Sri Lanka news February 18, 2014

'Unanimous' SLC backs ICC revamp

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Sri Lanka Cricket's Executive Committee has made a unanimous decision to support the governance, finance and FTP changes in the ICC, which were proposed by the BCCI, ECB and CA, at its meeting on February 17. SLC had refrained from voting on the revised proposals at the ICC Board meeting in Singapore, saying it needed more time to discuss them.

"The Executive Committee met today at SLC headquarters to converse regarding the revised resolutions forwarded by the ICC at the ICC Board meeting held on February 8 in Singapore," the SLC said. "Subsequent to the committee members assessing the revised resolutions in detail, all members were satisfied with the amendments made in the areas of governance and competition models and thus unanimously decided to support the paper."

There had been fears that Sri Lanka might get isolated by India, England and Australia because they did not support the proposals straightaway in Singapore, but SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga allayed them.

"Since we have been very clear and precise in our communications they are respecting us," Ranatunga said. "They all respect our views and we have a better understanding among each other."

Ranatunga said that once the proposals were passed at the ICC's annual meeting in June there will be no FTP and only bilateral agreements between countries. "So we need to understand the importance of having tours with India, England and Australia."

He said that for the next seven years Sri Lanka were due to get an income of $60 million from bilateral tours, and out of this figure, one Indian tour for one month would bring $28m, one England tour $12m and one Australian tour $7-8m.

"When you calculate, a series with these three countries will bring us a revenue of $47-48m. If we are going to object to their proposals our cricket is going to suffer," Ranatunga said. "People who talk about principles and all that will not give us the money. We have to make our money from these tours.

"When any other country comes for a full tour we bear the same cost to host them but the returns are very small compared to the other three countries."

India is due to tour Sri Lanka in 2017 amd Ranatunga was hopeful that the FTP drawn up till 2018 will not be affected.

"SLC is confident that they can go ahead with the tours they have planned so far. We are in the process of negotiating for more tours with other countries."

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  • sysubrceq0 on February 19, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    @saintsinister: "Without playing at home we still have a waaayyy better record outside." - can you explain how many series you won or draw in last two decades outside subcontinent? CT13 - PAK not able to win a single game - great record and IND won all the matches it played including warmups - bad record?

  • John_Geo on February 19, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    If you can't kill the devil - join him.

  • Ozizim on February 19, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    No need to blame any Board. Facts are simple. These 3 generate the most funds, so befriend them. I like the narrative here, sympathizers will not give you the money, accept the reality that these 3 are the source of money, deal with that, and let later decide on moral grounds. As for Pak, in spite of their objection, they will also tow the line. Why? Because India know that those matches will generate huge interest/advert monies, as will PCB.

  • bijja on February 19, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    While most fans have accepted the reality of the ICC revamp and the stand taken by the 2 boards that abstained from voting at the Singapore meeting, we still have the vituperative critics of Sri Lanka Cricket making their usual sanctimonious pronouncements. Has anyone actually read these proposed changes? Please do not let paranoia overtake your emotions.

  • Blueangle on February 19, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    OK Guys! 8 nations already agreed on revamp and Pak/ SL opposition is not gonna make any difference now. It might help SL if they get along B(G)3. As for as Pakistan is concerned, vote for or vote against is not gonna make any difference because Pakistan was already isolated and will be like this for a while due to political and non-political reasons. We were getting a series here, a series there and probably we still be getting a series here and a series there. This could have some impact on our ranking but not on the quality and brand of the cricket we play. ANYONE who thinks that this is the end of Pakistan cricket is living in fools paradise. Akram, Inzi, Waqar, Amir, Saeed Anwar , these guys were not a product of a system or academy or coaching. They were just street kids, good enough to play at highest level and you will see many more in coming years. For us, Cricket is not just a game, its our second religion and people dont leave their religion for money..............

  • fzsTrio on February 19, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    So, Mr. Ranatunga! you claimed that the Big Three respect and understand your position. Wait till they dictate their terms and you disassociate SLC

  • siddharth_WC2011 on February 19, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    After reading comments from passionate fans, I feel we are all being very naive. Sport administration is a business and I am pretty sure that all the boards were just waiting to have negotiations and better deals for themselves. Secondly, how many of us have gone through the proposed changes and understand the economics of these decisions ? Its business guys, don't fool yourself with what the media projects it to be. And lastly, cricket will still be played on the playgrounds between teams/actual players. I don't think that is changing. So lets not be a drama queen and say that it is end of gentleman's game. There are not facts that point to the demise of the actual game. So chill and enjoy the game.

  • kc69 on February 18, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    This was bound to happen after IPL auctions now its time to see how long PCB will stay on the other side.But one thing is that whatever is happening its not good for the game of cricket.

  • SanjivAwesome on February 18, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Lots of posts here are confusing the Game with Business. The Game still needs the Akrams and Guls. It will be richer for it. I am an India fan. I have always enjoyed the great Pakistan players - so many of them have been far superior to anything we had! The Business still needs the Big3 to grow the viability of all Boards because some individual Board's need help, to nurture their local Game.

