Sri Lanka news January 23, 2014

SLC wants ICC to postpone discussion on draft proposal

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Sri Lanka Cricket will ask the ICC to postpone the discussion on the draft proposals put forward by a working group of the Finance & Commercial Affairs committee, an official SLC release has said. SLC has avoided offering a definitive stance on the proposals, but has suggested it is resistant to their implementation, as it would result in a significant loss of the board's influence on the global governance of the game. The position paper is set to be discussed at the ICC meeting on January 28 and 29.

"The executive committee agreed to write to the president of the International Cricket Council and inform them the unanimous view of the executive committee of Sri Lanka Cricket is that the said position paper needs to be deferred and reconsidered on a future date," the statement said. "The executive committee further decided to discuss with the general membership of SLC too, at a future date."

In addition to the release, SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said the executive committee had largely been wary of the proposals and their implications. "We feel that Sri Lanka has earned certain things at an administrative level through Sri Lanka's performance over a long time. We will explain to the ICC about the things that affect Sri Lankan cricket, which we are not supportive of."

Ranatunga also said SLC had not been in close contact with any other boards, and that Sri Lanka was unlikely to enter into a union but will, instead, present its "honest and independent" view to the ICC. CSA have so far come out in strong opposition to the proposals, with the other possibly affected boards yet to take concrete stands.

SLC's treacherous financial position leaves the board particularly vulnerable to any outcome that will hamper revenues in the short term, but the board's response thus far indicates they are also concerned about the long-term implications of adopting the F&CA committee's working group proposals. The scheduled home series against India in 2017 is the centrepiece of the board's broadcast deal with Ten Sports, and any threat to that tour will have substantial impact on the board's finances.

The proposal does contain some incentive for SLC. The proposed Test match fund, set aside to support nations where Tests are less financially viable, is a potential boon. In 2013 alone, seven Tests were either moved or postponed from Sri Lanka's itinerary, though several of these removals had more to do with the fiscal position of foreign boards with whom a bilateral series had been scheduled.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on January 27, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    The 80% of total cricket revenue generated by India (or Indians rather), is that solely from Dulip and Ranji Trophies? or is it a combination of revenue from IPL, which is so big because of participation by the best cricketers from AROUND THE WORLD, the games that India play with other countries ESPECIALLY VS PAKISTAN but also Sri Lanka (CWC Final) and South Africa (not just Aus or England) and also by Indians who would watch games between other countries as well? Do you think if Only India, Aus and England just played each other, there will be as much revenue? NO. Also ICC governance is already sketchy enough that it actually needs to be more transparent not less, and while India should get more money, There is no reason to give complete executive control to these three countries. Not India with a BCCI president who was only recently investigated for corruption, not a country that failed to even make the Semis in the last world cup, or one that can't win 1 test in a 5 match series

  • Real_Champs on January 26, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    what the BIG3 are going to do is they are going to make cricket a la football.. 3 leagues IPL, BigBash and English County... and they want complete windows for these leagues and they will reduce International cricket plus they will make sure no other country will be able to compete them i.e. not give them a window another question can be, why BCCI needs other albeit IPL is the biggest one.. the answer is they know only ECB , Cricket Australia and RSA can oppose them and they got a two-third majority and left RSA.. indeed its RSA that is most dejected because the other boards are spineless

  • yorkslanka on January 25, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    cont..and personally i dont care about the money..my main reason for me opposing the idea of this "proposal" is the death of cricket outside the top tier and the power base of cricket being turned into a dictatorship..

  • yorkslanka on January 25, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    @Raj Kumar - why do you and certain other fans think that this is due to the indian players? 80% of the income comes from the tv sponsorship deals and this will continue irrespective of whether india is involved or not..true cricket fans would want to watch the cricket all the ime not just when their team is involved..

  • Atish_Man on January 25, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    @Wasif minhas and Asim ashraf I agree with u guys. I m an indian and dont care how much bcci gets. They can take their share. But they should not try to grab power. Also there should b a strong ftp. Current ftp is useless. They can take 21%. But should play matches with pakistan. That can help pak financially. Last ind vs pak series in dec 2012 fetched 30 millions from 3 odi and 2 T20 matches.

