West Indies news February 19, 2014

ICC revamp good for West Indies - Cameron

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The WICB president Whycliffe Cameron has said the governance, finance and fixtures restructuring of the ICC, proposed by BCCI, CA and ECB, would leave West Indies cricket well placed monetarily to safeguard the development of the sport in the region. The WICB was one of eight boards that supported the proposed changes at the ICC meeting in Singapore, and Cameron said West Indies' Full Member status would be unaffected after the transition.

"The WICB projects an increase of more than 100% in ICC revenue for the upcoming eight-year cycle of international matches based on the proposals when compared to the previous eight-year cycle," Cameron said.

The present FTP, according to Cameron, was unfavourable to the WICB and a cause for their financial problems. Under the new system of bilateral negotiations to determine fixtures, he said West Indies could ensure they played more profitable series.

"Currently, West Indies have the most unfavourable allocation of matches of all the Full Members of the ICC, based on the current FTP schedule, and this is largely the reason the WICB is set to have a major deficit at the end of the financial year, September 30, 2014," Cameron said. "Based on the proposed bilateral structure, the WICB will be able to negotiate fees when the West Indies team plays in away series, as was the case prior to the establishment of the FTP.

"As the West Indies team continues to regain strength, the WICB will be able to negotiate more for our brand, which is a most significant consideration. Also, where the WICB hosts unprofitable tours, we will now be able to access the newly proposed Test Match Fund to help offset costs. We can inform you now that the WICB has already secured commitments from the major boards to play an increased number of matches and series during the next eight-year cycle."

Cameron said the WICB had no need to worry about a two-tier Test system because he felt West Indies were unlikely to sink to 10th in the rankings. "The risk of 'relegation' is only realistic for the 10th-ranked team. West Indies is currently ranked seventh and is in no realistic position to be ranked 10th in the foreseeable future.

"With the increased revenue and a fortified development programme, the WICB is determined to ensure that the West Indies team is nowhere near being ranked 10th in the world, allowing us to continue to play all formats of the game in full - and put us in a strong position to negotiate with every other Full Member for participation in home and away tours."

Despite the restructuring giving greater power to the boards of India, England and Australia, Cameron said the WICB's role in the ICC would not diminish. "We want to make it abundantly clear: The WICB has not relinquished any powers as a Full Member of the ICC. The WICB remains a Full Member of the ICC with full voting rights on all matters.

"The WICB will be eligible for membership to all committees, chairmanship of all committees, and the presidency and chairmanship of the ICC. As such, I am a member of the Financial & Commercial Affairs Committee and will retain that position following the organizational transition. The WICB is extremely confident it will not be hurt by the organisational transition of the ICC and the world governing body will be stronger outfit as a result."

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  • cricsdead2014 on February 21, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    NOW FIFA SHOULD BE HANDED OVER TO Spain, Brazil and Germany. Olympic to US and China and so on. after all they should learn something from bICC to make more money .

  • YorkshirePudding on February 20, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    It makes sense as the WICB can probably negotiate more lucrative ODI and T20i Games with the larger countries which should bring in more funds to help them invest in the longer form of the game both domestically and internationally.

  • Javed_Munir_Dar on February 20, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    surely West Indies will regret this decision in the years to come, the big 3 will never going to play a long series with them as financially its not beneficial for them, every one here is running after the money, no one cares about the game

  • UvaFan on February 20, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Where is Sri Lankan cricket administration heading? I've just read something about England touring Sri Lanka in November this year ( a shortish tour) and then a long tour in October 2018. Last year we had a tour by New Zealand in November when almost all matches were washed out. We could have played those matches in New Zealand, where it would have been warm rainless Spring weather at that time. Aren't the cricket administrators Sri Lankans? Don't we all know that November is the wettest month of the year in this country with October, December, April and May not much drier. This lack of common sense is inexcusable, or is it that we deliberately invite teams in such a way that we can't lose matches since they are "unplayed"?

  • Arvin5721 on February 20, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    I agree with Henry Muttoo, apart from a hit or miss trophy(T20) WI have been declining for years now hence no one cares about playing us as much anymore. It doesn't surprise me that mr. cameron and company got blinded by the short term gain(if any) and completely missed the bigger picture. It's very sad to see what WI cricket has come to, due to the management of the current WICB and also the board members before. I feel it's time that Guyana, TT, Jamaica, Barbados, etc break off from the WICB and represent themselves internationally. After all the possibly couldn't be any worse than the current West Indies team.

