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'SLC happy with ICC resolutions' - Ranatunga

Andrew Fidel Fernando

February 11, 2014

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Jayantha Dharmadasa after being appointed SLC president, Colombo, April 16, 2013
File photo: SLC president Jayantha Dharmadasa had questioned the legality of the proposed ICC revamp before the board meeting in Singapore last week © AFP

Sri Lanka Cricket's concerns about the ICC revamp were largely allayed by the second set of revisions to the position paper proposals in Singapore, SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has said. The board has not yet endorsed Saturday's ICC decision to forge ahead with the revamp, but it is now expected to fall in line with the majority at the ICC, though the board was among the position paper's fiercest opponents before the vote.

Ranatunga told ESPNcricinfo the revised proposals did not amount to a major threat to SLC's power at the ICC table, one day after he had told Ceylon Today the board would need to launch "a damage-control exercise". SLC and PCB had been the two abstentions at Saturday's meeting.

"Our objective was to try not to lose what we have gained as a Test-playing nation," Ranatunga said. "If you look at the revised documents that they have tabled, most of the things have been cleared.

"If you look at the first paper, they only wanted the ICC chairmanship to be rotated amongst the three countries. They have taken that off. Then they were talking about three committees and for them to be chairing those. That has been taken out.

"Only for the first term they will chair those committees due to the time constraints and the TV matter. But after that the process is the board will select who will chair those committees. The things that we were supposed to lose as a country - certain benefits to the board, like serving in those committees and to be a chairman - all that will remain."

While some proposals on governance were softened in the revisions, the position paper's delineation of ICC revenue redistributions based on each nation's "contribution costs" has not changed. SLC is believed to have been accorded 0.1% of the ICC's revenue under the new system - a figure Ranatunga said is palatable, despite SLC's previous consternations.

"The other concern that we had was with regard to the funding table. That was quite clearly explained to the team that went from Sri Lanka, and we were quite ok with that."

The second set of revisions has not yet been publicly seen, but SLC's stance appears to have changed considerably since the Singapore meeting in which these changes were unveiled. In the week prior to that meeting, a meeting of SLC's members, past cricketers and administrators had unanimously opposed the proposals, before board president Jayantha Dharmadasa questioned the legality of the proposals in a letter to ICC's lawyers.

An executive committee meeting will determine SLC's final stance on the revamp. That meeting will be called when the board receives the finalised resolutions from the ICC, CEO Ashley de Silva said.

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

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Posted by Malij on (February 12, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

Nishantha Ranatunga does not have the straight forwardness & backbone his elder brother Arjuna has.

Posted by SNUBB on (February 12, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

The big 3 thing in the long run will harm the cricket and is against the spirit of ICC. Even though SLC and PCB stood firm but they were in the end at the losing end as all the other ICC members agreed on the proposal. After few years when most of the ICC members will suffer other than the BIG 3 the revolt will start.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

sl sport minister said that they do really big part to vote against the draft and he say of them are cannot relesed to media also!!!

Posted by randikaayya on (February 12, 2014, 4:42 GMT)

SLC have safeguarded the wider interest of the cricketing public atleast to a much greater extent than all the other countries except Pakistan. Softening of the stipulations wouldn't have happened if they didn't voice their concerns unlike the rest of band-wagoners. having achieved atleast a part of what it set out to achieve its perfectly reasonable for them to re-integrate and go about business as usual. Indian courts may save the Indian cricket interest from the BCCI but i wonder who can save the ICC now

Posted by stonk on (February 12, 2014, 3:03 GMT)

Ranatuba's don't run Sri Lanka Cricket and this is not the captain of the 1996 world cup winning team. Shame if SLC backtracks from their original position like CSA did The PCB even under new management will hold their position. SLC is running scared of Srinivasan and the BCCI. It is too late to mend fences now. The wrath of Srinivasan will have to be met head on.

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 11, 2014, 21:36 GMT)

@VajiraR: Don't let your jealousies get in the way of REALITY. Enjoy the upcoming cricket, esp the Asia Cup and the World T20 which will be held in India according to your logic. Just like the last World T20 was also held in India, right?

Oh wait....

Posted by gahapanmachan on (February 11, 2014, 20:20 GMT)

SL did the right thing by resisting against bullying in the game, something the power players couldn't do. Obviously SL is a small player and was not going to win but help make few changes.

Cricket will move on and if SL keep developing the way it did since entering test arena, many others will be chasing them to play cricket in their turfs. Time will tell who the loser in this saga is.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2014, 20:14 GMT)

This is where I very seriously miss Mr. Tony Graig's voice... He is a beacon of Truth and Justice in the Cricketing World. SLC should not have dont it. I really appreciate PCB's stance!

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (February 11, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

One by one, they have all come down from the high moral ground, to the extremely, extremely low, low ground of ... business and money.

Posted by Straight666 on (February 11, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

I been reading a lot PCB and SLC standing on moral ground and ethic. It's pretty simple they were just looking for own interests from the get go just like every other board. Just because they were disagreeing with India, doesn't make moral or ethic stand.

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