  • on January 25, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    I dont think there is any negotiation over these proposals. They will go through with some "amendments" to ensure other boards dont lose their face. But I dont see this being put off at all.

  • rickp15 on January 24, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    Continuation: The current ICC TV contract is based solely on the Big 3 and especially India's participation in order to maintain current or future revenue. So the rest would continue too lose money like they do today. So for how long can these Boards continue to lose money? The other boards need the big 3 more then the other way around and the Big 3 know that. Watch how the others will come into line. The Big 3 can survive on the own with them just playing each other and running IPL/Big Bash Etc if need be and probably make more revenue. 80% of ICC revenue today is because of India. … Lesson here is never bite the hand that feeds you.

  • zetakha on January 24, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    Well this will be death of cricket. Cricket becomes popular only after the emergence of nations like south africa, pakistan and srilanka. without them there will be no cricket icc will be limited to these aus, eng and India. Revenue will be decreased as well.

  • FigNewton on January 24, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    I think rest of the nations has to show some resolve. This power grab need to stopped. I think seven financially handicapped nation starts to think about an alternate to ICC if it becomes a rubberstamp to BCCI/CA/ECB Axis Power (remember WWII).

  • on January 24, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Few guys from India have a point that if a board is bringing most of the money then they should be able to get the revenues accordingly. Fellows its not a matter of money only, its about power and decision making. If India brings in more money, it can take the due share and i think at the moment they are enjoying a handful of bounties at ICC but decision making and ftp should be in hands of an independent governing body which is free from any influences from member boards. All boards have plans like SLC is looking forward to the broadcast deals in 2017, likewise other countries do plan accordingly, if we give powers to 3 boards and they would cancel any bilateral series at any point in time then it will have serious financial implications on other boards and ultimately they won't have enough money to run their affairs.

  • on January 27, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    The 80% of total cricket revenue generated by India (or Indians rather), is that solely from Dulip and Ranji Trophies? or is it a combination of revenue from IPL, which is so big because of participation by the best cricketers from AROUND THE WORLD, the games that India play with other countries ESPECIALLY VS PAKISTAN but also Sri Lanka (CWC Final) and South Africa (not just Aus or England) and also by Indians who would watch games between other countries as well? Do you think if Only India, Aus and England just played each other, there will be as much revenue? NO. Also ICC governance is already sketchy enough that it actually needs to be more transparent not less, and while India should get more money, There is no reason to give complete executive control to these three countries. Not India with a BCCI president who was only recently investigated for corruption, not a country that failed to even make the Semis in the last world cup, or one that can't win 1 test in a 5 match series

  • Real_Champs on January 26, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    what the BIG3 are going to do is they are going to make cricket a la football.. 3 leagues IPL, BigBash and English County... and they want complete windows for these leagues and they will reduce International cricket plus they will make sure no other country will be able to compete them i.e. not give them a window another question can be, why BCCI needs other albeit IPL is the biggest one.. the answer is they know only ECB , Cricket Australia and RSA can oppose them and they got a two-third majority and left RSA.. indeed its RSA that is most dejected because the other boards are spineless

  • yorkslanka on January 25, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    cont..and personally i dont care about the money..my main reason for me opposing the idea of this "proposal" is the death of cricket outside the top tier and the power base of cricket being turned into a dictatorship..

  • yorkslanka on January 25, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    @Raj Kumar - why do you and certain other fans think that this is due to the indian players? 80% of the income comes from the tv sponsorship deals and this will continue irrespective of whether india is involved or not..true cricket fans would want to watch the cricket all the ime not just when their team is involved..

  • Atish_Man on January 25, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    @Wasif minhas and Asim ashraf I agree with u guys. I m an indian and dont care how much bcci gets. They can take their share. But they should not try to grab power. Also there should b a strong ftp. Current ftp is useless. They can take 21%. But should play matches with pakistan. That can help pak financially. Last ind vs pak series in dec 2012 fetched 30 millions from 3 odi and 2 T20 matches.