  • on February 18, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    I agree with you Magesh. However, the difficulty is, one doesn't know how the big 3 are going to change tactics in the later years. The revenue sharing and tours will be so much controlled by the 3 and one doesn't want the other 7 test playing nations to start putting out their begging bowls. It's all the fear of the 'unknown' that is putting off people.

  • sysubrceq0 on February 19, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    @saintsinister: "Without playing at home we still have a waaayyy better record outside." - can you explain how many series you won or draw in last two decades outside subcontinent? CT13 - PAK not able to win a single game - great record and IND won all the matches it played including warmups - bad record?

  • John_Geo on February 19, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    If you can't kill the devil - join him.

  • Ozizim on February 19, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    No need to blame any Board. Facts are simple. These 3 generate the most funds, so befriend them. I like the narrative here, sympathizers will not give you the money, accept the reality that these 3 are the source of money, deal with that, and let later decide on moral grounds. As for Pak, in spite of their objection, they will also tow the line. Why? Because India know that those matches will generate huge interest/advert monies, as will PCB.

  • bijja on February 19, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    While most fans have accepted the reality of the ICC revamp and the stand taken by the 2 boards that abstained from voting at the Singapore meeting, we still have the vituperative critics of Sri Lanka Cricket making their usual sanctimonious pronouncements. Has anyone actually read these proposed changes? Please do not let paranoia overtake your emotions.

  • Blueangle on February 19, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    OK Guys! 8 nations already agreed on revamp and Pak/ SL opposition is not gonna make any difference now. It might help SL if they get along B(G)3. As for as Pakistan is concerned, vote for or vote against is not gonna make any difference because Pakistan was already isolated and will be like this for a while due to political and non-political reasons. We were getting a series here, a series there and probably we still be getting a series here and a series there. This could have some impact on our ranking but not on the quality and brand of the cricket we play. ANYONE who thinks that this is the end of Pakistan cricket is living in fools paradise. Akram, Inzi, Waqar, Amir, Saeed Anwar , these guys were not a product of a system or academy or coaching. They were just street kids, good enough to play at highest level and you will see many more in coming years. For us, Cricket is not just a game, its our second religion and people dont leave their religion for money..............

  • fzsTrio on February 19, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    So, Mr. Ranatunga! you claimed that the Big Three respect and understand your position. Wait till they dictate their terms and you disassociate SLC

  • siddharth_WC2011 on February 19, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    After reading comments from passionate fans, I feel we are all being very naive. Sport administration is a business and I am pretty sure that all the boards were just waiting to have negotiations and better deals for themselves. Secondly, how many of us have gone through the proposed changes and understand the economics of these decisions ? Its business guys, don't fool yourself with what the media projects it to be. And lastly, cricket will still be played on the playgrounds between teams/actual players. I don't think that is changing. So lets not be a drama queen and say that it is end of gentleman's game. There are not facts that point to the demise of the actual game. So chill and enjoy the game.

  • kc69 on February 18, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    This was bound to happen after IPL auctions now its time to see how long PCB will stay on the other side.But one thing is that whatever is happening its not good for the game of cricket.

  • SanjivAwesome on February 18, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Lots of posts here are confusing the Game with Business. The Game still needs the Akrams and Guls. It will be richer for it. I am an India fan. I have always enjoyed the great Pakistan players - so many of them have been far superior to anything we had! The Business still needs the Big3 to grow the viability of all Boards because some individual Board's need help, to nurture their local Game.

  • on February 18, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    I agree with you Magesh. However, the difficulty is, one doesn't know how the big 3 are going to change tactics in the later years. The revenue sharing and tours will be so much controlled by the 3 and one doesn't want the other 7 test playing nations to start putting out their begging bowls. It's all the fear of the 'unknown' that is putting off people.

  • on February 18, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    I am a pakistani and I love cricket, but this hurts. I say lets kill pak cricket and make sure no other wasim and waqar is born again. Lets take away the color red from the rainbow of cricket. I am sure cricket will survive without pakistan, but atleast I dont have the obligation to watch them anymore. No international team comes to pakistan already, so whats another nail in pak cricket's coffin. I am saddened by the state of cricket.

  • on February 18, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    I don't mind this decision now by Sri Lanka, they stood for way too long when others betrayed both Pakistan and Sri Lanka. No point now in being singled out. However, as a Pakistani i do hope we stay strong to our decision, highly unlikely now though as Zaka Ashraf was artistically removed by our board to negotiate on something. Good luck to cricket, that's all I have to say.

  • stumpedlloyd on February 18, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    A cricket board that has no money, took more than a year to pay its players, is rife with ineptitude. What else did anyone expect them to do? The ICC is utterly toothless. Remember when the ICC demanded cricket boards be free of political interference from their governments? Ha! Nothing gets done at SLC without government approval. They built two completely unnecessary cricket grounds purely for political reasons! Heck, the selector is a government MP!

