India, England, Australia have hijacked cricket – Ali Bacher

2014-07-07 13:53

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Despite Cricket SA’s top brass justifying its decision to vote to give the “big three” more power in international cricket, former cricket boss Ali Bacher has spoken out against cricket’s direction.

“My grave disappointment with the new direction in which cricket is going is mainly aimed at England and Australia who, together with India, have hijacked the game,” Bacher told the Telegraph of India.

“A certain gentleman is currently being investigated ... by a committee set up by the Supreme Court in India. Despite that, he becomes the ICC chairman. It’s mind-boggling.”

Narayanaswami Srinivasan was appointed chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) last month to criticism by the media and cricket fans across the globe.

His appointment came in the wake of his suspension as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India while an investigation into corruption in the Indian Premier League team – involving, among others, his son-in-law – was under way.

“What staggers me the most is that not a word has been said by any of the member countries of the ICC,” Bacher said.

Srinivasan was also seen as the driving force behind India, England and Australia receiving the lion’s share of the profits in world cricket as well as holding substantially more power than the other test nations.

CSA defended its decision to vote for the recent changes at the ICC, ensuring Srinivasan and his colleagues reigned supreme, despite an initial outcry when the idea was first mooted.

“Initially, South Africa raised a hue and cry, but quickly gave in,” Bacher said.

“Earlier this year, CSA did come out strongly against the new direction. They were applauded across the country. South Africa, in fact, held the trump card. Pakistan and Sri Lanka had also been resisting, but what happened?

“India induced South Africa to change direction. Those who’d hailed CSA now came down heavily on them.”

To add insult to injury, when the ICC ratified the membership of its various committees at an annual conference in Melbourne last month, CSA was the only full ICC member not represented on any committee.

“To amplify how South Africa have been used and then discarded, there is no South African in the high-level committees of the ICC.

“Even Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have been given positions, but not South Africa. What more is there to say?”

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