seem coming out of desperation, but I think we must get ourselves ready to surrender to the dictatorship of BCCI, be it in the form of dead pitches, obstinacy over DRS system, or overdoing tours to a particular country.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

USA, Russia,China and Japan should play cricket it will help to change the Big 3 constitution ..

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (February 8, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

It's already started ! New Zealand is doing their best to present 1st test to their BIG BROTHER !

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

So, does this mean that its only going to be SL vs Pak forever?? Good so that Pak can win again...

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

just three words "Death of Cricket"

Posted by ANKYZ on (February 8, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

So, that is it. Drama is over. In stead of Powerful-3 group and Less powerful-7 group, we now have three distinct groups in ICC; Powerful-3, Depressed-2 and Blind-5.Soon these will become Powerful-3, Depressed-2 and Bewildered-5. All in all, a BLACK DAY for Cricket. I don't think SL and PAK should boycott any event. Both have won hearts of millions of cricket followers around the world and both should be satisfied that they are not party to this crime. Cricket did not die today, but is severely wounded for sure.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

So, so disappointed in CSA. At least in SA I can still watch & support the rugby.

Posted by Mobin_My_Name on (February 8, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

Nt only Big 3 all 8 boards responsible for this big Shame

Posted by tanoli991 on (February 8, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

CSA shame on u. Weldone pak and sl now cricket r going too die and icc announce very soon the time of funril time of cricket

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

Big 3 vs GREAT 3, Now only GREAT 2(PAK, SLC). very good decisions from both, history will remember them for the best supporter of gentleman game. one of the saddest day of international cricket.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

This is so much disgusting for the game of gentleman... ICC should change the name of cricket too... RIP cricket... RIP fans of Cricket.... welcome the low standard game NOW...

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

We will Miss U "Cricket".

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (February 8, 2014, 7:56 GMT)

Hats off to you PCB & SLC !

Posted by Mohsinnnn on (February 8, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

Now, The cricket has gone,, now its all about india, australia nd england,, south africa will regret this,,

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

Cricket was once called a Gentleman's game but later India started playing it.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

RIP cricket ..shame from a Bangladeshi cricket team.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (February 8, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

I hope that PCB and SLC take this matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport or any other such body. I am happy that PCB and SLC didn't contribute to this loot and plunder. SA just had to give in. Disappointed by SA's decision. SA's decision is equivalent to being a double-crosser. But I would blame BCCI, CA and ECB for being the chief destroyers of cricket and once that happens ECB and CA would be in most pain.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

RIP cricket .

Posted by smalishah84 on (February 8, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

For once I am proud of the PCB for taking a stand and they were the last man standing. Bravo.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

cricket will never reach where football, basketball or even volleyball is because cricket is running by only couple countries and other sports are running by the world so maybe is has more than two billion people but they are not the world

Posted by Simple8 on (February 8, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

Its Really a Good Day for World Cricket. I am waiting for one of the small 3 to completely support Icc revamp.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

funny isn't it when you call it undemocratic when 8 out of 10 has voted for and the other two refraining from voting..basically none objected to it..

Posted by funnykid on (February 8, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

Everybody won over by India except PCB and Sri Lanka, Hats off to them. They showed the courage and will to stand up and resist but alas CSA deserted them.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

R.I.P Cricket.. ♥ Sri Lanka...

Posted by smudgeon on (February 8, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

Well, the plus is that Ireland have a very strong possibility of getting test status by beating a test nation. Not the same avenue as other teams have had in the past, but it is a pathway based on merit - and that is the only way a team should get test status. As for the other things the ICC Board have just passed, the less said the better...

Posted by BhaskarHajong on (February 8, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

Great day! Whatever the others think it is really good for Cricket..

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

sad day for cricket. i am worried for pak srilanda cricket future

Posted by cricfan_from_80s on (February 8, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

CSA Nicely duped SL & PAK boards!

Posted by asssad on (February 8, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

HeHE.... i will miss cricket, now after july, the rules of cricket will be changed in to the favour of big three........

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

Shortly cricket will be considered a forgone sport all that credits will be on the heads of big 3, whose selfish decisions will cost world a loss of a sport.............

This day will b a black day for cricket in the coming days.

Posted by Mobin_My_Name on (February 8, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

CSA shame on you

Posted by Matadore on (February 8, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

After hundred years, a Grandpa telling a story to his grandson.. "Once upon a time there's a game called cricket. One day....."

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

this is cricket game or politics man.. rest of the other team what they will do.. then do one thing just u three play in world cup .. other will not participate...

