Cricket money to help SA

2014-01-29 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Cricket South Africa (CSA) and its new allies yesterday won the first battle in the campaign to make far-reaching chances to the structure of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

After a tense meeting that lasted more than six hours at the ICC’s head office in Dubai yesterday, it was decided not to vote on either accepting or dismissing the contentious proposal.

The proposal, which will place control of world cricket in the hands of the “Big Three”, Australia, England and India, will next come under discussion again on February 8.

The proposals that were tabled yesterday had been watered down compared to their original versions, which had been leaked earlier this month. It will still be a victory for the Big Three if their proposal is eventually accepted in any form.

CSA and the cricket controlling bodies of Pakistan (PCB), Sri Lanka (SLC) and Bangladesh (BCB) had earlier noted their resistance to the proposal.

The ICC said in a statement yesterday that all 10 Test countries had “unanimously” supported the tabled proposals although they still had to vote on it.

CSA said in a statement the controlling bodies of member countries must still approve the proposal. It will be submitted for approval to its board and other interested parties as soon as possible, the CSA said in a statement.

The proposal, which will give the decision-making power of world cricket to the cricket councils of India (BCCI), England (ECB) and Australia (CA), remains to a large extent the same.

The statement reads that a new executive committee comprising five countries will be created.

Representatives from the BCCI, ECB and CA will be permanent members of the committee while two other countries will be elected annually from the seven remaining Test countries. The committee will take all important decisions inside the ICC.

This committee will resume its work in June and a representative of the BCCI will be the chair for the next two years.

Among the other proposals unanimously supported, according to the ICC statement, yesterday are:

•ï€©SA will be one of the countries to get money from a Test cricket fund to promote cricket in poorer member states.

• When countries agree on tours, the agreements must be adhered to. South Africa had asked for this rule after India last year shortened its tour to SA.

• The ICC needs stronger leadership and the BCCI will play a central role in this. Although the ICC said all 10 of the Test countries had supported these proposals, it will be interesting to see if the seven smaller Test countries can unite to stave of the main proposal to hand control of world cricket to the Big Three.

The chair of the PCB, Zaka Ashraf, told a Pakistani TV channel ARY-TV before the meeting: “Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa only have one point of departure. We will stick to our position.”

Bangladesh, Pakistan and SA had also on the eve of the meeting sent a letter to the ICC in which they asked that the proposal be withdrawn.

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