  • on January 25, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    I dont think there is any negotiation over these proposals. They will go through with some "amendments" to ensure other boards dont lose their face. But I dont see this being put off at all.

  • rickp15 on January 24, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    Continuation: The current ICC TV contract is based solely on the Big 3 and especially India's participation in order to maintain current or future revenue. So the rest would continue too lose money like they do today. So for how long can these Boards continue to lose money? The other boards need the big 3 more then the other way around and the Big 3 know that. Watch how the others will come into line. The Big 3 can survive on the own with them just playing each other and running IPL/Big Bash Etc if need be and probably make more revenue. 80% of ICC revenue today is because of India. … Lesson here is never bite the hand that feeds you.

  • zetakha on January 24, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    Well this will be death of cricket. Cricket becomes popular only after the emergence of nations like south africa, pakistan and srilanka. without them there will be no cricket icc will be limited to these aus, eng and India. Revenue will be decreased as well.

  • FigNewton on January 24, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    I think rest of the nations has to show some resolve. This power grab need to stopped. I think seven financially handicapped nation starts to think about an alternate to ICC if it becomes a rubberstamp to BCCI/CA/ECB Axis Power (remember WWII).

  • on January 24, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Few guys from India have a point that if a board is bringing most of the money then they should be able to get the revenues accordingly. Fellows its not a matter of money only, its about power and decision making. If India brings in more money, it can take the due share and i think at the moment they are enjoying a handful of bounties at ICC but decision making and ftp should be in hands of an independent governing body which is free from any influences from member boards. All boards have plans like SLC is looking forward to the broadcast deals in 2017, likewise other countries do plan accordingly, if we give powers to 3 boards and they would cancel any bilateral series at any point in time then it will have serious financial implications on other boards and ultimately they won't have enough money to run their affairs.

  • on January 24, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Mr. Raj Kumar ! If it was just about financial distribution, I am sure nobody would have raised any concerns. If india generates the most, they surely have right to take the most BUT this whole idea of decision making power to "big 3" just because they contribute the most financially is UTTER NON-SENSE. And adding to everybody's misery, these so called "big 3" are demanding immunity from demotion/relegation under proposed two tier test system no matter how poorly they perform just because they generate most revenues. What a disgrace!

  • UnlimitedLFB on January 24, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Personally I have no problem with finance distribution model changing; the problem is the relegation clause in the document. If the BCCI are scared that their players are not good enough to contest in a level field they must just say so that's all

  • on January 24, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    To all who are against the proposal. Let's say you work hard and bringing in 80% of the business but ur paid just as others. How would you feel? Would you share ur pay with others? How many of you will honestly help others ? This how the entire world works in any matter and will work.

  • CricketPissek on January 24, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    once SLC finally makes a decision, it will be a real make or break one for the fans. SLC can seriously alienate a lot of fans by bowing down to the 'big three' (i.e. India and the founders). It will be a sad day indeed if it happens.

  • ksquared on January 24, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Well SLC if you can't make up your mind maybe the players should do it for you. I'm still hoping that we still have players holding a banner for Sri Lanka cricket as well as world cricket instead of $ signs emanating from the BCCI. Over to you Sanga, Mahela, Mathews and co.

  • Atish_Man on January 24, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    @ aussie 1993 no need to shout mate. World knows what mankind aus have shown all over these years.

  • yorkslanka on January 24, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    @lion96- I fully agree with you..hopefully our board will see past the $ signs in their eyes and think of what is best for our country rather than their wallets. Do not agree to the proposal never mind postpone the discussion. Cone on SLC, show some backbone...

  • on January 24, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    if it was just revenue then it was ok. who generates more should get more. but its the powers they want. and history tells what demands they can make later on. drs or ftp. even they can push a board for appointing a top official of its own choice. other decisions to suit them. plus what guarantee is there that they will play others more if they have not played with little boards for many years in the past. BD is prime example.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    @aussie1993: Let's stick to cricket shall we ? My friend, Australia is far from perfect as a nation. I have several examples to showcase the dark side of Australia but this is a cricket site and let's all act with maturity.

