ICC Board Backs Big 3's Proposals
By Atreyo Mukhopadhyay | ENS | Published: 29th January 2014 08:29 AM |
If a media release from the International Cricket Council is an indicator, the Indian, English and Australian boards have had their way at the world body’s Board of Directors meeting in Dubai on Tuesday.
“The first day of the ICC’s Board meeting concluded with unanimous support for a set of principles relating to the future structure, governance and financial models of the ICC,” said the release. This “set of principles” refers to a 21-page “position paper” prepared by the three boards aimed at financial and administrative restructuring of the world body. Although the three advocating these changes are yet to receive the green light, the number of points supported by the ICC Board suggests they are set to achieve their goals. The only point not clearly explained was the one on revenue sharing — a major contention of the trio.
Among other points, the ICC Board agrees there is “need for strong leadership of the ICC, involving leading members, which will involve BCCI taking a central leadership”. This can be seen as victory for BCCI, which was a leading propagator of the theory that the board generating a bulk of the ICC’s revenues should have a bigger say in governance.
Another point says “there will be three major ICC events in each four-year cycle, including the Champions Trophy which will replace the ICC World Test Championship.” The boards of India, England and Australia can see this as their triumph as well because they were opposed to the Test Championship and wanted to revive the Champions Trophy, which the ICC had earlier said was last held in 2013.
There is a point on bilateral series saying the Board “mutually agreed bilateral FTP agreements which will be legally binding and bankable and will run for the same period as the ICC commercial rights cycle (2015-2023)”. The words “mutually agreed bilateral agreement” are important because the Big Three were of the view that the teams must choose their opponents instead of following the ICC calendar.
It must be remembered that support for the proposals doesn’t necessarily mean implementation of these plans. The ICC Board meeting will get over on Wednesday and president Alan Issac said “extensive work will now be undertaken in advance of a follow-up Board meeting next month.”