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ICC chief Shashank Manohar hits out at 'bullying' big 3 nations

New Delhi: New International Cricket Council chairman Shashank Manohar has hit out at the imbalance of the sport's governing body which he said allowed Australia, England and India to bully the organisation.

Shashank Manohar
Shashank Manohar

Manohar, who replaced India's scandal-tainted former supremo N Srinivasan earlier this month, said he disagreed with changes to the ICC which handed more power to the big three nations of the game. "I don't agree with the three major countries bullying the ICC," Manohar told the Hindu newspaper in an interview published yesterday.
"That's my personal view, because as I have always said, an institution is bigger than individuals."

A controversial and wide-ranging shake up of the ICC last year gave India — which contributes 80 percent of global revenues — and fellow powerhouses England and Australia permanent seats on a new five-member executive committee.

"The ICC constitution, as it stands today, says that in all the major committees of the ICC, these three countries will be automatically there," the lawyer turned cricket administrator said.

"So all the financial and commercial aspects and the executive committee will be controlled by the representatives of these three countries, which according to me is wrong.

"You should have the best man, whether he comes from Zimbabwe, or West Indies... who will promote the interests of the ICC," he added.

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