Karachi: Former Pakistan great Wasim Akram yesterday warned cricket administrators that the game could not afford a damaging split, as they prepare to debate controversial plans to reform the governing body.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will meet in Singapore today to discuss and possibly vote on a plan to give the sport’s most financially powerful nations — India, England and Australia — a greater say in running the world game
South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have strongly opposed the idea and Akram, Pakistan’s all time leading Test wicket-taker with 414, urged the administrators to work for the unity of the game. “Our cricket world is very small and we cannot afford divisions,” he told AFP.
“I have read the draft and if there are any reservations from a few countries I would like that to be removed and no country should be left isolated.”
Akram urged the Indian board, which produces 80 percent of world cricket’s wealth, to act as the responsible older brother. “India is the bigger board in terms of generating the revenues and everybody will listen to India if they act like a big brother and I am sure senses will prevail in the Singapore meeting,” he said.