ICC revamp February 8, 2014

CSA president justifies support for ICC revamp

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Almas 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.

  • jayasekera on February 10, 2014, 3:13 GMT

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

  • cricket 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • jayasekera 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.

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