  • ZUBZ0709 on February 19, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    West Indies will regret this decision later.. India will not fulfil its promises.. This Is bad for cricket.. It's like no fifa in football and teams like Spain and Germany are made the bosses.. That would never happen in any other sport.. Cricket is not a game it's all money... Respect to the pcb dey da only board to stand there ground

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 19, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    I am not surprised at the WICB. After all, beggars cannot be choosers. So much for all the talk of cricket dying a slow death. What a load of bollocks ! The BCCI always get what they want and now the Aussies and Poms have also joined hands with them. Cricket is all about money now and rightly so. It's already too expensive to implement the DRS system with all its bells and whistles. Plus, we have broadcast expenses associated with all the high profile series and ICC events. So who is going to play for that ? Hence, we have these new proposals. I don't care the Big 3 getting paid the bulk of the profits. However, I am extremely uncomfortable about the FTP being scrapped. It will now put the scheduling power into the hands of the Big 3 where they will eventually decided to choose whom to play or NOT to play. So teams like the WI, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe could be in deep trouble.

  • on February 19, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    This is the beginning of the end for international cricket as we know it. In the game of Monopoly the banker is usually the one who has the most money, and the one who wins. The so called Big Three don't want to democratize the cricket world, they want to win. Unfortunately, when you have the smaller cricket boards in such dissarray it doesn't help them to have clout. Windies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka New Zealand and South Africa need to stand together as a block. They need to try to force standardization of cricketing rules and fairness in match scheduling, venues and competitions. Unfortunately, the players from those countries are often more mercenaries than proud nationalists. So it all comes back to money.

  • Rahul17_1983 on February 19, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    @mohd_asif :And y don't u see any benefit ?If every one is making profit and cricket is going to the world than where is the loss.The only thing bothers everybody is why Big3 is taking large chunk and y they are bossing everybody.But I believe ICC needs a boss(Big 3) to unite cricket and take it ahead

  • on February 19, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    As much as I opposed initial proposal, mainly 2 things, that Big-3 will not be relegated and only one of them will head the committee always, I now thanks Pak, SA & SL for opposing it to necessitate the desired changes. As SL/SA have agreed, Pak should agree on it too. Moreover now these changes are on us, I hope that BCCI, whatever they are as cricket administrators, but their financial acumen is unquestioned, and I hope that they can bring that ideas into world cricket too. For example if they can bring more money to WI cricket, obviously a strong WI will attract more tours.

  • cricsdead2014 on February 21, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    NOW FIFA SHOULD BE HANDED OVER TO Spain, Brazil and Germany. Olympic to US and China and so on. after all they should learn something from bICC to make more money .

  • YorkshirePudding on February 20, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    It makes sense as the WICB can probably negotiate more lucrative ODI and T20i Games with the larger countries which should bring in more funds to help them invest in the longer form of the game both domestically and internationally.

  • Javed_Munir_Dar on February 20, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    surely West Indies will regret this decision in the years to come, the big 3 will never going to play a long series with them as financially its not beneficial for them, every one here is running after the money, no one cares about the game

  • UvaFan on February 20, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Where is Sri Lankan cricket administration heading? I've just read something about England touring Sri Lanka in November this year ( a shortish tour) and then a long tour in October 2018. Last year we had a tour by New Zealand in November when almost all matches were washed out. We could have played those matches in New Zealand, where it would have been warm rainless Spring weather at that time. Aren't the cricket administrators Sri Lankans? Don't we all know that November is the wettest month of the year in this country with October, December, April and May not much drier. This lack of common sense is inexcusable, or is it that we deliberately invite teams in such a way that we can't lose matches since they are "unplayed"?

  • Arvin5721 on February 20, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    I agree with Henry Muttoo, apart from a hit or miss trophy(T20) WI have been declining for years now hence no one cares about playing us as much anymore. It doesn't surprise me that mr. cameron and company got blinded by the short term gain(if any) and completely missed the bigger picture. It's very sad to see what WI cricket has come to, due to the management of the current WICB and also the board members before. I feel it's time that Guyana, TT, Jamaica, Barbados, etc break off from the WICB and represent themselves internationally. After all the possibly couldn't be any worse than the current West Indies team.

