ICC revamp

BCCI welcomes approval, confirms talks with CSA for series

Amol Karhadkar and Nagraj Gollapudi

February 8, 2014

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BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel at the Pataudi lecture, Mumbai, November 13, 2013
Sanjay Patel confirmed that the BCCI and CSA were discussing bilateral arrangements from 2015 to 2023 © BCCI
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Srinivasan refutes clash of interest in new role

  • BCCI president N Srinivasan has stated that after taking over as the ICC chairman in July, he would want to implement the proposed changes in the "right manner" and that they would come into effect "soon". However, he did not say much about his stance on DRS, come July.
  • "Since all these resolution come into effect soon, so on governance, administrative and policy front, my role is to start on a note that these decisions are implemented in the right manner and we are even more driven now to achieve them," Srinivasan told Hindustan Times. "Since it was BCCI's turn to nominate and represent the ICC chairmanship for the first time, I am set to perform that role. After the expiry of two years' tenure, the chair of the ICC Board will be elected from within the ICC with all Full Member directors entitled to stand for election."
  • When asked if there could be a conflict of interest performing the role of the ICC chief vis-a-vis the BCCI president, he replied: "Not to my knowledge, I don't think there is any such provision in the ICC or in the BCCI that may come in the way of performing my duties in these two positions."
  • The BCCI's stance against DRS is well known while the ICC has left it to the boards of the respective countries involved in a series to decide on the use of the system. But Srinivasan did not want divulge on what he would do on that front once he took charge in July.
  • "As of now I am still some months away from taking responsibility in the ICC, July to be precise," he said. "At this moment I am still speaking as a representative of the BCCI. What will be my stand on this issue is a futuristic question, you will ask me again once I take charge. At this point I cannot say what I feel as an ICC official, I am still not one yet."

The BCCI has welcomed the ICC Board's approval of the new governance, financial and competition structures.

"After rounds of discussions over the last three weeks, the proposals were approved without any objection. Two members abstained from voting since they felt it wouldn't be prudent for them to take a call without the go-ahead of their respective boards," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told ESPNcricinfo from Singapore. "Now that the resolutions are passed, we can move on and the Chief Executives' Committee and ICC Board can continue to work on strengthening the structure of cricket."

On the eve of the ICC Board meeting in Singapore, Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani had a long meeting with BCCI president N Srinivasan. It is learnt that the meeting resulted in CSA's change of heart. Patel confirmed that the BCCI and CSA are on the verge of clinching a bilateral agreement from 2015 to 2023. While the Pakistan Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket abstained from voting, CSA, who was the first Full Member to publicly call the proposals "fundamentally flawed", opted to vote in favour of the changes.

"It was nice to see that they (CSA) have realised the need to support the proposal and the BCCI had no role to play in their so-called change of stance," Patel said. "The BCCI and CSA had fruitful discussions and have almost reached bilateral agreements in the next cycle."

Another official from one of the Full Member countries echoed Patel's sentiment: "Historically for the first time everything was approved. It was not a give-and-take situation at all. It was a presumption that some of the Members might not sign anything or they will not play."

Some of the proposed changes, including the conversion of FTP agreements into legally binding bilateral agreements, required two-third majority (seven votes out of ten), while other reforms, like the appointment of a new Executive Committee, needed a three-fourth majority (eight votes). CSA's decision to side with the Big Three was a turnaround in this context. On the eve of the meeting, CSA had written a "formal response" to ICC president Alan Isaac and, citing their own long history at the ICC, asked for the hosting rights for a major ICC event between 2015 and 2023.

The decision by CSA to agree to the revamp, framed by the Big Three, could be an indication that the South African board's prolonged tussle with BCCI has come to an end. The dispute between the two boards has reportedly centered around the appointment of former ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat's as CSA's chief executive. The appointment is said to be one of the factors that led to the BCCI curtailing the Indian team's tour to South Africa last year.

Patel, however, denied that a patch-up with CSA, with regard to Lorgat, is in the pipeline. "As for Haroon, it is a matter between CSA and ICC," Patel said. "The BCCI has nothing to do with it and the matter wasn't even discussed."

With regard to the PCB and SLC's decision to abstain from voting, an official in Singapore stated that the Sri Lankan board wanted to understand more details of the new model of revenue distribution. SLC said it needed more time to go back and explain the details to its board members. The official said: "They wanted to understand how the financial calculations were made. The criteria in working out this model was told to them: the historical background, the main contributors to the ICC revenues, the performances of teams in the past and on this basis the (financial) scorecard was made."

PCB's issue could be related to their stance of wanting a written seal on approval of bilateral agreements, but the PCB was told that until the resolutions were ratified at the annual conference in July, no bilateral agreements could be made binding.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Kerry Packer introduced big time money in Cricket in mid 70,s and brought most of top cricketers including then isolated south Africans together. Australian board or public never showed off for making the poor mans game a semi rich sports although Australians then were among top two ranked team.

Nearly 35 years later IPL introduced huge money, which divided circket more than bringing them together. Even after loosing 10 of the 11 tests away,India has not right to be even in top 5 let alone top three. Sourth Africans as usual have choked.Australian tag of being a sports loving nation has taken a nose dive. More than 70% serious indian cricket loving public knows that it is all media and money game and not CRICKET which is bringing bad name for India.

Posted by chochotain on (February 9, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

@Rubic: In case of ICC it is actually worst than this. ICC invited select members to come up with a proposal, then made sure it gets approved and then handed over the entire organization to them. I am surprised no one in cricket circles questioning ICC president as to why he secretly asked those 3 boards to come up with a proposal to revamp ICC.

As far PAK and SL I think they should not be part of this new organization. There are a lot good and well known cricketers and cricketing authorities against this revamp in almost all the cricket playing countries including Ind. Eng, Aus. with the help of those like minded they should form new organizations/boards that represents a true international cricket organization. pretty much like they started ICL in India. if they can come up with a good financial model and FTP these big three and whoever is supporting them will have to run for their money

Posted by   on (February 9, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

Pak made right decision as there was no gaurantee to play cricket with Ind, Eng, and Aus. Pakistanis love cricket and it is in their blood so no one in the world can stop them to play. If big three can think out of the box for the destruction of cricket then Pak will play part to defend it. Some people think that IPL is successful without Pakistani players but they are wrong because with the induction of Pak players, it would be successfull more than any ICC major event. I can see the worst situation of bid three after 9 years, at that time they will be helpless. In short, I am proud to be a Pakistani. yaaay

Posted by cricketchopper on (February 9, 2014, 4:08 GMT)

Indian purchased the world cup 2011. Now their lust of winning is become to the extent of insanity. It would harm the game of cricket.

Posted by Rubic on (February 9, 2014, 1:22 GMT)

When Salt Lake city approached the Olympic committee with some "fruitful discussion" for their 2002 summer Olympics campaign..Olympic committee fired those contacted members..when Mr. Muhammad Bin Hammam had some "fruitful discussion" with some of the FIFA members for his president ship campaign..FIFA kicked him out…when BCCI approached CSA with some "fruitful discussion"..BCCI rewarded with the full control and power on ICC… Needless to say..Cricket is NOT a gentlemen game anymore…

Posted by HealthyCric on (February 9, 2014, 1:22 GMT)

God only knows what PAK and SL are thinking. They have to borrow money and are desperate to play cricket as well. Its a surprise of the century if they don't vote.

Posted by avmd on (February 8, 2014, 22:56 GMT)

Indians, for their own reasons, have succeeded in pushing Pakistan against the wall in world cricket. The only way for Pakistan to rise from the situation is by improving the team, making desperate improvement in their domestic structure, even with all the limitations they have. When Pakistan performs well and wins matches, its a very attractive team, financially ( which is the most important factor now ) and I'm sure many countries, would love to have them play bilateral series.

Posted by vish2020 on (February 8, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

BCCI should not play any games with SLC AND pak except in trophy events. I am so tired of these boards and their fans. They used BCCI's revenue money for their things and don't stand with them

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 8, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

While I am extremely concerned about world cricket, I am not overly pessimistic or distraught at its impending demise. Cricket will live on albeit in a strange way. The ICC will clearly be a different group in the coming years with the Big 3 dominating. However, as long as they honour their promises to those who stood by them, I think things will settle down with time. Obviously the BCCI has a huge lust for IPL/CLT20 and think those tournaments need to be given even more breathing space in the international calender. Otherwise, why would they need to scrape the current FTP ? Hint, hint. We could see a lot more exhibition T20 games between IPL teams or other T20 teams from other countries from time to time. So this is all about churning in more money. Cricket is like a stock market now, buying and selling for the highest amount.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

pcb lost a golden chance and rameez raja was the only person who understood the proposal better

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (February 8, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Where are my Saffa buddies? Told you CSA would fold. They had to! Not only don't they have a spine, it's their only means of survival. Laughable to see arguably the best cricket side, with a big population and the best economy in Africa, being relegated to a nobody in the game! Who's to blame? The UCB&early CSA! I wouldn't be surprised to see those bilateral agreements only being effective on condition that Lorgat is absent or chucked out.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

beginning of the end of Cricket as we know it.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

India!!!!! Haters gonna hate!!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 8, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

This is naked doublespeak of the highest order "It was nice to see that they (CSA) have realised the need to support the proposal and the BCCI had no role to play in their so-called change of stance," Patel said. But he immediately says "The BCCI and CSA had fruitful discussions and have almost reached bilateral agreements in the next cycle."

