Proposals as per ‘constitution’, says ICC’s legal head

The controversial restructuring of the ICC requires consent of eight of the 10 member Boards.

[FILE] Iain Higgins chats with ICC Chief Executive David Richardson. (Getty Images)


As a BCCI-led block of countries pushes to have a host of amendments pass at a crucial International Cricket Council (ICC) Executive Board meeting in Singapore on Saturday, ICC’s legal head Iain Higgins said that proposed changes could be “considered” as per the world body’s constitution.

Sri Lanka Cricket president Jayantha Dharmadasa on Friday wrote a long letter to Higgins, asking him many pointed questions about the feasibility of the proposed changes emanating from a 21-page draft position paper presented by the BCCI, Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board ( ECB). “… on the face of the resolutions themselves, they would appear to be correct,” Higgins wrote in his reply. “Any Member who disagrees with that analysis or any of the resolutions is, of course, free to vote against the resolutions, or take such other action as they see fit.”

He further said: “Our preliminary view is that the payment of ‘Contribution Costs’ and ‘Test Cricket Fund’ are in furtherance of the ICC’s objectives and consistent with the prevailing provisions within the ICC’s constitution. We will consider that matter further, and will reflect on your comments in that respect.”

Dharmadasa wrote the letter to Higgins after a special meeting of the SLC stakeholders voted unanimously against the revised proposals presented to the ICC Board of Directors at an ICC meeting on January 28 and 29 in Dubai.

So far, seven countries — India, Bangladesh, West Indies, Australia, England, New Zealand and Zimbabwe — have supported the proposals that aim to drastically alter the ICC structure vis-à-vis ICC/IDI’s group structure, governance, financial model, bilateral series, and ICC events.

Apart from Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan have opposed the proposals that were ‘in principle’ approved at the January 28 meeting.

The controversial restructuring of the ICC, which would cede executive decision-making to India, Australia and England, requires consent of eight of the 10 member Boards and it remains to be seen whether the dissenting Boards remain adamant or agree to the changes.

The three Boards could relent if the ‘Big Three’ offer some lucrative tour assurances in bargain.

Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa have refused to back the plan, stating that it only makes the 'Big Three' more powerful than before.

BCCI president N. Srinivasan has, however, defended the proposal, stating that a strong India would be good for world cricket and that efforts were on to get a consensus among ICC members.

During last month’s ICC Board meeting, a final decision on the proposals was deferred due to a lack of unanimity among the member boards.

At the meeting, the BCCI’s status as the most influential cricketing body in the world was formally acknowledged with a bulk of its demands getting passed.


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