ICC annual conference 2014

N Srinivasan confirmed as ICC chairman

Daniel Brettig

June 26, 2014

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ICC constitutional revamp gets official sanction

N Srinivasan has been confirmed as the ICC's first chairman after constitutional changes to the governing body were passed at the annual conference in Melbourne on Thursday.

Smooth passage of the changes devised by the "Big Three" of India, England and Australia had been expected after a set of broad resolutions were approved by Full Member countries earlier this year.

Srinivasan had been barred from his role as BCCI president due to a Supreme Court of India investigation into IPL corruption but had spent the preceding two days, with Australia's Wally Edwards and England's Giles Clarke, explaining the new landscape to delegates, including Associate and Affiliate members.

Following the conclusion of the conference meeting, Srinivasan spoke trenchantly of his innocence in the face of allegations tabled to the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope.

"As far as I'm concerned I have done nothing wrong, there is no wrongdoing on my part, and therefore my conscience is very clear, that there is no taint on me," he said. "Whatever investigations there are will take their course, it will come out, reports will come out. But unless I have in my mind any doubt I have done anything ... I have to think if I have not done [wrong], I do not have any concern."

In March, the Supreme Court of India had recommended that Srinivasan step aside as BCCI president while the investigations into the IPL were on, and the court has since turned down his appeals to be reinstated twice.

Srinivasan was also adamant that the wider issue of corruption in cricket should not be seen as a major blight on the game, regardless of recent revelations surrounding the former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent and his Sussex team-mate Naved Arif, alongside charges sustained against Mohammed Ashraful in the Bangladesh Premier League.

"I think the ICC has taken a lot of steps to root out whatever problems are sniffing at world cricket today," he said. "As a result of the efforts of the ACSU and the education programmes they have put in place around the world, I think one can say that there is substantial improvement and I can't accept that cricket has an image problem. There may have been some instances, rare instances [of corruption], few and far between, but I think almost all cricket is very competitive and very fair."

As for questions around whether Srinivasan was the right man to lead world cricket into the future, having long stated his primary responsibility as a representative of the BCCI, the India Cements and Chennai Super Kings owner argued that he should be judged on what he achieved over the term of his chairmanship.

"I believe that some of the criticism is not fair to me and is not well-founded. Beyond that all I can say is that over a long period of time I have been involved with cricket and it's administration, and one must judge me by results," he said. "It is the first day, I've just been elected, and one has to wait and see as to what is the effect I have on the ICC and on cricket, before you make that judgement."

The BCCI termed Srinivasan's appointment "a proud and historic moment for Indian cricket". "As India takes the leadership position in world cricket, the responsibility of guiding the game in these challenging times could not have found a better leader than Mr Srinivasan," Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary, said in a statement. "This establishes the important role that the BCCI will essay, as we take this responsibility to work with other members during these days of growth."

The conference meeting was orderly and served primarily as a rubber stamp to changes that have been in the winds for more than a year. No opposition to the constitutional changes, nor Srinivasan's chairmanship, was mounted. In the words of one delegate "we were all lambs and said 'yes' in all the right places".

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Posted by TheGecko on (June 28, 2014, 0:58 GMT)

@Louis De Klerk You sound as if Test cricket has been abolished or something. A 5 Test series between England and India is just around the corner. I look at it this way - T20 belongs to the masses, Tests belong to the Elite. Both formats are here to stay.

Posted by baghels.a on (June 27, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

If you are willing to look beyond the recent controversies surrounding Mr Srinivasan and his proclivity for power you will realise that he is able administrator and huge lover of the game, long before IPL happened, long before BCCI and Satellite TV boom began in late 90's Mr Srinivasan via his company India Cements made sure at least for those playing in local Chennai leagues that cricketers don't have to worry about external sources of income because they were getting paid so well playing Chennai league.Those worried about demise of test cricket worry not because Mr Sriinivasan and most of the top BCCI brass and prominent ex-cricketers in India are as much big test cricket lovers as any of you folks from the West/Anglo countries.5 test match series against England and 4 against Australia is a proof of that.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

World needs bold person like you. If probe panel finds no wrong on him, I have no problem about his role as head.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

Proud of u Mr. Srinivasan

Posted by shane-oh on (June 27, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster - speak for yourself. It's clear from these pages that not everyone shares your short attention span.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (June 27, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

ICC revenue is going to be distributed according to the contribution. India getting 4% when it contributes 70% was not fair.

Test championship is scrapped. Two semis and a final. Three matches to decide a champion.Teams get eliminated after one match. Stadium will be empty for neutral matches. Never going to work. Good it was scrapped.

Champions trophy is back. Top 8 teams. Short sharp tournament. Every match is exciting. Was a resounding success. Why scrap it?

Two tier system for Tests. Will eliminate boring one sided matches between top and bottom ranked teams. India, England and Australia will not be relegated sound unfair. But it was done for very good reasons. Imagine india can only play with Zim, Bang and WI. The Cricket Eco system will collapse.

Associates have the opportunity play Test matches. What an exciting prospect for the associates.

Well done ICC.

Posted by PrasPunter on (June 27, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

@Cpt. Meanster. Do you ever know what test-cricket is and what it means to most of the fraternity ? Go ask your own Legends and they will vouch for it. Don't think the world tunes to your opinions. If you don't want to follow, better stay away !! Cricket is played also beyond the boundaries of india and roof will not fall if india doesn't want to play test cricket !!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 3:17 GMT)

Ehsan Mani was correct in his analysis nobody is bigger then the game if india threaten to build a parallel body so let them do it which would not have been recognized by the icc i don't think 20/20(hit and giggle) is anywhere near test cricket india would have paid the prize for it india could not even dream of leaving icc, in my view the icc panicked and started to compromise with the organization

Posted by snbirdi on (June 27, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

Awesome news! Great advancements in cricket are on the horizon. The Big Three are going to lead cricket to heights all others can only dream about. Let's do this boys.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 2:37 GMT)

Early days! Lets wait and see!

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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