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South Africa asks ICC to withdraw flawed proposal

Cricket South Africa has asked the International Cricket Council to withdraw its “fundamentally flawed” proposal to hand greater control of world cricket to governing bodies from England, Australia and India

London: Cricket South Africa has asked the International Cricket Council to withdraw its “fundamentally flawed” proposal to hand greater control of world cricket to governing bodies from England, Australia and India.

An ICC committee has reportedly drafted a plan that would see the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), in conjunction with Cricket Australia (CA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), become the three central figures for major decision-making both on and off the field.

A 21-page ‘position paper’ was sent out to ICC full members earlier this month and it will be discussed at the ICC’s executive board meeting on January 28-29. It is understood the decision will be made solely by the ICC board, with further discussion to take place if required at its meetings in April, July and October.

The key proposal appears to be the formation of a four-man executive committee, on which the ECB, CA and BCCI would all be guaranteed a place. The other position would be selected by the three boards annually.

WICB’s urgent meet
Meanwhile, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has called an emergency meeting to discuss proposed changes to the ICC which some officials in the region believe could have devastating consequences for WI cricket. The Board of Directors, who met on Monday will meet again today by teleconference to discuss the issue.

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