  • GlobalCricketLover on January 24, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    I wish we had Arjuna Ranatunga as the SLC leader at this stage. he would have kicked BCCI's proposal publicly...as a genuine cricket fan from India that is what I would like to see all other boards to do... I hope WI doesn't yield for a few pennies thrown at them (like how NZ appears to be on this topic)

  • Udendra on January 24, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    In my opinion this is pretty "spineless". You either support, not support or want it amended. By requesting for time, what do they mean?

  • tatactg on January 24, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    @Vish2020 "Last year's ICC revenue was $1500 million of which India brought in $1200 million" Get your facts right - that $1500 million is 7 years tv rights (2008-2015) money and who told you india brought 80% of that ($1200 mil)?these are just false claims made by Srinivasan - if the other countries didn't play india how many pennies india would have generated?

  • on January 24, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    @vish2020 What can India alone do mate? Even if there are Australia and England? They will play each other and that's all. But there are 103 more cricketing nations, mind it. China started well in cricket and Russia affiliated with cricket in 2012, USA doing good though. They need some time, but will be more stronger that India and its trio allies. But, this kind of divisions will not be a good solution. To develop cricket globally, it needs to be spread widely with the equal value to each member nations. So, ICC and India should re-consider on this 'proposal' for the good shake of cricket.

  • on January 24, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Vish2020 BCCI made 1200 from cricket for ICC! BCCI didn't make cricket! That's the point you're missing! Legendary cricketers from around the world have made cricket what it is! We can't hand over that in a platter for your $1200 million! Can you afford to pay millions to Indian cricketers in an IPL that doesn't have a single international star!

  • aussie1993 on January 24, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    @vish 2020 india is one of the country with highest poverty rate and all are mad about cricket do u know australia is one of the top developed countries in world and india is no way near it we dont spent money on cricket but on education and health for betterment of mankind

  • on January 24, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    All the progress Cricket has made in recent years will be washed away due to the greed of some shady people within the Indian board. Instead of trying to make Cricket into a global sport like soccer, we seem to be heading Basketball or the American football way.

  • on January 24, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    @Vijay - It really depends. When you play for your country, you play for prestige and pride. When you play for the club, its for money. But if their boards do ban then from playing cricket - how long do you think they can survive. While money spinning, IPL is a 6 week affair. If they don't get any cricket other than those 6 weeks, how much ever good they are, they will wither away and be lost. How long Hayden was able to play IPL after retirement? Warne? Gilchrist? Only players who continue to play active cricket tend to survive in IPL also.

  • Lion_96 on January 24, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    As a SL fan, I don't think SLC will oppose the big 3. They are incompetent in their own affairs and are always the Yes men for the BCCI, playing India almost every other week since 2008. They even shortened England's tour of SL in 2012, just so that our players would not miss a days action in IPL. My hopes are with CSA & PCB. SLC are just hopeless and spineless wih such a nothing response of 'deferring the proposals'.

  • Asmax on January 24, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    A Question for Big 3 supporters ; If a wealthy guy driving his sports car in expensive outfit, branded bat, gloves, pads wants to play by his rules "assumed captain" how many of you will put up with him and how long ? other players who can barely afford a pair of shoes but can play twice as better than this spoil fellow, as a cricket lover who will like to watch!!!! What BCCI has done in near past is to make sure all boards one way or another become their dependent and this is how much far they reached now they are using their power to assume the character of this wealthy sports car guy.. As a spectator we are decided what we want to watch... it's up to the boards to decide now. India produced some of great players over the years and their fans are awesome but BCCI is a big ?? for the game of cricket.

  • kentjones on January 23, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    Come on you Boards of SL, NZ, WI, PK, BG, ZB, kick this crazy idea out and put it in the bin where it belongs.

  • on January 23, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    Seeing comments from some people like vish2020 reminds me the story of Duck which laid Golden Eggs. Indian board and people think that ICC is that Duck. Now they need all the eggs that are inside that duck. You know the outcome. There was no duck and no golden eggs at the end. The team who is not dare enough to play outside their own country just because they are substandard when the wicket is not custom build (Look at the games they are playing against NZ and look at their last 1 year's stats) is shouting for the money without considering the contribution from the great players like Gayle, Peterson, Bravo, Steyn, Sakib and so many others. This shows their disrespect to Cricket and other cricket playing nations.

  • i-s-r-a-r on January 23, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    Postpone this proposal? Is it me or does it sound like SLC is just simply trying to buy more time to get a more lucrative back door deal from BCCI regarding their future under the new world order?

  • on January 23, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    if BCCI wants to go out of ICC, let it go out. I hate to see all the control going to 3 selective boards. It is a crazy proposal

  • mzm149 on January 23, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    I read somewhere "It is understood that New Zealand, the West Indies, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe are likely to side with the Big Three for their own good. " If that is true then cricket is doomed.

  • yorkslanka on January 23, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    @insidehedge- it was the bcci who has threatened to not take part in icc eventsif it doesnt get its own way so "who" is choosing not play? A lot of people share the view ( and i agree with them ) that the rest of the world does not respond well to tantrums and bullying threats..yes if the other countries choose to form a separate group,they will be worse off but only arrogance would lead to the idea that it would all collapse and people from the respective countries would suddenly stop watching cricket beacuse india is not involved..

  • Kirk_Levin on January 23, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    vish2020. importance of india, what a joke. india has the 2nd largest population in the world, most of whom are cricket mad. thus it allows india to rake in large sums of money. but that's where it ends. as an kiwi, i mostly watch our team and the aussies. never watched india and don't really care them either. only indian fans follow their team. so, do us a favor and leave. you won't be missed. most of your players are nothing special anyway mate.

  • on January 23, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Will a top cricketer like Pietersen or Dale play for free or for money. They can play for their nation for free or play in IPL for multi million dollar contract. What will you do if you are in their position??

  • on January 23, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    To my fellow Indians who suggest that BCCI will use the extra money for the betterment of smaller cricket boards. Wake up!!! BCCI has enough money with IPL and other broadcasting rights. Do you think they are using it for the betterment of lower level cricket in India. If they are not doing it now then why would they do that when they get extra money. And you suggesting it will not be financially not feasible to leave out Ind, Aus and Eng. It will not be at first. But if they do survive two years trust me finances will become better. And I know we are suggesting we will live by playing cricket internally only. We already play Ranji, Duleep trophy etc. Have you ever seen how much revenue that generates. The major reason for success in IPL is foreign players. If they ban their player from participating in IPL what will happen? Without Gayle, Pollock, Bravo, Steyn, Naren - will you still watch it? I may not. THis proposal is not good for world and Indian cricket and I oppose it.

  • Blade-Runner on January 23, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    @InsideHedge ; Its not about playing India or not. Its about all these horrendous demands the BCCI makes. People don't have any strong opinions on revenue distribution proposals. We oppose other hidden agendas they are trying to implement in the name of financial benefits such as the big (not in cricketing sense) three are trying to get executive powers at the ICC, exemptions from relegation, India's demand to host an ICC event every 2 years, cancellation of FTP which will lead to a deprivation of cricket in countries like Bangladesh n Zim. All we want is to have a level-playing field which is not dictated by financial powers.

  • on January 23, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    I am an Indian and huge fan of our cricket team. But my support for BCCI has been issue based and I have totally started hating it now. I have always thought the Big 5 in UN bully the small countries and hoped for the day India will gain Veto where it can help the smaller nation. I am not sure of that anymore, by the way BCCI is run.

    If this gets pushed through and an alternate 7 member cricket council is formed, I would rather watch matches between those than India's at least as a point to support them. We cannot just bully our way for more revenue, more power and control.

  • vish2020 on January 23, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Last year's ICC revenue was $1500 million of which India brought in $1200 million. Please, you non thinkers who want to play cricket without India, go ahead and make your own ICC. let's see how long it will last.. have a go at it. I as an indian, really hope you all will do it so u know the importance of India.

