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BCCI working committee to discuss ICC draft

Amol Karhadkar

January 21, 2014

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The BCCI has convened an emergent working committee meeting in Chennai on January 23 to discuss the "position paper" that recommends an overhaul of the ICC administration.

Though the meeting notice circulated last week didn't spell out the agenda, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel confirmed the meeting would discuss the draft proposal that will wrest most of ICC's powers into the hands of the triumvirate of the BCCI, CA and the ECB.

"The meeting has been summoned to apprise and get the working committee's nod for pushing BCCI's case of getting more revenue from ICC's earnings, as bulk of it is generated by the BCCI," Patel told the Telegraph, a Kolkata-based daily.

Since the BCCI is one of the key stakeholders of the "position paper" drafted by a "working group" of the ICC's Finance & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) committee, the members feel the meeting will be a mere formality to confirm BCCI's support to the proposal. Most of the BCCI members and officials didn't have a clue about the top bosses being involved in such discussions with CA and ECB for the last six months. However, since the proposed draft offers to boost BCCI's coffers and thus offer more money to its affiliates, no working committee member is likely to oppose the proposal.

"Some members may seek clarity on the financial model but in principle, there is no reason for anyone to oppose the proposal. If it means that bilateral tours could impact to a great extent in the coming years, so be it," a former BCCI office-bearer said.

The proposal is due to be put to the ICC Executive Board at its quarterly meeting in Dubai on January 28-29. The proposals would need seven votes out of ten to pass. However, over the last four days, it has evoked mixed responses from cricket boards across the globe. While New Zealand Cricket has supported the proposal, Cricket South Africa, the most adversely affected board as per the proposal, has requested the ICC for its withdrawal.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by chechong0114 on (January 23, 2014, 2:53 GMT)

The sport of cricket has been around since the 18th century and yet with all its history it still has not been able to make an impact in any of the wealthy economies of the world. Apart from Australia, England and maybe India the game has done little to nothing to make a mark in developing wealthy countries like China, USA, Japan etc. Just look at the latest nations that have gained ICC status in the sport and u get a very clear image of how big a failure the ICC has been as a body and how poorly they are at promoting and commercialise the sport. Afghanistan, Kenya, The Netherlands, what kind of economy do these nations have to make a real mark on the sport and probably turn over any kind of financial profit that will assure their sustainability for the future years to come. The thinking behind the sport is full of such confusing, and I believe it has reached its boiling point to where the ICC as a body is just ready to throw in the towel hence the reason for the current decision.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2014, 0:54 GMT)

The rich get richer, the poor get poorer!

Posted by   on (January 23, 2014, 0:51 GMT)

Sheer Arrogance from the BCCI, just look at the way the office bearer speaks!

Posted by harmske on (January 22, 2014, 23:48 GMT)

india have got a powerful, entertaining and money-making tool in their hands - surely they should be shouting about it from their rooftops and taking it to as many parts of the world as possible. how does it make sense (even from an economic point of view) to have such a "product" and want to limit the number of potential "customers" that can have access to it in the long run.

Posted by harmske on (January 22, 2014, 23:47 GMT)

@Mohan Konanoor - so what you're saying is that because india has a much larger population than say nz, or sa, or sl, it should play that many more matches? a match a year per major city perhaps?

because it is a region where cricket is loved dearly by many more (in part, because it has many more) that it should be put up on a pedestal?

we should look at cricket as a world sport, and be thankful that there is a region like india that provides so much love and revenue for this sport. that revenue should then be used to maintain cricket in india as well as promote it in regions where it's less economically viable at present (which in no way implies that it is any less loved).

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

@Laurel Crujo dont make us laugh... england cant even produce a cricket team of their own, forget their money, even their cricket team is made of expatriates much like canada or hong kong. ps: even we are against this deal as it doesnt create any level playing ground for anybody. other countries should boycott the big 3 and form their own board... and let india play the ipl and let the english and aussies fight amongst themselves for some ashes!

Posted by Alistair0610 on (January 22, 2014, 10:49 GMT)

The BCCi seem to think that they control world cricket already, why should they share with ECB and CA. Seriously though this plan is just awful.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (January 22, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

Rule 1: If you do not want to do something then you set up a committee.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

If BCCI,ECB & CA will take the control of ICC then it will be "TNCC" (Tri-nations Cricket Council ! ) :P FIFA encouraged and arranged a football match between Tahiti (Ranking - 141) & Spain (Ranking - 1) to extend and spread out the football around the world where these three country wants to play test match among 8 teams (Ranking 1- 8) to hold the quality of cricket! This is hilarious,funniest joke ever! Did they forget that India,Australia were also weak teams once when West Indies ruled over the cricket ? Now why they are trying to stop Bangladesh & Zimbabwe to play 5 days test cricket by this lame excuse! So all Bangladeshi supporters should protest against it !

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

@Aanz N Dipp Love Yes & they have paid for it every single day since...Lets be honest about it here there almost more Indians in England then the English. In fact it should be called Inglish.

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