  • ZUBZ0709 on February 19, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    West Indies will regret this decision later.. India will not fulfil its promises.. This Is bad for cricket.. It's like no fifa in football and teams like Spain and Germany are made the bosses.. That would never happen in any other sport.. Cricket is not a game it's all money... Respect to the pcb dey da only board to stand there ground

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 19, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    I am not surprised at the WICB. After all, beggars cannot be choosers. So much for all the talk of cricket dying a slow death. What a load of bollocks ! The BCCI always get what they want and now the Aussies and Poms have also joined hands with them. Cricket is all about money now and rightly so. It's already too expensive to implement the DRS system with all its bells and whistles. Plus, we have broadcast expenses associated with all the high profile series and ICC events. So who is going to play for that ? Hence, we have these new proposals. I don't care the Big 3 getting paid the bulk of the profits. However, I am extremely uncomfortable about the FTP being scrapped. It will now put the scheduling power into the hands of the Big 3 where they will eventually decided to choose whom to play or NOT to play. So teams like the WI, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe could be in deep trouble.

  • on February 19, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    This is the beginning of the end for international cricket as we know it. In the game of Monopoly the banker is usually the one who has the most money, and the one who wins. The so called Big Three don't want to democratize the cricket world, they want to win. Unfortunately, when you have the smaller cricket boards in such dissarray it doesn't help them to have clout. Windies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka New Zealand and South Africa need to stand together as a block. They need to try to force standardization of cricketing rules and fairness in match scheduling, venues and competitions. Unfortunately, the players from those countries are often more mercenaries than proud nationalists. So it all comes back to money.

  • Rahul17_1983 on February 19, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    @mohd_asif :And y don't u see any benefit ?If every one is making profit and cricket is going to the world than where is the loss.The only thing bothers everybody is why Big3 is taking large chunk and y they are bossing everybody.But I believe ICC needs a boss(Big 3) to unite cricket and take it ahead

  • on February 19, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    As much as I opposed initial proposal, mainly 2 things, that Big-3 will not be relegated and only one of them will head the committee always, I now thanks Pak, SA & SL for opposing it to necessitate the desired changes. As SL/SA have agreed, Pak should agree on it too. Moreover now these changes are on us, I hope that BCCI, whatever they are as cricket administrators, but their financial acumen is unquestioned, and I hope that they can bring that ideas into world cricket too. For example if they can bring more money to WI cricket, obviously a strong WI will attract more tours.

  • mensan on February 19, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Is WICB sure that the BIG-3 will play series after series with them? I don't think so.

  • mohd_asif on February 19, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    @ Rahul: Do you really see benefit of sport in this whole mess? Lets get out of this india vs. pakistan mentality, and speak for the sport we so dearly love... Cricket is a uniting factor in India, and if cricket as a sport loses against money and greed, it would be sad day for the world, but more for India where it is a religion.

  • on February 19, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    The full focus for West Indies cricket should be to mould a quality team capable of competing at the highest level. This team is not competitive - certainly not against the top six teams. No one wants to play us anymore. Beating the West Indies is no longer a feather in anyone's cap. What will we negotiate if we start the negotiations as a team no one cares if the play? The current coach needs to go and so does the selectors.

  • on February 19, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Cricket will be much poorer after a few years. These boards are only looking for next few years that they will be much richer. But what after when the big three will tour their countries less and less. At the moment they promise them tours just get the votes. In future they will only play with each other so they can make more money. As touring srilanka or Westindies is less profitable than touring England or India.

  • Tetrapole on February 19, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    If it was only about money distribution it wouldnt have been so controversial. India makes more money then its logical if they want bigger share. But why are they demanding more power. This is the main controversy.

    If power is now transferred to big 3 then what good is occ now. Icc should then be saked altogether.

    3 out of 5 members of the new board are big 3 that means they will always be majority in that decision making board and will be able to pass any future decision they want to empower them even further.

    I feel sad seeing how other boards have voted in big 3 favour except Pakistan. Proud to be a Pakistani!

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on February 19, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    How about some apologies from all the naysayers who reckoned the new ICC would be a disaster?

  • afaleel on February 19, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    i hope cricket icons such as holding, lloyd do even agree on what you have said as i belive they would know what is good for WI cricket and more importantly what is good for international cricket.just because a few nationas contribute more money to the olympics, has IOC handed over power to thease countries?