  • Malij on February 18, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    If you analise the new changes, they do not benefit world cricket at all. Instead of supporting the lesser countries, the new changes would curtail their funding while it would fatten the coffers of big three only. The new distribution system of money has to change, taking in to consideration the marketing ability of big three, but not to such an extent. If the new distribution system of money has some justification, the power that big three have got is absolutely unjustifiable.

  • stormy16 on February 18, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Given the game is no longer a sporting contest but a television event based on ratings and 8 have already agreed, may as well fall in line and tow the line. Somewhere down the line the fans are going demand a sporting contest where everyone plays each other regardless of how much money the series makes. Then we will come back to a sporting context. For those of you have forgotten, the ICC was set up to ensure everyone got a chance as opposed to the colonial poweres telling the rest what to do.

  • mohd_asif on February 18, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Amazing how even the FANS change their tune when their cricket boards have fallen in line?

  • on February 18, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    when pcb knows that by protesting they were going to be isolated then better they should have negotiated and benefited , now neither here nor there , isolation before big 3 and now hereafter forever

  • jimmyvida on February 18, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    I thought SLC and PCB were opting out of this deal. They would play each other in UAE and share the spoils. They would stand on principles. What principles?

  • stalefresh on February 18, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    This was always going to happen. Wonder what the news is here?

    Pakistan should get in line too - what's the point of being singled out in this.

  • on February 18, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Finally, reality has hit SLC. I hope it's not too late and that we won't be isolated.

  • MageshK on February 18, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    So you Pakistani fans really think PCB is standing up and safe guarding your interests? In all reality, they are hurting your chances. Also right now, sure there are negotiations going on - so don't jump in to any conclusions. The proposal was made to look bad by the media, by labeling Big 3 and so on. Honestly can you name any other board barring the Big 3 and SA who is strong and stable? I am referring to just the administrative board - not the team on the field. Think about it.

  • on February 18, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    The logic is sisple,Why should India (ICC) pay money for a ICC tournament cancelled in Pakisztan due to PAkistan's internal problems.

  • TRAM on February 18, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    All boards are money oriented only. (nothing wrong about it). Some countries vote later because they are manipulative and/or doing their bargains behind the scenes. If a board is really not after money it would not change in their stand.

  • Socratis on February 18, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    If Pakistan is against ICC changes for any reason, how its become issue of pride and etc, its beyond logic. What CSA, SLC did is best for their cricket fans. So they are very smart and for Pakistan its sour grapes unfortunately.

  • on February 18, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    the point is not how much SLC make from an Indian tour but how much India makes. the other side of the coin is that if India 'only' makes $60 million from a series with Sri Lanka compares to £200 million from a series with CA or ECB then, using Ranatunga's own argument, why the hell would them have any series with SLC?

  • Rahul17_1983 on February 18, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    I wuld like to knw hw these fans wuld react if their boards stop playing cricket because of lack of funds.And don't say that in past same boards use to play cricket with limited amount.How much is the value of $1 that time and that of today.Please calculate and than decide what their board did.Its not always abt pride its about brains many time

  • on February 18, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Pakistan makes the cricket followers proud , thankx Pakistan to remain firm against greediness !

  • neanderthal on February 18, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    @saintsinister, the cricket teams around the world are pursuing the gentleman's game still. The administrators are running a business. No money from big three can dictate the results when Australia faces India or Bangladesh faces Sri Lanka. Sports was and is still fair. When Mitch Jonhson's delivery is hit for a four by Hashim Amla, thats still a part the age old gentlemanly game.What has changed is the administrators who are doing a business. Administrators never claimed to be gentlemanly even in Kerry Packer's time, it doesnt claim even now. Wrong to confuse the administrators with the sportsmen. And regarding ethics of 'business', in which sphere in business or political world do you not see money and power dictating terms?

  • on February 18, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    sports and arts thrive when there is money and when there are sponsors.. that's what history tells us.. so no wonders about the decision..

  • RogerC on February 18, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Thanks to India, cricketers these days are paid 2 million dollars for a 7 week tournament with 14 matches each lasting 3 hours. Before India's domination, cricketers were working in clerical jobs to make a living. While you criticize India, look at your present day cricketers and how India has benefited them.

  • greenluv on February 18, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Strange that it tool SL that long to know Principles wont give you money. anyhow your country your decision BUT I still think Pakistan has done the right thing and now they should show it by wining games against these countries.(but sethi being the Head of PCB now i do not think we will be doing anything different than Sl) Good LUCK PAK -LOVE U. well done MR ZAKA.

  • on February 18, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    salute to Pakistan, stand on your decision strongly!

  • on February 18, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    SLC had taken wrong decision, sport is not money. indians are destroying this glorious sport.

  • Dominic_Mohammed on February 18, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    I would say that they have made the right decision. There is two way board can generate money. From matches or aid from government. You can expect almost NIL help from government. SLC understand the recent stand off between players and board when they could not pay them enough money. As somebody correctly pointed out in one of the comment, they have chosen reality instead of principal. And reality we know is to have sufficient money for board to pay the players and at the same time build new infrastructure with those money.

