ICC news March 21, 2014

BCCI will be more involved - Richardson

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The ICC's move to restructure its administration and financial distribution model will ensure the BCCI will play "a full role in developing strategy going forward," according to ICC chief executive Dave Richardson.

Richardson was speaking before the first Super 10 match at the World T20 and said it was necessary for "members of influence to take responsibility" of the formulation of strategy. The ICC's new governance and financial model puts both administrative and financial control in the hands of three member boards - Cricket Australia, the BCCI and the ECB.

Richardson said he had been "encouraged" by the new resolutions passed by the ICC board in early February. They are expected to be formally approved by the full ICC council during its annual meeting in June.

The "members of influence," Richardson said, needed to "be accountable for the decisions, the strategies that get determined. And to be held accountable going forward. If you have influential members who are not taking that responsibility, that's where you will develop problems."

The new resolutions distributed the three most important posts in the ICC - the overall chairmanship, the heads of the Finance & Commercial Affairs committee and the newly-formed Executive Committee - to the CA, BCCI and the ECB. BCCI president N Srinivasan will be the ICC's first chairman and Richardson said it meant, "for the first time, the BCCI will be very much part of the governance structure, playing a full role in developing the strategy going forward. So I am looking forward to working with the BCCI."

When asked whether the BCCI had previously not been involved in ICC functioning or decision-making, Richardson said, "Their approach was always to sit on the outside, not to partake in developing strategy. They left that to the other people. Now for the first time, they have taken the responsibility on their shoulders to lead in developing the strategy."

Richardson said dealing with the new financial structure was not about the ICC drawing the line between making concessions to the BCCI and giving in their demands, but instead a matter of "negotiation" between member boards. "Because it is their revenues and they have to decide how they have to distribute it among themselves."

"I don't know where you draw the line. In any negotiation, I always find once the deal gets done, once you've agreed to sign and buy the house, you always think you could have done a better deal. But you run the risk of losing the deal if you don't agree. The fact is that is the negotiation, that was the deal that was done."

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  • James on March 22, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    One man's "increased responsibility" is another man's "control and power".

  • Android on March 22, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    cricket is going to be a film in soon . 1.director of film is india. 2.actor is austaralia.3.actress England 4.all other teams are just normal actors and actress.

  • Anup on March 22, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    if the BCCI is to take more responsibility in running world cricket, then it should accept the DRS wholeheartedly.

  • ESPN on March 22, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    What's the justification for 3 boards to take responsibility of developing strategy? How do you ensure you 're covering instability in Pakistan, corruption in PAK n BNG and financial crisis in Sri Lanka? Talent mgt in Zimbabwe? Opportunities for NZ? Democratic opputunity in T20 leagues? Aren't these burning global issues? Can BCCI act on these without conflict of interest?

  • Realist on March 21, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    As long as it provides better livelihood for the majority of the cricketers. Does it really matter if the pure form of cricket is destroyed? Why don't the keyboard warriors in this forum try to make cricket more lucrative for players instead of venting out their frustration in this forum?

    I agree it is purists' nightmare but cricket won't die as long its profitable. Its only a game and it is not destroy the world and lead it into poverty.

  • siddharth on March 21, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    good luck bcci cos the world will be finding a chance to criticise u

  • Jay on March 21, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    I think the revamp is indeed a good move. It is time the BCCI take up a lot more responsibility in the governance of world cricket. Being the most powerful and influential cricket board, it's only fair that they do the right things to move the game forward. Obviously, they also have the most finance compared to any other nation. This gives them ample opportunities to help associate nations through funding, infrastructure assistance and player development programs. Afghanistan and Nepal are India's closest neighbours. India needs to do something to help the game develop in those nations. Cricket needs to grow. We all saw how good Nepal played in this World T20. India can really help them out by providing support. Come on India, greatness awaits you !

  • suresh kumar on March 21, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    definitely icc restructure was a good move, bcci is given great responsibility to take the game forward globally. Before that, bcci opposes many of icc principles but now bcci willingly takes leadership. Hoping it will work

  • ESPN on March 21, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Bigg 3 distroy cricket wake up cricket boards

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