  • HatersAreOrdinary on January 23, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    i agree with naveed khan. there fan will get bored watching them play each other all the time. no world cup and their revenue will come crushing. they dont even have their fan backings now. only the people running those boards are responsible for this heinous act.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    gd point to make it postpond...bt srilankans fans need more action sir..

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    correct the word "postpone" sir

  • InsideHedge on January 23, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Once again, people with enormous ignorance suggest that NOT playing India will benefit Sri Lanka. Read the article carefully, the draft will benefit SL's Test programme which as it stands currently is on the verge of a meltdown.

    SL has cancelled an alarming number of Tests in favour of forgettable trinagular ODI tourneys. They will see no more of the Muralis, Sangakkarras and Mahelas putting in world class Test performances if things continue as they are.

    SL's response is quite mature in fact. Clearly, they feel they should have a bigger say in cricket's affairs and the fact that they're taking a long term view shows courage.

    The draft as it stands needs adjustment. Whether ppl like it or not, there will be changes. The current method of running cricket doesn't work. Truth is there are not enough ppl around the world who want to watch the game. That's the REALITY.

  • sonu77 on January 23, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Please Mr.Ranatunga, save this beautiful game from this disastrous proposals! if you contribute to cancel this proposal, you will be a hero for whole cricketing world!!! Please put this great game of cricket ahead of BCCI's money power. thanks.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    ICC should be left to top 3 and the rest should disassociate and form a parallel organization. Let the three play with each other for ever. If they are blackmailing now, what would they do in future, ask for "Ransom".

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    postpone will not solve matter. it will give more time to blackmail or bargain. this statement by SL means they are open to it, just want to grab more.

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    BCB should talk with Srilanka cricket board and South Africa Cricket board and for their support..

  • jinath on January 23, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Well done SLC .. Showing backbone to big3... Really super

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  • jinath on January 23, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Well done SLC .. Showing backbone to big3... Really super

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    BCB should talk with Srilanka cricket board and South Africa Cricket board and for their support..

  • on January 23, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    postpone will not solve matter. it will give more time to blackmail or bargain. this statement by SL means they are open to it, just want to grab more.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    ICC should be left to top 3 and the rest should disassociate and form a parallel organization. Let the three play with each other for ever. If they are blackmailing now, what would they do in future, ask for "Ransom".

  • sonu77 on January 23, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Please Mr.Ranatunga, save this beautiful game from this disastrous proposals! if you contribute to cancel this proposal, you will be a hero for whole cricketing world!!! Please put this great game of cricket ahead of BCCI's money power. thanks.

  • InsideHedge on January 23, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Once again, people with enormous ignorance suggest that NOT playing India will benefit Sri Lanka. Read the article carefully, the draft will benefit SL's Test programme which as it stands currently is on the verge of a meltdown.

    SL has cancelled an alarming number of Tests in favour of forgettable trinagular ODI tourneys. They will see no more of the Muralis, Sangakkarras and Mahelas putting in world class Test performances if things continue as they are.

    SL's response is quite mature in fact. Clearly, they feel they should have a bigger say in cricket's affairs and the fact that they're taking a long term view shows courage.

    The draft as it stands needs adjustment. Whether ppl like it or not, there will be changes. The current method of running cricket doesn't work. Truth is there are not enough ppl around the world who want to watch the game. That's the REALITY.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    correct the word "postpone" sir

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    gd point to make it postpond...bt srilankans fans need more action sir..

  • HatersAreOrdinary on January 23, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    i agree with naveed khan. there fan will get bored watching them play each other all the time. no world cup and their revenue will come crushing. they dont even have their fan backings now. only the people running those boards are responsible for this heinous act.

  • vish2020 on January 23, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Last year's ICC revenue was $1500 million of which India brought in $1200 million. Please, you non thinkers who want to play cricket without India, go ahead and make your own ICC. let's see how long it will last.. have a go at it. I as an indian, really hope you all will do it so u know the importance of India.