  • saintsinister on February 18, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    @ Neanderthal. Even in every day life there are Ethics. Sense of wrong and right. You may make the money by dubious means or working hard. Shortcuts based on monetary value will always come back to haunt you while rotting your core. In Business there is no equality or a sense of wrong/ right. neither sportsmanship. There is a reason Cricket was supposed to be a gentleman's game.

  • neanderthal on February 18, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Its strange that in our everyday lives, all of us run after money. And then we have so much to preach when we see others do that. Strange indeed.

  • on February 18, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    @saintsinister, absolutely right.

  • on February 18, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Good decision SLC. you should have done it earlier. this is cricket where money talks, don't know why it took you so long to make this decision. any ways good luck. (PAK FAN)

  • saintsinister on February 18, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Even if we play in the deserts of UAE, still have the guts to go outside Subcontinent and win. Not have 2 series without a single win abroad. Worship your money and see the talent go down the drain. Without playing at home we still have a waaayyy better record outside. Also overall head to head. Last series we beat India in India. This world cup the no-win against India will be taken care of. You may stop cricket in our country, you may stop playing us, you may try to isolate us and you may forecast your downfall and make this ICC revamp to keep yourself in the top tier but cricket talent is one thing you may never take away from us because it comes out from each and every kid that plays in every street for the passion of cricket, not money.

  • golgoal on February 18, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    @Facebook User on (February 18, 2014, 10:21 GMT) -- I think you have captured the issue exactly. Somehow the SL and Pak people think that they can keep sitting on their behinds doing nothing while the rest of the world will innovate and raise money, and put it in a sack and give it to them. India has taken huge strides in cricket innovation - IPL being the great example, and just see how many millions of $$ it brings in. And matches in India are managed immaculately these days and therefore raise a lot of money - awesome websites to buy tickets from (and get match related info), discounted tickets and attractive payment plans, buses to ferry audiences to and from stadium, eating places around stadium, good security... You name it, an it has been done. So according to these people, India should do all the hard work and bring in the money, while they would just like to relax on a beach and continue being fed for free??

  • DD_f0rever on February 18, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    @ Dulmin Pushpakumara

    Man..it was Ind under Ganguly's Captaincy who started challenging Great Aus side...It was Team India that beat Aus in Aus in a test that was at its peak then consisting of greats like Gilly, Hayden, McGrath, Lee, Gillespie, Ponting Warne etc. under leadership of none other than Steve Waugh. And then the CB series win. Ind also won series against Eng in Eng somewhere around 2006 or 2007.

    What has sl done ? How many times have you beaten Aus in your home let alone Aus itself..ZERO !

    But yes, even if these 3 teams fail their crowd-pulling ability is awesome. Sometimes I wonder, after India it is Pakistan that has the highest population in Cricketing World. But how come it is lagging behind ?

  • on February 18, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    How many Teams Pakistan can make

    Team A: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, M Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah. U Akmal, S Afridi, U gul, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan

    Team B: Imran Farhat, Sharjeel Khan, Azhar Ali, Younis khan. Shoab malik, A Razzaq, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz, Wahab, Bilawal, A Rehman, Aizaz Cheema

    And many more players too

    Asif , Amir, Salman Butt , Umar Amin, Raza Hasan , Khurram Manzoor, Taufeeq Umar, Adnan Akmal, Ehsan Adil, M Talha, Asad Ali, Sohal Tanveer, Yasir Arafat, Fawad Alam, M Sami and many more

  • bijja on February 18, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    The stand taken by SLC is not about principles but more about reality. What option do they have, after 8 Boards have voted FOR the proposals? Abstaining was the correct option. SLC have made their stand very clear. Now, with a more 'watered down' proposal for restructure, let them handle the damage control measures without criticizing them at every turn.

  • zzby on February 18, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Now only pakistan is standing for the principales , I salute them.

  • M.Faheem on February 18, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    "People who talk about principles will not give us the money". Money has defeated Principles hands down.

  • on February 18, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    "India England Australia are big 3 on merit because of their performances in last 20 years." huh..whom are we kidding? 20 yrs lol.... before 2007 Dhoni's team won T20 world cup India was mediocre.... before England won T20 world cup in 2010 what was the Silverware they had? ... Australia - yes to a certain extent... other teams also had their times/ good patches.. eg . NZ & WI Hence, the argument is not valid... it's not their performances their crowd pulling ability

  • on February 18, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Initially, I too was astounded by the fact that three boards could take such a decision in the first place, and was vehemently against it. Given the circumstances as they have turned out, it makes sense for SLC to go along with everybody else rather than being isolated. They must be congratulated on their stand to abstain from voting at the meeting last week though - unlike the cowardly South Africans!

  • on February 18, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    I remember watching the last World T20 that was held in SL. Stadiums were mostly empty (when SL was not playing). Buses were being sent to bring school children into the ground for free, and still nobody wanted to come. Sponsors were not interested and money was not coming in. And in matches were SL was playing, there was absolutely no appreciation shown for opposition players (esp SL vs SA game) - SL people have reputation for being blindly partisan in support for their own team, but it was just getting ridiculous. So if SL is not able to stand on its own feet and is always depending on others for aid, maybe they should take a relook at themselves and their attitude.

