ICC revamp

CSA president justifies support for ICC revamp

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 8, 2014

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Chris Nenzani
CSA president Chris Nenzani voted in favour of the ICC revamp despite being against it until Friday © Gallo Images

Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani has justified his decision of voting in favour of the ICC revamp by stating that all members, including the Big Three, had to "rethink and make concessions" during the ICC Board meeting in Singapore on Saturday. Even though three boards - CSA, PCB and SLC - were against the proposals suggested by the Big Three until Friday night, CSA decided to vote in favour on Saturday, while the other two abstained from voting.

"All countries, including the so-called Big Three, have had to rethink and make concessions and the final terms that were approved today include significant changes from the original proposals presented in January," Nenzani said in a statement. 

"It was key that we remain engaged and an absolute imperative that we should preserve the financial stability of the game over the next eight-year cycle from 2015 to 2023. Not only have we managed to do this but we have created the opportunity for current Associate Members to aspire to play Test cricket - the game's highest form."

Nenzani had a long meeting with BCCI president N Srinivasan on the eve of the meeting in Singapore which, ESPNcricinfo understands, resulted in CSA's change of heart. The South African board was the first Full Member to publicly oppose the proposal and had called it "fundamentally flawed". On the eve of the meeting, had sent a "formal response" to the proposals in a nine-page letter to ICC president Alan Isaac. 

CSA had offered a detailed response to the "key principles" in the revamped proposals but had also expressed its willingness to "proceed with the revamp despite obvious procedural flaws". The board had accepted a few broad principles announced by the ICC and rejected outright "the complete de-regulation of the current FTP structure." The letter had stated that CSA did not support the new bilateral FTP because it "would not be in the best interest of international cricket and therefore ICC members." It asked for "basic principles regulating/governing bilateral arrangements and agreements" and wanted the ICC to provide that "necessary co-ordination" while working the FTP around ICC sponsorship cycles.

The meeting on Saturday confirmed the end of the FTP in its current form, with future schedules being dependent on "contractually binding bilateral negotiations" between boards.

Nenzani's statement said: "There is a lot of work still to be done in terms of deliberations between the various Full Members as far as their international tour programmes are concerned and this procedure also has the support of the Full Member countries. We are currently at an advanced stage of discussion with all the Full Members to secure our future tours through to 2023 and we will take comfort in the legally binding FTP agreements that will be in place."

Since the proposal by the Big Three had suggested that most powers would be vested in the hands of the three boards, CSA's letter to Isaac had said it "supported a democratic process whereby the BCCI accepted a leading and effective role in the leadership of the ICC". 

It was decided in the meeting on Saturday that Srinivasan will become the ICC chairman from July 2014, CA chairman Wally Edwards will head a newly-formed Executive Committee, and ECB chairman Giles Clarke will continue to head the Financial and Commercial Affairs (F&CA) Committee, for a two-year transitional period. 

Nenzani's statement on Saturday emphasised CSA was "determined to stay true" to its stance and said there will be "fully democratic elections" from 2016.

"What is equally important is that this is only a transitional arrangement and from 2016 there will be fully democratic elections for all the governing positions in the ICC including the chairpersons of the Board and the other committees," Nenzani said. "There will be no restrictions in this regard and this must be seen as the key component in our determination to stay true to the best principles of democracy and good corporate governance.

"All these decisions and those still to come will help cricket to move forward with a unified sense of purpose and ensure the future of our great game."

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Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

I feel let down by the CSA turn around - but i do not see much benefit in abstaining either. It seems we have been duped into agreeing to a promise of integrity. I think that the ICC should have been forced to put all the changes through the full democratic process of tabling them up-front for comment, and voting on them individually. It seems as if the world is happy to give control to a 'big bully'. It also has not tabled how on field performance in all of the formats will enhance your standing or reward!! Although cricket has for some time not been "a gentlemans game" this does seem to be the last nail in the coffin. It is probably high time to separate the long format and the T20 type much the way that Rugby Sevens has been separated from conventional Union. They can be loosely tied under an ICC Umbrella but separated financially - perhaps that will help to bring back a little more integrity and less greed.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 8:55 GMT)