Those "fruitful discussions' had nothing to do with CSA's change of stance? Really. Do you truly expect ANYONE to believe that? Mr Patel is clearly identifiable as being factually creative - his lips were moving.

Posted by spellbinder76 on (February 8, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf did not have a mandate from his own government. Abstaining to vote does not mean PCB cease to exist in ICC. A decision had been made and all ICC playing countries are binding to the new resolution. India may not play against Pakistan any bilateral series, but even if Pakistan have supported India any assurance by BCCI means nothing as the Government of India would not give NOC for players to visit Pakistan or a Pakistani team to visit India.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

I think when things get BORED,it will return to its original form.For a time being it seems a gloom and doom for the Cricket world but isn't it all depending on us the''spectators''.See for how long EVIL prevails.Every bad things carries in itself a good lesson to be learnt.Let this current situation reveal the true color of tthe current changes.Till then enjoy what the Cricket world is offering.

Posted by aamer21 on (February 8, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

With these changes being approved some things are a certainty....India has monopoly and what little "democracy" was there in ICC is now null and void. As a result India will play most of its series at home hence improving their (false) ranking. Most of the international events will also be held in India resulting in India winning these trophies more often than not, seeing that they are home flat track bullies. Now if any true Indian cricket fan says that they are proud to be Indian because of these facts than shame on you!! No sport is favoured that heavily in one country's favour and if it is then the purpose of competition is dead that sport isn't sport anymore. That is now the case with cricket and it's a shame that the passion of millions of people around the world has been manipulated like so. I really hope that somehow the Indian board gets bankrupted and they aren't able to show their faces in cricket admin anymore.Heartfelt prayer of someone who lives and breathes cricket!

Posted by jsaeed on (February 8, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

@ashuhatesyou... enjoy the feeling becoz it wont last long if u love cricket as well..... n if u dont then kudos :)

Posted by WheresTheEmpire on (February 8, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

A sad day for cricket. To paraphrase Churchill: if you choose shame over war in dealing with a bully you will eventually have both.

At least the PCB and SLC have shown that being a cricket administrator and having a backbone are not always mutually exclusive.

Posted by ishtiaque786 on (February 8, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

ICC change your name to BCCI, and give them all the power. When it comes to South Africa never trust them ever again. Shame on ICC and shame on every one who sold out game of cricket for the financial benefit.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 12:25 GMT)

Good Bye Cricket :-( ....!!!!!

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (February 8, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

India simply can't compete with Proteas! They confirmed that month ago. No need of another Boooooooooring series.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

Bye Bye Cricket .. now see the monopoly every1 ..

Posted by Super_Eyes on (February 8, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

This was on the cards.Welldone Cricket South Africa.You did the right thing.That is what Pakistan cricket board should have done.They should have accepted those lollypop offers.Everyone knew that whatever the stane we were taking is useless.It was only the matter of time.This proposal was gona be approved ultimately. And I dont know why so many people are disgusted with big three.They were already controlling this game behind the doors, Now they will do it officially.That is the only difference that I find in pre and post Big Three era.Nothing is gonna change in cricket.India will remain a top ranked team despite of loosing that much, And we will keep complaining about this ranking system.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (February 8, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

yes, two tier system atleast allow ireland and afghanistan to play against zimbabwe and bangladesh. Test match fund should have given to these team. Why for 5 teams in top 8? They get money from icc! Atleast 2 new test team could have added, if two tier accepted.

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (February 8, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

What i expecting was 1. 2nd tier system with teams zimbabwe, bangladesh, ireland and afghanistan. 2. Test match development fund to these 2nd tier system to host matches, 5 day test matches between them. 3. Winner of these could play against lowest ranked top 8 (mandatery). 4. Any team which wants test matches against 2nd tier team should be allowed to play.

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (February 8, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

No thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by IndianEagle on (February 8, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

i was expecting two tier system bcz zimbabwe and bangladesh are not a good team to play against top 8 in test matches. Afgan, ireland, bang and zim should be in 2nd tier and must play 5 day test matches themselves and let top 8 to choose whom they wanted to play in 2nd tier.

Posted by ashuhatesyou on (February 8, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

Feeling proud being an Indian!

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