  • DD_f0rever on February 18, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    @ Abu

    tell me how is it not fair ?

  • ksquared on February 18, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Well this was the only choice left. @rshan u r absolutely right actually if anyone is to be blamed it should be CSA they stabbed both the other boards in the back after making such a big noise about these proposals in the beginning. BTW I feel most of the people who comment on this matter (pro or anti) have no clue about what the revised proposals contain apart from the finances (Does any one know other than the ICC and boards?)

  • blthndr on February 18, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    @ Faraz Khan...when u hav debt over millions dollars what will u choose...money or principle....

  • on February 18, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    I am shocked at the response of majority of indian fans they support the big 3 proposal even if it is accepted where is the equality and justice. Morally you should admit it is flawed and biased system, no one can deny india is the money hub for ICC it should get the Share but all this Veto powers and governing council this is the main issue..

  • on February 18, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    It is very painful to see all this happening to cricket as a Pakistani, as a cricket fan I love watching cricket and it doesn't matter which two sides are playing. But money over principle...amazing selection by SLC.

  • on February 18, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    @Papa_Tango. Interesting points however let me counter. Say for ex India sends its B Team to tour SL. First of all it won't happen because SL is a good Team and India will not risk failure by sending a B Team. If it does then it will benefit SL because their chances of victory will increase and so will their position in the rankings. SL will gain a lot by higher rankings. Also it will really help develop cricket overall and more players from India will get an opportunity on the international level. Trust me the big 3 have enough players to field two very strong teams. Take for example India B Team. Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Raina, Harbhajjan, Dinesh Karthik. These are just a few names and I can go on. This B Team will fight harder as they have a point to prøve. Also they dont need to do this as the concept of A tours already exist. India England Australia are big 3 on merit because of their performances in last 20 years. And even if they slip in rankings they will still bring in the $

  • on February 18, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    The revamp gives individual countries more control over their economic destinies. Now they can make key decisions under the bilateral agreements that are more beneficial for them. Allowing the big 3 to get a bigger share in profits and have more say in things could have been a small price to pay for SLC and PCB to remain in the good graces of the big 3. Instead SLC and PCB went and bit the hånd that feeds now. Now India can pull out of the 2017 SL Tour and there is nothing ICC can do about it. Sure India cannot make money without worthy opponents but then they are surely entitled to a bigger share. A Real Madrid or Barcelona will surely deserve and does get more money from the League. A defending boxing champion will surely get more money than the challenger because his presence increases the total economic value of the fight.

  • on February 18, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    First SA now SL. Except some posturing to wrangle out more concessions nothing substantial achieved. This is not about BCCI or the Big3. It is about market forces, patronage and commercial backing. While exposing the obvious abuse of power vested in the Big3 by virtue of the patronage from fans and sponsors of the three nations, what this move highlights is the inability of all other nations including South Africa to create a financially viable market for cricket in their backyards. Instead these non Big3 are trying to ride on the revenues generated due to the loyalty of fans from the pioneering countries - Eng and Aus - and the imaginative packaging of cricket by BCCI. Instead of speaking with a forked tongue these boards may attempt to market cricket and make it viable in their own backyards.

  • on February 18, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Now it døesnt matter what PCB says. It already didnt matter what SLC says as CSA had already agreed and given the two third majority required for the mandate. PCB will suffer even more and will face problems like Zimbabwe. Also the next Government in India is expected to be a bunch of hård right wingers who are anti Pakistan so don't expect India Pakistan cricketing relations thawing. If India SL tour can bring in 25 million then I am sure a full India Pakistan tour can bring in atleast 75 million.

  • on February 18, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    When i started watching cricket in 70s it was pure delight, never thought this will happen to such a beautiful game,player and boards were all about cricket, they took sheer delight in playing this game and we in watching it. Money is what cricket is all about, no class and style left in the game, sad end.R.I.P Cricket once it was the gentlemens' game.

  • gladiatorgannicus on February 18, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    some fans are linking this vote with ipl.ipl has nothin 2 do with SL's vote.one has 2 understand that most of those players who were not selected this year were benched last year itself.Dilshan himself did not play all the games for rcb. also each foreign player competes for only 1 spot among the available 4.if SL's vote had somethin 2 do with ipl Thisara,Murali or Malinga would not be playin. note that SL's players Sanga,Mahela,Herath,Chandimal and others are fantastic test players. Indian fan here

  • SanjivAwesome on February 18, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    And now only the Pakistan Board is left as the truly principled protector of Cricket The Great Game. And we are all in good hands with them, folks! I am counting down to the PCB announcement. Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six.

  • PakRage on February 18, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    If it was all about MONEY...Perhaps I loved the wrong sport !!!

  • Papa_Tango on February 18, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    I am going to try again and see if it passes Cricinfo's standards.