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:44 GMT)

Today I am proud of Pakistan and Srilanka. Money matters in any sports, but not at the cost of making one country a slave of BIG 3. TO HELL WITH ICC & their imperialism mindset.

Posted by veerang on (February 8, 2014, 7:44 GMT)

for those who said they will never follow cricket if the draft resolution passes, ITS TIME TO FULL-FILL YOUR OATH.

Posted by fahimpk on (February 8, 2014, 7:44 GMT)

Good Decisions from Pak & SL, Shame of u CSA

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

Though i am an Indian, i feel sad that some bunch of people still have the colonial mind set to control everything.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

All together its not a bad idea about the BIG 3 because, leadership will take this sport better at this point not simply foul cry. Every board instead of blame game should try working out their domestic and first class level turn good and followed. If there is a flaw in BIG 3 proposal its all because no other board made a good fortune because of their administration which pulled down cricket in their country. BIG 3 could have been BIG 4 or BIG 10 if you guys worked with what your country wanted. BCCI nor ECB nor CA runs cricket in your country its your own board so you could only improve it from inside. Efforts is to come from inside your country and administration.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

Proud to be a Pakistani! R.I.P Cricket

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

Shame shame on ICC, even I wasn't expecting total turn around from SA. poor Pakistan n Sri Lanka. india was already making Pakistan alone in cricketing world. Now they would try to completely kill cricket in Pakistan. Sad sad so sad

Posted by Iftikhar_azam on (February 8, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

Shame on India, England, Austarlia, WI and SA

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

wonder why the icc is trying to keep test cricket alive when it is already in its death bed...simple equation,I doubt whether the associated countries wud even want to become a part of a format which runs in financial losses....

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

Lets stop watching cricket, its not ICC fault neither the BIG GREEDY THREE FAULT nor the cricket legends as they did not bother to come forward and say anything, its all our fault totally as we follow cricket and pay for tickets and tv sport subscription, which turn them greedy, think on it

Posted by Kazi_Rajib on (February 8, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

RIP Cricket!! Shame on so called gentleman!!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

Black day of Cricket history.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

i think ECB, BCCI & ACB should continue fulfilling their sick minded thoughts and continue playing under ICC, rest of countries should make their own independent cricket council.

Posted by CricketisKing on (February 8, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

Not sure why people are praising PCB and SLC. They have abstained from voting which shows that they don't have the guts to say "yes" or "no". If they are really against this proposal, they should have voted "no" instead of abstaining. Whether you like it or not, at least the others voted and stated their vote.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

Pakistan and Srilanka are simply fighting because they cant take the fact India has lead the way and taken the baton from them. Srilanka with so much talented players should rope in good administrators and improve the popularity of the game and they will benefit from it. Srilanka being a lovely tourist spot like India with natural beauty can make a lot out of the sport with proper planning. Pakistan cant do anything as its a failed state, talented cricketers but poor government and unstable country. All they can do is complaint and feel bad. Things are not in their hands, its all politics for bad that is happening there and cricket is on downside. Its not India nor ECB, CA that took cricket out on Pakistan remember. Its simply because Pakistan is a failed state unlike its cricketers. Outstanding talent but no base for fans or players to share the fun at home.

Cricket needs good administration, countries, teams, players but everything in this world nowadays comes down to MONEY -

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

Nelson Mandela dead and Lorgat alive!

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

time for Pakistan ot Sri Lanka to win icc trophies and then make own vouncil with new countries

Posted by BadMoodHesh on (February 8, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

I thought South Africa choked on the field only! It now appears they choke in the boardroom as well. Glad that PCB and SLC didn't agree but would've preferred if they had raised an outright objection to this instead.

Posted by rajuramki on (February 8, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

Both SLCB and PCB are in dire state as far as finance is concerned . It will be good for these boards to toe the line of the Big three , to ensure their survival . On the whole, it may not be possible to digest the handing over the power to the Big three but the lesser boards have hardly any strength to fight the giants.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

LOL Now that India has the power! they would never play away games in order to save them from humiliation. Phew!

Posted by mzm149 on (February 8, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

New Zealand are trying to gift India the test match as a token of gratitude for this overhaul. This is just the first step.

Posted by zalmaypk on (February 8, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

RIP to cricket under Indian Rules these politician should be sacked from ICC and its realy INDIAN CRICKET COUNCIL,shame on them by by cricket from me

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:35 GMT)

the problem is, if in next meeting ICC (new executive team) decides that SA can not play test cricket any more, then there will be no voting required

Posted by wapuser on (February 8, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

Black day in cricket..... Approval of big three is death of cricket

Posted by SlogSw33p on (February 8, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

Cricket is not a gentleman's game anymore...