If you are truly a cricket fan, as your moniker suggests, then you would never support this power grab by India, with Australia's and England's blessing. I hope you have booked tickets for every single day of every single match against Australia, because, mark my words, this is the last time that we will see England, Australia or India tour South Africa. The scrapping of the FTP means that countries are not obliged to visit or host any other country that they don't want to, because tours have to be arranged by mutual agreement. The ACB, ECB and BCCI will only want to play matches between the three of them, as they generate the highest revenue. We will be competing against the other teams only. This is the death of Test cricket. RIP

The irony is that if SA beat Australia in the tests, they could conceivably remain top of the test table, even if they never play Australia, England or India again.

Posted by Almasbana on (February 10, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

Very disappointed. The issue for me is not that more money will be generated but the fact that we have accepted the hedgemoney of the richer countries. Better to be poorer and free than to wealthy and to have collar round your neck is the way I see it. I had not expected this from South Africa in particular given their recent history.

Posted by stonk on (February 10, 2014, 3:13 GMT)

Well done Uncle Tom, you held one position on Friday and Completely the opposite on Saturday.

Posted by Crick_fan_Crick on (February 9, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

big 3 is not based on wins-losses but how many games they are playing (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   on (February 9, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

As a fan, I fully support PCB stand and feel proud. I know Cricket is not going to end with this proposal, but it sure is going to end as we know it. In span of 4-5 years, International cricket b/w countries will die and it will be just privately owned leagues. Cricketers from small countries will participate in these leagues and earn good but this will not help in building cricket in those countries and eventually cricket will be reduced to 3-4 from 8-10 countries. How long will cricket survive after that in those 3-4 countries is another question. But the way I see it, cricket in long run has lost here.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

its not about having a stable board or government. india cricket board knows they can't do it alone so they join hands with english and australian cricket board. no body is against india having more money. every one is against the control that come with it. why no one suggested that when west indies was beating every team home and away. why no one came up with this brilliant idea when australia was unbeatable. south africa , west indies, new zealand bangladesh might have somethings coming their way but i don't see any big teams going to play there apart from south africa. they might get better money from 2015 to 2023 but after that they will only play icc events and t20 leagues like IPL. no team will visit them and there will be no cricket for them at home. India will try to avoid any cricket outside india because they always lose. they won't play Pakistan because they now they can't win. even a low level team like new zealand is beating them bad.

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

Arnie66 Gandhi even said ''Even if you are a minority of one the truth is the truth'' The PCB and SLC board did what they could,as they had to get approval from their stakeholders to agree to the changes on that day.Im not a big fan of SLC cricket the way they have run the game over the last few years,but i surely can be proud of them today as they have stood strong along with the PCB. The long term impact these proposals will cause to create far outweigh the good if you look deeply into the proposals not to mention unconstititutional for a financial committee to come up with some structural changes.I dearly hope im wrong but Cricket is in its last batteries

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

@Manishwa dude what in the world are you saying? so you are agreeing to the annihilation of Cricket in the near future.What a stupid twit you are.Soon India will be playing only the other two in the big three because obviously the rest aren't financially lucrative.The PCB and SLC will be unable to retain their players and they will soon have to stop cricket operations alltogether and play in these silly rebel leagues.Cricket will die down as soon India,England and Aus will get fed up of playing with each other.and soon it will be like football,More leagues only this time one player will be playing in 6-7 leagues.You sir have supported the DEATH KNELL of international cricket think about that for a second

Posted by stonk on (February 9, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

You simply cannot disagree with the principles on Friday and agree with them on Saturday. CSA have let the cricketing world down with their 'volte face'. This man must carry the can when he gets back to SA.

Posted by Marquee-Critic on (February 9, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

India is going to have a swell 8 years ... playing at home , because clearly they cannot play outside their home , SA NZ are the latest to destroy them ... Pakistan they avoid as they beat them in their home , same as the case with SL , Bangladesh .. please they are nothing , nobody cares what they do .. they will beg not play Sri Lanka or more specifically Sangakkara ... SA , give them some importance and they take a 180 ... WICB could have taken under financial advantages ... PCB and SL board though abstained , atleast they did not follow the piper

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

Well CSA was always a part of the decision. It was just that they pretended with their public posture. They were actually a part of the "Big-4". It's just that two boards had to be sidelined - SLC and PCB - all this drama took place.