    With all the commitments the Triumvirate are making, they will create A, B, and C teams and send them to play these Littles. Their premier (pun intended) players will be er....ehhhmmm 'Not Available' and thus these minor players will show up in the garb of the Triumvirate Test Team. So what if they lose? With the guarantee of non-relegation, what will they care? As it is now so it will be then: NOBODY wants to watch Sri Lanka Bangla Desh or Sri Lanka England C. They can hope to get the money but what revenue will it generate? Further, imagine a statistical possibility that the Triumvirate are all in the bottom of the test rankings and the team ahead of them has to play a ludicrous play off game to stay in the top. Greed. Pay attention everyone. This will happen in our life time. Players will wear out with a hectic schedule and B and C teams will cause mayhem in the test rankings.

  • VPSrivastava on February 18, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Sri Lanka should have known and understood that Pakistan and India have some problems and their decision on cricketing field are also influenced by those acrimony. But why Sri Lankan board (SLC) is following blindly on the foot steps of Pakistan when there is no ill-will feelings among people to people and government to government. I know Arjun Ranatunga have soft corner to Pakistan and his and other betenoir of India influence SLC's decisions but that doesn't meaning you lose your rational thinking.

  • on February 18, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    @the pisolj..dont worry about Pakistanis playing in the desert of UAE..cricket is a galli (street) game in Pakistan..we can play anywhere and i really mean anywhere not just at home grounds you know..

  • Naleendra on February 18, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    So it is all about money money and more money.

    Shouldn't a games governing body be concerned first about the game, spreading it and providing opportunities to young people to take up the game throughout the world and then do it in a profitable way?

    Instead what we have is ICC looking at how much money it can make and then adjust the game to suit the profits. ICC is not a multinational company it is a governing body of the game and it should do what is good for the game.

    We now see the ICC has been taken over by the sharks. Everyone else has to shut up and follow suit. I can guarantee that this is going to come back and eat them - by their short sighted greed that big 3 has introduced the death knell for cricket as we know it.

    Imagine a world where 3 countries play each other till thy kingdom come? How long do you think people will follow if you have Ashes every 6 months?

    We have created a monster and we will soon see the death of the game we love.

  • amumtaz on February 18, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Quite disappointed to see a sell out by the cricket boards. Favoring greed over cricket. Sad really.

  • IndianSRTfan on February 18, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Much ado about nothing then. Hardly a surprise.

  • Srilanka-rules on February 18, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Srilanka is in real trap now. All these occurred is because of the back stabbing of SA. Had it been known earlier, we should've stand with India. Because money talks.

    But now, with grudge if Indians decide to reduce the bilateral games, then, we are the one who is going to suffer. It is a very pathetic way that our admin has acted.

    Guys, it was because of de endless bilateral games with India on the earlier days helped us to come out of financial woes and also helped to built our stadium. Those bilateral series was too much that fans of both sides were beaten to pulp with boredom. Now, our board has retorted to the face saving tactics, which I don't know how much Indians would appreciate. Hope, we won't be pulled down to big deficits of finance. Let the better sense prevail.

  • on February 18, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Even as a pakistani and a pakistani cricket lover, i believe that SLC is doing the right thing.. good decision

  • on February 18, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    both pcb and slc have got no option left. proposal has been passed so even if they oppose, nothing will happen.

    and they didnt vote against it. which meant that they want to try to approve it with their concerns addressed. i see many people here commenting for pcb to vote against it. but i dont think that will make any difference. these 2 have mismanaged it in the end after csa accepted it.

  • on February 18, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Damage has been done to SCL now , no way BCCI now gonna support them financially like the way they did it before.

  • on February 18, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    We are proud of Pakistani Board, who firmly stand what is good for Cricket and Pakistan Nation. Pride and dignity can not be purchased through money. I hope PCB will not fall to any offered bribe. " Lions one days life if better than 1000 years of fox".

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 18, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    This is totally 4 IPL money. India already give a hint reducing SL players to 3 in IPL. So SLC in big fear of losing IPL money even for future Out of 3 Malinga is Domestic League player who make money first than country. Murali is Ex Player i doesn't exist in SL Annual Contract. Only surprise is Thisara suppose he took because of his incredible match wining ability. Now only Pakistan. Salute you all Pakistanis................................. U r one and only Bold Cricket Playing Nation.....................

  • on February 18, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    This has to be done, Well its a real shame money is above all the talent and game. Pakistan took the chance and unfortunately the companions withdraw in the due process.... Imperial Cricket Council has been restored now, a big loss to the cricket literate...

  • Kazakhstan on February 18, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    Pakistan MIGHT think that BIG 3 want to isolate us but as cricket fans we know especially Indian board/people they want to see us as a better side and we hope that OZ and Eng will also moraly support us to back somehow cricket in PAKISTAN and play more cricket = with all cricket nation bcz cricket knowledge is in our blood and we have produced it more than any 1. Plz IND, OZ and Eng try to understand us, many thanks in advance.

  • CricIndia208 on February 18, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Excellent decision, well done!

