Controversial revamp plan to empower India, Australia and England does not go to vote at ICC meeting

The 'Big Three' plan did not go to vote after opposition from several ICC members.

BCCI president N. SrinivasanDUBAI: The Indian board's controversial plan to split the cricketing world into a two-tier system and reap greater financial benefits for themselves, England and Australia did not bear fruit at the executive board meeting of the International Cricket Council as the matter did not go to vote among the member nations. However, a BCCI representative will chair a new 'Executive Committee (ExCo) and Financial & Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA)' to provide 'operational level leadership' to the ICC, a press release said.

Several well-known former cricket administrators on Sunday called for the withdrawal of a proposal that sought to completely revamp the International Cricket Council (ICC) even as the week-long meetings of the world body entered the second day in Dubai.

The opposition was belied by the ICC's press statement on Tuesday which tried to paint a picture of harmony among its members. It said, "the meetings concluded in Dubai today with unanimous support for a set of principles relating to the future structure, governance and financial models of the ICC."

The 21-page draft, titled 'Position Paper on ICC/IDI Group Structure, Governance, Financial Model, Bilateral, and ICC Events’ and prepared by the Indian, Australian and English Boards, has met stiff opposition from the other cricketing nations.

ICC PRESIDENT DISAPPOINTED ABOUT LEAK

President of the ICC, Alan Isaac said "misconceptions" had been created regarding the restructuring and expressed disappointment that the draft document had been leaked.

“Several months ago I encouraged BCCI, CA and ECB to enter into a constructive dialogue together to help resolve some of the key commercial and governance issues facing the game. These leading cricket nations have worked tirelessly to produce a document which provided the basis for the past few weeks of extremely constructive discussions," Isaac said.
 
“It is obviously very disappointing that a draft position paper from these Members was leaked as this prompted a debate that ignored the ongoing negotiations between all Members and led to unwarranted criticism of many of those involved in the process.

BANGLADESH OPPOSES BIG THREE PLAN

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has issued a press release sounding their opposition to the draft. “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,” said the BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdury. “Bangladesh was the only full member nation to take a stand on this issue.”

Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa have posed their concerns through the media. Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf said, "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."

WHAT THE BCCI WANTS

After the draft was leaked on January 17, several national Boards have expressed their reservations about the proposal while the BCCI — one of the three Boards that have drafted the proposal — endorsed the document at a working committee meeting on Thursday in Chennai.

The BCCI has insisted that it is doing nothing wrong, and that it deserves the bigger pie from ICC revenues.

"It is recognition of India’s involvement in cricket and revenue generation by India. We are asking the legitimate right and it would not shrink cricketing activity in any way,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told reporters after the working committee meeting in Chennai on Thursday.

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FULL TEXT OF THE I.C.C. PRESS RELEASE

First day of ICC Board meeting concludes with unanimous support for key principles
 
The first day of the International Cricket Council's Board meetings concluded in Dubai today with unanimous support for a set of principles relating to the future structure, governance and financial models of the ICC.
 
The ICC Board unanimously supported the following principles:

•    There will be an opportunity for all Members to play all formats of cricket on merit, with participation based on meritocracy; no immunity to any country, and no change to membership status. 
•    A Test Cricket Fund paid equally on an annual basis to all Full Members (except the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board) will be introduced to encourage and support Test match cricket.
•    A larger percentage from the increasing Associate Members’ surplus will be distributed to the higher performing non-Full Members.
•    Mutually agreed bi-lateral FTP Agreements which will be legally binding and bankable and will run for the same period as the ICC commercial rights cycle (2015-2023).
•    Recognition of the need for strong leadership of the ICC, involving leading Members, which will involve BCCI taking a central leadership responsibility.
•    A need to recognise the varying contribution of Full Members to the value of ICC events through the payment of ‘contribution costs’.
•    The establishment of an Executive Committee (ExCo) and Financial & Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA) to provide leadership at an operational level, with five members, including BCCI, CA and ECB representatives. Anybody from within the Board can be elected to Chair the Board and anybody from within ExCo and F&CA can be elected to Chair those Committees. With the ICC undergoing a transitional period that includes a new governance structure and media rights cycle, this leadership will be provided for two years from June 2014 by: a BCCI representative to Chair the ICC Board, a CA representative to Chair the ExCo and an ECB representative to Chair the F&CA. 
•    A new company will be incorporated to tender future commercial rights for ICC events.  There will be three major ICC events in each four-year cycle, including the ICC Champions Trophy which will replace the ICC World Test Championship.
•    ICC will utilise a more efficient operating model for all ICC events, with a simplified accounting model across ICC income and expenditure to help better manage ICC administrative and event costs.

ICC President Alan Isaac said: “This is an important time for world cricket and it is extremely encouraging that the ICC Board has unanimously supported a set of far-reaching principles that will underpin the long-term prosperity of the global game.
 
“These principles emphasise the primacy of Test cricket and that for the first time in cricket's history participation will be based entirely on meritocracy, giving everyone powerful incentives to play better cricket and develop better cricketers.
 
“There is more work to be done by the Members in developing their schedules of bilateral cricket while at the ICC we need to work through the detail of the manner in which these principles will be implemented.
 
“Extensive work will now be undertaken in advance of a follow-up Board meeting next month.”
 
Mr Isaac also expressed his disappointment with the misconceptions that had been created as a result of a draft position paper produced by three ICC Members being leaked.

“Several months ago I encouraged BCCI, CA and ECB to enter into a constructive dialogue together to help resolve some of the key commercial and governance issues facing the game. These leading cricket nations have worked tirelessly to produce a document which provided the basis for the past few weeks of extremely constructive discussions.
 
“It is obviously very disappointing that a draft position paper from these Members was leaked as this prompted a debate that ignored the ongoing negotiations between all Members and led to unwarranted criticism of many of those involved in the process.
 
“The principles agreed today provide clear evidence that through the course of further discussions over the coming weeks we can be increasingly confident in achieving consensus.”
 
David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive, added: “An enormous amount of effort has gone into developing a comprehensive set of proposals that include input from all Members.

“The Board has held some very constructive, inclusive, wide-ranging and far-reaching discussions and I am looking forward to bringing to fruition some of the principles that have been proposed and accepted in relation to the cricketing structures of the global game.”

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