And why SLC and PCB? Simply because their boards are too fluid, shaky and unpredictable - just as their own governments are. Nobody in the ICC wants them - unless they get significantly Government-independent.

It was a clever trick to keep CSA along with PCB and SLC till the last moment. That way the two boards can't even negotiate for goodies. In the end they were left with worse than a begging bowl they had previously.

The message is clear - have a stable board - you get the goodies. Be a Government stooge - you get nothing - and deservedly so.

The best player, for me, was the Bangla board - very clever and smooth operators. PCB and the SLC should learn from them.

Or they could again abstain - from cricket as well.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (February 9, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

So, from now on India need not schedule "uncomfortable overseas tours" (as of today their overseas record is 0-10 in 11 Tests outside the subcontinent in the last two years). This was the whole purpose of this power grab by India, destroying the FTP as it stands now and the additional revenue in any way is a collateral gain.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (February 9, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

To fans of Pakistan and Sri Lanka: no need to rejoice folks, your boards didn't oppose the restructuring. They basically refused to vote- in other words, they did precisely nothing. In any case, its not as if they have been battling to save the game. Those two boards have hardly taken the initiative to organise more test matches, although there's no shortage of meaningless ODIs and T20s in their schedules.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

So whats next, India should ask/make it rule 1 wicket of their choice per overs of opposite team so that they don't loose to teams other than big 3. and big three should support, definitely surprises make things interesting. more revenue. Every time there should be new rule.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

Biggest of the big 3 lost to 8th rank NZ. Still they are big

Posted by Shroud on (February 9, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

I am really sorry to see, once again India has fallen prey to the English. I am layman and I can clearly see that ECB has used BCCI. BCCI needs no one for their support. Those people who are crying about test cricket, its a story of the past. Its a fast moving world. And I very much doubt even the ODIs will shorten. As when in the earlier days, ODIs used to be of 60 overs, then reduced to 50. Maybe in the coming future it is reduced to just 40 overs or less.

The future of cricket is T20 and India leads the world. They don't need anyone. But I am sorry that it fell prey to ECb once again. What record the ECB holds? I really dont see any reason to see them in the so called big 3. Bye bye cricket. Same old politics, Divide and Rule

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 9, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

I have posted twice here my condemnation of South Africa's actions. cricinfo refuses to publish my posts.

As a South African , I disapprove of CSA's support for this proposal.

cricinfo. I hope that is not too strong for you?

Posted by arnie66 on (February 8, 2014, 23:43 GMT)

Decision as expected ! Pak and SL are now desperately trying to do some damage control measures by not voting against the proposal. I believe that they will now discuss internally within their boards and give a token approval for the proposals to ensure that they are not sidelined. I'm not sure whether it will work though !

The Big 3 will definitely first organize tours with ppl who have supported them (like Bangladesh, WI, CSA, Zimbadwaye and NZL) and give lower priority for tours to SL and Pak. I'm sure the boards who supported the proposals would have negotiated some benefits (e.g. mutual tours, hosting the IPL etc) from the big 3 for supporting them.

If I were a Pak or SL cricket supporter, I would blame their board heads for not having the sagacity to see which way the wind is blowing and make a decision ! These board heads were willing to chance everything even though the chips were heavily stacked against them.

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 8, 2014, 20:19 GMT)

@mzm149: lol, what's that again? India shifting World Cup QF and SF in its home? Say what?

And why do you think India was sidelining Pakistan? Care to explain that one? There are some things more important than cricket. India has already shown with the IPl that it can be successful without Pak players. You may not like it but that's a fact. Try to be decent neighbours and you won't feel that you're being sidelined.

