ACC news August 10, 2014

ACC in line for downsizing

The ICC will take direct control of all regional cricketing activities across the world by limiting involvement of regional bodies, the ACC CEO Syed Ashraful Huq has said. The cutoff date is the end of 2015, after which the future of bodies like the Asian Cricket Council will be uncertain.

"I think they don't want to abolish the ACC wholly, but minimize the activities," Huq told the BBC Bangla Service. "It is not just the ACC but all the regional bodies - Africa, Europe, North and South America and Asia-Pacific - which will be directly controlled by the ICC.

"Twenty-one countries, apart from Test-playing countries, from Saudi Arabia to China - we have been working in their development work - coaches, umpiring and other areas of cricket. We have U16, U19, Challenge Cup, Premier Cup, but whether all these will stay or not, I am not really sure.

"[The change] is still in a discussion phase. We have been told unofficially that our activities will continue till the end of 2015. The commercial contract of the ICC will end at that time, so what will happen after that no one really knows. The ACC will remain as an organisation on paper. The headquarters might not stay."

According to Huq, the ICC will do the development work of all non-Test playing nations, as part of their vision to streamline cricket activities across the world. He questioned the Big Three's plan to downsize the global game, and felt that cricket would lose out to other sports. "The ICC is going to directly be in charge of the development work in the non-Test playing nations, something that we have been doing," Huq said. "I don't know what good it will bring by taking out the regional body. In the last World T20, four of the six non-Test playing nations were from Asia. It is the direct result of what we have been doing over the years.

"The ICC is being controlled by three countries - India, Australia and England. What they are saying is that there is no need for so many nations playing cricket. There are ten Test-playing nations and eight or 10 other nations that play cricket, but they feel that spending so much on the others is not bringing the desired results.

"But the fact is that they don't want to run cricket in many countries. I think we should focus on globalisation. Our main competitor is football but if we can't make all countries play cricket, how can we call it a global sport?"

The ICC has declined to comment on the matter.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    icc killing cricket as they have been doing. we have already seen the results of hard work of acc in spreading cricket all over asia being succesfull with the emergence of afghanistan, nepal & hong kong in the last 5 years. and uae have also improved and qualified for a world cup after 19 years

    now the next line of asian nations like malaysia, korea, thailand need acc help and the icc, should allow regional boards to stay. a similar board must be created for europe, africa, eap & americas too with the regional boards spreading cricket in the region. we would like to see european board work hard and have cricket spread to countries like spain, germany, italy, france, etc

  • udendra on August 12, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Who says cricket is a global sport? Due to the "big 3", cricket will never be a true global sport.

  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    That is not good for cricket ,cricket will lose support and fun than other sports. the big three make cricket there own game not global

  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    very bad decision, this will decrease the supporter, no one will watch cricket if the bad decision applied, the big three should re-think on this, if only full members play cricket it means only 15% of world watching cricket, or if associates are also included it means more than 60% of the world following cricket, on that time it is a global sport.

  • ESPN on August 11, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    Good decision.. Its actually should be a game among full members..theres no much action in other attached members like afghans,nepal etc...

  • Humair on August 10, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Very sad to hear, big 3 will stop cricket expanding.

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