  • Adaa on February 19, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Money makes the world move.

  • on February 19, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    WICB has voting powers but there is a executive committee which has more powers and it's limited to five member if all 3 will jointly decide and over rule all decisions. WICB will certainly not go down to 10th but will you become 1st ranked team ever based on a system that is decided by individual boards? The big 3 is not going to agree on tours that will ever give you chance to go to 1st rank, if u win more matches the big 3 will play more matches among themself and be ranked high anyway alwas!

  • on February 19, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    @Rahul Mind you initially Three boards stood up against Big-3 but SA bow their head which left SL, and Pak in middle of nowhere, Pakistan gained a lot of respect from all over the world . Pakistan has concerns and rightly so, Pakistan is not playing cricket at home, and there are concerns that since FTP will be erased Pak may find it hard to get bilateral series with AUs, Eng, and Ind. Pakistan is a major playing nation and they can not be ignored, Pak bring excitement, and thrill in world cricket taking away cricket from them will ultimately kill the game of cricket in the world

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on February 19, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    WICB understands reality in cricket world

  • Shams on February 19, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    One eagerly waits to see how the new proposed changes benefit the poorer cricket boards such as WI, NZ, SL, etc. Given past experience, WICB hasn't made many smart decisions with regards to major issues. The only commendable thing in recent times has been the telecasting of regional matches, next should be to improve the quality of pitches and more matches at the regional level.

  • Rahul17_1983 on February 19, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    except Pakistan all nation can see the good in it..So there is something else than cricket in PCB

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  • Rahul17_1983 on February 19, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    except Pakistan all nation can see the good in it..So there is something else than cricket in PCB

  • Shams on February 19, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    One eagerly waits to see how the new proposed changes benefit the poorer cricket boards such as WI, NZ, SL, etc. Given past experience, WICB hasn't made many smart decisions with regards to major issues. The only commendable thing in recent times has been the telecasting of regional matches, next should be to improve the quality of pitches and more matches at the regional level.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on February 19, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    WICB understands reality in cricket world

  • on February 19, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    @Rahul Mind you initially Three boards stood up against Big-3 but SA bow their head which left SL, and Pak in middle of nowhere, Pakistan gained a lot of respect from all over the world . Pakistan has concerns and rightly so, Pakistan is not playing cricket at home, and there are concerns that since FTP will be erased Pak may find it hard to get bilateral series with AUs, Eng, and Ind. Pakistan is a major playing nation and they can not be ignored, Pak bring excitement, and thrill in world cricket taking away cricket from them will ultimately kill the game of cricket in the world

  • on February 19, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    WICB has voting powers but there is a executive committee which has more powers and it's limited to five member if all 3 will jointly decide and over rule all decisions. WICB will certainly not go down to 10th but will you become 1st ranked team ever based on a system that is decided by individual boards? The big 3 is not going to agree on tours that will ever give you chance to go to 1st rank, if u win more matches the big 3 will play more matches among themself and be ranked high anyway alwas!

  • Adaa on February 19, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Money makes the world move.

  • afaleel on February 19, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    i hope cricket icons such as holding, lloyd do even agree on what you have said as i belive they would know what is good for WI cricket and more importantly what is good for international cricket.just because a few nationas contribute more money to the olympics, has IOC handed over power to thease countries?

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on February 19, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    How about some apologies from all the naysayers who reckoned the new ICC would be a disaster?

  • Tetrapole on February 19, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    If it was only about money distribution it wouldnt have been so controversial. India makes more money then its logical if they want bigger share. But why are they demanding more power. This is the main controversy.

    If power is now transferred to big 3 then what good is occ now. Icc should then be saked altogether.

    3 out of 5 members of the new board are big 3 that means they will always be majority in that decision making board and will be able to pass any future decision they want to empower them even further.

    I feel sad seeing how other boards have voted in big 3 favour except Pakistan. Proud to be a Pakistani!

  • on February 19, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Cricket will be much poorer after a few years. These boards are only looking for next few years that they will be much richer. But what after when the big three will tour their countries less and less. At the moment they promise them tours just get the votes. In future they will only play with each other so they can make more money. As touring srilanka or Westindies is less profitable than touring England or India.