SA, Pak, SL, Bangladesh against ICC revamp

Published: January 28, 2014

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PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf has said that the boards of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa are in opposition to the revamp of administrative and financial structures of the ICC, at the governing body’s executive board meeting that is currently on in Dubai, reports espncricinfo.

Before entering the meeting, Ashraf told Pakistan’s ARY TV, that “Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka, we all have one stance. Let us see what we vote inside. We will stick to our stance.”

It is now known that CSA, the PCB and SLC had formally written to the ICC, asking for a deferral of the “position paper” proposals being pushed through by the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB, the three richest and most powerful cricket boards.

Zaka said he would vote for “whatever is in Pakistan’s interests”. “We have to see what is in our interests when we vote,” he said, adding that during his discussions with the BCCI over the last two days discussions had come up about the two countries playing each other at “neutral venues”.

In a late development on Monday night, the three cricket boards wrote to the ICC asking that the discussions on the proposal be deferred.

Cricket’s formally-united Big Three – the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB – is expected to present the seven other Full Member nations with a set of re-drafted “resolutions” around their radical “position paper” at an ICC executive meeting in Dubai on Tuesday.

The resolutions – five in number – were being talked through the first official meeting of the Finance & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) committee after its “working group” – made up of the heads of the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB – came up with the proposal in a 21-page document that called for a complete overhaul of the ICC’s administration and its revenue distribution.

The first of the proposals to be watered down is expected to be the one pertaining to a two-tier format for Test cricket and the relegation of the bottom two ranked into the ICC Intercontinental Cup. The other proposal which could be reworked pertains to a newly formed Executive Committee (ExCo) and it’s possible expansion from four to five, with a second nominee coming in from the “small seven,” as opposed to only one according to the draft position paper.

A senior Bangladeshi cricket official said, “It is a big thing, (to us) this status. In 13 years, Bangladesh have managed to win four Test matches. India and New Zealand did not win their first Test till 30 years. So how come these people are now telling Bangladesh that you will need to fight out in the I-Cup to retain your Test status.”

However, a BCB press release today said, the Bangladesh Cricket Board reiterated its position regarding issues pertaining to full member rights of status and participation during a discussion on a draft position paper put forward by a working group of the Finance and Commercial Affairs committee of ICC.

The paper seeks considerable structural changes to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its governance, future tours programme and Test cricket.

Speaking at the meeting of ICC in Dubai BCB Acting CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdury said “We have communicated to the ICC Board that the BCB will not endorse any proposal that compromises Bangladesh’s full member rights in terms of status and participation”, the press release added.

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