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Manohar is following BCCI developments, Supreme Court decisions closely

ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said that a working group had been carrying out a review of the 2014 resolutions and constitutional changes.

Published: 01st February 2017 08:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st February 2017 08:38 PM   |  A+A-

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar. |AP

By PTI

DUBAI: ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar today said that he is following the "developments" in the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) and a "strong BCCI" based on solid governance foundations is good for the game.
     
The BCCI now will be run by a Committee of Administrators (COA) headed by former CAG Vinod Rai and there will be a three-member BCCI team which will represent the board in the ICC Meeting starting tomorrow.
     
"I have of course been following developments in regard to the BCCI and the decision of the Indian Supreme Court and will continue to do so over the following weeks. India is a vitally important member of the ICC and contrary to some reports, I believe a strong BCCI based on solid governance foundations is good for cricket," Manohar wrote in a column on icc website, which was re-launched on the day.
     
"My vision is to ensure the sport has strong governance, finance, corporate and cricketing structures that support all of our members and decisions are taken for the long term benefit of the sport from the largest nation to the smallest," Manohar wrote.
     
Manohar said that a working group had been carrying out a review of the 2014 resolutions and constitutional changes, which would be presented at the ICC Board meeting this week.
     
"We have had a working group in place for the last twelve months and it has been carrying out a complete review of the 2014 resolutions and constitutional changes.
    
"The group will present their findings at the ICC Board meeting this week and I look forward to discussing them with my Board colleagues and considering the next steps," he said. 
     
The former BCCI boss said that ICC is committed to promoting all three formats of the game and giving opportunities to countries to make their way to the top. 
     
"Another widely discussed area of focus for our sport that we hope to make progress on in 2017 is around the structures of international cricket. We must ensure we  protect and promote three vibrant formats of the game that each have context and meaning in relation to global events, along with an event pathway that is open to every member."
     
Manohar also made it clear that bilateral series is something that is decided by the respective boards and no structure can be imposed on the members.
     
This effectively means that ICC can never instruct India or Pakistan to engage in a bilateral series.
     
"The rights to bilateral international cricket are not owned by the ICC. These rights vest in the respective Boards. Thus it is not for us to impose a structure on the members. We need to work in partnership with them, facilitating discussion around the future structure and providing the resource for working through and testing ideas," he stated. 

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