NZ backs ICC restructuring even as Pakistan opposes
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has backed the proposed changes in ICC’s administrative structure which would hand over major decision making responsibility to arguably the three biggest cricketing boards
Wellington: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has backed the proposed changes in International Cricket Council (ICC)’s administrative structure which would hand over major decision making responsibility to arguably the three biggest cricketing boards in Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA).
These responsibilities would include both on and off the pitch including revenue sharing. Despite the support by the board, the New Zealand Players’ Association came out strongly against the move calling it “scheming” by India, Australia and England.
The proposal drafted by the ‘working group’ of ICC’s Finance and Commercial Affairs (F&C) committee, in which BCCI, ECB and CA are key members, recommended major changes in ICC’s revenue distribution model, administrative structures and the Future Tours Programme.
NZC board member Martin Snedden isn’t perturbed by the suggestions and insisted New Zealand won’t be “disadvantaged” or “downgraded” under the “changes that are currently proposed”. While the Kiwis are on-board with the idea of re-structuring of the ICC, Pakistan Cricket Board will vehemently oppose any such move.
A member of the PCB governing board told PTI that they will strongly be against the idea. In a meeting held on Saturday, the members had made it clear to reinstated chairman Zaka Ashraf that the draft proposal be opposed strongly at the ICC meeting.
There were further indications that PCB would form a unified stance against the move by speaking with other boards in South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies.