BCCI, CA and ECB set to control world cricket?

Mumbai: World cricket administration is set for a major structural overhaul going by a draft proposal that’s to be presented to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Executive Board during its quarterly meeting in Dubai on January 28 and 29, ESPNCricinfo has reported.

BCCI chief N Srinivasan with ECB counterpart Giles Clarke.  Pic/Getty Images
BCCI chief N Srinivasan with ECB counterpart Giles Clarke.  Pic/Getty Images

Acceptance of the terms of the proposal would effectively mean that most executive decision-making powers would lie in the hands of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

According to the world’s most popular cricket website, the proposal drafted by a ‘working group’ of the ICC’s Finance & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) committee — in which the BCCI, CA and ECB are key members - recommends wide-ranging changes in the ICC’s revenue distribution model, administrative structures and the Future Tours Programme (FTP), questions the relevance of Test rankings and suggests the reinstatement of the Champions Trophy over the World Test Championship.

And almost every recommendation of the ‘position paper’ gives a larger share of control over world cricket to the Australian, English and Indian cricket boards - both in the boardroom and on the field. It also gives them a larger share of revenues, in a ratio that is linked to the ICC’s revenue growth.

The ICC says these radical proposals await response from and the approval of member boards. The document does, however, contain an April deadline for the formation of the ICC Business Co (IBC) - a newly formed business arm which will be set up to replace the existing IDI (ICC Development International) - in order to take over the task of issuing tenders for the ICC’s next media rights and sponsorship cycle.

The proposal recommends creating a four-member group called the Executive Committee (ExCo) between ICC committees and the Executive Board, which consists of the heads of national boards. 

The ExCo, the proposal recommends, will include three permanent representatives from CA, ECB and BCCI, who will share an annual rotating chairmanship. A fourth member of the ExCo will be nominated by the ICC’s Executive Board and come from the seven other Full Member nations.

The ExCo, if created according to the draft, will become “the sole recommendation committee … on all constitutional, personnel, integrity, ethics, development and nominations matters.”

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