SA cricket concerned about control of world game

2014-01-21 11:11

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has demanded the immediate withdrawal of a “fundamentally flawed” draft proposal that will, in effect, put Australia, England and India in charge of the world game.

Put forward by a working group of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) finance and commercial affairs committee, the proposal recommends that the international calendar and revenue share be controlled by the three boards who bring the most income to the game.

In a letter to all ICC members and its president Alan Isaac, CSA president Chris Nenzani said more consultation was needed into the merits of the proposal. The CSA felt the ICC had not followed its own set-out procedures in this case.

“...these proposals should first be referred to the relevant ICC committees or sub-committees for proper consideration and to make recommendations to the ICC Board,” Nenzani wrote.

“Although there is nothing to prevent a review of the ICC funding model or finances, the proposal is inextricably tied up with a fundamental restructuring of the ICC, which has far-reaching constitutional implications.

“The draft proposal is, therefore, fundamentally flawed as regards the process and, therefore, in breach of the ICC Constitution.

“In the circumstances, we propose that the draft proposal be withdrawn immediately given that the proper procedures have not been followed.

“In our respectful opinion, a more considered, inclusive/consultative, and properly constitutionally ordained approach is required.”

CSA’s response follows that of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which confirmed yesterday that it would oppose any structural overhaul of world cricket’s administration.

“Chairman Zaka Ashraf has been told Pakistan should not support any such changes as it would divide the cricket world and effectively give all veto powers to India, Australia and England,” said a PCB governing board member who did not want to be named.

“The draft proposal was discussed in detail at the last governing board meeting in Lahore on Saturday and a lot of apprehension was expressed over the direction that world cricket is taking.”

The proposal will be put to the ICC executive board at its quarterly meeting in Dubai on January 28-29 and will need votes from seven of the 10 member countries to be passed.

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