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

To all the people here who are claiming that they will stop following cricket - yeah, on behalf of fans who truly understand the game: Good Riddance.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 19:21 GMT)

Pak government and srilaank governments should ban cricket in their countries it is a high time as Cricket is no more Gentleman game . people of their countries also support their stance after BIG 3 saga. PAK & SRILANKA government encourage other sport like footballs . cricket is very expensive game and five day test or oneday game consume much more resources of their country not only full day working suffer in every sphere of life national productivity reduce if we encourage football as match results comes with in 90 Minutes being a underdeveloped nation we should go for football as it is very cheap game every one can play football . as cricket only played by 10 countries and football played by 200 countries. and this is also a slap on Big 3 and believe cricket game is eventually died

Posted by KFRITZ on (February 8, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

for all sl and pak fans...your boards did not vote against the icc..they just abstained ...

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 18:49 GMT)

All hail PCB & SLC! will stop following the game i loved since 1996. A dark day for cricket. to quote another Cricket fan "SAF choked at yet another ICC Event"

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

@ aamir007....There is saying in south Indian language ..which I will translate for you.. Back in the day a guy got angry with the water and stopped drinking it...You know who lost!!!! Guess??

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

Proud to be a Pakistani!

Posted by mzm149 on (February 8, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

People are worrying unnecessarily. Situation was not better even before. India was violating FTP agreements. Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa were already getting less number of series with fewer matches as compared to others. India was already side lining Pakistan. India was controlling world cricket in matters such as not using DRS, shifting world cup semi and quarter final in its home, poor umpiring, pitches, messed up ranking system.

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

What a shame

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

"Might Is Right" in this world pride is nothng, if you have money you can do whatever you want as BCCI did.

Posted by aamir007 on (February 8, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

It's a said day for Cricket so I am saying Good Bye to Cricket and stop following it from now. What a shame, as a player, as a follower and a person...Enjoy your cricket India, England and Australia as cricket people supporting this decision will regret one day.

Posted by Rubic on (February 8, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

good job and sensible decision by sa, remaining boards of Pak and sl take ur decision with your own time

Posted by Gudra on (February 8, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

It is a sad day for cricket, the suggestions made in the Wolf Report should have been considered. I am not proud to be a South African, the ICC is all about money. For South Africa to strike a deal with the BCCI could only mean that money is the factor. I think that Pakistan and Sri Lanka as nations can hold their heads high.

Posted by tanweer81 on (February 8, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

i think csa did a big los to attend the big 3,,,,its black day for cricket,,,it has proved that cricket has lost,,but money has won,,,bye bye cricket

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

For once I am proud of PCB.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 8, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Well well, things are taking shape just as I had predicted. CSA have finally caved in while PCB and SLC have stood firm in their conviction. Obviously CSA would have stood to lose a lot more than PCB and SLC had they gone against the Big 3. With so much money around and the possibility to host yet another IPL season this year, how could they refuse a deal with the BCCI ? So this is not surprising one bit. I feel sorry for SA fans though. Their pride and egos have been shattered. The first team to oppose the revamp have become the last team to fall to the Big 3's charms. I hope you get your end of the bargain CSA.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

DO the right thing even you have to stand alone and i think thats what PCB and SLC did.

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

CSA President can not even justify the purpose of his existence.

Posted by Ramu444 on (February 8, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

Bravo....it was Cricinfo who leaked the story that there is an under the table deal between CSA and BCCI,which was proved right today.but the way they fouled PCB & SLC is not good.they used these 2 boards just to get a better deal from BCCI.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

Good move sir. CSA's economic crisis might come to an end because of this. No SA is gonna hate you for this, but its ridiculous the people from a particular country are posting negative comments about CSA and their support to revamp as if they understand cricket much better than you. Good Job CSA. Looking forward to more upbeat matches from SA..

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

i think all 10 will agree . but thought CSA will be last . how can 1 meeting erased all their objections which they have been very vocal of for past few weeks? CSA was the vocal of all opposing it.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

GO TO HAIL!!!!!!!! all cricket administrator of player should revolts against them. Srinivasan is power and money hungry person. Sri Lanka and Pakistan heads of to you.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

Really not Fare play from South Africa We couldn't expect that from them they should stand like their father of nation Nelson Mandela against what is totally wrong. But then against they see their interest and do what what they feel is right for them

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

bye bye cricket. big three system reminding of stone age

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

bye bye cricket. big three system reminding of stone age

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