  • Cricthink on February 18, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    SLC has done the right thing, abstaining from Voting was the right decision as the amended draft was nit presented to the Board. The initial decision to oppose was made on the original proposal. Though we all know money controls things and should not be the case here, unfortunately it is.All we hope is the game does not takes a back seat. Sri lanka had played the game the way it is supposed to be played, did see some negative energy spoil that in the last test Vs Pakistan, I hope that is just a phase and not a norm. Money comes OR not enjoy the game

  • Kazakhstan on February 18, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Don't worry PAKISTAN, support or not to BIG3 anyway they want to isolate us somehow. Like a MAN We shall stand no matter what will be with us. there is a one most BIGEST 1 who always support us. LOVE cricket love all 10. LONG LIVE CRICKET, PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

  • scarrule on February 18, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Nd people were saying to isolate BIG 3 !! After reading figures as 48 million out of 60 million will be from BIG 3 in 8 year cycle wonder refusing to not signing any bilateral arrangement if bill not passed was not hunch, it was serious..., cricket will shatter without these 3.

  • Musafir366 on February 18, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    @the-pisolka and others

    Shame to you, your country and your mentality. Pakistan stood firmly against the Capitalist and Materialistic mentality of ICC and Co. even though we are facing huge problem having matching in our home.

    On the other hand dont worry Mr. Pisolkar BCCI appointed new PCB Bhagwan Najam Singh Sathi will follow the instructions and will do what Bangladesh, Srilanka did.

    BTW i was not expecting from SriLanka, very much disappointed. Of course we are living in Capitalist word were money is every thing.

  • Presynaras on February 18, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    So much for Sri Lankan and Pakistani fans who claimed that their boards had the backbone to stand up to the big three. Fact of the matter is, they are after the money as well and not in any way better than the big three. It was ridiculous of the fans to claim as if they were the righteous boards in the world. Get in line or stay out.

  • on February 18, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    money against talent !!!

  • The-Pisolkar on February 18, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    What a shame for Pakistani board .....now they are the only one ..even though their players also want to be part of IPL....hope they don't want to play...with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh....In desert of UAE....!

  • on February 18, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    If other countries could play in pakistan thAn it could have been better for pak cricket and generate more revenues for ICC..

  • on February 18, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    The future of cricket will suffer due to the ICC revamp. It's fair to say that the person who contributes more to ICC should get a larger share. But apart from that the ICC should still be an independent body with diversity in its governance for the good of the game. We can already see the repercussions on Srilankan and Pakistani players in IPL auction of the decision to not vote on the changes. With the revised ICC constitution in place, the other boards will have to bow down to every demand of the big three if they want them to visit their country and therefore, making enough profits.

  • JNJSJHJ on February 18, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    I think Pakistan have no choice left but to accept the proposal. Perhaps, doing so might not be a bad idea. However, if they accept this proposal, then why not completely thaw the ice and allow Pakistani players to play in the IPL? It probably doesn't make a difference if they do or do not, but the question then will be - why not?

  • on February 18, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Waiting for PCB to toe the line too - or else will they continue to play against nobody in the deserts of UAE?

  • Matadore on February 18, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    And thats all folks! case closed..

  • on February 18, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    good decision by SLC even it is wrong. as he said we need money and cannot play isolated cricket. I'm now surprising to see the reaction of PCB. Will the remain isolated ?

  • shihan12 on February 18, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    This was on the card..so after all money rules the cricket.

  • mhk21 on February 18, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    They had no other choice !!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 18, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    ha ha ha I can't stop laughing!

  • rshan on February 18, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    SLC was the only board that did a thorough study of the first draft. Many other boards hastily agreed fearing consequences. Also, it should be understood that SLC didn't succumb to pressure but took its time to consult all stakeholders, before arising at a decision. What SLC had asked ICC was for more time, thus abstaining from voting. Now having appraised the revised draft, all seems to have accepted and approved it. Good job SLC !

  • ATIMAYANK on February 18, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    SOLD! to men in Blue and Yellow

  • on February 18, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    As expected as the proposal has been already accepted by the majority so, its was better for sri lanka to accept the proposal and get get some fake future benefits from big 3 same for Pakistan now they should also accept and take sum fake benefits from big three

  • ronnie_pk on February 18, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    At last the money thing. Might is right. A dead end for the sport!

  • Alexk400 on February 18, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Chickened out like SA. What else new about Srilanka

  • Kheshgi on February 18, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    What a disgrace ! Think about it, if Brazil and Italy want to start something similar in FIFA - what will be the reaction of the fans across the globe. I am glad India does not have a dominant role in FIFA.

  • buddhikapm on February 18, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    This is the second last...next the PCB...all are gathering to the dirty circle..we can realized hidden influences during the course..the cunning smile of the picture will tell you the story..

  • gauthamns on February 18, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Priceless statement: "People who talk about principles and all that will not give us the money. We have to make our money from these tours." Everyone has to understand that principles of economy is what drives decisions and there is no other way to it. You can talk about principles all day but at the end, you have to survive and improve. And that needs money.

  • Rahul_78 on February 18, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    One should appreciate Mr.Rantunga for not hiding behind the diplomatic talks and stating the facts. He has provided the Sri Lankan public with cold facts and figures. If it is going to bring big buck to the Lankan cricket which has been struggling with its finances for long time now then so be it. As is the current governing body of ICC has worked as a token organization and a rubber stamp to the big players of cricketing world. When the governing council is not abiding by the Principles cant blame the members to follow the protocols of morality and ethics.