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

Cricket surely is a sport, but the sad thing is without good administrators on any of these countries shouting against the BIG 3 take over, i think they should introspect.

India - Indians love cricket, be it they are number 10 or number 1 its not about disputing their talent. They simply love cricket, they occasionally win major trophies and produce some outstanding batsmen. Indians they consider cricket as a festival and they cheer for it and hence its successful in India with pulling crowd and money. The point is they have good administrators to make sure the engine never loose steam well they at least make sure they benefit well and their nation. Its not just 11 - 15 guys playing for India. The popularity and pay has made many youngsters in India follow a career in the sport. That is simply great.

Regards other Asian nations i think Bangladesh has big potential to follow Indian Model and make the cricket loved by all of their nation and national festival. You will earn benefits.

Posted by Kazi_Rajib on (February 8, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

Good bye cricket!! Good bye the gentleman game... Good bye globalization of cricket

Posted by Matadore on (February 8, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

All for nothing! PAK & SL will feel a hard time now...

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

Democracy ruined by the so-called Best Democracies in the World.

Posted by Rohail- on (February 8, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

Now the big three have control of game and umpires.... Game is Gone i will have to look for a new sport to follow . Bye Bye Cricket i loved you and will miss you....

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

Rest In Peace Cricket. Bravo for SLC & PCB for their actions.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

This is a shame for the so called 'game of gentleman'. RIP Bangladesh & Zimbabwe Cricket. Hard luck for the rest of game Cricket.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

Good Decisions from Pak & SL and start Countdown bad day of international cricket and i cant belive how CSA agree of perposal

Posted by PakRage on (February 8, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

RIP CRICKET .................................!!!

One of SADDEST day in history of cricket

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

Expected this. And I'm glad SLC didn't contribute to this sad state of affairs, even if we don't get test matches for ages.

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

we all were expecting sl or pcb to vote for it before csa. but strangely the more vocal opposition voted in yes .

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

oh boy... things are gonna change now!!! very excited abt it!!!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

saddest day in the history of cricket :(

Posted by shoaib.rasheed on (February 8, 2014, 7:22 GMT)

BLACK Day for The Cricket, I would Like the Pakistan and Sri Lanka to continue their stance and Boycott the Upcoming T20 World Cup, These are the Top 2 Teams in T20, Let see how much interesting this tournament will be without these two.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:22 GMT)

Cricket is dead now :(....

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

This is the day that cricket has lost it's democracy :(

Posted by jsaeed on (February 8, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

CSA voted yes to this? is this it? i dont understand? the part of unequal revenues and the permanent 3 members was part of this or not??

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

it is the dark day for international cricket, sham for cricket south africa soon they will come to know what kind of mistake they did.....

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

So the PCB and Cricket SL are the two to oppose imperialism. Weldon both.... surprised to see CSA flip.

Posted by BadMoodHesh on (February 8, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

Which means CSA and WICB voted in favour...tough talk peters out to nothing

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

and here we go...NEW WORLD ORDER in Cricket...

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

i really hate csa for turning your back at last moment, not expecting this from you after that bcci incident

Posted by EashwarSai on (February 8, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

After all the fuss, the Big 3 have got the 8 votes after all. It's time the meaningless matches with SL are scrapped.

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (February 8, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

Thought this will happen ! Shame on you CSA !

Posted by ashuhatesyou on (February 8, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

and the Power was observed.....

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

Highly disappointed. Black day in history of cricket and first step to destroy international cricket.

Posted by ashuhatesyou on (February 8, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

and the Power was observed.....

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

Pathetic, RIP world cricket..

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

cricket wouldn't remain the same .

Posted by android_user on (February 8, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

RIP Cricket

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 8, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

I knew the South Africans will sell out. Say bye bye to Test Cricket Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

Sad day for Cricket, Now enjoy Dictatorship in Cricket by BCCI

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

RIP Cricket ........... !

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

R.I.P Cricket !!! Please observe 'one minute' of silence for the death of 'gentlemens' game !!!

Posted by Afham_Kazi on (February 8, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

Poor decisions from Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Sad day for cricket.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

dark day for cricket, shame for cricket south africa ...

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 8, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

Shame on RSA board.. Bye bye cricket

Posted by veerang on (February 8, 2014, 7:03 GMT)


Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

Sad sad sad day in the history of cricket! its a private members club no longer an international sport that it could have been! from 10 to 3 to maybe 1 :( ashamed to be a cricket follower...what an example by 3 of the biggest and so called best democracies of the world!

Posted by CricketisKing on (February 8, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

LOL!!! What did you expect?

Posted by reality_check on (February 8, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

So CSA has rolled over after all?

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