  • on February 18, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    I am a sri lankan and we are saying that "The Monitor become an Iguana when the desire is become to eat" this is just a start.the real show is later.

  • PrasPunter on February 18, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Alas, one more wicket to go !!

  • ProdigyA on February 18, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    SLC was acting smart. They waited until the IPL auctions and after getting a reality check, back to ground now.

  • on February 18, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Shame on you too sri lankan board

  • allthegoodnamesaretaken on February 18, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    All the Sri Lankan fans saying we should not succumb and uphold the ethics of Cricket. Money always talks, without aligning with the Big Three Sri Lanka cricket will disappear. How many fans from Sri Lanka actually go to matches, mostly it is empty especially in test whereas India, Australia, and England have large number of spectators,

  • venkatesh018 on February 18, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Sri Lankan Players would have wished this was done by their Board before the IPL auction. Sadly, it is the SL players who are going to miss out on an year's IPL earnings because of the Franchisees' boycott of Sri Lankan Players for IPL 2014.

  • vish2020 on February 18, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    SL fans were talking so big about how they don't need India. Look at the numbers... One month to play India can bring in salaries of your players for few years. Stop your acting! Talk all u want about India and Indian team but know this, without playing us, your stadiums and players will go bankrupt. U want solution? Follow your team more then Indian team so your ratings will go up and more advertisement coming in. Pak is left now and no one cares because their vote doesn't matter and they don't either for cricket. They should be associate member for not having right to play in their own country

  • on February 18, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    "People who talk about principles and all that will not give us the money" -SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga AFTER ALL, WE NEED MONEY, WE ARE SLAVE TO IT.

  • Lakpj on February 18, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    This was always on the cards, when all the other boards are in one side there is nothing PCB and SLC could do by being at the other end of things.

  • Aditha on February 18, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Well...there goes that...anyways as they say "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em"...SLC has a lot to think about...it's not only about the game...other things like good administration also do matter for the sustainability and growth of the game..

  • Udendra on February 18, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Wasn't this on the cards? btw, has anyone seen these so-called revised resolutions?

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on February 18, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Mr. Ranatunga pretty much summed it up. For all the criticism that's going to come CSL's way, the unfortunate reality is that principles cannot pay the bills. One needs money to run the game and for the better or the worse, the big 3 are the ones who bring it to the table.

  • snbirdi on February 18, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    "People who talk about principles and all that will not give us the money."

    That's exactly right. THOUSANDS of comments here on cricinfo itself were from people saying how proud they were of PCB and SLC for sticking to "principles". Truth is, those people showing ethics over the internet are not the ones that are going to keep their boards alive.

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  • snbirdi on February 18, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    "People who talk about principles and all that will not give us the money."

    That's exactly right. THOUSANDS of comments here on cricinfo itself were from people saying how proud they were of PCB and SLC for sticking to "principles". Truth is, those people showing ethics over the internet are not the ones that are going to keep their boards alive.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on February 18, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Mr. Ranatunga pretty much summed it up. For all the criticism that's going to come CSL's way, the unfortunate reality is that principles cannot pay the bills. One needs money to run the game and for the better or the worse, the big 3 are the ones who bring it to the table.

  • Udendra on February 18, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Wasn't this on the cards? btw, has anyone seen these so-called revised resolutions?

  • Aditha on February 18, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Well...there goes that...anyways as they say "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em"...SLC has a lot to think about...it's not only about the game...other things like good administration also do matter for the sustainability and growth of the game..

  • Lakpj on February 18, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    This was always on the cards, when all the other boards are in one side there is nothing PCB and SLC could do by being at the other end of things.

  • on February 18, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    "People who talk about principles and all that will not give us the money" -SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga AFTER ALL, WE NEED MONEY, WE ARE SLAVE TO IT.

  • vish2020 on February 18, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    SL fans were talking so big about how they don't need India. Look at the numbers... One month to play India can bring in salaries of your players for few years. Stop your acting! Talk all u want about India and Indian team but know this, without playing us, your stadiums and players will go bankrupt. U want solution? Follow your team more then Indian team so your ratings will go up and more advertisement coming in. Pak is left now and no one cares because their vote doesn't matter and they don't either for cricket. They should be associate member for not having right to play in their own country

  • venkatesh018 on February 18, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Sri Lankan Players would have wished this was done by their Board before the IPL auction. Sadly, it is the SL players who are going to miss out on an year's IPL earnings because of the Franchisees' boycott of Sri Lankan Players for IPL 2014.

  • allthegoodnamesaretaken on February 18, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    All the Sri Lankan fans saying we should not succumb and uphold the ethics of Cricket. Money always talks, without aligning with the Big Three Sri Lanka cricket will disappear. How many fans from Sri Lanka actually go to matches, mostly it is empty especially in test whereas India, Australia, and England have large number of spectators,

  • on February 18, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Shame on you too sri lankan board